An almost finished quilt

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This quilt has been a long time coming and it is nearly finished!

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I have found this quilt very hard to sew, when I started I had many clothes from my son to pick from but I didn’t consider the stretch being so different. Some squares ended up being much bigger then others……

patchwork
patchwork

I would normally be frustrated with imperfections but I had to let this go a bit while sewing it up. Now the top is completed I just need to add a backing.

So watch this space I may just have completed quilt some day soon.

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Jam

I have wanted to try my hand at jam making for quite some time but have never seemed to get round to it so what better time to start then when you have a brand new bouncing boy at the ripe old age of two weeks old? all I can say is a lack of sleep seems to suit me….

As my first attempt at Jam was a success I am so chuffed I am thinking of making more once I have run out of the current batch. I again went to my trusty magazine stash of the good food magazine and found this recipe http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipe/peach-melba-jam

peach melba jam

jam

The reviews on the website said the jam was runny but I found that whilst it was not firm it was just a little soft set and once I had opened a jar and put it in the fridge it was firm. I do however agree that I had to simmer it for much more then the five minutes (for me it was around the 15 minute mark)

jam on toast

 Is it wrong to want breakfast for dinner?

Gingerbread Boys

psst I will let you in on my little secret…

the day I went into labour with my first son I baked some gingerbread men, I swore at the time that the gingerbread men had brought on my labour. Fast forward 3 years and 8 months and I decided I would bake gingerbread men again the timing was perfect as my mother in law was down so could look after my first son so my husband could be there for the birth. 

The plan had been to bake the gingerbread men at 39 weeks again but like all good plans we was so busy I did not get round to baking the biscuits until I was 39 weeks and 2 days and as if by magic that evening as I got into bed I had my first contraction. I think gingerbread men are now my most favourite bake 😉

This time round of course I had a helper in the shape of a 3 year old who could not wait to decorate them which didn’t happen for a few days but we did finally make time to decorate our own gingerbread family

 

Mummy, Daddy, big brother and little brother
Mummy, Daddy, big brother and little brother

 

gingerbread boys
gingerbread boys

I would like to point out that I do not think the biscuits themselves brought on the labour but I think maybe the exercise helped the labour to come on all that mixing, bending to put things in and take things out of the oven ( haha bun in the oven comes to mind 🙂 )