Spring skirt – FINISHED

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I’ve always said autumn is my favourite time of the year, but after spending just the first two weeks of spring on the farm, I have to revise my answer.

Spring on the farm is gorgeous. After you overlook the towering weeds and sinus-inducing pollen in the air, it’s goddamn frickin’ beautiful. Everything is green and lush, bright and colourful, and sunny and warm. I find myself making excuses to go outside. I even look forward to weeding!

The only real problem I forsee is more time outside means less time sewing, and I find myself conflicted in choosing between the two. Continue reading

The stuff you do when you’re not doing the stuff you LOVE to do

So I’m actually on holidays from work at the moment, which is great for getting stuff done around the house, but not so great because not a lot of it is sewing. LL and I have been doing quite a bit of renovating of late, and while we are still decades upon decades away from our dream home, it’s nice to make small achievements. Here’s what we’ve been up to of late: Continue reading

Strawberry and apple crumble muffins

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Here’s a recipe that’s both delicious and freezer friendly. Theoretically, you could make it MUCH healthier by substituting honey, replacing butter with some sort of nut-based spread, using wholemeal flour, and using stevia or just omitting the extra sugar altogether. I’m sure at one point I will go on a health kick and blog about HEALTHY muffin recipes, but today, it’s just good old sugar and butter for me. Continue reading

Chai-licious slice

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Sorry about the chai-eesy name of this post. I can’t help myself. This recipe was simply delish. My coworkers and I polished it off in a couple of hours and while that’s no mean feat for me, the others are usually a bit more controlled in their consumption of baked goods. Me, well, I have on occasion gone back for more pieces of cake than I care to number, but my coworkers – they can show restraint.

Not with this chai semolina slice, however.

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Lemon & berry yoghurt loaf

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I have made this delicious recipe quite a few times because it always gets rave reviews. This latest bake was for LL to take to his work for morning tea, and, according to him, it was a great success. He said it was the first cake to be finished and he received several requests for the recipe. Now I don’t know if he’s just embellishing to flatter my ego, but having eaten this cake myself, I’m inclined to say it’s just a great recipe that is both easy and guarantees mouth-watering results every time. Give it a go! Continue reading

Leftovers skirt – FINISHED

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Calling this the “Leftovers skirt” combines many of my loves – sewing (duh), food (or connotations of it at least), and resourcefulness. I hate waste! I have been known to refuse to grocery shop for three weeks purely to use up all the food in the fridge/freezer and veggie patch. In fact, I could probably go SIX weeks (my pantry is chockers), but running out of cheese will without fail drive me to do groceries. I have a minimum of six to eight kinds of cheese on hand at all times, so running out is a BIG effort. But I digress! Where were we? Oh yes, sewing! Continue reading

the week in pictures

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I don’t plan on making a habit of these weekly “what’s happening in boring Lauren land” posts, but for some reason the past week has represented itself in my phone pics and I feel like sharing it with you, blogosphere. Of course, it is very loosely related to baking and sewing, but unfortunately my hobbies take up about 5 per cent of my waking life and farm life/work life/boring stuff takes up the other 95 per cent. But, so what? I’m going to share anyways! Continue reading