Last weekend, and well a few weekends before that as well, we just stayed home. We plodded around, spent time in each others company, lazed, cooked, slept, gardened a little and just generally relaxed (and studied in Mr Sparky's case). It has been nice. Usually one of us is home and the other isn't and vise versa. You kind of forget what it is like to actually spend time together, after weeks, months, of this. This weekend we're back to being in different places, Mr Sparky on his family farm doing stuff with timber and then probably working for a farmer mate. Me, here at home because of work.
Last week, on Saturday, there was a some time checking out the garden, that didn't take long. It is pretty small but it is our little piece of grass for now.
Then there was boredom cooking. What exactly do people do in the city that doesn't inolve shopping or any other money using activity? I have missed cooking, baking in particular so have been having a giant urge to do some. Last weekend it was cream buns, well sweet buns. Some became cream buns, some were iced with pink icing and coconut at Mr Sparky's request.
I mixed and kneaded and waited of rising, I kneaded and split and kneaded and waited.
They rose nicely, I was happy. Then it was baking time.
That went well as well, no burnt bottoms (thank you stove). They were starting to look like the picture in the book.
While they were cooling Mr Sparky took over the kitchen. He can cook, when he feels the urge and often his urge involves a bit of an experiment. This time it was battered steak bits or popcorn steak as he called them.
He reckons they could be a seller. What do you think?
They certainly taste good (better than their looks).
Then it was back to cream buns. Home made strawberry jam from last year and some whipped cream. TADAA!
I was pretty proud of my efforts, they looked good, tasted pretty good too. It was a first try for me making these. Actually, I've never made a bread thing before except for donuts one time.
This was another great recipe from the Common Sense Guide to Baking.
Saturday evening saw a soft sunset, changing the sky into pinks and apricots.
I played with camera settings as I took photos from our place.
Wispy clouds were lit my the last of the light. Mare's tails telling of icy air way up high and changes in the weather.
Those whisps were right, this last week has cooled off and even brought some rain with it. I think we have been getting a very diluted cool wind off the icy mountains down south.
What do you do on weekends? How do you spend down time?