Sunday, 30 January 2011

A Rest on Sunday

Yippeeee!!!! My wonderful, clever, techie DH has sorted out my upoading problems, so I'm back in business!

Yesterday I went yarn shopping in Solihull.  Between John Lewis and House of Fraser I managed to find just what I was looking for, some soft, washable cotton yarn in beautiful colours for some technicolour crochet.  Yes, no more black hats and gloves, but this is going to be one big, beautiful granny blanket.  Here's some gorgeous, woolly eye candy.....

I wish you could feel it and give it a good 'squidge' like I can!

I bought yarn from a variety of different brands in order to get exactly the colours I had in mind.  But it will all be fine, as they are all 100% machine washable pure cotton double-knit yarns.  That's one thing I like about crochet, you don't have to match yarns up exactly as you would if you were knitting up a garment.

I really want to get started on this new project, but I have some knitting projects on my needles that I should really finish first!

On Friday, I spent some time at home, so here are some pics from my day, I did some laundry and made some delicious rice pudding.  Here are some of my aprons, fluttering in the breeze...

My Rice Pudding recipe is an old American one.  It is cooked on the stove-top, rather than baked in the oven, and it contains eggs, so it tastes like rice pudding and egg custard mixed together, very nice.

This time I can give you imperial and metric quantities.

Rice Pudding.

1.5 litres / 2 1/2 pints semi-skimmed milk
185 g / 6 ozs pudding rice
125 g / 4 ozs sugar
pinch of salt
250 ml / 8 fl ozs semi-skimmed milk
3 eggs
5 ml / 1 tsp vanilla extract

1.  Combine first four ingredients in a deep, heavy-bottomed saucepan over a medium-low heat.

2.  Let the mixture come to a slow boil (it may foam up, that's ok).  Continue the slow boil (too fast a boil will scorch the milk) for approximately 1 hour, or until almost all the liquid has been absorbed.  The boiling will start making a 'pop' or 'slapping' sound.  When it does, the rice is finished. 

3.  Remove from heat and add the last three ingredients.  Combine well and let it stand for 20 minutes.  Serve warm or chilled.

By a warm fire, on a cold winter's evening, this is very homely and satisfying!  We've had some bacon and eggs for lunch, there is a casserole simmering in the slow cooker for later, and now it's time to put the kettle on, put our feet up, and have some hooky fun.

I do hope you are also able to have a relaxing day, life can often be tiring and stressful, and sometimes we really do need to switch off and remind ourselves that God is in control, not us, so we can safely let Him get on with what He does best, hand everything over to Him and simply enjoy the day He has given to us.


Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

Thank you for the knitting advice. I will definitely do that, hopefully it will make learning easier and a quicker project to show for my efforts. :)

Jayne said...

Brenda, I am looking forward to seeing pics of your knitting! x

Anonymous said...

Delumpcious yarns!! :)

Jayne said...

Yes, totally delumpcious, and how very amusing to see your Mary Jane shoes pop up on another blog, modeled by the ever stylish Lucy of Attic 24 fame! That did make me smile!

Pom Pom said...

Oh, your yarn is gorgeous! I wish I COULD squeeze it!

Joanne said...

Your colours look like the hottest spring colours of'll have to google that, but honeysuckle is one of them...don't you love the sound of that colour?
Lovely yarns!
Oh I do love the aprons on your line, and also the greenery behind those aprons as all is still white here:)
Sounds like you enjoyed a lovely weekend!
Oh, just had to tell you that my friend that I visited lives just outside of cool is that! I have been to Solihul!
Love it!

Florrie said...

Wow....a bag of new yarn looks more delicious to me than a plate of choc chip cookies........fabulous colours.
I adore rice pudding, think I will have a go at your recipe, the ultimate comfort food.

By the way I've had some problems with someone who reads my blog and I've had to change my url address.

Hope you can find me and still visit.

florrie x

Melissa P said...

Such gorgeous yarns! I can't wait to see how the project comes together.

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