Tuesday, 26 April 2016

My Girls...

Home is quite
The beds are made
There is no dirty laundry in the big pink trunk where you once played.
There is plenty of hot water and no one needs a bath.
The towels are neatly folded not laying on the floor.
The cake tin is always full as there is no midnight munching going on.
The fridge is full.
There are fewer dirty dishes that need washing and put away
Mama's fire is still burning
The lamps still give a glow
I am here when you need me and loving you all the while.
Go lightly my lovely girls.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

So she flies...

Lots of happenings have been going on in our family over the last few weeks that have kept us all busy, changes are being made. Good changes but even so you still need time to adapt. My daughter Zoe took our Eva out of school and home schooled her for a while until a place became available in her new school she starts on Monday :)

I have to be careful how I word this as our Milly reads her Mamas blog and I do not want to make her homesick.
Yesterday our Milly moved to Brighton, I guess to seek her fame and fortune as they say.
This darling girl like her sisters are just a pleasure to have around.
I miss her.
Just posting some lovely photo's :)


You can see why I miss her! x

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Lovina's Pear Cake...

This morning I set about making a Pear Cake from Lovina Eicher book, like the recipe for her pastry this cake is a 10/10!!

I did not have Pecan nuts so I used walnuts instead, then afterwards I was not sure if Louie liked walnuts.
While my cake was baking in the oven I washed my kitchen floor on my hands and knees :)
This is my cake before I decorate it, I am quietly pleased.

Once my cake has cooled I glaze it. 

Louie loved this cake, when he came home from work he had a small slice with a cup of tea, after dinner this evening I slightly warmed a slice and served it with vanilla ice cream as Lovina suggests in her book.

Yesterday my daughter and I took two of my grandchildren to a farm.

Eva loved the piglets :)

Eva is standing on a platform next to a statue of a horse, then they bought a real shire horse in the stable which took her by surprise hence the expression on her face! :)))

We had some lunch in the little café, this is our Oscar's favourite time,

Eva strokes the big shire, just look at her beautiful red hair!

Life is kind, God Bless x

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Working in the Garden...

What a beautiful spring day!
I have waited all week to spend the weekend in the garden, so this morning I was up bright and early as there was so much to do. I cut the grass in the garden and noticed a couple of strawberry plants had a bit of snail or slug damage but I have been saving my egg shells in a jar and had plenty of shells to put around the base of my plants.
I noticed one of my Raspberry plants had come into leaf.

our strawberries
our raspberry canes
Now a funny thing happened, I had four Rhubarb plants to plant in. I was arranging them in place to see where I wanted them when I thought about my Lovely Nan, the only edible plants Nan grew in the garden was Rhubarb and Mint yet I can never remember her baking anything with Rhubarb in it and she always planted the Mint in the ground and would say " Damn nuisance  gets everywhere". I never knew her to use mint either!! So there I was laughing to myself going about my business when I saw this...

MINT! Poking out the corner of my raised bed...in the ground! Now I never planted this and I have no mint in the garden Maybe there was a seed in the top soil I put in the raised bed last April or maybe she has visited my garden, it made me smile but it has got to come out before it takes hold.

our Rhubarb "Glaskins Perpetual"

Louie came home from work at lunch time he then made himself egg and bacon which smelt mouth watering and then came out in the garden to help me plant two fruit trees. Our land looked a bit messy after the bonfires but we soon made a start on the clear up.


While Louie was cutting the grass I was raking up the mess the bonfires had made. Then we planted two fruit trees a Pear and a "Apple cider" Apple tree.

Milly came out she must have smelt Louie's bacon as she has been resting for a couple of day's with a nasty virus. She sits on the swing looking a little weak and tired.

Our Milly is not green fingered at all but she asks me if she can have a job to do, she does some weeding under our apple tree.

She puts the crushed egg shells around the strawberry plants for me.

We have a family run garden centre in the next village, after our work was done for today Milly came with me to the garden centre. I told her to choose a tree as we have room for three more trees...she chose a Mulberry tree and I bought a Grapevine.
Tonight I shall read up about my buys today.
Of course before I finish tonight's post there has to be another photo of my laundry on the line today!! :))

Feeling grateful for such a beautiful day. God Bless my friends x

Friday, 1 April 2016

The best pastry EVER!!!!

Last night I spent most of my evening learning the difference on how to measure ingredients for baking, by volume and weight.
I needed to understand how you lovely ladies out there use cups to measure your ingredients, over the last few years I have built up a lovely collection of recipes using this method, mainly U S recipes:)
Now I make no secret that I am totally fascinated by the Amish folk, I first went to Indiana in 1992 and this was the first that I had ever heard of these gentle folk. When I first went to visit an area where they lived I felt an inner peace and just wanted to be still and watch ( from a respectable distance) and learn. I have been learning about them ever since, I feel they have a lot of the answers to certain problems in the world today but I do not sugar coat their lives to be an easy one at times.
So moving on swiftly I am now teaching myself to bake using their recipes, well Lovina Eicher  ( a Amish lady) recipes.
After breakfast this morning I set about making a blueberry and blackberry lattice pie using Lovina's
pastry recipe.

3 U S cups of all-purpose flour is= 375grams of plain flour to us in English money.
1U S cup of lard ( refined vegetable lard) NO animal fats =205grams.
This pastry was the easiest dough to work with, no putting it in the fridge to rest! Although I did chill my bowel first...old habits.
The oven temperature is 425 this is gas No 7 which I thought was very hot but it worked perfectly. I kept an eye on it in the oven and turned it a couple of times as not to scorch, oh my kitchen smelt wonderful :))
Once cooked i took it out of the oven and let it sit on top of my stove to cool down, this being my first attempt i had to try a piece before i served it to the family...I HAVE NEVER TASTED FLAKY PASTRY LIKE IT! It was beautiful.
This pastry is used for sweet and savoury recipes, the pastry left over i rolled up and put it into a freezer bag and then in the freezer i cannot wait for the next pie.

Once my feet came back down to earth i started the big spring clean, this will take a few weeks to complete but it felt good to open windows and start it.
Tomorrow i plan to finish planting our little orchard on our land at the bottom of the garden, i was told last year that if you plant six fruit trees its classed as an orchard, tomorrow after planting i will have nine. I have planted Apples, two type of pear, two type of plums and a quince tree.

Tonight i am going to learn how to lattice a pie properly, as you can see in my picture the pastry strips are not woven!
Wishing you all a cosy evening, God Bless x