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With the help of my friends, I co-ordinate "The Craft Group" which is a place for women to gather and do craft! We share a whole range of things, from craft to the small things that matter to us right up to understanding the whole meaning of life! I learn so much from everyone, I thought a blog would be the perfect way to record the memories! The "Plus..." is all about extra bits 'n pieces that I have found and would love to show you. Welcome to our Craft Group. Please feel free to say hi, leave a comment or become a follower! Enjoy!

Friday, 30 January 2015

2 ingredient banana pikelets

Having had 2 little ones in the house again for 2 days, I am convinced that the most important meals in their eyes are Morning Tea and Afternoon Tea.

The challenge is to find them something healthy but fun.

They were leaving my house with their Mum (my sister) in half an hour. They had an hour ahead of them in the car. QUICK! Feed them afternoon tea!

2 Ingredient banana pikelets came to mind and in no time were in the pan.

The 2 ingredients are 3 bananas and 3 eggs. That is really all you need to know but you can see a recipe HERE. This recipe is for pancakes but mini pancakes (pikelets) are better for little hands or for a small snack.
They are of course gluten, dairy and fat free with no added sugar!

http://www.kidspot.com.au/best-recipes/Healthy+25/2-ingredient-pancakes-recipe+4806.htm

"Miss 6" screwed up her nose at first. Just being honest because I think she was expecting a slightly different taste. But they were all eaten. They are not like your average pancake/pikelet but for littlies or people who are off sugar, gluten or dairy, these are an ideal snack.

I thought, even if I have that basic 3 and 3 recipe then add a little bit of flour or milk, it would still be healthy and would give it a bit more body. (You could cook them in butter and put maple syrup and icecream on them.... oops, I think I have just lost my focus!)

There are also many recipes for 2 ingredient banana cookies which contain just bananas and rolled oats. I must try them.

(You should try typing the word "banana" on a keybooard. It is very satisfying.)


Monday, 19 January 2015

Crocheted doilies by Wil

My Mum, Wilma, can give any craft a try. She gets a crochet pattern and just works it out!
Whip up a doily?
No problem.

I love a hand made doily and have a little cry when I see people cutting them up for other crafts. The cheap asian ones are OK to cut up and sew on a baby singlet but sometimes people can't see the difference and they chop up lovely hand made (often very old) doilies and then throw them out with the craft project when they tire of it.



Ahhhh.... save the hand made doily!
(Nice one Mum)







Sunday, 18 January 2015

Sunday Song, Like a River Glorious

  1. Harriet shared a song with us last year. It's an old hymn with beautiful poetic words of peace and trust.
Like a River Glorious was written in 1876 by Frances R Havergal. 
I have attached the You Tube clip of the London Philharmonic Choir singing it. It's good to read the words first.

  1. Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace,
    Over all victorious, in its bright increase;
    Perfect, yet it floweth fuller every day,
    Perfect, yet it groweth deeper all the way.
    • Refrain:
      Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
      Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.
  2. Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
    Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
    Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
    Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.
  3. Every joy or trial falleth from above,
    Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love;
    We may trust Him fully all for us to do;
    They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.


You can find more info about this Hymn and even the free sheet music HERE

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Chia Pudding Recipe from Kathy

At The Craft Group I mentioned to the ladies around me that I was after dessert ideas for Christmas.
One of the suggestions sounded super healthy and easy.
Kathy also told me that it was really yum too (although I wasn't 100% convinced).
So I tried it and I am totally sold on this great dessert idea!
I made some for our family in pretty individual glasses and I made one for a friend in a bowl, for Christmas. I made some for our own family Christmas and I couldn't stop eating it.
SO nice!

May I present to you... (from Kathy B with extra comments from me!)...

Chia Pudding Dessert
(It can be dairy free, gluten free and has no added sugar)
Kathy's Chia Puddings using multi coloured chia seeds
Ingredients:

1 cup chia seeds( doesn't matter what colour seeds. Kathy used colour combo and I used white)
3 cups coconut cream or milk (that is about 2 cans)
Fruit slices ( mango and blueberries are our fav)
Coconut yoghurt from health food shop*

Soak seeds in milk overnight stirring occasionally.  (Although I went to bed and didn't stir at all after the first time). The seeds will turn into a pudding consistency. Next day place a serving of pudding, then fruit then yoghurt then top with blueberries and maybe shredded coconut. Or you can do thinner layers and repeat them all, finishing with fruit and a sprinkling of coconut.

* Coconut yoghurt was SUPER expensive but worth it if you have to make a dairy free dessert. I used plain Greek yoghurt. Yum.


One cup of chia seeds
Add coconut cream and soak over night


My individual Chia puddings
A Christmas present for a friend. A glass  bowl and Chia Pudding.

 Thanks for the idea and recipe Kathy!
She said she is got the idea from her friend, Kate Levins who is the author of the lovely healthy foodie blog BRUNCHFAST CLUB










Monday, 12 January 2015

Cake decorating skills

I love it that the ladies at The Craft Group have a wealth of crafty skills that we don't see on thursdays. I think it has a lot to do with the attitude of crafters. They will give anything a go and in the process, through trial and error, realise they are (or can become) good at something new!

Melanie told me she did a bit of cake decorating and was asked by her niece to do a cake for her 18th. Here is the clever and pretty result.


Yes, all the flowers are edible icing, all hand made. Beautiful Melanie. I'm sure your niece, Robyn, was very happy with such a professional addition to her celebrations!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Bronwyn's Show'n Tell

Bronwyn enjoys taking the opportunity to do a class or a course when she is out and about.
Then she is happy to share with us!

One week she showed a bunch of ladies step by step how to make this quilted box!


Then she inspired us with a crocheted rag rug.
(strips of fabric + very big crochet hook + single crochet (US) or double crochet (UK))


She made it for her daughter's new flat.


Thanks for always being so willing to give Bronwyn, 
when already in your life you give so much!

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