Great fun in the household - son #2 had a friend over and they grabbed the Apple and the guitars keyboard and spent the time creating - I have yet to hear what they ended up with - I went to bed with earplugs but they were very happy with themselves. I am happy as with all the money we spend on music lessons its nice to see it alive and well. I do not think #2 should give up his day job - the White Stripes he is not but he loves his guitar and jamming.
Jamming of another sort was today when I cleaned out the freezers and boiled up all the berries I have been saving for Three Berry Jam. A favourite with #1 son always turns out well. I made a large quantity - 2.5kg Strawberries, 2kg blackberries and 1kg raspberries, juice of 2 lemons and 5kg of sugar - which takes a long time to boil to setting point. I find that smaller quantities help preserve the wonderful flavour of fresh fruit but just wanted it over and done. Three Berry Jam is a family favourite only topped by Raspberry Jam which has to be guarded.
It is very satisfying to enter the kitchen and see all the filled jars waiting to cool on the bench - I have plans to bake Louise cake with one jar of the jam from the Edmonds Cook Book. This is my husbands favourite treat and he is returns from work on Friday.
75 g butter
2 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs, separated
1 1/4 cups Edmonds plain baking flour
1 teaspoon Edmonds baking powder
1/4 cup raspberry jam
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup coconut
Cream butter and first measure of sugar until light and fluffy
Beat in egg yolks
Sift flour and baking powder together
Stir into creamed mixture
Press dough into a greased 20 x 30 cm sponge roll tin
Spread raspberry jam over the base
In a bowl beat egg whites until stiff but not dry
Mix in the second measure of sugar and coconut
Spread this meringue mixture over jam
Bake at 180°C for 30 minutes or until meringue is dry and lightly coloured
Cut into squares while still warm.
Makes about 24
A diary of all my mad projects.
I am glad that you stopped by - welcome to my world. Its a little mad and hectic as I sew, knit, embroider and generally craft my way through life. My newest resolution is to spend more time sewing - less time dreaming about it. I love to read comments so I am looking forward to hearing from you all.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
This year I have decided to become a more active participant in things I enjoy doing. I am very involved in my children's rowing, as a committe member and camp mum but have let slide things for myself personally. I love sewing but really spend little time for myself on this. My space allocated for this shifts around the house depending on season and family activities. My husband is finally converting his shed into more than a storage area and is spending time and money so he can finally work on his beloved motorbikes. I have one bay in the shed but this has also become a storage area with the intention of walling the area off for a craft room and an upstairs teen room. Money pressures have put these plans on hold but I need to stop waiting for the upgrade and just set up and SEW out here.
I like the finished shirt and hopefully the husband likes it too. At present he is working in Ethiopia but will return around the 20th of January. I can not wait to see him again.
Well thats enough for the moment off to complete the buttonholes and sew the buttons on. I think it is a good start to the SAM and have quite a few more shirts on the design board.