Friday, 22 May 2020

Friday Chat Day

Hello friends

Welcome to another Friday Chat Day.
Hope you are all well in your world.
I had a little look back through my blog and discovered
my first Friday Chat Day was end of June 2019,
nearly a year ago - goodness I've done a lot of waffling
and here's some more...


So the Last Minute Christmas Cake got its marzipan and icing,
well the top and the good ol' snow scene for ease. 
I resisted decorating it with holly and reindeer, I mean it is May.  
I then cut off a chunk and delivered it to my parents,
it appears they too enjoy cakes out of season.

I shared the Last Minute Christmas Cake recipe last week and
a few of you mentioned the Canadian Malt Loaf recipe.
I went searching and found it.

I cannot take any credit for this recipe, it is my friend and work colleague
Terry's recipe and it is delicious.
It is similar in process to the Last Minute Christmas Cake,
so speedy and easy.

This will make two loaves. They freeze well.

375g/13oz sultanas
50g/2oz butter 
350ml/12 fluid oz hot water
375g/13oz self-raising flour 
½ teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
9oz sugar
2 eggs – beaten.

Preheat oven to 190 C, 375F or Gas Mark 5 (180 C for fan assisted).  
Grease and line two 2lb loaf tins. 
Place butter, sultanas and hot water into a saucepan. 
Bring to the boil, simmer for 4 minutes and allow to cool a little.  
In a large mixing bowl mix together flour, bicarb and sugar.  
Transfer the warm fruit from the saucepan into the flour mixture.  
Mix in the beaten eggs.  
Pour the mixture into your two loaf tins. 
Bake for 50 minutes.
Allow to cool before cutting.  Delicious spread with butter.  

Whilst rummaging for recipes I thought how about I make it 
possible for you to print them off?
So I've done some tippy tapping on the keyboard and
I've designed them.
It is two on an A4 landscape page, so one for you and one for a friend.

Once you click on the links below, click download.
They are PDF documents for you to save and print.

Click here for the Canadian Malt Loaf printable.
Click here for the Last Minute Christmas Cake printable.
Click here for the Lemon and Coconut Cake printable.

I'll make sure you get a printable each time I share a recipe.
(Getting that organised kept me out of trouble for a few hours!)


Thankfully right now always time for crochet.
I've been speeding ahead with this project,
the Seaside Stashbusting Blanket by Coastal Crochet.

This has been a lot of fun, the different stitches represent waves,
pebbles, shells, fishing nets and more.

I've been spurred on to finish it as I'm starting another one for a friend.
She has sent me her yarn and it is a mix of blues, greens and whites,
I think it will look wonderful in this pattern.

And I haven't stopped my flower a day - here's the collection
so far being overlooked by our dearly departed Imogen cat.
The plan is to make these into a garland, attaching each one to a
crocheted chain.

And whilst I'm doing all this crocheting...


I've gone back and re-watched Ripper Street - Amazon Prime.
Worrying that I had forgotten so much of it.
Thoroughly enjoying it again, looking away at some of the gruesome scenes.

And still my Midsomer Murders marathon continues - 
now about to start Season 14!
DCI Barnaby now looking a little more grey.

Crafty stuff:

I've been back to my cabin and put together set 3 of the
Rainbow Mini Card Kits - donating to the NHS.
Here's a sneak peek of one of the designs in the duo of cards...

Please stop by tomorrow for the kit announcement,
I'll also publish on Facebook etc.

Yesterday marked the 7 year anniversary of Elliott's surgery.
I still get so choked when I see that first photo of him in 
King's College Hospital all marked up but still smiling.
It has been a rollercoaster.  
I am still amazed by him.

And yes I made him don the t-shirt, he's a good sport! 

And that brings me to the close of this week's chatter.
Wishing you a lovely weekend, enjoy the sunshine 
(if you like sunshine that is, I'm definitely a shade dweller).

Take care friends, keep safe,
keep well and much love.


hazel young said...

Great idea about making the recipes printable Christine, thank you. Love the blanket and looking forward to seeing your friends the colours sound a great combination. I'm still on my Agatha Christie Run for TV and have started watching Charlies angels as well. The flowers are piling up be great when its all strung up. Loving the sneak peak for the charity kit. Congratulations on your 7 Year celebration. My how he has grown and come on, nice to see the T shirt still fits. Hope you mum is still continuing to process to better health. Have a great week stay safe xx Hazel said...

Morning Christine.
Thank you for the recipes I shall pass them on to my Daughter and grand daughter.
Alas my baking days are over, but I have taught them well, they keep me supplied.
Christine your blankets are so pretty.
Looking forward to the new projects.
Enjoy your TV. Elliott has gone through such a lot he is so brave.
Christine you have two very handsome boys.
Take care and keep safe Kitty.

CraftyCoffey said...

Cakes look delicious &thanks for the recipes.

Great to see Elliott & still willing to wear that tee shirt.


Christine said...

Thanks for the recipe printouts, was looking for something 'nice' to bake and your loaf looks perfect.
Take care

karenlotty said...

Lovely chat Thanks for making the recipes printable I have shelves full of cookery books I love collecting them and just have a read! But I am always on the lookout for tried and trusted recipes
Your crochet is beautiful I ought to try a blanket or shawl
Elliott is such an inspiration with always a smile on his face Love the T shirt by the way
Take care x

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Christine, Lovely that you have printed your malt loaf recipe for everyone to try and enjoy, I have made it and made it over and over again over the years, I tend to alternate it with the coconut and lemon one, my two favourites !!
Your crochet is fabulous, very pretty colours and very pretty patterns.
I love all the piccies of Elliott, he has been through such a lot in his life, but boy does he look fabulous now, and able to wear the same t shirt too, wow !!
Enjoy your weekend, stay safe, stay well.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Littlelamb said...

Thank you for the recipes Christina and giving us the option of printing them out. Love the blanket. Looking forward to seeing the one for your friend. Elliott is looking very well. Doesn’t seem possible it is seven years now. Take care and enjoy the weekend.

Cazann49 said...

Thank you for the recipes Christine. I can't believe it has been 7 years since Elliot's op. He's turned into a fine young man, and I'm sure you are really proud of his achievements as you are with Mitchell (and of course the lovely Bella . Take care keep safe. xx

Unknown said...

Thanks for the recipes. Malt loaf in the oven now, smells delicious.
Take care.

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