Day full of cooking and sewing

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I have just taken these out of the oven. These are a favourite snack I my household although one daughter prefers them without the sultanas. They are the perfect snack for a coffee or to put In the lunchbox. They can be frozen and taken out from the freezer when needed, they could also be nice warm with a dollop of cream or ice cream for dessert. Whilst I was making this batch I decided I would share my recipe with you. So here it is:-

Apple sultana scone scrolls

3 cups of self raising flour
About 3/4 to a cup of vanilla low fat yoghurt

Mix these ingredients until a soft dough is formed. Knead a little until smooth on a flour dusted bench top. Roll out to form a rectangle to a thickness of about 1/2 inch thick.

Spread a thin layer of butter over the rectangle, then sprinkle with brown sugar over the butter and then lightly with cinnamon. Cut an apple with skin on into small 1/4″ cubes and sprinkle over top of rectangle then sprinkle a few sultanas over this.

Then roll your rectangle up so it forms a long sausage. Cut this into 16 slices and bake in a oven on top shelves at 200 degrees Celsius for 12 minutes.

Let cool on a rack or enjoy straight from the oven.

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These two blocks are on their way to Queensland to be made into a quilt to be raffle of to raise money for drought relief in chinchilla. I made these from fabrics from my stash. I also made today another block which is to be made into a wedding quilt for a friend as she never received a wedding quilt.

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Thanks for reading and I hope you can enjoy my recipe as much as I do

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all the very best for everyone,
Please visit me again,

wendy Gontier

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A lazy Sunday at historic Harewood

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On Sunday I was lucky enough to spend the day in one of the oldest homesteads in our district. Hardwood of Toorradin was built in 1865-8 on a sandy hill On the shores of Westernport bay. It is a unique home which is still lived in today and has kept its charm of yesteryear.

.This was an open day to raise money for our local hospital which is mainly used as an aged care facility, palliative care and a sleep clinic for babies and parents. It also has a medical clinic and other facilities such as a men’s shed and a community garden which involves students from the local secondary college and men from the men’s shed working together .

There were lots of volunteers from people manning the gates and car parks, to cooks in the kitchen. I was asked to attend as a volunteer showing craft work from the era. I am a crocheter and do fine work so I to do some along as a display and also did some crocheting for them all to see.

There was a constant flow of people throughout the historic home with lots of people fascinated, we were entertained by a Scottish fiddler, bagpipe and drummers playing wonderful Scottish jigs to keep us alive with the times.

Fun sewing with lots of colour

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I have been having fun the last week sewing together clues for a quilt, the reveal has happened so I do know what my creation will be like although my quilt will be different as I have substituted three colours. Mine has become an explosion of colour just like our wonderful Australian Sunsets.

I only have a couple of clues to sew now and then I will be able to lay it out. There are a couple of ways for one block to be placed together, this will give my quilt another look. My plan is take a photograph of it both ways and after this I will make my decision on how I will construct this block. It all has to do with the sparkle that I can achieve.20140131-214310.jpg

A little idea became a wonderful surprise for an amazing lady!

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Recently one hot night, it was too hot to sew or do anything apart from see what was happening on Facebook. Whilst doing my usual look I found a post from other in a group called Nanny Swapz asking our admin when her birthday was. We knew it was in February but the date eluded us. After a few nudges our lovely lady gave us her birthday.

I began chatting with Ineke another friend from this group. One thing lead to another and I said I think I will send a real card for Nanny’s birthday and Ineke was feeling the same. We continued throwing ideas around and then decided we had to invite others to send her a card also, I suggested to Ineke that it would be fabulous if we could make a quick 9 patch block up to put within the card. we were both thinking quicker than our brains could keep up. Ineke said that she would try and msg these other group members if I could help her, I said no problem. We had decided we would try and get as many people to help make Nanny’s birthday as special as we could.

So the next morning when I awoke I realised the easiest way to get this happening was to make a new group on Facebook called Nanny’s birthday love, so I set to work making the group and then adding as many people I could to the group. Ineke came on board and added as many as she could and then we started messaging others to come on over and help Nanny celebrate. Our mission had begun.

I would like to explain a little about Nanny. Not only does she admin some pages and groups on facebook she co-ordinates fabric swaps between a couple of her groups. She also sews for charities and makes pillowcases for oncology wards for children, she also asks for help to make some of these to be given to the children to bring a bit of happiness to there lives. Recently she coordinated and called on our help to make blocks to make quilts for fire victims of New South Wales. This was a massive effort with her mailbox full often with items but never anything that she can keep for herself.

This all happened on a weekend, the first of the mail arrived in Nanny’s mailbox in the middle of the next week, her birthday was the following Sunday. Nanny has received almost 50 cards and blocks just for her. We have all tried to sign our blocks and write the date and surprise on each block. Nanny will be putting these blocks together to make a quilt for herself.

I am so thankful for chatting with Ineke on that hot Saturday night, I have gained a new friend and we have managed to unite a lot of like minded people to do a good deed for a very lovely lady

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