I am hopeless at remembering birthdays .... I need reminders
luckily these days with facebook I get the reminders
but usually just on the day
when it's too late to make up a gift
(even my grandchildren get their presents late!)
That's what happened with Michelle's birthday
Marilyn made up this pattern recently and I thought it looked like a nifty little project bag
.. it's actually quite big.... and like a small suitcase... with lots of room
(pattern can be found HERE)
and pockets inside....perfect for projects
Well... since Michelle went off on a holiday I was able to make it up and send it off late...
... I am hoping it is nice to get a late gift... for a belated birthday present...
At our quilt group we have a shared lunch once a month... to celebrate birthdays of people in the group .... and this month I decided to make chocolate eclairs from my chocolate book from Shez
My mum always made them and said they were very easy so I happily went to the kitchen....
Attempts 1 & 2 look like frizbees for Barbie and Ken
I wondered if it was my piping bag?
1 & 2 next to #3... there is an improvement.... Barbie and Ken now have stepping stones for the garden....
youtube came into play at this stage
#4 next to the others..... not amazing but workable
I wasn't about to try making the special custard
so I whipped up some cream and added a good dollop of my boozy vanilla
(if it's boozy enough the ladies won't notice the flattened eclair!)
.... stuffed with cream...
... and topped with dark chocolate....
Righto, Gotto Go... I am still lamenting the hours wasted trying to conquer eclairs... but next time I expect to whip them up in a flash .... (???????)