Quilting & Stitching

In my quest to quilt & stitch more, I’ve spoken to a lovely Irish quilter – Sarah from Fairy Face Designs – who has given me loads of advice on what to do and where to go and how to do it all 😉

I can highly recommend her blog, http://www.fairyfacedesigns.blogspot.com/, her work is stunning!

Through Fairy Face Designs, I’ve made some purchases from Fluffy Sheep Quilting, who have just recently launched their online fabric store… it’s a droolfest! Cindy also blogs at http://fluffysheepquilting.blogspot.com/ and again, her work is stunning! I look forward to getting my parcel of fabric in the post – I bought the Soul Garden Fat Quarter Bundle – isn’t it fabulous?

Soul Garden Fat Quarter Bundle from Fluffy Sheep Quilting

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder…

It’s been a month since I’ve posted, shocking! I’ve been extremely busy with life, between getting work projects finished up and having birthday parties, making wedding cakes and attending weddings!

It’s been a busy month! However, now I’ve got much more time, so I’m going to be blogging more regularly!

I’m also looking forward to finishing a quilt, which started off small as you can see in an earlier post, it’s now grown to become a single bed size quilt… Can’t wait to post pictures when it’s done! I’m currently waiting on some final bits I need to complete it!

I’m going to post more recipes that are tried, tested, and loved in this house.

The list goes on and on really, I’m hoping the blog evolves into some sort of shape as I post more and more!

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Neadis Gorgeous Granola

Huge fans of granola in this house, this recipe is from my friend Sinead, and is very delicious and very adaptable.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I use Donegal Rapeseed Oil, and 1 tablespoon works if you want to reduce this)
125ml Maple Syrup
2 tbsp Honey (I’ve used Golden Syrup when short of Honey, it’s not as nice, but works.)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
300g Oats
250g of whatever nuts and seeds you like (I use sunflower seeds, milled flaxseed (aka linseed), walnuts, almonds and pecans – all whole nuts, but you could use chopped)
100g dried fruit (if you fancy, I don’t usually add these)
50g dessicated Coconut (I’m yet to add this, simply as I’ve none in the house, but feel free to add or omit!)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3.
  2. Mix everything together, except coconut and dried fruit, if using.
  3. Spread over two baking trays.
  4. Roast for 20 minutes.
  5. Add coconut and dried fruit, and roast for another 10 minutes.
  6. Cool and store in airtight container.

I have also cooked this in my Tefal Actifry for 15-20 minutes and it comes out great as well.

Enjoy 🙂