Monday, December 9, 2013

52 things i made {40/52} - in which I admit defeat

Yeah.  So, no way am I going to get to 52 things this year.  Well, possibly I could make 52 at a stretch, but no way I'll find the time to blog about it.  I'll do my best anyway...
I've been over on IG a lot.  Sorry 'bout that.  It's just so quick and eaaaaaaaaaaaaaasy.  Sorry poor abandoned blog!
We're in our new house.  It's great.  Loving it :)  Still living out of boxes, but we'll get there.
I'm really just popping in to share some recipes that a good friend asked for, and I couldn't say no.
These are the biscuits I've made for kindy teachers/playcentre teachers/neighbours/family and husbands work this Christmas.
Top left: Oat, Cranberry and Chocolate. Top right: Ginger biscuits with vanilla icing.  Bottom left: Double chocolate and peppermint.  Bottom right:  Chocolate dipped shortbread with pistachios.

The oat biscuits are my go to.  They are so easy, and a little bit healthy (well, oats, right?!) and loved by all.
Here's the recipe:
125g butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream these 4 ingredients.  Then add:
1 cup flour
1 and 1/4 cup oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 - 1/2 cup cranberries
Mix well, form into balls, press onto tray.  Bake 180c 12-15min, or till golden.  Cool on rack.  You can switch it out for any dried fruit you'd prefer and use white choc/no choc also.

Ginger biscuits are a recipe I got off my mum.  They look like a ginger kiss, but they're not that soft, more just a biscuit. You could make gingernuts, if you baked them till really crunchy and left them un-iced.
This recipe makes A LOT.  A LOT.  You can halve it if neccessary.  Also, they grow and spread.  If you want tiny ones like mine, you'll have to make them really tiny before they're baked.
200g butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup golden syrup
Beat these until smooth.  Then add:
3 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons of ginger or one each of ginger and cinnamon, if you'd prefer.
1 teaspoon baking soda
Mix well.  Roll into balls, flatten onto tray.  Bake 150c for 20min or until golden.  Don't overcook, they can burn easily.  Ice with vanilla icing.

The chocolate cookies:
125g butter
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup caster sugar
1/2 - 1 teaspoon peppermint essence - to taste
Beat these.  Then gently beat in:
1 egg
Then stir in:
1 and 1/2 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup cocoa
3/4 cup chocolate chips or chopped up chocolate.

Bake 10-15 at 160c, or until good.  If cooked less these don't fully set and can be nice and chewy.  If cooked longer, till cracks appear all over the top they will be crispy.  If you'd prefer chewy, keep a close eye on them when they are nearly ready.   I've topped mine with a blob of chocolate and some crushed candy cane.

 It was the first time I'd made shortbread.  At my mum's recommendation I used the Edmonds recipe and it was fine.  I'd recommend it.  If you find it sticky to roll out, roll between sheets of baking paper.  Use a nice dark chocolate for the dipping/spreading.

Good luck!  These recipes are all pretty foolproof, so I hope you enjoy! XO

Thursday, November 7, 2013

52 things i made 39/52

I made this cardigan for Annie Rose.  This was part of a swap with the lovely Deb. This pattern is 'Granny's Favourite' by Georgie Hallam (aka Tikki knits).  There were some firsts for me, the first time making up this pattern and the first time using the magic loop method to knit sleeves in the round (actually first time knitting sleeves in the round using any method).*  I really liked the pattern.  It was easy to follow, and it looks really nice on (Isla tried it for me!).  I've found cardigans that are based on a round yoke knitted in one piece hang really nicely.  I'm definitely going to make one for each of my girls for next winter.

*Another first, I parallel parked yesterday!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

52 things i made 35+36+37+38/52

Isla chose these fabrics

My choice for Isla

My choice for Eloise
Well with the end of the year and christmas nearly here, I'm not so confident of making my 52/52 this year.  But I continue to try!  Here's some peasant style tops I made weeks ago for the girls.  We move house in the next couple of there will not be time for much (any) making.  I am suffering from crafting WITHDRAWL.   This is a serious thing, let me tell you.
I'm so looking forward to getting into our new place and getting set up and back into it.
Hopefully in time to make my baby her Christmas stocking!

Monday, October 14, 2013

52 things i made 34/52

I'm still determined (at this stage...) to finish my 52 project for 2013.  I have quite a few items just waiting to be photographed.  Mean time, here's a needle book and fabric bag I made for a friend, and a list of things that I've been doing when I haven't been here.

I've been:
administering antibiotics and eye drops to defeat conjunctivitis
making muesli
making green soup
buying a house and associated 'grown up' things
still reading your blog, even if I don't comment these days
getting library books out and not having time to read them
trying to return said unread library books before I get fines
listening to lorde's new album
loosing the laundry fight (it's putting away the clean washing that gets me)
slowly knitting a cardi for a swap with Deb
snuggling under a quilt Deb made me!
packing up my house to move in a few weeks
preparing for both my girls birthdays also in a few weeks
contemplating christmas
looking forward to the new season of downton abbey
cuddling my girls who were sick for the entire holidays
chatting on fb to besties who live too far away!
thinking I should blog.
Till next time! xo

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

um, Hi!

Yeah...quite a long break in proceedings there huh!?
I must admit, there's a reason...I've finally got a smart phone.  Smart phone = INSTAGRAM!
Yikes.  Instagram is really working for me!  It's quick!  (duh, instant even!)
So sorry.  Undoubtedly I'll be here less... are you on IG?  I'm greenvalley_  (with an underscore on the end, if you're trying to find me).
I will be here to do my 52 project, as soon as I photograph some more stuff.
To tide you over, here is latest knitting project: