Category Archives: comfort

Right now I am…

This post should probably be titled “This month I am” given it has been over a month since I have posted here. However, as I can manage only what is in front of me right now, let’s start with that.

DSC_0148

Enjoying :: the glorious Autumn weather Canberra gives us. Crisp mornings, sunny days, clear blue skies and fireside evenings.

IMG_2505

Loving :: my children and my husband. As corny as it is, Mr Procrasticraft and the three smalls are what this life is all about.

Appreciating :: my friends. Those who are physically present in my life, those in the interwebs and those who are no longer with me. I am grateful everyday that I have such supportive, intelligent, generous, creative and funny people along for the ride on this crazy journey that is my life.

Sharing :: my language and my love of food with a new Spanish friend. She is sharing her language and her love of food with me. If you ever have the chance to trade language and cooking lessons with someone new to your country, take it! Learning a language through cooking each other’s food, hello!

Making :: class samples – I am going to teach some quilting classes using modern designs and improv techniques – I couldn’t be more thrilled. The design and making aspect of this is fabulous, writing the patterns, not so much. Do you write patterns? Any tips?

DSC_0587

Working :: for the first time in many years. I’ve set up my own small business working as a virtual assistant and through that, I get to spend a whole day of each week in a fabric store!!!  SO. MUCH. FUN!!!

And finally, tonight I am remembering :: right now, it feels so appropriate to be in this space, one which I was encouraged to enter by my dear sweet friend Kathreen. You see, today it has been one year since she and her gorgeous hubby lost their lives. One whole year since I heard her voice. So right now I am missing and I am thanking. Missing my friend so very much and thanking every being possible that I was lucky enough to have had her as my friend at all. I’m thanking her for encouraging me to follow my dreams. Thanking her for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Thanking her for inspiring me to live a more creative life. Thanking her for being her and for showing me how to be me.

Miss you Kathreen. And thank you dear friend.

 

Gratitude

20130608-201429.jpg

Holy freakin stink bomb, I have the most amazing caring, thoughtful and talented friends! It’s been a rough few weeks around here and receiving such beautiful handmade gifts has touched me and made me feel wrapped in warmth and love and protected from the world.

I have watched this friend knit and been mesmerised by these stitches, little did I know they were for me. Between these Fetchings gifted to me today and the Honey Cowl wrapped around my neck on a cold sad winter day three weeks ago, well, I’m wrapped in comfort.

I am feeling so blessed and so very grateful. Not only for my knitty peeps, also for the friends who have made phone calls, sent emails, written cards, provided babysitting, prepared food and most of all for the conversations and time I have spent with you all.

Thank you to my dear sweet friends, in the interwebs and in real life, all of you who have helped me hold it together.

Jules xx

Chocolate Blueberry Cake : a vegan recipe

I’m not sure I’ve previously mentioned in this space that our youngest daughter has some severe food allergies. She is allergic to eggs and dairy. As a keen baker, I have had to find ways and means around using these ingredients in cakes, biscuits and slices.

Choc Blueberry Olive Oil Cake

I have developed a few recipes of my own (which I will share next time I make them and remember to take a picture!). Sometimes though, it is nice to stumble upon a recipe where all the hard work has already been done for me. This chocolate cake is AMAZING!

I make some changes (because I can’t help myself) by making it with just cocoa, not ground chocolate as that contains milk and I don’t use cream cheese icing. My solution to the icing factor is to sprinkle the cake with about 120gms of fresh or frozen blueberries prior to baking and then dust with a little icing sugar when serving. Yum!

And if the cake is not going to school, or another nut-allergy avoidance zone, I replace half of the flour with ground almonds which adds to the moistness and makes it a little more on the healthy side.

You’re welcome!