a busy domestic blog of knitting, sewing and all kinds of needlecrafts, cooking my garden produce and preserving it

Sunday, 26 May 2013

'Really' finished now

I know I'd already claimed this to be finished but it was waiting for one little thing - a fastener.

It's always the little jobs that sit around waiting for the longest before I get them done but I have eventually sorted out a toggle and now the bag is ready to use.

As it would have been visible, I didn't want to use ordinary sewing cotton to attach the toggle and, after thinking of using embroidery thread or some wool, I decided to sew it on using thin ribbon. Hopefully it won't wear through quickly.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Back to baking...

Earlier this week we went to a book store event for the Clandestine Cake Club The club members meet regularly to share home-made cake and now their recipes have been collected into a book. Unfortunately, tempting as the book looked, it isn't really suitable for us as not many cake recipes are low-fat. It made me realise though that it's a while since I've made any cake so on a wet and windy day, with leftover rhubarb in the fridge, I got out the mixing bowls and cake tins and got baking. Rhubarb loaf cake for the adults, choc chip cookies for the not-grown-up-yet.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Marmalade making again!

 I picked lots of rhubarb last week in a bit of a panic about a possible overnight frost. Some was stewed to go on breakfast cereals, some was eaten raw dipped in sugar and I still had about 4lbs left!
Time for jamming - well, nearer to marmalade making because I added some of the freezer hoard of leftover lemon bits.

Having tested a little of it, it's very lemony but quite sweet, not as sharp as a marmalade.