Thursday, 6 June 2019

~*~ No Taste like Home ~*~

Home baking appears to have become a lost art. With convenience food being so cheap (and quite literally convenient ) home baking has taken a huge back step.

This week I have been chatting to various people craving that taste of home. Their Mothers steak pies. Their Nans sunday apple crumble . That amazing fruit cake the lady four doors down would make a deliver whilst still hot . For me , its got to be my Mums quiches. Mine do not compare !

Wherever possible, I make everything from scratch. I know what is in it, I know wheres its come from and I know my children wont explode with a sugar rush or preservatives high. Believe me, these children do NOT need help with that!

The art of pastry making, making a simple roux or a basic vegetable soup seems to have disappeared from our knowledge. If its not in a packet..it cannot be made !
It seems a shame that many of our children will be unable to make a meal from scratch through inexperience and lack of home baking at home.

I have been told I am old fashioned in some respects- but this topic struck me as sad. Lets teach our children how to make crumble . Lets show them how to make soup from foraged food . Why dont we get our children cooking us tea for once?

Lets get home baking back on the menu , and those packet foods in the bin!

What is your home baked favourite?

XxP&TxX

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

*:':*Love what you do *:':*

Last night I shared with you my exciting blog news. P&T is now featured on the @haynetblog website which is an exciting opportunity for me to share my writing with a wider audience

I have always loved words. From the literal use of words to how people prounouce them. To some extent--synaesthesia with certain words and not wanting to use or hear them! At A level it became obsessive, to the extent I remember being able to master my teachers Scottish accent when reading passages of text. It helped me grasp the concept of the piece more accurately. Bizarre but true.

My love of writing sparked from an early age, writing my own books for the book corners at school. Note pads full of short stories, poems and observations. Words just absolutely absorb me.

I am in no way a professional writer,as much as I'd love to be one day! I'm sure my grammar is not always perfect, but I thoroughly enjoy writing. Nothing is more exciting than when I know someone else has read my articles!

If you have recently started following me, I have had an influx of followers over the past week or so, welcome to my page! I hope you will stay and enjoy my writing,gardening, crafts, bakes and general creative mix ups!

You will need a cuppa, a biscuit and a cosy blanket.

You can escape here ☺

XxP&TxX

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Blog News!

Very proud to share that my blog, Patterjack and Tweed, can now be found in the blog directory on the Haynet  website.

Go to Countryside and Farming and you will find me there 🌾🖋

XxP&TxX

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Monday, 14 January 2019

*"*Monday*"*

Happy Monday everyone!

This weekend saw a lot of work happening in the garden. Shed constructed thanks to a brilliant local company (Brownes Solutions) borders unearthed and spring bulb shoots revealed.

This week's aims include - * Make some nettle tea as a good natural feed for my vegetable garden and flower borders. The longer this brews the better... Weeks rather than days! *I also need to PH test the soil. Judging by the plants currently growing it looks like an acidic soil - perfect for the camellias I have planted. *Macrame projects for my lovely product testers *The usual home making duties! Washing, washing and more washing!! I don't do things by halves!

What do you aim to do by the end of the week?

XxP&TxX

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Sunday, 13 January 2019

**Happy Sunday **

The kitchen smells delicious from the smell of cupcakes, lemon cake and pastry 😋

No good for my diet! But it would be rude not to have some after all that effort 😉

Hope you have a lovely restful Sunday!

XxP&TxX

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Saturday, 12 January 2019

*×*Saturday*×

It's finally the weekend! It's been a busy week but very productive!

The children have been out all morning flying their aeroplanes in the garden - only had to jump over the fence twice to retrieve from the woods so that's pretty good going!

I have been photographing my beautiful macrame designs and started the drying process for my red cabbage dyed cord ready for knotting up later!

It's only 10.18!! Best put the kettle on!

What are you doing today?

XxP&TxX

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Thursday, 10 January 2019

~×~ Natural Dyes ~×~

Today I did a bit of experimenting in the kitchen. This time, not to do with baking or recipes, but dyeing cord!

The macrame cord I have is 100% cotton so an absolutely excellent candidate for dyeing.

Cord can be bought in different colours but many of these are made using nasty chemicals. Not my scene!

Raiding my cupboards, I found the perfect components to try out some gorgeous colours. *Red cabbage juice *Turmeric *Worcester sauce
*Red chilli powder

I mixed these individually in a small tin of boiling water and placed in my offcuts of cord.

Leaving these alone for 5 hrs was hard! I wanted to keep lifting them out and seeing how they were doing but I was very good!

The colours are beautiful and have created some beautifully soft natural colours, just look at that pink from the cabbage.

I shall wash them in a salt water mix to 'fix' the colour permenantly.
Getting creative with every day ingredients! I will be raiding the cupboards for more!! Which is your favourite?

XxP&TxX

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