Thursday, 17 October 2013

long time no see

Hi and no I haven't fallen off the edge of the planet lol. I had a few issues with my Internet and have been crazily busy with my list of woolly projects to complete and in fact am in the midst of several at the moment. I am going to post some new tip bits for you this week. A tutorial for a fantastic recycled rag rug to keep your home snugly warm over the cooler months ( although the cold weather has not yet arrived here am getting prepared), A fantastic new baby basket tutorial for new mums so you can hand out little chocolates or favors to well wishers and family visiting ( adorable) and some new recipes for the cooler weather including my own take on puff pastry apple bites ( which are baked so less guilt !). So watch this space....

The baby basket project was inspired by the fact that this last month my own dear sister in law has given birth to the most beautiful baby daughter and I wanted to give her a nice gift for when she had family around. It is already a tradition here in Jordan for families to have decorated baskets fill with beautifully wrapped chocolates to hand round to family and friends as they come to see the new baby and congratulate the happy parents. I have also used this new arrival as an opportunity to get knitting and crocheting and make a few tiny baby accessories.

I also celebrated the day by baking a huge chocolate cake .... I wont put a picture of that as .... as It was one of those cake tins that has a hole in the middle and as I was trying to cut it in half to put the filling in the top kinda collapsed. I managed to get the filling in and the top back on OK but its not what you call the most attractive finish ever lol. It was a huge success because of the filling  which was strawberry jam and cream which went really well with the nice light chocolate cake. It disappeared very quickly which also made me smile as it did to see everyone enjoying it .
Now for an important bit.

Happy Eid for Everyone!!!!!!!


This week has been the second Eid on the Islamic calendar. It is I have recently found out also called the sheep Eid as this is the time of the year when many families here in Jordan have a sheep slaughtered and donate the meat to organisations which provide meals for the poor. Its quite an important act of charity for Muslims here to help those less fortunate than themselves and through that say thanks for all the things they themselves have. The actual Eid was a few days ago but the holiday is about 4 or five days and so prior to the holiday people like to get their homes cleaned and tidied and then during the holiday they can completely relax and do nothing. Rather like I remember Christmas used to be like at home as a child with my parents. From Christmas day till new years eve was all about relaxing. So in that way its quite similar. I hope that we can all use this holiday as a great reason to be just a little kinder to our fellow humans as in my eyes we are all brothers and sisters regardless of denomination and the closer we come to co-operative living and understanding the closer we come to god. As it is through our hearts and our humility that we are able to achieve the greatest good!

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