Saturday, 31 January 2009


With thanks to Mel from At Home With Melmel, who gave me the idea, I too have been trawling the internet for fabric samples. This is what arrived in the post last week from 2 different companies.

I thought the character patterned pieces could be used for applique or cardmaking. The others are going to be used for some fabric hearts.

I hope to get started by the end of next week, although I do have 2 cushion covers to make and a cross stitch cupcake picture I quite fancy stitching. So many things to make - so little time....oh well.....

Tuesday, 27 January 2009


So sorry I have not posted anything for a few days, but I have not been well at all - think I may have got flue. On top of that I went to the hairdressers on Saturday and came out with the worst hair-do I've had in years. The hairdresser has cut much too much off and my bright blonde hair is now brown. I seem to have aged about 15 years. I've spent most of the weekend in tears!

Anyway I'm better now and I have a visit to another hairdresser in the morning, who is going to give me my blonde hair back! Unfortunately my budget doesn't run to extensions, I'll just have to wait a few months for it to grow back.

I am back at work tomorrow and will be busy with my Valentine Swap pressies in the evenings, so I will say goodbye until the weekend.

Love Jayne xxx

Saturday, 24 January 2009


The following 15 blogs that I would like to pass my award on to are:

At Home With MelMel

A Thrifty Mrs

Andrea Fay's

21st Centuary Housewife

Buffy's Charms

Cake Makes The World A Better Place

Fairie Nuff

Gingham and Flowers



Kitschen Pink

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy

Little Gem's World



Do not feel obliged to collect the award, I just want you to know that these are some of my favourite blogs!

Love Jayne xxxx

Friday, 23 January 2009


I've won my first Award! It was given to me by Debbie at Tiny Treasures. Her blog is well worth a visit as her work in creating miniatures is amazing - always full of detail. Diagon Alley has to be one of her master pieces.

One of the rules of this award is that I have to pass it on to 15 other people. I will post the winners tomorrow evening as I am going to have to think about this one - there are so many blogs I love!

Once again thank you Debbie - I am so pleased!

Thursday, 22 January 2009


A everyone has been feeling the pinch just lately, I have been going through my recipe books for cheap and cheerful recipes. I came across this one other day and I didn't have to buy any ingredients at all - they were all in my store cupboard!


For The Pudding:

125g plain flour

3 tsp baking powder

125g caster sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 banana, mashed

250ml milk

1tsp vanilla extract

85g butter melted

For The Topping:

100g soft brown sugar

2tbs golden syrup

150ml boiling water

Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream to serve(I used a tin of Evaporated Milk)

Preheat oven 180'C. Gas Mark 4. Sift flour and baking powder into a bowel. Add caster sugar. Mix together beaten egg, mashed banana, milk, vanilla extract and melted butter. Pour into a 1.25ml dish and place on a baking tray.

To make topping, mix brown sugar, syrup, and boiling water in a pan and bring to the boil. Pour slowly over pudding. Bake for 30-40mins until golden and firm in the centre. The pudding will separate with the butterscotch sauce at the bottom and a spongy topping.

Yummy - a great one for the kids.

Monday, 19 January 2009


Having Seen The Thrift Book on quite a few blogs, I decided to buy a copy. Wow, I was impressed! There are lots of money saving tips some of which I already use and lots of new one's too. There are also lots of useful web addresses, one being the Read It Swap It site (you simply swap books with other readers).
I joined up on the Monday and put on 17 books, within 2 days all my books were wanted, some with 2 or 3 people wanting the same. The hard part was choosing who to swap with!
One word of warning though - be careful with the size and weight of each book. I've just posted 2 hard backs and the postage came to nearly £10! Definitely one for paper backs only!

Tuesday, 13 January 2009



Yes, I know, it's an absolute crime to cover Wedgwood with this cosy (especially as my father's from Stoke-on-Trent). But I've wanted to make one of these for ages, and the colours do go well with my kitchen.


Hope now one minds if I have a moan today. I promise it won't happen again - honestly! However on the 2nd of the month my daughter was assaulted in our local park. As you can see its a rather beautiful place and has everything from a lovely pond with swans, standing stones and a play area for children of all ages. It is situated only a few yards from our house.

Last Friday a girl in the same school as my daughter dragged her to the floor and kicked and punched her and then spat all over her (ugh!). She wasn't particularly hurt and I thought it was just one of those scrapes that all kids of that age go through at least once in their lives. I wasn't too worried until I called into the school to mention it when they went back on the 6th.

Apparently the girl in question is known to have a lot of problems and it is thought that she is known to the police. She was sent to a special school that deals with these sort of things. However, and this is the unbelievable part, she clashed with another girl in this school and was sent back to mainstream school as they couldn't do anything with her! She is now housed in the 'Inclusion' centre at our local school, which is really the 'Exclusion Centre' to anyone with half a brain as it is a separate building, but they are not allowed to call it that as no child is allowed to be excluded from school (??!!). The school, by the way, were unable to help as the incident did not occur in school time. My daughter was worried she might bump into her again so the only thing I could do was contact the police. (I do not know the girls parents or where she lives).

The following weekend we took our daughter to a special police house which was set out just like a normal home and she had to give video evidence due to her age. The matter is now in the hands of the police.

What baffles me is the fact that this girl obviously has problems and needs help, yet everyone seems to have given up on her. In view of recent media coverage about vulnerable children being overlooked I thought maybe our system would have got a little better. After all, even though she is in no danger from anyone, she herself is a danger to other people - namely my daughter! I just hope that the police deal with the matter and that the girl is stopped from bullying any other children in the future.

I am beginning to wonder if school is a safe place to send our children. I feel like giving up my job and teaching my kids myself.

Am I being too dramatic or does any one else feel the same as me?


Anyway, on a much lighter note, look what I have got. An absolutely huge piece of material for only 50p from the Cats Protection League. I was so pleased. I haven't a clue what to do with it yet, though I'm sure I will think of something. My Auntie does voluntary work at the CPL so I get to know all the bargains as soon as they arrive in the shop, but this has got to be the best bargain yet!

Sunday, 11 January 2009


Day 2 was much better. The finished result wasn't too bad - not bad tasting either, even if I do say so myself. Bang goes the diet (again).

Saturday, 10 January 2009


One of my Christmas presents from DH was this lovely book:

So this afternoon I set about making petal paste to model pink hearts for a recipe in the book. What a nightmare! First of all the paste wasn't stiff enough, so I added more icing sugar. Then it got stuck to the bowel, then my hands, the worktop, the rolling pin and then my hands again. I eventually managed to fashion one or two that could actually pass as hearts and they are now drying (hopefully).

Tomorrow I will bake the cakes and decorate them (this should be the easy part).

Next time I will buy ready made cake decorations!

Sunday, 4 January 2009


I fancied a go at making socks. I have been knitting for years but for some reason I had always been put off with socks - I don't know why - so these were made on two needles and double knitting yarn (left over from my throw). They will probably make a good pair of bedsocks for someone!! I have now bought some specialised sock wool and started a 'proper' pair on a set of four needles. I will post a photo of the finished result when they are finished.

Saturday, 3 January 2009


I needed to use up the Christmas and New Year leftovers this weekend, so I made this delicious recipe from Jamie Oliver's book The Naked Chef 2:

1pt Milk
1pt Cream
1 Vanilla pod
170g Caster Sugar
Pannetone, thickly sliced & buttered
1 Orange, zested
3 tbs cognac
A Little Icing Sugar

Bring the milk and cream to the boil. Cut vanilla pod in half & scoop out seeds and add to the pan with the orange zest and cognac. Whisk eggs with the sugar until pale. Add to milk and cream mixture and remove vanilla pod.

Preheat oven to 160'C/Gas 3.

Dip each slice of pannetone into the custard mixture and pile into a buttered baking dish. Pour remaining custard slowly over bread. Sprinkle with icing sugar.
Fill a roasting tin half full with boiling water and add the baking dish. Bake for approx. 45mins. When cooked it will have a slight crust on top, but will be slightly wobbly inside.


Hello everyone! and Happy New Year. I have not posted anything for a while as I have been rather busy, but I have been keeping up to date with everyone's blogs.

I just wanted to show you something that one of my daughters bought me for Christmas - a cup cake hook! I think it is probably to hang a tea towel from or something, but I am using it to hold my kitchen calender.

It goes with one or two other cup cakey things I have in my kitchen: