Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Cabin Fever

We're still stuck inside with impetigo, so we've made a lot of progress with our baking challenge: to bake every recipe in the Hummingbird Bakery book. We made the oat and raisin cookies, and they were very good!

In fact they were just the thing with a favourite mug. I got twice the number of cookies suggested, and they were pretty big.

Sausages has been making "strawberry cake" in his play kitchen recently, so we also made the strawberries and cream cupcakes. These were another big success. I altered the icing a little by crushing a couple of strawberries and mixing in the juice. Yum! And one of your five-a-day, right?

Another great success was the banana cake, which was dense and spicy, like a cross between a banana loaf and gingerbread. The texture of this is just perfect, but I did leave out the baking powder, purely because I couldn't find it.

We also made a freezer full of juice lollies to eat in the sunshine. These are cheap, healthy, and fun! The moulds cost less than a pound, and can be reused and reused. The only problem I have is that sometimes the handles go missing, probably lost in the garden on sunny days.

Almost as fun to eat as it is to wash up the moulds! I got the mop out of the utility room to clean up after this cleaning up and a slug fell out! Eeeewwww! Needless to say he was swiftly evicted from the house.

I'm still reading Cloud Atlas, and enjoying it a lot. It's so hard to write a split narrative well, and this one is intriguing. It's slow going though, I'm not getting much time to read. When Sausages was little I kept a book in the car, and read when he fell asleep, but Bob wakes up when the car slows down, let alone stops, so that's not an option these days, and I fall asleep with the boys these days. It's tiring running around with them, in a good way.

The Adventurer's Vest is finished and half sewn, and awaiting buttons. I don't really fancy attaching a zip as per the pattern, so I thought I'd do small toggles for both the pockets and the front fastening. I'm looking forward to getting this finished as soon as the quarantine allows me to go button shopping.

The grey on the long circular is a gift for a friend. She chose the yarn herself because she is sensitive to wool, and asked me to knit a pattern I had knitted for myself and she admired. I hope to have it finished before her birthday next month. This has been a long time coming; she gave me the yarn to knit it a year ago when I was deep in pregnancy yarn aversion. It's a pattern I love, and I'm looking forward to getting it done.

Do pop over to Ginny's and Tami's to see what other crafters are working on this week, and do let me know what you are up to!



  1. So sorry you are all stuck inside....but YUM!

  2. I know! This is not the way to shed baby weight!

  3. Your baking looks beautiful, as does your knitting. Feel better soon!

  4. Poor you all! I remember have. That as a kid and it was miserable! Hope he gets better soon. Love all your projects, thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you! It's so difficult to get rid of! I love your parcel today!

  5. What a nice baking project! All of the things you've made look scrumptious. I hope your children are feeling better--impetigo is no fun. The Adventurer's Vest is turning out beautifully. I can't wait to see it when it's all put together. Cloud Atlas looks like an interesting read.