Fudging It #Weekendcreations

#Weekend Creations Linky Food & Crafts - No Theme

I should be bringing you luscious pictures of pale, summery lemon fudge today. I should be regretting nibbling on fudge all day. I should be panicking about fitting into my dress for Violet’s First Holy Communion next Saturday. But I’m not. (Well, actually I am wondering if it might be wise not to eat between now and next weekend)

Why no fudge?

Let me explain …

I wait for Dermot to get home so I can pop to the supermarket in peace.
I trek around the supermarket with one child in tow.
I put the shopping away.
I weigh all the ingredients out.
I pop the milk, sugar and salt in a pan.
I bring it to the boil.
I stand there staring at it, wondering why there are worryingly brown flecks.
I stand there for a further 8 minutes, convincing myself all will be well.

I throw it away.
Wash an incredibly burnt pan.
Search the cupboards to find no evaporated milk.
Go back out to the supermarket.
Wash one child.
Put 2 children to bed.
Start again with the evaporate milk.
Stand there for 13 minutes wondering why the fudge is boiling but getting no thicker.
Think maybe it will work anyway.
Mix the rest of the ingredients in.
Place fudge in the fridge.
Watch half an hour of Election night disaster.
Go to bed.

Wake up.
Pack children off to school.
Occupy Tara.
Mop up blood for an hour after Tara busts my lip.
Check the fridge.

Throw fudge away and give up.

I blame David Cameron.

(I know none of this is earth shattering – Just a tiny bit frustrating)

And so there is my #WeekendCreation for this week. The whole week has not be a complete write off – You may have seen a rather successful Baileys Chococcino Cake and some super quick Maple Oat Pecan Scones.

I have managed to pick up my crochet hook this week though – I am decorating these pretty little IKEA pots with their very own crochet jackets a la Attic 24 style. There’s still a way to go but once you start on the pot jackets they come together quite fast so I hope to have some finished articles to show you next week – complete with herbs on my kitchen window sill!

crochet herb pot

Thanks to everyone who joined in with the last #weekendcreations. I’m so pleased that for the first week we had some lovely entries.

My first foodie featured post for #weekendcreations is this magnificent Sprouted Mung Bean Salad from Herbs Spices & Tradition. This is so pretty – how can it be good for you too?! Even I’m tempted to have a go – and I’m NEVER tempted by Mung Beans!

Sprouted Mung Bean Salad

I’m so impressed with my featured Craft entry from Red Rose Mummy – Pippa is making her very own creation due in just a few weeks and has still managed to produce some toddler craft. I’m planning on doing so much craft stuff with Tara before she starts school – When I can get her away from wanting to write everyone’s name that is! I love Pippa’s Paper Plate Rock Pool – It has inspired me to do so many crafts with paper plates.

Paper Plate Rock Pool

The linky is now open for next week’s #weekendcreations – I hope you have had a much more successful week than I have! All food or crafts posts are welcome – there is no theme. All entries will be commented on, tweeted, pinned & shared on Google+. If you have chance, please visit at least one other entry and please pop the badge in your post to spread the word about #weekendcreations.

The linky will remain open until Monday at 10PM and I’ll be back next Friday with a sparkling new roundup (and no failed fudge!)

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The Craft Walk of Shame

I like to think of myself as a Completer/Finisher (a throwback to a term I used in my HR days there!). The reality is so much different though. Hidden treasures lie around this house, taunting me of projects that started so well and never quite got to the finish line.

Let me introduce you to the hell that is my TBF pile and the promises I make to myself that I will not start another project until I’ve finished them all:

The Kitchen:
The 2 bowls of measured out fruit that has been soaking in alcohol since early December. Yep, I still intend on making those Christmas cakes even though it’s now mid January. Who knows they could end up birthday cakes for Tara in Feb (or the rate I’m going my own cake in August!) I have kept adding so much port to them over the past few weeks that you are in danger of going over the drink drive limit by just walking past the bowls.

The Blanket
The blanket that I absolutely LOVE, that is languishing in a bag in the corner of the kitchen. We’ve got so used to the bag being there, that we’ve stopped noticing it. I fully intended on Tara using this as a pram blanket for this winter, knowing that by next winter she might not be using a pram all that much *sniff*

The Rainbow Badges
Have you any idea how long it takes for a Rainbow to collect so many badges? Obviously not as long as it takes me to sew them onto the blanket she uses! I hate to think what the other girl’s blankets look like in comparison to Violet’s. My poor deprived child. Perhaps I’d better contact our local WI and ask if they’d like to help sew them on … Erm!

The Ballet Shoes
Why oh Why do they sell them with only half the elastic sewn on? Both the girls are now doing ballet and conveniently wearing the same size shoes. Yes they are looking a bit battered and grey but they have both sides of elastic on and the girls swap them over between ballet lessons in record time. God help them if they ever have lessons at the same time.

The Lavendar Bags/The Christmas Tree Decorations/The Knitted Nativity
These had a fabulous holiday to France the summer before last. I convinced myself that I would finish them before Christmas and make one for each underwear drawer in the house (not sure Derm was too keen on that idea). Thankfully I soon went off that idea – not that keen on the smell of lavendar knickers anyway! 😉

I also convinced myself that starting knitting a nativity scene and Christmas Tree decorations in blazing sunshine in August would mean that by December I would be well finished. The evidence is here in picture form to argue differently.

The Knitted Camper Van
My first ever knitted project and supposedly a child’s kit. My Mum got so sick of seeing this hanging around that she even took it to her house to sew together and soon gave up. I’m beginning to think its impossible to get a good camper shape and its about 3 times bigger than I expected it to be too.

The Knitted Aardvark
Doesn’t everyone have one of these in their home? At the time of starting, I was the owner of Aardvark Cakes so it was very appropriate – I can’t admit to myself though that maybe now isn’t the time for us to be joined by a very cute but unfinished wooly toy.

The Christmas Beanie Hat
A present for my brother-in-law for Christmas 2011 – it had a brief resurrection this December when I thought I might finally finish it but no. Its still there!

Please make me feel better, tell me you have hidden projects that are just waiting for that magic moment when they will get finished. Perhaps we should all get together and have a Finishing Party – no-one is allowed to go home until they’ve done all their jobs. Although, I may be some time with all those Rainbow badges!