Linky love: awesome stuff :: things I did this weekend

by kath_red on 29/11/2011

in Link Love

There are a lot of things I love in life – books, crafts, my family – there are things I don’t love so much – exercise, housework, bookkeeping – life is a mix of the good with the bad and getting the mix right is tricky – don’t you think?

Anyway this past weekend I think I got the mix about right – although the weekend is never long enough.

  • I read a book (Black Heels to Tractor Wheels* – A voyeuristic ‘mills and boon’ type real life love story about a blogger!) and made some things (crochet hats – see above) and baked some cookies (cinnamon and white chocolate – yum – just made up the recipe**)
  • We watched some musical theatre (my daughter was in) and went to the school ‘slow sunday’ activity day (like a fete but without the fund raising)
  • I cooked some dinners (chicken soup and bolognaise) and sat on the porch with my man and a beer and some salami
  • I played some iphone games (pocket frogs) and vacuumed the house (and supervised the kids cleaning the bathrooms)
  • We bought some ducklings (Muscovy ducks) and built them a pond and watched them (they are funny)
  • We watched a family movie (Tron legacy) and ate the cookies with milk (yum)
Here are some cool things that other people did this weekend too.
*Black Heels to Tractor Wheels – this book was sent to me for review by Allen and Unwin (Au publisher), it is published in the USA by  William Morrow. Links are Amazon affiliate links
** To make a big batch of cinnamon and white chocolate cookies: with a paddle attachment on your mixer – cream 500g of butter with 1 cup of raw sugar + 1.5 cups of soft brown sugar :: add 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence + 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon :: scrape down sides and beat some more until light and creamy :: add 2 eggs – beat some more :: add a bag (or 2) of white choc chips (about 250grams worth) then add 4-5 cups of flour + 2 teaspoons of baking powder – this is where the recipe gets hazy – the mixture needs to be firm but not stiff – like cookie dough! – so add in the flour a cup at a time to ensure the consistency is not too wet and not too dry :: grab a handful of dough and roll it into a ball then sort of squash it flat and place on a lined baking tray – do this about 20-30 more times – how many you make will depend upon how big your cookies are :: press a pecan in the top if you like :: Bake at medium low heat for about 1–15 minutes. Enjoy!
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1 Jodi Anderson November 29, 2011 at 9:38 am

The scrappy steps afghan is amazing. I finished up a rag crochet rug this weekend, so I’m totally ready to move onto something with a smaller hook. I envision this one in shades of gray.

Thanks for sharing.


2 kath_red November 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Yes I plan on that afghan going to my to-do pile very soon too!


3 Olisa December 1, 2011 at 2:02 am

I have been super busy of late and haven’t had much time to read my favorite blogs. Just spent the best 45 minutes catching up on your posts! I wanted to tell you how awesome whipup is as an inspiration hub. You do an amazing job of finding and writing about different artists and crafters… Thank you for being such a generous resource!!


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