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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Happy Mothering Sunday.

I had a parcel from the Postie yesterday with , Do Not Open Till 15th emblazoned on it. I had already received 2 text messages and a phone call with the same instructions, Francesca does like to make things clear.

Anyway even though I did consider waiting until 2 minutes after midnight the flesh was weak, I went to bed after dozing through an episode of Poirot.

Cue this morning, a cup of tea and out with the parcel,

 
A quirky card and a new sewing machine.

 
The base hold a few packets of needles, I have the 3 sizes that I use most often in there.

 
The top holds 2 wound bobbins, I use this cream most of the time, it just sinks into the fabric, even white.

 
And the icing on the cake is that it tucks away in the harp space, nice and handy. I will only need to move it if I am quilting something. Perfect.


All the string blocks are assembled and waiting to be sashed, I am deliberating over corner stones at the moment. If I go down that road I may have to look for something on Tuesday ;D

 
The red sofa throw may have changed my mind about pale green or blue.
 
Back to some frugal food.


 
3 meat loaves, all but last nights dinner are now portioned and in the freezer. 1 was cut into 4 and the others into 3.

 
1/4 here with creamy mash and sweetcorn, it was yummy. I made the sauce using my homemade barbecue sauce, some 49p a bottle tomato ketchup from Poundstretcher and some garlic mayo that needed using up. It was glorious. This was not the huge plateful that it appears to be, my plate is an 8" diameter, I hope that the look of a heaped plate kids my tum into thinking it has been stuffed.
 
Then I turned my attention to the rib of beef, the steaks are tucked away safely. The rest has been diced and is simmering away in the slow cooker, you can see the bone in there to add to the flavour'

 

 
There was a small amount of fat, I trimmed it off and it is on a very low heat rendering down. The resultant dripping will add flavour to roasties and Yorkshire Pudding and the little crispy bits will find their way into some savoury scones. I just blitz them in the spice grinder, any obviously gristly bits will go into Ben
 
I think that I am all caught up now and have to do a few chores before I can read my blog list, and I have some comments to reply to.
 
                             TTFN                                            Pam

14 comments:

  1. What a lovely gift, "My needle box"? Schoolgirl French rears it's long forgotten head. Have a super day x

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    1. Yes, that is what I read, it was a good day.

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  2. I love the blocks, so colourful :)

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    1. I do like lots of colour around me.

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  3. That's very sweet, I hope that made you feel better.

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    1. Yes it was and it did, I am fortunate in that the Blahs do not stay too long.

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  4. What a lovely, thoughtful Mum's Day gift...it's so you. You got some great meat bargains and have made the most of them. So glad you're feeling better.

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    1. Fran has a knack of finding the perfect gift.

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  5. You have some lovely looking meals there and a very cute little sewing machine :-)

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    1. I am not sure which I like most, good food or lovely sewing gifts

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  6. Oh Pam that little sewing machine is so sweet. Beautiful sewing as always xxxx

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  7. Hi Pam your sewing machine is so cut,I love your card, being creative obviously runs in the family, your meat loaf looks nice, mash is my favourite

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    1. I did not serve the mash in true US style, no lake of melting butter in there.

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