Welcome to my blog!

If you ask me what my very favourite thing is I would not hesitate to say my family. I came into motherhood quite late on, and was immediately overwhelmed with how amazing it is. Now I would like nothing more than to be a Domestic Goddess, and surround my family in love, good food, beautiful things and lots of happy memories. And like the majority of families these days, we need to do it on a budget!

I firmly believe we all have a little bit of the Domestic Goddess inside us, just waiting to break out. Whether that is knowing how to make a roast chicken feed a family of 4 for a week, being able to make, repair or recycle clothes, hunting down a bargain, or simply turning everyday, simple things into pretty or useful items, with a little bit of imagination we can all dip in to the Goddess inside and make our lives that little bit more interesting.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy sharing my (challenging) journey into Domestic Goddessness!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Just one or two cards and a cake for good measure.

It's been a busy week on the crafting front really. Eighty wedding invitations all made (thanks to my sister-in-law) and 8 other handmade cards done as well. Not to mention the baby blanket I was knitting for a friend finally completed after a couple of months. And a baby hat knocked up for good measure with the left over wool.

The baby blanket was the worst. It took every ounce of determination I have to finish it and I have no idea why. A simple knit - corner to corner in garter stitch - what could be difficult about that?? But it wasn't my favourite thing and I found myself distracted by other projects. Maybe next time I'll try something a little bit more complicated and it might keep me interested.

I have also successfully made a chocolate sponge cake which didn't sink hurrrah! Well, it did dip a little bit in the middle but nowhere near as much as my last attempt. This was a recipe not from my beloved Bero book (a must have for anyone who likes a bit of homebaking) but from a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall book (Family Cookbook) A very simple recipe with no numbers to remember or work out. Basically weigh your eggs - shell and all - and then use the same weight of flour, sugar and fat. It works. I just substituted about 25g of flour for cocoa powder and threw in some milk and white chocolate drops for good measure. I'll let you know how it goes down later when it is shared out.

There will be a few pictures of my cards later when I get round to uploading them to the puter, but until then I have banana chocolate pancakes to make for a hungry toddler and a brew and Private Practice for me!

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