Friday, 31 October 2008
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
I've been off today, so enjoying the lovely sunshine this morning. I was in the garden sorting out my lavender for the bags I plan to make for Christmas. Hope I haven't taken on too much. I've just got my Christmas rota, why do I have to work in retail?? It's not good, only 1 more Saturday off before Christmas! Every year I say this will be may last as I would like to have a life & see friends etc over the festive period. This is the first year we are opening boxing day..... hate it, why can't people stay at home! I'm working late on Christmas eve & off boxing day but they're hinting for 1 manager to do both days. Bet it'll have to me because I'm having 2 days off the week before to see the Pogues.
One of the ladies I work with has just opened an Etsy shop selling children's clothes. She also makes Pippa dolls clothes & sells on eBay. Remember Pippa? I'd forgotten how small she was. Check out the shop & see how clever Penny is...
I brought this lovely t-light holder from LA a few weeks ago but keep forgetting to share it with you. It was really cheap so I thought he would be very small but I was wrong! I love getting cozy with the lights off & just candles but I can't see to knit!!
Hope you're all having a good week & not too cold.
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
I've just seen this & had to act straight away!!!
So here it is...... I'm passing it on!!
Smoked Mackerel Pate
4 Smoked Mackerel Fillets taken off the skin and mashed
4 Finely chopped Spring Onions
1/2 the rind of a Lemon
1/2 the juice of a Lemon
1 small container of Philidelphia
2 tablespoons of Horseradish
Basically just mush it all up together and serve on warm ciabatta or crusty bread.
As you all know I made this last week (see last blog for photo) & it was lovely, so I had it again on Sunday, and I've already passed it on to 2 people at work. Aren't I a good girl????
Sunday, 26 October 2008
So did I do all my jobs??? Did I heck as like!!! I managed to do some but I also had some lazy days, why do we always feel guilty of that?? Yes I did lay in bed one afternoon & watched a film...is that soooo wrong?? But I do feel bad now because I still have a long list of things that didn't get done and my next holiday won't be until February or March. Can I make it??
So what did I do.....
I put up my Whirligig.
I do love these but they're getting harder to find. I've been looking for a wood chopper for years without any luck. Mum & dad found this on their travels & gave it to me for my birthday at the end of August. Yes it really has taken me that long to put it up!!
I made 10 jars of pickled onions, all for Christmas gifts, now I can focus on making my own. I hate pealing the onions but you can't beat home made so I have to do it.
I made a bag.
I mentioned this a while ago, didn't come out as well as I hoped but hey it cost me under £5 and it's my first attempt. As I was making it I thought how lucky I was to have a mum who showed me how to make things. I've met so many people who wouldn't even know where to start. So even if it's not the best bag in the world at least I made it!!
I made a lovely pie & pasties. Ohh the joy of having the time to do this kind of things. I have some left ready to take to work. I also made the mackerel pate from just original's blog. Very yummy & easy to make.
I've started to make my friends little girl a toy, not sure what it'll be. It was a doll but I'm now thinking I could change it to a cat! What do you think??
The box is going to be the bed & I've made some granny squares to make the blanket.
I've also dusted my kitchen shelves.....
I won't tell you how long ago this was done but as you can see it's a bit of a task!!! My motto is.... the more you have on a shelf the less room there is for dust! You may have noticed that I collect everything... I love Cornish blue, these are just the pieces we don't use. Also I can never resist a Fred at the bootie. And yes of course there's lots of red & white things.
I went to Morrison's shopping & had to buy this lovely shower cap........will I use it??? Not sure but it was a bargain & will look good in the bath room!!
Now I written all this down I feel I've done quite a lot so now I won't feel bad about sitting down all afternoon!! Don't forget I've had to do general house work all week as well.....yeah I feel good now!
I'm going to make a list on my blog of all the things I need to do before Christmas. I always think one more list won't hurt!
Back to work tomorrow, not looking forward to it as I feel really rough with a cold. I've fought it all week with loads of drugs but it's finally come out. This always happens to me at this time of year. Last year I had the same week off & was really ill so had to take the following week off sick. Hope I feel better as I'd hate to have to call in sick again, I think they're just getting over the fact I had to take 5 days of when my cat died in September. Maybe my friend was right, I shouldn't have wasted that time off (yes she did say that!!)
The next thing to look forward to is going to see The Pogues in Bristol on the 16th December. Didn't make it last year but we normally go to London every year to see them, it's our Christmas present to each other. The tickets cost a bomb but it's a fantastic night...I think....can't always remember it!! But it's lovely when they sing fairytale of new york at the end at snow starts falling & the very drunk fans sing along!
Hope everyone plans to watch 'Little Dorrit', I'm hoping it will be as good as 'Bleak house'. Have a good week.
Sunday, 19 October 2008
I had an idea about pass it on...... not sure if you've been watching Jamie's new show but I'm shocked by how little people know when it comes to cooking. I guess they've chosen the worst people otherwise it wouldn't make good TV. Anyway here's the plan... I thought we could all post 1 recipe that is quick & very easy to make. I'm a really rubbish cook but I'm trying to get better, 2 years ago I was the M&S ready meal queen but since moving to a new house with a large kitchen I'm starting to enjoy it.
Vanessa at just original has posted a recipe from Jamie's book which looks lovely....plan to treat myself to that. Take a look........
This is my recipe....not very fancy but good for when I'm working late.
Pasta, feta cheese, olives, garlic, oil, chopped tomatoes.
It's very quick, just 11 min's for the pasta then just throw everything else in, I serve it with a salad. I've had lots of friend around to eat who are really good cooks but this always goes down well. I think because it's so simple you don't think of making it. Hope you give it ago & enjoy.
Now can you all post one simple (just for me!!) recipe & who know what ideas we'll get.
I thought I'd share this photo with you....
It's my first home made toad-in-the hole!! I use to buy the frozen ones but with my mum's help I made this. Told you I was rubbish in the kitchen!!
Have a good evening....
Friday, 17 October 2008
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Of course you always save the best til last so imagine how disappointed I was to discover that my book did not come with the craft kit...yes that's right NO bag!!!!
I could have cried & I've sulked for the last hour!!! I sent an email to the book people to complain but I wanted to warn everything not to buy this. I was thinking I was getting a bargain but it's wasn't the case.
Oh well life goes on & I really didn't need yet another bag!!!
With all this talk of CK I thought I would share my claim to fame .......I've met Stanley!!! I went to the head office for an interview a few years ago & met the head of HR & the buyers. It was really hard to create a good impression as I was too busy talking to Stanley. Anyway I didn't get the job as someone already had it!!! All a bit odd & the pay was shocking......£16k for the store manager of the Covent garden store.....50% discount which was great but doesn't pay the bills!!!
Sunday, 12 October 2008
Look what I got......thank you Mel!!! I do have something for you but need to go to the post office, don't have one near but I promise I will go soon.
I have now ordered the 'Make' book from the book people it was only £4.99!!!! - I've had it on pre order from amazon for weeks at £7.49, my WH smiths don't stock it so I'd nearly given up hope. The internet came back on on Friday for 1/2 hour so I quickly placed the order!! It's £3.50 postage but I also brought another book about WW1 so I got 2 books that I really wanted. Can't wait for the postie now!!!
Friday, 10 October 2008
Sunday, 5 October 2008
Also brought this nice napkin holder for the kitchen table, shame it's not red but it was only £2.99.......anyone for hot dogs???