My lovely friend has a birthday next week, so I decided I would make her something (my first project in my craft corner).
I was charity shop browsing last week and bought a wooden photo frame for £2.
I then, in my head, designed a lovely idea for a framed picture to sit on my friend’s new desk (we did teacher training together last year, and both start lives as primary school teachers on Monday).
So I sat at my craft table, got out some bits and pieces, printed out some scrabble tiles from the Internet, cut up some pieces of fabric & a top, arranged them, glued them (this all sounds very quick, but I did actually think every step through carefully!) and here we are…
I’m absolutely delighted with the outcome, and I know she will love it.
Actually, I love it so much that I’m going to make some more, and maybe even take orders from people. I just think they make the perfect gift! So my mission over the weekend is to trawl some charity shops for nice but cheap frames 🙂
Hope you like it as much as I do 🙂 (I actually want one for my own desk!)
So I finally have it…my very own dedicated craft corner 🙂
There’s still some things to add (I have a cork board to hang up to pin inspiring things on, and I’m going to make some mini bunting to hang from the shelf) but I’m very happy with it so far, and can’t wait to get started on lots of crafty projects!
So on Tuesday, inspired by bread week on the Great British Bake Off, I decided to attempt bread making for the first time. I got out my wonderful book ‘Bread’ by Paul Hollywood, and selected my recipe of choice ‘Stilton … Continue reading →
Wow…it’s been so long since I wrote anything on here. I’d almost forgotten what to do!
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about all of the things I say I want to do. The things I really want to do (Learn the guitar, learn to speak French, make lots of homemade goodies, learn to knit etc etc. The list is endless).
But why do I get no further than just saying these things or thinking about them? Is it laziness? Do I not want to do them as much as I think I do? No. I really do want to. So why haven’t I yet?
In my defence, I work very hard and put A LOT of time and energy into my job. But I do have time that I could dedicate to achieving my other goals…it’s just as simple as that. I need to actually dedicate the time. Make the time, prioritise.
So, as I’m a teacher and my mind works in school years, I am setting my New Years resolutions for September. And number one on my list is:
Dedicate the time to do the things I really want to do.
Only I can do it. And it’s the only way I’ll ever be able to play the guitar, speak the lovely French language (and NOT with a Geordie twang!) and make lots of gorgeous homemade crafty goodies!
So there we have it, it’s down in writing now, published on the web for the world to see. I guess I better to stick to it 😉
So, earlier this evening I posted on my blog…a post about how I had neglected my blog writing over the past couple of weeks. With an apology to my blog for this neglect.
But…it has not appeared 😦 It seems to have disappeared…
Basically, I was simply saying that I have been super busy this past couple of weeks. Getting back into the swing of things at work, getting lots of uni work done, and doing a lot of exercise (The countdown to Egypt is now 10 weeks). So I haven’t been able to blog. I have, however, been making lots of yummy meals…which I shall get onto the blog over the next couple of days.
Last year, my mum bought me a gorgeous book called ‘Skinny Meals in Heels’, and as part of my resolution to cook things from my huge collection of recipe books (and the fact that my bf and I are both trying to lose weight), I thought I’d cook something from this.
After trying to decide between a Chicken and Apricot Tagine, or Jamaican Chicken Curry, I finally decided that the curry was more of a Friday night dish. I gathered all of the ingredients, most of which I already had, and then set about making it.
Here is the recipe:
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
5cm piece of ginger, chopped
1 thumb-sized green chilli, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon all spice
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
2 cinnamon sticks
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
4 skinless chicken breasts fillets, chopped into chunks (I used 7 boneless, skinless thighs instead, as I had some in my freezer, and they have more flavour!)
500ml chicken stock
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
100g cherry tomatoes
basmati rice, to serve (I used brown rice instead)
Heat the olive oil in a large pan over a medium heat and saute the onion, ginger, chilli and garlic for 5 minutes (or until soft). Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and add the spices. Saute for another minute, then add the sweet potato and chicken. Pour in the stock and vinegar. Cook for 15 minutes, or until the sweet potato is cooked through. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, add the tomatoes. Scatter with the coriander and serve with the rice.
Here is the result:
I can honestly say, it’s the most delicous curry I’ve ever eaten. The flavours were incredible. And good to know that I was enjoying a guilt-free meal! The bf was very impressed too. Will definitely be making this again.