YOU READY FOR ANOTHER BACKTACK?

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As sands through the hourglass, so too are the days of our lives, and we come to find that once again we are on the cusp of another backtack installment. Alison and I have been working on a slightly different backtack experience for BTIII. It will be a challenge for some of you, but a whole heap of fun as well, and when we put the final results together in a flickr album, you’ll understand why we set what we did.

You didn’t think we’d tell you right now though did you? Oh no. We’re much more sneaky than that. On the 5th April we will announce BTIII – on both our blogs and on the backtack site as well. We will tell you then exactly what you will need to do for this one, exactly what we require, and there will be explicit instructions to comply with for signing up and for playing. We urge that if you are interested in playing, that you read that post very carefully. The new backtack button above gives a huge hint about what is in store….

And if you’re keen, follow the sign up instructions on the backtack website on the 5th April NOT BEFORE because we’d love to have you all come and play.

Corner of my home?

More like "Top of My Fridge". Check out others, and the creator of "Corner of My Home" Amanda.

Tops of fridges are usually dumping grounds for take out menus, bills, keys and other general "stuff". I was determined my fridge would not be this. I know, very important life stuff here.

So…We have the vintage bread bin from Em – isn’t the lettering gorgeous, my babushka dolls bought from a store in Melbourne that imports them, my tin flask (the insides exploded one day, so it’s just hanging around for looks) and my nearly empty summer bottle of mango daiquiri making rum. Oh and the eggs, for baking, room temperature eggs please!

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Alison M gave me this recipe, I have no idea who the creator of it is. It’s sweet and naughty and very quick, too quick!, to make. Purrfect.

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You’ll need:

  • 1-1.5 cups Rice Bubbles
  • 1 Packet Raspberry lollies (chewy jube like lollies)
  • 250-300 grams Chocolate (don’t go all cheap on the chocolate)
  • 30grams Copha EDIT – Vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 packet Marshmallows (don’t go buying cheap here either)

Prepare the tray you’re going to put the mixture into by lining it with baking paper. No need to grease it. You could also try using cupcake liners.

Cut up the marsmellows and put into a bowl together with the rice bubbles and the raspberry lollies, also cut these in half.

Melt the copha and chocolate together on medium in the microwave for about 2 minutes. Make sure they’re combined well, give them a good stir.

Then pour over the dry mix in the bowl. Stir it thoroughly through and when combined spoon it into your prepared tin, pushing it down and smooshing it about (yes, smooshing).

Stick it in the freezer for about 30minutes. Then cut it up and enjoy with a cuppa. Easy!

Since we’re about food today, I made scones on Sunday morning. Whipped up a batch using my favourite Woman’s Weekly recipe. Very basic recipe that I have success with always. The trick with scones is to not over handle the dough. I also use a knife to cut through the mixture when adding the milk to the flour. Yes, yes I know, there are lots of other versions that use cream and other ingredients, but this one works and I like the end result.

The Australian Women’s Weekly – "The Basic Cookbook", ISBN 0949128295. Was first printed in 1988, my edition is 1994.

Scones

Best eaten the day they are made or STRAIGHT from the oven! Can be frozen for up to two months, though I couldn’t imagine doing that πŸ™‚

  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 15 grams butter, chopped
  • 1 cup milk, approximately

First up preheat your oven to 230C.

Sift flour and sugar into a bowl, then rub in the butter with your fingertips.

Make a well in the centre of ingredients, add ALMOST all the milk at once.

Using a knife (butter knife or similar), "cut" the milk through the flour mixture to mix to a soft, sticky dough. Add the remaining milk only if needed for correct consistency. What’s correct consistency?….you want a soft not too sticky dough.

At this point turn dough from bowl onto lightly floured surface (don’t go using too much flour, you’ll upset the balance of ingredients).

Kneed LIGHTLY, you hear that LIGHTLY, until smooth, not completely perfectly smooth but good enough πŸ™‚

Press dough out gently and evenly to approximately 2cm thickness, you don’t need a rolling pin.

Dip a 5cm cutter into flour, cut as many rounds as you can, place the scones side by side just touching in a lightly greased 20cm circular pan, you can use a square pan. Gently knead the leftover dough again and repeat your cutting, when patting the dough out for the second time, leave it a little thicker than the first time.

Brush the tops with a little milk.

Bake for 15 minutes or until tops are browned and scones sound hollow when tapped with fingertips.

Makes about 10.

Serve hot from the oven with double cream and preferably homemade jam. Mine were eaten with homemade apricot and cinnamon jam. Of course, you need to be drinking pot brewed tea! Let me know if you make some!

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for Kate

EDIT – Check out Kate’s pictures. Bloody excellent πŸ™‚

I met Kate last year at Perth’s equivalent of the "Bloggies", Spicey introduced us. We’re in that still getting to know you stage of friendship. Kate’s super intelligent and I read her blog, but often don’t comment as I get stage fright! Stupid and funny. She also has an excellent sense of style and wears the cutest clothes and accessories. This is sounding all superficial, anything but what Kate is…She has a Jon, Jon is lovely. He’s funny and very good value and he and Jasper put on a good show πŸ˜‰

The point, yes there is one. Kate gave me some fabric a while ago from a dress her mum used to wear in the 70’s (I think this is accurate). Great fabric, Kate doesn’t sew so she’d passed this on to me, I agreed on the proviso that I use the fabric to make something for her. Kate had mentioned that she didn’t have a needle roll.

So here we have needle roll, backed with corduroy, embellished with yoyo’s. Inside Kate’s fabric and a felt needle/pin holder. There’s also a matching tape measure and pincushion using Martha’s tomato pattern, any buttons I used were from my vintage button stash. I particularly like the pineapple like button on top of the pincushion. Excuse these pictures. I was frantically finishing this up Friday night and then only had a quick few minutes Saturday morning before seeing Kate to take some pics. I think she’s going to take some and if Kate’s photography is anything to go by, they’ll be excellent.

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More pics at flickr.

Introducing Bruce

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Hilary’s been at it again, giving away gorgeous free patterns. Here’s my first rabbit. I changed the pattern slightly, reduced it to 75% of what the pattern is, so he’s about 15cm (6 inches) high. I also did a blanket stitch around the ears as I didn’t trust that I could machine zig zag the smaller ears to my satisfaction.

The details…the grey for his front is from an old jumper that I’ve machine felted. It’s not completely felted as the jumper was a wool/acrylic mix, predominately wool. It’s a nice weight fabric, not too thick and still has some stretch. The fabric on the back is from Aunt Grace. For his pompom tail I used some novelty yarn (no ball band sorry).

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Quick, fun project. Started and finished this evening. I’d better get off to bed it’s 2am I’ve just realised and I’ve got to be up and out the door by about 8 tomorrow morning for breakfast. I then have about 5 hours at knitting circle *sigh* someone’s got to do it πŸ˜‰  Have a great weekend everyone.

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good weekend?

I did. Friday night pizza and hanging with my buddy Alison watching a trashy movie…*cough* and spilling a considerable amount of soda on her sofa..but we won’t talk about that.

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Finished off Kate. Jess Hutch’s pattern from Knitty. I know I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again (Jess, you can pay me later πŸ˜‰ ). Love her pattern writing. Clear instructions, nice shaping and fun, quick knits. Kate had to sit down to have her picture taken as her legs get tired carrying around her very heavy middle section (she’s got a penchant for homemade rocky road and over indulged this weekend). Trying to decide which pattern to do from Jess’s book.

Saturday morning GYM at 9am, I know, don’t fall over. Then craft store browsing and by 2pm I had to lay down for a nanna nap. Though it turned into a nanna marathon nap for over 3 hours.

Sunday, domesticity around the home, thought about sewing, cleaned up my sewing desk, no sewing eventuated. Went off to Cottesloe for the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, flickr pics by me and others.. Lots of fun and amazing weather yesterday. Gorgeous. Girlfriend over for dinner and a viewing of Crash.

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Granny’s tea set

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My bosses Granny recently went into assisted care and was having a clean out of her house. I know….drooling at the thought of her Granny’s treasures. That just sounds wrong! LOL. Anyhow. I was offered this tea set! How cool is it. Love the pattern and colours and the shapes! Excellent. It’s in excellent condition. "Midwinter Modern, Fashion Shape" is printed on the base of the pieces. Apparently these were manufactured in the 50’s and 60’s and are now becoming hot on the collector’s scene.

I feel a little guilty benefiting from Juliet’s Granny and have decided that she needs a lap quilt for herself. She’s now living in one room, which is a huge change, but she’s amazing. Apparently she’s doing well in spirit and is accepting this new phase in her life. Her favourite colours are pink and greens, so I’ll raid the stash and see what I can come up with.

You might wonder why I’m so excited about this? Well thrifting in Australia is not as bountiful as other countries. So whenever a find is stumbled upon or given to me I leap on it πŸ™‚  We just don’t have the population or the history for old stuff!

More pics over at flickr. Tea anyone?

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