Monday, 29 June 2015

Bad Blogger!

Not all bad though!
I'll get back to that soon.
Meanwhile, I have another finish for you. A second pretty blanket for my colleagues baby.
These baby blankets are soooooo quick to finish. Love them.
I've made a start on a third one, for another colleague.
It literally is only a start though, so more about that another time.
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Getting back to the bad blogger bit....
Janice mentioned in a comment that she wouldn't mind if I shared some of my cooking and baking experiences here on my blog.
So yesterday I thought I'd give that a go.
I was making aranchini. I've eaten them many times and enjoy them very much. But this was only the second time I have made them.
There is kind of a recipe, 
Aranchini is an Italian dish. They are made using rice.
You can use any rice, white, brown, arborio, freshly cooked or left overs!
It has to be sticky though, lovely fluffy dry rice won't work.
I made up a pan of vegetable risotto using arborio rice. Then I added tinned tuna, chopped parsley, sweetcorn and some chopped chillies. Mix it all together.
I got Tony to taste it.
He declared it perfect and said I need not adjust the seasoning.
With wet hands I made cute little balls of my mixture, which I rolled in a little egg and some seasoned breadcrumbs, before baking them in a hot over for 25 - 30 mins.
Traditionally aranchini are fried, but I went with the healthier option.
and this is why I'm a bad blogger!
I had planned to get a photo of them on a pretty plate.
I had this vision of little golden balls all piled up on my pretty plate, sprig of parsley, all that.
But by the time I remembered they were all gone and the plate was washed and on it's way back into the cupboard!
If I'm going to be a foody blogger, I need to remember to get photos of the finished item!
They were declared very good, by everyone who tried them.
We followed them up with roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, roasted veges and lovely home made gravy.
Thats all gone too!
Debbie had brought along two desserts.
A lovely apple pie and a very pink cake.
Note once again the lack of photo!
Sigh.....


Monday, 22 June 2015

A finish!

I finished making the pink blanket.
Baby blankets are so quick.
Love it.
You can't really see it in this image, but Belle the inspector was right, a pretty edge finishes it off beautifully.
 Of course a finish means a start!
A second baby blanket for the same colleague.
I found the pattern here, via pintrest.
Once I'm done with this one, I'll be switching to blue.
For another colleague.
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Of course Debs and I spent time together over the weekend.
She came here and I went there, we chatted about our crafts and inspired one another.
Debs loved my table cover and had a few great ideas of her own, and her ideas led to more from me!!
You know how it is when like minds get together.
So I predict more table covers in our futures.
Possibly with a hint of crochet.
Of course seeing my pretty squares for the current project got Debbie all inspired there too.
She has been making lovely bright and colourful granny squares, rather like my chop suey, but said that she would like to try something else. Although, like most of us after a very busy day, she loves to be able to hook away mindlessly without having to think about a pattern or colour choices.
When I arrived at her place yesterday she was working on her Christmas Story quilt top and hopefully she will be all caught up very soon and we can get on with the next part. 
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Today I have ironing to do, then I get to play all day, until it's time to cook dinner.
Bliss.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Blankets and birdies!

The first baby blanket for my colleague is almost complete.
 The variegated yarn works well for this simple triple crochet pattern.
 Belle thinks it could do with a nice picot edge though, so I'll get on with that later today.
I have a second wee blanket planned for the same baby and hope to get that started over the weekend too.
Maybe while Belle is bird watching!
The weather turned very cold and I started to put bird feeders out again.
 These wee fat balls are a great draw for the little wax eyes. They arrive by the dozen!
Maybe Belle would prefer to stay in her blanket on my chair.
She stayed there, all wrapped up like that for quite some time.
Right, I finally decided how to finish the fruit n veg quilt, so I'm off to play with that.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Thank goodness it's Monday!

I love it when Monday comes around. For me it's a quiet day. A day on which I can do pretty much as I please. A welcome respite from work and a busy weekend.
Today I have already had the washing machine on, so aside from dealing with that, and cooking dinner later, I have nothing that must be done. My time is my own.
Bliss.
Before I set too with what ever it is, I didn't decide to do yet....
Here is a look at what I have already achieved!
Two weeks of evening stitchings on Sleeping Beauty.
 Before
and 
After.
 I don't get to her every day, but it's nice to relax and work on this one in the afternoons and evenings.
It's also nice for me to see before and after shots as it really does show how much progress I'm making.
 Of course we spent time with Debbie and her family over the weekend.
We went to their place yesterday, so Tony could do some work on their PC and ended up being invited for dinner. (I guess I'll roast my huge lump of beef today then). We had a lovely roast pork dinner with roasted veggies and a super vanilla slice for dessert. 
YUM!
And Debbie had been having a sort out in her craft cupboard. She had gathered together a few bits that she felt she no longer wanted. I was invited to have a look.
It was mostly cross stitch items, some afghan fabric a piece of even-weave,
 And I found this beauty. Debbie has already started to stitch it, but that's ok, I can finish it.
 Thank you Debbie.
As I know that PC things can sometimes take a while I had taken along a portable project.
While Debbie sat at her sewing machine and later on her sofa and put the binding onto a pretty Kiwiana table runner, very similar to this one, I was sitting nearby with my crochet.
A big super chunky granny ripple. 
 I may have to put it away for a while though, until I get done with these pretty girly colours.
One of my colleagues is having a baby girl soon.
Best get busy.