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Preparation is key

Nov 17 2018
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It would appear that a number of planned handmade presents by Aunty Biscuit are running severely behind schedule and some may not even be completed!  We seem to have this chaos every year so you would think she has learnt by now.  On the plus side several items have been completed and cards and gift tags are done.  I am hoping that Mum will be able to make me and Harrier a Christmas stocking each for above our baskets which will complete my preparations, which of course have been carefully planned and timed to be completed in good time.

Finishing touches

Oct 14 2018
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With much whinging as she has knitted it in rib, Aunty Biscuit has been knitting me a jumper as the last one went to Harrier. It just needs the neck picking up and the stitching together.  Generally she persuades Mum or Granny Biscuit to do the picking up but if they don’t take the hint we then have the rigmarole of finding a convenient crochet hook or Tunisian crochet hook.  Either way I am confident that it will be finished soon.  Elsewhere an experimental batch of nettle beer has been brewed and bottled off.  Early indications are that it isn’t as bad as it sounds and that the boiled over nettle water cleaned the cooker magnificently.  Aunty Biscuit sometimes uses nettles for dyeing wool.  As we have no shortage of nettles I think there will be more experiments to come!

Dehydrating lavender

Oct 07 2018
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Aunty Biscuit after much deliberation has just acquired a dehydrator.  This means that In the short time she has had it her lavender has been dried in record time whilst making her house smell gorgeous in the process.  This has then saved weeks of it dangling upside down with muslin to catch any bits that drop off.  Today she has turned up with dried apple rings.  From what I have read on woofapedia about dehydrators there seems to be loads of doggie treats and food that they can be used to make so paws crossed she tries making some.  If not we will have to kidnap it and give it to Mum along with some recipes.  

Dehydrating lavender

Oct 07 2018
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Aunty Biscuit after much deliberation has just acquired a dehydrator.  This means that In the short time she has had it her lavender has been dried in record time whilst making her house smell gorgeous in the process.  This has then saved weeks of it dangling upside down with muslin to catch any bits that drop off.  Today she has turned up with dried apple rings.  From what I have read on woofapedia about dehydrators there seems to be loads of doggie treats and food that they can be used to make so paws crossed she tries making some.  If not we will have to kidnap it and give it to Mum along with some recipes.  

Party animals

Oct 01 2018
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Discussions are underway regarding decorations for an upcoming Halloween party.  The homegrown  pumpkin being carved into a lantern is a non starter as the variety grown produced a small green skinned pumpkin which may yet end up being roasted and on the menu.  Harrier and I are putting our money on mum producing some orange pompoms as pumpkins and black ones with pipecleaner legs as spiders, with Aunty Biscuit producing a string of cardboard cutouts either from a die cutter or hand drawn and snipped (or both).  We are also not ruling out wiggly eyed satsumas wearing little witch hats appearing.

Plans and progress

Sep 30 2018
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It looks like Aunty Biscuit is planning on knitting herself an Aran sweater.  As ever with her it seems as though the main hold up is getting round to finding vaguely matching needles to start the project.  I do feel that she ought to do a practise piece in the form of a dog jumper first but she doesn’t seem to be taking the hint.  That said, it seems that there is sufficient of the chunky yarn left to do another dog coat so paws crossed me and Harrier can have one each.  Meanwhile, in the kitchen the plum brandy has been decanted into bottles ready to mature and what is probably the last of the tomatoes have been prepared and frozen.  I say probably as the greenhouse blew away in the storms so the plants are not as protected as they were although they are still alive.

A Mammoth hint

Sep 16 2018
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We have a woolly mammoth sitting on the coffee table wearing a hat!  The mammoth I hasten to add is a soft toy which turned up when mum returned from visiting relatives in Shropshire.  The reason for it wearing the hat eluded me at first until I spotted the slightly misshapen pompom next to it.  I then deduced that it must have been put on the mammoth by Aunty Biscuit as a whopping great hint to mum that the pompom needs trimming and attaching.

Pickled!

Aug 27 2018
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Mum and Aunty Biscuit have been busy in the kitchen.  The plum jam has been followed by setting away experimental batches of both plum brandy and plum vodka.  The sloes have been collected and are now in the freezer along with some beans and tomatoes.  There are also now some jars on the worktop waiting to go into the larder.  We have two jars of plain pickled onions, two jars of pickled onions which also contain mustard seeds and small but evil chillies and finally a jar of pickled eggs.  It is important apparently to remember that pickles need a particular type of lid – plastic coated I understand from overheard conversations – otherwise the vinegar will attack it. 

Plum Jam

Aug 18 2018
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After a hot dry summer some things are ripe early, including it would seem plums.  Aunty Biscuit was given a box of them from someone at work so she made some jam yesterday. I personally did not witness this event but earwigged in on the resulting conversation. It would seem that it took as long to clean the cooker kitchen surfaces, wall and floor as it did to make the jam and to prepare some juice for jelly making.  Needless to say any utensil used was liberally coated and somewhat sticky. Jam making is an inherently hazardous activity but she was unscathed.  Her slapdash method of making plum jam is to put a pound of fruit (stalk removed, split fruit but leave stones in -something to do with pectin I believe but don’t bet on it) to a pound of sugar. The mixture is then boiled to nearly setting point, the stones CAREFULLY fished out, carry on boiling to setting point (which has something to do with wrinkles and saucers) cooled very slightly and potted into hot ste ...

Glass painting

Apr 29 2018
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Aunty Biscuit has been given a number of empty coffee jars which are suitable for use as storage jars.  From what I gather she is planning to paint them with glass paint.  Apparently this paint is then baked on in the oven thus becoming dishwasher resistant.  Hopefully she will remember not to put the lids in the oven as they have plastic seals.  Even more hopefully she will paint one up for dog treats and fill it.  We await the progress of this project with great anticipation!