Saturday, March 19, 2016

Oh how busy I have been

Seems ages (and it really is) since my last post. For the past 5 weeks I've been rather busy, mainly as a result of doing a course with U3A (University of the Third Age) called "Declutter your Life". The project I focused on was my craft room which has been an absolute disaster since I had to merge two rooms into one a while back - the craft room and the room where I had loads of books, computer and all its bits and pieces and of course the overflow crafty stuff. The U3A course has been very inspiring and motivational. I did take 'before' photos but I'm not sure if I'll have the courage to show them to you but when its finished I just might show you the 'after' shots.

With all this activity going on I haven't had a great deal of time for much else. A little bit of crochet for my CWA branch - this scarflet which is a free pattern on Ravelry by Suzetta Williams. I've made this before and always like the way it turns out. Easy too which is a bonus. For this I used Superfine 100% Merino 8 ply (DK) Wool with a 4.50mm hook.

During the paperwork clean-up I came across two recipes hand written by my late mother and I'd like to share them with you here - also so I can find them again when I want them. They both sound yummy so if you decide to try one please let me know what you think.

Peanut Slice
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut
1.5 cups self-raising flour
4 ozs margarine
small pkt salted peanuts

Mix together sugar, coconut, flour and peanuts. Stir in melted margarine and mix well. Press into greased slab tin and cook in moderate oven 15-20 minutes.

Walnut Slice
2 cups self-raising flour
2 cups brown sugar
115 grams butter or margarine
1 egg
1 cup milk
carb soda, spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt

Rub ingredients together in a bowl, then divide into two portions. Put half into a biscuit tray and flatten down. To the other half, add 1 beaten egg 1 cup milk, 1 teaspoon carb soda, 1 teaspoon spice, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg and a pinch of salt. Beat all together and pour over the base. Sprinkle with walnuts and cook for 30 minutes in a moderate oven.

There is one more recipe which is for Peanut Crisps but I'll keep that till my next post.

Before I finish off, the family need to say hello. Oliver spent last weekend with his Mum at Bermagui on the NSW south coast - he loved playing in the sand.

 And the view from the balcony of the unit they rented wasn't too bad either.

Madison and Quincy couldn't stay awake long enough so here's a shot of what they do best ..

Bye for now. xox


  1. Good for you taking that course, I need to de-clutter a bit myself.

  2. Hello Dorothy, nice to see you again! This scarflet is really sweet, I like it! ♥ Thanks for the link and also for sharing recipes and nice pics :-). Have a wonderful weekend! Nata xxx

  3. Your course in de-cluttering sounds great. I could use to do that in more than one location in this house. What a neat neckerchief you made! Oliver is such a cutie! And the pets in the bed were so sweet. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. How lovely to read a post from you Dorothy! I hear you on the decluttering. Im not lucky enough to have a craft room so have to declutter regularly. Good on you! I love the scarflet. Coming into autumn you'll need it! Lovely pics of cute little Oliver at Bermagui. We're making the trek up to mums at Mollymook for Easter so we'll be blowing kisses to you and our Canberra friends as we bypass via Murrumbateman! *hugs*

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  6. Hu Dorothy, just coming over here from Maria's blog. I didn't realise the U3A had such a course. I must look into what our local one offers. I have never joined up but always intend to. Love the scarflet. I like the word 'easy' LOL!


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