now you may see…

October 9, 2009 at 7:18 am (Hand made things by me, random things) (, , , , , )

My Blind Fold Scraping page layout…as taught/lead by Mel who is a brill BFSer.

Blind Fold Scrapping Page - uses Kaisercraft Lilac Avenue pattern papers, some foam and vinyl thickers and some ribbon from my stash.  Cute flowers on accetate stamped up for me by Mel.

Blind Fold Scrapping Page - uses Kaisercraft Lilac Avenue pattern papers, some foam and vinyl thickers and some ribbon from my stash. Cute flowers on accetate stamped up for me by Mel.

I was hostess for our book club last night (hence I’m a bit tired this morning as we chatted until nearly ten).  I baked like a mad lady yesterday afternoon – monte carlos, coconut jam slice, rock cakes and jam drops were on the menu.  Mr Petit was delighted this morning to find two monte carlos to take to work for smoko.  I love our book club because we have such a variety of people (well, me the youngest at 29, then a couple of ladies who I guess are in their late 60’s and early 70’s), although we only have one man.  So conversations are always interesting as we have such a range of opinions on the books.  We were also talking about other book clubs we had been in in the past, with book club styles ranging from not actually talking about the books (just a gossip session) to being what I refer to a literary nazis where some members’ opinions are king and are imposed on the other members!  I’m looking forward to this month’s book – Saturday by Ian McEwen.  First I have to finish my currently library book – Jackdaws by Ken Follet.

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baking puppy dogs

July 13, 2009 at 11:58 pm (Hand made things by me, random things) (, , , , )

I’ve been baking early this morning – well, cake making at a quarter to seven in the morning!  I’m baking a ‘Bita Cake’ to take to my friend Karen’s place this afternoon for some scrapbooking.  A ‘Bita Cake’ is a made up cake of mine which you make with ‘a bita this and a bita that’.  Basically you don’t measure – just chuck it in based on your cake making knowledge, cream together some dark brown sugar (1/2 a cup approx.) and some marg (maybe 3-4 tabs) then add some vanilla essence and two eggs.  Blend together.  Add some SR flour and mix in.  Then add a cup or two of dried fruit (I just had sultanas today, but you can add currents, raisins, apricots, dates etc) which you have soaked overnight in a cup of black tea.  Throw in the soaking liquid too.  Mix and then add mor SR flour to get to a cake-y consistency.  Pour into a lined loaf tin and then bake at 180 degrees until it’s done (you know how to test that).  It’s also nice with some shredded coconut.  Yum.  Here’s a pic of the finished product.

Bita Cake

Bita Cake

When I was downloading this picture off my camera I found this photo that Kat took on the weekend.  We were all sat around together on Saturday afternoon (that’s my arm knitting and my Mother-in Law patting the little dog).  Lizzy (my dog) and Kallie (MIL’s dog) used to HATE each other (they both love Tahlia the little Staffy) but we realised not only did they choose to lie together, but it really looks like Lizzy is cuddling Kallie. We honestly did not put her paws there – doesn’t look very comfortable but she lay like that for about half an hour.  Weirdos, biting each other one day, cuddling the next!

Lizzy, Kallie and Tahlia chilling on the couch

Lizzy, Kallie and Tahlia chilling on the couch

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our little bakery

June 22, 2009 at 10:38 am (random things) (, , , )

My class had a great day today, we looked at the chemistry of baking bread – lots of fun and we made lots of observations about chemical and physical changes in baking.  Here is our lovely golden bread….

My student's little bakery - yum!

My student's little bakery - yum!

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