Beastie Treats!

Hurrah! If it’s Tuesday, it must be New Beastie Day! And since we had a no-show last week, today I’m planning to make it up to you all by introducing you to two (yes, TWO!) new Beasties!

First up… look who’s joining us for breakfast! It’s Fry-Up Beastie!
Fry-Up Barróg Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesCan there be any better way to start your day than a big tasty fry? Well, your arteries may scream “Yes! Quinoa porridge and three servings of organic fresh fruit!” but sometimes a hearty plate full of assorted fried goodies is just the ticket. Plus, no matter how busy you are, after a traditional “full Irish” I guarantee you won’t need to eat again for about 6 hours. Talk about efficiency!
Contented Fry-Up Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesThe fried breakfast is a familiar sight on tables across the UK and Ireland, but what you find on your plate varies depending on where you are. The least healthy variant is the Ulster Fry, my birthplace’s contribution to world cuisine, thanks to its traditional line-up of both fried potato bread AND soda farls. Truly delicious… but have one of those every day for a week and you’ll probably keel over!

Anyway, Fry-Up Beastie seems pretty content with his portion. Pop it up on the table there, so we can have a closer look!
Beastie at the Breakfast Table - CrawCrafts BeastiesOooh, yum!
Fry-Up Close-Up - CrawCrafts BeastiesLet’s see… Sausages, a fried tomato, bacon rashers, a lovely big puddle of baked beans, black and white pudding and a fried egg. A proper Full Irish… no surprises there, since eagle-eyed Beastie-spotters will already have identified this little monster as a Barróg Beastie, made of 100% Irish wool! I should also point out that all elements of this delectable Beastie feast were cut, stitched and embroidered by my own fair hands, making this a truly home-cooked meal!

And now that we’ve had a hearty breakfast, it’s time for… elevenses!
Doughnut Beastie, by CrawCrafts BeastiesHey there, Doughnut Beastie! He looks pretty excited to tuck into his favourite treat…
Doughnut Beastie, with his Favourite Treat - CrawCrafts Beasties…And perhaps we should take a closer look at it ourselves.
A Beastie-Sized Doughnut, by CrawCrafts BeastiesMmmm… Strawberry felt frosting with embroidered rainbow sprinkles! Good choice, Doughnut Beastie! Although perhaps you shouldn’t eat all that in one go… It’s nearly the same size as your head!

Wow, for some reason I’m now feeling incredibly peckish! It might be time to raid the fridge…

We’ll be back on Friday for Flashback Friday, since it seems to have been a hit with many of you! In the meantime, what’s your favourite tasty treat? Share it in the comments, and I may immortalise it in glorious felt for my next round of gourmet Beasties…

Paddy and Plunkett on Holiday - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

Fun in the Winter Sun, Part One!

Paddy and Plunkett on Holiday - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesIt’s been a while since we heard from Paddy and Plunkett, and now I can reveal why… These two intrepid Beasties, clever little monsters that they are, decided to head south to escape the rather grey and gloomy winter we’ve been having! Like I always say, it’s pretty easy for a Beastie to sneak aboard a suitcase or stow away in a handbag… after that, it’s just a case of choosing where they want to go.

And this time, it was destination Gran Canaria! A bit of sun, sea and sand always helps the Northern winter pass a little more quickly. The boys made landfall after sunset…
Paddy and Plunkett Arrive at the Hotel - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties… And made sure they got an early night, so they could make the most of…
Breakfast with the Boys - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesFry-Up Time! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

…The breakfast buffet!

Recipe for a healthy Beastie: One bowl of cereal with fruit juice, then a big ol’ Full Irish, and then…
BAKED GOODS! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties… Hit the baked goods!

“Hey Plunkett, grab me a few of those Beastie-sized doughnuts from the basket in the middle, would you?”

Next, feeling pleasantly full (but having effectively bankrupted the hotel restaurant), the boys headed out to explore! First, they found a giant sundial… A much more useful thing here than at home in Ireland!
Paddy and Plunkett at the Sundial - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties(Loving the sunglasses, lads!)

Then, a jaunt on a penny farthing bicycle!

“Gaaaaaah! Paddy! Why do I always let you drive?!”
Paddy, Plunkett and the Penny Farthing - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd now, a quick cup of coffee – just to keep their strength up.
Caffeine Break for Paddy and Plunkett! H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesIt’s also a good opportunity to check out the photos they’ve taken!
Paddy and Plunkett on Camera - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesSo far, so good… But it’s not the whole story! Be sure to drop back in next week for the second instalment! See you then…