so you think you can sew

Turns out that while I can whip up a straight seam or two, small, precise baby shoes were completely beyond me. 



Not the fault of the pattern. (Yep, I was not even getting close to that.)

She did say something about a seam allowance which I may have disregarded.

At my peril.

Because I am at heart a valiant optimist I'll give these another go. After I finish all my Christmas sewing. And Ivy's feet will not go cold. 

I may have mentioned my epic failure to my friend Jo, and she left a little bag of these on my doorstep; handmade and outgrown by her smallies:

She is officially my sewing hero. 

And so to assuage my lingering sense of failure, I baked these. My first recipe from Good To The Grain

They're good, of course they're good, they are chocolate chunk cookies, but I was a little bit horrified at the amount of butter (250g) and sugar (2 cups) in them. I actually prefer the good old visitor biscuit, made on wholegrain flour, with the two things I learnt from this recipe:

1. don't use choc chips – break up a block of chocolate. (I may be behind the eight ball but I thought this was genius) and

2. add a good pinch of salt. Also genius. Lifted it beautifully.

Hope your day has been a fair balance of success and failure!


8 Comments on “so you think you can sew

green ink
November 2, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Salt in chocolate chip cookies is the best. I love getting a crystal of salt in with a chunk of chocolate!


November 2, 2010 at 11:39 pm

i didnt know thats what the salt did… there you go…

November 2, 2010 at 11:40 pm

oh and i totally agree about chopping the block of chocolate up. way better

November 3, 2010 at 9:41 am

sorry, “lift” as in taste, not rising. The rising agents are the eggs and the baking powder. xx

November 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm

well, perhaps it’s genetic- I also had never thought to break up a chocolate block or put salt in, in all the gazillion batches of visitor biscuits I’ve made either! Although, now you point it out, it seems so blinking obvious!! thanks for the tips, Fi 🙂

November 3, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Good to know you’re not perfect at everything, Fi!
OMG – yum! Those cookies look amazing!
Sal xo

kim at allconsuming
November 3, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Dude, I’ve got that yellow ladybird fabric too – isn’t it divine! And yeah, the sewing malarky. I am very hit and miss with that.

November 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm

ooh Fi I have a new variation on the visitor biscuits!

1 1/2 cups flour
and Half cup of All Bran
and Half cup of Rolled Oats
etc etc

And…add Hundreds and Thousands just before baking (create dent, press down with finger, pop into oven for same amount of time)-

and for those that think i’m a bit strange with the All Bran- Mr 11 needs bran with everything. I just don’t tell him it’s there.

why Yes i was made to promise this variation in the supermarket when i refused to buy Something

anyway they’ve been a huge hit and even Mr 11 who i thought was too old for Hundreds and Thousands really liked them

they’re not sweet, just yummy!


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