Not your average domestic goddess…..


I am in a reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally happy space right now, as DAYLIGHT SAVINGS BEGAN LAST NIGHT!!!!!!!!!  I don’t know if I can express my love for long evenings after a beautiful sunny day…. tonight after I got home I sat in my rocker after tea watching the clouds float over the sky…. it was blissful.  And, it was 7pm.

Has anyone baked my secret recipe super healthy cake yet???  My frozen banana collection has been taking over my freezer space in a major way lately, so I pulled a few out and popped them in a cake to take to one of my workplaces…..

This one was particularly delish…. I put thinly sliced apple, brown sugar and coconut in the tin before adding the cake mix… it was good!  It didn’t last long…..

Have I told you that KB is gluten intolerant?  I’ve literally been killing her slowly with home-baked goodness for years!  I used to bake her so many cakes and muffins and scones until she could take it no more….. Her health has improved no end since she cut out gluten…. her bones have stopped aching, that’s a good sign!

Meanwhile, I’m not a fan so far of gluten free baking (sorry to all you gluten free people… if you have any good recipes please leave me a link!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) except gluten free brownie from Meow cafe in Wellington *YUM* so I have no-one to bake for now.  Hence the banana build up…..

Enough about cakes… in between baking, working and studying, I’ve knitted up a hat that was ordered by a new friend and colleague who wants one for a wee baby about to be born in her family!

Hello Ted!  It’s you again!  You’re becoming the star of my blog!  Raymond who???

Isn’t that the cutest picture of Ted?  Would you like to hear Ted’s life story?  Ted belongs to KB who is the youngest of six children… she has kept a few of these toys and they are much treasured by us now.  Ted began as a companion for KB’s oldest brother which means he is about 50 years old (sorry to divulge your age D!  I hope you never read this!!!)  and worked his way through six children.  He is now having a revival as my baby hat model and has been enjoying this job since December last year!

KB accused me of ripping his smile off.

I was quite hurt… she said his smile was fine before he became my model, but I just cannot accept that accusation! 

Ted has a few friends I will introduce you to one day…. they’re lots of fun, but no good for modelling which is why you haven’t met them yet!

So my Mum loved my cushion from the last post so much she has decided she wants me to do a cushion exhibition in her shop…  I’m going to name is “Eat your heart out Grandma”…. so I’d better go…. It seems I have a bit of a deadline now!

Lots and lots of love, and thank you for the lovely feedback on my cushion!  I’m glad we all agreed on the layout!!!


About Crochet with Raymond

I'm a crochet obsessed, reiki master, crystal healing, yoga junkie, counselling student, in a happy long term relationship... and Raymond's mum!
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16 Responses to Not your average domestic goddess…..

  1. Loretta says:

    Love the idea of a cushion exhibition🙂
    I freeze bananas, but rarely get around to baking anything with them. They are usually discovered months later when its time to defrost the freezer!

  2. kate says:

    I love the exhibition name you came up with :o) And the exhibition is really exciting isn’t it-your mum sounds so sweet! To answer your little q on my bloggy I don’t know if it’ll quite compete with the knit tree- but- there’s more yarn bombing of a pink variety coming soon!
    Great tale of ted, after 6 lots of ‘cherishings’ maybe assume his smile has been worn off with lovin’ ?
    Your cake looks wonderful, seems these allergies are becoming more common though. When I worked in libraries everyone always raved about a special cookbook called ‘irrisistibles for the irritable’ perhaps you might be able to find it for some treats for Kb recipes?
    take care, Kate

  3. Sucrette says:

    I adore ur cushion…the colors are fabulous! Thank you again for ur visit to my blog:)

  4. Monique says:

    Your cake looks yummy. I can almost taste it🙂

  5. A cushion exhibition…Wonderful!! Will they get tea and some of your nice cake too?? I am glad I don’t live near you as I have a sweet tooth and I am not gluten intolerant 🙂

    I still have my old Ted and I just realised he is coming up to 50 yrs old as well…aaaahhhh!! I just asked Billy how old he thought my teddy was and when I told him almost 48 he said S**T that old….you can always rely on your husband to make you feel good LOL

  6. Erica says:

    Definitely going to try that cake recipe! I never can think what to do with bananas just as they’re about to turn, other than throw them into the same old banana bread.

    Oh! I made your granny mandala this weekend for my ancient cat, and she loves it. I also loved making it – the pattern has lovely geometry! Will be posting about it tomorrow. Thanks for sharing all your patterns and recipes and happy thoughts! Me, on the other side of the world, I’m looking forward to the END of daylight savings time, with dark cold evenings snugged up at home.🙂

  7. Melissa says:

    My sister is gluten intolerant also. I’ll see if I can’t get some links from her. She’s been doing a gluten free diet for a couple of years now. She said that it’s absolutely amazing how much better she feels. The cake and the hat look yummy! Enjoy your daylight savings. We are getting ready to come off of it here as fall is finally starting to show up.

  8. Penelope says:

    Oh you lucky thing having the days getting longer, ours are slowly shrinking and I am trying to embrace the chill in the air!
    Your cushion exhibition sounds fab, I look foward to seeing a post xox You certainly deserve recognition for all your fabulous granny goodness. And as for your cake , well it must be hard for KB to resist such yumminess but of course she knows the consequences of this. Maybe you could bake some cakesfor your exhibition opening ?
    Old and loved teds are the very best xox

  9. frou-frou says:

    Much as I like Ted, I miss Raymond! Bring back Raymond I say!!!

    Fiona xx

  10. Louise says:

    Love Ted! He’s quite the handsome hat model – giving Raymond a run for his money I think! I still have my Ted from when I was a baby. He’ll be 42 this December!!! My Grandma sent him to me all the way from England to Australia and then I have hauled him around the world with me.
    Congrats on your cushion exhibiton, would love to see photos when it’s all set up!
    Hugs to Raymond (he’s still my favorite)
    Take care,

  11. sandiart says:

    I love your ted, or should I say KB’s ted, looks super sweet with that hat. Have you a pattern for it and the flower?????? Must post a pic of my teddy, well Koala actually, he has lost more than his smile.
    Thank you for your help yesterday, I think writing it down and asking for help actually got my mind thinking and so tired again with the first one, success. Now I am about to do the Scallop one again.
    That is one serious cake, I have a few friends like KB, it does make for a miserable gut, but so much better when they eat the correct things.
    Hugs Sandi

  12. Denise says:

    That’s a cute little hat. I’m amazed at the survival skills of that teddy bear.

  13. Penelope says:

    Debbie Bliss cardigan reply on my latest post xox

  14. Planet Penny says:

    Looking forward to seeing the cushion exhibition pics! I have a recipe on Planet Penny for Damp Orange cake which has no flour and is completely delicious, especially with a drizzle of cream. I always end up with too many bananas and althought I love banana cake, my other half doesn’t and then I eat it all and start bursting out of my clothes! Penny x

  15. Joyce says:

    wee hee – dls (day light saving) begins here early hours Sunday morning at our place, and yes, looking forward to having the longer evenings with my boys. Beach and outdoor evenings here we come.

    Love your darling little hat and Ted is such a lovely model. My Ted will be 41 next week *yikes* and now she is loved by my darlings as well as me. Life gets better with each passing year.

    Congrats on your exhibition, how lovely and the name is perfecto!

  16. Annie says:

    Hi Alice, I came here from Pammy Sue’s blog, “Scotty’s Place” she had a link to show where she got her beautiful Mandala pattern from so I came for a visit. Such a treat…when I arrived, a pretty still life of fruit, tea cozy, and cake! Also a lovely baby hat, so precious!

    I feel the same as you when daylight savings time comes around. I love light after I get home from work. I get to do gardening! We are going off the ds now as it is gonna be fall soon. Our temps yesterday here in Los Angeles was 113f, 45c. HOT. So I think we are still having summer. I have put you in my favs so I will be back to visit!

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