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Tartan Totes

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Well as many of you may or may not know Jackie (Cameron`s Mum) and I have been working on a business idea for the past few months. We are now ready for the launch so I thought I would tell you a little bit more about what we have been up to.

Logo

Logo

As it says on our homepage of our website, we wanted to make something that was unique, original and which utilized recycled fabrics. We wanted something that reinforced the connection between our past and present, old Scotland and new Scotland – and what better than tartan to do this. We think the tartan we source for our totes is colourful, fashionable and practical – we do hope you agree!

the ailsa

the ailsa

The Kirsty

The Kirsty

For more bags and styles please check out our website at www.tartantotes.com and let us know your thoughts.

Wildlife on our Deck

In Sites and Sounds on July 16, 2009 at 12:11 pm

1) Mr Colin Squirrel

Cameron called him Colin and I think the pictures say the rest…

No 1

NO 2

No 3.

This little guy spent the whole of yesterday playing in our garden and on our deck. He even helped clean up after lunch, nibbling on the crumbs. I couldn’t quite believe how close he let me get to take his picture. Read the rest of this entry »

A Summer Take on Chocolate Cake

In Recipes on July 9, 2009 at 9:00 am

Okay so it’s Summer and we tend to lean more to fresh and fruity than to gooey and chocolatey! But why not combine the two? Here’s my way of making a chocolate cake a little more ‘appropriate’ for summer…

Cake

Cake

The recipe used is the same as for my chocolate cream cakes. It’s just a bog standard sponge recipe, but instead of make it into a sponge cake (or into individual cakes), I just make one half of a sponge cake! It makes it a little thicker, more torte like, just be sure to make check its cooked all the way through before you take it out of the oven.

Recipe Recap…
4oz caster sugar
4oz margarine (best not to use butter as it makes the cakes too greasy)
3oz self raising flour
1oz cocoa powder
2 medium eggs
white, dark, milk or a mixture of chocolate chips (lots are good, but don’t over do it as the cake will become too gooey)

Method –
Really really easy… (and lazy)
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl, add in the eggs, mix well, add in chocolate chips.
Spoon mixture into round (greased and lined) cake tin
Bake at 180oC for 30-35mins.
Check cakes are ready by pushing lightly on the top, the cake should spring back up or try the old ‘stick a skewer in’ test (it should come out clear/have no cake mix on it)

Allow cakes to cool thoroughly!

What I love best about this cake is the chocolate fudge icing on the top. It was my Gran’s recipe but I copied it down wrong and have only just managed to figure out the exact quantities again.

1/2oz margarine
1oz cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of milk
4oz icing sugar

Melt the margarine in a pan and then add in the cocoa – stir well. Add the milk and head, but don’t boil! Take off the heat and sieve-in the icing sugar. Mix well until smooth. Spread over the top of the cake using a knife dipped in hot water to help.

Once the icing has set, garnish the cake with some summery flowers. Make sure the flowers are edible… although you probably won’t eat them it’s best to avoid any potential accidents. Some examples of edible flowers include, daisy, pansy and apple blossom (avoid those sprayed with pesticides etc)!

Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Fog, Ships and Flowers

In My day to day on July 7, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Well well well…. how time flies. We’ve been in our ‘new house’ for over two weeks now and I must confess I have been very disappointed with the weather. It has pretty much been endless fog since we moved in (although fingers crossed it looks like it might start to improve now). Here’s a good foggy picture of some boats in the harbour down at Blue Rocks (a tiny little village just a few hundred yards along the road from us).

Boat in the fog

Boat in the fog

Now and again the fog clears and we get some sunshine. I managed to snap a few pictures of this yacht as it sailed past our window. We over look the only channel from the Atlantic into the main Lunenburg harbour.

Yacht 1

Yacht 1

Yacht 2

Yacht 2

In other news we’ve been doing a few bits and pieces outside to try and make the place feel a little more homely. Cameron made me some planters and for the very first time in my life I’ve taken a interest in doing some gardening. I’ve not got a clue about what plants go with what plants but I think these look quite good (for a novice).

Planter

Planter

I’ve also been practicing some flower arranging…

Flowers

Flowers

All these flowers were picked from the garden!

Despite the fog, I think we’ve got ourselves a pretty good spot in which to spend the summer!