I’ve recently taken up the sport of archery, I don’t know if I happened to mention it before now? Maybe I did.
I’ve had an interest in the sport since I was at school but never could afford to take the sport up, until Christmas. Hubs bought me a set for my Christmas present and I then set about searching out a club locally.
I joined the club officially two weeks ago and love it!
Archery is really making me relax and focus, if you’re not relaxed then you can’t shoot properly, I can testify to that as I’ve had the bruises to prove it!
I can’t wait each week for Friday night to roll round so I get to the club and start shooting.
Some people actually asked hubs did he have a death wish buying me a bow. I laughed, then I caught him checking out stab vests on Ebay!!!
He assures me it was a joke and he feels quite safe with me and a bow around! Sheesh! He really knows how to make me feel guilty doesn’t he!
I found a really easy to make cookie. It’s called a freezer cookie.
Here’s what you’ll need to make these little pieces of yumminess…
7 oz plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
5 oz butter
7 oz caster sugar
If you have a food processor, place all the ingredients in the bowl and pulse until a dough forms. If you don’t have a processor then it’s going to take you a little longer!
Rub the fat into the flour until it looks like breadcrumbs.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until they form a dough.
Now for both versions, when you reach the dough stage, shape it into a round sausage then wrap it in baking parchment or greaseproof paper. Place it in a freezer bag or wrap it in cling film. Now place it in the freezer until you are ready to bake it. If you want to bake it the same day you make it, it’s recommended that you leave the dough in the freezer for a minimum of 2 hours to firm up. You can then slice off 1 centimetre pieces and bake at 200 degrees celcius for 10 minutes until the cookies are golden.
Allow a gap between each cookie as they do spread during cooking, that’s why my cooked ones aren’t round in the top picture!!
Now remove the cookies from the oven, but allow to cool n the oven tray before moving to a wire rack. This allows the cookies to firm up before handling.
If using a fan oven, drop your oven temperature by 10 degrees and perhaps shorten your cooking time by 2 minutes to prevent over cooking.
The latest batch I’ve made included the grated zest of a lemon and they smell wonderful as I remove them from the oven!
I didn’t get back the other day to post up my bolognaise recipe, so here it is for you all to try….
1 lb good quality lean mince (please use lean mince, you don’t get all the nasty gunk!)
2 cans tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato puree
2 tablespoons cornstarch
garlic granules (use fresh if you like, I prefer these!)
olive oil to saute veg
Finely dice up onions and carrots then sauté in a pot with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil until soft. Do this over a medium low heat, you want soft flavoured veg, not seared chunks!
while the onions and carrots sauté, put the mince out on a chopping board and sprinkle with the cornstarch. Mash the cornstarch through the mince.
Empty the tins of tomatoes into a jug with 2 tablespoons of mixed herbs, 1 teaspoon of garlic granules, salt and pepper. Blitz with a sick blender or bung the whole lot in a normal blender, then whizz up until smooth.
Add the tomato mix to the mince and veg, add tomato puree to the pot and stir the whole lot well to mix.
Turn heat to lowest setting and leave it for at least an hour to slowly cook and thicken.
Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
After 1 hour the mix should be thick and flavourful, add worcester sauce and check seasoning.
At this point you now have a bolognaise sauce to make pasta, lasagne or chili. You can use straight away or you can cool this mix to freeze for later use.
This is a staple in our house and gets used on a regular basis.It’s even nice in a jacket spud!!
I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen today.
My oatmeal and raisin cookies got a bit of a tweak! I added some mixed seeds to the recipe in place of 2 ounces of the raisins. It makes a nice change to the texture and adds a little crunch to an otherwise chewy, moist cookie.
If you do try any of my recipes here, please come back and let me know what you think of them :0)
I’ve been a busy bee today again.
I’ve got a beef stew in my slow cooker for tea, a bolognaise sauce base for tomorrow nights tea made up for either lasagne or bolognaise and I also baked a tray of granola bars.
The granola bars were made by Little Tin Bird,(recipe link here) and well, I just sampled one with my coffee while writing this. Thumbs up! Must actually add more bits to the shopping list to make these again!
I’ve done laundry, vacuumed the stairs, again!( Twice in 24 hours, has to be a record in this house, it’s all the dogs fault!) Floors downstairs swept up and I’m just about to go and swish a mop over them when I finish this post.
My flylady household folder is in the process of being organised and I’ve written out my shopping list as I went through the cupboards.
Any wonder I thought I deserved this mug last week when I saw it!
Maybe I’ll get back later to post up the recipes for the stew and the bolognaise!
Today I’m baking again.
The cinnamon rolls were such a hit yesterday, I thought I’d make another batch. So the dough is in the bread maker at the moment, that allows me a little catchup time for some laundry, dishes and a little farming on facebook!
I really should give my crochet another bash this morning too. The family crochet expert (my aunt) will be in residence at my Granny’s house this evening. Maybe she can help figure why I can’t go in a straight line? I’ll go start another square so she can see how wobbly I am (^_^)
I did try last night with my lovely new wool (3 times to be precise) but I ended up ripping it back each time as it’s not working the way I want it to *sigh*
See there’s the lovely yarn I bought yesterday. I just want to make nice squares!
Yup, it’s official.
I can not crochet with ordinary wool. I split it, lose my tension and am ready to do murder with a crochet hook!
See, I said it was a mess! It hink I’ll stick to using cotton in the meantime.
I baked this morning
I’ve just demolished one with coffee
I know it’s a dodgy picture.
Wish me luck. Maybe I’ll show you pictures later, on the other hand, maybe not!
I spent the day with my Mum and my Granny.
Granny was away looking out bits and bobs of wool for me to practice crochet with, Mum was giving instruction and critique (even though she can’t crochet!)
So I progressed with my tongue stuck out the side of my mouth as a five year old would, while deep in concentration.
I managed to progress from the 3 metre length of chain stitch I made last night to a lopsided blue square thing.
You don’t believe me? You want picture proof? I can do that……. not very well as its a snap on my phone, but proof none the less.
The ends are tucked in to hide the fact it’s decreasing for some bloody unbeknown reason I can’t figure out. I haven’t missed picking up any chains (I think) and it goes in evenly decreasing on both sides. Go figure.
Anyway, I don’t care. I can now say I can crochet, badly. In dishcloth cotton. Wool is just too fiddly yet, I tried. There was nearly murder by crochet hook.And this is supposed to be me trying relaxing things to help with my anxiety and stress relief? Good grief!!!
Greenpixey is gonna love this one!
Today I learned how to crochet.
I learned how to do chain stitch.
I now have a length of string stuff of about 3 metres long.
What the flippin heck do I do with it now?
I need to learn some more stitches.