Monday, June 29, 2009

Yummy Summer Cake - Lemon Drizzle

Just thought I would share a very yummy lemon drizzle recipe with those of you who don't know this delicious cake. It's perfect for summer as it's light and lemony and super simple to make!

For the Cake
225g sugar
200g butter at room temperature
4 eggs
225 g flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
zest of 2 lemons

For the Drizzle
85g sugar
juice of 1 1/2 - 2 lemons

1) Preheat oven to 180C (350F) or gas mark 4. Line a baking tin with parchment paper.

2) Mix together flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.

3) Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each egg.

4) Sift in the flour mixture. Add lemon zest and mix well.

5) Spoon batter into your baking tin and bak
e for 45-50 minutes (more or less depending on the size of your tin) or until a thin skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

6) While the cake is cooling, mix together the lemon juice and remaining sugar to make the drizzle.

7) Prick the warm cake all over with a skewer, then pour the drizzle over the warm cake. The juice will sink in and the sugar will form a topping. Leave in the tin until completely cool, then remove and serve.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I was wondering when...

...they were going to bloom.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Oh the things they do say...

I was just reading Amanda from Household Six's blog and something made me really laugh.

Want to know what it is?

Amanda was discussing the things that kids say and among them was the expression 'legpits', the lower body version of armpits if you will. If my sister is reading this now, she'll have the same smile and memory as me, because we used to call them legpits as well! Oh the genius of youth because really, it makes complete sense (and still does to me).

I actually have a small book dedicated to the kidisms we hear around here and when a good one comes along, it is quickly written down so not to be forgotten. Among my favourites from my own children are earmuffins, fingerlids (fingernails obviously) and eyeflashes. But then there are the misunderstandings as well, when you know they just haven't understood exactly what the correct wording is. One example I remember is the famous Alice in Turnipland (as the translation from her French Alice au pays des navets would be) and when my oldest declared that she was born in 'get down'. 'Get down' you ask? Well yes. You see, she's born in December or d├ęcembre in French which sounds ever so slightly like the verb descendre or, you guessed it, to go down.

There are also the very logical explanations to such things like why daddy writes with his left hand ("He's French you know") and who is on British coins ("The queen of Snow White of course").

But maybe the best is when you listen in on your children talking among themselves:

"In Egypt, there is a huge statue with the head in a mask and the body of a lion. It's called the Great Stinks."

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

How Wonderful!

Look what I've received from Crystal who's been (apparently) madly stitching for me. I was so excited to open up her email and see what she sent me and I certainly wasn't disappointed. She's really impressed me with her work on William and Isobel and the extra little details she's added like the tassles on William's trike (did you see those?) and the polka dots (you know how I love polka dots) on Isobel's innertube.

We're hoping to cook up a little something special for the blog so stay tuned.

In the meantime, a huge THANK YOU to Crystal for all your hard work and enthusiasm.

And remember, all of these patterns are available either as freebies over there on the right or for a very wee price in my shop.

Friday, June 12, 2009

This.... making it very difficult to work.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Isobel's Innertube

Okay, I have to admit. I've had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day so far. Really.

My external hard drive with all my work on it died. It's pouring rain. I dislocated my thumb. And there are a few other things that I won't mention here.

I think I'm going to take the rest of the day off because of it. Just so I can sit with a cup of tea in my hands and try to get over the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad morning.

But before I do that, I thought I would give you all a little treat with the thought in mind that giving to others may help to improve my day and maybe help anyone else out who may be having a similar type of day, although I truly hope you're not.

So here is Isobel's Innertube for your summertime stitching fun. You can download her for your embroidery purposes over there with the others.

Please remember, these images are for your personal use and are not to be sold. If you are interested in using them for professional reasons, please do contact me so we can discuss!

Friday, June 5, 2009

New embroidery and a question

I've got something new to show you all that I've just added to my shop. It was on the request of a couple of my lovely ladies that Anabel and William have both been transformed into embroidery kits. Both downloadable kits come with instructions and black and white as well as colour images in case you're in need of inspiration (thought I really doubt you are). There is a bright and fun cover page as well as an instruction page. Super easy if you yourself are an "embroiderer" and super easy to transform into a gift for someone else if you're not.

(keep watching this space for June's free download coming soon... I think you may like it!)

Now, onto my question....

While blog hopping again (you know by now I like to do that), I came across this question on Coco's blog ByCoco, asking what is everyone's favourite time to shop online? It's a good question.

Myself, I do it whenever a thought comes into my mind and I can get to internet to check it out. I like immediate responses you see. But it's not always ideal and sometimes it has to wait. So with the exception of "right away", I would have to say my favourite time is either early morning before the kids are really awake or later in the evening once they've gone to be. It makes focussing much easier and avoids all the "oh, can you click on that, mummy" exclamations.

So what's you're favourite time for internet shopping?

I won!

I'm so excited. I woke up to wonderful news that I had won a giveaway contest on the blog unique women in business. What fun news to wake up to, especially because I won a necklace that is just adorably stunning! That's the one I chose there in the photo. Isn't it adorably stunning?

I had a very difficult time choosing as they are all so nice and I love the fact that they are so simple yet terribly feminine.

It's called the Carrie Necklace, yes after Carrie in Sex and the City, and you can find them at ErinKeys Etsy shop. She has them with all different coloured ribbons and varying metal clasps and links (sorry, can you tell I'm not a jewellery maker?). I could spend hours looking at the different choices in her shop and dreaming!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Party Time!

Just in time for summer (although it barely feels like it here despite the recent sunshine), a new print-your-own party pack as well as a print-your-own candy cone template. All you need for putting together a uniquely colourful party at home.

I had such fun putting together this summer party pack. I've had this illustration around for what seems likes eons but wasn't quite sure what to do with it. Once I reworked it, I knew straight away what to do and so the Pool Party theme just came naturally.

Included in the set are templates to print your own party invites and thank you notes (standard 4x6 inch size), place holders and napkin rings, as well as a template to create your own pyramid boxes to hide little candy treasures and a sheet of 2 inch rounds that you can use for stickers, gift tags,cupcake toppers or more! You supply the paper, glue and scissors (and a bit of ribbon if you choose) and you're all ready for a summertime party.

I was so excited about this kit and especially the boxes, that I decided to offer a template for Candy Cones as well. I love these cones in fabric in the wintertime as decoration for little sweeties around the holidays, but thought that a fanciful paper version would be fun for parties as well. I have created a set of spotty cones for your next party in pink, green, blue and orange.

Next up... a set for the boys!