Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Little Gems, Watercolours And A Sneakie Peekie xxx

This is a first outing for my new Aqua Pro Markers.
What do ya think?

They are growing on me, but whether or not they will replace the bad boys re my affections remains to be seen. Only time will tell.

I thought I'd use this card for this week's Spoonful of Sugar challenge which is Little Gems. I only used 2 but they are little and they are gems so I guess it is fine lol xx

I love this little hunny bunny.
He is a Wild Rose Studios boy and he is ohhh so cute.

I wanted to do something oval-ey to follow the shape of the little eggs he is juggling so I thought I'd do a sort of Faberge egg - it has the gems after all lol xx I used a single nestie oval as the base, so it does not open, and made a stand for it.

This is the back view of the stand - it's easy peasy to make and it's just a bit different.

That delish ribbon is from Raspberry Ribbons - I so love gingham ribbon. You probably noticed :))xx

And now for a sneakie peakie ......

It's come round fast this time cos tomorrow is Willow Sketchie time.
I can tell you that this week the sketch has been done by our fabulous 'Love To Doodle' girl Sally Ann and it is an absolutely gorgeous sketch - I loved it.

I thought I'd share a recipe with you lovely peeps tonight - make a change from the mad woman ramblings you poor souls have to put up with. I love cooking - it's probably the creative thingie, so maybe you are the same.

This recipe is for pasta with the deliciousness that is haloumi cheese - I love it. Now it isn't diet friendly but who ruddy well cares!! It's yummy and it's quick and easy. I am not good on quantities but the veg and cheese mix is enough for 2 hungry people on it’s own or 3-4 if you are having bread etc with it.


Pasta –which ever type you like. The original recipe uses tri-colour fusilli as it is supposed to be a red green and white sort of theme (Italian flag, no doubt) but I have made it with lots of different sorts and it is still fab!!!

Olive oil
Bunch of spring onions
1 red pepper
1 pack of haloumi cheese
Green pesto
Parmesan cheese
Handful of basil – roughly chopped


Firstly, pour a large glass of red wine (you may substitute with white if preferred). Drink about half and then begin to cook. Continue to have a good old slurp whilst cooking, as it is very thirsty work. Return to the bottle and top up the glass as required. This is very important and missing out this vital step is not recommended.

Cook the pasta as per instructions on pack. Meanwhile cut the pepper into strips and chop the spring onions roughly, keeping the white and green bits separate. Cut the haloumi into bite size pieces. I usually nick a few to much on at this point.

Open another bottle of wine

Heat some olive oil in a large pan and add the strips of peppers and the white bits of spring onions. Fry gently for about 4 minutes until beginning to colour slightly. Add about 2 tablespoons of water to the pan and continue to cook until the all the water has gone and veg is cooked. Add the chopped haloumi and the green bits of spring onions and cook for about 2 more minutes until the cheese is warm.

Drain the cooked pasta, add to the vegetables and cheese and mix together. Add the pesto – however much you like- mixing thoroughly until everything is coated and heated through. Season and serve with the basil and Parmesan on top and something nice and red (or white) to wash it down with!!!!

Do let me know if you ever try it, and have the fabbiest of evenings. I'm off for another watercolouring sesh :)))x

Hugs xxxx


helen said...

dawny that sounds a fab recipe though will it work with rose vino or vodka or baileys or gin or .....i think i'll just have to experiment lol
fabby card by the way
helen x

Kim said...


I am gonna have to try this one, even though I don't really drink, well not since I puked on an ex boyfriends mums brand new carpet after a good session... not a good idea... espesh if it's your first meet with

I shall let ya know how I got

fabbi card and can't wait till tommorrow for your willow whatsit...
those pros look good girlie.... where did you get yours...

Jeannette said...

OMG I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only one with a fascination for RED WINE!!!! Fab card BTW

SallyB said...

I like the idea for the egg shaped card and little stand! Genius!
Wish I had thought of it!
recipe looks delicious..I hate wine though...ok in cooking but not a drinking fan! Would have to have a large G&T in my hand!

Donalda said...

I think you have done a fabulous job with your markers dear and your image is just so cute. Hugs dear

Stacey said...

Oh my lordy, you combined 2 of my greatest loves.... Pesto and Halloumi. All you need is a bowl of olives, some pitta bread and houmous on the side and I will will be in heaven!

Great little card by the way, love the cute stand ~♥~

Riet said...

what a gorgeous card Dawny.

hugs Riet.x

Anonymous said...

Awww.. so cute!!!
Love everything about it and your sneeky peek .. lemmie see!!!!!
Have a great day hunnie,

Hugs, Marlene xx

Sheena said...

Sounds delishous Dawny! especially the first bit!!

Love the card too BTW!

debby4000 said...

Fabulous card, love the sweet bunny. Brilliant Recipe might give it a go any excuse to open a bottle of Wine not sure my OH will believe me that the wine is the most important ingredient though.

Katy said...

Gorgeous card, love the bunny :)


Sonia said...

Wow Dawny loves this one, its a great idea (may be i will try this, if ok with you?)
Hugs Sonia x
Ps- I think you should have a section in a womens mag lol...

Debbie said...

Gorgeous card Dawny and i love the recipe especially the wine bit Lol, Thanks for playing along with a spoonfull of sugar this week, Hugs Debbie x

Julie said...

Don't think I've heard of aqua pro markers but you're colouring looks great with them. The recipe sound delish might give it a go, I like easy cooking.

Bev said...

Dawny the recipe sounds delish! FAb card too babes - love those spring colours and brilliant design x

Can't wait to see you next Sunday xx

Jill said...

stunning card Dawny I love the oval shape and the little stand you've made, the image is so cute hugs Jill xx

Tasha said...

Fabulous creation i love it
love tasha xx

Dulcie said...

Really inventive base card! Perfect match for the stamp.. Dulcie x