My iron started leaking heavily. Ho hum.
This time, I have invested in a cordless iron. It’s fantastic. I can turn the iron in any direction I want, and I never get the ironing tangled up in the cord.
The Advent Wreath
I suppose this should have been Sunday’s post, and Sunday’s post could have waited until today, but I’m often a little bit behind and the wreath wasn’t actually ready until yesterday. This year, we have made a salt dough wreath, a bit like the one I made three years ago:
Except the original link I checked doesn’t seem to be there, so I also used this:
The idea of using chilled water worked, but the cooking time wasn’t quite right. After 90 minutes at 120 degrees C, it still wasn’t right, so I put another half hour at 160 and that seemed to do the trick.
We also used green food colouring to make the dough green, but it wasn’t very green. The children made leaves and berries and painted the whole thing. The place for the pink candle is painted pink, and the other candle places are painted purple.
When our old carpet sweeper broke, John decided that we should get an electric-type sweeper instead.
We got this one (only from a different shop):
This sweeper is very good. Unlike our last sweeper, it is easy to empty the crud out, and the crud container can be wiped or rinsed clean.
Also, I discovered several other advantages. Our regular vacuum cleaner is heavy and noisy and gets hot and is difficult to empty (dust flies everywhere), and has to be plugged in, and using it is a chore and a labour, and doesn’t get used often. With this sweeper, I can push it through the whole house, without being restricted to the length of the tether (cable). It is quiet enough to use it at the end of the day, when children are settling for bed. Also, I can pick it up and carry it easily. Cleaning is becoming a pleasure, rather than a chore.
Okay, so it’s not perfect. It doesn’t do edges or the corners on the stairs, and I have to keep unwinding long hair from the brush bar. But for an everyday nip round, it’s very good.
Hannah had a nosebleed yesterday, but all I did was put the bloodied clothes and handkerchiefs in the washing machine with everything else, and the modern detergent and ‘stain-removal powder’ did the rest, leaving everything beautifully clean.
Another lunchtime treat. It turns out that pizza on a crumpet is delicious.
My other friend, Lucia,
recommends pesto, but I didn’t have pesto, so I used pizza sauce in a jar. These also have cheese (Cheddar?), olives, and chorizo.
I’m not quite sure where you draw the line between pizza and cheese on toast, but sometimes it’s nice to remember that lunch needn’t be boring. This is a bap, split and toasted, with pizza sauce out of a jar, cheese, yellow cherry tomatoes and olives, and finished off under the grill. Just right for a workday treat.
My sister tried the bacon challenge with mutton and it was very nice
I had some supracure left over, so I used it on some dark skirt I got from the butcher. It turned out very tasty indeed, a bit like pastrami, obviously, but not quite. I think if I’d put some black pepper into the cure, and maybe some other flavours, it would have been magnificent. John thinks I should make it again some time.