Monday, December 31, 2012

Roly Poly

I was looking for a jam roll recipe when I came across this from Wesley's Grandma's Recipe Book -

A roly poly. I have only seen it before being made by Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall and that one had suet in it and was being steamed. This one is baked in the oven and has butter instead of suet.

This recipe has only 4 ingredients and one of those is water! How thrifty is that??? It's easy too. Stirring 100g of grated butter (freeze it before you grate it) through 1 1/2 cups of SR flour, then pour 1/2 cup of water in and when it starts to clump together bring it into a ball, roll out into rectangle, spread jam over (I used homemade plum jam) and roll up. Bake for 30 mins at 180 deg Celsius.  Easy and did I mention delicious?!!

I took it out to Mum and Dad's place where we had it with a bit of custard. Mum told me that the last time she could remember eating it was as a child though she did think they may have made it in Home Economics at high school.

In a baking mood yesterday morning I also did a loaf of bread to take out and these Banana and Caramel Choc Chip Muffins. Yum but not healthy.... well it does have banana in it so maybe..... yeah probably not!

I am planning to make sure I have more time to cook, bake and sew. Doing the things I really love doing, in between all the things I have to do will definately make my life more rewarding.

What's your favourite homey thing to do?

Thursday, December 27, 2012

What a Month!

December is always a crazy month but this year it went by so fast It felt like I had no time for anything. I have a list of the things I didn't get done for Christmas but it came and we had a lovely day.

I was particularly pleased at how much the kids loved their gifts even though there wasn't as many as we had made a deliberate decision to cut back. And you know what? They didn't even notice. I am going to do more (any!!!)  handmade gifts next year......really I am!

Over the next week I am going to try and put a few things in place so that I don't feel like I am always racing the clock. Since starting my new role I have been coming home and not really doing anything other than what is absolutely necessary and I don't like it. So I am going to think on how to get ack on a more even keel.

I have had the last few days off and a been trying to make round coasters but they aren't lookin right. See???

It's not right.  The top one is finished. Doesnt sit right at all. Ideas??