Tuesday, 20 October 2009

My day is not going according to plan...............

...which it quite often doesn't! I fully intended to get stuck into starting several pairs of curtains today, but my sewing machine seems to think differently; it's catching on the bottom tension, so I need to get in and under and sort it out. I maanged to sew around my runner I'm making, but it refused to go any further, so the rest of the top will be hand quilted - not a problem. The curtains, however, will wait until tomorrow. I know when I'm beaten, and to carry on will just get me het up and frustrated.
In the meantime, I'm having tea and a muffin which I just made this morning, recipe below. After that, and hour on the sofa with my new-to-me Thoreau book should set me back to rights, and a bit of new knitting. The day is never lost, but sometimes flexibility and acceptance are the key :)

Raspberry and amaretto muffins

10 oz self-raising flour
3 oz sugar
4 oz butter, melted
8 fl oz milk
2 eggs, beaten
4 oz fresh raspberries
1 generous tablespoon of amaretto flavouring

Place dry ingredients in a large bowl, add raspberries; melt butter and beat with eggs and milk, pour into bowl with dry ingredients and add flavouring. Mix well, but do not beat, until just incorporated. Spoon into muffin cases and bake in a hot oven for 25 minutes or so until well risen, golden brown, and firm to the touch. Cool on a wire rack.

I got my hyacinths into their jars too, now covered over to shoot in the dark; I'm really looking forward to the scent in the depths of winter now!

It's been pouring with rain here most of the day now, so very wet; I'm glad I got caught up with a few things outside yesterday; it's chilly too, so the Rayburn is left a bit higher after baking, with the tomato and chorizzo sauce simmering on the low end ready for supper.
Henry David beckons from the sofa......................


Ruth@VS said...

I know what you mean about sewing machines - sometimes they refuse to play!

Wish I had made some cakes today, but I made bread and a cheese/tomato (my tomatoes) quiche instead - maybe another day. I beat you in the hyacinth stakes - did mine last week!

Jacqui said...

I am reading Life in the Woods just now. It's almost as good as being there and I have to read it very slowly instead of skimming as I usually do. Hope your sewing machine is better soon.