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1st Blogiversary

May 29, 2010


** This giveaway is now complete ** Things we make We started the blog on a whim a year ago today and since then it has taken on a life of it’s own. Here are a few reminders, just click on the pictures to see a few of our exploits. From Ed and his furniture […]


May 27, 2010


Thanks go to Lauren from Coffee Muffins blog who chose May’s Fresh From The Oven Challenge. It’s a Pizza Napoletana recipe from Peter Reinhart’s ‘The Bread Baker’s Apprentice’. You need to plan ahead a little for this one as you make the dough the day before you need it. Now I am not usually sure […]


May 25, 2010


There once was a boy who dreamed of his own catapult. Then he remembered this… His Dangerous Book for Boys has instructions for all manner of things. Including how to make a catapult. Ed was employed to assist in the design, here you can see the ‘technical drawing’. And the offcuts from the branch cut […]

Pulled Pork

May 24, 2010


I have wanted to write a post about Pulled Pork Sandwiches for a goodly while. I wanted to try eating one for even longer. But as Derbyshire is not quite the food centre of the universe we had to make our own. Here’s the glorious shoulder of pork when it came out of the oven. It […]


May 22, 2010


Last night Friends of the school put on an Auction of Promises. Here is my offering of homegrown and homemade produce which was snapped up by our Head Teacher. It included rustic bread, bagels, tea loaf, granola, cheese straws, chutney and vegetable seedlings. George promise of ‘small pet sitting’ was bid for too, in fact […]

Cherry Table

May 18, 2010


Ed designed and made this table for our dining room a few years ago. We’d looked around a while for a ‘console’ style table but just couldn’t find one that was right, so he set about making it himself. It was featured in Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine who asked him to write an article about […]

Chicken Balls

May 14, 2010


We had meatballs for tea. Not ordinary meatballs, but child friendly crispy roast chicken ones. This is the meat I picked off last nights leftover roast chicken. Doesn’t seem like much does it? But it’s about to make 27 tasty things. I threw it into the Food Processor and George pressed the button to smoosh it […]

Bluebell Woods

May 12, 2010


I was asked to tag along on with the school kids yesterday to our local woods. We set off first thing and it looked like we had lucked out with a sunny morning. The children were tasked with writing about the outdoors and finding similes, rhymes and alliteration. Some of them set about the task very […]

Seedy Loaf

May 8, 2010


There’s nothing very clever about this loaf. I like it because it looks impressive with very little effort. I just make a standard ‘read it off the back of the yeast packet’ bread recipe, although I have tweaked it a bit. I make up the water amount to include an egg yolk and some milk. […]

Plastered – Bathroom Part 1

May 4, 2010


Ed is self taught in most things. He watched our plasterer work his way round most of this house and then when our funds started to dry up thought “How hard can it be?” So this is a story about how Ed plasters a bathroom, from my perspective anyway. I’ve by-passed all the pre-amble about […]

Make Granola

May 3, 2010


I have been meaning to make Granola for AGES. Ever since we got addicted to Dorset Cereal Honey Granola, then realised  that it costs nearly £4 a box. I finally got round to it last week and have since made a couple more batches to hone the technique. After a shout out on Twitter Apryl from […]

Chatsworth House

May 1, 2010


Deb from Fabulous Places and I visited Chatsworth House Gardens this week. It was quite a rainy old day but we were lucky and managed to dodge most of the showers. Here is a slide show of some of my photographs: