Monday, 5 February 2018

A Wonderful Combination

Out of the oven this week was pork fillet  with apricot  and ginger stuffing wrapped in bacon.  The Hairy Bikers recipe was used and makes a very tasty change.




A cauliflower cheese was made, a firm favourite of our eldest daughter.  I love how little things trigger a memory and you think of loved ones.  Saturday was our middle daughters birthday so we chatted about her lots...she apparently had a wonderful day.


All ready to pop into the oven to brown off.

A lemon drizzle cake and a chocolate cake were made, the chocolate one needed to make a chocolate cherry trifle.  




Just needs the cream and some chocolate shavings adding.  This was sent to some friends who were unable to join us for lunch due to ill health.  Another flu virus is doing the rounds.

A tray of mincepies was also made, a great make for the cake tin they keep well.


Finally an apple crumble with a few chopped nuts added.


I cooked extra potato and vegetables yesterday so this will make some great bubble and squeak to go with the pork again.
  
I have been thinking Valentines day and needed to add to the decor so I had a sort through my stash to see what I could come up with.  I discovered this beautiful roll and was inspired by the gorgeous hearts.  Along with lace and ribbon I have made a wreath for the kitchen door.  The colour combination goes perfectly with the new paint.






Once I got started I was on a roll and embellished a couple of jam jars in the same vane.



I also found some pictures that I had picked up from the charity shop.  The bears were scraped off and some new craft paper added.



Some wooden lettering finished off the picture.  A great addition to the newly painted kitchen wall.






I just need to find some picture hooks...

Baking and crafting, a wonderful combination.  We fill our days so easily, we often wonder how we ever had time to go to work.  It is a beautiful day outside today with blue skies and not a lot of wind albeit a little cold.  We are going to enjoy this break while we can as tomorrow brings more snow, we are hoping that it will follow its usual pattern.  We are hoping that it will disappear as quickly as it came.  We are indeed blessed that we have a warm and beautiful fire in the stove.


Thank you for your encouraging comments and support.  Take care.

See you soon.



42 comments:

  1. Lots of delicious things to eat and lovely things to look at and enjoy. Glad you have been keeping busy and enjoying yourself.

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  2. I bet your cosy cottage smells wonderful with all those cooking aromas coming out of the kitchen, you certainly eat well, it all looks delicious. I think time passes so fast when you're absorbed in crafting, and you have something wonderful at the end of the day.

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  3. A busy bee in the kitchen and the craft room ! And Everything is a delight for our eyes !
    Have a cozy week !
    Anna

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  4. You have been busy creating wonderful things. Your fireplace and stove look warm and cosy:)

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  5. You are good in crafts and you are good in cooking as well! So many nice food to enjoy! Many were down with a stubborn flu. It took me more than 3 weeks and thank God I am almost recovered.

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  6. Cute ideas for the wall decor. Adding those wooden words looks so nice. All that food looks amazing too. Yum.

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  7. You are awesome! Beautiful crafting and scrumptious cooking. I'm going to have a look for the pork recipe :-) x

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  8. Gosh that pork looks mouthwateringly good! And the jam jars! Oh to be near you and your friend!

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  9. Kim said it best...oh to be near you! You are so handy with the decorating but it's your cooking that makes me drool. I'm going to look up Bubble and Squeak.

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  10. You are SO creative and really rather inspiring. x

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  11. Love seeing your food and craft creations, your fire looks very inviting. x

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  12. That pork looks incredible. You always have such interesting craft ideas.

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  13. Oh my! Everything looks so delicious. You are very gifted in putting the heart in H๐Ÿ’™ME.

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  14. oh so much yummy food and beautiful projects.

    http://www.henatayeb.blogspot.com

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  15. All that yummy food has made my mouth water.
    I just love your craft projects....the wreath is so beautiful.
    Keep safe in that snow if you get any.
    Hugs-x-

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  16. So cozy and warm in your lovely cottage with the baking and the lovely crafts. I'm making a pork roast today and am tempted by your's. I especially like the sentiments and the pretty wreath! Have a wonderful day. ♥

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  17. Your food looks delicious! I plan to make a pork roast soon. Your wreath came out so cute. I love the way you used the decorative words on the jars too. Hope you have a good week!

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  18. That all looks delicious! This week is supposed to be the coldest week this winter but hopefully it will be milder after that, fingers crossed.

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  19. Everything looks lovely and delicious!
    It seems you are, like me, cozy and warm inside as the winter winds blow.
    Have a lovely evening, my friend. : )

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  20. Wow, you have been BUSY! I think I could maybe swing one, maybe two of those things - but all that? Wow.

    You have boundless energy, Lorraine - and I am most impressed. Hugs. : - )

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  21. I laughed when I got to the last photo - as we have the same kindling bucket!! Can I please visit you and help you eat your delicious baking??!!

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  22. Love your cozy heater! All of the food looks and sounds so delicious! Love your decorations as well! It is wonderful to see busy hands make so many wonderful things!

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  23. The food you prepare inspires me. I'm not fond of cooking but love to bake ( and eat!).
    Your fire looks so cozy!!

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  24. My goodness,what a hugely talented person you are.Love your blog and that food,yummeeeeee.xx

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  25. gotta try that tenderloin. such a joy to visit your site and see all of your creations. I do love seeing your surrounding country side also. I used to have wood burning stove like you have. Nothing is any warmer than those stoves. So cozy.
    Betsy

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  26. So glad you stopped by the Lakehouse blog! I enjoyed your post, and previous posts, as well. You did a nice job on your pictures! I love that pretty blue of the tiles behind your little wood stove. The tenderloin you put together looked scrumptious, as did all of the other food you prepared!! I am happy to be a new follower of yours.
    Have a great week.
    Debbie
    xo

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  27. Goodness.. you sure are a busy lady! You accomplish so much it makes me feel like I'm going backwards.. lol! I did swim today and will be crocheting this evening. The guys ran an errand so are bringing home KFC fried chicken for dinner. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  28. I am always amazed at the amount of work you do in a day. Well, not so much work but crafting and baking. Baking is work to me though. You make such pretty things and all that food looks wonderful. I would like to make the cauliflower cheese thing.

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  29. So many beautiful things together..

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  30. Baking and crafting are two things you do so very well! Lovely makes, all of them, both edible and not.

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  31. Yummy food and making pretty items sounds fun. I baked on Sat then made hamburger calzone as well. Tonite a great meal parmesan chicken Megan made as I was working. I pick recipes and it gets made. Snow! We're not having that here this year. Happy and stay warm week to you!

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  32. Your cakes look delicious and the craftwork is beautiful. All things I don't like to do, but I love to eat them and use the things when they are finished, lol ! It's so nice if everybody has a hobby. My son loves to cook, for him it is anti stressing after a day of work ! For me it is a necessity. I prefer writing, and painting and photography.

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  33. food looks amazing! my husband would have a feast lol. absolutely love the wreath! and how you added family words to the jars. We too are fortunate enough to have a lil warm stove like yours we use on these super cold days. just seeing it lite up makes me warmer lol. Stay warm & crafting, -Lisa

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  34. you are so industrious!! I aspire to be more like you :) love your baking and of course all of your crafting that you do.

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  35. Mi piace molto il cibo ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ
    Baci

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  36. Your baking all looks so good. I love your wood stove in the little alcove. Just looking at a fire makes me feel warmer!

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  37. While I've heard of bubble and squeak, I confess to not being sure what this dish consists of Lorraine, so will be checking it out. Your meals and desserts always leave me feeling hungry and it's a good thing we just finished dinner. The new wall hangings should look lovely in your freshly painted kitchen. And you are very talented to have made such a lovely wreath.

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  38. Oh my, my guys would love that bacon wrapped pork! And all the baking looks delicious! Yes, cooking and crafting, with a nice cozy fire going, is just the thing. I haven't been cooking much lately, but planning a special meal for Friday night. xo Deborah

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  39. The roasted pork is perfect for a cold day. It all looks so delicious.

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  40. My word, that all looks delicious but I think that my arteries would groan as I ate it! I really try to eat healthy and this menu just doesn’t fit the bill!

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  41. Wow. You've been really busy! The food all looks wonderful. I love cooking in winter. It warms up the house and the delicious smells really help cheer me up. Take care!

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  42. MMM! Everything sounds so yummy. Apple crumble is my favorite!

    Madison | Breakfast at Madison’s

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