Friday, August 30, 2013

Some of my favourite things around my home

Just a little peek at some of my favourite things
Lots of pics of vignettes in my home

I don't mind silk flowers when there aren't enough fresh in the garden

I love the way the light shines through coloured glass

I brought out some of my pink depression glass to enjoy

My bedside and yes that is me a long time ago

I hope you are having a nice weekend
the weather here is starting to warm up
into the 20's c this week, Lovely

I will be visiting my favourite linky parties this week
The links are on my side bar

xx jeanetteann

Friday, August 23, 2013

A week in the sewing room,so relaxing

Lots of photo's today showing what I've been up to this week

I find sewing and cooking the best form of relaxation
and lots of nice things to look at afterwards.

I have been going through my stash of fabrics and turning them
into little outfits to sell on Ebay and in my Etsy shop

Although I sell most on Ebay. Etsy is not as successful for me,
but as long as they sell somewhere,it certainly gives me
inspiration to make more and use up my hoard and I do so love
making baby things.

Hope you have a nice week doing what makes you happy

Join me at my usual Linky parties this week
the links are on my side bar
I love to see what my blogger friends are making,it gives me inspiration.

xx jeanetteann

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Country Pear and Almond Cake

I thought I might give you another nice recipe to try,
I hope you enjoyed the lemon and almond cake
from last week.
This one makes a lovely desert served with cream,yoghurt or ice cream

I'm going to try this on my next lunch party with friends.

Country Pear and Almond Cake

Oven temp 180c

2 eggs beaten together with 200grms Caster sugar (white granulated will do)
Caster sugar is similar but finer
4 Tblspns milk folded in alternately with 200grms  Self Raising flour

Grease and line a round cake pan
Sprinkle bottom with 30grms dried breadcrumbs

Pour half the batter into the tin
peel and slice 2 pears and put on top of the mixture in the tin
Pour on the other half of the batter

Dot with 30grms butter and sprinkle with 60grms flaked almonds
Bake for 30-40mins or until set and cooked 

Allow to cool 10 mins in the tin before inverting onto a plate then back the right way onto another plate then slide onto a cooling rack
Delicious warm with yoghurt.

While in the kitchen I always fill the oven to save gas,so my 
usual crispy shortbread biscuits go in the oven at the same time

Then a batch of scones while the bread dough is rising in the warm

and to use up a bit of left over sweet shortcrust pastry I had in the 
freezer from last baking day,I used up one last apple in the fruit bowl
which I peeled,cored while still whole,stuffed the hole with mixed
dried fruit and soft brown sugar dotting a little fresh butter
over the apple
sit it on top of the circle of pastry, brush with beaten egg
and fold up the pastry to encase the apple
brush all over with the beaten egg and sprinkle with caster sugar
Bake in the oven at the same time as the scones
Delicious served with custard
It is plenty for 2 people

What to do with the left over egg (I hardly ever waste food)
I stirred it into a bubbling pot of veg and lentil soup

Sour Bread dough ready to be kneaded

I don't worry about the kitchen getting messy when I'm enjoying
myself cooking. There usually is stuff everywhere,even bits on the floor.

Time to clean up and have a nice cup of tea
I think I'll use the pink roses china set today and 
enjoy a nice scone with fresh butter


Join me for some peeky looks into what everyone else in blogland is up to
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xx jeanetteann

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Flowers to plant for Spring & tea with lemon cake

We made a trip to Bunnings today for some lovely Spring flowers
I so love pansies and daffodils

A lovely much awaited parcel arrived today also.
I ordered two climbing roses from Treloars in Melbourne
I couldn't get the ones I wanted here in Adelaide

I have to soak them in water for 24 hours before planting

I read on Pinterest that banana skins are so good for planting 
under the roses. They are supposed to love them,so I've been saving
them up in the freezer. 

Afternoon tea time
Strawberries with a sprinkle of icing sugar(confectioners sugar)

and Lemon almond cake with a refreshing cup of Dilmar tea

Recipe for Lemon Almond cake

185gms(6oz)butter softened
1/2cup caster sugar(ordinary white sugar but finer)
1/2cup curd(butter) or I used juice of 1 lemon instead
as I didn't have lemon curd on hand and it worked perfectly well
3 eggs beaten
11/4 cups Self Raising flour sifted
30grms(1oz) ground almonds
1/2 cup milk
3 tblspns flaked almonds for decoration
(can be toasted)

I just iced the cake with a simple icing 
made with icing sugar and a little water
but the recipe says to use the one below

Lemon Frosting
125 grms(4 oz cream cheese
1 T finely grated lemon rind
11/2 cups icing sugar(confectioners sugar)
2  Tspns lemon juice

Place butter,sugar,lemon butter(curd) or lemon juice of 1 lemon
eggs,flour,ground almonds and milk in a large bowl and mix well

Spoon batter into a greased and lined 20cm(8 inch round cake pan
and bake 40mins or until cooked when tested with a skewer that comes out clean

Stand in the tin for 5 mins before turning out onto a cake rack to cool

To make frosting place cream cheese,lemon rind,icing sugar and lemon juice in
a food processor and process for 1 min or until frostiing is of and easy spreading 
Spread over cake and decorate with almonds


Hope you are enjoying your week,I certainly am. It's nice to get out into the garden again
I am joining my usual Linky parties and having a peek at some new ones
Please join me
The links to the parties are on my side bar

xx jeanetteann