Friday, 30 September 2011

The Romsey Show

the Romsey Show 2011

I don't know about you, but I love a good fair.  I love the old-fashioned community atmosphere with farmers showing off their livestock, home-baked goodies, little rides for the kids, and entertainment.  The Romsey Show takes place every year near us, and it's a lot of fun for the whole family.

the Romsey Show 2011
(picture taken by my husband)
 There were so many things to look at and enjoy, and I think we all had our own favorites.  Miriam loved getting to make a clay horse (it will be on display soon); Anya loved seeing live bats at the bat hospital and then making a bat puppet; Preston liked napping in the stroller as we walked around, and Jared says he liked all of it.  My favorite was seeing all of the traditional crafts.  It made me want to learn how to do things like spin and weave, make ceramics, and work with felt.  I'm adding a whole list of these things to my list of things to try one day.  Until then, I really enjoyed seeing other people's beautiful creations and the way that these traditional skills and art forms are being passed on and used.

Romsey Show 2011

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Eiffel Tower Apron

I love taking part in the Secret Post Club.  You never know what you're going to get or what great new blogs you'll discover. 

My last Secret Post Club swap introduced me to the great blog Blackbird has Spoken.  On the blog, I noticed some references to cooking, and some pictures of an Eiffel Tower collection.  So I decided to make her a apron with the Eiffel tower on it.

Not all of the stitches are even, and I really should have ironed it before taking a picture, but I'm pretty happy with the end result.  In fact, I was a bit sad to part with it.  Luckily I saw the pictures of the beautiful macarons that Max made (possible, of course, because of her new French apron), and that just made my day.

I'm thinking I may get started on some more aprons...maybe as Christmas gifts for people...

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

3 Cakes & a 3rd Birthday

Strawberry & Chocolate Chip Birthday Cake for my sister-in-law's 17th birthday.  Happy Birthday Bea!

Orange & Chocolate Cake (decorated with cars for my daughter Anya's 3rd birthday.  I can't believe she's 3 and starting preschool this week!)

Orange & Chocolate Digger Cake (for my daughter's 3rd birthday party--it was Digger themed; She had a fantastic birthday!)

Orange Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipe:
2 2/3 cup plain (all purpose) flour
1 1/3 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 1/3 cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tbsp orange essence
1/2 tbsp orange food coloring
2 bars chopped chocolate or about 1 cup chocolate chips
1. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer until the batter is smooth and well blended.
2. Pour into greased and floured cake tins (bakes best if you make multiple smaller cakes and stack rather than one large cake)
3. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 F/350 C for about 25 minutes (baking time depends on the size tins used, so check regularly. When a knife can be poked in and comes out clean, it's finished).
4. Let cool then decorate as desired