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Saturday, June 26, 2010

An Evening stroll

As Dan was staying at a mates for the evening, we decided to go for a walk along the beach at Felixstowe.
Meg Loves to pose!
Natalie smiling instead of scowling ..she did tell me off for taking too many photos though!
Nats and Derek
I had taken about 50 photos by now ..they were not amused!
Meg's idea...supposed to be a star.

And a heart of course! ;)
Before we left we had a small bag of chip ..coz you can't go to the seaside without having chips.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Cakes and cards

Chocolate cake for tea tonight as it is Fathers day.
Banana and choc muffins and Raspberry and white choc. - for packed lunches
Not a cake ..but a sausage plait NOT plaited!! :D Also for tea tonight with carrots and mashed. potatoes
Derek's Fathers day card from the kids. Made with a lily of the valley stamp( also pinched Nets stamp for 2 mins to do the sentiment) Ta Nets!x

I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder for this bit ..I LOVE the colors of the cosmic mist and distress inks on it.
weekend has whizzed by yet again! This one was cold and very wet.
Ohh I know the title of this post says card(s) and i have only put one up, I am almost finished another :D

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Once Again

The weekend has whizzed by far too quickly!! Only managed one layout this week ,couldn't really settle.
This is scrap lifted from the amazing Stacey Cohen . I Love every thing she does! Her fab Layout is HERE .

I was too lazy to sew beads so I used glossy accents and stuck some on.

Derek and I escaped to the garden centre this morning..we crept out while the children slept in they wouldn't want to come with us anyway, although we did have breakfast out. I told them all before we went that if they got up, no fighting! but apart from Meg ( who was up before we went and didn't want to come) they were still asleep when we got back!! Lazy lot! ...Just in case you are new to my blog , they ARE teenagers and it was only a few miles away LOL!
I am off to the sea side on Tuesday with the school so hope it is sunny and warm. Geog field trip to Dunwich , the year 8's have an assignment on coastal erosion.
Busy week so might not be back till next weekend.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Lemon and Poppy seed Muffins

Not my recipe. Found via Google but I have added a lemony glaze.

Spend most of today persuading Megan to do her art GCSE coursework while Derek popped to Ipswich to get Dan some new shoes for school ( his are falling to bits!)
Ohh well its back to work tomorrow...............only six weeks till Summer Hols ;)

Whoop whoop! I won a prize

My Ribbon layout from ATDML May Challenge.
The details are here. One thing I love about their challenges is that you get a whole month to do it. So, if like me you are a slow scrapper, there is plenty of time :)

I will definitely have a go at next months as theres so many variations and it looks like it will be fun . Ohh AND you get to win £25 to spend in the store :) June's Challenge linky.

Got to get everything ready for school today...why do I always leave it till the last min!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

It's Here!

My new printer :D Boy its big! So far it seems to be stuff always takes a little getting used to. I am very happy with the quality of photo printing ( which is why i bought it )but haven't had much chance to "play" I spent time having a big tidy up of all the PC "stuff" i had in my desk........CD's from when the children were little and all that "dross " that came free from the computer mags I used to buy.

A couple more cards. at least I seem to have enough for the next few months.
I have been sitting in the garden painting them during the day and then just put them together at night after tea while Derek is killing Zombies on the X box!

Don't look too hard at the weeds ( or next doors fence - which is falling down!) Its lovely and quiet here and best of all ....sunny!
I can't believe that half term is over :( . Apart from pottering about ( and making cards), I have done very little. I do sometimes wish that I could go out or take the children out but I daren't leave them for very long on their own and they certainly don't want to go anywhere ( not together anyway). They have been getting up after lunch and just hanging out with friends. They seem happy enough.
Right I am off to enjoy some sun before the thunderstorms predicted tomorrow!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Raspberry and white chocolate Muffins

Raspberry and white chocolate Muffins (makes 12)


300g/110z Plain Flour

15ml/1 tbsp baking powder

115g/4oz caster sugar

1 egg

250ml/8fl oz milk

60m/4 tbsp sunflower oil

150g/5oz raspberries

150g/50z white chocolate ( you can use chips but I prefer the cooking bars and often use 200g!)

1. Heat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Arrange cases in muffin tins. Sift flour and baking powder into mixing bowl, stir in sugar, then make a well in center.

2. Mix egg, milk and oil together in a bowl, pour into flour mixture and stir quickly until just combined.

3. Add chocolate (roughly chopped up, if using the bar) and stir in raspberries lightly. Spoon mixture into muffin cases.

4. Bake for about 20 mins until golden brown. Cool and serve

I have been asked a few time to give out my recipe for these. It is only one that I have adapted and is SO quick and easy to make. You could use any seasonal fruit .

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Three more cards and last post for today!

Another of the free stamps . Lots of my friends have had babies recently , three have had girls .
Green is my FAV colour.

Bit over exposed in the lovely sunlight.

No photos of food tonight as i am not cooking :D Chinese. Although i will probably do some baking tomorrow as the kids seem to eat everything in sight!


Can you believe it? She slept with them NOT slept with them ON....just took them off and slept with them!!! Grrr Came down crying . Thankfully we found her spare pair. She had her eyes tested yesterday and a new pair will be ready to pick up on Friday ( plus a spare pair ordered). We ALL wear specs in this house as as the children ( I include Derek here too;)) are so clumsy/accident prone, I insist on spares too. Dan is the only one with one pair, but that is because he refuses to wear any. I am sure that will change if his eyes get any worse. I was the same at his age even though my eye sight was much worse.
Meg has to get her eyes tested every six months now , mainly because her eyes have got a lot worse this time and because of her being diabetic.

I told her that she will not be having anything done to her bedroom ( it needs completely re doing) until she starts to take care of her "stuff". Do you think she has learned her lesson? no ..neither do I !

At Last!

We have sunshine and blue sky!! My washing is finally out drying ..sigh. The house is so much lighter and I am definitely happier with the windows open and the sound of birds filtering in.
I am card making . This is one I did last night with an old stamp I found in my big box of wooden stamps. Also found a bag full of that velvety paper ...expect to see more cards with that on as i want to use it up.
This is another of the stamps that I got free. He is so cute.

And tea last night..I made pizza bases and told them to add their own toppings as they are all so fussy! This (I think ) is Derek's ( who is not so fussy....greedy!!) .

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

And MORE rain!!

This cute little guy came free with Papercraft Essentials mag- there were six stamps altogether ,so expect to see some more cards soon.

I NEED more nesties and am currently waiting for two sets to always seems to take so long ! LOL
Another day of rain here :( . Had to put tumble drier on this afternoon as i will never catch up with the washing.
Meg and Derek have both gone to get their eyes tested this afternoon ..hope it doesn't cost too much. I know that Derek needs new glasses but am hoping that Meg doesn't.