And so it begins

The great cardboard box doll’s house project:

cardboard boxes, doll house skeleton

See my crafting board for the inspiration*. At the moment, the concept is for a ground and first floor, plus a first floor garden / balcony. All to be attached with hook and loop tape, so they can be separated and stored in the larger, ground floor unit.

* Yes, I’m on Pinterest. I signed on to research it for a web project, so I’ve decided to use it.

With great care

Going for a walk with her favourite teddy and mini-stroller, I discovered that Anne does pay attention to what I do.

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This is her re-positioning teddy and she also frequently stopped to ‘check’ on him and stroke the top of his head. Aw, bless her heart.

Where do I even start

An email I received today read as follows:

Dear Blogger

[Removed] is having a tie up promotion with the bloggers to reward your loyal followers with an attractive discounts on any travel insurance that they buy through your website. We will provide a hyperlink for your website. It will also spike more traffic into your website. Please kindly revert if you are interested and I will be glad to follow you through this process.

Thank you and have a great day ahead.

Warmest Regards,
[Name and email address removed]

So let’s count the problems with this email.

  1. Dear Blogger? Do a mail merge and use my name at least.
  2. ‘… a tie up promotion with the bloggers’ is a seriously awkward phrase. Sounds a bit kinky, even.
  3. ‘… an attractive discounts’? Really? How did you get this job without a basic grasp of grammar?
  4. How exactly will my linking to your website ‘spike more traffic into’ mine? I foresee the main beneficiary of a bunch of blogs linking to your site being your company.
  5. What will I ‘revert’ to if I’m interested? A younger, more gullible self?
  6. I’m honestly not sure how you can run this promotion if you intend to follow — not guide — me through the process of being a sucker and giving you an inbound link.

I’m too sleep deprived to even pretend to suffer fools gladly, so please come up with something more thought-out and I won’t make fun of you next time.

Maize, cheese, and spring onion scones

Start with a basic recipe, change up the flour a little, and add a different cheese and a bit of green.

cheese scone
Ingredients

1½ cups plain flour
½ cup maize flour (cornmeal)
3 tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
A sprinkle of cayenne pepper
1 cup mixed strong cheddar cheese and Parmesan, grated
1 spring onion, chopped
1 tbsp vegetable oil
125ml milk
1 egg

Preheat your oven to 200°C (190°C fan). Sift the flours, baking powder, salt, and cayenne pepper into a large bowl. Add the cheese and spring onions. Mix the egg, milk, and vegetable oil in a separate bowl or measuring cup. Add it to the dry ingredients and mix with a fork. When it gets a bit annoying, switch to your hands, but don’t over-work it.

Sprinkle a little maize flour on your work surface and turn the dough out on it. I don’t have a suitable pastry cutter, so I pressed the dough into a rough circle about two cm thick and cut it into eight wedges. If you have a cutter, use it. Place them, a couple of centimetres apart, on some baking parchment, which is already on a baking tray.

Bake for 15-20 minutes. Serve warm with butter.

Frog in a pot

I overheard a woman at the bus stop a couple of days ago, acknowledging she was overweight and needed to do more. When I looked at her, I did think, “Not by today’s standards!”