Monday, 21 January 2013

Comfort Food

Ok so it's cold and snowy here in the UK, schools closed, roads blocked, rail delays, panic buying n the supermarkets. You get the picture typical British stiff upper lip LOL!
Anyway stuck indoors not much in the cupboard needing comforting cake, this my friends is the perfect recipe.
It's been in my family forever and here it is as written by me in my little recipe book when I was about 10 years old!

That's it the whole recipe, told you it was easy.
Want to see.
First make some tea, any tea leave to cool add fruit and sugar stir and leave to soak overnight.

Next day, beat in the eggs (I always make double the recipe)

Next add the flour 

mix well

Pour into the tins and cook.

Enjoy the gorgeous smell and after about 1 1/2 hours.
Hey Presto!

Scrummy delicious Tea loaf.

Just the best family cake, good still warm with a smear of butter, great for packed lunches, and if any lasts long enough you can even toast it!
The best thing about this cake is that you can use any sugar, brown or white, any selection of fruit and no wholemeal flour, no problem just use all white. Different teas give their own flavour I really like using Red Bush or Raspberry, it's a very forgiving cake.
Have a go, your family will love you forever I guarantee it!!!
here's the recipe.

Tea Loaf

8oz mixed fruit
½ pint of tea leave to cool
8oz soft brown sugar
1 egg
8oz self raising flour
2oz wholemeal flour
Make the tea and when brewed pour over the fruit and sugar, leave to soak overnight.
Next day beat in the egg add the flours and mix together until soft.
Pre heat oven to Gas mark 3 ½  or  170°C
Pour into a greased lined loaf tin and cook for 1 ½ hours or until a skewer comes out clean.
Turn out onto cooling rack, once cool store in a tin. Serve sliced with a butter or just plain. 

Have a good week.
I'll be back with a Bedroom update later in the week.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Exciting decorating news!

I'm very excited dancing around whooping excited to be exact. We are decorating, wait for it.................our bedroom!!!!!
Why so? I hear you ask.
Well I've lived in my house for a very, very long time (27 years) and the only decoration my bedroom has ever seen is a quick lick of paint on the walls........26 years ago.
Yeah you heard right 26 YEARS!
Children have been born raised and left home. 
Pets and an ex have come and gone and other rooms have been redone numerous times.
So this is big, really BIG.
A new bed is on it's way, there's a time limit, 3 weeks.
So the to do list looks like this.
Remove fire
Strip woodchip off the walls yuk!
Dip the doors
Get a new carpet laid
New radiator
Lots to do but it's going to be fantastic.
here's Lovely Man getting stuck in.

The eagle eyed amongst you may be wondering why there is a sock on the top of the door?
It's to stop the door rattling in the night when we have the window open!

Howrd's not sure about any of it.
The fireplace is staying but that fire has to go!

Check out that gorgeous carpet, see the tape on it that's where the hoover ate it!

Meanwhile on the crafting front I'm squealing with excitement as I knit up my first item of clothing made from my own dyed and spun yarn.
Oh my it's turning out even better than I'd hoped.
Not telling what it is yet, you'll have to wait and see.

So 2013 has started off at full speed for me, how about you have you launched into any large exciting projects, do tell would love to hear.

Monday, 7 January 2013


How are you all?
I've been enjoying all the interesting new year blog posts so much
 I've neglected to write one of my own!
Lots of resolutions about, lots of claims to get more organised, improve, get fit, eat healthy, craft more etc etc. I applaud you all because frankly I'm hopeless at making keeping resolutions!
This year I'm going to call them...........wishes, yes wishes I like that sounds more ethereal more as if things could just come upon you without too much effort LOL!
My wishes are
Improve my crochet and spinning skills
Return to knitting
Read more
Swear less
Get fit
Find time
Avoid stress
So if my wish fairy is watching could you wave your wand a bit in my direction please. But if you're busy elsewhere don't fret my life is pretty wonderful just as it is.

My decorations are all packed away now.
Goodbye baubles

Goodbye Christmas robin

Goodbye sparkles

 I've had a few lovely walks although it's been very, very grey.

I've also been crocheting, this is a blanket for my lovely Dad.
The colours haven't come out very well, that's because it's been so very GREY!

I'm also enjoying the first issue of Simply Crochet

All's good in the world.