Hello there ....
Yes ... I've given in and embraced the season ...
At least the 'run up to the silly season'..
It was just a case of 'what can I do with these Christmas tree shaped pieces of fabric off cuts'..
So I made few little trees ... just a few .. then I got fed up with trees.... fiddly darn things.
I bunged them in a basket for sale ...lets hope someone wants to give them a home.
A Hubby P bargain here.....
A few weeks ago Hubby P came back from the local shop with a couple of boxes of Mixed Dried Fruit .. reduced to pennies...
not a man to miss a bargain he had snapped them up.
I had put them in the back of the cupboard ... and promptly forgot all about them.
It was yesterday as I was going through the cupboards checking stocks of baking stuff ( a shopping list in hand)... I found the fruit.
Now the only problem is .. we are not keen on candied peel .. I tend not to buy mixed fruit for this reason .. but these boxes .. well ... these were a bargain ..
so I set to ...
and I picked out all the candied peel.
The peel went into the bird house feeder for the birds and the mice...
and I had three good jars of dried fruit.
Today was a work day ... we had a good old sort out and a re/set out/ display ... of goods in the containers.
All ready for tomorrows trading day.
Now I know we all like to look at pic's of other peoples doings ... at least I do ... so I took a few quick snaps.
Vintage-y girly bits and bobs.
Bags and bow ties ...
Lace and linen ...
Buttons and more buttons ...
And time for home ... its getting darker and jolly cold.
Time to get the oven on and the house warmed up.
Before we left I put a couple of handful of the dried fruit in a basin with the remains of the teapot (cold tea) and left it to plump up nicely.
I thought a nice tea bread would do the trick .... haven't made one in years.
So I had a quick look at Nigella's page (googled it) and made a sort of version of a tea bread.
As you may notice on the pic ... I had only Bread flour left in the cupboard .. so ..
8 oz flour (and I chucked in some baking powder)
4 oz sugar
2 tbsp marmalade (none of that either .. so in went some apple and gooseberry jam)
An egg beaten
and the fruit and tea ...
Oh and I rooted in the spice tin and sprinkled a bit of ginger and cinnamon in there too.
Give it a good stir up .. pop in a loaf tin ... an hour or so at 140 ..
And oh boy ... so easy ... and so yummy.
Ideal ... quick and easy to throw in the oven when cooking tea ... and you need to fill up those empty shelves.
I imagine it would be great toasted too .. not that this will last that long the way 'some people' are munching it!
So .. come on .. share .. the cold weather is a comin .. whats quick and easy to fill up the oven ... and doesn't cost a fortune.