Yesterday it was cold but the sun shone and you felt like you could do anything. By this time yesterday I had shopped for food till I dropped, sat in the garden and started on that night's supper. Today I feel like a different person. It's raining, it's grey outside and dark in the house. I need to do a ton of things but all I want to do is sit by the Aga, drink tea and nibble. Those were my first thoughts as I entered the house after dropping the children off at school. BUT for once I resisted and I have this blog to thank for that. I wanted to post a couple of pics of my dolls but I had to finish them off first. So that's what I've been doing all morning.
I wasn't very happy with the look of one of my musical dolls. They both had velour hats and whilst the baby doll looked good in a red hat the other didn't. So I used up the remainder of the brown Yorkshire Tweed and knitted up a hair piece. I really like the sort of hairstyle that is two plaits wound up close to the head on each side and most of my musical dolls end up with that.
Next stop Alfie, another doll that was made to sell but we didn't want to part with. He needed some hair care. His hair is made from Rowan Chunky, it's a crocheted cap with bits hooked into the cap. It tends to get quite flat though, especially at the back. So I boiled a kettle and stuck his head over the top (hoping for the best). It soon sprang back to life and looked as good as new.
I resisted the urge to bake till about 2 o'clock. It was still miserable outside and I just had to have one of our favourite biscuits. This is a recipe from Delia's How to Cook Book One and we make them all the time. Somehow you can kid yourself that they're healthy because they have oats and almonds in them.
Chocolate Almond Crunchies
- 2oz dark chocolate
- 4oz butter
- 3oz demerara sugar
- 1 dessertspoon golden syrup
- 1 1/2 oz Whole almonds
- 4oz self raising flour
- 4oz porridge oats
Firstly melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a pan and then transfer to a bowl to cool. Delia doesn't suggest this but if you add the chocolate whilst the mixture is hot the chocolate melts. Meanwile, chop the almonds and chocolate. Add these to the bowl with the flour and oats. Mix and squidge into as many balls as you like - anything from 15-20 depending on how large you like your biscuits. Put the tray/s into the oven at Gas mark 3, 325 F, 170C for about 15 mins. Leave to cool on the tray for 10 mins before transferring to a wire rack. Our don't usually get to the wire rack.