Friday 26 June 2020

Friday Chat Day

Hello friends

Welcome to another Friday Chat Day, a virus free zone!
Hope you are all keeping well - Littlelamb, so sorry to hear 
your crochet is on hold - hope you are pain free now.

Let's start this week's chatter with a recipe,
not so healthy this week!


Choc Chip Cookies
Originally from a Homepride Flour cookbook published in about 1991.
These cookies became a school lunchbox favourite with my boys.
They do take quite a lot of flour so if you are struggling to buy some
right now you may wish to save this recipe to make later.

150g/5oz butter (softened), 125g/4oz sugar,
1 egg (lightly beaten), vanilla essence – 2-3 drops,
225g/8oz self-raising flour, 75g/3oz plain flour,
100g/3½ oz chocolate drops

Preheat oven to 220C, 425F, Gas Mark 7
Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy.
Beat in egg gradually with vanilla essence.
Sieve together the two flours and fold into the mixture.
Stir in chocolate drops, it should be a dough consistency.
If too dry you can add a drop of milk.
On a floured surface roll the dough into a sausage shape,
cut into 2cm/¾ inch slices, flatten a little on the baking tray.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
Cool on wire rack.
Eat and forget the calories!

Click here for the Choc Chip Cookies printable.
This recipe has also been added to the Recipes page/tab 
at the top of the blog here.


I'm getting through the squares for the Harmony Blanket.
I have a system and thankfully it is working, in fact I've absolutely
enjoyed the organisation of it and already thinking about doing another.
The end result should hopefully look something like this...

Details of this project with link has been added to the yarn tab at the top 
of the blog - trying to keep that up to date.


I actually watched less telly this week as I ventured out -
news on that below.
I did watch Dancing on the Edge available on BritBox.
British drama written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff (I like everything he does).
It's about a black jazz band in London in the early 1930s.
It's slow paced, intriguing, eloquent and a full star cast.

If you subscribe to Netflix then Sinner - Season 3 has just been launched.


Starring an older but still very nice Bill Pullman, he plays 
a detective in a small New York town solving perplexing crimes -
gets a little creepy at times - I just press fast forward! 

This week we celebrated Bella's 9th birthday.
She received a new toy and a trip to the park and ...oh yes, a lot of ham and chicken.
How did our littlest member of the family become 9!
We haven't driven out to the park in months and I admit I felt a little nervous,
my car trips have just been home to my parents house.
Thankfully we parked up easily, found a path and didn't bump into anyone.
She was a bit of a hot dog, once home cooled her down and 
she snored for the entire evening.

And this isn't the park, this glorious garden belongs to my sister.
Fueled by my successful park trip I went to visit. 
Still being cautious, I took my fold up chair, picnic and sat in the shade of 
those trees doing my crochet - it was absolute bliss.

A good week all in all and this weekend full steam ahead 
for July's Charity Kit and yes, a bit of crochet and planning to 
make some cheese scones.

Take care friends, enjoy the sunshine from safe shady spots.


hazel young said...

My boys love chocolate chip cookies too, although one likes them large they are more like chocolate chip side plates. Loving the crochet blanket squares and the look of a completed blanket. Happy belated birthday Bella. Your sisters garden looks fabulous. Looking forward to next weeks charty kit. This year is sure buzzing by quickly. Have a great week stay safe xx Hazel said...

Morning Christine.
Thank you for another great chat.
I too have that recipe book and a very old Bero book.
That is the sort of blankets I can do.
My granddaughter signed me up to netfix, I have now watched all the series of The Sinner,
I have never sat down for so long, mind you it took me two weeks.
So glad Bella had a lovely Birthday, the gardens look lovely too.
Take care and stay safe, BUT STILL HAVE FUN kITTY.

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine, Wishing Bella a belated happy birthday and many more. We are on series 2 of Sinner, so have a few to look forward to. Having been isolated it's amazing how even the simplest task can make us anxious but I'm sure you'll regain your confidence as we move forward. Take care and have a happy week. WakeyL

karenlotty said...

Those chocolate chip cookies look delicious I will try some We have fits and spurts about being able to buy flour Either no shops havebit around here or every shop does!
The crochet looks lovely I am still plodding through my mile minute blanket but am so enjoying doing it
Happy Birthday Bella!
I have enjoyed watching Sewing Bee and pleased Clare won although Mark’s made to measure was gorgeous 40 years ago I would have worn that But now age and body shape is against me!
I love Glow Up too on BBC3 It is pure art but on faces/bodies Stunning creations if not to everyone’s cup of tea

Carolyn said...

Gosh these Fridays soon roll round don’t they? Love your sisters garden, plenty of room to self distance ,I am still very cautious, I don’t think we can be complacent on this . I shall be trying the cookies , they look delicious. Have a good weekend xxx

JeanD said...

Morning Christine, I was leisurely reading your blog while Kevin had gone to Sainsbury’s, when I read that you are making scones. I suddenly remembered that before he set off I said I’d make some scones as he was going to buy clotted cream! This galvanised me into action And I’ve just taken them out of the oven before he arrives back. Phew!, I really enjoy Friday chat day. Xx I’m all hot and bothered now. X

Littlelamb said...

Thank you Christine. Neck pains not quite so bad. Might try the chocolate chip cookies. I haven’t ventured far yet and was worried about going to Jersey in two weeks time but luckily it’s been cancelled. Probably going next year instead now. Hotel not open yet and EasyJet not flying from my friends local airport yet either. Love your crochet squares and what the finished blanket will look like. Looking forward to seeing that. Your sister’s garden looks lovely. I was going to go and sit in a friends garden yesterday afternoon but we both decided it was much too hot. Week before it was raining all day. I will get there one week soon I am sure. I would imagine Bella was happy to be in the Park again. Not surprised she was tired when she got home.

Jackie Durrant said...

Hi Christine, your cookies look lovely but I think I'll wait and enjoy looking at your cheese scones next week!! They will be just right to take to your sisters. I presume they have a sit on mower?? otherwise it would be a very long job keeping it all tidy!! I've had two socially distanced outings in one day today but it was so nice to have a conversation with someone. A belated birthday to Bella. At 63 dog years to human years I think she is doing pretty well!
Enjoy your tv over the weekend, Jackie xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Christine, Happy Birthday Bella !!
You are definitely getting on like a house on fire with your crochet, they all look gorgeous.
Thank you for the cookie recipe, they look yummy, I will be trying them when I can get hold of chocolate chips. I have made two batches of scones off a Youtube video made with Sprite, SR flour, and cream, and I added raising to mine, and they are lovely, the lady who demo'd them also said she uses Ginger Ale too, so will be trying them with that next time.
Glad you are managing to get out a bit. I have been appalled at the people who are totally disregarding social distancing, they wouldn't be so eager to flaunt the rules if they or someone they love contacted Covid 19, I will never understand some people !!
Enjoy your weekend, stay safe, stay well.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

christi said...

good evening, it's later here than there. I just wanted to drop you a note to say how much I enjoy your fri. chat day. I look forward to it each week. I don't post often but I do want you to know that you are appreciated. it's fun to hear about things in your world. have a great week.

pinksparkle said...

I also enjoy Friday chat day, every picture of Bella makes me smile and my heart melt! It is both good and scary to go out at the moment after so long at home. Small steps. Thank you for the chat, very pretty crochet and love the recipes.

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