I came back refreshed and revitalised. Monday morning saw me up with the larks (well bloody great seagulls who are tormenting us with a chorus on the roof every morning at the mo!!) and I had baked, washed, hung out, tidied up all before I would usually have been dressed :)
The boys were then taken to a new park, and home for lunch all without the relaxation fading.....then afternoon came and they all argued and woke the baby and I got grumpy!!
But it was good whilst it lasted.
I am continuing the motivated mummy thing - homemade rolls for the picnic in the park yesterday...homemade biccies in the jar today....all the washing is up to date and the ironing is too...almost!!
There was only 12oz so I have just got 1 jar out of them but it wasn't a chore. Jam and Chutney making is my favourite of all domestic goddess chores. There is something so satisfying about cooking to hoard!! I was always taken by Laura Ingalls Wilders descriptions in Little House of ma's storecupboard, with things salted and preserved for winter, I'm sure its stayed with me and thats why I get my kicks filling my little cupboard up :)
Cherry Jam ( with bad sun glare!) pictured with last months chutney making results - the red onion one was made because I had a glut of over purchased onions in the cupboard, and the plum and apple because I had plums I needed to use. I don't make huge quantities at a time so its quick and can be done whilst I cook tea!!
I don't follow a recipe as such for chutney, I glance to check the fruit to vinegar/sugar ratio's but apart from that I wing it....spiced apple and plum is a sweetish chutney flavoured with cinnamon, the red onion has garlic in.
Next up is grapefruit and ginger marmalade to use the grapefruits in my fridge bought because I was dieting (ha!) and beetroot chutney with the beetroots I have grown in the garden that are ready to go!
We have another weekend away this week.....then I hope things will calm down a bit and I can take the cover off my sewing machine and get out thrifting again. Haven't bought any vintage embroidered fabric for ages!!!