I was a bit under the weather over the weekend, energy levels at a complete standstill, but Mr E and I still drove out early Saturday morning to get coffee and stop at a few local garage sales to see if there were any treasures to be had.
As my beloved would say, it was "slim pickins" at first, the first five holding nothing to catch our eye - but then we found the one and a smile spread across my face as I gathered an armful of goodies.
The pie bird gave me an instant hankering to bake pie...though I still haven't decided what kind. Blackberry and apple keeps wafting through my mind, though.
Mr E was lucky too when he spied a child's wooden kitchen stove, something Blossom had recently mentioned she'd like for Cully May. He paid for it and with a mighty wide smile placed the handmade piece onto the back seat of my little yellow car (the Jeep is still in repair mode) before setting our course for Blossom's house.
She was thrilled, and asked her dad if he could cut a hole on one side to put in a small tin sink, which he thought was a great idea. As Cully May turns one on August 4th Mr E will be sure to have that done before her birthday. Like us, Blossom loves to do simple birthdays with gifts that have meaning or purpose, and this pre-loved child's kitchen stove/sink for Cully May is perfect.
I'll take some photos when Mr E has completed the task.
This morning I sat down with a number of favoured cookbooks, buttered toast and a pot of tea.
We've run out of baked goods you see, so all I had was bread to accompany my cuppa.
But I'll tell you a secret.
I absolutely 'love' cold toast lathered in real butter.
In fact it took much self restraint to stop at just two slices.
I'm thinking of baking Paul Hollywood's "Lemon Drizzle Cake" because I've never made one and I believe citrus cakes to be the yummiest.
It does require lemon curd in the recipe, something else I've never made, so this cake shall be a 'two new recipes' experiment.
I'm also spurred on by an old episode of The Great British Bake-Off which featured a Drizzle Cake challenge so I will pop that on the telly as 'background' encouragement to my baking this afternoon. Do you do things like that??
Last night I made Beef Bourguignon from Julie Goodwin's "Essential Cookbook.
She was the very first winner of Australian Masterchef in 2009, a true home cook who loves comfort food. Served with creamy mashed potato and baby peas it was delicious, and I totally forgot to take a photo!
My plan was to top the leftovers with puff pastry for dinner another night, but something awful happened to spoil that idea.
Whilst we were eating dinner I'd left the remainder of the beef bourguignon to cool in a bowl on the kitchen bench before popping it in the fridge. I suppose we were twenty minutes at the dinner table before I gathered our empty plates to carry to the sink.
Rinsing them off I glanced over at the cooling stew and was horrified to see a fly sitting on the rich red wine infused beef and just under it's rear a speckle of white freshly laid maggots.
I was gutted. We're so careful to keep flies out of the house but this critter had snuck in and hid until we were out of sight.
The fly was killed with a few good bolts of spray, as were his offspring, and the spoiled leftovers relegated to the rubbish bin.
Not sure I'll make this again for a while, but anything I do make will have a cover over the top as it cools in future.
From the library I borrowed a few books for inspiration this week, plus The Darling Buds of May dvd set (again) because it makes me smile and also warms my baking heart.
Now you may be wondering about the Handmade Lampshades book?
I thought it looked interesting and something I could glean from as we have one old lampshade stored away which I've often thought needed a makeover (or replacing).
Thinking old doilies would be nice, interspersed with lace or other fabric??
Anyhow, I may give it a go.
And the pies and puds book?
Well I bought that pie bird at the garage sale so logically I have to bake a pie to use the bird.
Could be an interesting (and tasty) week.
Will you tell what you've got planned around the home this week?
Hopefully it involves warm hearts and wide smiles.