Saturday, 8 December 2007
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
I have started to crochet again and I have been busy crocheting little amigurumi animals and making keyrings or keychains out of them, they are really cute. This is the first one I did and I put it in my Etsy shop and it has sold. I was very excited and it is now on its way to Canada.
This cute little turtle is my second one and he is now on his way to America.
Saturday, 13 October 2007
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
My dad's health deteriorated and about July 2006 I asked him to come and live with us. I did not want him to go into a home. He was only with us a few weeks when he suddenly took a turn for the worse and had to go into hospital. From here he was transferred to a hospice where less than a week later he passed away. We were with him when he went - I miss my dad so much.
We carried on with our plans to visit Australia as I felt I now needed to see my aunty (my late mum's sister) more than ever.
When the our travel date finally arrived I could not believe that I was going to one of my dream destinations. I was actually going to see Sydney I was so excited. I spoke to my aunty that morning and it felt so unreal saying to her 'I will see you in a couple of days' oh my god pinch me. The taxi arrived and we were on our way to Manchester airport.
Our first flight was to Dubai - somewhere I had heard of but never imagined I would go. We were not having a stopover just spending a couple of hours in the airport, but what an experience. So many people of all nationalities, the clothes, the sounds it was amazing. All to soon our next flight was being called and we were on the second leg of our journey to Sydney.
I will not kid you and say I enjoyed this it was almost unbearable to be on a plane for so long but I kept telling myself 'just remember where you are going'. I think it was the longest night of my life. I am not sure how many hours it took but I think it was 15. But finally we were there, we were landing.
We got through immigration, another tedious queue, but finally we were there, got our suitcases, turned a corner and there was my uncle with a toy emu holding it out for our daughter. It felt like coming home.
The trouble is it was a holiday and now I am back in the UK and once again my thoughts have turned back to Australia and I want to go back. I hope I do - soon.
Sunday, 23 September 2007
Risotto with Prawn, lemon, spring onion and basil from the Cook Yourself Thin Programme on Channel 4
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
471 calories per serving
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
150g risotto rice
75ml white wine
750ml warm light vegetable stock
A bunch of spring onions, thinly sliced
150g cooked peeled prawns
3 tablespoons low-fat crème fraîche
A squeeze of lemon
1/2 bunch of basil, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
How to make risotto with prawn, lemon, spring onion and basil
Heat up a splash of oil and gently fry the onion and garlic until translucent. Add the rice and continue frying for two minutes. Add the wine and continue stirring until the wine is absorbed.
Now start to add the stock, ladle by ladle, stirring until the stock is absorbed between each spoonful.
Give the risotto lots of tender loving care, by stirring regularly, and the creamy starch will come out of each grain. Continue like this for 10 to 15 minutes.
Add the spring onion to the risotto, continue cooking for five minutes and then add the prawns and crème fraîche.
Now this is the important point. You need the rice to be al dente, which means firm-to-bite (not soft and overcooked), so keep tasting it until it is time to take it off the heat (it will probably need another five minutes).
Add a squeeze of lemon and stir through the basil. Check the seasoning and then, for the final touch, grate some lemon zest over the top.
There are so many possible variations.
Try crab or chicken instead of the prawns, or replace the basil with chives or tarragon.
Both times I tried this one I have used prawns and it is delicious and I can thoroughly recommend it.
Saturday, 15 September 2007
I have also started making earrings. The first 2 pairs I made have silver plated findings. I have now got some sterling silver ones so I will be doing some more shortly. This is the first pair I did and I am thinking of changing the findings to sterling silver as the beads are so pretty and I think they deserve it. I also have a lovely bracelet on Etsy that would match this pair.
I have made some more jewellery of course and I have even found the time to do some knitting. I have at last got round to knitting a twirly scarf, well 2 in fact. I have never had a go at knitting with circular knitting needles before so this was a first for me. I have posted the pictures of both of my 'creations'. I am quite proud of them. Hope I can sell one or both of them but since that first sale I had a couple of months ago I have had no luck since. It is a bit disheartening and I have thought about quitting. But I love doing this.
Sunday, 15 July 2007
Friday, 6 July 2007
Been busy at work these past few works and trying to make more bracelets. Unfortunately haven't had much luck selling so I am trying to promote wherever I can hence this new post.
If you see anything you like on these pages they are all for sale at my shop at http://www.lizzyt.etsy.com/. If you see something you like but would prefer it in a different colour, no problem, just contact me at my shop or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for taking time to read this and if you have a little more spare time please use it to take a look at my shop. Many Thanks.
Saturday, 23 June 2007
This bracelet is my favourite (hope I get the photo on ok) I have had it for sale on Ebay and hardly anyone has even looked at it. I thought I would sell it easily.