Friday, 18 July 2008

Blankets & a Recipe

A couple of months ago, Lucy at Attic24 blogged about the festival blankets that she found in her local Oxfam shop and I was smitten! Apparently, they are knitted from donated wool and sold by Oxfam at festivals such as Glastonbury. I don't remember them from my days at Reading and Donnington but that was in nineteen hundred and frozen to death. Well, after seeing Lucy's blankets I felt I just had to have some (you know that feeling don't you?) and ever since I've been popping into our local Oxfam store once or twice a week with absolutely no luck at all. I was beginning to think I was never going to see them and was planning to hit all the Oxfam shops in Cornwall next month! Then eureka! Last week I actually found some. I must say that I was quite relieved because I'm sure that the old dears at the till thought they had some shoplifter lurking behind their shelves up to no good!

I couldn't believe my luck and of course I couldn't walk away with just one. I had to get two because I know that Josh, almost in Year 8 now at school loves a blanket to keep cosy in. I did think that perhaps the other one would be used to leave in the car for picnics and days out - no chance - it has stayed firmly in my bedroom and goes around my shoulders when I'm reading in bed.

Josh wraps his around him in the cool evenings whilst he's on the Playstation or computer and insists that it lives, folded at the bottom of his bed. Rob doesn't quite understand it but leaves us to indulge our funny little ways. I'm sure he'll want one for the winter when we can no longer afford to run the central heating LOL.

Thank you Lucy for bringing them to our attention.

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I'd made lemon curd in the microwave. A few people have asked for the recipe and I've finally thought about writing it up for you. Sorry ladies! It is very quick and makes roughly 2lb.
finely grated rind and juice of 4 large lemons
4 eggs, beaten
8oz caster sugar
4oz butter, diced


Put the lemon rind into a large heatproof bowl. MIx the juice with the eggs and strain into the bowl. Stir in the sugar, then add the butter.

Cook on high for 5-6 minutes or until the curd is thick, whisking well every minute.

Continue whisking until the mixture is cool. It will thicken as it cools. Our into hot sterilized jars. Store in the fridge for upto 2-3 weeks.

Times are based on a 650 watt microwave so you may need to adjust those. As long as you stir every minute you won't go wrong! It's great as a filling in sponge cakes or as a flavouring in ice-cream. Or you can do as my friend does and eat it straight from the jar!

Monday, 14 July 2008

Pocket Money Buys and Giveaway Result

Saturday meant another trip to Bishops Castle to collect the clock we had left there for repair a couple of months ago. It wasn't good news as the clock continues to stop for no good reason. We know that it would be easy enough to buy a new clock but this one belonged to Rob's Gran and he would be incredibly sad to see it replaced. We still had to dodge showers although I'm sure the weather forecast had said otherwise. But we did manage a picnic and as usual I managed to spend some money, both in Bishops Castle and Church Stretton. I found the picture in Bishops Castle and am planning to use it in the lounge when it is redecorated later in the year. I found the two spotty mugs in Church Stretton. (We have a bit of a thing for spots going on in this house.)

Church Stretton also has a large antiques centre with prices to suit all pockets. It was there that I found these glasses. They are repro but only cost £6 for all six which I think is very reasonable. I'm sure that they'll get lots of use throughtout the year but thought they might be quite nice to use for mulled wine at Chistmas.

It's also time to announce the winner of the Cath Kidston bag. I put all names together and just drew one out. And the winner is - Lisa at Knitty, Vintage and Rosy. I'll be in touch for your details Lisa and get the bag in the post to you by the end of the week. I'm sorry I can't give all you lovely ladies one of these bags, I know how difficult they have been to get. To be honest I'm a bit put out because I haven't been able to find a floral one to keep for myself!

Monday, 7 July 2008

Cath Kidston Giveaway

I'm not caught up in the whole Cath Kidston thing but I am quite taken with these bags she has produced in conjunction with Tesco. They are made from recycled plastic bottles and profits from their sale go to Marie Curie Cancer Care. I believe that some branches are selling out fast so I've decided to give one bag away. If you would like this blue spotted bag for yourself then please leave a comment on this post by midnight on Sunday 13th July. I'll draw a name and announce the winner next week. Good Luck!