Sunday, 2 December 2012

Elyssa and Eliah, the elephants

These two cute elephants were made to order, and will be the best friends of two little ones.
 Elyssa has lovely green dungarees.

 Eliah choose a spotty fabric.
 And both of them really liked orange pockets :)


Thursday, 8 November 2012

Molly bunny

Molly bunny is really looking forward to arrive to her new home and play with her new friend and get lots of cuddles.
 She has comfy dungarees and a cosy red jumper to keep her warm.
 And lovely tulip-buttons to fasten her dungarees! :)

 Isn't she cute?

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Meet Ella the elephant

 As soon as I saw this Tilda pattern I knew I had to make her! I found these cute fabrics in a lovely little shop (where I could spend a fortune - if I had it).
 She came out pretty, didn't she? :)

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Lily Bunny

Meet Lily Bunny. With soft yellow nose and in a light blue dress she is waiting for the rain to stop so she can go for a walk.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Kitchen angel

This red kitchen angel loves cooking and baking.

 She has an apron to keep her dress clean, but she can take it off when finished with her kitchen duties.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Toy storage

While my little one was having a nap this afternoon I had a go at trying to control the toys taking over the house. Large boxes are no good for storage, as the girls just tip them over and play on the top of a toy heap!
 So now I'm trying to make a few small storage baskets we can hang on the wall. :)
This is my first one. a bit wrinkled as I founf the fabric at the bottom of the rag-bag and with little time on my hands didn't dig out the iron. Big mistake, as this way the quilting just didn't come out right at the end :(
Have to remember this for the next one!!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Pancake Tuesday!

I think I have pancake poisoning... We ate loads of pancakes today! I was planning to make some yummy walnut & apricot jam layered pancake bake but at the end we just ate them with Nutella :D
Even the teddies were having pancakes (with Nutella of course!) and a doghnut! :D

Monday, 20 February 2012

Pancake Tuesday recipe III. and IV.

Another pancakey dinner! :) But be warned, it's really heavy and filling!
 Meaty-mushroomy pancake bake
2-3 tbsp oil or a generous knob of butter
1 packet (250g) mushrooms, chopped
salt, pepper
100-120g smoked meat, chopped
large bunch pasrsley, chopped
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 cup grated Cheddar
1 egg yolk
3-4 tbsp soured cream
1 pinch nutmeg
10-12 pancakes
 Sautee the mushrooms in a large frying pan, adding salt and pepper.
 Add the smoked meat, eggs, parsley and stir.
 Spread the filling on a pancake and top with another pancake.
 Roll up the double pancake.
 Cut it in 3 pieces and stand them up in a greased ovenproof dish.
 Mix the yolks, nutmeg, soured cream and half cup of cheese and spread on top. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Cook in a pre-heated (200 C) oven for about 20-30 mins or until top is golden.
 I whisked the remaining egg yolk and mixed it with some salt and cheese, poured over and put back in the oven for another 15 mins. Just didn't want to waste the white ;)
And for the desert:
Triple layered cottage cheese pancake bake
I love pancakes filled with cottage cheese! As my Grandma used to make it - a tub of cottage cheese, 1 egg yolk, sugar (I added 3 tsp) some raisins and lemon zest. (These are best cooked in the oven afterwards, but if you eat them raw do so straight away and use only the freshest eggs!)
 As my friend's Mum used to make it - 1 tub cottage cheese, 3 tsp sugar, 3 tsp soured cream, raisins, lemon zest.

Or as I make them when I'm in a hurry (you know, kids screaming for more pancakes, you are tossing them with one hand and spreading the filling with the other while making more cottage cheese filling with the third...) - cottage cheese, sugar, lemon zest. 

I thought, it would be nice to eat them all together :) So. I made 9 pancakes. Filled three with first variety, 3 with second, 2 with third (ran out of cottage cheese :O ) and a final one with Nutella :D
Then mixed 1-2 egg yolks, 100 ml cream, 3 tbsp warmed honey and a generous tsp cinnamon.
 Then I put the pancakes in layers in a loaf tin. Poured some sauce over each layer and tossed a handful of walnuts on toop.
Put it in the oven at 200 C for 15 mins and slice & serve. It's even better when cooled!

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Pancake Tuesday recipe II. and our Mummy and Daughters aprons

When I was a kid I used to play a lot with the girl next door at my parents' weekend house. Her
Mum made ther most delicious pancake cake ever!
Now I tried it too and it is just...hmmmmm....

4 eggs, separated
50g butter + extra for frying
100g flour
250ml milk
pinch of salt
vanilla sugar or brown sugar for sprinkling (or cinnamon & sugar)

Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. It helps if you have a working food processor... (sigh)
 In a separate bowl beat the butter and egg yolks. I melted the butter previously and let it to cool a bit and worked like a treat, made it a lot easier to get it fluffy.
 Little by little add the flour, milk and salt.
Finally fold in the egg whites.
 Melt some butter in a frying pan and add a laddle-ful of the mixture. Cook until the bottom is light brown and the top is bubbly and set. DO NOT flip over!
Slide the pancake onto a plate with the pale side up. Sprinkle with some brown sugar (or vanilla sugar/ cinammon sugar etc.). 
Repeat until you run out of the mixture. Put the last pancake on top wit the brown side upwards.

Serve sliced with some custard or vanilla ice-cream or whipped cream... But be quick, it disappears all too fast!! 

I managed to finish the Mummy and Daughter aprons today. So my little girls can don an apron each when helping me! And I have a matching one too :) 
Choosing the fabrics and applique pattern

Our muffins!

The cut pieces for the apron, ruffle and tie

I ruffled the apron then sew on the tie

Then pin and sew on the applique

Making the ruffle. So easy!

Pinned on the ruffle and sew it on
 I used an awesome tute for making the ruffle.
And voila!

They came out pretty cute :) But I think I still need to practice a few things... Like applique...