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Tuesday Treat – Getting Back to Normal

Hello! Long time, no blogging eh? It has been so long, even my sister was asking about my lack of blogging! Having a blog break wasn’t something I planned. The run up to Christmas was much busier than I’d planned for and ran out of time to do any end of year round ups. Then, over Christmas, I was enjoying the return of my crafting mojo (more on that later this week) and didn’t want to spoil it all by looking at a computer. I had quite the digital detox, with the exception of working quite a bit. And I guess it’s taking me quite a while to get back into the swing of things. Work is busy, which is good, and Januray is quite a busy birthday month, especially with not one, but two 60th birthday celebrations occuring. So it’s taken me a little longer to get back to normal.

Homemade wrist warmersAs I worked quite a bit over Christmas and New Year, I don’t really feel like I’ve had a massive break, but my email accounts were much quieter, which was nice. I’ve not really had much of a chance to think about resolutions, so I haven’t really made any, though this week, I have been thinking about things I want to change and improvements I want to make around the house, finances willing. While I don’t really like change, (who does?) I do get itchy feet from time to time, especially working from home. I see all the things that I don’t like about the house, all the things that annoy me, that I point out to guests whenever we have any. How about you? Any resolutions, goals or big plans for the year ahead? Or are just looking forward to getting through the year unscathed?!

Tuesday Treat

Oh, Hello Friend

This week, in the middle of shopping, finishing up with work, wrapping & tinsel, I wanted to bring you something lovely. So I’ve decided to share with you a great online shop & blog, Oh, Hello Friend. I discovered it the Renegade Craft Fair that I went to a few months ago. It was my favourite stall in the whole place because it had a mixture of vintage, stationery and craft products. It’s basically a shop designed for me! My favourite thing of the moment tho, are stamps. Not postage stamps, though I love those too, but big stamps, like the ones that Oh, Hello Friend do.

Oh, Hello Friend

If I had my way I’d have them all! Oh, Hello Friend is even branching out & opening a real bricks and mortar shop in the new year. Sadly for me, they are based in California, so visiting their shop would involve a plane ticket! But for now, I’ll have to stick with their online shop. Not that that’s a hardship – in fact it’s a real pleasure looking through all their great photos!

Christmas Wish List – Liberty Print Accessories

Liberty Print

So the wish list continues. I’m hoping that compiling these lists will also help me think about what I can buy others. While looking around online and exploring what I can make & add to my wish list, I came across these Liberty print exclusive accessories. What is not to love?!

Liberty Print

Top row (left to right): Mabelle print large fabric notebook. Liberty fabric bundle. Large D’Anjo print rose knot watch. Bottom row (left to right): Liberty fabric. Liberty fabric. Strawberry thief Liberty print
knot watch

I think any crafter would love to get a Liberty print bundle in their stocking! I know I would. I really like getting craft gifts. You get the enjoyment from opening up the present on Christmas Day & then enjoyment when making something using the gift! Fantastic!

What craft gifts would you like for Christmas? What are you looking forward to make in 2013?

*I am working with Liberty and this is a collaborative post.

Hermann Cake

The Finished Hermann Cake

For those of you who follow me on Twitter you will be no stranger to my Hermann cake.

Hermann Stage 1Just over a week ago my friend brought me some cake mix. ‘This is Hermann’ she said ‘you need to look after him; feed him, split him into four then bake him & eat him.’ Excellent! An exciting baking project.

 

Hermann Stage 2Hermann did come with instructions, which was very helpful. When he was bubbling away it was good to know that that was normal & I shouldn’t worry about it!

After four days Hermann needed to be fed. Now I have no idea what Hermann consisted of when he arrived. All I know is that he feasted on flour, sugar & milk. He liked this & continued to bubble away!

Hermann Stage 3Hermann lived on the worktop for the time that he was with us. He was simply covered with a towel to keep him protected. I checked that he was bubbling away throughout his duration and stirred him daily. This was all that Hermann needed for the majority of the time – until Day 9 when he had to be divided into four.

Hermann Stage 4The aim here is that you keep one portion for yourself to bake and eat and you give the other three away. This is why it used to be called a friendship cake. I asked for some willing recipients at work & promptly poured the mixture into four bowls, photocopied the instructions & gave Hermann I, II & III away. If you wanted to keep your original Hermann going you could keep one of the portions for yourself and start over.

Hermann Stage 5On Day 10 I had to add more flour, milk & sugar to Hermann, along with any other bits and pieces I wanted in my cake. A lot of people seem to put dried fruit in but my OH requested chocolate chips. In they all went. I had enough mixture for two cake tins as mine are quite small.

I put them in the oven and waited…and waited…and waited. The cake tester continued to come out with mixture on it. Then it twigged that I was putting the tester into bits of apple. The tester finally came out clean. I was very worried about whether it had cooked properly or not. There’s nothing worse than that feeling when you go to get your cake out of the tin and either it flops out or doesn’t come out! Annoying!

The Finished Hermann CakeAnyway, a while later, when Hermann had cooled down enough I got him out of the tins. He had a lovely golden top, was moist but cooked. He was delicious! I took one cake to work & it was devoured in minutes! Nothing says baking success more than an empty plate.

I am still unsure of what was in the original Hermann mixture and have since discovered that it used to be called the German Friendship cake. Either way it was lots of fun and got us all talking at work.

If you are interested in making your own Hermann cake I have since found an excellent blog which lists the instructions and explains a bit of the original mixture. For more information go to Inexpert Crafter. I was very relieved to see that my Hermann cake resembled the tray bake one!

A fun baking experiment! x