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!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Handmade Monday and a bit of this and that.

Monday has rolled round again, and I am now in my 40th week - eekkk! Quite how much longer I am going to have to wait I have no idea, but the end is very much in sight!

Since it's Monday, don't forget to have a wander over to Wendy's Handmade Monday link party to see what everyone's been up to.

It's been a mixed bag of crafting over the last week. Saturday night saw round 3 of the Takeaway challenge. It was my turn to cook and armed with a recipe book from Quorn (one of those 'collect vouchers and send off the p&p' things) I made a korma, this time it was a quorn one. It took a while longer to make than Tim's did last week, and employed the use of my blender to make the paste. Apparently it was a *curry-off* to see who's was better, but as soon as Tim tasted the sauce in the pan he said I had won because it was more like a korma than his was last week. Probably because it used coconut milk and not tomatoes as its base.  Verdict? Definitely milder than last week, but I still spent most of the night in indigestion hell, and I think I'll have to give up the curries for a while.

The foody fun with Caoimhe carried on yesterday when we made tea together. Armed with a booklet from The Vegetarian Society specifically aimed at cooking with kids, we attempted a frittata, we had to tweak the recipe a bit to include stuff we actually had in, but it was great fun to make and with a bit of initial encouragement at the beginning, was eaten as well - so a result! Lots left for some lunch for me today, which is a bonus!

I've had a bit of a play with my Big Shot as well this week:

The bird in the middle is cut with one of my dies, and in true frugal mode I have used a picture from a catalogue (a bunch of flowers advertised in my Next Directory actually!) I also used a bit of Mod Podge to add some sparkle to the plain white backing paper. And the Next Directory has continued to be useful. Yesterday me and the Flip Flop made a hanging heart for Grandma, decorated with cut up pieces of catalogue page. Who said recycling is boring! (Think Tim is gradually getting the idea that my hoarding can come in useful sometimes!)

I've also made a start on the squares for the throw from The Art of Knitting collection I am accruing. I am also collecting the Art of Crochet, though have used the free wool that comes with that for other projects...ooops! I decided to buy both collections initially for my own use but also as a reference guide for the girls as they get bigger. Lots of patterns in there to keep them amused and tips and techniques as well. I came a bit of a cropper with the first square, however, and have already informed my mum that I will be paying her a visit to help me sort it out! The problem is not in the knitting (a basic garter stitch square) but in the decoration, which is an embroidered heart. Now embroidery isn't my bag (it is a form of sewing after all!) But the instructions are terrible and given my pregnancy addled brain I can't make head or tail of them. So, some help is required from the Old Lady. And I'm sure that Miss Gallerys 1 and 2 will no doubt be saying something similar in the future!

Phew, it's actually been a busy week! Feet up this afternoon I think.
Til next time!


dorsetgirl said...

I have that Quorn recipe book too but i've not cooked anything from it yet (its been sat in the cupboard for 7 months!) After seeing that curry I might have to have a go.
Good luck with the birth, hopefully you'll be putting up baby photos for next weeks Handmade Monday x

Ali said...

That Korma looks lovely (I love Korma!) - again, food at 9.30am!! I am so hungry after reading blogs talking about lovely food...

Hope the bambino/a makes an appearance soon! Look after yourself...

Ali x

Anonymous said...

ooooo a quorn recipe book :-) must see if I can find that :-D Curry looks lush xxx

p.s. good luck with baby :-) xxx

Helen said...

It was tasty :) first thing i've made from it too but there are other rhings that sound nice too. There's a gnocchi bake and a coconut curry that sound particulrly tempting... :)
Amy- you can order it from amazon apparently (while stocks last) Called The Quorn Kitchen. the website has recipes as well i've recently discovered x

Helen said...

The recipe for the korma is on there actually!

Caroline Nash said...

The curry looks lovely, have a rest before your new arrival and enjoy some creating

Wendy said...

Definitely put your feet up - there may be precious little of that soon! Good luck with the baby and hope to hear some exciting news soon xx

Picto said...

I love recycling, it's great that something nice can be made from something you already have hanging around, now go and get those feet up and rest. :o)

Jan x

Caroline Lovis said...

40 weeks - gulp! Hope all goes well. Glad you've managed to find time for your Big Shot.

cj - Curious Cat Creative said...

a very busy week!! good luck with the baby :)

fatmonica said...

Love the card-that's a cool bird die-I'll be having some please!