Slow cooker vegetable stew

  I thought I share my first ever slow cooker experience with you. Some time ago a got a slow cooker from a dear friend who wasn’t using it and today I have finally tried it for the first time. Luckily my family thought it was a success and ask for the experience to be repeated so I made some quick notes on how I made the stew and here they are:  


1 swede (700g)

5 carrots (400g)

2 parsnip (200g)

1 sweet potato (400g)

2 large potatoes (400g)

Then add on top:

1 fennel 

1 large onion

1 leak

2 bay leaves

Pour over enough vegetable stock to just about cover the vegetables, approximately 2.5 litres.

Add salt, pepper & dried parsley

Now cook on medium/standard slow cooker setting for 6 hours. 

After 6 hours take out the bay leaves, stir the stew and if you like mix in a little garden lovage. 

Serve with fresh whole meal bread. Enjoy!


Cinnamon banana cakes

I needed to use up some ripe bananas but as its so close to Christmas I decided to add a little Christmassy flavour. I wasn’t sure but they turned out very nice, at least all my family is very keen on these. They are very easy and quick to make too and don’t contain a huge amount of sugar.  

  • 3 (very) ripe bananas
  • 170g self raising flour
  • 85g caster sugar
  • 130g butter
  • 1 tea spoon cinnamon
  • Few drops vanilla essence


Preheat the oven to 190C. Mix all the ingredients together in a food processor until you have a smooth dough. I used silicone moulds, if you use metal ones you might want to grease then. Bake for approximately 30 minutes depending on the size of your moulds. Done!


Crochet Tuesday: Work-in-progress Bag

I am making a dark blue bag that will be decorated with white and light blue flowers. For now here is the bag: 


I used a shell stitch throughout to create the pattern of the main body of the bag. The shell stitch is done by crocheting three double (treble) crochets into one stitch or gap and then skipping two stitches. 

Once I have finished the flower decoration I will line the bag and add a zip. I’ll put up a post of the complete bag when it is done. 🙂 

Crochet Tuesday: Quick and Easy Crochet Flower

easy small flowers (2) I made lots of these little flowers to decorate all sorts of different things. They are lovely on bags, cards, little girl hair clips… endless options!easy small flowers (1)What you need

DK yarn in two different shades

4mm crochet hook

Tapestry needle



chain – ch

slip stitch – sl

single crochet (english: double) – sc

double crochet (english: treble) – dc


Round 1: ch 2, 6 sc into the second stitch from the hook, close round with a sl

Round 2: 2 sc into each sc of the previous round, close round with a sl, finish off

Round 3: sl new colour into any sc of the previous round, ch 2, 3 dc into the same stitch, sl into next sc, *sl into next sc, ch 2, 3 dc into the same stitch, sl into next sc*, continue between * * untilend of round ( 6 petals), close round with a sl, finish off

easy small flowers (4) easy small flowers (5)I hope these instructions are are clear and logical. I have not yet had them tested so if you have any difficulties completing the flower please let me know so I can change the instructions and make them better. Thanks!!! 🙂
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Crochet Tuesday: Yoga Mat Bag

yoga bag (5)I love yoga and I love my yoga mat. I always take my own mat to class so I made a bag to take my bag in.

I used six large granny squares, three for each side of the bag. Each square has a different colour pattern and they are all connected by green yarn. I got the free pattern for the granny square from the blog Singed With An Owl.

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After completing the squares and deciding on the order in which to assemble them I attached the three squares belonging to each side of the bag using the Granny Join found in a free tutorial on Carina’s Craftblog.

To give the bag more stability I used a simple double (English: treble) crochet join connecting the two sides:

row 1) double (English: treble) crochets along the first long side, the bottom and the second long side of one of the blocks of squares.

row 2 & 3) double (English: treble) crochets into the double crochets of the previous row

row 4) single (English: double) crochets connecting the double crochets of row 3 with the second block of squares.

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I used a tie string at the top to close the bag.

row 1) chain 62

row 2) 1 half double (English: half treble) crochet into third chain from hook, 59 half double (English: half treble) crochet into the chain, finish off

Thread the tie string through the spaces in the granny squares about 3cm from the top of the bag.

I knitted the handle you see in the pictures but an easy crochet handle could be made quite quickly:

1) chain 9

2) 8 half double (English: half treble) crochet

3-xx) continue until handle is long enough for your liking, Remember that it will stretch a little with the weight of the yoga mat in the bag.

Fix the handle to the bottom and top of the bag. Bag completed!

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Crochet Tuesday: Bobble Necklace

This quick little bobble necklace is the product of the last Hook Club. It was a little fiddly but great fun to make these. So fun in fact that I made another one just like it for my friend shortly after. The pattern is free from Lion Brand Yarn and is very straight forward and easy once you get the hang of it. It’s certainly a great option for a little present and the choice of yarn determines how smart or casual the necklace will look. It would also be nice to make a longer one and wear it in several layers or maybe to have a shorter, bracelet version to match the necklace.

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Crochet Tuesday: Small Patterned Bag

patterned bag (1)I recently completed this small patterned bag as a present for a friend. I found the pattern for this Granny Stripe Boutique Bag on

I love the pattern. It’s so cute and works up really quickly and easily. I made only one change to the pattern. Instead of sewing up the bottom of the bag I inserted a flat bottom.

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This is what I did:

Ch = chain

hdc = half treble crochet / half double crochet

Row 1: ch 7.

Row 2: work 1 hdc in 2nd ch from hook, 5 hdc, ch 1

Row 3-15:  6 hdc, ch1

Row 16: 6 hdc, finish off

Now turn the bag inside out and sew the bottom in. Turn the bag back and you have a nice smooth finish.

Oh yes, and I also filled the bag up with chocolate…  😉

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