Springtime is my very favourite time of the year. I’ve said so before and no doubt I’ll say it again. I love the fresh greens and gentle colours in our British hedgerows; the anticipation of longer and warmer days and spending more time outdoors.
The weather has been great and, unusually, has coincided with the first week of the schools’ Easter holidays. Times they are a-changing… the boys are less dependent on us for their holiday entertainment. They’re out and about with friends although we still need to be on hand just incase.
At the breakfast table on Monday morning we had a family discussion about meals. Whereas James eats most things, his brother is far more fussy and I wanted them to agree on a week’s menu. The usual family favourites (spag bol and fajitas) reared their heads but I’m happy to oblige.
That done, I’ve even had time to get the sewing machine out. I’ve completed a new bag – Sew Square by Sew Demented. Using fabric already in my possession, I made a slight variation with the size and another to accommodate the double rings securing the handle. I’m pretty pleased with it. What do you think?
Sew Square tote bag by Sew Demented
I’ve also indulged my fancy for a baked cheesecake. Normally, I only eat baked cheesecake when the Cheesecake Queen visits but I couldn’t wait that long. As it was I had to wait 24 hours for it to cool in the oven then refrigerate overnight.
I used this recipe, omitting the fruit. Instead I served it with the morello cherry and raspberry conserve I made almost two years ago. My issue with the biscuit bases of baked cheesecakes is that they are not as crisp as I would like. After overnight refrigeration, they invariably become slightly soggy. Next time I will use a combination of digestives and ginger nuts as recommended by Felicty Cloake and others and make a comparison.