Monthly Archives: October 2015

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

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I made curried butternut squash soup for Halloween. A lovely, warming soup. Is there anything better than a steaming mug of yummy soup when trick or treating?

Cut into large pieces 1 butternut squash and roast until soft in the oven. About one hour.

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Fry until transparent a chopped red onion

Add curry powder to taste. ( I use I teaspoon full.) I sometimes swap the curry for chillies depending what I have in.

Scoop out roasted squash and add to the frying pan with the onion.

Add about a pint of vegetable stock and simmer for 10 minutes or so.

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Blitz in the blender until smooth. Season to taste. Serve with lovely bread rolls and enjoy.

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Anyhow job done so I’m off to the pub for a welcome glass of wine! Cheers!

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An Old Take on Cut and Paste

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I have spent the day in the company of my Lovely Grandson. In this part of the World it is half term so Grandparents all over the country are being called upon to mind their Grandchildren. I love these days and regard it as an opportunity to play childish games that I don’t normally have chance to do.

Today we were cutting and pasting. Not in the computer sence thank goodness, but using scissors and paper. We made a scrap book and Lovely Grandson drew delightfull pictures of his collection of “Skylanders”. For the uninitiated these are a tribe of Aliens who are used to play animated computer games and basically fight each other.

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The drawings were all labelled with the characters’names, therefore improving writing skills as well as cutting out and gluing them into the home made book. Yes! That is something else that has changed. It’s no longer a “scrapbook” but a “smash book” – nothing stays the same.

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Finally Lovely Grandson set up his Skylanders as a display using the scrapbook smash book as the back drop. A creative, busy and fun day for both Lovely Grandson and Gorgeous Granny!

Wordsmith Wednesday – Notions

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This is just one definition of the word “notions” as described by Wikipedia. Don’t you just love this word? I think that the joy of certain words comes from a personal association with the meaning. When I hear Notions in this context I imagine all those cotton reels, scissors, quick unpicks, tape measures and so (sew?!) on.

Notions (sewing)
In sewing and haberdashery, notions is an umbrella term for a variety of small objects or accessories. Notions can include items that are sewn or otherwise attached to a finished article, such as buttons, snaps, and collar stays, but the term also includes small tools used in sewing, such as thread, pins, marking pens, and seam rippers. The noun is almost always used in the plural. The term is chiefly found in the United States, and was formerly used in the construction Yankee notions.

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A Vintage Christmas Gift

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One of my favourite items when sewing is my trusty sewing box. This truly vintage sewing box was bought as a Christmas present by my Grandmother (Nanna Amy) when I was perhaps nine years old. So I know it is really vintage!!🌹

My Mum filled the box with notions. Now there’s a good word! It was full of pin cushion, scissors, pins, cottons, safety pins and so on. I still remember the delight on Christmas morning 🎄with this gift and I have used it ever since.

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I was going to paint it but Hubs convinced me not to and I’m so glad that he did.it deserves to remain in its original finish.

For quite a few years I would take this box to school for sewing lessons. I carried the box alongside a leather satchel full of books, PE kit and cold toast for playtime! This journey was right across town, walking and two bus rides there and back. No wonder I was slim ( well slimmer!) I wrote my name on the base of the box presumably in case I lost it! This still brings a smile to my face. Memories are good.

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Hair Products

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Most hairsyles seem to depend heavily on “products”. I’m not alone in using all the help I can muster to remain this gorgeous! You know the score shampoo, conditioner, mousse, gel, styling wax, starch! Yesterday I made a gross error. My hair was heading towards a “good hair day” when I grabbed the hairspray to finish off. OOPS! It was starch! The sort you use to spray linen to give it body. Think stiffness. I can guarantee that starch does keep a hairstyle in place- very in place! The problem is it’s a bit dull and when it rains the hair gets stiffer!

Aww well. Tomorrows, another potential good hair day.

HOW much?

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Twelve months ago I purchased some gorgeous yarn from Black Sheep Wools. It was Rowan Mohair Haze in a beautiful Spring green colour. Now at that time I really felt that I had spent far too much money on this yarn but I loved it. ( by the way the colour is much nicer than in the photo.)

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I chose a pattern from 1952 which featured in “Knitting in Vogue” With a dolman sleeve.  Quite a break from the norm for me! As usual, because I jump from project to project, it has taken me nearly a year to complete – oh the shame!

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I was inspired to finish this sweater when, a few weeks ago, I read an article on fashion in a Sunday supplement (You Magazine) There was a similar sweater ( not as nice a colour) featured and I couldn’t believe the price! It was £570!!! 

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Who on Earth in their right mind would pay that for a sweater?

From then on I was so motivated and completed the aforementioned garment in record time. I am pleased with the end result and have decided that I didn’t spend too much on the yarn in the first place. Not only that but I was left with two unused balls of yarn. I took these back to the shop and the lovely ladies at Black Sheep wools refunded the money on the spare yarn. Now I certainly don’t feel as though I paid too much. Not only that but I will definitely be returning to Black Sheep wools.

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Cool Camping

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imageNow I know that I said we had put Damnvan away for the winter but the weather was such a good forecast! The Lake District beckoned! We had a window of opportunity! We needed to get away!! So we took Damnvan out of her early hibernation and drove into the sunset. Well, not exactly but you get the gist.

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This is the view of Derwentwater from our van last evening, making life worthwhile.

Staying close to us is this delightful van. I want one of these!

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Sensible son suggested that we just sell up, buy a “Bad Boy” and travel the World. Now that’s a thought for the day……..

Fitness Facts Friday

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Good reasons to get moving!

A Peaceful Diabetic

Happy Friday!

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Thought it would be nice to toss out some fitness tips to help keep us motivated – I know in the cooler months it becomes harder to maintain your motivation, and inspire yourself to move, but stay with it!

“Summer bodies are made in the winter” 🙂

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More Vintage Tea Party

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Hi Folks,

As mentioned in my earlier blog I recently celebrated a Vintage birthday( Don’t ask!) with a Vintage Tea Party. Here are a few more pictures to show you the beautiful embroidered linens and a small selection of the Vintage China that we have available for hire. This is from Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party.

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We have beautiful China and lovely lace cloths. Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party offers a bespoke vintage service tailored to your requirements. You can hire all the vintage table settings that you need for your special event.

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