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Make, Bake, Sew, Grow – A Monthly Round Up June 2017

29th June 2017

Homegrown strawberries
June has been a busy month for us with lots of work, a few days away with family and lots of future plotting and planning.  I thought you might like a little peek at some of the creative things I have been doing this month.
Make
I haven’t been that busy with crafty activities but my little Pickle did have a mini Glastonbury festival at his nursery last week for which I made him a festival hat.  I used popper snaps (affiliate link) to attach dinosaurs and flowers to a ribbon, which I added to my sun hat.  Not sure he was overly impressed but I have it on good authority that he did put it on for a short while!
 
Oh and I made a bottle of rhubarb infused gin as a gift.  It was easy to make, I used some rhubarb from my garden and I am told it was tasty (I don’t drink so didn’t sample it).
Rhubarb infused gin
Bake
Ahead of our weekend away with family I made a batch of my favourite gluten free chocolate brownies and a tray of meringues.  Meringues are such a yummy and cheap pudding for a crowd and make the perfect summer menu when paired with seasonal fresh British fruit.  My recipe is:
3 egg whites
175g caster sugar
Whisk egg whites to a stiff peak in a clean, large bowl with an electric whisk.  Slowly add the sugar one spoon at a time until all is combined.  The mixture should be thick and glossy at this stage. 
Spoon into eighths directly onto two baking trays lined with non-stick parchment paper. 
Bake for 2 hours at 100ºC fan. 
Leave to cool and store in an airtight container.
Meringues
Sew
I started off the month by sharing my free tutorial for the Linus Love Quilt, which I dedicated to Project Linus UK.  I also made some teeny tiny mug quilts to offer to anyone donating to my Crowdfunding page, where I am raising funds for my local branch of Project Linus.  If you would like to contribute to my fundraising efforts please click here. 
I spent some time this month designing a pattern that I will be teaching my first-ever sewing class at Millie Moon in Frome.  I am extremely excited to be teaching my pattern for a patchwork drawstring bag.  I also recently had a little practise run with my sister-in-law which went really well (thanks Emma!).  If you would like to book a place on my class on Saturday 22 July please visit the Millie Moon website. 
Drawstring patchwork bag
Grow
My garden has really started to bloom and I have been very excited to be harvesting lots of goodies for the kitchen and my home.  Current favourites are sweet peas, broad beans, mangetout, peas, soft fruits and charlotte new potatoes. 
I have also participated in my first two link parties which both have provided a little peek into my garden.  If you missed them you can have a look here and here.
Homegrown flowers
Mangetout peas
  

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