So... it will do me good to think of the good things and the things I did achieve as before looking at my list I would have said that I achieved pretty much nothing!
Luckily before the wheels fell of I had been baking. Still on a mission to use up eggs I made six fruitcakes. I also had bananas in the freezer and so I also made three banana cakes and 12 as mini cup cakes for Harper.
Several fruit cakes will be gifts. Two banana cakes are already missing from this picture! One was given to Chloe and one to Allie. Chloe's boyfriend is working day and night harvesting. She sliced the cake up for some snacks for him that he can take on the tractor. I donated a fruit cake to this cause also!
The little cakes went into the freezer for Harper. They are packed full of banana.
This all used up 28 eggs!
But I still had eggs. And with my grain free experiment I need things that I really like that have no flour. So I made a crockpot full of little baked egg custards...
Debbie gave me the idea to use pretty little cups and I sit them in with water 3/4 up the sides.
So these were just lovely for me and felt like treats.
I love them and this used up six more eggs! 😊
This would be gorgeous to do for children in the small child sized tea set cups.... at the moment I only have two of those so I might try to collect more.
The recipe for the custard is easy....
1 teaspoon vanilla,
2 cups milk
300ml cream (10 ounces )
1/3 cup sugar.
I use less sugar and more vanilla! (1/4 cup sug. 2 teaspoons vanilla)
Also the volume of milk and cream equals about three cups and I just use what I have, evaporated milk plus milk, cream or any combination.
I turn on the Crockpot and get it going with a jug of boiling water from the kettle. I fill my little cups with the mixture and sit them in the water so that it comes up around 3/4 of the way to the top of the cup. I sprinkle lots of cinnamon over the tops. Once all my cups are in I top up the water a bit if needed... better to do it this way than flood your custards! Put on the lid and let them set. I do this when home... it is usually an hour and a half to 2 hours. I just poke one with a knife to see if it is set! Left a bit longer won't hurt. I like them set well. That is it! I pour the cold water on to a plant the next day!
I also do this with creme caramel mix which is very similar with the addition of two extra egg yolks. This is extra rich and creamy. I don't bother with the sugar syrup as Im trying to keep sugar down.
Either way they are really nice and feel like a treat.
Anything that needs a water bath i.e. cheesecake is a natural in the crockpot. I might do crustless cheesecakes in the cups next!
This week I had someone to visit in hospital and I made a posy myself to take...
I made yoghurt and flourless cookies.
My friend Nerilie gave me a gorgeous shopping basket.
I love it!
It must have been my week as Sue gave me curtains with big roses on them and lace curtains. There are so many things I can sew with these! Then there were surprise jars in the bag as well!
In the mail I got parcels again from our swap. I have had beautiful fabrics, tags, cards and all kinds of craft supplies arriving. I should have taken photos of them all but the last two were cards and tags with Bluebirds made by Holley...
You can imagine how much I love these! Look at the little bow on the Bluebirds bonnet...
And Christmas cards by Lorraine...
She included glittery Christmas stickers which are stunning!
As you can see my parcels are full of just gorgeous and personal things that brightened up my week so much. Thank you both. Thank you everyone who joined in the swap. I am happy to report that I have heard of so many lovely parcels arriving around the world, friendships formed, even skills shared along with patterns etc.
I heard back from Crafty Cristy and her husband is doing really well. She feels really helped by all your prayers. Thank you all for messages of encouragement to her plus prayer and I can see she is doing so much better too.
This weekend I am planning to get everything out of my present cupboard and see what I have. It is full! This is really good fun as by now I have always forgotten things I made in January, February and sometimes more recently! Then I start to work out who gets what. The ultimate is to find I have so much I can even use somethings for January Birthdays. To me this feels like really getting ahead!
It also gives me time to fill any gaps, wrap and post things well in time. This is kind of like reaping the harvest of the years craft work and bargain shopping! I think I have a good harvest this year!
How did you feather your nest, save or get ahead this week?
Have a lovely weekend!
On Monday we have a post by Laine! xxx