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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Up to my eyeballs in Soldier santa sacks!

I have only got time for a quick post tonight.  I haven't even touched my sewing machine today but after yesterday she is probably glad of the rest.  I thought I would be stiff and sore this morning when I woke up and I wasn't - well maybe a teensy bit but I was expecting so much worse.  Just goes to show that I made the right decision about sitting at my sewing table instead of moving out of my sewing room to be more part of the fun.  Yesterday was all about work anyway!

So, today!  I have cut the batting for the last quilt top that we didn't get to yesterday.  The backing needs a couple of rows of sewing and then it is ready.  I have to trace off another label, sew the borders around it and then fuse it to the backing.  Everything is ready to do that tomorrow.

Before next Wednesday I wanted to make sure that we had enough boxes of the right size and enough contents in the right quantities. 

I have found a box for the laundry bags and checked that they all fit.  I have worked out how we have to roll them and have written labels for each so that the lovely warrant officer (WOFF) can hand them rolled up to each person.  I also think I can squeeze a couple of extras in on top.  I can't say too much - you see a certain lovely WOFF peeked at my blog last night, which I am quite delighted about, so now he knows what we are doing, but I am not giving any more secrets away so you will have to wait too in case he peeks again!  Cute huh!

I found the right box for our girlie soldier's quilt - it is a bit bigger than the guys' quilts - she is getting slightly special treatment from us girls - go GIRL POWER!  We think we can squeeze a couple of extras in the top of that box.

I also checked that her Christmas goodies will fit into the same size box as those we are using for the guys.  Had to check the weight too but that is ok.   Once again she is getting some extra pretty and smelly goodies that the guys aren't getting.

Finally I worked out exactly how much of everything we have and how much we need to still buy in order to make up 23 fairly similar Christmas boxes for the guys.  Another Gumnut, Glenys, is going to take care of that shopping tomorrow. 

Every box has to have a customs declaration form filled out with the details of the contents - 23 have to say linen for the quilts and 23 have to have the contents of the Christmas boxes.  Andrea is going to take care of that - BLESS HER!  My hands would not appreciate that much writing.  And talking of writing a non-quilty friend of mine, Jacqui, is going to print some sticky labels for me for the WOFF's address and the return address - with nearly 50 boxes to send that will be a godsend in itself. 

Just before I go - another story from a day in the life of the mother of FLY BOY!  At 315pm I get a text - can you please make something for D team - translated that means can you please bake something for the bible study group.  Hmm.  remember it is 315 when I get the message and he gets home at 4pm, has to eat dinner and then heads out again with me driving at 430pm.  So, I have an hour and 15 minutes to mix something up, get it in the oven, cooked, cooled and ready to take and I don't have time to spend the whole hour and fifteen doing it!  Lucky for him I have a super quick recipe
Ta Dah!  Chocolate Delight
 Look at all that melted chocolate yumminess!  Thankfully I sent it off in the tray with him, uncut, so I wasn't tempted to eat any - coz it is really hard to stop at one piece!


1 cup SR flour
2 tabsp cocoa
395g can condensed milk
125g butter melted
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup dessicated coconut
200g dark eating chocolate, chopped
Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan forced
Grease 26 x 16cm slice pan and line with baking paper, extending on long sides for handles.  Sift flour and cocoa into a large bowl.  Add milk, butter, sugar and coconut, stir well until combined.  Spoon mixture into pan and smooth surface.  Sprinkle evenly with chocolate.  Bake slice for 30-40 minutes or until cooked.  Stand in pan for 15 minutes to cool slightly.  Cut into squares.

So easy and way too yummy!!!

And now I am off to bed - need a good night's sleep ready for another busy day tomorrow - but that is tomorrow's post!

Till next time..........happy stitching!


  1. I love that the WOFF was excited and so interested that he took a sneak peak. Just imagine how excited and happy the rest of the recipients will be when they receive their packages!

  2. I think I'll try this recipe out at Xmas time... sounds yum! :)

  3. Super Mom to the rescue again for her boys. Recipe sounds delicious and full of chocolate, what could be better? I can see that 24 happy soldiers will feel the love from Santa's helpers (quilters.)

  4. Super Mom is a good description for you! You have enriched so many lives in so many ways! (Except that the recipe looks like one of those that might be too yummy to resist and I'm sure it will add pounds to my body!)I do hope you have someone around to give you a big hug for all that hard work!!! (If not, please accept one from across the ocean!)

  5. you are amazing !! Like the energizer bunny (do you have him down there ??)

  6. Those recipies are always so tempting.... you should write a book.


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