Dishcloths that I received

I just thought I would show you the lovely dishcloths that I received from the Dishcloth Swap that I was involved in. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get a very good photo of them before I started using them though.

ReceivedDishclothsI have used the heart and navy blue ones as dishcloths and they are great! They are definitely a wonderful alternative to sponges. The multi-coloured one is being used as a washcloth which my daughter loves using. And my husband has even commented on how nice it is to use! So I think I will have to make some more! Thank you very much One Crafty Mumma for organising the swap and for getting me started on making dishcloths! xo

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Mmmmm scones!

I’m sure many love eating scones as much as I do. And there is nothing better than freshly made, warm scones! I must admit though, the thought of standing there rubbing the butter and flour together for what seems like forever is not appealing and thus why I had never made them very often. That was until I discovered this CWA (Country Women’s Association) recipe over at raspberri cupcakes‘ blog. This is one of the easiest recipes and you can have the scones made and cooked in less than 20 minutes which, I think, makes them perfect for breakfast! And it also makes the ideal amount for my family, about 7-8 medium sized scones.

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Here is the CWA scone recipe as blogged by raspberri cupcakes with my version of the cooking instructions.

2 cups self-raising flour
1/4 tsp salt
150 ml pouring cream (I use Pauls Pure Cream)
2/3 cup milk

Preheat a fan forced oven to 200-210 degrees Celsius.

Sift flour and salt into a bowl.

Mix cream into the dry ingredients using the blade end of a spatula. Gradually add the milk until a soft dough is formed. Leave a small amount of milk to brush the scones with later.

Place the dough onto a floured surface. Gently knead the dough if necessary but do not over knead it or the scones will be tough.

Form an oval shape with the dough about 4 cm thick. I like nice, high scones but you can change the thickness to suit your tastes. Cut out the scones using a 4-5 cm round cutter. I actually use a drinking glass, floured lightly to cut mine.

Place the scones close to together on a cookie tray. Lightly brush them with some milk. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until cooked through and lightly browned. Mine are on the thicker side, so take 15 minutes to cook.

Serve and eat as soon as possible! I like to eat my scones with butter and apricot jam whilst the rest of my family have theirs with only butter. How do you like to eat your scones?

Scones can be stored in the freezer uncooked for 2-3 months. When you are ready to bake them, put them straight into the oven without defrosting.

Enjoy! xo

Crafty Swaps!

Hi! It has been a looong time since I have posted anything and I am going to try and get into the habit of blogging more often.

Today I thought I would start talking about some crafty swaps that I am involved in at the moment. I’m sure everyone loves receiving handmade items in the mail as much as I do. So that’s why I have recently signed up to participate in some swaps.

The swap that I am going to blog about today is the Dishcloth Swap that was hosted by One Crafty Mumma. I have crocheted ever since I was quite young. I remember going to my mum’s snack bar during the school holidays and while there learning lots of things from my aunty like doing crosswords, word puzzles, cross stitching and crocheting. I think that crocheting is something that you will always remember how to do, no matter how long it has been since you last crocheted. I have to remind myself every now and again how to do certain stitches, but always remember how to crochet a chain, single stitch and double stitch without any problem.

I had seen lots of tutorials for crocheted dishcloths and wondered how well they work as I am constantly trying different kinds of sponges to wash the dishes with. When I saw One Crafty Mumma post on Instagram that she was hosting a Dishcloth Swap, I knew this was the perfect opportunity for me to 1) try and make some and 2) see how well they work!

Here are the dishcloths that I made:

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I used Lily Sugar n Cream yarn in different colours to make the dishcloths.

I used the Waffle Crochet Dishcloth pattern by Chip Flory for the top green dishcloth. The tutorial for the second tangerine one came from Issue 3 of the Simple Crochet magazine, it’s actually a pattern for a facecloth. The 3rd dishcloth was made using the Granny Square dishcloth pattern, and for the last dishcloth I used the Textured Crochet Dishcloth pattern by Petals to Picot.

One Crafty Mumma has been posting on her blog about all the dishcloths she has been receiving and they all look great! Here is her photo of them all before she sent them out!

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I enjoyed making my four dishcloths and can’t wait to receive mine! If you are learning to crochet, dishcloths can be a great, easy item to practice with. And very practical, I love practical!

xo Kristy

Hello from monkey mai!

Hi everyone! And welcome to my blog!

I thought I would make my first blog about a scrumptious recipe that I discovered recently via Pinterest. I love Pinterest, I probably spend way too much time ‘pinning’ but as a result have learnt a few handy hints, discovered some delicious recipes and now have a very long list of ‘must makes’. And most importantly, I have discovered some businesses that sell very lovely items.

So, this is the yummy recipe that I would like to share with you. It is for Cookie Dough Brownies. Just mention the two words ‘cookie’ and ‘dough’ together and you have my attention! And added with the word ‘brownie’ makes it even more appealing so thus why I couldn’t resist. This is a really easy recipe also, so another reason to make it.

Here is a photo of my brownies which my husband certainly enjoyed as did my colleagues at work.

Cookie Dough Brownies

The recipe comes from the blog Stylish Cuisine.

Brownie layer:
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Cookie dough layer:
225 grams butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 Tablespoons milk
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cup plain flour

Chocolate layer:
2 cups dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter

Make the Brownie Layer:
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a 20 x 33 cm pan and line with baking paper.

In the bowl of a mixer, combine sugar, cocoa, flour and salt. Add oil, eggs and vanilla, and beat on medium speed for about three minutes.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

Make the Cookie Dough Layer:
In a medium bowl, combine butter with white and brown sugars. Add milk and vanilla and mix until combined. Add the flour. Spread this over the cooled brownies and then top with glaze.

Make the Chocolate Glaze:
Melt the chocolate chips and butter until lightly melted, but with chunks of chocolate still in tact. Spread over brownies.

Makes about 24 pieces.

This turns out to be quite a large slab when finished so make sure you have lots of people to share it with! Enjoy! xo