Sunday, 28 February 2010

Saturday Night Cushion Fever

Such is the wild and exciting life that I now lead, I spent my Saturday night making a new cushion. Rock and roll! It is rather nice though - a white linen base with variegated ribbon stripes in shades of gold, soft pink and purple.
Oh and I baked some chocolate chip cookies. Yum. The super easy recipe, should anyone want to attempt it, is below:

Makes about 18-20

75g butter (at room temperature)
175g muscovado sugar
1 egg
splash of milk
150g self-raising flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
packet of chocolate chips (either milk, dark or white - or all three!)

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/350G/Gas Mark 4.

Mix butter and sugar together until all lumps have gone. Stir in egg, flour and cocoa powder and mix til smooth. Add a splash of milk to bind it all together. Stir in the choc chips.

Spoon 20 or so mounds onto greased baking trays, leaving them room to spread during cooking.
Bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned. Leave to cool for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Eat and enjoy!

Friday, 26 February 2010

The Beauty of Fresh Bedlinen

Today, QuirkyPig changed the sheets. Exciting, huh? Well, in my opinion, fresh clean bedlinen is one of life's greatest small pleasures. Ah, the joy of sinking into crisply ironed, 400 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and snuggling beneath a plump, soft duvet, with perhaps a herbal slumber pillow or little heart sachet slipped into the pillow case to waft you to Dreamland with the delicate scent of lavender...

I must confess, when I was young, I didn't believe in ironing bedlinen (or indeed, in ironing anything - it cut into valuable partying time). Then I met Mr QuirkyPig and he introduced me to the joys of well-pressed and freshly laundered bedsheets and I have never looked back (it helps that Mr QP still does the ironing). One thing though - when you have fresh bedlinen, you must complete the whole sensual experience with a clean set of sleepwear. There's no point in heaping your bed with a sumptous pile of spankingly clean linen and then getting into it in the same pair of manky pyjamas you've been wearing all week. No, go to the whole hog: pure, snowy linen, plumped up pillows and some immaculate nightwear in sensual silk or cuddlesome brushed cotton. Add a mug of cocoa, a quiet, dark room and you're all set for the best night's sleep of your life.

Which reminds me, it's time for my nap. Zzzzzzzzz......

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Chocks Away!

Here goes - the first post for QuirkyPig. And my first blog post ever! Blog - it's an ugly word, isn't it? Still, it's obviously here to stay so I must just get used to it...

Welcome to QuirkyPig's Felicity in Domesticity. In this blog, I plan to explore all the ways to enjoy domesticity and how to make a house a home. If you like sewing, knitting, creative pursuits, natural housekeeping, gardening, cooking, thrifty living, making-do and mending and all the ways you can make your house a warm, safe, relaxing sanctuary, I hope you'll check in from time to time and add your own comments to my ramblings.