Monday, 28 December 2009

A Break From Christmas Food

Back to work tomorrow grrrrrrr...never mind only two days this week and then off for another five...brilliant!

I've just about caught up with sleep after the Christmas break - on Boxing Day we went through to Edinburgh to see the musical We Will Rock You - it was fantastic! We stayed over however you never get a great sleep when you are away from home do you? On Sunday we pottered about in Edinburgh. The weather wasn't great so we just went to Harvey Nicks (gorged on their garlic stuffed olives last night), Valvona and Crolla Vincaffe and the likes and then made our way home. So today, I'm ashamed to admit, has been spent in my PJ's just messing around making a couple of thank you cards and some Weight Watchers recipes for the freezer - ah yes the New Year diet will soon be upon us.

The little cards are using Pink Petticoat Pretty Potty's Wheelbarrow Collection which I've printed straight onto the cards and added a little stickles sparkle and some liquid pearls.

Last night I made a very simple but absolutely delicious pasta dish from Antonio Carluccio's Simple Cooking book which I got for Christmas. It served as a welcome break from Christmas type rich food and and only took minutes to make.

Spaghetti, Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino (Spaghetti with Garlic, Oil and Chilli)

Serves Two

180g spaghetti


2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1 small red chilli, finely chopped
6 tbsp olive oil

Put plenty of water in a saucepan, add salt, bring to the boil and throw in the pasta, then cook for about 5-6 minutes, until nearly done (check packet timings).

Now start the sauce by heating the olive oil gently in a deep frying pan. Add the garlic and chilli and fry for a few seconds, or until the garlic starts to change colour. Take care not to burn the garlic.

The pasta will be ready and al dente in those few minutes. Drain it well and put in the pan with the 'sauce', adding a little salt and perhaps 1-2 tbsp of the pasta cooking water. Stir a couple of times and serve.

Now crack open a bottle and enjoy!

Friday, 25 December 2009

Santa's Been

Well it's all over bar the shouting! All that running around buying gifts, wrapping, card making and now you're on the home straight.

I hope Santa has been good to you with lots of crafting goodies (probably not because I've got them all ha ha!) and you have a fantastic day.

Off now to have a bit of Terry's Chocolate Orange - I know it's only 07.00 - but it's got to be done its Chriiiiiiiiistmas.

Merry Christmas.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Bad Blogger

I can't believe I last posted in November. What has made me into such a bad blogger? Well I thought I'd try my hand at a bit of jewellery making. When it turned out alright I took a few pieces into work. Well that was it - a monster had been created - the last six weeks have been spent stringing beads with no time for card making let alone blogging.

Today however I managed to make a little card for a colleague who is 40 today. It looks very girly and pretty on the outside with no mention of the big-4-0. Inside however it says 'Today is the day for....' and there's a picture of Bridget Jones holding the famous pair of big pants.

The card has most of my favourite things on it - black, pink, polka dots and ribbon. The DP's are from Pink Petticoat and the sentiment is computer generated. I've used the sketch over on 2 Sketches 4 You and it also fits in with the DCM challenge which is polka dots.

Off now to Glasgow to do the dreaded Christmas shopping - hate it, hate it, hate it!

Thanks for looking!