No I haven’t been to IKEA 😂
Several years ago I bought a flat pack Christmas Tree. It’s been packed and unpacked several times. I finally got the motivation to do something with it.
Getting it’s first paint
All painted but needs a some decorations
Still needs more enhancement
Now I think it’s ready for the shelf, a tad rustic and that’s how I like it.
It kinda looks like Christmas at my place 🎄🍒.
Here’s the recipe from the Edmonds Sure To Rise Cookery Book New Zealand. I shared this recipe last year, it’s tried and tested and really works, I ❤ love it.
I grew up using this wonderful cook book. I made the Ginger Ale Fruit Cake last year, gluten and preservative free, it was a real hit.
Fruit was soaked in ginger ale overnight. I compromised and put less dates in and topped it up with apricots.
I lined the tin using baking paper, was restricted on height because I used my bench top breville oven.
I mixed all the ingredients according to the recipe, real easy to do. I then carefully spooned the mixture into the tin. I placed a few walnuts on top.
Placed in a preheated oven 140 degrees for 3 hours.
When it had for cooked 2 hours 40 minutes I tested it with a skewer, it came out clean so I turned off the oven and left it there.
This morning I removed it from the tin and wrapped it tightly in cling film and tin foil. Because of heat wave temps here the cake is stored in the fridge. I have done this for years and it’s fine.
Sorry I can’t show you the inside of the cake, it is a gift to my darling son and family. I normally cut about 1/4 of it for me but this year I have enough dried fruit left over to make a smaller one for me.
Shock horror today to find worm bugs had attacked my tomatoes .
The plant had been given a real bashing from the hail a few weeks ago but was managing to survive in parts.
Because part of the plant was dying I decided to rescue tomatoes that the worm bug hadn’t got to and then put the plant out and start again.
I managed to save few, washed them, dried in a tea towel.
I will put them in a paper bag and place in a warm spot to ripen up. If not successful it’s no big deal because I can buy punnets of cherry tomatoes for under $4.00.
I usually have the cake made by late October. This morning I finally got around to the first step. Soak the mixed fruit in ginger ale overnight in a warm place. No problem finding a warm place because it is 30 degrees Celsius plus here in Brisbane.
I could eat it just as it is.
I found this as an ad on Facebook. I of course cropped it.
My first attempt at drawing water droplets. I think they resemble little stones. It’s after 11pm so I had better try and get some sleep. Tomorrow I will try again….I will get this right 🤣
Part of my Art Lessons Online is to learn to draw shapes. It is all about curves and perspective. I didn’t bother with shading with this exercise.
I need to remind myself PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION.