Monday, 22 February 2016

Back to work today

With a heavy heart, an overly dramatic sigh, dragging of heels and a sulk on, it's back to work for me! 

Maybe the woman doth protest too much!!! I do like my job, I adore the children as well you know, I just like being at home more. However, the work bit pays for the craft bit and the bills bit etc so it's an 8am start today. 

I've just put the chocolate topping on a tray of Billionaire's Shortbread. Think Millionaire's Shortbread highly calorific? Well it's practically diet food compared to what I was making yesterday! 
It's a recipe from this month's Sainsbury's magazine. I don't normally buy it, but the glossy photo of the Billionaires Bars I think they call them coupled with the fact it was only a pound meant it went through the till with the rest of my shopping. 
I then went to Aldi for the few ingredients I didn't have in. 
Roses were not on the list, but my friend had brought me a sweet spray of carnations and I've only got big vases so I relaxed my no cut flowers in the house rule and got some Fairtrade roses for £3. 


I'll post a photo of the recipe and the finished product tomorrow as I can't slice it yet. 
But first you have a layer of chocolate melted with some peanut butter, should have been smooth - I already had crunchy in, so that's what I used. 
Next I made, for the first time, nougat, which topped the chocolate with some salted peanuts. 

Next you make a toffee layer. The easiest toffee layer I ever made. 
Melt toffees and cream 

 And this morning, it's had a final layer of melted chocolate added. 
I don't think this will be sickly AT ALL. 

The recipe says it makes 30 bars. My recipe will yield 60! 
At 30 bars, the recipe states that each one is nigh on 400 calories!!! 

I think essentially, I've made a Marathon! If there's any young uns reading - that's a Snickers. 

Yesterday's bread was made halfy halfy white flour with some wholemeal spelt flour. It's really really tasty. 

Here's a quick look at the poppy so far. It's really tricksy because the shades of purple are many and only slightly varied! 
I've done my best! The frame does make it easier. 
When it's done, it's going to be my favourite cushion! 

Right I've put off real life for long enough! I need to find my work bag/badge/shoes/keys etc etc!! 

Lots of love from 

Rachel *really doesn't want to go* Radiostar xxx 





24 comments:

  1. Hope you day went well, love your billionaire bars, you put nuts in them, so I can't eat them, so no temptation to make them. You did have a busy baking day/ Your stitching has lovely shades of purple.
    I had last week off so I know how you feel.

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    1. I only put nuts in because the recipe said! I bet you could leave them out, or put crushed malteasers in or something!

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    2. Crushed malteasers that's a great idea, hang on I would eat them all before I got to adding them, but still great idea.

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  2. I'm not a fan of millionaires short bread however yours looks nice. Like the idea of salted peanuts. Your tapestry is coming on nicely and looks like it's smiling at you.
    Carolx

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    1. I'm absolutely loving making it Carol X How are the patients? X

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    2. The patients are well. Have a meeting at school today with the hope that L can go back, part time, on Thursday. No change in M. He's hoping to try and do a bit of work on Thursday too.
      Carolx

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  3. Put the kettle on I'm on the way x

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  4. Blimey you've been busy love! Those shortbread look right up my street! x

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    1. I give the impression of being busy, but I'm really not. There's a lot of sitting on my bum going on!

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  5. Hope the day has gone well and that you're not too tired to enjoy all those indulgences! The flowers are gorgeous and that toffee shortbread stuff is out of this world! Love the tapestry too.
    J x

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    1. Thanks Joy, but the chocolate is all for the HG! I'm abstaining.

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  6. Now have you got your lunch, your bag and your reading book? Your homework's done, be good and I'll see you at home-time. In you go! Billionaire's shortbread for tea.
    xx

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  7. My arteries are hardening just looking at that!

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  8. Lawks! That pud is even richer than the devil's-food salted caramel doughnut thingy I made :o) My teeth hurt just thinking about it (bet it'll taste gorgeous). Hope you had a good first day back. Back to college here too. Loving the cushion cover :o) XX

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    1. How was your first week back CT? X if a pudding isn't rich, then I think it's a fraud!

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  9. Note to self......I will not, I repeat not hotfoot it to Sainsburys for the magazine with the recipe for the Billionaires Shortbread even though it sounds like heaven.
    Naughty, naughty Rachel.
    Loving the poppy cushion-x-

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  10. Hope your first day back went well Rachel. The roses are beautiful definitely worth breaking your rule for. Mmmm, that billionaires shortbread looks delicious although I can feel my hips getting bigger just looking at it. Actually that would have been a good traybake for Amy and I bet yours isn't half as sickly as hers was. xx

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    1. It actually isn't that sickly! Although if eaten in one go......! I bet Amy's traybake was delicious!

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  11. Your poppy looks really good, you are doing very well! The bars look and sound delicious!! It is a good job that I am not near them and am not eating cake right now, otherwise you might struggle to find where they went! xx

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    1. Aww thank you Amy! It made loads so I think I'd find you before you finished them!

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