Sunday 2 October 2022

It’s been a month and what have I done?

Yes, the title says it all.

My last post was a month ago. It isn’t because I haven’t done anything but my motivation is lacking. I have been reading posts but not doing any myself. So her is a long overview of what I have been up to. There might be some more posts about a few things if I feel up to it.

First up back in July I went down to Melbourne and caught up with some friends to see the stage show 9-5. It was great but the the sound wasn’t quite right.

Over the next 2 days I attended the Melbourne Quilt & Craft fair. It was wonderful and I did a bit of cash damage.

It was good to see this Sashiko quilt because it is the one I did a class on a quilting cruise with Jane MacDonald. I have not done much of it but I think it is time to get this of the shelf. I think I have most of the hexies done.

A little while later, when hubby returned from his around Australia trip, we headed back to the Macedon Ranges for a weeks break together. We caught up with a great friend and enjoyed the day together. We had lunch at The Top of the Range Cafe, a very special place for us, did the tourist walk through Kyneton and did a drive by of the filming and building sites in Gisborne for the the tv show THE BLOCK.

The main reason for the break was for me to attend the Kilmore Kwilters 25th Anniversary luncheon. I was part of this group for many years before I moved away. It was fantastic to see them all again.

I then spent a sewing day with the Gisborne group but forgot to get a photo. I do miss those Mondays. The week had come to an end and the locals came out by our cabin to say good bye. They were very happy grazing in the morning while we packed up our car and headed home.

On the sewing front I have done very little. I have been working on placemats for charity. We make them for Sun Assist to give to meals on wheels recipients at Christmas time. We have now made about 60 but would like another 100 by end of November. I am not sure we will end up with that many though. The girls are getting a bit burnt out. I haven’t got a photo of them all but here are some in progress.

Then I tried to crochet a little beanie. It didn’t take long but the yarn isn’t very soft.

Next I knitted 2 little snuggle bunnies. I am yet to fill the head and embroider the faces. My concentration span hasn’t been great of late.

I have now found a great ginger biscuit that my hubby likes so I have to make a batch every weekend. They are full of spice and real ginger chunks. I bake them a little longer as he likes the darker colour and them being hard. Better to have with coffee. The batch makes about 36 small biscuits.


  • 200 g plain flour
  • 2 tablespoon dry ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (bicarb)
  • 115 g Butter
  • 115 g castor sugar
  • 30 g golden syrup
  • 250 g uncrystallised ginger diced

Preparation steps

  1. Preheat oven to 170 deg
  2. Place 200 g plain flour2 tablespoon dry ginger and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (bicarb) in bowl and mix 
  3. Set aside.
  4. Cream together 115 g castor sugar & 115 g Butter then add 30 g golden syrup and mix. 
  5. Add 150g - 250g uncrystallised ginger diced (to your liking)
  6. Add flour mix. Beat until mixed.
  7. Roll teaspoon of mix into a ball and flatten with your hand. Bake in 170' preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. I check mine from about 14 minutes so they don’t burn and they turn out hard and crunchy.    Cookies will harden on cooling.

We also love these Parmesan crisps and as my brother was coming for a visit I made some for our snack.
I sent him on his trip with a batch too.

So that’s about it. Yesterday at my sewing group I actually got out a ufo which is about 8 years old and worked on it. When I unpack that bag I will take some photos and do a post. Today I am going to do some hand hexie work. ( these are nearly finished too).

Have a great week every one.


Janice said...

You have been out and about quite a bit and such a variety of outings. No wonder you haven’t been blogging. It must have been so good to catch up with the Kilmore girls. Would you like to share the bikkie recipe?

jude's page said...

It's easy to get busy with life and not blog, glad to hear from you, and I am sure you'll get motivated again when you're ready.

kiwikid said...

You have been out and about , here and there Jo. Great to catch up with friends and quilting buddies. Your mojo will return when it is ready and you have the enthusiasm. Might try those ginger biscuits and use gf flour. Thanks for the recipe.

Maria said...

You have been out and about and having a great time.
So good to catch up with your old stitching friends ..
Those bickies look delicious.

Karen's Korner said...

Lovely to catch up with your previous sewing group. I am also still sitting on the sidelines of the sewing room.....perhaps we can motivate each other.

Vireya said...

I think I just lost a whole month, too.

It would have been good to see your Kilmore friends. I miss the groups I used to attend in Melbourne.

Linda said...

Good to read your post. You have certainly been out and about. The ginger biscuits look great! Hope the ufo is going well.

Susan said...

Thanks for including the recipe - I do love the Arnotts gingernut biscuits - in SNW - the ones here are very drab - so I amy give these a try.

At one of my recent retreats - we made some placemats - also for Meals on Wheels...- good luck getting to the 100 mark!

Jenny said...

Looks like you had an amazing time at the Quilt and Craft Fair, then meeting up with your old quilting group. Nice of you to show us the neighbours, hello Kanga. I love those little snuggle bunnies, so cute. I've got the pattern somewhere, must dig it out.

dq said...

How wonderful to get to go see old quilty friends! The party looked super fun as did the fair.