Sunday, 2 December 2012

Stitching, Soups, Cake and Gifts

It was a very frosty Sunday  morning here in the middle of England, a perfect day for staying in doors and stitching.
I'm making good progress on Baby Row. 

With a bit of luck i may be able to get this one finished next weekend and off to be framed ready for Christmas.                  
I just realised that I still have some xx's missing from the 'd' !
Saturday afternoon was spent in the kitchen doing some freezer cooking, I made Super Speed Soup (Slimming World recipe ). It's very simple to throw together and makes a HUGE pot which I then put into pour and store bags before freezing, It makes a very filling meal, more like a stew than a soup, and best of all, it's Free  on Slimming world :-)

I also made up a batch of Leak and Potato soup, using this recipe from Slimming Eats It's a lovely creamy soup, again very filling.

When the soups are cooked I always blend half (this is before the blending) and leave half chunky, you don't need to, but that's the way I prefer them.

My other cooking yesterday involved a chocolate fudge cake for DD#2 who is 25 today.

I hope you enjoy your cake :-) 
Yes, I know there are only 5 candles, that's all I had in the cupboard.
I wrapped it up in a fancy cake cellophane bag.

Stevie had bought her a DVD, so we made the present a little bit more interesting by putting popcorn, sweets and a bottle of Pepsi in a popcorn bucket (which i begged from the lovely cinema Manager!!)
The whole thing was then wrapped up in florist cellophane and tied with some fancy ribbon.  

Good eh?

And last, but by no means least, I was lucky enough to receive one of June's ornaments.

She also included a lovely needle minder and a cute Christmas card.
Thanks so much June, everything is truly wonderful and will 
be forever treasured   

That's all for now folks, stay safe and warm, until next time. x


cucki said...

Hello dear your stitching is so sweet and the cake is looking so yummy..
Beautiful gift from June
Love cucki x

Lesleyanne said...

Great progress on your baby sampler. A gorgeous gift from June. Your cooking looks yummy. Great gifts.

Christina said...

A lovely post Maggie. I'm looking forward to seeing 'Sweet of Mine' finished. It's one that I've contemplated doing for my son. He's 20 months already...oops!
I hope the situation at work is getting easier. There's nothing worse than dreading going into work.
The ornie from June is very sweet. I love how she added the sequins - such a nice touch.

Gill - That British Woman said...

can't wait to see the finished product. Love the idea of the popcorn bucket gift.

Gill in Canada

Catherine said...

Lovely stitches, beautiful ornament from June, and yummy cake/presents for your daughter! Happy Birthday to her!!

Nicola said...

Happy birthday DD no:2.

Children grow up far too quickly.

Your soups and cake looks scrumptious.

Anonymous said...

Mmmmmmmmmm...I'll bet it smelled really good at your house with all those soups cooking!

Love the little snowman ornament. He's so cute.

Loraine said...

What a cleaver way to wrap a birthday gift. I bet she loved it!
Your stitching is coming along beautifully too. Good luck finishing it up. :)

Siobhán said...

That is such a fun way to do up a birthday gift! And the cake, too! Nice progress on your stitching. Your blog header picture makes me wish I wasn't such a sloth at holiday stitching this year!

Anonymous said...

Baby row is coming along nicely. The soup looked very yummy on such a cold day. And the cake....well I eakon Yum descibes it perfectly. The wee ornament you received is lovely too.

Julie said...

All the soups making me hungry.
The baby sampler is growing nicely.
What a great gift for Jo, I hope she had a lovely birthday.

Melanie said...

Mmmm, Mmmm, good! I love a good soup when it's chilly outside. The super speed one sounds like a weight watchers one I still make, many MANY YEARS after I last did WW. it's like a kitchen sink veggie and super yummy.
Love the way you did up the gifties. The movie theaters here are so stingy they would probably charge you for an empty tub. Lol

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