Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Valentines Day

Hello there, Happy Valentines wishes to you all. With pancake day the previous day and half-term this week, it's a busy week for many. We somehow forgot to make pancakes, so we'll catch up and eat ours on Saturday. Lemon and sugar are my favourite toppings, followed closely by maple syrup, but the teens like the chocolate flavours. We did however, make a white chocolate cheesecake for today as teen 1 was entertaining, with 'add your own toppings' pizza for lunch and fish & chips for dinner.  


At lunchtime I was given some flowers from M, a miniature rose pot plant - I'm hoping I don't kill this one. 


On the needles at the moment - the next pair of socks. King Cole self patterning 4ply sock yarn, I think this yarn is discontinued as it was purchased a long time ago. King Cole have introduced a whole new colour range since choosing this one. I knitted a pair a few years ago using a turquoise self patterning yarn.



On the hook at the moment - some crocheted bunting. Having finished crocheting a blanket, I had a small yarn stash. I've been wanting to crochet some bunting for a while and found this pattern by Nicki Trench, it's called Knickerbockerglory Bunting (Moorland style colours). It starts at the top and decreases down to a point and is in dc. I'm going to fit these bunting flags in between some sock knitting. The bunting will be hung up on family celebrations.



Today I had an appointment with the dietitian, in theory it should be the last one as I sort out the last few issues on my own. The above cards were purchased from the stand at the 'Friends of the hospital' cafe, a bargain at only 30p each. The top ones are National Geographic and they're all good quality, very pleased.


I've been experimenting with the flapjacks again. This one is chewy and chocolatey and has sunflower seeds in. With the butter, sugar, syrup mixture nicely melted, when I stirred in the oats, seeds and then 2 pkts of chocolate chips, they melted too! I had visions of the chocolate chips eventually setting hard as chips once more. Next time, I'll try stirring them in after everything has been mixed and slightly cooled before baking. I'm happy with the chewy part, 15 ish mins baking time avoids the hard crunch. 

                             book cover of Merry and Bright 

A while ago, I said I'd report back on the 2018 Book Bucket List Challenge. Working through in no particular order, the first book ticked off my list is 'Debbie Macomber Merry and Bright' with the -

Read a book that you can finish in a day. I had a day free a while ago and managed to finish it. It wasn't a thick book so it was never going to take long to read it anyway. It's sad that I've seemed to have forgotten the gist of the story, so I've been trying to refresh my memory. Oh yes, computer dating and office romance, well it's a cute story with Christmas thrown in to the mix. Mine was a Christmas present from M which I was pleased about. I was going to borrow it from the library. If you're not a fan of this author maybe this one won't be your style. It flows gently along and is predictable but enjoyable nonetheless.

On this day, when the nation is contemplating love and what it means to themselves, I'll leave you with a thought about love and what - 'love itself' means.

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Have a good week
Cx

11 comments:

  1. Your miniature rose bush is so pretty, yellow roses are my favourites. We didn't bother with pancakes this year, I always used to make them when the kids were at home but there's lots of things we don't do now that there's just the two of us. I'm the same as you though, lemon and sugar for me, though I don't mind golden syrup for a change. I've just cast on another pair of socks too, I'm joining in with a Valentine's Knit Along so I'm knitting socks with a heart pattern. The cards are lovely, I particularly like the elephants. I usually have a few cards in stock for different occasions, always handy. I've never read any Debbie Macomber books but I'd like to give the ones with a knitting theme a try, just as soon as I've worked my way through the pile of books already waiting for my attention.

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    1. Thanks Jo, looking back I think we've missed quite a few years of pancake day. Maybe next year we'll have savoury ones on the menu and then perhaps we'll remember the sweet ones. The Valentine's Knit Along sounds good, look forward to seeing your makes. It's always handy to have spare cards, there's always some event that needs a card. I have a basket of cards that the boys can take their pick from too. I'll be sure to get a nice card that way, lol Cx

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  2. Loved the rose, a beautiful alternative to flowers lasts so much longer. Beautiful cards and at such a great price. I am in awe of the sock knitting it is something that I would love to try.

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    1. Thank you, it will be good to see if I can keep this one. I tend to not water them as I'm so intent on not drowning them. Meanwhile the poor plant is parched. Lots of people seem to be getting into sock knitting. Cx

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  3. There is always room for crochet bunting in my heart. We always have cheese and ham pancakes followed by sweet ones. My choice this year was maple syrup but I do like lemon and sugar, too. Have a good rest of the week.x

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    1. I've not made any bunting before but I always admire it when I see some. I like your savoury idea first, I'll try that next year. Cx

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  4. Great post dear. ♥
    If you want you can check out my blog. Maybe we can follow each other and be great blogger friends. :)
    https://belyfashionadress.blogspot.ba/

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  5. Cathy I like your flapjacks. I have a good recipe I should share on my blog with condensed milk in - it makes them all soft and easy to cut. Thanks for reading my food post, I genuinely do wonder what happens in other people's houses!!Jo xxx

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    1. Yes that'll be good, I'll look forward to seeing your recipe. I buy condensed milk tins 2 or 3 at a time lol. I usually bake Millionaires shortbread or Chocolate Brownies to take to film night at a friends house. As the husband is often working late that night, I also make cornish pasties too. Though I make them on 2 trays 'all in one' and cut into slices. Cheese, onion and potato with herb / seasoning in the filling. Cx

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  6. Hi,Mmm Valentines Day,does not exist in our house lol.Love that Rose plant so pretty hope it survives !! Love that yarn the purple n pink divine colours.love Flapjacks,oh yes and I always forget about Pancake Day too busy hee hee,I really must make the effort make some as we do like them.the cards are so Beautiful and I love that Bunting,I have never made bunting yours is so pretty.I know I have read Debbie Macomber books and I do like them,but can't remember which one's.I am off up country ( as we say in Cornwall ) on Tuesday,for my Aunts funeral back late Friday night.have a Happy Week.x

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    1. I suppose we don't celebrate it as such, given that most years we just haven't bothered. Birthdays and Anniversaries are important and they are celebrated. Thanks Lee for your kind words, safe travels and hope the funeral is a peaceful time for you all. Thinking of you, Cx

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