Saturday, 28 February 2009
Sunday, 22 February 2009
You are fair, honest, and logical. You are a natural leader, and people respect you.You never give up, and you will succeed... even if it takes you a hundred tries.You are rational enough to see every part of a problem.
You are great at giving other people advice.You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection. You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive. You have the classic "Type A" personality.You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.
You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.
You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.
Saturday, 21 February 2009
175g Self Raising Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
75g Softened Unsalted Butter
75g Brown sugar
75g Caster Sugar
1tbs Vanilla Essence
125g Chocolate Chips
Stir together the flour and salt. Do not sift. Beat the butter until creamy, then add the sugars and vanilla and stir them in until combined. Add the beaten egg, mixing well. Stir in the flour mixture. Stop the instant it has been incorporated. Stir in the Chocolate Chips until they are distributed evenly. Form the dough into a log, wrap it in cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes.
Heat the oven t0 180'C (350'F/gas mark 4) and grease baking sheets.
Cut the dough into thin rounds, place on baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes or until the edges begin to turn golden.
Monday, 16 February 2009
Mix 2 heaped tablespoons bicarbonate of soda with 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Store in an airtight container.
Make a paste from bicarbonate of soda and water.
Apply white vinegar and salt to a cloth, rub over item to be cleaned, rinse, and buff with soft cloth.
Use a slice of cut lemon to apply salt to the tiles.
Sunday, 15 February 2009
Saturday, 14 February 2009
Decorate with sugar hearts.
My Valentine's Swap arrived from Jose-Mary on Thursday and this is what arrived:
A Cupcake candle.
A Lovely Hand Made Book Mark and Book.
A Yummy Chocolate Lolly
And a gorgeous hand knitted heart!
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Monday, 9 February 2009
Sunday, 8 February 2009
I made a New Year Resolution not to buy any more magazines, however I could not resist the latest issue of Crafts Beautiful Magazine as it has so much in it. First of all it comes with cupcake patterned backing paper and also a little book all about cupcakes (baking and card making).
Inside the magazine are two free patterns for knitted cakes, with a down loadable pattern for doughnuts from their web site. I don't know why I want to knit a cake, but there you go, I just do. When they are finished I will donate them to the League Of Friends at the hospital.
Also on page 23 there is a recipe for a Banana Cheesecake, which looks delicious.
So, I think it was worth breaking my resolution for, don't you ?
P.S. A cupcake I knitted earlier.................
Saturday, 7 February 2009
8oz (225g) Soft Margarine
8oz (225g)Caster Sugar
10oz (275g) Self Raising Flour
2tsp Baking Powder
4 tbsp Milk
grated rind of 2 lemons
FOR THE ICING:
about 3 tbsp lemon Juice
8oz (225g) Icing Sugar
Preheat oven to 180'C/350'F/Gas 4. Grease and line a 12 x 9 in (30 x 23cm) roasting tin with greaseproof paper. Measure all ingredients into a large bowl and beat well for approx 2mins. Place mixture in tin and level the top. Bake for 35-40mins until cake has shrunk from sides of tin and springs back when pressed in the centre. Leave in tin to cool.
Mix lemon juice with the icing sugar and spread over cake. Leave to set.
Makes about 21 slices. I have halved this recipe before now and it works just as well.
I also made a huge Lemon Tray Bake (I bake them in my roasting tin) with a view to them lasting all week. Although this rarely happens with my kids around!
The best money saver today though has to be our supper. I made Tomato Pasta using a Jamie Oliver jar of pasta sauce. These are on offer at the moment at Tesco for only 89p a jar. I added a pack of spaghetti costing 49p and topped it all with a little grated cheese. There was more than enough to feed all 4 of us.
I then made pancakes for afters using ingredients from my store cupboard. This has to be the cheapest meal I've ever cooked - I'm now going to see if I can better this one next week!