Today has been a rare day at home for us. Last week being the half term and hubby having the week off, meant we took advantage of us all being home and went out somewhere every day. Whilst the weather was perfect today for another trip out, we had decided to have a stay at home day and catch up on a few unfinished jobs.
We are trying to reduce a big pile of mud which was once part of our lawn ( now a patio.) It's hard going digging and bagging it up, then taking it to the dump, so a few bags at a time is the only way to cope with the task.
Today my 15yr old son came to help. This is the result of his hard back breaking work.
A stay at home day is never a problem for either of our teens...and true to a lad of his age...this is one of his favourite past times so not all of the day was spent out in the fresh air.
Typical for a teenager, but unusual for my daughter, she came down just in time for lunch today! It was more the result of being awake for a couple of hours in the middle of the night with sore itchy eyes from hay fever, than over sleeping. Once up, she enjoyed the freedom of having no more exams ( every spare minute seems to have been spent at the dining room table revising) and chilled out with her iPad...
...but she also took time out from her comfy spot to make a "Luscious Lemon Cake" for tomorrow's tea.
This is a really quick and easy recipe which was given to me many years ago by a great aunt.
The ingredients are in imperial...apologies if you need to work out a conversion.
4oz soft marg/butter
6oz caster sugar
6oz SR flour
4 tablespoons milk
2 Large eggs
Grated rind of 1 lemon
3 rounded tablespoons icing sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin. Set oven to 350 F. Cream fat and sugar, add egg, sifted flour, finely grated lemon rind and milk. Mix well to a soft dropping consistency. Put in tin and smooth top. Bake for 40-45mins until firm.
Mix sifted icing sugar and lemon juice and pour over cake as soon as it comes out of the oven. Leave in tin until completely cold.
Hubby and I spent part of the afternoon clearing out the garage, which has become a bit of a dumping ground and certainly has no space to put a car! It was a really mucky job, so once we had got as far as we could it was time for a quick bath and a chill out for me with my onesie ( is 52 too old for such things!) and a spot of crocheting whilst dinner was cooking.
Dinner was a speedy affair today...some left over chilli from yesterday, with a few added veggies, turned into enchiladas, with a baby spinach salad.
I drizzled the enchiladas with a new olive oil I bought yesterday. Tesco had a selection of breads and oils on a tasting table, it would be rude not to try them all out wouldn't it! The basil infused one was absolutely delicious and I am ever so slightly in love with it! It made an appearance at lunch time as well as on the enchiladas and salad.
Now for today's mystery! Last night my son brought in a carrier bag for me from the car. It wasn't anything much, just the remainder of the craft we had been doing at our weekly Church children's club, some finger rolls, icing sugar and sprinkles. I didn't think anything more about the whereabouts of the bag until part way through the baking session, my daughter asked me if we had any icing sugar. "Sure...a brand new bag...isn't it in the cupboard? Oh...its probably in the carrier bag still."
"Where is the carrier bag mum?" was the reply.
"Well...somewhere in the kitchen" I called from the garage.
"Where in the kitchen?" she called back.
So, I abandoned the garage grime to come and with ease show her just where the bag was....expect it wasn't in the kitchen...and it wasn't in the hall...and it wasn't in the living room ( but I knew he wouldn't have put it there so wasn't surprised) so...it HAD to be in the car didn't it....out went the call to hubby to go and check.....it was bound to be there...but it wasn't....but it HAS to be...so hubby was sent out a second time to check....whilst I checked all sorts of silly places...the fridge, the bedrooms, the conservatory......not there....well that's it, hubby is definitely going to come back with it this time....but...nope! So....where on earth has it gone? It's a complete mystery. There was nothing for it but to abandon wasting any more of our time and use caster sugar instead of icing sugar for the syrup. I am sure it will taste just as delicious. In the mean time its all eyes peeled for a carrier bag turning up in the most bizzare of places!