Friday, 4 September 2015

Friday Cake Bake #15

I thought I would use up some of my windfalls by making an apple and raisin cake.  This is a shallow, moist cake with the consistency and texture of a bread pudding.  It is lovely served warm from the oven as a pudding with custard, thick yogurt or cream or served cold with a nice hot cup of tea or coffee.  A lovely bake for the cooler days.

Apple and Raisin Cake (rubbing in method)

6oz plain flour
Pinch of salt
A little grated nutmeg
4oz unsalted butter
3oz granulated sugar
8oz raisins
12oz or 5 medium sized apples (unpeeled, cored and grated)
3 eggs

Pre-heat the oven to 180C.  Grease and line an 8 inch cake tin.   In a large bowl, sift the flour with the salt and nutmeg and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles large breadcrumbs.  Stir in the sugar, raisins, apples and eggs without beating.  Pour mixture into prepared tin.

Bake for about an hour and then add on 5 minutes at a time until it is cooked through.  Mine took about 75 minutes.  Remove from the oven  and sprinkle the top with a little sugar if desired.

Let me know if you make it.  It is always good to know which recipes are a hit or a miss!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015


Autumn arrived overnight.  The grass was dewy in the garden this morning and there was a distinct chill in the air.  I am glad for the changing season and all the possibilities it brings with it.

The big old apple tree in the garden may have seen its final year but has greeted me with a glut of apples this morning.  They are falling off the tree in quick succession so it seems as each day the carpet of apples gets thicker and thicker.  I can see lots of apple baking and cooking coming up with pies, crumbles, cakes and sauces.

Thank you to those of you who have visited my new jewellery making blog called Linden Grove Treasure Trove.  You can find it by clicking on the name in the side bar or click on the link below.

Friday, 28 August 2015

A New Blog

Hi everyone!  Just popping by to let you know that I am starting a new blog over here.  I will be keeping this blog for my general ponderings but my new blog will concentrate on one of my many hobbies.  There is just the introductory post on it so far and I need to tweak the settings, template etc.  Please pop over and say hi even if you are not interested in making jewellery.  It would be nice to keep my old friends on board!

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Reminiscing About Kitten Days

Looking at Lyn's post on her new kitten family it reminded me of when we first got Gizmo 8 years ago!  Here he is pictured above.  He had such a tiny little tail back then that grew into a great big bushy fox like tail.  He looks so timid in that photo but from day one he showed who boss was!

It has been a very strange week.  On Monday I put up some photos of me on this blog, then I took them down.  I put the photos back up yesterday and then took them down again!  I would like you to see who writes this blog at some stage but perhaps not such close up mug shots!

I'm in one of my fidgety moods today.  There are some uncertainties in my life at the moment and I feel that I can't settle until things are put into place.  Hopefully things will be ironed out shortly.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Summer Nights

Just before dusk last night, I took this photo out in the garden.  A hot and sticky end to a hot and tiring sticky day.  As much as I have tried to embrace summer this year I really can't wait for it to be over.  I am jealous- yes jealous of people who manage to 'escape' their normal routine by going on holiday and doing 'fun' things.  A staycation means that I feel guilty doing 'nothing' and my husband sees it as a chance to catch up on boring but necessary D.I.Y around the home.  It has been like this for years.  The house is so full of tension you could almost pierce it with a knife and let the scream out.  Each year I tell my son 'it will be different next year' but it never is.  It just gets more intense.

Today is predicted to be another hot and humid day.  I think I just might dig myself a garden cave so I can hide away inside.

Monday, 17 August 2015

What on Earth is it?

On Saturday Gizmo was poking about with something in the garden.  I thought he was toying with a field mouse or a grasshopper and almost freaked out upon investigation when I saw the creature pictured above!  It looked as though it was going to launch itself at me!

Well, thank goodness for Google images where I quickly identified the 'alien'.  It turns out that it is an Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar.  I am so happy that it isn't a sinister creature but apparently they will strip the leaves from your fuchsia bush overnight if you have one!

I  hope that it finds a safe spot to pupate, away from predators.  I would dearly love to see it in its adult form next spring.  You can see what it looks like in adult form here.


Saturday, 15 August 2015

Making and Learning

I made some earrings earlier in the week perfecting the mobius link and using up some of my darker coloured Herkimer quartz gem stones.  I tend to use making things as a distraction to other things going on in my life.  It gives me 'time out' and something else to focus on.

I 'pulled' the post on my doll collection that I posted a few days ago as I didn't think it really fitted with the rest of my blog.  I am not even sure if I should keep this post up as it is not one of my finer photographs but then again life isn't always perfect as it has been demonstrated to me this week.

The last few days have been very unsettling for many reasons that I can't go in to here.  It is all salvageable problems though and hopefully over the next few weeks life will settle back down again.

Aah, the peaks and troughs of life. 

Here's hoping that the week ahead is just a gentle plateau.