Posts Tagged ‘baking’

Bake and make

Among many many good things that Britain brought into my life I’m gonna mention scones today.Β  Plain ones, with raisins, cheese or cherries… but most importantly with a cup ofΒ  tea – I love scones so much, that to prove my love I bake them very often. My current best version is a wholemeal ones with shopped apricots, sultanas and raisins. I get them ready for breakfast and I’m not gonna say the number – all of them are gone (somewhere) by the end of the day.

my scones

I’ve also found a great apple cake recipe

apple cake

and a new Polish recipe that makesΒ  really yummy Christmas cookies


50g butter

1 tbsp golden syrup or honey (I used honey)

50g light brown sugar

225g plain flour

3tsp mixed spices (ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon..)

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

3tbsp milk

1 egg yolk

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Melt the butter, syrup or honey and sugar in a pan. Leave to cool for 5 minutes.

Sift the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Pour in the melted butter mixture, milk and egg yolk. Mix to a soft dough.

Kneed until smooth, then roll out between 2 sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Stamp out forms using cookie cutters. Place on the baking sheets. Make a hole in each if you wish to hang them up later. Bake for 10 minutes, until a slightly darker shade.

Speaking of cookies, I had to make some for my kids school’s Christmas fair. I used simple gingerbread dough and decorated it with the icing. No idea how successful they were, but it was fun making these. πŸ™‚

for others

Ok. Next up buckwheat pancakesfor one

Made fromΒ  wholewheat and buckwheat flour (50/50). My kids actually love them. I also substitute normal sugar for black molasses, it not only is healthier, tastes better, but also makes the pancakes look brownish, so my kiddos call our pancakes ‘the chocolate ones’ πŸ˜‰

So that’s baking. Now making. Lina and her goodies. Already in my shop


For some reason I had this urge to try to make a white felted flower…


I also have a bigger bear that needs to be finished… and a couple of other things…Β  so I might do my last shop update next Tuesday night, but no promises here πŸ˜‰

That’s it. The sun outside is calling – have a great Sunday!

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One two three

I read somewhere, that around one month priory to your birthday you’re supposed to take it all easy, as apparently it’s quite a serious time, where no big decisions, plans, acts are recommended… It’s all about preserving, thinking, charging up and leaving the lot for latter. And all of the above was crossed over in my life last week. Will report later if that turned to be a good thing. Phew. Any volunteers to keep fingers crossed for me?

Here are a couple of things I’m allowed to talk about:

I’ve managed to bake 53 cookie medals (had to modify the recipe to use far less sugar and add some lovely spices) for kids from my son’s school for a fun sporty afternoon in a park that me and my darling have pooled together (I’m too proud to not to mention it – sorry!!! πŸ™‚ ).

the same day I’ve also made bagels (for the very first time). Bread machine guys! I’m not gonna go on how delicious they were… very very… very…

And yes, at last, I’ve made toys and they are not bears!

What do you think? Opinions needed πŸ˜‰ I think I’m going to explore more outside the teddy theme πŸ™‚ That doesn’t mean I’m saying ‘no more’ to my grizzly bears πŸ™‚

OK. That will have to be it for now. Will be back next week. Enjoy yours! x

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No toys

May is an official start to our family’s birthday season. My dearest is the first in line and I love that. I also love our little tradition of marking that special day. We try to spend it outdoors, to recharge the batteries. The ‘newborn’ chooses the location. And Birling Gap became quite popular among us two.

And what birthday without a birthday cake and a birthday wish? Not ours πŸ™‚

It’s Russian honey cake. A bit modified and one of our favourites now.

Warm weather this week keeps us outside

and makes me very tired by the end of the day. So you totally really understand why I have nothing hand made (well a cake…) to show. Instead – have a look at what other natives of mine make.

We’re off to Sheffield, to attend The Digital Art Festival, to see my lovely’s work on the big screen in about 7 hours… That says ‘go to bed woman’… So I’m going. You have a nice weekend and I’ll be back.

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Back on track

Lately I’ve been not feeling too well. Daily headaches and higher levels of unnecessary anxiety left me exhausted physically and mentally. But, today it’s all colors bright again as I’ve started Chinese acupuncture course and have other things lined up to help me feel better, so I’m back.

I’m in bed quite early in these days , that’s good for me, but that also leads to big sights every time I look at my new fabrics… πŸ™‚

my first order form purlsoho

I have big hopes for some new toys soon. Big hopes for a lot of new things actually.

Speaking of which, here is a couple…

kiss me

Today my older son’sΒ  school was fund-raising money for needed equipment. Valentine’s cake stall, so we baked:



And then some of us relaxed…


Eh, relaxed, that’s what I want to be too πŸ™‚

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