We are a hard working, family of eight. Swimming in the sea when we aren't busy on our small holding. Daddy dragon has to work away a lot, so this blog is to let him keep up with our adventures at home.
If you know me, you know I do actually love veggies and salad.
Nonetheless, I found this funny.
This month has been full of cakes, and I seem to share so few of them.
Right now we are working through a large pumpkin cake.
I thought I should probably post a reminder, good people, eat some pumpkin.
It is especially nice if you make whiskey cream cheese frosting.
We have become gluttons, you see.
First, I made whiskey cream, then I made cream cheese frosting.
Both tasted nice with pumpkin cake.
Hence, I started mixing and stirring,
And added a package of cream cheese to 100g icing sugar, with a generous splash of double black label whiskey, and a large tsp of vanilla bean paste; then a stick of butter and 4 tbs of double cream, and well it was nice enough to eat with a spoon.
So, you take 200g butter, 2 eggs, and blend with 200g brown sugar, and a 1tbs vanilla bean paste. Then mix in 200g plain flour.
Then chop minimum of four chocolate bars, tonight we added 1 kitkat, 1 share bag of rolos, 2 tubes of smarties, a lindt hazelnut bar. All chopped. Mix in chocolate chunks, then mix in another 75g plain four. Bake at 190. Happiness.
And after our failed rosehip jelly this year, the hatchlings and I needed an easy success to sooth the loss of a dozen hours spent deseeding rosehips.
Today was spent making this:
1kg plums, stones removed, quartered
60ml orange juice
1 cinnamon stick, halved
½ tsp cloves
1 star anise
Approx. 1.1kg granulated sugar
Combine plums, juice and water in a large pan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until plums are pulpy. Meanwhile, tie the cinnamon, cloves and star anise in muslin.
Using a cup, measure fruit mixture into a large pan – allow a cup of sugar for each cup of fruit mixture. Add the port and muslin bag. Stir over high heat without boiling, until sugar dissolves.
Bring to the boil; boil (uncovered) without stirring for 35 minutes, then test for a set. Test every few minutes until setting point is reached.
Discard muslin bag. Pour into warm, sterilised jars and seal immediately.
It is a gift to be able to wake up early and write.
For this blessing, I am thankful.
And working in the early hours, affords me the opportunity to take a cup of coffee outside and watch the sun come up.
We are three days in to our annual Stoptober, and have not yet needed to spend anything above expected bills.
We are getting geared up to list on ebay, though I'm holding out for Sunday evening, apparently that is the best day to list items to end on.
We have sold various items over our local for sale board and will continue to work towards our £200 goal.
It is a funny thing, this not spending, allowing ourselves an artificial reason to say no to buying things we don't need, actually brings a lot of peace into our home.
There is a certain sense of easy living, and we turn ourselves toward the things that matter more to us, from which we are frequently distracted.
I can only assume this was what lent was meant to feel like and achieve.
Anyways, I hope your October is starting off well.
Whether you are stoptober'ing, crock'tobering (which we seem to be doing with out intentions - dinner went into the slowcooker today for the fourth day in a row.) Or just working your way through another month.
May this month bring you peace, joy and prosperity.