Ten on a Tuesday : 10 Goals for this Summer

1. Be outdoors more. Particularly working on planting and tidying the garden.

2. Have a 4th of July themed party on the 4th of July to celebrate my birthday on the 6th. Perhaps I’ll need to make some American bunting 🙂

3. Read the pile of Reginald Hill books waiting to be read.

4. Get a new job

5. Complete a PRINCE 2 training course.

6. Complete one colorwork knitting project.

7. Clear out the garage.

8. Grow a pumpkin

9. Complete massive ironing pile.

10. Read the whole of “What Colour is your Parachute?”

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I saw Amelia enjoying the sunshine the other day. I think it should be my 11th 🙂

Making Monday : Time-y Wimey Lace

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People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff.
— The Doctor

It was 2paw‘s fault that I was forced to cast this on. It is called Bigger on the Inside and it indulges a love of Dr Who 🙂

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Sirius has checked this box thoroughly and he concurs that unlike the Tardis, it is not bigger on the inside.

Bakewell joy cupcakes

These cupcakes were invented after seeing the wonderful recipe for Almond Joy cupcakes posted by Chris in one of her Friday linkity posts. They are like Bakewell tarts with the addition of coconutty goodness. I had to come up with a non-chocolatey version as pao is trying to eliminate chocolate as a trigger for migraines but you can add a flake at the end like I did if you would like some chocolate on your muffin.

Makes around 20 muffins.

Dry ingredients:
1 1/3 cups plain flour (all-purpose in the US)
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup Ground almonds
1 cup dessicated coconut

Wet ingredients:
1 cup butter Butter (I used Stork)
2 cups sugar
2 eggs

1 cup coconut milk
Several teaspoons of strawberry jam. I used a particular favourite by Tiptree jams called Little Scarlet which is jam made out of teeny tiny strawberries.

Frosting.
I confess I cheated a little and used a tub of Betty Crocker’s vanilla frosting I had in the cupboard. It was late, I’d made a horrible looking concoction with butter, coconut milk and icing sugar which quite frankly my feline assistants were so horrified by that they left the kitchen.

1 tub Betty Crocker’s vanilla frosting
Desiccated coconut
Chopped up Flake bars (only add these if you don’t have a crazy migraine that might be triggered by chocolate)

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Preheat oven to 180C. Line muffin moulds with cases.
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I used some very fancy silicone cases I got free off a magazine which can be reused over and over. (Tasty and environmentally friendly, too.) They also seem to have the benefit of your cupcake sliding right out of the case really cleanly.

Mix together all of dry ingredients in list and set aside.

Using a mixer, mix together sugar and butter until well-combined. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Add 1/2 of the dry mix and mix into a batter. Add 1/2 cup of coconut milk and 1/3 of the remaining dry mix and mix well. Repeat this once more. Finally, fold (not mixer to death as we want some air in our cupcakes) final 1/3 of dry mix into batter.

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Spoon about a teaspoon of batter into the cupcake cases. Not too much as we want to put more in later.

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Add about 1/2 tsp of jam to each case (not too much jam as we want a hint like the thin layer of jam in a Bakewell tart and we don’t want them to be mega mega sweet)

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then cover with coconutty batter until jam is hidden.
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Place on oven for 15-18 minutes.

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Allow to cool and then frost with Betty Crocker.

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Dust with desiccated coconut and serve.

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Add flake if desired.

Ten on a Tuesday : 10 Things You Wish You Liked

1. Interior design. I’m not much of an interior designer – most of our furniture is safe or second-hand. It is amazing that we have curtains that match our sofas and chairs but that is down to the fact pao’s goddaughter chose them. She was 4 at the time!

2. Mad colour explosions in my house. I love the Attic 24 blog as she uses amazing amounts of bright colours. I’m far too conservative to use swathes of colour like that. I might be persuaded to wear bright socks.

3. Doing the ironing. This is an unpleasant activity but I like ironed sheets etc so I have to do ironing to achieve those but no one said I had to like it. I did once achieve the high achievement of finishing all my ironing and planned to iron every wash to avoid a pile up but my dislike of ironing outweighed my desire to avoid a pile up.

4. Eggplant. I’m sure moussaka is special but I find the eggplant horrible. I’ve tried it another way but still not sure about it.

5. Wallpaper. You won’t find any in our house as I don’t really like it. I’ve seen some pretty wallpapers but ever since I was a kid and watched my mum wallpaper, I decided it isn’t for me. Especially all that matching up. I used to spend hours staring at the non-matched wallpaper in my childhood home.

6. Maths. I’m not a numerical genius but wish I could be.

7. Exercising. I admit that I find it dull. The only thing that ever used to make it bearable was using my imagination. Unfortunately I’ve had to stop swimming for the moment as that was the only exercise I actually liked.

8. Extreme hot weather. Yuck!! Give me snow any day. Or air con.

9. Cleaning. Luckily, I have a super friend who is coming to do chores with me. I do chores with her at her house so it isn’t so bad.

10. Camping. I’d like to like it but I’d rather do a two hour round trip each day for a week than sleep in a tent. Maybe I’d like it more if I were warmer but since I was mistaken for a yeti in my White pyjamas last year when I camped with pao.

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Thankfully I don’t have to struggle to like cats.

Ten on a Tuesday : 10 Items On Your Spring To-Do List

1. Make my own lip balm

2. Plant new veggies in the garden.

3. Make some bunting.

4. Make a baby kimono jacket.

5. Make a Bigger on the Inside Scarf

6. Have a serious clear out

7. Get a new job

8. Learn how to use a sewing machine

9. Finish my Copine cardigan

10. Go on some bluebell walks

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Tamyra’s list has one item : drink out of the new water bowl, we’ve conveniently put on the coffee table. She is puzzled by the silly flower though.

Making Monday : The Foxes Made Me Do It

So sorry for the long silence. I’ve been a bit miserable and didn’t want to moan and whinge so I’ve been quiet. I’m a little better now and pao still has a migraine. Yes, it has been four weeks and some for the observant and yes, it is very scary. But, let us not dwell on that. I have one thing to say in my defence for today’s post : “the foxes made me do it”.

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I dropped pao off at work this morning, had to meet someone briefly before collecting pao when he finished his part day as part of a phased return to work and was idly walking back up the town and stopped to get a craft magazine in a pretty sewing shop on the way back to the car. I don’t normally look at the fat quarters in such shops as I don’t really know how to sew but the foxes literally jumped out at me.

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Before I knew it, I was idly thinking what a cute box bag they’d make.

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Thinking of Sarah’s lovely box bags… I suddenly found myself holding the foxes up to other fat quarters with lining in mind. Oh dear. As I said earlier : the foxes made me do it.

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Bad foxes. Now I have to return to town tomorrow to buy a zip and some interfacing. Thankfully my friend who has a sewing machine has offered to help me make it on Wednesday. Uh oh.

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Sirius is trying to tell me that the foxes are telling me to feed him more tuna. Sorry, Sirius, your Jedi cat tricks don’t work on me!!