Saturday, 29 November 2008

A recipe to share with you

Hi all I have decided to share with you all a recipe that I made yesterday. We in New Zealand and Australia call them scones so not sure what anybody else calls them but these were really nice to eat and also suitable for Diabetics as well.

Here is the recipe:

Honey and Soda Water scones

4 cups of self raising flour 1 cup of soda water

1 cup of light evaporated milk 1 tablespoon runny honey

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.Sift the flour into a bowl,add soda water,evaporated milk and runny honey, stir gently to just combined and into a soft dough.

Turn dough onto a floured surface.don't over knead otherwise scones will turn out heavy. Gently pat the dough out and cut into squares. Place on a tray and cook for 10 to 12 minutes.


and here is the photo of the scones that I made.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Playing catch up again

Hi there well I have been sick this week with a tummy bug which knocked me for a sixer I can tell you. Just starting to feel better today after vomitting all day yesterday and the day before that running to the loo all day. I even spent the day in bed yesterday and I aren't a person to do that so must have been really sick. Well Murray (DP) thinks I look better today so that is good too.
Could have been doing some respite work again this morning but had to turn it down this time but I know that there is more coming so not to worry.
Next Friday 28 I am back helping at the Red Cross shop as a volunteer so am looking forward to that as I did enjoy doing when i was doing it.
Well guess I had better get off here now just wanted to let you know about me and what had been happening.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Dramatic weather for this time of the year

Hi all well time for a bit of a family ramblings from me this time.

Monday 17th we had the most dramatic of all thunderstorms that I can recall having here in Ashburton.

It was really awful I can tell you that much and I hope that I never have to go through anything as scarey as that was believe me. The thunder and lightening rolled around for a good couple of hours and then came the hail. The stones were as big as golf balls and after it had finished it just looked like a snow fall as you will see by the pictures I am showing with this post. It did a lot of damage in town here and the insurance firms have been busy with claims from people affected with damaged cars and broken windows. We were lucky with only two lots broken on the house but the clearlite sheets on the lean to at the back of the garage was completed shredded and you should see the front steps at the front door where the golf ball hail stones hit its absolutely pitted now.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Playing again

Hi all just thought I would touch base again with some more cards that I have been making over this week. This time I have concentrated on Birthday cards, well one card was used as a birthday card and this is the green floral window card with the brown and cream flowers attached in the center with a brad. The pink window card is what I have done for an "embellishment swap" that I am on on one of my Yahoo groups.The last card which is the brown birthday card is one that I was playing with with my borders Cuttlebug folders and this is what I came up with. I am really happy with the completed result as well.

Weather wise it has been extremely hot here today definitely Summer time for us now for sure and typical of a Canterbury "show week" kind of weather as well.

Alastair has just missed out on the trainee check out job at the New World supermarket but they told him they are keeping his details on file so that can't be too bad can it.

Ok now to show you the photos of those cards I have playing at creating this week.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Birthday day and another card making class

Well here I am back again after a fairly hectic kind of week for this one just gone.

I started off with a Diabetes committee meeting on the Monday 3rd November in the evening where we were sorting out things for the Diabetes Awareness week which is from the 18th November through to 24th November I think the dates are.

If you go to this link you will find out more of what happens around New Zealand for Diabetes Awareness week.

Tuesday afternoon i went to my local scrapbook/cardmaking shop at ScrapHappy Ashburton for our monthly Cuttlebug card making class. There were only two of us at this class this time , they were me and my friend Jan so as Alison our tutor said we would have personalised tutoring which we did and made 4 more lovely cards as well.The first card we made at class was on a brown base with a fawn cuttlebugged piece of card using one of my favourite Cuttlebug folders Swiss Dots, then using a white metallic piece of card we cuttlebugged this piece using the Divine swirls, we matted in light brown and used one part of the vintage corners dies. Very effective don't you agree.The second card was as a Christmas card and we used the Dandelion die and cut out the square on this reversible paper then we used the red danelion as the cenerpiece and the lovely brown toned flowers to the center of this. Another simple and effective way for a christmas card.The third card was using the vintage corner dies the swirly ones this time and we added red rhinestones to the centers here and also used a chipboard scalloped circle with the words Make a wish but the "make a" part came off but still looks pretty good don't you think?? The last card was using the bird call embossing folder which I had been considering buying for a while but didn't know what I could do with it so using it at class made me finish up by buying it .

Wednesday 5th November was my birthday but it was a very low key day. We went through to Christchurch shopping for stamping related goodie. We went to Denny's restauarant for a lovely lunch and all in all it was a great day.

Take a look at the cards I did I am proud of what I did this time

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Chat and cards

Hi I am here again with another general update and some cards and atcs to share with you. The cards I have made and the atcs are from my friend Donna for one of the groups that we are on together
The result of my eye appointment on Tueswday was not all that good and my cataracts especially the left eye one will need surgery in the near future and the eye doctor will see me again in March next year and we will take it from there for that.
Alistair is causing me a bit of a headache just now as he is always on the big computer playing games and it caused me to rant and rave at him this afternoon as all he has done today is either play games on the computer and watch TV. He hadn't even been outside which I think is shocking for a 17 year old but how does one try and get him to do other things. I want him to read and do stuff like that but then aren't too sure if he can even read properly either as I am fast learning that he cannot spell. I think that his foster care life has not been the greatest at all for him and he has also been a bit of a problem kid from the time he went into care as well. Well these are my observations from the short time that he has been here.
thank goodness I have things that I can do to fill in my days like my bible study, my card making classes and of course my card making. Believe me I do not regret growing up in the 60's and 70's one little bit as at least we learned about life and other stuff and at 17 I felt very mature.
Well that's my little vent for the day. Now to share with you the latest cards that I have been able to make. One is a Get Well card for a Diabetes member's hubby recovering from an operation, another card is a Fall card for a swap I am on and another card is for a themed cotw for yet another group I am on called How much is that doggie in the window" and for this one I used a nestabilites frame that I recycled from my stash, cut out some acetate to make a window then stamped the image onto the base card and stamped the Live well sentiment on the front of the frame.
The atcs were for a theme of atcs that were of similar nature and for this one Donna chose Fruits of the Seasons and these were very well done I might add.
Till next time then..............