Monday, 25 October 2010

Oat and Raisin Cookies


4oz plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
4oz butter
4oz caster sugar
3 1/2oz light brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
3oz oats
6oz raisins/sultanas


Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy then add the egg and vanilla. Beat thoroughly.

Mix in the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt until well combined.

Add the oats and raisins mixing thoroughly.
Drop heaped spoonfuls onto greased baking sheets (mixture should make around 18 - 20 cookies).
Bake in a preheated oven, gas mark 4/180C/350F for about 15 minutes until just firm at the edges.



It's very easy to over bake these cookies. They should be baked until just firm at the edges, still pale and appearing underdone in the middle. 

This will keep them chewy when they cool. Enjoy

Ketra


Just because I really needed to get some of my ideas out visually for this NaNo story I found myself drawing this lady, the heroine for my novel attempt, Ketra. She's very roughly drawn in pencil. If I'm feeling brave I'll neaten her up and add some colour but I wanted to share her now that I have just finished the sketch. Planning for the story is going surprisingly well...I know the basic structure of my plot from start to finish, the main characters and their backgrounds. So far so good.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010

In the knowledge that I have been writing like crazy at the moment for RPs on E and short stories and scenes I have decided to take up a challenge. A friend of mine introduced me to the National Novel Writing Month where, for the month of November, you are challenged to write a 50,000 word novel. Madness, you may say, but it is something I am going to try to do for the fun of it this year. I have an idea that has been percolating for a long time, well several in fact, and this seems like the perfect opportunity to really crack on with one of them and motivate myself to churn out the story.

If you're interested in taking part then please do, come and sign up at the NaNoWriMo site and add me as a writing buddy. I'm registered under the name Rhedyn and it's be great to find some more people to do the challenge alongside. I'll try to write some regular updates here about my progress and maybe a few snippets of my work in progress too for you all to take a gander. I'm pretty excited about getting the idea down now that I have decided to do it. As per the rules I'm not allowed to start writing it until the 1st November so for now I'm having to concentrate on planning it. Let's just hope I don't lose my enthusiasm for my concept by the time the start date rolls around!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Halfway Point


Ma'at has made it to the halfway point now. She's not going to be ready for the Christmas present I had intended her for, but my man's birthday is in March so that is my next aim. I've really enjoyed stitching her so far and I just love the colouring of the whole piece. Hopefully he will love her just as much when she's finished and given to him.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Never Ending...

Gosh it has been a busy old while since my last post...non-stop in fact. After a rather lazy and unmotivated time for a few days where nothing really felt right and I had no motivation to do anything I suddenly feel like I have been thrust full pelt into a whirlwind where every area of my life seems to be taking off... a lot of it without me. I've gone from bumbling along at my own pace to racing along in an attempt to catch up!

My oracle cards have helped, they've helped me to understand what has been and indeed still is going on... it is, I can say, a good thing but it's exhausting, busy and seemingly never-ending. I finally came up with a very simple new design for a Samhain card which I'll post about later... hopefully I'll add a couple more to my portfolio if I ever manage to turn my ideas into reality. I have also been working bit by bit on my portrait of Pan and Arianrhod, though I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do with their faces. I'm hoping they're going to guide me when he time comes because I don't know what's best to do and I certainly don't want to ruin the piece by making a sham of their features... I guess we shall see as I go.

Ma'at is coming along well. I'm almost halfway through her now and will share my progress when I've hit the halfway mark. I'm really very pleased with her thus far, though I don't think she'll be ready for Christmas now so I expect she will become my man's birthday present instead. I've also been making him a new altar cloth out of a lovely mink brown faux suede.

Both the kids are well and coming on leaps and bounds. Beth is back at school and doing so well... I'm so proud of her. Ethan is still not walking but his personality is really starting to come into it's own and I introduced him to my good friend Mr Potty for the first time today. What surprised both me and my mum, who was there at the time, was that he sat on it without screaming for a good 20 minutes watching the TV and reading books... dare I say he even seemed to enjoy it...? So with any luck potty training shouldn't be as much of an issue as I was thinking it could be with him *fingers crossed*.

Mabon passed well and without issue. We didn't really do much out of the house for it. My man had to have his dog put down which was a sad time all round. Beth did an entry in her autumn scrapbook which I blogged about here on the Pagan Parenting Resource Blog where I am a contributor. Please check it out as it has a lot of wonderful ideas for introducing children to Paganism, spirituality and celebrating the seasons etc in interesting, fun ways with ideas and activities to inspire all you mums and dads.

Anyway, that's a quick update from me amidst the busy craziness of life at the moment. I still haven't managed to get round to doing all the things here that I planned to, but then some things have to go on the back burner at the moment and unfortunately my blogging activities have been one of them. I hope everyone is doing well and is having a wonderful Autumn. I do so love the energy of this season and what it brings into my life. It makes me feel truly blessed and I hope that you are all feeling the same.

Blessings x