Thursday, 15 October 2009

Cookies, buttons & sewing - not a bad week so far :)

Have actually had time this week to do some stuff I really like namely cooking & sewing :)

Monday's task was to make the boys some of the favourite choc chip cookies -

Chocolate Chip Cookies Millies style


125g butter, softened
100g light brown soft sugar
125g caster sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
225g self-raising flour
½ tsp salt
200g chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4.
2. Cream butter and sugars, once creamed, combine in the egg and vanilla.
3. Sift in the flour and salt, then the chocolate chips.
4. Roll into walnut size balls, for a more homemade look, or roll into a long, thick sausage shape and slice to make neater looking cookies.
5. Place on ungreased baking paper. If you want to have the real Millies experience then bake for just 7 minutes, till the cookies are just setting - the cookies will be really doughy and delicious. Otherwise cook for 10 minutes until just golden round the edges.
6. Take out of the oven and leave to harden for a minute before transferring to a wire cooling rack. These are great warm, and they also store well, if they don't all get eaten straight away!

They don't last long - especially with 2 growing boys!

Today I tried Floss's Ginger Biscuit receipe from  here - an instant hit. I made these before I left for work late morning and the house still smelt of ginger welcomeness when I came home at 4 o'clock. Verdict from the boys - really scrummy and can we have them again! (BTW the receipe makes far more than just the few that posed for photos ;) ).

Apart from the baking, I've been busy starting to make things for the swaps I'm taking part in via Blogland and also the Not-so-Secret Santa swap I do with my sisters & brother each year. There are 7 of us in total so it makes life easier if we just buy for one person rather than 6!

Anyhow it meant a trip to see my friend in her pretty pink haberdashery shop so I could buy more button supplies;

Last but not least I've started on my stocking for the swap - here's a sneak preview ;)

I guess it still needs a bit of work but I've finally decided what is going on there and have got all the supplies to do it.

Am so excited to be taking part in my first 2 swaps - seems such a lovely idea to make & buy something for a person you've never met in RL and only through blogland :)

Off back to my cutting and sewing.



claire said...

love the shape of the stocking - I made one but wasn't happy with the width at the have made a new pattern and will try again next week!!
I agree blogland swaps are great fun.
Claire x

ps can I find out where the haberdashery mecca is??!!?? xx

Pam said...

Hi Vicki, just wanted to pop by and say hello. Pleased to see you're in the biscuit and Christmas stocking mode too!

Kelly said...

Hi! Swaps are so much fun! I love doing them!
Those buttons look fab bet you are really pleased with them!!!

Lots of Love

Kelly xxx

karen said...

oh my you have been busy I bet you didn't save any of those cookies for me did you lol

Thanks for popping over and good luck with the giveaway.

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Looking forward to seeing that stocking shape up! You are being very industrious, puts me to shame! Tee hee,

Sarah x

magsmcc said...

Am most inspired! This week I WILL do more of the things I want to do (even housework...) and WILL stop flaffing about!