August 10th, 2012
Ages ago I made Mr Octopus from Little Bee’s old tights.
Then I started putting aside all the single socks that came out from the washing machine hoping that maybe the sock muncher will stop holding the other pairs hostage. But that never happened and Little Bee’s feet keeps growing… and I can’t give single socks to charity… so they hang on my lonely socks line in the kitchen.
A couple of days ago, my good friend Lyndt in Malaysia pin up this site on pinterest… so last night I started sewing with the minimum sewing kit I have. I can’t believe that I only have black thread! Must make a trip to the haberdashery soon just to get some white, red and other colours of the rainbow thread.
Anyway, when I woke up to have my meal at 3am before I start my fast, I decided to finish the little scrap and here it is.
A bit messy, but hey… I don’t think it’s too bad for my first try. Maybe I will get that Stray Sock Sewing book… we’ll see.
February 7th, 2012
What do you do when you only have five minutes to spare before you rush out the door for work and your Little Bee is pestering you for her hand warmer that you made from a really nice fabric over the weekend but it’s no where to be seen?
I grabbed Little Bee’s old sock that is now too small for her, fill it with rice and sow it up. Bang it in the microwave for 10 seconds.
Give it to Little Bee. Give her a hug and a kiss. And Little Bee is happy to let me go to work
January 30th, 2012
Getting the ‘pots’ ready to sow some seeds.
Today I did my back sowing courgette, pepper, okra, aubergine, demon red chili, garlic and, for the girl in me, allium flower bulbs. A bit late for some and a bit early for others… let’s see what comes out
January 1st, 2012
This is Mr Octopus.
I saw this on Pinterest and rather than giving Little Bee’s tights to charity, I put them to one side for the day I will attempt to make it.
And today was as better day than any day.
I made it in less than 30 minutes as we were waiting for Little Bee’s bath time and need to find a way to entertain her. I thought by making Mr Octopus she might sit down and observe but she wanted to help!
So there was a lot of ‘No, scissors are sharp’, ‘There’s enough filling now’, ‘No, keep away from my needle box’, ‘Look, go and have your bath, I’ll stitch the mouth on if you want’.
Hubby says it’s very shabby and that I need to clean it up a bit more. Oh well… I think it looks great for something made for less than 30 minutes with a toddler on tow bugging me all the way!
December 30th, 2011
I know it’s not an expensive present but I hope Hubby did like his Christmas present.
This is Us
December 24th, 2011
Remember when you were young and you keep saying that ‘I’ll never be like my mom!’? And then you grow up and discover that you’re more like your mom than you think… and actually glad about it. I think I’ve almost reached that point and this just shows what a good mother my mom is that I do want to be like her. I don’t think I’ll ever manage as she will always be supermom to me.
But I digress…
What I wanted to say is, mom is not really a ‘present’ person. Sure she does give gift but I think her actual joy in giving is food based. She loves to bake and that’s what she gave people most of the time. She built up a reputation on her fruit cake that people started to order her cakes… but unlike other people profiting 100% on their baking as they include labour, mom usually charge much less… mostly to cover the cost of baking her cake.
I’ve started to do that; baking cakes as gifts for people. They seem to enjoy my baking… who knows… maybe one day I’ll start getting orders… and maybe just charge a little bit more than my mom… or actually be like my mom and just charge the cost!
This Christmas, I (and Little Bee on occasions) baked lemon cakes for Little Bee’s nursery, Al’s cafe and also Lina and Little Maya. I felt it’s much better than wrecking my brains on what to buy and it adds some personal touch… I hope they enjoyed the cake.
It is a very easy recipe by Tana Ramsay that on the BBC Good Food website. I love the citrus smell that filled the kitchen as I baked it.
225g unsalted butter, softened (30 seconds medium heat in the microwave)
225g unrefined caster sugar
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
225g self-raising flour
juice of 1 lemon
60g unrefined icing sugar
- Heat oven at 180C or gas mark 4. Grease a loaf tin with butter and line the bottom of the tin with baking paper.
- Beat the butter and caster sugar until pale and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time and slowly mixing through. Sift in the flour and add the lemon zest. Mix until well combined. Spoon in the mixture into the loaf tin and level the top.
- Bake for about 1 hour or until the skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- While cake is cooling in the tin, mix the lemon juice and icing sugar for the drizzle. Pour the drizzle and leave it to completely cool in the tin. Once it’s cooled completely, remove from tin and it’s ready to be served. Any left overs will keep in an air tight container for 3-4 days. Apparently you could freeze it for up to a month… Somehow I don’t think it will last that long