Saturday, December 4, 2010

Back in the Home Den

Well I am way down South at my parent's den and it is lovely. After a busy weekend in Dunedin catching up with friends and a couple of lazy days Mama Fox and I have sprung into action.

Mum has been transferring her favourite pictures onto material for embroidering using a lightbox. The image is from a lovely book " It's not always black and white. A colourful take on life's grey areas." by Kate Knapp (

Gorgeous Mama Fox made pincushions

And she has been making pincushions in lovely vintage teacups. There are lots of tutorials to make these out there....this one we found helpful but used a glueglun to secure the cushion.

And I made a batch of Chocolate Sauce using the same scrumptious recipie I have used for the past few years. Its delicious on ice-cream or strawberries....or both!!

Chocolate Sauce awaiting decoration and labelling
I cant recall which magazine that this recipe came out of and I cant find it anywhere on the photocopied page but I thought I would share it and if anyone knows which magazine its from I will reference it then. Making this sauce is so fast and easy and licking the bowl is rather good too.
This sauce has always gone down well with the men folk and is also a great gift to whip up at the last minute. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does. 


Makes just under 3 cups

  • 375ml can of evaporated milk
  • 50g butter
  • 2 Tblspn sugar (I like to use brown sugar)
  • 1 cup drinking chocolate (The Trade Aid stuff is my fav)
  • 1 Tbspn vanilla essence
  1. Put the milk, butter and sugar into a large microwave proof bowl or jug and cook on high power for 3-4mins
  2. Whisk in the chocolate and microwave for 3-4 mins, stirring once or twice. Stir in vanilla essence.
  3. Bottle in hot sterilised bottles or jars.

Bath salts for Mama Fox
I also made some Lavender Bath Salts for Mum, looked at a couple of recipes and then kinda just used them as a guide.

It was so much fun grinding up dried lavender and dried lemon verbena leaves and mixing it all up in a big bowl. Very good for the soul and it smelt heavenly.

Have been really enjoying being at home with Ma and Pa Fox. So nice to be out of the city and back to the place I grew up in. Thought i would share some photos of just how lovely it is.

Fruit in the evening sunlight

The garden
 The lovely garden and a cute little Santa. The little Christmas pudding is a tiny bath bomb from Lush. It smells good enough to eat!!

I just love how every part of home is decorated, there is always a little surprise in every corner.

There really is no place like home.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Thrifty
    Thanks for dropping by my blog.
    I must say, I love your photographs, and mum fox's pincushion.

    I want to try the chocolate sauce.
    Im making chocolate brownies tomorrow, so cant do too much of a good thing at once tho...