I can't eat chocolate and so Onyi selflessly volunteered to test the Recipe to Riches chocolate fudge biscuits for me. I received this excellent review. Sadly, I couldn't work out how to make the review appear here along with the picture, so I used a photo I took at home instead. I am sorry I am a semi-Luddite Onyi!! I am not quite sure how that apostrophe works: Sweet Billie's whats???? She isn't owning anything really.
The Sweet Billies were $6.99 for 4 large biscuits. They are fudgy brownies, 7cm in diameter with a yummy “frosting” in between. They had to be defrosted for one hour before we could eat them, it was hard to wait. I shared them with some colleagues for an end of term morning tea treat. Overall it seemed the males enjoyed them more than the females.The Wiz has been learning how to critique food and was able to describe his experience in detail. He felt trepidation at his first look, The Wiz expected sickliness. However, this was quickly replaced with joy at its lightness and that the chocolate flavour had not been skipped on. He wanted to keep eating it rather than put it in the bin as he’d expected to do. The sugar sprinkles gave a nice crunchy contrast to the softness of the biscuit. He was very disappointed I’d given the other three away rather than giving them to him.
Captain Awesome described it as “Sex on legs! I would not hesitate to buy more.” He thought the price was absolutely worth it and they’d make a great dessert substitute with a cup of coffee after a meal.
The Lovely Lunching Ladies, three older ladies ending up sharing one biscuit, they misunderstood and thought I’d baked it. They thought it was okay but a bit too rich. The frosting was the best part in their opinion.
I thought they were quite nice but they had a bit of a weird after taste. I’m guessing it was to do with the additives that were in the factory version. I’d love to try the original non-factory created version as I am a big fan of home-made cakes and biscuits. I’m also keen to see if I can find a recipe for the apple pie dumplings that came second.
And on to other frozen treats: ice-creams that are a tad special that I can eat. They are coconut ice ice-creams. The vanilla ice-cream is coated with raspberry ice-cream and then dipped in coconut. They are small, eight to a packet, but moreish and The Labradors love them!!! Not that they are allowed to have one, but I let them lick the stick.
Yesterday (Saturday) was the football grand final, AFL, and there is always a party next door. Peri and Gilly went to the party all afternoon. There were no treats to be had, but when I looked for them, Gilly's ears said that if there had been treats and she would have eaten them regardless!!!
Tasmania pays millions of dollars to Hawthorn to play a few games here each year and because they won, we are giving them an extra $300,000. I am very cross about the whole football money thing, becasue I think at least the $300,000 could go to nurses or police of teachers. But once again men's sport is king. I do understand the tourism and business benefits, but not the bonus.
Today (Sunday) I finally got my sewing act together and made a toile for a new dress. I followed carefully the Craftsy Adjust the Bust class I bought and I think the bodice fits me very well. Except that the side seam is not sewn up. It's easier to get in and out of that way.
I made a toile and a half actually. Whether I am an Inverted Triangle shape (veering towards and Apple) or not, a gathered or pleated waist just doesn't seem right to me. I drafted a full circle skirt pattern and attached that to the bodice and I think it works. I MUST clean the mirror, but the second and third photos were taken at dusk. At every photo session I was ably assisted by Peri and Gilly.
I think the whole dress sits better, even though I am holding the sides together. I think the length is not too bad either. Of course the material is not helping, but I think I am going with this style. I have a lot of the material I am thinking of using so I won't run out. I also want to make a petticoat to help the circle skirt be fuller. I found this tutorial, and I love the ribbon trim, it's my favourite part and I can have a green petticoat!!! I would like to point out that I am getting much braver with my photos, still won't show my face though.
I subscribe to Amy Herzog's newsletter and there was an invitation to be part of Custom Fit, where you input your measurements, and those of your tension square, and out pops a personal pattern for a cardigan or jumper. I am terrible now, if my iPad 'bings' after 7am I check my emails. IN BED. I know, it is very bad, but I am beastly careless. I am modern. I sent back my reply almost immediately as the email arrived after a little time had passed.
On The Ravelry people were posting to the thread about their number in the queue. I was very sad, as I didn't have a number. But wait, I read backwards and found out that if you didn't receive a number, then you are in the first 250 people. Excellent!! Of course that means I have to dedicatedly knit something....
OK, at this point last night my keyboard gave up the ghost. I tried to continue by cutting and pasting individual letters with my still-functioning mouse, but that was a Herculean task. I have a new keyboard and mouse now. Yay.
I am also one of the 10,000 founding members of the new Climate Council, replacing the organisation shut down by the new government. I feel happy about that. Happy and empowered.
Teachers are like vampires, they can't have lunch in the real world with real people in the Sun during term time. But it is the school holidays so I am catching up with friends. I am having lunch with Bella's Mum today. Our friend MrsMauritius is in Tuscany.
MrsDrWho has left Niagara Falls and is in Washinton. I begged for a photo of the Lincoln Memorial with apes from the end of Planet of the Apes 2001. No apes, but a photo anyway. I shall imagine apes....
And a photo of The White House from ID4. I am all about the blockbuster sci-fi films, and not government!! Washington is going into shut down so MrsDrWho and friends have to try and fit all their activities into one day.
Wow, that was an unexpectedly long post.
Weather-wise we are expecting 20*C, sun,wind, rain and then snow: four Seasons in one day.