After another fairly sleepless night (due mainly to my mind going into overdrive about how to sort out Mum and Dad's wardrobe space - they have more than before but not necessarily in a useful format so I am going there on Friday to "sort it out" - they REALLY don't know what they are in for he he!) it seemed hard to get going today. With my Scamblesby sewing day approaching on Friday, I started with some preparation - cutting and ironing etc to amass three kits (I will probably only do the first one!) I am planning to make my own handbag for the forthcoming family wedding so that I can get the colour I want - so that was my first task!
With the day getting warmer as the morning moved on, I then decided to get some fresh air and do some light gardening - weeding and pruning of the left over conifer hedge. The pile is high but I cant see much impact yet - me thinks that this is going to be a long job!
After some general tidying and washing, it was then up to Mum and Dad's to go out for lunch. You may recall our mission to find 12 cafes / tea shops that I hadn't been to before over the next 12 months? Well today we went to somewhere that Wendy had recommended and Mum and Dad had tried last week - a place called "Four Candles!" in the next village. the cakes were to die for and the lunches looked wonderful - but not on a diet. In the end I chose a chicken, bacon and feta salad (I only had a mixed leaf salad and asked to not have the bread or the coleslaw with it). The pile of excess feta cheese at the top of the picture was, I estimated, over my allowance and was brought home for another day in a bag that Mum just happened to have! The cakes were easier to avoid - Mum and Dad bought a piece each to take home! Mission accomplished and diet maintained! I have a similar impending problem tomorrow so I hope that I manage as well!
Once home I started to experiment with making a SW friendly "salted caramel cheese cake". It's a WI meeting tomorrow night so we all have to bring something. I have "melted" half a Salted Caramel hifi bar in a small individual dish and left to set as the base. Then I have softened some gelatine leaves and dissolved in some lemon juice and, bearing in mind I don't have any soft cheese, I have whisked it into greek yoghurt and left to set. Tomorrow I will "melt" a small amount of salted Caramel sauce from M & S and pour on top of each pot. Hopefully it will work - otherwise its bags of M & S popcorn!
By the way - you may remember those yellow hearts that I posted last week. Well they were put up on Monday evening -here are some pictures of them and one touching tweet from one of the residents - its nice to think that they may have helped - even if just to lift their spirits and help them know that they are not alone!