Saturday, 24 November 2007

Orphan blocks Quilted

You may remember that way back in February 2007 I completed this top . I documented its progress here, here and here. I have finally found the time and energy to finish this quilt. I used it as practice on the Swiftquilter. Its the second quilt I have done on the frame. But other people have quilted, I think three quilts on the frame in the meantime. This was the first one I did, back in April.

I'm happy with the result on this one, an all over pattern of alternating leaves and squiggly lines. My hands are a bit stiff at the moment so I folded the binding to the front and machine stitched it down. It'll be a nice strong binding!

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Jessica's Third Birthday

Terry and I took a day trip to Wellington on Saturday for Jessica's birthday party. It was a Jane and the Dragon Party and Sarah made a dragon cake using these instructions.

She also did face painting (Aimee didn't want her photo taken).

Chris was kept busy making swords and dragons from balloons.

Jessica took a rest on my lap.

We had a lovely day with the family and a restful trip home. I made tinned smoked fish & chickpeas in a white sauce on toast for dinner. Yumm!

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Gluten Free Banana & Quinoa Biscuits

I've just made these for a friend's birthday present but I don't think he'll be getting all four dozen! I've adapted an old recipe, both the ingredients and method.

Dry Ingredients:

½ cup brown rice flour
½ cup buckwheat flour
½ cup tapioca flour
1½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
Pinch salt
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 cup sugar (I used my vanilla sugar made by storing vanilla pods in the sugar jar)
1½ cups quinoa flakes

Wet Ingredients:

2/3rd cup (165 gm) butter or margarine
2 eggs
2 bananas

Put all dry ingredients EXCEPT quinoa flakes in a bowl and use a hand held whisk to gently blend together and remove any lumps. Beat wet ingredients in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Add mixed dry ingredients slowly through the tube while beating. Scrape batter from food processor into a bowl and mix in quinoa flakes gently. Drop from a teaspoon, widely spaced, onto three oven trays lined with baking paper - about 16 per tray. Bake 190 deg C for about 15 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Update: Terry had one of these after breakfast this morning. I asked him if he liked it and at first he said "yes, they're great". Then he realised I was asking for a considered reaction, not an automatic one, and he looked at it and said "well, i'd prefer it to have more flavour". So while I was sitting there thinking, ok, i could substitute some brown sugar for some of the white sugar, or I could add more spice, maybe some ginger, or I could add some chopped walnuts or sultantas, while I was thinking all this he ate another four biscuits - looking for that elusive flavour I guess!

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Challenge Quilt II

I so much enjoyed doing the small Limited Edition Challenge Quilt that I have now completed another - this time in green/blue and white instead of green/yellow and black. What do you think?

Again, I've used photos that Terry took in Anne's garden in Canada but this time, I've taken elements from four different photos to get this one scene.