Purple Dots

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Christmas Pud Recipe .... the best ever!

If you want the ultimate in Christmas pud recipe's, I think this is it! My teacher at school, Mrs McNabb gave us this recipe and we made pud's at school when I was about 9, after we'd taken it home and eaten it, my Mum threw out her recipe that she'd used for donkey's years and took on Mrs McNabb's. I've modified it slightly as we can't get candied peel over here and I couldn't be bothered to make it again and to be honest, it didn't make a difference to me that it wasn't there, I also use semi-dried cherries that I got from the health food shop rather than glace, but it's upto you!

Ingredients:

2oz/56g plain flour

1oz/28g baking powder

4oz/114g white breadcrumbs

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

4oz/114g dark brown sugar

4oz/114g shredded suet

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp treacle

12oz/340g currants

12oz/340g sultanas

12oz/340g raisins

4oz/114g candied peel (optional)

4oz/114g semi dried cherries (or glace)

4oz/114g chopped almonds

1/2 pt guiness/stout

2 apples grated

1 carrot grated

1 lemon grated & juice

Method:

Mix all ingredients together and put in lidded bowl or cover with clingfilm, into simmering water for 6hrs & keep topping up the water so that it doesn't boil dry.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Welcome to the world .....

Tommy! We had our gorgeous baby boy on Wednesday 20th October:-

Thomas Michael Feeny-Marks (Tommy)
Born 20/10/2010
At 08:48 by c-section
Weight: 8lbs 10.5oz (by the time he'd finished having so many wee's)
Length: 52cm
Head: 36cm
Blue Eyes & dark blonde hair




Friday, 11 June 2010

Friendly Plastic Cuff Bracelet/Bangle

I had a dabble yesterday after clearing some space (stunned silence ..... I know, I know, I'm so rubbish at tidying up after my craft sessions!). I've made my first bangle, it' s a bit crude and needs some tidying up, but I'm quite pleased with it for my first attempt. I used FP in silver/black and MP blue swirl/blue, cut out some holes with my sugarcraft cutters and ooozed the FP through the holes. Next time I'll try to keep the top holey layer of FP unheated as best as possible so that the background colour 'pops' through better rather than melding together, then I'll have to use a bit of heat to get it to bend round, hmmmmm.


Thursday, 3 June 2010

Monday, 10 May 2010

A few bits & bobs

I've just been playing with my new camera that DH gave me for my birthday recently. I'm so pleased with it, it's fantastic for the closeup shots!

The first two images are 'work in progress', I still need to decide on what to do with the backs of these.











Sunday, 9 May 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Look what my little one made for me with her Daddy's help at pre-school the other night?! How fab are they, I was chuffed to bits to receive them this morning, although someone didn't want to hand them over and cried!



Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Exciting News!

Bub no. 2 is on it's way! I'm 13wks 5 days and EDD is currently 27th October, so I'll be going in a week before for the c-section and they won't be doing that on a weekend, so it'll more than likely be on Weds 20th October! Here's a couple of scan's from Monday :-)


Monday, 22 March 2010

It's been a while .....

How slack have I been?!!! I meant to post when we got back from our LA/Florida/UK trip and just didn't get round to it. We had a great time, 10 flights and a 2 1/2 year old in tow, it was entertaining to say the least. One bit of advice that my friend forgot to give us was to pay to use the business class lounge, smaller space to run around after a stir crazy child! Hot tips for travelling with a small person; if they're in nappies still, use pull-ups, lots of lollipops for take off and landing to help with the equalizing, a portable dvd player for internal flights as they don't have in flight entertainment and the kids packs are for 5+ and pay to use the business class lounge when hanging around for flights.

We have two new additons to our menagerie, Charlie & Lola. I popped into the vets to pickup wormers and flea treatments and came home with two gorgeous 5/6wk old kittens that had been dumped behind Landcare (rural supplies) in town, good job I fell in love with them and said I'd take them as the lady at the vets told me afterwards, they were about to put them down :-( So now we have 5 cats eeeeek - Billy - 16 (now officially classed as 'geriatric'), Pickles - 4 1/2, Tina - 3 and Charlie & Lola who are coming up for 5 months old, oh and just one horse now, Ellie who is 24/25, aka 'The Paddock Basher'. Here's a pic of Charlie & Lola Christmas Eve, I'll get some more up-to-date pix done soon (well DH will!).