On the menu: Grassmere Ginger Shortbread



Another recipe from the Great British Bake Off: Big Book of Baking and another absolute winner (I’ve already made that chocolate fudge brownie recipe from last week again). This one is a bit healthier than the brownies (not hard), they even have some wholemeal flour in (not that I think Boy Lacer will notice and complain). I wasn’t totally convinced, making this recipe, that it was going to work, it’s extremely easy to make, just bung the ingredients in a food processor, but I could not see how the dry crumbly mix would come together in the oven to make shortbread, but it did and a really nice, slightly chewy, slightly warming shortbread it is.

Lavender heart


Lavender is one of my favourite plants to grow (about one of the only plants I can grow and even then it’s a bit hit and miss), I love the smell of course and I love the way bees visit it. This year my lavender kept flowering relatively late and although I normally like to keep the lavender on the bush for the bees, as it was quite late and a lot of the lavender was still in bud, which is the best time to harvest for dried lavender apparently (which normally seems like you’re depriving the bees to be honest), I did harvest some.

I already had the heart embroidery, which I had been stitching over the summer (which felt kind of apt), in mind. So when the lavender had dried I made a little lavender heart. I was worried I wouldn’t have enough lavender but as it turns out I had just enough and it smells wonderful and it’ll be a great reminder of the summer over the winter.

The embroidery pattern by the way, is from an issue of the Bustle & Sew magazine.


#craft365 days 61 – 90

Time for my #craft365 update again.


Not much progress on my skulls over the past month, as much as it may be Halloween soon, these were originally a summer project for something I’d wear in the summer, so the incentive to stitch these is unfortunately low, although I should really stick my bum in gear because if I leave it until next summer, knowing me I’ll be finishing it sometime next October.


Equally not much progress on my blanket, I’m getting more and more behind.


However I have started stitching a Christmas present for Girl Lacer which is going quite well, despite it being quite a complex pattern and not the easiest to read chart. I’m not saying what it is yet or where the pattern is from, can you tell what it is?


I’ve also been working through Nicole’s Furry Stitching class, this is my progress near the end of week 3 (I’m a bit behind on that to).

So, not a bad month.

On the menu: Fudge Brownies



These fudge brownies with white chocolate chips are from The Great British Bakeoff: Big Book Of Baking and have so much sugar in, they are, as you’d imagine, absolutely delicious, with a lovely chew and it has definitely quelled Boy Lacer’s recent complaints that I’d been making stuff “too healthy”, best brownie recipe I’ve tried in ages.

The Son of Sobek


Our Rick Riordan odyssey continues with a short cross over story with Percy Jackson and Carter Kane (the hero of a series of books based on Egyptian mythology). We haven’t read the Carter Kane books yet (but will) but I couldn’t resist reading this story early, I don’t think it gave too many spoilers (or maybe it did, like I say, I haven’t read the Carter Kane books yet to know whether I’m being spoiled or not). Anyway, in the Son of Sobek, a giant crocodile is terrorising Long Island and Percy and Carter cross paths as they both try and deal with it. There was a good final fight sequence as there often is in Rick Riordan books and it’s made me want to know more, so I think the story ticked all the boxes!

**** (out of 5)

Richmond Park in Autumn (again)

I tripped and fell badly on my knee and elbow during my last run earlier this week (me – mid fall – you know how time can slow during these things – “Noooooo, my iPhone!” – yep forget the elbow I bashed badly in my (successful) attempt at keeping my phone from hitting the ground, as long as my iPhone is ok, everything is ok – I am way too attached to that thing). Anyway because I bruised my knee quite badly I don’t think it’d be a good idea to run until next week now, so instead of what would have been a run this morning, I went for a walk in the park instead and of course I took my camera.


The wild flower patch I walk past on the way to the park is still going strong.


Crunchy nut pods under foot.




And the prerequisite deer, it’s still mating season and it’s like a deer equivalent of a hot nightclub out there at the moment.

And as I thought, whilst taking the photos, that it was a shame that the photos didn’t catch how noisy the park is at the moment, I took a video to, you can hear a stag bellowing and some noisy birds, some of which are parakeets (yep, we have those in the park, I love the theory that they escaped from the set of The African Queen).

Richmond Park in autumn from J Lacer on Vimeo.