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Christmas Crochet Along with Deramores

As you may, or may not know, I love my crochet. I have a stash that is way too big already but when I heard that Deramores were doing a Christmas CAL, how could I not get involved. The patterns are devised by Deramores in collaboration with Zoë Potrac and don’t you think they are super Christmassy?

The deramores Christmas Cal items

You can buy what you need right now and the Christmas CAL starts on October 22nd. Each Tuesday for four weeks a pattern with be available for free on the special Facebook group. Will you be joining me? Deramores have even been kind enough to offer a 12% off code which is available until the end of the year, just use NOW12 at the checkout.

What Will We Be Making in the Christmas CAL?

two crochet baubles from the Christmas CAL

These cute reindeer and robin baubles will look great on the tree. They are 9cm in diameter and like all the patterns in the CAL (Crochet Along) they are suitable for beginners. Use your own eyes and stuffing or buy a kit including everything you need.

coasters and table mats

Need some coasters and placemats for your Christmas table, or how about making these as a cool Christmas gift? Nothing says Christmas more than red and green..and the word Noel! The coasters are 10cm by 10cm and the Placemats are 25cm by 25cm.

christmas cushion cover

This Christmas cushion cover is my favourite and I’ll definitely be making more than one of these. It measures 40cm by 40cm and if you buy the full pack you’ll get the cushion to go with it.

christmas stocking

Finally, there is the Christmas Stocking and I’m sorry I don’t have an individual photo of that just yet. The lovely red, green and white stocking is 50cm tall and 25 cm wide.

Deramores CAL

All these lovely goodies are crocheted using Deramores Studio DK and you can get the wool separately or buy the packs, one with just the wool and the other with the wool, cushion, toy stuffing and eyes.

The wool pack is £16.74 and the wool pack with the cushion, stuffing and eyes is £24.60 and you can buy them from Deramores here. Don’t forget your discount code NOW12

So what do you think? Will you be joining me? I hope to see you on the Facebook group.

If you prefer to knit than crochet, or indeed if you are lucky enough to do both, then Deramores also have a Christmas Knit along which you can find here.

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Weekly Meal Plan – Shopping

Shopping – or the lack of it!

I’m slacking again! I usually have plenty of free time on Saturday to write up my meal plan and then do the shopping on Sunday. But last Saturday I was recovering from a night out on Friday. No, I didn’t get plastered, any kind of activity, like leaving the house, leaves me too shattered to do anything, even pick up the laptop and think about shopping.

Anyway, here I am a bit late., having just finished the online shop for delivery for tomorrow. But I’ll let you know what we ate the weekend.

This Weeks Plan


  • Saturday – pasta bake
  • Sunday – curry (sweet and sour for me and eldest son)
  • Monday – Take out
  • Tuesday – Chicken kiev
  • Wednesday – Mapo Curry
  • Thursday – fish and chips (or chicken)
  • Friday – crispy pork and noodles

I’m afraid it’s take out on Monday because I didn’t get around to doing the shopping online in time for a Monday delivery. But, I should actually be in hospital today so we tend to have take out on hospital days anyway. I’m taking a 3 month break from my treatment, unless I go downhill rapidly then I’ll be straight back in.

Last week my eldest daughter and I tried this recipe, Japanese style mackerel rice bowl, which we really enjoyed. So it will probably be something we try again.

Meal Planning

I was looking for something to write on the other day while in my bedroom and came across around six notebooks. Every single one had some sort of meal plan inside. It looked like I was obsessed with food!

When you look at my bookshelves, you will find at least 15 cookery books (ok I haven’t counted them but there is probably more.) My Kindle even has cookery books on it. I seem to be always on the look out for food that pleases at least half of my family. Also, we get bored of meals pretty quickly. When I was growing up we knew exactly what we having on every day of the week. Mum’s shopping was the same every single week. Online shopping was not an option back then and Mum would go from supermarket to supermarket to get the best deals. Those were the days that you could find at least three small supermarkets on the high street.

Online recipes are great, I love how you can just type in a few ingredients and there will be a recipe somewhere. I guess that’s why my bookshelf is gathering dust.

Katykicker
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I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith, review

I can’t believe I’ve never read ‘I Capture The Castle’ before. The author, Dodie Smith, also wrote one of my favourite childhood books, ‘One Hundred and One Dalmations.’ I still remember reading a part out loud in class at school.

I wasn’t sure it was the type of book I would enjoy, but after reading it, I know it’s the type of book I would like to write. It’s full of innocence, humour and humility and it’s so like the words of a naive 17 yr old’s journal.

Journalling

I kept a journal from a very young age. I doubt my life would have been interesting to anyone else, but I liked keeping all my memories jotted down and now it’s quite amazing to read back on them, especially the earlier ones. Sadly, my journalling stopped when I started blogging. Why write things down when I can blog about them instead. Of course my earlier blogs follow on in a very similar style to my journals, but maybe not so personal.

Mabye in the future someone will take my journals and turn them into a novel. Or maybe not…most days are a *yawn*

I Capture The Castle

This novel is written in journal form, not diary entries but story telling from the view of the main character, Cassandra. And what a character she is, how could you not fall in love with her, she’s just perfect. Even when she shuns the boy who adores her and falls in love with her sisters fiance, you just can’t feel anything but sympathy and endearance. Such a likeable character I don’t think I’ve ever met.

Cassandra sets out to capture the castle in her words. She brings you into her weird and wonderful life by bringing it to life in her journal. Her family is rather eccentric and they live, penniless in a rented castle (on which they no longer pay rent because the landlord has died.) Then the heirs come along, an ‘exotic’ American family who stir up all sorts of commotion and emotion.

Beautifully written with an unexpected twist.

Who hasn’t wrote those last words in their journal at some point. I know I have.

You can also listen to I capture the Castle on Audible, narrated by Jenny Agutter. Click the link to listen to the sample. You can join Audible for just £1 and download your first audio book. If it’s not for you then cancel your subscription, if you like it (I Love it) you can continue your membership for £7 a month which includes a credit to any book of your choice each month. At the moment I’m taking part in extra commission for everyone who signs up to Audible using my link, so thanks in advance if you decide to give it a go.

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Bookworms Monthly October

Hello, Welcome to Book Worms Monthly October. As the weather turns colder I find reading becomes more of a cosy down on the settee

Reading is my passion and I love to write about what I’ve read. I’m a real book worm and I have been since the day I could read.

I decided to start this linky so that other book worms could Share. I’m starting monthly for now, so you have a whole month to link up your posts. You can link up to four posts, so that’s one a week. Or if you like you can link up some of your older posts.

Let’s share what we read and give other’s ideas what to read next. Tell me your reviews, you book reading lists, your author interviews, kids book favourites, Young Adult books, and even posts about your favourite authors. Anything book related is allowed and I can’t wait to read them all. I want to find all the book worms out there.

Here is last months linky to give you some idea of what it’s about. It’s a new linky so I’m trying to reach out to all the book worms out there to come and join me with their posts monthly.

Join Us This October!

Book worms Monthly will be posted every four weeks, and you can join in at any time. I will share anyone who links over on my Social Media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Mix (formerly Stumbleupon.) I’ll also come along and read and comment on your post. Please do share this link up with your friends.

Link up your October book posts below.

Here’s a badge to share. No code, just copy and paste it on your blog and link the photo back to mine if you wish. Or please mention my blog 
https://athomealot.com/ with a link instead. That we we can encourage more to join in and share.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

I listen to many of my books on Audible, it means I can go on listening while I crochet, cook, make a coffee, or even in bed without worrying about light or my glasses. You can take a £1 trial for 30 days of audible, and then if you decide it’s for you a subscription is only £7 a month for credit towards any audible recording of your choice no matter what the price. There are always plenty of real bargains for when your credit is spent too. I will receive a small comission from anyone who signs up to Audible using the banner below, although it will cost you not a penny more. So thank you in advance.

Book worms monthly September

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