2oz dark chocolate cut into chunks
1 good dessertspoon of golden syrup
1 1/2 oz whole unblanched almonds
3oz demerara sugar
4oz self raising flour
pinch of salt
4oz porridge oats
Preheat the oven to 170c.
Chop into 1/4" (5mm) pieces the chocolate and the almonds, I use the unblanched almonds as I think they are much sweeter, put them to one side, then in a saucepan melt gently melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup.
Sift the flour and salt into a big mixing bowl, add the porridge oats and just over half of the chocolate and almonds, when all the ingredients in your saucepan have melted pour into the bowl and give a good mixing until thoroughly combined.
You will need two good sized baking sheets and onto them you take large walnut sized balls of the mixture and press on to your baking sheet to become flattened rounds measuring about 2" rounds, make sure you give enough space between then to spread.
The remaining nuts and chocolate your press onto the top and then pop the baking sheets into the pre heated oven for 15 minutes, take out of the oven and leave to cool on the baking sheets, if you try to remove them at this stage they will just break up into a little crumbly mess. When cool use a pallet knife to remove.
These little beauties didn't last long in the biscuit tin and I have to confess it was me that ate the majority, and I wonder why I have put on half a stone since Christmas???!!!
Next was a very quick apple scone which is great with cream or custard as a pudding as well as just a simple slice of cake :-
1 medium cooking apple chopped
pinch of salt
8oz self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
1/4 pint milk
Pre heat oven to 200c.
Finally my usual Victoria cream sponge
Friday night we went to a lovely newly opened Bistro with friends and I decided to wear my lovely Dorothy shoes :)
What a lovely evening we had, its so good sometimes to go out and leave the children behind so we can play at being a couple and and not just a mum and dad. The evening ended with me being asked to knit or crochet a dishcloth for our friend who is an MP so along with also knitting dishcloths for my barrister friend this we thought would also look good on my C.V.
When my husband is asked what I do for a living he always says she is a Magistrate and knits dishcloths
Saturday morning was lovely so I did my ritual roam around the collectors market and this week came away with a lovely little leather collar stud case which had a lovely selection of old studs in it, this will look lovely in my display cupboard and even better if I can beg my dads old leather collar box which has my grandfathers initials on.
When I was wandering around I was stopped by a lady who asked my where I had bought my brooch I could feel myself flushing as I told her that I had made it myself, I couldn't believe that someone would be kind enough to comment on it
I then went into my favourite shop Bibelot to buy some of there lovely buttons, they must think I am very fussy as I had all of there jars out sorting though and picking out just the little ones
The lovely girls in the shop also commented on my brooch and asked if I had ever thought of making things to sell, as they sell locally produced items in their shop, so theres an idea I have been giving a lot of thought to.
With the weather going from this
My new Staffordshire Flag in the sunshine
to this!!! and all within the space of a few days
and with the power cut from 6am to 7.30pm I have been sitting in front of the fire doing more crocheting and thinking
crafting on the table with my lovely Cath Kidston craft bag
Some little brooches inspired by Attic24 and some key rings
A little cover to put my iPhone in, which was inspired by Attic24's herb pot cover
some lovely little Sunflower brooches which were my own design
and finally my lovely Debbie Bliss Andes wool which arrived in the post for my next project
Have a good week,