Friday, 30 January 2015
Monday, 26 January 2015
Remember the cushion I made my granny for Christmas?
I didn't have any of the pinks left that I used for the first cushion so I've made this one up in some pinkish purples from my yarn stash.
I also have a deadline, which always helps! My mum is down for a week visiting my new baby niece, and so I want to have this finished before she leaves at the end of the week and she can take it back home to my granny.
I'm also itching to get back to my colourful blanket that I shared last week!
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Monday, 19 January 2015
We still have plenty snow in the garden. I can't say the same about the chocolate cake though!
Thursday, 15 January 2015
Whenever we have pizza for dinner I always use Nigella's pizza base recipe from How to be a Domestic Goddess for the ordinary pizza. It never fails and is really quick to rustle up (as long as you remember to start it early enough to give it an hour to rise!)
For the free fromers I used to make either a scone base using gluten & dairy free ingredients, or buy a free from pizza base from the supermarket. The latter was the easy option but if you've ever had to buy free from pizza bases then you will know the impossibility of getting them home without them breaking!
A couple of weeks ago, when pizza was on our menu, Calum (12) asked if I could try and find a recipe for pizza base that was more like the normal one we have. Thicker, softer, and more like a proper pizza.
I read through a few recipes online, looking for one that didn't have too many steps, or contain too many fancy ingredients! The best looking one I found was on the Doves Farm website and so I took that one and adapted it to make it dairy free too. I might even try it without the egg next time so that little Fraser can have a bite, but I am a bit concerned that might give it less rise.
Monday, 12 January 2015
Last week was the week I was going to get back into regular blogging after the holidays but, well, it just didn't quite happen!
Now, before I leave it any later, and as much to keep a record for ourselves to look back on in future years, a wee look back at our Christmas and New Year.
Rather than post a lot of photos here I made up a slideshow using the Flipagram app, which you can see below.
I haven't included everything form the build up to Christmas in the clip. Like the high school Christmas concert at Edinburgh's Usher Hall, where James (14) played in the senior windband. I think their best piece was a marvellous version of Troyka. There was also the sweet nativity play that Alasdair (5) took part in. He had been singing the songs from it around the house for weeks!
My parents and youngest brother came down to spend Christmas with both us and my other brother's family. It was their first time coming down here for Christmas so we were really looking forward to having them with us. We had my husband's family with us for Christmas Day so my mum, dad and brother spent that day with my other brother, sister in law and their boys. Then on Boxing Day we had a second Christmas Day with my parents and brother here. We even left swapping presents with them until they were round and so spread out the excitement over a couple of days.
For Hogmanay we almost always go through to stay with my in laws but this year we were on standby as my brother's wife was expecting their fourth baby on the 29th December and we were on standby to look after their three boys. Instead we had a quiet Hogmanay in the house. We spent the earlier part of the evening making 'Ninjabread' men and decorating a chocolate gingerbread house. Then as the bells approached we switched on the tv to the Gaelic Hogmanay programme. The boys did a little ceilidh dancing along with the ceilidh band on the tv.
One little thing about my slideshow is that although I added the photos in chronological order, somehow the last few got a little mixed up while it was uploading so after the Hogmanay photos there are a few more photos of our Boxing Day Christmas!
Anyway, you get the idea.
Oh, and my brother's new baby arrived, 11 days late, on Friday. A little sister for her three older brothers. The first granddaughter for my mum and dad after 8 grandsons! She weighed in at a very healthy 9lb 14oz and both she and my sister in law are home and doing fine.