Christmas, Planning

Things to do in May

Not sure what to do in May? Give these ideas a go:

  • Take advantage of the off-Christmas season to go through your craft supplies.
  • Throw out/donate any unwanted items and determine what items you need to replace or purchase
  • Think about future craft projects you may wish to try
  • Review ideas in your Christmas books and magazines
  • Check out local craft suppliers. You can often pick up cheap Christmas items this time of year.
Cooking, Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake

Can’t go to the coffee shop? Why not make something yummy while you’re stuck indoors? Try this Lemon Cake recipe*. You can use any citrus – lemon, lime, orange – and you can choose to ice it or not. This one is great for morning & afternoon teas, lunch, fetes and other events.

 

The cake

Ingredients:

  •  1 1/2 cups of self raising flour (suitable for gluten free & or almond flour but may require additional cooking time)
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 115g butter (can use margarine)

Utensils

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Mixing spoon
  • Egg beater/whisk
  • Sieve (or wire strainer)
  • Cake tin (any style)
  • Cooling rack

Method

  • Preheat your oven to 180 Celsius (356 Fahrenheit)
  • Grease cake tin (I chose a ring tin)
  • Zest lemons (use a grater, if you have a 4 sided one, use the smallest holes)
  • Sieve dry ingredients into the bowl
  • Melt butter (in microwave or on stove top)
  • Beat eggs
  • Add Milk, butter, eggs and zest to the dry ingredients
  • Mix ingredients thoroughly
  • Pour mix into the tin
  • Place in oven for 35-40 mins (When ready it will spring back when you push the surface)
  • Remove from oven and place on a cake rack
  • Allow to cool a little and remove from the tin
  • When cooled, Ice and decorate as you see fit.

Lemon icing

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Utensils

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons (teaspoon & tablespoon)
  • Mixing spoon

Method

  • Sieve icing into a bowl
  • Add lemon juice
  • Mix well. This makes a thin icing.

* This recipe is sourced from the cookbook of Terri Bateman

Christmas, Easter, Planning, Things to do in April

Things to do in April

April is often spent on Easter things rather than thinking about Christmas at all.Easter is going to be a quiet affair this year. COVID-19 restrictions means that it’s strictly household attendees only.  But that doesn’t mean that Easter can’t be fun. I’m delivering my Easter gifts on the Saturday before, and dropping off a meal for my mother to enjoy as well.

So what are you likely to be doing in April? Why not consider the following

  • Decorate for Easter
  • Stock up on craft supplies in the post-Easter sales (internet orders only)
  • Sort through and tidy craft supplies
  • Make jams and preserves using end of season fruit and vegetables
  • Decorate preserve jars
  • Pack up Easter decorations after the event.