Saturday, 3 September 2011

The week that was...

What a week its been..busy busy busy, and somewhat lacking in the blog posting department as a result.

And a wonderful welcome to...
Country Style

My days have been spent with my head buried in text books and journal articles..I know, thrilling. And yesterday I submitted two assignments. So that's three down and four to go, and then that's it forever..hopefully.
And as a reward for all that work I was treated to a bit of Op-shopping yesterday, and yes it was a successful day with some great bargains, which I will show tomorrow.
I bought the current Country Style mag as well and it has provided a bit of variety in the reading department..alot more exciting than that of laryngospasm, theoretical reflectivity and recognition of value judgements.

Pigeon hole storage inspiration
Country Style

More inspiration
Country Style

I also managed to squeeze in a little bit of baking, making a couple of date loaves.

Date Loaf
250g pitted dates, chopped in halves
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
1 1/2 caps boiling water
125g softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups SR flour, sifted

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line two loaf tins.
Place dates and bicarb soda in a bowl. Pour over boiling water. Stand for 20 minutes, then lightly mash.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar and vanilla until light and creamy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Fold in date mixture (including liquid) and flour and mix until well combined.
Pour mixture evenly between two loaf tins.
Bake for about 30 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean.

Delicious eaten warm, and spread with butter. This recipe also turns out great made into muffins, that freeze well.

Enjoy the rest of your Spring Weekend.


  1. Geeze I love date loaf! It's one of the few things my Mum use to bake when I was growing up. I've never known how to make it except out of a packet (gasp!) so will definately try this recipe.

    p.s love your new blog title board

  2. Yay for only having four assignments left...I trained as a Midwife in the early 2000's and the work load was intense.
    Love that mag and am quite partial to date loaf too :)

  3. I had to buy that magazine too after seeing lots of people reading it. It's got some lovely inspiration in it and my desire to move the country is even greater:) Glad to hear the assignment writing is coming along, it's not one of the fun parts but will be worth it when you get your degree. Good luck with uni this week. xo


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