Sponge cake drops

Big man came home from school last week asking for cakes to take to school. They are having a fair he goes on to say, and I need to take cakes to sell so I can make lots of money. The money is going to WWF so our class can buy some animals. We are GETTING a penguin and an orange tang(orangu-tan)!! He shouts with excitement!

Ha ha, sorry but I couldn’t help but laugh…. where are you going to keep them then? In your class room? Er…..i’m not sure. Was his reply. We had to go through the whole shebang of why we couldn’t have these animals in our country and the endangered species thing all over again. Big man was obviously confused as they only just studied endangered animals in class. I again explained the process of adopting an animal and how you get pictures posted to you and the money goes to help the animal not to actually buy it! Eventually he agrees it’s a great idea and that we should get on with  baking some cakes to raise some money. So what to make…

Our list;
not fairy cakes because everyone does those
jam tarts
crispie cakes
traybake to slice up
sponge drop cakes sandwiched together
swiss roll to slice up

Oh jeeez this list was endless so after much debating we decided on sponge drops.

I’m not going to write a recipe for sponge mixture, there are tons on the internet for you to choose from. Drop spoonfuls of sponge cake mix onto baking sheets. Bake for 6 mins in oven temp 200°C/180°C with fan/350°F/gas 6

When cooked, cool on baking rack, sandwich together with jam and buttercream. Mmmm nice. If I had time I’d make ….chocolate ones 😉


Here goes for the new year!


I know that I haven’t been here for the past few months, things have been pretty busy but I know some of you have by your lovely emails. I am going to try to update more often, so let this be the new year plan 😉

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year whatever you did and wherever you were. Hubby and I stayed at home, clinked a cup and a glass whilst watching the fireworks outside our house.

We are still recovering from Christmas. Big Man had a Nerf gun from Father Christmas. I usually end up with the wooden bow and arrows and get the hell shot out of me by nerf bullets. We are getting pretty good shots now  though. A trip to the park is in the pipelines. We will have to wear wellies and old clothes though because it’s like a mud bath up there. All the more fun sliding about I suppose. Spare clothes in the car or towels to sit on would be good ;-D……….Did I forget to mention that I am just as crazy as Big Man? If not more so??

Wishing you a peaceful New Year.

BPD. x

Homemade soft cheese

Here, as promised, the pictures of the cheese from the other day(which was eaten as soon as it  was spotted in the fridge!). It’s taken me a few days to get this done as Little man and I have been fighting the germs again-we are full of cold 😦

homemade soft cheese
Ha ha, you can’t see it! I’m so rubbish with a camera!

I put my finger over the flash this time so it’s a little dark…
homemade soft cheese

…and this was all mine, for all that hard work. Yeah, I watched it dripping for about 2 hours…well I wasn’t watching all the time…but It’s still mine! This was made with skimmed milk so not as naughty as you might think 😉

homemade soft cheese and bagel

Another batch of yoghurt was “cooked” last night for more cheese and yoghurty goodness 🙂


We tried it again with potato and it got a thumbs down. That’s settled it. It’s just cheese next time for us!

Happy Birthday

To our larger lad. I hope you have a very special day. With love and best wishes.


PS. I promise not to eat all the chocolate cake that I baked for you! he he he!

Two steps forward and ten back

Well it’s pretty busy round here at the moment. School hols have just hit too. I seem to be fighting to push forwards to get stuff done but I seem to end up worse off than before I started…I need to prioritize things and step back a little. Like this morning having a lie in until 8am and plan the day out over breakfast instead of running round like a headless chicken.

 Until next week i’m not doing the things that don’t need doing. I’m spending this week enjoying my family.

Next week however, I have prepared a tutorial on picture sewing especially for you. Just so you can go get creative!

I’m off to play now, see you soon. x

Fabric houses and lists

I saw this post a little while ago-then I couldn’t find it! Now it’s popped out of the woodwork again!

I love these little houses. They are too cute. I feel that they need to be more boyish… garage… train station…airport…post office/shop the list is endless. I have two tots that I fancy making these for. It will be later in the year probably.

There are so many projects running around in my head. Here is the first part of my list. I had to divide it into four because it was just too much to think about in one go!

  • slippers
  • the patterns i’ve drawn out from Cal Patch’s book up to now-there will be more! (basic t-shirt, trousers,dress)
  • Some t-shirts to update
  • A pattern for a top that I had for ages and still want to make
  • Summer shirts/shorts/trousers for little fella
  • Have a go at quilting (been wanting to try for a few years now but never had chance)
  • nightdress/pyjamas for us all 
  • fabric houses x at least two!
  • pencil rolls
  • A constant supply of unmentionable birthday presents
  • New bedroom curtains upstairs (yes every room-really!)

At the mention of curtains there will be a little decorating going on too. Little man and his bro are swapping rooms. I have to rid dodgey stripes from one and pooh bear from the other!! My heart misses beats each time I step into the bathroom too, those seem to have been there forever.

There. It doesn’t feel quite as bad now it’s written down;-) These most certainly aren’t in any order by the way!

Cal Patch, Design it yourself clothes

This is one cool book! I have read it from cover to cover about four times now!

cal patch's book

I’m really impressed by the way Cal delivers the info. It’s lighthearted and fun. You are supposed to work through the patterns in the book but you can flip back and to. There are alterations to each pattern for different designs too. Cal begins with a simple skirt and leads you all the way to making patterns from clothes that you already own and scaling up and down sizes.

I’m a bit one-handed still but managed to draft out a pattern for a long t-shirt, here are my efforts.

pattern draft

I’m still not able to sew yet but just wait till I get back on the train!
It’s an interesting journey through pattern drafting and i’m very happy that I have it to refer to on my shelf. I don’t know if Cal has any other books on the agenda but i’d be in line for one.

Cal has her own online shop full of really cool creations and her blog page, Hodge Podge Farm has some really original stuff that I like and i’m sure you will too!