1) We were seduced, by this photo of 'mug cakes', into trying some!
|Find the recipes here|
Apricot and almond
30g butter (melted)
4 tbsp ground almonds
2 tbsp plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 apricots chopped (we used fresh, but I think dried would work if chopped into small pieces) and combined with 3 tsp apricot jam
Put the first 7 ingredients into your mug (it does need a good size mug) and mix carefully, then push in the apricot mixture. We found it needed a good 2 mins cooking in the microwave.
Hot Chocolate Cake
30g butter, melted
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp ground almonds
3 tbsp plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp hot chocolate powder
4 squares dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces (chocolate chips would work if you had them!)
Mix up all but the chocolate pieces in your mug, then we put the chocolate pieces on the top and cooked it for 2 minutes again.
Three things we have learned about mug cake making:
- They are much better eaten hot and fresh.
- They always seem to overflow the mug.
- If you don't want to feel unpleasantly full then they are best shared!
2) Since I started this blog, Fridays have always been 'This Moment', inspired by Soulemama's weekly posts (though sometimes I've been a little late!). Now she's stopped these posts, it sort of feels wrong to carry on with them myself, just as they were. But, as much as I try and keep this place mainly a 'making' place, it does also feel, to me, very family oriented; the two, so often, seem to go hand in hand. And I have enjoyed having one day a week which was, in practice, all about capturing photos of the children. It's definitely encouraged me to take my camera out and about with me much more and capture those 'moments', and it's great, for me, to be able to look back on them in one place here. So, I know I want to continue this photo element in some way. There are various lovely photo link ups around blogland, but I'm not sure any of them work perfectly for me - I don't want to try and commit to taking a photo of each of my children every single week for example. A lot of the time that would be fine, but, particularly during school time, I think I would frequently end up having to 'manufacture' the photo opportunities, especially for the boys. They're now of an age when they don't have to be close by all the time; when we're out and about they can be relatively independent and I don't want to intrude on this by chasing after them with a camera! So basically, I haven't really decided what I'll do yet! I know I'd like to have one day a week as a photo type day of some sort, but that's about it. So while I get round to deciding, I'll include a couple of rare photos of all 4 of the children together from last week.
I find that trying to get all 4 children to pose in one shot rarely works, there always seems to be one of them with a terrible expression. And the longer they're asked to sit and pose while I try and get that elusive photo, the less natural it becomes, the sillier or grumpier they become and the rattier I become! At which point I realise it just wasn't worth forcing the photo. But last week, as I was snapping random photos, I happened to catch them all in this frame...
And, despite the fact that it's not a good photo of any one of them, it all seemed too nearly the perfect photo opportunity to not give it a go. So Sam was called back, they all looked my way and I clicked like mad. There were some rubbish ones, there was some silliness, but it was all over very fast and I quit before I got to the ratty point and just accepted they were the best photos I was going to get.
3) Depending upon your opinion of the amount of fabric in this house, you might call this a happy coincidence, or you might not! After cutting into 2 of my vintage sheets for the circle skirts earlier in the week, and thereby using up largeish chunks of them, I stumbled across 2 new vintage sheets in a charity shop!
This one is another 'pocket' block, and with a little butterfly finger puppet inside the pocket.
5) Fish haven't been reproducing particularly fast either. What can I say? It was half term all last week, we have had a good smattering of sunshine to tempt us outside lots, and life has just been busy, busy, busy. But I did get some slightly scary looking lantern fish done this week.
And it was great to sit down and just sew something small and easy in amongst all the busyness.
Have a wonderful weekend,