Wednesday, 30 May 2018

DCWV Hen Do Scrapbook Project

We did a life drawing class for a friend's hen do.  I've saved my appalling art work, wondering how to fit it into a scrapbook layout.  This sketch was the perfect solution.

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Monday, 28 May 2018

Slow Cooker Beef and Ale Pie Recipe

Rich and tasty steak pie with a traditional crusty pastry, delirious!!

Beef £5.98
Mushrooms £1.41
Onions 42p
Garlic 75p / 4 = 19p
Tomato Puree 34p
Ale 89p
Worcestershire Sauce £1.00
Beef Stock 36p / 3 = 12p
Plain Flour 45p / 3 = 15p
Butter £1.25 / 4 = 31p
Egg £1.09 / 15 = 7p

Total = £10.88 / 14 portions = 78p per portion

Dice the beef.

Toss it in flour until coated and add to the slow cooker.

Chop the onions.

And the garlic.

Fry them until soft and add to the slow cooker.

Chop the mushrooms.

Add them to the slow cooker.

Add the full tube of tomato puree.

And the bottle of beer.

Cook on low for about 8 hours.

Divide into oven proof dishes.

Mix 400g of plain flour and 225g of butter until it forms a dough.

Divide the pastry into equally sized portions - one for each pie dish.

Roll out the pastry

 and place it on top of the pie dish, trim off the excess pastry.

Pierce the pastry lid with a sharp knife.

Break an egg into a cup and whisk it with a fork.

Use a pastry brush to glaze the pastry with the egg.

Cover the pastry with cling film before freezing.

Cook in the oven at 180oC for about 30 minutes until the pastry is golden.

Served with homemade chips and veggies.

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Sunday, 27 May 2018

Shibden Park Walk

I grew up spending my childhood summers at Shibden Park so of course I bring Little Miss here to explore it too.

On this occasion we took a little stroll around the grounds.

Visiting features I've not seen before.

And some familiar views.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Burda 9828 Dog Fleece Pants Sewing Project

Lovely thick and snuggly fleece pants.  Big and baggy fit making these perfect over-pants for muddy walks.  Elasticated waist and contrasting turn ups.  Size 2-3 years.  


Matching coat currently availible.  Buy both pieces for £19.99.

Pattern Pieces cut out and ready to go.

Front and back facings stitched in place.

Side seams next.

Then the inside leg seams.

One pant leg inside the other, right sides together to stitch the crotch seam.

Top of pants overlocked and folded over.

Elastic inserted.

And sewn in place.

Hems folded up and pressed.

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Matching coat currently availible.  Buy both pieces for £19.99.