Monday, 8 March 2021

Weekend

What a fun weekend I have playing around with dye.  I ordered some cheap scarves and then experimented with different colours and dyed four different batches, 20 scarves in all.  They will be perfect for the doorstep blessings project.  Whilst, I had the opportunity to experiment with colour and enjoy the process.




This batch are a lot darker than they appear in the photos.


 It was quite a lengthy process as the scarves needed to dry between each colour addition.  I was thankful for the wind which shortened the time needed to be hung on the line.

The hens once again are laying so we have an abundance of eggs on a daily basis.  I did use several with this weekends baking making egg custards, mince pies and a carrot cake.  All very delicious and most definitely moreish.





The egg custard was topped with a little grated nutmeg, which was very tasty.  I added raisins and walnuts to the carrot cake which made it quite decadent and a real treat for Sunday tea.

We managed a short walk this morning and was able to drop some eggs to neighbours, it was nice to catch up with them from the end of the drive.  All of our Grandchildren returned to school this morning, all seemed to go well without a hitch which was a big relief for our daughters.  There wasn't any dramas to report on their return so all is well.  

Hope all is well with you and yours.  I thank you for your visit to my humble blog and for your comments.  Take care and stay safe.

See you soon.

35 comments:

  1. I think I don't have to eat anymore I just have to look on your blog and I am full and happy !
    My grandson (10) had to make a Corona test because one child had symptoms, he had to stay 5 days at home and now they tested him again and he is OK ! Never heard that a 10 year old ! I think the world is getting crazy !

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  2. How pretty your scarves will be. I always wanted to try silk painting, but somehow never did.

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  3. Good morning Lorraine. What a wonderful idea the scarves were. They will be a much loved gift and you had a fun time in dying them. It's a win for everyone!
    Your food all looks absolutely delicious. I would love to come to tea and have some carrot cake with you. Raisins and walnuts are the perfect additions.
    Dennis's Mom is a bit worse this morning with pneumonia starting and she won't eat a bite. It's quite a worry. On a good note, Dennis received his first Pfizer injection last Monday, I received mine today and we're both already scheduled for the second dose! Hallelujah! A step forward. (I hope.) Please tell Gerard we said hello!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  4. Your scarves are going to really bless your neighbors. You are so kind to craft so many lovely gifts. How wonderful to have fresh eggs for your kitchen and to share. My Mama always put nutmeg on custard. Thank you for bringing back that memory.

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  5. How wonderful it would be to drop in for tea at your cottage. Wow at your custards, pies and cakes! Brown hens' eggs are the best, we always think.

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  6. Egg custards, mince pies and a carrot cake, they all sound delicious :)

    All the best Jan

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  7. Your egg custards and carrot cake looks delicious. I cannot believe the size of that one egg in 5th photo. It is HUGE.

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  8. I really do love your upbeat attitude towards life, my friend. Your baked goods look delish, especially the carrot bread. I have all the stuff to make flapjack, even the golden syrup, now I need to just do it. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  9. I so love egg custard. Your bread I am sure delicious! Sounds like fun seeing how the scarves will end up with the different designs in color.
    My grand girls are still home. Their county hasn't started back yet, the county I am in has. They will be home schooled now as it works out better. The good thing about it is that we can monitor what they are being taught. Happy week to you, betsy

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  10. Your scarves are going to be lovely. Very interested in how the process went. I am sure they will be well received as blessing gifts.

    God bless.

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  11. I bet the scarves turn out beautiful. You sure are a good cook. I love to see what you make.

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  12. delicious looking food. You are making me hungry and it's time for me to go to bed when I read this!! I am glad your grandchildren are back in school. Schools are opening up finally here in Oregon. The nursery and preschool areas will be open March 28 at church as more people want to come that have young children. Hopefully the MVexpress for grade school children will open up soon.

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  13. I do miss having our own eggs, but it is nearly 20 years since we last had poultry. I used to sell my eggs as we had 50+ chickens and 30+ ducks at one time.

    You cooked up a storm there and playing with the dyeing of those scarves looked like fun. They will make lovely doorstop gifts.

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  14. I am looking forward to seeing the scarves when you've finished them but will enjoy all your tasty treats in the meantime! Glad the grandchildren are happy, a relief all round to be back at school no doubt.

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  15. Always creating and cooking delicious treats....
    Good for you and gourmand husband ;)
    Have a nice day !
    Anna

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  16. Dying the scarves looks like a nice project. I'm anxious to see them finished. You are so lucky to have homegrown eggs. Your carrot cake and custard look delicious. Happy Spring...coming in 10 days.

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  17. Living on a windy island has its advantages! What types of dyes did you use for your scarves? They will make lovely gifts for your neighbours.

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  18. I like your dying project. I have been saving onion skins, rose petals, and some other things to try some natural wool dying this summer. Your baking photos make my mouth water!

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  19. Your dyeing project looks very interesting. What fabric did you use? They will be lovely in the blessing baskets. I would like to try dyeing with natural dyes from my garden. The reading I've done is fascinating.
    Your baking looks delicious as always. Egg custard tarts sound especially yummy.

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  20. Looking forward to see your finished project of the dyed scarves. Your baking with the abundant eggs are wonderful and look so yummy.

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  21. I don't think you'll ever get bored, you have so many fun ideas and always have something new and exciting on the go. How lucky you are to have those fresh eggs, and how lucky your neighbours are too to have you share them.

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  22. sounds so lovely! we are getting nice weather today thru Friday, I am READY!

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  23. Those eggs and your baking look delicious. I buy eggs from my neighbor down the street.

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  24. We have a two way split on egg custard in this house. Heidi and I love it and Andy and Meg hate it but we always add nutmeg and from a young age Heidi could identify the taste nutmeg straight away. Scarf dying looks fun. Jo x

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  25. Your baked goods always look so delicious. Makes me want to get busy in the kitchen. Our hens are laying like crazy now too. I love the scarves blowing in the wind.

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  26. If I had a neighbor like you we probably would eat more eggs !

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  27. I can practically smell those home bakes....they certainly look very tempting. I am a glutton for pastry and love a nice pie or tart. Looking forward to seeing those scarves completed :-) take care Amanda x

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  28. wow, you've been productive, look forward to seeing what the scarves look like finished.

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  29. Those scarves are a great idea for the blessings project, Lorraine, and who wouldn't like cheerful colors, especially now? Glad the chickens are giving you eggs once again and an egg custard must have tasted as delicious as it looked in your photo!

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  30. Lorraine! Loving your posts especially about living out on the Hebrides. Are there more artists and craftswomen near you? curious!

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  31. I'm curious about your project and keep my fingers crossed that everything goes according to your wishes.
    Your pastries look so good ... I'm a happy cake eater and owning eggs is great. I also get my eggs from the farmer. Baking is a pleasure ... I recently started baking my own bread :-)) Whole grain rye!
    Many greetings Viola

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  32. Your dyed scarves blowing in the wind is so pretty! I am curious as to know what kind of hen laid the larger egg in the upper right hand corner of your photo? I miss having chickens. Your foods look so delicious!

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  33. beautiful eggs. And your baked goods, make me want to pull up a cup of coffee and join in. How pretty are the scarves, and on the clothesine..love it!

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