Tuesday, 26 August 2014

All You Need is Soup

Kinda like the Beatles song but not quite....

Brrrrr where did August go?! Come back!! Don't get me wrong, I love Autumn, I really really do, but I'm just not ready for it yet, like the majority of people I know. It's been really rather cold, and given that it's August I can't legitimately put the heating on, right?

Sometimes all it takes is soup. Using this recipe (my absolute favourite by the way) I made lentil and bean soup yesterday before hubbie arrived back from an exhausting (in a pleasurable way) weekend at the Reading Festival. So being a good little wifey I welcomed him back with a clean house and some hot soup (procrastination from the thesis really can transform a person I've found...)


We got the lovely Le Creuset bowls as a wedding present, this is their first use!! The lid is particularly inspired as it keeps the soup warm whilst I faff before I sit down, and prevents me from spilling anything (no mean feat). And here's the soup itself:


Nom nom nom.

I had a lovely weekend at the spa for our friends' hen do (somewhat more civilised than the Reading Festival activities!) with a relaxing facial, pedicure, and lots of jacuzzi time. Bliss. When I got back on Sunday the Thesis was the last thing I felt like doing so I delved back into Mollie Makes Crochet......




I used Drops Safran yarn with a 3.5mm hook, these were the only colours I had so it was an easy choice. I wasn't so sure about the combination at first but now I really like it, it's different to other versions of the pattern I've seen this far. AND even C liked it (he has a slight doily phobia for some reason, I'm working on it). He even let me put said doily under his precious whiskey decanter (another wedding present) high praise indeed! I have been sworn to a 'no more doilies' mantra, but I'm not so sure about that...


I made another version of Regina's wonderful cake (here) this time with plums, absolutely scrummy! I really am becoming a procrastination master... but that is no good! I have so much still to write, edit and rewrite that I think my mind has just shut down. I feel like the girl in this picture I bought from my favourite artists in Berlin (here), weighed by time and drowning...


On a more cheerful note, after the wedding of our friends this weekend C and I are off to Berlin on Monday. Again! He is at a conference and I am slumming it in his hotel room and using the library, very excited to be back, it seems like a minute since I left though! I'm still working on my shawl for the wedding and hope to have a ta dah moment by Friday otherwise it looks like I will be very cold on Saturday...

12 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great weekend past and another to come! I don't think that I could swear to a no doily mantra, I can see three from where I am sitting and there are two more out of my eye line, and another two out and about in the house!! Your doily is lovely, and I love the soup bowls too. I look forward to your shawl ta dah! and to see which one you decided on. xx

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    1. I agree, a no doily mantra is a bit of an ask! I'll work on it ;) Hope all's well - loving the ripple blanket! xx

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  2. I always wanted to make a doily and never got around to do it. Still on my "to-crochet" list. I love yours. How do you like the Drops yarn? I want to try them out forever and same as the doily - never got around to do it! ;)
    And soup can be a live saver. I agree with you here! :) Beautiful dotted mug, by the way! I love mugs, I collect them, bringing one from every holiday destination!

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    1. I really really liked the drops yarn - it's very easy to work with and I liked the colour selection, would really recommend it! Hehe the mug is a Berlin flea market find and makes me happy everytime I use it :) definitely a great holiday souvenir :D

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  3. Oh, this soup looks yummy! I need to give it a try at some point!

    August is indeed freezing cold already - I made pumpkin soup last week to warm me through...

    Take care
    Anne
    http://crochetbetweentwoworlds.blogspot.de

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  4. Bonjour! ... Soup is all you need... "the first time you use your bowl" hahaha! I'm not the only one with this kind of treasure.
    Have a nice day!
    Lucie

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    1. haha soup is definitely all we need :) hehe I do love my treasures :)

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  5. Oh yes home made soup is always warming and welcome, it so much tastier than shop bought concoctions and so satisfying to make.
    I have never got around to making a doily either, maybe I will at some point.

    Enjoy the upcoming wedding and your next trip to Berlin xx

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    1. Thanks Linda! Would definitely recommend the Molly Makes Doily :) xx

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  6. Love homemade soup! It has still felt quite summery here at the moment...which is pretty unusual! Hope you enjoy the wedding and have a great time in Berlin, such an interesting city.
    Marianne x

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    1. Thanks Marianne! I saw that Scotland was getting some lovely weather, it seems to have avoided the English/Welsh bank holiday beautifully ;) xx

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