Thursday 2 May 2013

April That Was.

This should really have been several posts, and they should have been posted during April. Rather than lose the memories, here they all are all...

1. Butterscotch Sauce.

This is the sauce I remember having with ice cream when I was rather younger than I am now. I made my Mum hunt through all her old cook books till she found the right recipe. It's very sweet and a little goes a long way. The sauce is served hot so has the effect of both melting some of the ice cream creating a creamy caramel mix and hardening in places to form a gooey chewy toffee.

There's rather a lot of it shown in the photo above. I'd made double the amount and it was too much, the quantities below should be plenty for four servings. It's very simple and only takes minutes to make, perfect for when you're needing a last minute special dessert.

Butterscotch Sauce for Ice Cream
1 oz (25g) butter
1 oz (25g) soft light brown sugar
1 tblsp golden syrup
Heat and stir. Boil for 1 minute. Serve!

While we're on the subject of food, here are some baking/cooking pic from April...

Choc chip cookies from this book. Too sweet for me, I much prefer the recipe I normally use which is listed in my side bar.

Next, a baking request from A...

She did some of the mixing and filled the cake cases...

Making the wings...

 Ta da! Angel cakes.

 They were scrummy.

 The recipe was from her Moshie Monster magazine. There was a rather obvious mistake in the recipe, I still felt pleased with myself for noticing it.

Roast chicken, stuffing, roast potatoes, bread sauce and veg. Plenty leftovers too.

 "Homemade" sausage rolls (buy sausages, wrap in ready made puff pastry)

 Macaroni Cheese from Nigella Express. The children didn't like it. Hubby did, I thought it was just OK. I did use quite bland cheese, perhaps stronger cheese would have helped. The texture was a little dry too.

Apple Cake from probably my favourite baking book Children's Book Of Baking. I have made so many recipes from this book and they all taste great and are simple to do.

 Surprisingly good potato scones. Recipe from "On Baking" by Sue Lawrence, another book I regularly use, great for traditional British baking recipes.

After all that food let's go for a walk in the garden.

At the beginning of April the crocuses were still going strong.

I have a few anemone blanda plants in the garden now but don't seem to have managed to take very good photos of them, this was the best one. They're still flowering so I'll try again for May.

 The cat's favourite slab for rolling on.


 New rhubarb leaf.

Now to later in the month when there was a bit more happening...


 Snakeshead Fritillary.
And right to the very end of the month. All is developing much later than in 2012 & 2011, and later even than 2010 which at the time I though of as being a late Spring.  

 Shard amongst pebbles.



 Flowering currant

 Kerria japonica buds.

 A little home for something, I love finding these in the garden.

Unknown blossom. 



 More tulips.

 Ornamental cherry blossom buds.

Now, how about some crafting and thrifting...

 I had a go at making a friendship bracelet. At this stage I was rather pleased with it...

 But once finished I wasn't quite so keen. I think I'd use 8 strands instead of 10 next time so it's not quite so wide and will take less time, I'd also not use variagated thread as that made the chevron pattern less obvious.

 Part of a large haul of wooden spools & thread. 20p each.

 We've been needing more egg cups, so I was pleased to find these, £2 the set.

 A TKMaxx bargain at £1. It's still a pleasure to acquire a new pencil case, even at my age!

On to an art project...



 Then we painted them black...

...and got scraping. This is N's.

 and A scraped mine.

I'm not in a hurry to repeat this project. It took a long time, and the scraping made a terrible mess - N looked like he'd been sweeping a chimney! I quite like the results though, especially as they are so different to each other, N's is probably my favourite with all the busy scraping marks.

A pencil drawing by A (of Moshlings)

A blackboard picture, also by A (of Iggy, another Moshling)

 This may one day be creative. I included it to remind me of my small involvement. Hundreds of 2 litre plastic drinks bottles with the ends cut off. One day it will be an eco greenhouse at the nursery.

Now another visit to the loch, just a quick one this time. More sparkly water and fence wire, this time with added cow, and some splashing in the puddles...



The pot row. It's in a lane next to the owner's garden. I think I'll try and get a photo of these each month. You can see here how they were looking in March.


Anonymous said...

Will try the butterscotch sauce, looks good, nice pics great one of the cow so close! Like the egg cups.

Anonymous said...

Lots of subject matter here and all very interesting too. I do like the picture of the cow.

June said...

The cow photo is brilliant! Love A and N's artwork too! In our previous garden we'd had a flowering currant - having seen yours I'm reminded of how pretty it is and I'm going to put one on the list of when I next go to the garden centre!

Ladybird Diaries said...

Looks like a great month! Really great photos, especially the cow one! Thanks for the butterscotch sauce recipe, I will definately try this..
M x

Louise said...

what a lovely collection of April memories, it looks like it was good month. The butterscotch sauce sound delicious, I'll have to try it - especially it's something my gluten-free Dave can have and he'll love it!

The black paint/scraping picture brought back a memory from my own school days, when I was perhaps 6 or 7 and we made pictures that way at school. I'd forgotten all about it until now!

Mereknits said...

The cow is my favorite picture, so cute. You have so much going on and it all look yummy and quite beautiful.

forgetmenotsblue said...

Wonderful photos. My cat has a favourite rolling slab too!
The photo of the daffodil is glorious :)

Lyn said...

What a lovely round up of April....and I must ry that butterscotch sauce! Xxx

susie said...

mmmm...mmm and mmmm :))
And such beautiful photos ! as always :)

Mrs. Micawber said...

Those angel cakes look very good, also the apple cake. (And the butterscotch sauce photo looks extremely enticing in my blog sidebar.)

I remember those fritillaries from last year - so pretty. Your spring is still farther along than ours - and we are back to near-freezing today. But the leaves are finally coming out!

A's drawing talent continues to be impressive. N did a fantastic job on that scratchy project, before and after.

Love the slightly maniacal-looking cow, the new wire on an old post, and that row of pots simply crammed with flowers.

Happy May!

Gillian Roe said...

Gorgeous photos, especially the shots of the daffodil and tulips.

I love butterscotch. We have a really old fashioned local fish & chip restaurant here and they serve ice cream with butterscotch sauce and brandy snaps on the dessert menu - I always order it. It's amazing. x


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