Thursday 5 October 2017

Still Scuttling around

I have lost count of the number of times that these words have come from my mouth, " how one earth did I find the time to go to work"

Tuesday was Knit and Natter, and very busy it was, there was a good gathering with lots to talk about. I took the snuggly blanket, I can hook my way round that and not miss a beat while joining in the conversations. Debs had just returned from a small break in Holland and had lots to share. The Crafty Mandy had great news to tell, she has signed a contract with Toft and will be teaching classes soon. 

Wednesday was the hospital run with my lovely neighbour W. He is still in plaster and there was no improvement this week. It has been about 11 weeks now and there is no indication of how much longer it will carry on.

Luckily Rufus is quite happy to walk with me and then chill out on the sofa at home.

When I cook a vegetarian or vegan meal I drop one round to W, it keeps him off his foot, he enjoys a home cooked meal and I get a verdict on all new recipes. The SO just eats all my cooking with gusto and our tastes are very similar.

Last night it was a vegan soup using lentils, carrots, peppers and onions with some smoky spices and dried basil and coriander for the warm notes. I then ruined all that healthiness by making grilled cheese sandwiches using Shropshire Blue and Stilton. It was a match made in heaven.

On Tuesday I cooked Welsh Dragon pasta, I make my version of Puttanesca leaving out the Anchovies and use green olives stuffed with garlic rather than black ones. The sauce is red and I add sliced leeks, red pepper, petit pois and edamame beans and a small but fiery chilli from one of my plants.

Tonight is yet to be decided, maybe pie and mash, although I quite fancy Cheese and Potato pie with the addition of some leeks cooked in butter and black pepper, with some homemade baked beans. No, I  will have to save that for Friday, I am off to Llandeilo for the sewing group today, pie and mash it is. I have a stash of homemade pies in the freezer, they cook from frozen in 40 minutes which is plenty of time to get the mash and veg done.

I need to do a shop in Ponty at some point, there is a list of things that I buy from Home Bargains and Poundstretcher, while I am there I slip into Farm Foods and see what they have as well. Then pop over the road into Lidl to finish up, I can get just about everything I need from that little area and be home within the hour. My sort of shopping.

I spent some time yesterday slicing  through my fabric scrap bin. Even after the crumb quilt there is still a substantial amount in there.
 I have cut 5" wide strips and then sub cut them into various lengths from 1 1/2" to 5" long. I already had some cut and sewn together into short strip sets. I aim to make a variation of the Coin Quilt, I think that 8 strips with 1 1/2" sashing will make a decent size quilt and hopefully empty my scraps and most of the fat quarters that have been lurking for far too long. 
There will still be smaller bits but a few crumb cushion covers should sort those out. It is a long time since I attempted a total scrap busting mission and I am quite excited.

Just think of the shopping session that I can have. mmmmmmmm.

Now it is time that I got another brew on, it may be early but I have been busy for the past hour or so, it is thirsty work tidying my craft room.

               TTFN                                                      Pam


  1. Having no craft room as such, apart from the landing you can imagine the mess. I will be so glad to get the outbuilding converted so I have a proper space. Your talk of food is making me hungry, toast it is then...

  2. I'm foing the same with fabric stash Pam. It's amazing which fabrics go together when you force yourself! Happy sewing. Catriona

  3. You are making me hungry. Cheese and potato pie with leeks sounds delicious.

  4. I just got the Cooklander cookbook which is a tie in to the Outlander TV show. There is a wonderful recipe for potato leek soup in it and I can't wait to try it.
    You always sound so busy, but you always have time to cook up goodies. That lentil soup sounded delicious. I made yellow split pea soup with the hambone we saved from Easter and cooked the meat down to strings, it was delicious. I always make enough to freeze a container for my mom. It will be nice and thick when she defrosts it.
    Have a great weekend!

  5. Ooooh cheese and potato pie made with leeks. I always use onions but next time I will definitely try the leeks instead.

    Sounds like you are busy, busy, busy again.


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