Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Suggest a name for my crafty business

Hi All,
I need a name. The craft fair was successful, I am doing patchwork lessons and designing patterns. They are all mixed on this blog. I need a proper craft based blog and cannot think of a name.
I was using J.A.K.E Creations (standing for Jakob, Aaron, Karen and Eli) but this is boring
I have tried using "The Changing Room" but is sounds more like clothes.
I have thought of "Karens Recreations" - not very inspiring.

So help me please. I want something that reflects the recycling, upcycling eco aspect as well as design and making craft and patterns.

Other names I like which are used by other businesses - Sewn New - Piece (for creative minds)  = see the play on words etc. Mine is a lot of sewing and stitching work but not all, I recover some furniture etc.

So help me please

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fantastic food while camping - breakfast

waiting for the cooking to finish
Saturday morning dawned and we were hungry. So American style pancakes were made and eaten with great gusto. Served with Strawberries and banana and either maple syrup or lemons and sugar. Delicious
Very easy to do camping as can be cooked in any fry pan.
Now that I have my swift egg beater in the caravan it makes it even easier. It only takes a few staple ingredients always at hand. Eggs, Milk and flour

a plate waiting for it's pancake

the basic ingredients

The finished, ready to eat, breakfast.
Breakfast Pancakes

Into a bowl put;                                      makes enough for 2-3 people
½ teaspoon sugar
1 cup of flour
Then get another bowl and separate 2 eggs. Put the egg whites into your new bowl and the egg yolks into the flour mixture.
Add one cup of milk to the egg and flour bowl and mix really well so there are no lumps.
Beat the egg whites till stiff then carefully mix them into the batter.
Heat a frypan or gridle to warm and put a nob of butter in the pan.
Make one pancake at a time by pouring at least ½ cup of mixture into the frying pan, when the mixture has bubbles popping then turn the pancake and cook the other side.

Serve with butter and maple syrup or lemon juice and sugar

Camping on show weekend

Well show weekend has just passed and we had a lovely weekend away camping at the Andrew's Shelter off Whites Bridge in the Arthur's Pass National Park. There were two other people in vans, a few sandflies (though not enough that we could not be outside), a little bit of rain one day, a lovely (but very cold stream) and our caravan. I have often looked at people who make bean teepees and though it looked easy. So we made that our mission on Saturday. Had great fun doing it but the result was a bit wonky and too big to fit in the car or caravan to take home. So Mark II will be coming up soon. The kids said we were like Bear Grylls but that he made better stuff!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Beginners quilting lessons

Paula and Steff learning binding
For the last two months I have been doing a series of beginners quilting lessons. 4 friends get together once a fortnight and learn four different things. The quilts that are coming out as first quilts are amazing. The piecing is precise, the colour choices are varied and they have even all quilted their own tops together. Very brave ladies.

Lesson 1: how to cut using a rotary cutter and mat, patchworking strips of material

Lesson 2: making squares and the assembly of nine patch blocks

Lesson 3: half square triangles completed two different ways

Lesson 4: pining a patchwork top out with batting and backing, quilting a top

Lesson 5: binding.

Shirley planning her next quilt

Some of the results of lesson 3

All done

Asparagus and eggs with hollandaise sauce

Two weekends in a row I have made myself my favourite lunch. Fresh asparagus from the garden (literally picked 3 mins before going in the pot), a poached egg or two that were laid that morning by the chooks and lovely hollandaise sauce made on my stove using my Cordon Bleu Recipe from the days of training at the academy in London.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Getting ready for the fair

On Saturday there is a street fair at Leithfeild. My sister and I decided to buy a stall and are setting up (weather permitting - if it is not good then I get to sleep in!!). This is a tester to see if some of the things we do have a commercial value. We would love to do a stall about once every six months. Anyway it has motivated some fast finishing and last night I managed to paint and stretch material over a pin board and finish some lavender hearts. (Which had only been sitting around unfinished for the last year). They look a bit like bunny ears filled and somehow I did not get the tape right for hanging. But hey my pattern will improve next time.

I love the pin board and will not be disappointed if it does not sell - I have a perfect wall to put it on.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A virtuous day

cooking the curd
Well I have managed to get a lot done today. Apart from going to work I have been occupied in the kitchen.

This morning before work I started making a pasta sauce with a box of tomatoes that were seconds at the green grocers. I use Jamie Oliver's standard tomato pasta recipe, it is a staple in my freezer. ( It was one recipe that was in the original Naked Chef series) So we had that for dinner and I froze one lot.

I made "citrus slice" as I needed something for lunch boxes. I am trying to be healthier so I pulled a bag of frozen chickpeas that I had precooked and then frozen in portion lots. I made humus - page 91 of the Moosewood Coookbook. Yum. Jakob and Aaron have that for their packed lunches tomorrow with carrot sticks to use as scoops.
straining the whey from the cheese
Then I tried Donna Hay's recipe, from her current magazine, for making ricotta cheese. It worked really well, though is no cheaper than buying it ready made. One of the bonus's is the whey acts like buttermilk and therefore will be fantastic for using to make pikelet, pancakes and muffins. The one thing that annoyed me about her recipe was that you threw they whey out! What a waste!! So if you combined the cost of ricotta and buttermilk then it would be cheaper to produce.
I think I will make spinakopita pie with it. I have lots of feta cheese at the moment. YUMMY.

A gorgeous break in Rarotonga

Woo hoo, A holiday with no kids for 11 days. Bliss, relaxing and warm! BTW it was an early 20th wedding anniversary present to ourselves....