Monthly Archives: February 2013

Yesterday’s Project

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Fabric Flowers

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The other day I discovered these templates that I had photocopied years and years ago and stashed away in my shoebox marked “sewing” and consequently forgotten about. Mom always used to ask me why I photocopied so much stuff and when would I ever use it?  Well, now, all these years later I had the bright idea to use these templates to make some fabric flowers for scrapbooking and cardmaking.  I am selling them on trademe at the moment and also keeping a bunch for my next card making session.  Never underestimate a scrap of patchwork fabric!  It’s amazing what you can do with it!

 

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What I got up to yesterday afternoon….

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I spent yesterday blissfully surrounded by buttons and a pair of plain white jeans that needed upcycling.  I saw this idea in a book years ago and have been wanting to try it for ages.  It took a lot longer than I thought it would and it was also a lot more awkward than I was expecting but here is the finished result!

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They are now for sale here:  http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=567007091

 

Date Balls Recipe

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These little babies are seriously yummy! Everyone who has tried them has totally fallen in love with them completely! So, I thought I would share the recipe with you all!

 

Sonja’s dateballs

Ingredients:

500g chopped dates
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup rice bran spread
2 T honey
1 packet ‘Nice’ biscuits, crushed.
125g coconut. (Approximately)

Method:

Melt rice bran spread in water in a pot on the stovetop.
Add honey, stir until dissolved.
Add dates, boil until soft.
Cool down, add crushed biscuits.
Form into balls, rolling them in the coconut.
Can be put into the fridge to firm up.

This recipe can be frozen.

 

Enjoy everyone!

Weekend Happenings

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Dear Friends!

I haven’t written a personal post in a while and I thought it was about time I did!  

 

This weekend was full one filled with family and church happenings.  It was my Dad’s birthday on Friday so we had a family lunch for him on Saturday.  My parents’-in-law came up from south Auckland on Friday afternoon to spend some time with all of us. We always enjoy it when they come and visit us!  We went down to the beach for a swim quite late on Friday evening and I am so glad that we did! 😉 The water was absolutely heavenly and it was so relaxing to surrender to the waves tossing us around like corks and just…be!

On Saturday afternoon after all the parents had left and gone home Hubby and I went down to the beach again for a stroll and then we just sat on a bench and enjoyed the tranquility..we are beginning to do this more and more often lately. I just love living near the beach and those moments that we spend together talking or just sitting together and enjoying the silence are some of those moments that I will treasure forever!

In cooking and crafty happenings this weekend I made a banoffee pie for Dad’s birthday (instead of a cake), date balls (for our Beyond Addicition Seminar at church this weekend, all the food had to be sugar free as a detox diet would be), and I sold one of my patchwork skirts for a rather satisfying profit..so all in all..a very satisfying weekend I do believe!  

Well, I must go and take care of my Hubby now as he is suffering from a nasty cold!

Take care,

Leilani

Watermelon Jam

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So, this week I thought I would try my hand at watermelon jam. It’s something I have wanted to try for a long time seeing as how it’s something very traditionally South African and I have never made it before.

 

Well, I went online and found a simple enough looking recipe which involved 6 Cups of pureed watermelon pulp and 1kg of setting sugar….well, I ended up with watermelon puree instead of jam.  

For a couple of days my very runny (but extremely yummy) jam sat in the fridge until my Mom came over and suggested reboiling it and adding another packet of setting mix. So we did..and it worked! Here I was thinking my jam was done for and now it’s all fixed! Where would we be without Mom’s who have been there and done that all before?  It was a lot of work and in the end was quite an expensive batch of jam but you can’t buy experience can you?  So, even though it was a long and complicated process I do believe I will try my hand at jam again..just not today!  🙂