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: 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.

yoga bag (4)

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: Flower Bookmark

flower bookmark (1)These flower bookmarks are based on a free pattern I found on It was designed by Debra Woodard. I love the pattern as it’s so delicate and flowery. I only had to adjust the size of the bookmark a little as the original  pattern was too big for my purpose. Adjusting the size is easily done though by adding or subtracting stiches or rows and fixing as many flowers as prettily fit. These two books marks made great little presents!flower bookmark (2) flower bookmark (3)