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Monday, 17 September 2012

Bikini Beauty and Recipe!

Hello friends,
Welcome to the start of a brand new week - what do you have in store?
Bit of a long post this one...
Today's crafty offering is a scrapbook page created for Spellbinders - 
it appears in their Idea Gallery - all the details can be found here.
I used Grand Labels Four as part of my background and Labels Four for the tag, 
I like the classic shape.  Bitty Blossoms cut from felt and then sprayed to look just a little bit 
aged and grubby(!) to emulate the edges of the scrapbook page.
As for the photo - well that is my big sister as a little girl.
Some class news:
The Advent Frame class booked up immediately so I'm going to run this class again 
on Sunday 4 November, the details are uploaded to my Spellbinders Academy page.
For those not familiar with the Advent Frame, this is the one I created last year, 
this year the design will be a little different, new festive papers, they are gorgeous, pictures to follow.
(I'm having a lots of fun shopping for goodies!)
Christmas plaques are in production...

Now to the recipe slot!
Great idea - I'm more than happy to share my recipes.
I'm old fashioned I'm afraid so I do ounces, pounds and tablespoons!

Lemon and Coconut Cake 
This cake recipe started off as orange and coconut but I changed it to lemon - I prefer lemon! 
I started baking this cake over 20 years ago, it's an 'all in one' and so easy.
4oz soft margarine
6 oz caster sugar
4 oz self-raising flour
2 oz desiccated coconut
grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
2 eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons of milk
3 oz icing sugar

Preheat oven to 180 C, 350F or Gas Mark 4
Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin.
Place margarine, sugar, flour, coconut, lemon rind, eggs and milk into a food processor or bowl.
Whizz for 30 seconds or beat for 2 minutes with an electric whisk.
Spoon the mixture into the tin, spread evenly.
Bake for 1 hour until golden and risen. Leave the cake in the tin.
Blend the lemon juice with the icing sugar.
While the cake is still hot prick it all over with a skewer and spoon the lemon mixture over.
When the cake is cold remove it from the tin.
Eat and enjoy!

Mention to Carolyn who has been blackberry picking over the weekend, 
I have a blackberry bush in my garden that is still laden with blackberries! 
I hate to see them go to waste but there isn't any more room in my freezer!  
The birds have stopped eating them, it may have something
 to do with the 16 cats in my neighbourhood (no exaggeration!)

It is a lovely busy time for Hope and Chances and I wish to say thank you to everyone 
for their kindness and support, it makes me wake up each day with a smile!

Take care,

23 comments:

Carole Z said...

Morning Christine! Love the page layout and the recipe..thanks for sharing :)..what do I have in store this week? Well it's week 2 of our stay at home hols, so we are spending some time quite local in the lovely Cotswolds, doing lots of walking and Thursday we are off to London for a few days, spending Saturday at Ally Pally! Enjoy your week, Carole Z X

baconbits said...

Morning Christine,

Thanks for the recipe will definately be giving this a go.
Really like the page layout.
Would love to come to one of your classes. Maybe in the New Year.
What am i up to this week, well work beckons off to school and then hopefully start my Christmas cards.
Hope you have a great crafty week.
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

scottish crafter said...

Hi Christine, WOW a marathon read this morning. Scrapbook page delightful, cake recipe scrumptious, advent frame amazing. I am finishing off my Advent frames, just trying to find things small enough to fill the boxes ready to pass on to my friends who have ordered them. In future I will leave the boxes empty and let my friends search to fill them. Looking forward to seeing the card you have picked for this years Advent boxes.

Wilma

HiggiSue said...

Hi Christine.
Love the scrap page just gorgeous. advent frame fascinating....is it a box frame?
Love the recipe too never tried it with coconut but I do a similar one just with lemon. Now you've done it.... can't wait to get home to try it...lol I am on my last full day in Crete...... here's to a beautiful day for everyone.
Sue H x

barbiepinkfairy said...

Love the scrapbook page. Wish I lived closer to attend a class! I'm not much of a baker but the recipe dounds simple so I may give it a go as I love homemade cake! Have a great week everyone!

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, I love the scrapbook layout, it is absolutely gorgeous.
Congratulations on your classes being booked up so quickly, you are 'well loved' and everyone loves your work.
Well, what's in store for the week, I'm off to linedancing today and tomorrow, hopefully finishing off a male 70th birthday card and trying to get details of how to get from Euston Station to Alexandra Palace for my first ever trip there on Saturday, ha ha. I'm so excited.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

hazel said...

Morning Christine lovely scrapbook page. Thank you for the recipe will give it a try. So glad you are enjoying your new venture at spellbinders academy and all the shopping is a bonus xx hazel

Chloe's Nan said...

This is a lovely layout Christine, girly and grungy at the same time! Cake looks scrumptious, it's made me hungry already and I've not long had breakfast! Work for me this week I'm afraid, it's not a bad job though. So pleased that you are enjoying your new venture, long may it stay that way, have a great day xx

Sue Yorkshire said...

Morning Christine

I love your page and thanks for the recipe

This week is quite busy for me, my friends are making sure that I am not on my own too much now hubby is back at work and in between their visits and days out I am trying to do some decorating!!!!! Finding it easy to paint the walls than make a card at the moment

I am so pleased that your venture is so successful and that you are having fun

Sue xxxx

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine, You have been busy for today's blog.
The scrapbook page is really lovely.
Thank you for your recipe,the cake looks so nice.
The advent box is perfect,and I cannot wait to see what you do with the plaques.
Have a good day everyone. x.

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Christine, i wouldn't say im old (early 30's) and i still work in pounds and ounces!!
Sounds like a lovely cake.
Stunning 'scrap' page, love the layout and colours, also love the advent calender.
As to what im upto this week, i have 3 physio app's and an MRi, so a full MOT!
Emma

Bea said...

Hi Christine - hooray cake! - I will certainly give this a go as it sounds yummy. Love the scrapbook layout and advent frame too.

Jenny L said...

Hi Christine,
wonderful scrapbook page. The cake recipe is great. I have made a similar one but not used the coconut.
Must have a go at this one. Sweet tooth talking again.
I have lots of different things to do this week as usual. Too many to bore everyone with.
Have a wonderful crafty day everyone.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Val in Spain xxx said...

Hi Christine. Love the scrapbook page and the cake looks scrummy. Whats on this week. Well today I play cribbage in the local bar. great fun and keeps the old brain cells ticking over. Tomorrow i go dog training although I think I enjoy it more that Gracie my little rescue dog. Nothing on for Wednesday as Sue Wilson is on C+C. Nothing planned for the rest of the week although the weekends are usually busy with friends so a good time to get on with cardmaking

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Thanks for the recipe its good to share as we all seem to stick to our tried and tested, Darcie my granddaughter came for lunch and she made a blueberry cake which we had for dessert. I still work in ounces can't get the hang of grams.
Love your scrapbook page its very pretty.
Being retired I spend most of my time crafting or watching C&C which is great.
Have a good day.
Lydia
X

nattyboots said...

Morning Christine

I just love the scrapbook page and i have just the photo to go with it ,so i will be copying this page later thank you .

Your Recipe ? well its really tempting me but being as im on a diet { lost 52lbs so far } im going to be strong and decline the temptation .
After saying that i will look to see if i can convert your recipe to a more friendly slimming one .[ where theirs a will theirs a way so they say ] haha .

Take Care
Elaine H X

Redanne said...

Hi Christine, the LO is just beautiful, love the colours, they go so well with the photo of your Sister. Thanks for the recipe, DH does not like coconut so guess it is more for me! LOL. So pleased that your Advent class is full and needs a second, it is a beautiful design.

What's up this week for me? Unfortunately it is hospital for an operation, dreading it I have to say, but I will just put my big girl knickers on and get on with it....... Hope you have a good week. Crafty hugs, Anne x

Di x said...

Hi Christine
I love your blog with the cake recipe and the box frame. I have been trying to justify the cost of the bracket box die since last year when I saw you advent frame. So gorgeous. Now with the cake as well whats a girl to do but give in and enjoy both. Will be a lovely heirloom for my 3 kids families to enjoy for years to come. (that's me justifying the die. The cake I'll just go for it (one more guilty pleasure.)
Kind regards Diane

Sarah said...

Hi Christine

Fabulous post. Love the advent box frame. I can remember seeing it last year it's fabulous. I wish I could come to your class. Love the scrummy lemon cake. I love lemon too. Can you push a slice through my computer screen! LOL! Cake is my one weakness as Dorcas Lane would say in Lark Rise to Candleford! Have a lovely day!

Sarah x

Ita said...

morning Christina, what a lovely way to start my moening reading your lovely blog,with scrap book pagd fab ,the advant calander Stunning and to top it all a recipe for a lovely lemon cake, you are super woman.I am so happy the your classed are going so well
Smiles
Ita

nmty said...

hi Christine

fabulous layout, I find your scrapbooking pages so inspirational, as with your other projects. Labels four seems to be a very versitile die for scrapbooking, must add to my wish list.

thanks for the recipie, will have to wait until the weekend,too busy with work, and if i have time will make one to take to the crop on Saturday. I am sure the girls will enjoy it.

I have just finished my advent box frame I bought from you a little while back and it looks brilliant, hubby varnished it for me while I made the little boxes from xmas paper thanks for the box! think this is the first time i am so organised for xmas!

enjoy your day.
lv norma

kelly said...

What a lovely page,gorgeous papers too.
I love your advent kit I need that die!!
Well I have Wednesday off & I feel a baking session coming on,thanks for sharing the recipe.
Have a gret evening .
Kelly

Buttons said...

LOVE that page layout Christine. Your embellies really bring out the beauty of the papers you have chosen and Spellbinders give everything a professional finish.
Blackberry suggestion - we made jam this year for the first time and it was incredibly easy. You can buy preserving sugar at the supermarket and it gives you the instructions on the packet. At least that way the fruit doesn't go to waste and there is a little more room in your freezer! (SO know that feeling!) Thanks for continuing to inspire us, hugs Buttons x

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