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Making stuff

Making Stuff 17: Cocktails 2021

Last year's cocktails post seems long enough ago to start a new separate one with this year's recipes. I love a cocktail, but I rarely follow recipes though and enjoy making things up a bit as I go with little or no planning. So here are a few of my recent inventions... Rosalie I tried… Continue reading Making Stuff 17: Cocktails 2021

Chocolate banana cake
Children, Food, Making stuff

Making Stuff 16: Chocolate Banana Cake

I haven't done a making stuff post for a while, but two are probably going to come along at once. The first week of February was Children's Mental Health week in the UK and so school gave us two Zoom free days. Mostly, that meant the boys watched a lot of TV and played on… Continue reading Making Stuff 16: Chocolate Banana Cake

Caption "Making Stuff: Gin bottling and jam" with a backdrop of home made jam in jars
Children, Food, Making stuff

Making stuff 15: gin bottling and jam (2020)

Last year I had a marathon session making jam and chutney and kicking off the gin. The fruit stays steeping in the gin for at least a month, then its bottling time. This year, I wasn't planning to make any jam, there's still a cupboard full from last autumn. However, the elderberry laden trees at… Continue reading Making stuff 15: gin bottling and jam (2020)

a week in pictures
Children, Crafts, Food, Health, Work

Staying home, staying safe – week 4

This is a little diary of our fourth week in social isolation, home learning, and with all of us on "holiday" this week. We were supposed to be in Whitby fossil hunting, eating fish and chips, meeting old friends and mooching about. See what happened in week 3. Monday Large boy came to tell me… Continue reading Staying home, staying safe – week 4