So………..this week I bought myself a new book, a very very exciting one! I’ve never really been the baking kind of person, I’ve made the odd cake and cookie but nothing really that major. In fact, I have some very close friends who absolutely kick my ass at baking, so I’ve never really been that bothered, I can always persuade them to bake, which is a win-win situation really (no baking and lots of cake eating).
Anyway, back to the book, it looked absolutely delicious, it immediately had me dreaming of sweeties, just from looking at the cover. Yes, you guessed it - it’s a book on how to make sweets! YAY!
So I decided that I would try and make something very simple, I figured it couldn’t be that hard? So, the decision was Coconut ice (that for some reason reminds me of the seaside?)…….hence the title of this blog post, it’s had me singing vanilla ice for the last couple of days!
Anyway, I thought you might all enjoy a look at the way they turned out….
So this is how they are supposed to look….
My amazing measuring cups……what a brilliant present these were!
The white layer….
The pink layer……
Licking the spoon - yummy! (Although it’s a bit more sickly that from a cake mixture)…..
The end result……..I need to stop myself from eating them all!
Mary mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow?
As you all know, I now live in a house…it has stairs and everything! What is also has, which I’ve missed for the last 10 years or so, is a lovely garden! This means that I’ve been 2nd in command for planting and growing veg (James, my other half is very much the boss, although I’m not sure I can be called the labourer either as he does the hard work).
Anyhow, I was extremely excited yesterday to find that we now have the beginnings of some lovely vegetables in our garden………so, here we are, the gallery of veg! YAY!
One of my lovely wild flowers………these have taken a little while but they’re finally here!
Colin the courgette………soon to be Malcolm the Marrow!
One of our lovely strawberries………..
The beginnings of an apple….
A couple of beans……….apologies for my dreadful photographic skills - I should learn to use my proper camera not my phone! oops!
So now, I hope for a little more sunshine and a bit more food to fill my belly!
Recently, thumbing through a sewing magazine I came across an article for something called “Dress a girl around the world”. This is a charity that provides dresses to girls in poverty all around the world. I was intstantly drawn in and happy that I’d found a charity that I could put my sewing skills to use for.
Basically the idea is to give little girls, who rarely have the chance to own something of their own, a pretty dress. It sounded like an absolutely brilliant idea to me. The dresses seemed easy to make, using just a pillow case, a bit of bias binding (the bits that make the straps) and a couple of pieces of elastic.
So I appealed for pillow cases and James’ mum came up with a couple. I’d mentioned to James that he could help, but before he knew it I he was making one of his very own!
So James, now known as “Birdie Junior” has had his first sewing machine experience, making a dress (I am most impressed) and has helped out a charity too! Cool eh?
So, I thought I’d share some photos with you all (below). If you’d like further information you can go to www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com. Also, if you have any spare pillowcases, please let me have them (patterned ones, that aren’t see through are preferable).
This is how they began…….armholes cut out!
Ironing down the hems…
James marking out his hems….
James at the helm….
I’m not sure if this is a smile, a look of panic or pain!?!?
The finished article…..an amazing achievement for the first time on a sewing machine!
My finished dress
These are going to go off for two little girls, somewhere around the world.
So - do you have a spare pillowcase somewhere? Let me know, I’ll gladly take it off your hands!