Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Smartie Biscuit.

In honour of Ellie's names day today we have baked Smartie biscuits .....

350g (12oz) Plain Flour
1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
250g (9oz) unsalted butter, softened
300g (10oz) caster sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
160g (6oz) Smarties (or chocolate M&Ms, or chocolate chunks if you wish)
Pinch of salt


1. Heat oven to 180C (350F)
2. Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then beat in the egg and vanilla.
3. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt and gradually beat into the butter mixture to form a stiff dough.
4. Roll the dough into 20 balls, then place on ungreased baking trays, spaced well apart. Press several smarties into each ball, flattening it slightly. Bake for 14 minutes.
5. Leave on trays for 2 minutes to firm up slightly, then cool on a wire rack.
6. Enjoy!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Collections : Ice Fishing Decoys

A huge big thank you to Kristal of rik rak for featuring my old Ice Fishing Decoys as part of her collections series. You can find my collection here on therikrakstudio blog.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Naughty Naughty Me!

Etsy is full of talented artists with wonderful shops. I have a few real favourites and Dawn of LaTouchables is one of them. I can honestly say I adore everything in her shop ... every scarf, cuff, necklace and bag. The detail in each piece is amazing, and I adore Dawn's use of colour, mix of fabrics, and those wonderful little handmade buttons. So, urged on by Luke, I finally weakened and bought not one but two pieces .... naughty naughty me.
Dawn had wrapped them so beautifully, I could hardly bear to unwrap them ....... but I did! Aren't they beautiful! I am thrilled, thank you Dawn!

You can find more of Dawn's beautiful work in her shop LaTouchables. Please take the time to visit, you won't be disappointed!

Monday, January 25, 2010

An Unexpected Trip

I recently returned from an unexpected trip back to the UK for my Nana's funeral. The fact that it was her time did not make it any easier. It did mean I was able to see my sister Kerry and catch up with her. We spent our last afernoon together at the very wonderful Natural History Museum in London.

There is something rather haunting about the dinosaurs in all their majestic beauty. They make one feel quite humbled.

This little man really took my fancy. He is called a Fennec Fox and can be found on the Northern rim of the Sahara Desert.

This was my absolute favourite. I have never seen anything quite like it. A showcase crammed full of hummingbirds, dating from the early 1800's. Exposure to the light has faded most of the birds to brown, but some feathering still flashes with iridescent colour.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Day!

....... and here it is ..... decorated and with candles alight on Christmas Day!

We had a fantastic Christmas. Not because we had a wonderful tree and lots of presents, or because we had plenty of special things to eat. It was fantastic because we are truly blessed to have each other. I have a wonderful family, for which I am truly thankful. :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Our Tree!

Lucy and Luke went out at the weekend to find our Christmas tree. This is it folks! This is the one they decided on. As you can imagine, I was a little unnerved when they arrived home with it, however we did manage somehow, and it is now standing in our living room. :)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Is it Christmas yet?

Well I have had my hands full just lately. Both my girls have had the flu with soaring temperatures. I have been been running around with a thermometer in hand, mopping brows and holding hands and giving cuddles ... my favourite bit!

I have made the most of Luke's presence this weekend, I have started to unpack some of our Christmas decorations. These are a real kishmish. Old and new, things we have collected year by year. Some handmade with our fair hands. Nothing matching. These are a particular favourite of mine, a part of one of my many collections, Father Christmas babushkas. They are very old and the paint is chipped in places. I love their unusual shape, and the raised texture to the paint on the largest Father Christmas.

What is your most cherished Christmas decoration?