Saturday, 27 February 2016

Five on Friday... Five from my week

Posts have been composed in my head all week, all very entertaining and amusing of course. Profound thoughts (ha!) come to mind and then are joined by other less profound musings until all I have is a jumble of ideas... it gets worse as I get older!  So in my head is where all these imaginary blog posts have stayed. So instead of entertaining and amusing you, I bring you a brief round up of my week via Five on Friday. Although I suspect by the time I actually publish this it will be Saturday!

1. Textiles in Focus

Last weekend it was the annual event that is Textiles in Focus. I was there on Friday and Sunday morning teaching a couple of two hour workshops on making little books. Mostly we made these little blizzard book structures but played around with some other folded books too. It was pleasant, stress free and I have come away with lots of samples that will probably end up as gifts or being sold.

2. Gluten Free Baking

I am getting more and more requests for gluten free baking and so this week I have been experimenting. The recipe for these dark chocolate and banana slices came from Baking in Pyjamas and hand on heart, they are one of the most deicious cakes I've tasted. I may have eaten several in one sitting... maybe, just saying!

3. Crumpets!

I confess to having a weakness for hot buttered crumpets so when Delicious magazine claimed they were easy to make, it was a challenge to be taken up. It was something I had never even thought about making before. They were easy... and they were delicious. And I might have eaten several of these in one sitting too... except youngest son beat me to it!

 4. A little cardigan

The landlords of our village pub (as of this weekend no longer our landlords... but that is another story) have recently had a baby girl. Josie had been looking around charity shops for hand knitted stuff for her baby, so I made her something new. Gill had made this pattern for her beautiful neice so I borrowed the pattern and it knitted up in no time. So mach easier making little cardigans than big ones... but maybe I should stop procrastinating and get back to my big one.

 5. A special cake

I'm about to go off and deliver this cake in about ten minutes... nothing more to add really!


Which just about sums up my week. There have been many more cakes and plenty of baking and I could probably do food based posts every day. But for the sake of balance that is probably why I haven't posted every day! There has also been lots of walking and time spent with family and an interesting story or two to tell.. But that is all for another time... along with all those other profound thoughts and interesting and funny ideas!

Joining in... rather late... with Amy for Five on Friday!

21 comments:

  1. Awe the little cardie is so sweet! Happy birthday Mike that is one beautiful cake you've got! :)
    V x

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  2. Everything looks beautiful and highly desirable Gina. Buttered crumpets and those gluten free slices - yum. I agree about the speed with which a baby cardigan gets made, but feel deprived when I have completed an adult sized one - like finishing a good book.
    I can't do profound thoughts and am just becoming a grumpy old woman.

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  3. Busy, busy. Wonderful to see.

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  4. Even if your week has been a busy one you've been doing things that give you satisfaction and pleasure to others and I've enjoyed seeing all your makes.

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  5. Lovely little cardi - I'm knitting boyish items at present so no bright pink! Cakes look wonderful as always .

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  6. Sounds like you had a really good week. Love the cake.

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  7. Buttered crumpets sound just like what I need now. The shop ones are not always great but it never occurred to me to make my own. Hope you have a restful weekend. x

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  8. A delicious post full of scrumptious things x

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  9. The cardigan is so sweet and the cakes look delicious as always. Have a good weekend.

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  10. A week full of delicious yummy things to eat! I love the little pink cardigan. I'm labouring with an adult size one too...we'll get there eventually. B x

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  11. Oh, too much cake and crumpets to tempt me..... but love the books (no surprise there) and love the dinky little knitted jacket. Even I could manage that (under duress) but tell me where you're at with your own jacket pattern? You seemed to gloss over that.... why?

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  12. Those crumpets look delicious, I have never thought about making them before I am going to look for a recipe. Loved the little cardigan.

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  13. Cakes look delicious - I was even going to try the recipe but the ingredients include "vanilla bean paste" and you KNOW I always dismiss recipes with ingredients I haven't heard of.
    Pretty little cardigan - knit yourself one like that in red.
    ** STOP PRESS ** Did you know Sainsbury's now sell crumpets? Blimey, that'll save some work!

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  14. Hot buttered crumpets - so delicious! I've never thought of making them before. I may have to give them a go.

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  15. Gina, I've enjoyed seeing your Five on Friday on this Sunday afternoon, back home in between an early morning meeting at my workplace and an afternoon-into-evening- shift that will begin in a little while.

    I love all that you've shown us here. I'm not sure exactly what a blizzard book is, but I really do like the look of yours.

    I've never done any gluten free baking, and admit to being interested that you are getting lots of requests for these sorts of cakes.

    I also love buttered crumpets, and might eventually try to make some of my own. Are you sure they are easy to make?

    The little pink cardi is adorable!

    And I like all those blue stars on Mike's cake, too.

    You amaze me with all you do! xo

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  16. I loved that folded book. Some beautiful papers there! Those crumpets... yum! We can't buy them here and my hubbie misses them so much.

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  17. I went through a phase of making crumpets last year when I first started making sourdough - I used the excess starter to make crumpets! But now I've got the sourdough sorted so I never have any excess - too efficient for my own good!

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  18. Oh fiddle, I forgot it was Textiles in Focus, I'd meant to go this year. Love the book and those cakes look scrummy.

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  19. Your cakes are always so beautiful Gina! Looks like you've had a fun, busy week. I don't think I've ever had a crumpet -- it looks like en English Muffin or a Welsh Tea Cake (without the raisins/sultanas) -- are they similar? Looks like you've had a fun week!

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  20. Wonderful post - your week has been so busy, but so creative. I haven't had buttered crumpets for years, but they look so mouth watering - no wonder your son finished them off!

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  21. Ooh, crumpets. I've been wanting to have a go at making these for ages. Just might now I've seen how delish yours look!

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