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nom nom nom March 24, 2008

Posted by Sarah in baking, bread, butter, dining in, food.
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Recipe for the best hot cross buns:

4 batches of dough (48 buns)

300g homemade butter

16 hungry people

Countless cups of tea and coffee


Lucky we checked… March 22, 2008

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We quickly checked the dough tonight and found this:


So we double-bagged them and now, 5 hours later all seems well.


Sarah is… hoping very much the dough doesn’t take over her fridge tonight March 22, 2008

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Homemade butter March 19, 2008

Posted by Sarah in butter, dining in, food.

Today was a much-needed weekday off. So many people have been talking about making butter recently on the web that I thought I would try it myself.

I used 2 x 600ml bottles of cream and ended up with 400grams of butter, almost 600ml of buttermilk.

I’ll use the buttermilk for my next batch of scones. I’ve frozen it for now.

The butter has been portioned up into little 50 gram parcels, which Joh and i will take from the freezer when we need them.

The texture of this is amazing when you squeeze out the buttermilk. I’m really looking forward to serving it with my homemade Hot Cross Buns on Sunday.


A birthday present thats all about not growing up just yet March 19, 2008

Posted by Sarah in fabric, felt, gift, home made, sewing.

To my lovely friend Kate – Happy Birthday!


Hopefully this Kitty will keep you going until you can get your own!


(This is the only photo of the cake I could get so here I am with a sparkler-laden Pear and Whiskey birthday cake).


An answer to the never-ending canvas bag problem March 4, 2008

Posted by Sarah in bag, fabric, home made, refashion, sewing.
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More and more, i’m finding that we’re ending up with canvas bags being given to us when we shop. I have so many of these things now that i’ve been considering using them for rubbish bags. I carry one in my handbag with me so that I can use it if I need to, and recently I have been taking my umbrella to work and lunch in a canvas bag. The thing is, I loathe them. I don’t like the way they feel on my sore hands. I don’t like being a walking advertisement for a supermarket – especially considering we don’t buy from the supermarket.

My solution to this problem is to make my own tote/shopping bags that I can be proud of.

I used a cotton bag that I like the size of for the pattern. The fabric was thrifted for $4 at a Salvos store and the straps are from scraps from a previous sewing adventure.


Quilted Pincushion March 4, 2008

Posted by Sarah in fabric, home made, pincushion, sewing.
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I found this pincushion tutorial on Hyena in Petticoats old blog paper.string.cloth


This was fun to make, and now I have something stylish to sit amongst my sewing chaos. It’s two-sided, so when I get bored of the spots I can turn it over to the grown-up fabric on the other side.


A bathmat made of rags! March 4, 2008

Posted by Sarah in clothes, fabric, home made, knitting, refashion, tshirt.
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My wonderful friends Helen and Brian got me these books for Christmas! I found this pattern for making a knitted tshirt bathmat and decided to give it a go.


I used 5 of Joh’s old tshirts that were in the thrift/donate pile. What a great way to get something new without having to buy a single thing!

I would have preferred for the finished size to have been slightly bigger, but my needles couldn’t accommodate any more stitches. Joh can only just get his Yeti hooves on it comfortably!