Take the washing to dinner

For a couple of days now we have been having washing machine issues with the washing machine not spinning and the clothes coming out completely drenched.  Therefore this evening after reenacting a scene from the olden days and let me say that jeans are near impossible to get all the water out by hand we had to ask a couple of friends for help until we resolved the problem. 

This evening before we went out for dinner to a lovely lady who Tinkerbell particularly likes I phoned to tell her our problem and while we enjoyed a wonderful feast she kindly washed our clothes. 


What really is lovely about some of our friends is that Tinkerbell is always made very welcome which really is lovely as she is a huge part of our family and it really is nice to have her join us. 


This particular friend has know Tinkerbell since she came to live with us at only 10 months old and who we actually lived with when my husband and I first got married and were house hunting and renovating the house. 

After a delicious dinner we helped tidy and wash dishes before having a Christmas sing-song as our friend looked through her music book for special Church meeting. 

I even decided on a date for my Christmas open house! 

Happy Friday Friends! 

And the judges deliberated

Yesterday I shared that I had entered myself into a baking competition and spent the evening making a German stollen as my entry for today’s judging. 


The judges complemented my stollen after they had tasted it which was fantastic. 

The baking all had to take part in a baking challenge decorating 12 biscuits within 5 minutes this involved mixing the perfect consistency of icing which I also was complemented about.  For my challenge I decided to do melted snowmen, not very well as I didn’t have what I needed but the judges thought they were sweet. 


My stollen entry was up against some very creative and beautiful cakes; classic Victoria sandwiches, wonderfully iced carrot cake, a delicious looking fruit cake and bara-birth among other delightful entries. 

At the end of the challenge the judges deliberated and announced the winners 1st, 2nd and 3rd. 

The third place was the delicious looking fruit cake the first place was the Welsh bara-birth cake and second place was awarded to my stollen! 

One very happy baker and definitely very pleased with 2nd! 

Happy Thursday Friends! 

It’s competition time

The first competition I ever won was a supermarket colouring competition when I was at primary school.  I can’t remember what I had to colour but I do remember getting my picture taken and getting a lovely brown teddy bear as first place. When I was at university during my art foundation year I was awarded a place directly onto a specialist art degree course without having to apply through UCAS.  The degree course is so specialised that it is the only one in the country. 

Today I entered myself into a baking competition which is being judged tomorrow afternoon.  I decided to make a lovely traditional German style fruit cake called stollen.  So this evening I’ve been baking up a storm kneading and leaving it to rest for 20 then 40 minutes. 


With only 12 entries I decided that making stollen  would be perfect for the fast approaching Christmas season and then hopefully it would be different for the other entries who may decided a more British approach may be more appealing. 


At half way to Christmas I celebrated and made stollen following carefully my recipe. 


The only annoying part is that I won’t actually get to try before the judging.  I’m just hoping that my stollen will win. 


A couple of years ago I attended a WI group and they had an Easter egg competition.  I made this beautiful sizable egg out of wire and beads.  The annoying thing was they didn’t actually judge the eggs and just said they were all very good, I hate that type of competition which isn’t actually competitive at all. 


Happy Wednesday Friends! 

Blustery Pomegranate

This afternoon just after 4pm I was very surprised to know that the temperature on my car thermometer read 7.5°c as I drove home wearing my sun glasses due to the brightness of the sun again in good spirits listening to Christmas music.  When I arrived home the weather had changed become very grey and began to rain terribly hard and the weather has continued to be blustery all through the evening. 


I did arrive home to a lovely Christmas surprise my husband had bought me a thoughtful chocolate advent calendar.  After thanking him I did say that the calendar only had 24 days and not 65!


My husband sweetly prepared a very delicious dinner rice and salmon presented beautifully. 


After dinner I enjoyed a whole pomegranate and decided to look up the benefits of this super fruit.  Cancer fighting,  antioxidants, vitamin c providing 40% of your daily requirement for this vitamin and the list goes on of the benefits.  Not only if this fruit healthy but extremely delicious.  The only drawback is preparing the fruit as the white skin inside tastes disgusting. 

Happy Tuesday Friends! 

Chestnuts Roasting

With 66 days until Christmas day and as I cheerfully listened to Christmas music as I drove my car I felt rather festive.   What made this festive warm feeling even greater was when my husband presented me with a bag of chestnuts! 


My husband was shocked that I had never before roasted chestnuts especially with my fondness for Christmas. 

I made a small cross cut on each chestnut as instructed on the packet and roasted for 20 minutes.


The chestnuts had a rather strange taste but lovely with honey. 


After a fun time of roasting the chestnuts and singing the first line of chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack frost nipping your nose but I often sing toes numerous times I set to work on the costume I’m making for my friends daughter for her dance competition. 


The picture actually makes the leotard look dark blue when in actual fact its purple.  I still need to sew on Swarovski’s onto the costume and make a head dress. 

Happy Monday Friends! 


Sardines and sewing

This morning at 9:08 we arrived at Makro the main two reasons was the buy fish for my husbands 7 day food plan which he is undertaking and to by in bulk kitchen paper and toilet paper, the more you buy the more you save! 


One of the exciting items we bought today was 15 tiny jars of French Bonne Maman strawberry conserve.  It was my husbands suggestion as we don’t eat that much jam and therefore would always have fresh jam which wouldn’t be wasted or go off. 


After I put the fresh salmon into bags…


…I prepared dinner delicious sardines and prawns. 


I put the sardines and prawns into a bowl along with a generous amount of chilli flacks, lemon juice and fresh coriander.  I then cooked the fish in stages in a pan without oil.  The sardines were only £5.17 which really is an incredible price for such a lot of prepared sardines. 

After I’d finished cooking whilst my husband was at the gym I once again organized our pantry, removing everything cleaning and reordering the space.  On my husbands return I was still tidying the pantry so my husband organized dinner avocados salad with the sardines and prawns I had made on fresh salmon. 


One very delicious fish dinner.

After dinner I began to sew my friends daughters dance costume for a competition she is in. 


Tomorrow I will get further guidance from my friend as to what’s she wants and continue hopefully with this later tomorrow. 

After one busy day I’m most definitely ready for Monday! 

Happy Sunday Friends! 

Fruit owl on the motorway

Yesterday my husband brought home with him a large amount of fruit. 


My husband is under taking a 7 day strict food plan and for his lunch today fruit was on the menu. 

So when my husband left for the gym this morning I decided to take some of this delicious fruit plus use some of the fruit that we already had and prepare him a tasty fruit lunch platter.  I used a large white oval plate with gold detailing.  I decided that because it was October I would do a bento style fruit creation and create an owl using fruit. 


Firstly I took half a papaya removed the seeds removed the skin cut a small slither of and sat it on the oval plate with the hollow middle facing out.  Using various different fruits I began to create my owl, using passion fruit for the owls body, pomegranate seeds for the top and bottom area of the plate.  I used pear and kiwifruit for the eyes, apples for the wings, plums for the claws and green grapes. 


The owl looked fairly tropical and my husband was most definitely impressed. 

My husband ended up eating his tropical owl at the motorway service station while I enjoyed a McDonald’s happy meal. 


Tinkerbell for the first time got to meet my grandparents dog Toby she wasn’t at all impressed and went straight to his toy box, sniffed his bed hid under a chair then spent the remainder of the time in the comfort of her carrier. 


Toby spent his time sniffing Tinkerbell, chasing her then showing his tummy.

Tinkerbell also visited with Austrian Grandma for her birthday and sat silently as a mouse in Grandmas house.  Tinkerbell also visited with Max, my parents Doberman where she enjoyed having a little bark at him.

Happy Saturday Friends! 



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