garden

In The Garden….. It’s raining!

For the past three days now we have had a constant drizzle of rain. Drizzle we like. Heavy we don’t. I know that we should be grateful that any rain is good rain but when you have gone through major flooding at your home, you don’t really want to go through that again. The good thing is though, the garden has loved it and especially for our trees in the garden at the front of the house. I was hoping that we weren’t going to lose any as they provide some shelter and privacy. It took awhile for the rain clouds to come but it’s nice that they are finally here. rain rain1 rain2There hasn’t been much happening in my veggie garden since last Friday. The parsley and lettuce seeds have sprouted and are growing. I harvested some rainbow chard last week. I added it to a pasta dish which was very nice. The cucumbers are still the same size as last week hopefully they will have a growth spurt soon.

Don’t forget to head on over to dusty country road and see what has been happening in Jacqui’s garden for this week. She has had some rain and her garden is loving it too. I am joining Jacqui every Friday for In The Garden post. Don’t forget to share what has been happening in your garden this week. Just leave a link to your blog in Jacqui’s comments so we can have a look.

Enjoy your weekend x

Baking, Breakfast

French Toast Roll Ups

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French Toast Roll Ups
 
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This recipe makes 8 French toast roll ups.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ­⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 8 slices bread, crusts removed
  • 120g cream cheese, softened
  • raspberries or any other berries that you would like
Instructions
  1. On a plate, beat together eggs, milk and vanilla. Place that to one side.
  2. On another plate, combine sugar and cinnamon. Place that to one side.
  3. Once you have cut your crusts off the slices of bread, use a rolling pin and flatten them just a little bit. I went over the bread just a couple of times.
  4. Spread the cream cheese over just one side of the bread and then place on top near the edge of the bread your berries. I fitted 6 small raspberries across my slice of bread.
  5. Bring the longest side (if you don't have a square piece) of the bread over and tightly roll up the bread to the other side.
  6. Repeat this with the remaining slices of bread. Then dip the bread rolls into the egg mixture.
  7. Melt the butter in a pan over a med-high heat.
  8. Add bread rolls to the pan, a few at a time and cook until evenly golden brown, about 2 mins on each side.
  9. Once brown, immediately roll the bread rolls in the cinnamon sugar mix until coated.
  10. Serve immediately.
  11. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe was adapted from the recipe over at Damn Delicious

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teapartytuesdays

Linking up with Chantille Fleur for Tea Party Tuesdays!

Crafts

It’s Friday!

I have been waiting all week to put a post on my blog. I have already joined Jacqui over at dusty country road for the regular Friday post for In The Garden. But I really wanted to show you what I have been doing this week. I have started my little hobby Vintage Eight Creations a few weeks ago and have opened up an online shop on Etsy and Madeit. I love creating little craft kits for card making and fabric scrap paper dolls. I also enjoy making greeting cards and will be adding them to my shop soon.

Yesterday I opened up an online shop on Craftumi, selling craft supplies that I use for creating all my fun crafts. I like to rotate my craft supplies and not keep things for too long. I would love someone else to enjoy using them instead of them sitting in boxes. And what better way to do that, sell them on Craftumi!dollkit1 copy eastertag1 foamsheepI received some exciting news yesterday. As I was checking my emails, one popped up from Craftumi. I opened it up and it said that one of my items (the cute little sheep I have pictured) was featured in the Craftumi weekly newsletter. Oh how excited I was!! A few little skips and jumps around the lounge then I excitedly told my hubby and proudly showed him the email. I was very happy last night. I can’t wait to add more goodies to Vintage Eight Creations!

Happy crafting!

 

Homegrown, Veggie garden

In The Garden….. New growth

It’s Friday already and time for the In The Garden post. There is new growth growing in my veggie garden. With the rain and some sunny days the plants have really enjoyed it.newgrowthnewgrowth2newgrowth1newgrowth3

  • New growth of lettuce popping through the soil
  • New growth of parsley coming up. I had an old parsley plant there and left it to go to seed. What lovely little surprises!
  • My bush cucumbers are forming, how exciting!
  • The flowering of our rosemary bush. I think it’s telling me it needs to go in a bigger pot.

You can head on over to dusty country road and see what has been happening in Jacqui’s garden for this week. She has a plant that has amazing orange flowers. I am joining Jacqui every Friday for In The Garden post. Don’t forget to share what has been happening in your garden this week. Just leave a link to your blog in Jacqui’s comments so we can have a look.

Enjoy your weekend.

 

Homegrown, Veggie garden

In The Garden….. Clouds and rain

It has been overcast on a few days this week so the light hasn’t been too great with taking photos out in the garden. We did get some rain though which was good. The garden definitely did benefit from it. Our trees in the front garden were really needing a good soak. Any longer and we probably would have lost a few. I did get around to planting some lettuce seeds though. Now I wait for the start of their new growth to appear through the top of the soil.

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  • Planting lettuce seeds
  • Pulling out the old lettuce
  • Our girls enjoying that lettuce, they all love their greens!
  • Two strawberries picked this morning, I shall enjoy them after lunch!

You can head on over to dusty country road and see what has been happening in Jacqui’s garden for this week. I am joining Jacqui every Friday for In The Garden post. Don’t forget to share what has been happening in your garden this week. Just leave a link to your blog in Jacqui’s comments so we can have a look.

Enjoy your weekend.

 

Baking, Cookies

Vanilla pudding chocolate chip cookies

These are a really easy and delicious choc chip cookie. I don’t really like my cookies too dry or crunchy especially when they have yummy choc chips in them. The cookies from this recipe are nice and soft. You can definitely eat more than one.

Cream butter and sugars until they are a light colour and creamy

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Then add in vanilla pudding mix, 2 eggs and vanilla

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Add the sifted flour, baking soda and salt

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Mix in a cup of chocolate chips, until just combined

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all mixed and ready for the tray
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Place a tablespoon of dough on a baking tray and bake for 10-12 mins

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Take out of the oven when they are lightly golden and cool on a cooling rack

chocchip7Enjoy!

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You can wait until these cookies are cool before you eat them but every once in a while grab one after they have been out of the oven for a few seconds. They are very nice warm and it is very hard to stop eating them.

Vanilla pudding chocolate chip cookies
 
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This recipe makes about 24 cookies.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Ingredients
  • 250g butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 100g packet Vanilla Instant pudding mix (I use Cottee's)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan forced/ 180°C normal oven. Line baking tray with baking paper then set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugars together until they are a light colour and creamy.
  3. Then add in vanilla pudding mix, 2 eggs and vanilla, mix until combined.
  4. Add the sifted flour, baking soda and salt, mix together.
  5. Mix in a cup of chocolate chips, until just combined.
  6. Place a tablespoon of dough on a baking tray and bake for 10-12 mins.
  7. Remove cookies from the oven and let cool slightly on tray. Then transfer cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely.
Notes
This recipe was adapted from the original recipe at Two Peas & Their Pod

Homegrown, Veggie garden

In The Garden….. A bit slow

gardengarden2garden1What has been happening In The Garden this week:

  • The rainbow chard has received treatment and is on the mend. The powdery mildew has gone. There are some nice big leaves that are ready to be picked, might use some on the weekend.
  • The rogue pumpkin plant is flowering. Will wait and see if anything grows.
  • More flowers from the strawberry plant are showing. Perfect little surprises!

And that’s about all that has been going on in our garden. I have been a bit slow in keeping up with the veggie garden. I would like to plant some more lettuce seeds and see what else that is in season that needs to be planted. I have been busy with other things. I have spent some more time with my crafting which keeps me inside most of the day. I hope to get out in the garden on the weekend and sow some seeds. Don’t want to fall too far behind with the veggie garden, got to keep those veggies growing!

You can head on over to dusty country road and see what is happening in Jacqui’s garden. She has got some great rainbow chard growing aswell. I am joining Jacqui every Friday for In The Garden post. Don’t forget to share what has been happening in your garden this week. Just leave a link to your blog in Jacqui’s comments so we can have a look.

Enjoy your weekend.

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