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Crafty Catch Up

I finally plucked up the courage to try out the Peg Bag idea. I've used this is a guide: but instead of using a tea towel I interfaced and lined some of my fabric.

The first one (pink cakes) didn't work out great. For one it's too big. But mostly, my sewing was too wobbly. I think it's because I got my fabric too thick, effectivly 3 layers which I then doubled over... my poor little sewing machine struggled!

I learned from it though, and my second one (strawberry) was smaller and neater. That's the one my mum will get for Christmas (she said she needed a new peg bag).

I'll keep the first one for myself. Ok, it looks a little tatty but so what? There will only be me (and sometimes hubby if I'm lucky) will ever really look at it or use it.

And I have finally finished Baby Ben's birth record!


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This is one that we made up, although we are far from the first or only people to make a pie using pork or pork mince and call it a Pigsty Pie. So let's just say that this is our version of it. It smells great and reminds me of stuffing at Christmas, making it feel much more "naughty" than it is! This serves four people and it a nice 9 points per serving. You will need these for the mash: 400g potatoes 400g sweet potatoes 4-5 good sized carrots Salt Pepper Nutmeg Simply chop the roots, boil in salted water until tender, and mash! Add salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste. The pie filling: 10 sprays low fat cooking spray (e.g. 1 cal) 1/2 lb lean pork mince 2 onions, finely chopped 3 apples, diced 1 leek, chopped 5-6 big mushrooms 2 tbs plain flour 1 tsp sage 1 tsp parsley Salt Pepper 1 vegetable stock cube 1/2 hot water 2 tsp English mustard Fry the onions in the cooking spray until they start to soften, add the mince. Once the meat starts to colour add the apple, leek and mush