Small Cottage Tea Loaves- Recipe No. 129


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It’s been a while since I uploaded some recipes- I have loads on my camera but here is one I made today (and yes I am acutely aware they do resemble weathered mammaries- this was my first attempt and I do believe I went slightly wrong – heehee)

The reason I am posting this is because one of my blog readers, Louise, was so very kind and sent me the most amazing and cool gifts as way of saying thank you for the recipes. One of the gifts was an old McDougalls Cookery Booklet and this is where this recipe came from!


Dear Louise- see how excited I got when I put the gloves on and sniffed the handbag

I will take photos of my gifts and share them with you tomorrow as they are so awesome!

Small Cottage Tea Loaves

  • 1 lb of McDougalls self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1-1/2 oz of butter or margarine
  • 1/2 pint of milk and water mixed (I used non-GMO soy milk)

Method

  1. Put the flour and salt in a basin and rub in the butter or margarine and mix to a soft dough with the milk/water.
  2. Divide into six pieces and roll each piece into a large and a small ball
  3. Place the large ball on a greased baking sheet, make a hole in the centre, damp it and put the small ball into it and then press together with your thumb
  4. Bake in a moderate oven (about 180) for 25 minutes.

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All change…


A HOUSE!

It’s funny how the world works. I seemingly had come to the end of the road again. After 5 months of job hunting I came to the realization that not having worked in the UK for over 10 years, was a huge stumbling block to do the jobs I really wanted to do. I don’t have a marketing degree or anything fancy like that, just life experience. With no job, I also came to the realization, that even if I did have one, it would be impossible to afford the rent on this WONDERFUL house we have been so happy in since moving back to the UK. My practical head took over, we’d have to find somewhere smaller and much cheaper.

That’s when I found that the majority of landlords, through letting agencies, won’t accept tenants that claim housing benefit, and if they do they require a guarantor… I had just started to claim and now it looked like I’d find it impossibly difficult to find a cheaper place to rent.

And then something quite wonderful happened.

A friend e-mailed me, she wanted to invest in property and would be looking for a 4 bedroom house. Would I be interested in considering moving in as a tenant and if so how about I find properties I liked the look of and send her my list! It’s not everyday one receives an e-mail that appears to be an answer to all your prayers…

To cut a long story short she went to see some of the houses on the list and liked the one that I had liked the look of. She went to see it, it had a WW2 bomb shelter in the basement, it was meant to be..

I went to see it yesterday…it’s a GREAT place! If everything moves forward as planned we’ll be moving in end of January..

A JOB!

wrapplerAND if that wasn’t enough excitement for one day I GOT A JOB!! A creative and exciting job with a new social media start up company called WRAPPLER!  Yesterday I went to Wrappler HQ and it was agreed I’d do 16 hours per week, 4 days a week. I’ll essentially be doing what I do best, creating, communicating, getting excited, promoting and working hard for something I truly believe will be GREAT! 

So Monday I sign off (yay!) and venture forth into an exciting future.

Not physically working, not being productive has been taking it’s toll so this has come at the perfect time.

I’m REALLY happy!!!!

C xxxx

PS

Finally, today I am sending out everyone’s replica ration books and the home-front memory pack to all those who entered the recent 1940s Wish List contest… I THINK I have all the addresses (and wow they come from all over the planet!!!) but if I find you haven’t sent your mailing address to me I will send a reminder.

WINNER of the Home-Front Memory Pack is..


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Drawn at random from all those with public lists and lists with 5 or more items is….

DEB!!!  http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/184

Deb can you please e-mail me your address (wherever in the world you are) to 1940sexperiment@gmail.com

And because I’d just feel terrible for those that didn’t get drawn as a runner up after supporting my friends by creating lists I’m giving EVERYONE who entered a replica ration book.

Please send an e-mail with the SUBJECT: ADDRESS to 1940sexperiment@gmail.com with your full postal address including country and post/zip code

Please continue to use WRAPPLER for your Christmas lists and spread the word. Am passionate about women in social media and on the internet creating like this…

Thank you and congrats!!!

C xxxxxxxxxxxx

ENTRIES – Please check out these great 1940s Wish-Lists!

Kim http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/183

Deb http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/184

Elizabeth http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/185

Jip http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/182

Iris – http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/121

Kate – http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/122

Jaime- http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/129

Pamela- http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/139

Lindsay-  http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/145

Nancy- http://www.wrappler.com/list/149/1940s_WISH_LIST

Marian- http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/132

Aarlene http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/148

Caterina http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/150

Proud Country Gal http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/149#contentstart

Marinka http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/152#contentstart

Vanessa http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/125  (needs to be made public Vanessa so we all can see it)

Flossie http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/168  (it says your list is empty- need to add 5 things)

Ronda- http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/130 (Ronda you need to add another 4 items to your list to be entered in to the contest xx )

Last call for 1940s Wish List entries!


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WIN THIS 1940s HOME FRONT MEMORY PACK!!!!

Hi all..

Remember I told you about the brilliant website that friends of mine had created to keep all your lists on? http://www.wrappler.com

Well today is the last day of the 1940’s Wish List contest. All you have to do is go to Wrappler and create a list of a minimum of 5 x 1940s/nostalgia items, post the link below and I’ll enter you in to the contest for a chance to win

a) A 1940s Home Front Memory Pack

b) A 1940s replica RATION BOOK

There will be one main winner drawn out of a hat and 5 winners of a ration book.

Please enter now before midnight and post your link below (and please make sure you list is made PUBLIC) so we can see your list and enter it in to the contest)

Thanks so much xxx

ENTRIES – Please check out these great 1940s Wish-Lists!

Kim http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/183

Deb http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/184

Elizabeth http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/185

Jip http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/182

Iris – http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/121

Kate – http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/122

Jaime- http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/129

Pamela- http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/139

Lindsay-  http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/145

Nancy- http://www.wrappler.com/list/149/1940s_WISH_LIST

Marian- http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/132

Aarlene http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/148

Caterina http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/150

Proud Country Gal http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/149#contentstart

Marinka http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/152#contentstart  (needs to be made public Marinka so we can see it)

Vanessa http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/125  (needs to be made public Vanessa so we all can see it)

Flossie http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/168  (it says your list is empty- need to add 5 thinmgs)

Ronda- http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/130 (Ronda you need to add another 4 items to your list to be entered in to the contest xx )

Lest we forget..


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Taking a Stand

I ask you to stand with me
For both the injured and the lost
I ask you to keep count with me
Of all the wars and what they cost
I ask you to be silent with me
Quietly grateful for our lot
As I expect you’re as thankful as me
For the health and life we’ve got
I ask that you wish them well with me
All those still risking their all
And I ask that you remember with me
The names of those that fall
I expect that you are proud like me
Of this great nation of ours too
So enjoying all its freedoms like me
Support those upholding them for you
I hope that you are hopeful like me
That we’ll soon bring an end to wars
So you’ll have to stand no more with me
And mourning families no different from yours
‘Til then be thankful you can stand with me
Thinking of those who now cannot
For standing here today with me
At least we show they’re not forgot

John Bailey
© Copyright May 2011

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1940s Wish-Lists- Win a Home-Front Memory Pack


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I’ve been doing some volunteer testing on a new “start-up” social media website recently. WRAPPLER launched last Friday, I’m terribly excited for the people involved as not only are they friends of mine, here in Nottingham, but it also puts women on the map of ‘Social Media’ above and beyond blogging (which women are fab at lets face it LOL!)

WRAPPLER is their baby, it’s a damn useful free service and its addictive and it’s fun! Essentially it’s a website for keeping ALL your lists on, wrap lists, crap lists, fun lists, useful lists, birthday lists, wedding lists, Christmas lists… I even made a LUXURY list the other day just incase I ever hit the jackpot on the lottery! Strangely enough all my luxury items evolve around food and drink. Click here and you can see what I mean! The copper pans are obscenely expensive but the curves and their beauty make my throat dry..

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I’ve started putting together a 1940s WWII Wish-List with items I’d love to own. I’m adding to my list as I find things and now I know I’ll never lose my list. Top of my wish-list is a very simple War Department Naafi Sign for a fiver… the nostalgia is oozing from my pores. SEE MY LIST HERE!

Bertie, Caroline and Ben Wrappler have worked so hard on their idea, their dream and they have been so good to me, helping my family and I move to Nottingham and settle that I’d like to try and support their venture in anyway I can so I’m running a little competition that I hope you’ll enter.

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Go to WRAPPLER, sign up and make your own 1940s Wish List (please call it that) and list 5 items or more on your list and then share it on Facebook (there is a Facebook button) and/or paste your link below or send it to me at 1940sexperiment@gmail.com so I can post it on my blog.

All entries will go into a hat and I will draw 5 at random. The first drawn will win a wonderful Home-Front Memory Pack that contains so many wonderful replica WWII items and the 4 runners up will receive a replica ration book. The competition closes on November 15 just 7 days from now. If you don’t win don’t worry as I will have some memory packs and rations books for sale after that date and they will be very inexpensive.

Can’t wait to see what you put on your lists so I can pinch them and add them to mine 🙂 Heehee!

Thank you for supporting my friends and WRAPPLER and above all STRONG, CLEVER, WOMEN!!!

C xxxxx

PS: Remember- once you have made your list on WRAPPLER send me the link!

ENTRIES – Please check out these great 1940s Wish-Lists!

Iris – http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/121

Kate – http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/122

Jaime- http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/129

Pamela- http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/139

Lindsay-  http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/145

Nancy- http://www.wrappler.com/list/149/1940s_WISH_LIST

Marian- http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/132

Aarlene http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/148

Caterina http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/150

Proud Country Gal http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/149#contentstart

Marinka http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/152#contentstart  (needs to be made public Marinka so we can see it)

Vanessa http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/125  (needs to be made public Vanessa so we all can see it)

Flossie http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/168  (it says your list is empty- need to add 5 thinmgs)

Ronda- http://www.wrappler.com/meat/list/130 (Ronda you need to add another 4 items to your list to be entered in to the contest xx )

Weigh-in update


580589_10151739562087361_1387019305_nGosh- everything is busy, mostly in a good way but also a few stressors and my blog has taken a back seat a bit, but I promise to start updating regularly again especially as I’m incredibly motivated. It’s hard not to be really as my friend (who I’ve now enjoyed two fun weekends with) has been incredibly supportive and encouraging on a daily basis. Just what I need!

So on Monday I weighed in and had lost another 2 lbs on top of the 2 lbs I lost the week before, the 4 lbs the week before that and the 8lbs the week before that…. 16 lbs in 4 weeks and now I weight exactly 19 stone (which I believe is 268lbs).  I’m aiming for a good weight-loss this week.

Thanks for continuing to read and leave comments and I do enjoy reading them all and the contributed recipes too!  I like the sound of that Mock Goose!

C xxx

PS: I’m actually 266 lbs!! Haha Thanks Paul Savage for making me feel 2 lbs lighter today!!