Sunday, 27 March 2016

Purple Eggs for Easter

I decided that my Easter meditations would be expressed through a little craftiness. I really wanted try out some egg dying so I committed myself to purple first. I shredded red cabbage, wrapped a leaf around my egg and held the leaves there with some tights and then boiled the whole lot in a pan of water for half an hour. After cooling in the pan, here they are:

Look at my purple eggs! The one in the middle was a white egg and ended up more blue. The other two started out brown and dyed to look purple!

This one is my favourite. I tied a piece of fern into the tights. It's so delicate looking! I love it!

The effect on the back of the eggs were cool too, where I tied the tights with some string. Looks like a sparkler!

It was so deeply satisfying to dye these eggs I might have to experiment further, and get different colours. I know how to get orange, and red. I wonder how we get a natural green colour... hmmm! I want to try more! But mum says I have to wait because we have too many boiled eggs to eat at the moment, hahaha! More next time! 

Hope you all had a great Easter! :)

Monday, 14 March 2016

Happy Pi Day

Today, I decided to celebrate National Pi Day and embrace both my inner geek and my inner baker. My parents looked really confused a bit when I declared pie for tea, until I realised they had misheard me and thought I'd said Thai. After that, they were all in. We decided on chicken and mushroom and it went down a charm:

Here it is, my lovely Pi pie. I think it came out really well! :)

I enjoyed a bit of detailed decorations on my pie this time too. Next time, I might have to go all out on the prettiness.

Mum and dad did some experimenting too with some pastry molds we found. There are some goldfish on that plate somewhere. And some Chinese symbols. I don't think they turned out very well.

My chicken and mushroom Pi pie was pretty awesome and super delicious. It further reinforces my love for hot water crust pastry, and builds my confidence with hot pies. So very happy. More pies soon! :)

Monday, 7 March 2016

Eastbourne > London > Reading > Oxford > Home

It's been quite the week, and I have been completely wiped out since I got back. (Actually that's quite the understatement, but this isn't the type of blog where we complain about stuff.) I am back now and will share a few photos of my week with you:

Here I am, at Eastbourne seaside, getting ready for a play conference. You can read more about that here.

I hung out with my little nephew in London. Here he is in a box. Of course.

We all managed to gather in Reading - all the siblings, all the babies. I think this photo specifically is very rare. The dads never get to hang out, especially not with the babies!

I went to hang out with my little niece too in Oxford, here she is all standing up and stuff. There's my sister-in-law in the background.

Back in Manchester, we celebrated Mother's Day with lobster!

So it's been busy and I am tired. I have to recover and then get stuck back into work. I've had a lovely week away, and met lots of people and it was really fun! Now for some sleep, haha! Hoorah for everyone!