Monday, 28 July 2014

Welcome and busy

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Although yesterday was still quite warm, it was at least cooler for me to be in the kitchen baking. First thing was some bread, a mix of white, brown and polenta. It seemed drier than normal but seems to have risen okay:

Due to the temperature, after it is sliced, it goes into small bags for freezing, half a loaf at a time:
Once that came out of the oven, something for DB went in. He had run out of Granola, so a batch of Black Treacle Granola was duly made. He normally only eats this on Saturday morning but we both like to sprinkle it on home made yoghurt:
Only the oats and seeds bake in the oven, we like everything else fresh.

Then a quick break for a meal, grilled chicken, a few chips and loads of our green beans. By now the oven was beeping again to let me know the granola was ready. The last few sad blackcurrants, along with a few blueberries and a good sprinkle of dried coconut, were folded into a one egg sponge mix. I managed to get 5 muffins from it:
We shall have half of one this afternoon with a cup of tea. Two will be served for supper with some custard. The other two will be for a snack with a cup of tea tomorrow.

In-between doing all of that, I took 10 minutes out to make 4 litres of washing machine liquid, this time, incorporating some aromatherapy oil. I have no idea whether it will stay in the clothes but the liquid smells lovely:
Finally, in the garden, I pruned things, dead headed and gave everything a very good water. The next few days are set to be a little cooler thank goodness. However, although no rain was forecast for us until the beginning of next week, it thundered and rained enough overnight, to water the garden nicely.






12 comments:

  1. It has been a tad on the warm side lately hasn't it? You've done loads, I love seeing what you get up to, thanks for sharing x

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  2. Have to drive yourself in this weather don't you?! I guess we are not used to such long spells of sunshine. However, you managed a useful time in the kitchen. haven't made washing machine liquid before, only powder. is it better?
    Gill

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    1. Yes you certainly do. I found soap powder stuck to my clothing. This does on occasion but I prefer it. You can always make up half or a quarter of the liquid (see Frugal Tutorials) and trial it.

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  3. You had a very busy Sunday, my bread making day was today

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    1. Normally wouldn't be that busy but we had run out of bread!

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  4. Your bread always looks so delicious. I tried washing powder but didn't get on with it, will have to try the liquid xxx

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    1. It doesn't wash exactly the same as normal liquid, doesn't foam for a start. I turn dark clothing inside out just in case any residual soap clings. Vinegar is an excellent condition, doesn't leave a smell (I use it as a conditioner for my hair, cider vinegar). Try half on my tutorial at the top and give it a go, fine for septic tanks etc.

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  5. The muffins look delish! I picked up some very reduced blueberries the other day so I'll use them in egg-free muffins. The promised email is under construction!

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    1. Normally I would make more but we are trying to cut down. The mix of sweet blueberries with unsweetened blackcurrants was very nice.

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  6. I always get hungry reading your blog!

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    1. Must be writing about something good then:)

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