So here I am reading the dear Zelda problem page in a Sunday glossy when I spot that my under active thyroid as well as meaning I will never again get a decent nights sleep ever again also means I have probably lost my sexual libido. Hmmmm ok there was me thinking actually my lack of being totally inspired by men was that most of the men I have met and dated in the last 8 years are just that Totally uninspiring. I would much rather meet up with some friends or spent Saturday night in my happy zone (tv, sewing and wine). That isn’t to say I don’t ever want to date again but rather the thought of dating again made me feel about as inspired as this winters new must have fashion trends. Seriously why would I suddenly want to wear leopard print? Oh maybe I am suffering from an under active fashionish related problem. Oh maybe I shouldn’t go there lol. No I don’t think I have a lost libido but I do think my busy life with kids means right now I am happier in jeans and a comfy cardigan than leopard print pencil skirt. Is there a perfect man for me out there and am I interested. Possibly but not right now. I am like lots of women who have chosen to be on their own much harder to please nowadays I will confess that much. I always suspected I should date much older men, say in their 50s I just didn’t realise I would have to wait till I was that age too lol. So my 40s will be a decade for being me and being mum. My 50s will be the new fashionista age and I might consider dating and a pencil skirt but not in leopard print lol
So this weekend was all about cooking and baking as well as my usual sewing projects. I ended up with a lemon cake that looked like it had a fight with a bag full of frosting lol. Oh ok I was going for Ombre style cake with rosette buttercream swirls. I probably need to practice the swirls. I did find some great articles on all these techniques which I pinned to my yummy sweet cake things board.
I also baked a plain old lemon drizzle for mum to take to her Masonic ladies lunch and had enough mix left to make one for home too. Yum yum. Lemon cake is my absolute favourite and I think a good lemon cake should be really lemony. I love that phrase about life and lemons. “When life gives you lemons make lemonade.” I love the idea that you can take the curve balls life throws at you and turn them into something positive. Always look for the positive in life. When life gives me lemons I make cake he he
Recipe for the cake
100g softened butter
175g caster sugar
175g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs
4 tbl sp milk
2 tsp lemon extract (my addition)
Spoon of lemon curd
Place in tin or silicon pan. I use cake liners so I don’t bother greasing etc. Bake in oven preheated to 180oc or 160 oc if fan oven like mine. That’s gas 4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
Be ready when it comes out of the oven with your lemon syrup. I use one real lemon juiced with a good splosh of bottled lemon juice. I warm my lemon in the microwave to make it easier to juice which makes lemon juice warm and easier to mix with icing sugar. I use a kebab skewer to poke random holes in the cake and slowly pour over the syrup using a brush to get it all over. Before I use it all up I add a dollop of real sugar and then brush this over too. You get lemon drizzle with a bit of a crunch top.
Weekends are my time for sewing project planning. I have promised my wonderful mum two tops for her upcoming trip away but apart from that I have a few other projects lined up too and one is this pink bear.
When I plan a pattern out I think about fabrics and colours too. The bears are the same and to help me I lay out the pieces and decide what bits of fabric should go where. This helps when I come to assembly. It means I have a plan and oh yes I do love to be organised.
You can’t beat a great roast dinner on a cold winters night. Following my theme of watching pennies I have been reading up on and watching Jamie Oliver new TV series about making great food on a budget. So tonight’s Jamie inspired roast chicken will leave me enough chicken for my chicken pie and some chicken fajitas or that’s the plan anyway. So I write this while I cook and will add bits as I go along.
I started with a big bird covered in oil and seasoning on a bed of onion carrot peeled and garlic cloves with a tiny bit of lemon juice. I sliced some carrots and covered them in oil with crushed garlic cloves and a small orange sliced up. These will be baked for 45 mins covered in foil. Potatoes are part boiled shaken up covered in oil and sprinkled with semolina and veggies all go in the steamer. Not much work once prep is done I could knock up a quick cake too. Jamie Oliver recipes gleaned off the net and pinned to my yummy savoury board.
I should add that all the ingredients were bought at Aldi so cost less than £10 for the lot. Oh yes btw the Victoria sponge is in the oven too.Grandma’s home made blackcurrant and apple jam will go into that plus cream of course.
Of course the very best bit about a lovely meal like this is the fact that we get to all eat together as a family. We get to talk about our day, eat a lovely meal, laugh share time together. This is magical time. Watching baby Twinkle stand on her own and take steps all on her own to earn a whoop into the air from Grandpa. Yes definitely a thrill seeker this one. Great start to a winter weekend oh and not much cake left at the end either.
The air is cold and brisk it catches your breath ever so slightly. The sun is high and bright. The sky is electric blue and almost cloudless. The paths are littered with the remains of fallen berries and leaf litter as the trees and bushes prepare for winter.
Yes it’s Autumn the leaves are a rainbow of reds from bright fire engine red to deep claret wine and even the snails are hiding in the bushes.
It’s time for coats and hats and warm woolly scarves. Out come the snuggly cardigans and comfy warm slippers. Winter is on its way.
Sometimes there is just nothing better than taking time out to play. Baby Twinkle is such an easily sociable person that going to playgroups is no problem at all. Her big brother wasn’t as keen on people in fact he is still fairly discerning when it comes to people he likes or doesn’t now. This playgroup is run by a friend of mine from our local church and it is at the church.
Twinkle loves the painting but that’s no surprise and does get quite vocal when it’s time to stop painting. Gosh she is amazingly stubborn and strong willed.
Do our children really just become mini versions of us? I don’t think any of us like to admit it but as we become older I think we gradually morph into our parents. Find ourselves using the same expressions to our children as our parents did with us and so on. I definitely see lots of me in both my kids. Nice in some ways. Maybe that’s what people mean when they say that having children means you live on. In them and their descendants. Oh and of course today Twinkle modelled another of mummy’s sewing Totz creations. Gorgeous she looked too.
Almost time for school run and today I am struggling to get my engine running above 3rd gear. Damn thyroxine issues. A night without waking would be good too.
This is my happy place. The quiet hours of the evening with the kids asleep are mine. I find something to watch and I move the coffee table right in front of the sofa so I can set up my sewing. My current favourites are crime dramas or baking shows unless I find a decent movie. Tonight it’s Major Crimes. Sometimes I have a wee glass of my favourite desert wine and sometimes chocolate. Love love love the Cadbury popping candy and jelly Marvelous Creations. My mum always told me a little of what you fancy does you good so I promise not to eat the whole thing. This week’s sewing project is a couple of tops for my mum to wear on a trip they are going on. She loved my new top and with a few alterations I can use my pattern and it will fit perfectly. Easy when you know how isn’t it. Well must confess ok not easy as such but oh the Internet is a wonderful thing since you can Google the problem and find a solution.
Added note October 20th. Finished top for my mum.
Like lots of people I try and plan one big shop every month. Also like lots of people these days I have a limited budget so I try to make the most of it. I have been a long time fan of Lidl. We have a local shop that I love especially since they added a fresh bakery section. Recently though I have also been making a special trip to the big Aldi in Worcester and must say some real bargains. I realise there is a certain amount of snobbery attached to shopping whether it’s clothes labels or groceries but snobbery should not stop people testing out these great stores. I am not surprised Aldi won supermarket of the year. I am a Lidl fan personally but they are pretty much the same. So no snobbery here a full fridge and lots of meals planned and raw ingredients purchased and I only spent £60. That’s a good days shopping in my books. We also had a laugh trying out winter hats x
Isn’t the world an amazing place. Humankind against all odds succeeded in populating a harsh yet beautiful world and today in that world we can reach all corners of it with amazing ease thanks to man’s inventions and technology. I can sit in bed and use an app to write to my blog. I think technology is kind of cool. And in that amazing cool techy world I can still be amazed by today the sight of a beautiful colourful caterpillar. My baby girl was really excited and since we have been reading the hungry caterpillar she knew what it was too. Oh yes big or small super geeky stuff or just planet nature it’s great to appreciate the life we have and things we get to see and do.
Tonight is sewing project finishing and planning night. oh of course at the moment its x factor which I love. My Grandfather liked this show. As my Dad said back in the day my grandfather has aspirations to be a singer and used to sing in pubs. He had a terrific voice and good ear for music and liked to give his verdict on the acts. So here I am with my box of patterns the simplicity uk website and my planning head is in overdrive. x x This is happy time x