Saturday, 25 May 2013

Happy Holidays

We're off to France for half term.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed for sunshine. Or at least a few degrees warmer than Blighty.

Whatever the weather though it'll be good to have a break, to escape the day to day, to see new things, eat good food, drink good wine (well, cheap, good wine) and be together.

Enjoy your week, whatever you're getting up to....

See you soon!

Saturday, 18 May 2013

S'cat'urday Sketch

Am working on a little commission for a friends cat-mad daughter.
Loving the simplicity of this, although suspect I will have to bling it up a bit for the 9 year old in question!
Will post a pic of the final print at some point, but am considering this simple version for my etsy shop, as I already have had a few cat-a-holics asking for a copy.... if you're interested then please let me know too!

Happy weekends all


Thursday, 16 May 2013

A bit of a tart...

Well, now that I've got your attention please let me explain, not that sort of a tart, but a bit of tart on top of a lot of cookie. Oh yes.

I wouldn't be any sort of a blogging friend if I didn't share this recipe with you all, because believe me these are lush. (whether you opt for the tart bit or not).

So way back in February our little rhubarb plant looked like this.

Cute, little and full of springtime promise. It certainly has delivered all it promised - and more.

So we are being inventive with recipes now - as much as I love a good crumble it's really only a pudding in our house, and these cookies? Well they can be eaten any time of the day, not just after a meal!! My very inventive title?
Rhubarb and white chocolate chunk cookies.
Descriptive non?!

Do try this at home (especially if you're experiencing an abundance of rhubarb) I find any fruit combo will work as it does add a lovely tartness to offset all that sweetness, but I guess you could also add nuts or dried fruit as well...the choice is yours. The not so secret ingredient to why these are so yum is the quantity of condensed milk they contain. Well, I didn't say they were good for you did I?!

 1 Cut up the 'barb into bitesize chunks cover with some sugar for 15 mins in the oven under foil.
 2 Get stuck in (now the time to bring in the little'uns) and mix that dough and that white chocolate!
 3 Flatten small chunks of dough into cookie shapes and press your rhubarb in the middle of each disc
 4 Pop in the oven for 25 mins and tuck in.

So this is my little version based upon our first try when we used raspberries and white chocolate. For the proper recipe instructions click the link!

And enjoy.


Saturday, 11 May 2013

Sketch Time...!

This weeks inspiration came from Annie at knitsofacto - in response to my last few posts. Thanks Annie, these words really do say it all. Do check out Annie's blog if you haven't seen it, she's a very clever lady, always has wise words and lovely posts.

The poem goes on....

Dust if you must.
But there is not much time
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
Music to hear, and books to read,
Friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must.
But the world’s out there
With the sun in your eyes,
the wind in your hair,
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
This day will not come round again.

Dust if you must.
But bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go, and go you must,
You, yourself, will make more dust.

...and is attributed to Mrs Rose Milligan from Lancaster. The poem was first published in the September 15th – 21st edition of The Lady (magazine) in 1998.

 One day I'll illustrate it all! (and nicely!)

What do you think of these wise words? Agree wholeheartledly or yearn for a tidy house? ; )

Happy weekends All.


Saturday, 4 May 2013

Saturday sketch

Thank so much for your advice last week!
I have excelled this week in writing lists.
And on Monday and Tuesday I actually acheived what was written on said list!
It went a bit downhill from there, but hey it's a start.
And the above words are set to remind us all that even when you've got washing up to your ears and dust forming layers on your telly, don't forget to do the happy bits too.

And - the sun is shining so what's not to be happy about? ; )