Monthly Archives: April 2013

Make, Do, Mend: Healthy (fake) ice cream

This is another one in the cuckoo health kick series that I’m still plodding along with (with varying success).

blended banana

After the success of the two ingredient pancakes I decided to give this one ingredient “ice cream” a go. It’s not officially ice cream, it’s frozen-banana-blended-like-crazy-until-it-looks-like-Mr-Whippy. If the real stuff isn’t available or too calorific this is a good alternative!

All you have to do is slice a banana or two and put in the freezer (we had three bananas between two people and the portions were pretty huge – I reckon one banana per person is best). Once frozen, pop the slices in a blender (and add a touch of milk or water just to help the blender along a bit). Now the world is your oyster – you can add coco powder (I added 1 tbsp), peanut butter (I did this but reckon it’s better without), chocolate spread or just have it as it is.

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(Excuse my half melted final product, I took my sweet time taking a photo of it).

It’s yummy and dairy free (that is if you don’t add the splash of milk).

– Hanna 

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Weekend in pictures…

 

 

 

 

Hope you had a fun weekend! We’ve had a good one with friends, fresh air, cooking experiments, live music, bit of work and car boot sales. What more could you ask for from two little days?!

homemade crumpets

Hanna’s hubs us a wiz in the kitchen.. he made these homemade crumpets for Saturday’s breakfast (following Paul Hollywood’s recipe)

flowers from the garden

Making use of the pretty flowers growing in the garden… anyone know what these ones are called though?wild garlic pesto

There is so much wild garlic around… Hanna made it into a pesto (post to follow for those who are interested!)home-brew

 

 

The kitchen laboratory continued with some serious bottling of the home brew.

new baby

Celeste’s got a new baby to create lovely sounds with.

live music

Some talented friends playing their socks off.

pashley

 

 

Celeste is day dreaming about owning a Pashley!
liquorice all sorts

 

Anyone else think these tube seats look like liquorice Allsorts?!

Hope you have a good first week of May!

-Celeste, Sarah and Hanna 

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Come Home To Me: Changing vignettes

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Every now and then I get the need to change things around at our house. I’ve found that the best way to give your home a good/cheap facelift is to organise little displays.

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You can change these to your hearts content without blowing the bank. Different tins, branches, vases, old pictures and paintings all can spark up a space and, if you’re an easily pleased geek like me, make you happy every time you see it!

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We rescued these abandoned and unfinished (or painted over) pictures in my parents-in-laws’ loft, created by late grandad,  and now they are making our weird hatch (the joys of rental houses) more bearable! Win win.

Hope you’re enjoying the Spring sunshine!

-Hanna

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Make,Do,Mend: From Tea Towels To Cushions – Guest post!

We have a very crafty friend called Sarah E. She makes all sorts of lovely things and has agreed to grace our humble blog with this amazing tutorial on how to make cushions from tea towels! Here it goes…

Tea towel Cushion Tutorial

A quick and easy tutorial for making two square, envelope style cushions from a supermarket pack of three teatowels!

1 Teatowel pack

Step 1. Find three coordinating tea towels (the pack I used was £5 from Sainsburys)

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Step 2. Pick a tea towel for your first cushion and lay it out on a flat surface, pattern side facing down. Fold it back on itself to make a square (measure your square to check!)

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Step 3. Take a second tea towel and lay it on top of your square with the pattern facing up. Overlap the two tea towels by about 3 or 4 inches and chop off the end of your tea towel that hangs off the edge of your square. This is what your cushion will look like when you’re finished.

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Step 4. Fold the whole thing over turning it inside out as you go. I found the simplest way to do this is to hold on to the middle point where the two fabrics overlap, and then flip it over. The front and back patterns should now be facing each other and the reverse of the tea towels are facing out. Double check that it’s still square!

5 pin and sew

Step 5. Pin your square and sew round the edge (you don’t need to sew along the side that’s folded). Leave a wide enough hem to make sure you sew through all the layers of tea towels (my tea towels weren’t all quite the same size).

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Step 6. Chop off the corners. This will mean you have nice pointy corners to your cushion. (make sure you don’t cut in to your line of stitching!)

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Step 7. Turn your cover the right way out and stuff it with a cushion (a 45cm x 45cm insert worked perfectly for me).

If your cover seems really baggy then turn it inside out again and sew another row of stitches inside the ones you’ve already done. This will make the cover tighter.

Repeat with your remaining tea towel and voila! Two smart new, coordinating cushions.

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Step 8. Smug.

-Sarah E.

Thank you so much Sarah!

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Weekend in pictures…

Hope you enjoyed the sunshine this weekend – we sure did! (now more of that please!)

breakkie

 

It wouldn’t be a Saturday morning without a picture of breakfast! 🙂

aforadventure

 

A is for adventure – Hanna and hubs decided to get lost in the woods (and then get a map out and find the way back).

 

 

packedlunch

What is an adventure without a packed lunch? (PS. We all have a Fjällraven and love them -find out more here!)

quarry

This quarry near Hanna’s is looks like big boys playground…

beerinthesun

Celeste managed to down some drinks in the sun! (surely this is what summer is all about!)

caravan

There is a lovely place called Caravan in Kings Cross London that Celeste and Sarah got to spend quality time in.

wahaca

 

Wahaca is our all time favourite – Celeste was the lucky girl to get to sample these treats!

Hope you had a good ‘un!

Sarah, Celeste and Hanna

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Friday finds: Books to take out to the sunshine!

Us foxes like books. Many books. Any books. Here’s some good one’s you can take out into the sunshine…

LeanneShapton

This book by Leanne Shapton is so clever. It documents the ups and downs of a relationship all in an auction book format with pictures. Sounds weird, but honestly, it’s genius and one you can’t put down. Tears might have even been shed when reading this “catalogue”. (Biggest thanks goes to our friend Sarah E for introducing it to us!)

Wildwood

A beautiful tale guaranteed to carry you away into another world…

LittleWomen

One that everyone should read, seeing the film is just not enough. It’s heartwarming and wrenching all at the same time.

of-mice-and-men

Even if you read this at school. Read it again. It’s so much better when teenage hormones have left your body.

If you like books, you most likely like bookshelves. So make your way over to bookshelf porn. We’re obsessed!

Hope the sun is shining wherever you are!

Celeste, Sarah and Hanna 

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Penny for your thoughts: The Great Gatsby

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After almost eight years I find my self coming to the end of a season and starting the beginning of a new one.

I was walking along a road I had walked so many times in the last eight  years, a road that had before been an escape, a road that I had lived off, a road which I had known and had known me but somehow it felt different…the sun shone brightly (and about time that you made an appearance sun!) As I walked, in the sun,  I read. From experience I have learnt that reading and walking can be a dangerous affair…It is an art to avoid lamp posts, pedestrians, prams and dog poop. I don’t want to sound smug but I pretty much nailed it.

”And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees … I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sometimes it happens like this. That there is a book, poem, song that you have read or heard a thousand times and the words that you have seen, known & missed jump out at you and describe for you feelings, hopes or dreams that you may not have even known how to articulate. This has happened to me, today in the sun.

Cheesy but true.

P.S. I can’t wait for Baz Luhrmann’s film of this book, ‘The Great Gatsby’ to come out and blow my mind.

F. Scott Fitgerald and Baz Luhrmann in my mind only a winning combination!

Happy Thursday/Friday morning

xx Celeste 

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