Friday, 21 June 2013

Strawberry Cake

I had a large punnet of strawberries well on their way to expiring in my fridge! waiting to be put to good use.

So I called on a trusty friend for baking inspiration...Google of course.
I found the original recipe at Martha Stewart (tried to reduce the sugar content a little!) and whipped up this delicious strawberry cake during a tea break.

To bake one yourself, you'll need:
1 and 1/2 C flour,
2 t baking powder,
pinch salt,
85g butter,
7/8th C light brown sugar and 2 t for sprinkling,
1 egg,
1 C milk,
1 t vanilla paste,
400-500g strawberries

Wash and halve the strawberries.
Sift the flour, BP and salt into a bowl.
Mix the butter and sugar until light and creamy.
Mix in the milk, egg and vanilla.
Add the dry ingredients and mix together.
Pour the batter into a buttered cake tin.
Arrange the strawberries on top of the batter.
Sprinkle a little sugar lightly over the top.

Bake at 175ºC for 10 minutes.
Reduce the temperature to 160ºC and bake for a further 60 minutes.

Wait until it has cooled to serve. Who am I kidding, tuck right in and enjoy a delicious warm slice of strawberry cake...even better served with a generous dollop of double thick cream.
This cake smells so delicious when you open the oven and leaves your kitchen smelling of strawberry fields...hmmm hmmm...which reminds me, after today we are heading back towards Summer! That makes this girl very happy indeed.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Snug as a Kindle in its Cover

Mum has been knitting a whole lot lately. She takes those knitting needles everywhere. Last week on our flight home from Europe, she pulled her knitting out during take-off and her ball of wool rolled back in the plane past several rows of bemused passengers and right into the galley!

This is a kindle cover she made...if there's one thing she does more than knit, its read! 

Once again the most difficult decision was which buttons to use with it.

I love these pastel heart buttons.

And the sheep is always a winner.

But since these are the newest addition to the ButtonMad family, I'm pleased mum chose them.

Now I'm sending her the specs of my e-reader for one of my own.

If you'd like the instructions on how to knit one of your own, you can email us and Jen will forward them on to you.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Reversible Sun Hat

Before I left on holiday, I made my niece a reversible sun hat.

 I used the free pattern from Sew Much Ado.

Someone seems pretty pleased about it.

I printed out the pattern and having closed the internet page with the directions, followed the few instructions printed on the pattern pieces.

It was very easy to put together and took less than an hour. 

For the first time she was happy to have a hat on.

And showed some flair for posing...

I used this green spotty fabric on the reverse and a bright apple print fabric on the main side.

These buttons go perfectly with the apple fabric - happy lowly worm and a half eaten apple core!

Here it is with the apple fabric showing...

I'm sitting here in the sunny South of France wishing I'd made one in my size...just as well there's a sewing machine here!

With my hat forgotten on the edge of the couch, she only has eyes for her dada.

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