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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Friday Smiles on Saturday.

I have a short little mummy smile to share with you today. Something one of my children said, something that makes me smile, and think I've got something right in raising them.

"Isn't it time you sorted out those bath toys? Particularly that man with the broken leg."
"But mummy, that's our Paralympic Swimmer."

Thursday, 12 February 2015

First Air Flight Layout.

I've put my layout together, that I compiled the Air Flight kit for at the beginning of the month. Today's challenge at CKC is to use a date stamp.

Now, I'm scrapping digitally, so how do I get the date stamp look? Fortunately for me there are hundreds and thousands of fonts around, of various styles. I have so many, that there's only one way to keep track of them all - using Serif's Font Manager X3.

I think Bulky Refuse Type looks like a fair imitation of the numbers printed by TJ's date stamp. It's a free font downloadable from DaFont.

Here's a close up of the virtual date stamp on my layout.

I want to add a photo of my in flight souvenir, but can't find it at the moment. There's a box of treasures in the attic eaves I've not checked, so hopefully it's in there. I've left space to add the photo later.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Sorghum Chocolate Cake

TJ's been baking cakes after school today. We didn't have all the ingredients for the chosen type of cake. So in true Toucan Kitchen style, we improvised. The results were delicious.

  • 175 g Butter or Coconut Oil.
  • 175 g Dark Brown Sugar
  • 100 g Sorghum Flour
  • 125 g Ground Almonds
  • 100 g Dark Chocolate
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice

We use goat's butter, as the youngest can tolerate that, but not cows butter.
If you are not on a gluten free diet, you could use your normal store cupboard flour instead of sorghum if you want to.


  • Melt the butter and chocolate in a pan
  • Add everything else to a sturdy mixing bowl
  • Pour in the melted mixture
  • Beat with a hand held cake mixer until light and fluffy
  • Bake at 180 degrees C (160 in a fan assisted oven) for 20- 25 mins in small pans, 25 - 30 in larger ones.

OK, so they are not particularly photogenic, but they really are tasty. Her brother declared that it's the best cake ever.

I hope you have a great week, and if you try out this recipe, please let us know. There's usually lots of interesting looking recipes, as well as craft projects, shared on Inspire Me Monday's link up, so you might want to go have a look see.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday? A Hedgehog.

Good morning world. We've had a rough few weeks with tummy bugs, but are out in the bright, chilly sunshine again. Today is the day to show if what's on our desks etc, so without further ado.

My desk at 9:30 this morning.

Pauline, at Funky Friends Factory has a brand new soft toy pattern for a cuddly hedgehog. How could I possibly resist it? I also found a use for those fat quarters I absolutely HAD to buy in the January sale, despite having an existing fabric mountain I need to get through.

Since then the sewing machine has been put away and the laptop put out so I can type my blog post. Which means that, my sewing project is complete.

What's on your desk, counter top, easle, potter wheel, or where ever you are working? Come join us at Julia's blog for a WOYWW linky up.

Have a great day, and hopefully I've fixed the robot thingy for comments.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

February CKC, Air Flight.

February has landed, and after several months off, my digital scrapbooking mojo has returned. If you are blog hopping with CKC today, you will have arrived from lovely Lesley's blog, and know that we are travelling with this lovely airmail themed kit from the Scrapbook.com Kit Club called Across the Miles, which has sold out. Our challenge is to be inspired by the club kit, route around in our existing stash, and come up with a kit of our own.

Across the Miles from Scrapbook.com Kit club - Sold Out.
When I first saw that kit I thought about all those so far unscrapped pages from our 2000 Europe Tour, that I normally work through whenever we get a travel themed inspiration kit. Or perhaps something about writing letters, or friends from across the globe? Then I remembered a story about my first commercial air flight, it's a nice story, and I haven't recorded that. So thus began my small kit called Air Flight.

Supplies List:
  • Papers and extras for the colour scheme, and diagonal stripes taken from the 2012 ScrapOrchard Summer Megakit.
  • Aeroplane pieces from retired designers: Digital Compilations by Cinda and Kat Designs.
  • Brown paper dots from K Aagard's Woodland Autumn collection, instead of the wooden confetti.
  • A world map template, exported from the free powerpoint maps at Presentation Magazine
  • Flower from Jill D-Zines
  • Journal paper and stamps from old kits by Cilenia Curtis.
You can get some more fabulous ideas by going to the next stop on our blog Hop, with our creative Lynnette. I always look forward to seeing how she's interpreted the kit each month, and her amazingly creative photography.

Be blessed everyone.