Thursday, February 16, 2012

getting cosy

I'm quite fond of a bit of a cosy. Mug cosies. I'm all over them. Hot water bottle cosy. Ditto. Tea cosy. You guessed it.

But just quietly, I think the rest of my life needs a bit of cosy-i-fying. Looking around there are just too many objects in my life that could do with a cosy. I am seriously coveting a tv cosy to cover the ugly black thing in the corner (it's not really even a box anymore, is it?).

And I'm very tempted to craft up a cosy for my bicycle helmet. That would be quite sweet, I think.

And how about a cosy for the swing seat? Or the iPad? Or even a vase cosy or two?

Yes, I think along with the dishcloth domination, 2012 could be the year of the cosy. I've started small. Our peach glut and the impossibility of peaches in the school lunchbox, resulted in a peach cosy.

I'm not sure why I've never made one before! Totally fabulous. Keeps Lily's peach all perfect until fruit time. This will be equally fabulous through winter as an apple cosy too. I suspect I'll need to whip up a pear cosy though, as that's another favourite fruit that is doesn't lunchbox well.

I think it won't be long and every cool kid at her school will be wanting their mum to whip them up a fruit cosy. I mean, how could they not covet this cuteness?

I offered to knit her a sandwich cover cosy next, but I think she's worried about the jealousy this would cause her peers and said no. I can't say I wasn't a wee bit disappointed though...oh well, Toby starts kinder next year. I'm sure he'd love a set of lunchbox cosies.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

peachy keen

We've hit that time of year again where we are almost quite figuratively drowning in peaches. Despite windy weather and ill-timed heavy rains which I thought was going to destroy our crop, we have had a bumper peach season. So much so that I am considering becoming a professional peach farmer.. the peaches we grow are that damn good. Even the dude who delivers our organic fruit and veg box each week thought so when I gave him some. They are sensational.

So while I am wallowing in peachy goodness with "millions of peaches, peaches for me..." playing endlessly in my head I have been getting down with the peach preservation party. I've made peach cake, peach cobbler, dried peaches, stewed peaches, flat packed frozen peaches, peach sorbet, peach compote, peach jam, peach preserves, peach cordial, peach daiquri and some other peach drink I can remember the name of which was champers and yep, you guessed it, peaches!

We're eating peaches cut up every morning for breakfast with our yoghurt...yum yum!

I've given away a tonne of peaches and we're always eating them straight from the tree but I still have a date or two with the kitchen left for some chutney and more preserves and compote.

What's your favourite thing to do with peaches?
do you have any great ideas of what I can do with the last of the glorious peaches?

I think I can just about see the bottom of the last bucket... then I best pick the last of them from the tree!

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