I didn’t have time to post for Handmade Monday last week. On the Sunday I went to Basildon Park and then had dinner cooked for me, so I didn’t get time to write at my usual time. I am not convinced I made anything particularly exciting either. This week has been no less busy than normal. My weekend has also been jam packed with activities and I will be glad of the bank holiday tomorrow.

On Saturday I decided to do some baking experiments. I had seen these Rainbow Cupcakes during the week and loving all things colourful, had to have a go myself. Here are the results:


It is not immediately obvious that there is a rainbow, untill you take a bite! Image

I used a basic sponge recipe (2oz sugar/butter/flour per 1 egg), then split the mix into 6 and used food colouring to dye it to the appropriate colour. Then, coated in buttercream and sprinkles:


I was contemplating using the recipe in the link above next time, as it supposedly allows the colour to come out more. Still, they were well received by housemates and the other half.

The other baking endeavour was chilli and garlic bread, and it turned out fantastically well.

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I used a basic white loaf recipe (for a 1lb tin), and then added about 5-6 cloves of chopped garlic, some crushed dried chillis, Italian herbs, and dried chives. I’m really pleased with it and will definitely make it again in the future.

I have done very little else of interest this week. Yesterday I went to Swindon and bought a digital piano, which I was a little surprised about. My knitting is coming on, but progress is slower and slower in proportion with the increase in stitches (and the lack of time). Perhaps tomorrow I will get a little further with it.

Enjoy the bank holiday!!


(Taken at Buscot House)



This week I have mostly been….

Coughing. That’s right, I caught a cold. Its made me feel a bit downcast and fed up, but I think I am over the worst now. I didn’t take any time off work (damned if you do, damned if you don’t), and I had several evening engagements so I’ve been rather busy. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who commented on last weeks post. Really, I should get better at responding to people individually.

Despite being super busy, I’ve had time to make some things (no jewellery though). Last week I posted a photo of a cake, and I do enjoy cake but I’ve recently learned to bake bread. My loaves have been turning out perfectly but my rolls have been less successful. Last week I made some roles, and they turned out slightly small and slightly burned. This week’s endeavours turned out much better:


I used white flour and wholemeal flower. The idea of being healthy and using wholemeal flour is very attractive to me but I find the bread turns out a little stiffer.


These rolls have turned out very nicely. I made 9 in total, and freeze them in batches of three.

I also received some yarn from Get Knitted.


The yarn is Rowan Handknit cotton in Ecru and Seafoam, and I have bought it to knit Driftwood by Isabell Kraemer.

Image Its really lovely yarn, it has a lovely drape which I think will suit this jumper nicely. The pattern has been relatively easy to follow, and it seems to be knitting up quite quickly. I am a little concerned I won’t have enough yarn, but fingers crossed it will work out fine.  Image

Hope you have all had an enjoyable week. I will be visiting Handmade Monday to take a look at what everyone else has been up to. 🙂