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My name's Alison but for reasons too long to go into I'm known as Cockney Blonde or CB for short. I've been rubber stamping for several years but now spend most of my time either knitting or crocheting. However, with the advent of a New Year I have bitten the bullet and am tackling my usually hated pastime of sewing. I've even bought 'Sewing for Dummies' to guide me on my way. I've been with my hubby Dave for 24 years and between us we have 4 kids and 5 grandkids. We also have 2 cats and a dog, the latter features as my 'photo' image. I used to be able to blog daily but these days I struggle to blog weekly. Hopefully now we are settled into our new home in the country, I can get back to a daily (well almost) update from the room I now have to share with hubby. No more personal crafting space for me!!! Thanks to all the blogs and sites I follow for all your brilliant inspiration, and thank you to everyone who finds the time to comment on my blog.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

What's on My Needles and that Biscuit Recipe

Hello Bloggers. Well in answer to a couple of questions posed by fellow bloggers here is a piccie of what's currently on my needles. Yep! Another cardi for the little lady. Same pattern, same yarn, different colour and also half a size bigger needles for the main body of the knitting. Even though the measurements matched the pattern I still felt it needed to be a little looser. So far the slight change in needles seems to be having the desired effect.
Now for the second posed question. Those yummy biscuits. Well this is the cover of my old (very) cookery book. I think it was the first cookery book I ever bought. It is old fashioned, out of date, tatty, stained, but it is one of those books that has loads of interesting information.
 Here's the 'stained' recipe which I have changed very slightly from experience of baking them. So here goes:-
Cream together 4oz margerine and 4oz castor sugar (sorry its all imperial) until soft and light (I use an electric mixer)
Into this mixture sieve 8oz plain flour and a generous helping of cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well.
Mix into this 5oz dried fruit and then knead thoroughly.
Now here the recipe calls for 1 egg to bind but I usually find the dough only requires a drop of milk to bind. The choice is yours.
Roll out to a thickness of about 1/4 inch on a floured board and cut into shapes.
Bake for 15 minutes in the centre of a moderate oven (325-350 F; 170/180 C; Gas Mark 3-4) until golden brown
** remember to reduce the temperature a little for a fan assisted oven.

Cool on the baking tray, store in an airtight tin.

Finally, make a well deserved cuppa and enjoy, x


  1. Another sweater, you are the best. Little Lady is going to love it.

  2. Now I will have a go of those and let you know the results and see if they last me the week, like your's!
    I met Margeurite Patten (and Bill Pertwee, ARP in Dad's Army) at a big WW2 anniversary party in the War Museum next to the Lowry. Tell you all about it when I see you, it was a wonderful day. She was ancient but very lovely, lively and vital.
    Jo x

  3. will have to try this one, I know they won't last the week in this house maybe the day but I'm not sure about that either! :)


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