Saturday, April 23, 2011

Anything tickle your fancy lately??

(a random feather that flew across our back cement)

The kids have been playing handball on the back cement to fill in the school holidays. Obviously the stakes have been raised as no longer do you get sent to "dunce" you get sent to....

I think it might be time to get back to school and back to learning some spelling...

Have a great week...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Squishy Fruit Recipe 2 - Banana Bread

2 tabs butter/margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2-3 ripe bananas - mashed
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp bicarb
1 1/2 cup SR flour

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mashed banana. Mix the milk and bicarb soda in a separate bowl. Add the milk/soda mixture alternatively with the flour. (ie. a bit of the milk, then a bit of the flour, stirring in between.)

If you prefer not to have 'chunks' of banana, then you can stick a mixmaster through the mixture to make it more smooth.

Cook in loaf pan for 40-50min in moderate oven.

Hint - if you suddenly find yourself with 10 bananas all over-ripe at the same time, stick some in the freezer. You can freeze them peeled or unpeeled. (the peel goes black but the inside fruit is fine!)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Random Quilt Story

There's been no crafting, quilting or creativity around here this week at all. There's been a gastro bug, irritable children and an absent husband. Also impending visitors and deadlines.

Fun week, all in all! (yep sarcasm...that's the lows I've stooped to!)

So as I've nothing new to show you I thought I'd show you a quilt that spends it's life on our guest bed.

It began as blocks I had made at a sampler quilt class. I struggled through templates, hand applique etc etc and when I finished the blocks I played around with setting, hit a mental block and stuffed them, frustratedly, in the cupboard.Several years passed and I happened to mention them on my online quilt group - offerring to give them away to anyone who would take them so I long as I wouldn't have to see them again. (along with the blocks when metres of bottle green material for the sashing...what was I thinking!!??)

Well the lovely Caz said she would have them..and I never thought of them again. However, she got them together - changed one of the blocks that wasn't "working"-got it quilted, then bound it and sent it back to me!! Out of the goodness of her heart. A complete surprise. What a friend!!

And I love it. The blocks that I hated ended up looking pretty good together, I think.

Some quilts are quilts, and that's all. And some quilts are quilt's that give you a warm fuzzy feeling every time you see them, and this is one of those. How great is that??!

Have a great week!