This weekend we had a birthday in our house so it was time for our family tradition of a cheese and pineapple lunch.
As well and the cheese and pineapple (cheese and pickled onions and cheese and cocktail gherkins) I made a Banana loaf birthday cake as it is sugar free and 3 out of the 7 around the table are on sugar free diets and I made goats cheese and caramelised onion puff pastry tart (easy, veggie and super tasty). Recipes for both below.
We have another birthday next weekend, so I get to do it all over again!
The banana loaf is super simple;
125g wholemeal SR flour
Half tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
50g melted butter
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp milk
3 ripe bananas
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl, in another bowl mix all the wet ingredients together, then mix both together and pour into a loaf tin, bake for 40 mins at 160 (fan oven).
Goats Cheese and Caramelised onion puff pastry is even easier;
1 pack ready rolled puff pastry
1 pack soft goats cheese, crumbled
Jar of caramelised onion
Unroll the puff pastry keeping it on the grease proof paper in comes wrapped in and place on a large baking tray. Cut into 20 squares. Score 1cm inside each square. Beat the egg to make egg wash and brush over each square. Fill each inside square with a tsp of caramelised onion and then crumble over the goats cheese. Bake in oven 180 (fan) for 20 mins.
Making the most of the last of the warm weather and enjoying the beautiful light in October by spending the weekend in the garden tidying up and preparing the garden for winter.
My garden is currently full of pinks and reds, the fuchsia are thriving, the leaves are turning, the twigs on the Dogwood have turned vivid red and the Sedums (Autumn Joy) are at their deepest shade of dark pink. It’s my favourite season!
I’m also planning ahead and getting the garden ready for spring by planting bulbs and now is the perfect time to do so. This year I am planting tulips, big double fruit salad coloured (Creme Upstar) ones for me and black ones (Queen of Night) for my husband… very metal. I’ve also planted some Irises (in memory of my Nan who’s name was Iris) and some Snake Head Fritillary which I only discovered this year but was too late in planting them. What a great way to spend an October weekend!
This weekend, inspired by the current trend in Pom Pom craft and the colder weather, I decided to make a Pom Pom blanket.
I bought a super soft grey throw for (£1.50!!) in Ikea and wool that I already had in my craft props. I couldn’t decided whether to use the pink or the blue, as I loved them both I decided to do one half pink and the other half blue (turns out that’s the same as last weeks crate… oops, seems I have already created a theme in my projects!).
It’s a super easy project and you can make the Pom Poms whilst sitting on the sofa watching movies! I’m really pleased with how it turned out, I’ll definitely be making more especially as this one was supposed to be for a different bedroom but I thought it looked great in mine!
These days I mainly blog about my job as a photographer sharing the various projects I’m working Monday to Friday, then at the weekend I shut down work me and it time to relax. I LOVE the weekend! Our house is designed for the weekend… downstairs we have an open kitchen, dining, living space for us all to hang out and most of the time we have a full house. The large dining table doubles as an art/craft table and if I’m not in the kitchen cooking (which I love… but it doesn’t come naturally) I’m usually sat here working on something. I like it because with everyone else hanging out in the same room doing their own thing I don’t feel antisocial as I’m not shut away in another room.
The weekends for me are about being cosy at home, drinking lots of coffee, wearing hoodies, eating lots of food, snuggling on the sofa watching movies, pottering about in the garden, doing puzzles, going for walks, visiting places, decorating the house and feeding the ducks… proper cosy stuff. Bliss!
As a creative person I’m constantly inspired by the things I see and I have a natural urge to make and create, at the weekends this is my time… I can make anything. 52 Weekends is an insight into my world on my days off and what I’ve been making, creating or doing. I hope you’ll enjoy it.
Project No. 1
Crate on wheels – This is a nice fun project to start with… quick, simple. I used a crate from Ikea (I’ve previously used an old wine crate), wheels also from Ikea (but you can find them in hardware stores or Wilko), I use Frog Tape to mask off the area to paint (I love this stuff for masking, it’s the best, remove before the paint dries). I’ll let the pictures do the talking on the steps… I love the final result.