W.I.P Wednesday # 5 – cross stitch advent calendar

You may remember I started a new advent calendar for my new son George. At the time he was still in my tummy but he’s finally arrived and I still haven’t finished the advent calendar. As opposed to William’s advent calendar which was all felt decorations I decided to put my cross stitch skills up to the challenge and stitch the entire calendar for George. I borrowed a new pattern book from the library last week and have been stitching a few motifs from it. It’s called Quick to stitch cross stitch cards

I may borrow it again once I’ve finished the advent calendar as there are some great designs for cards in it and I like the fact they are broken up into quick, quicker and quickest to stitch categories.

 Pictured are a mistletoe motif and a crown half stitched.

W.I.P Wednesday # – cross stitch advent calendar 

Tutorial Tuesday # 16 – how to make a tiger cake

Tutorial Tuesday # 16 – how to make a tiger cake

Tutorial Tuesday # 16 – how to make a tiger cake

It was tigers birthday today and so to honour him we had to make a stripy cake for him.

To do this we made a normal cake batter mix and then divided it in half colouring one yellow and one brown using cocoa powder then we spooned the mixture into the pans blobbing the brown and yellow mixes. Then William dragged a fork around the mixture to level it off. Not as stripy as we had hoped but it was great sandwiched together with nutella frosting.

Made on Monday # 16 – King George Bib

Well you may have heard that there was a George born recently, set to be future King of England etc. The thing is I had already bagged the name George for my latest lovely boy born 14th May 2013. So to mark the occasion and his namesake I made this bib the other night.
Now with a William and a George in the household that must make me the King mother!

Made on Monday # 16 – King George Bib

Made on Monday # 16 – King George Bib

Sweet Saturday #15 – Lemon and ricota baked cheesecake

Lemon and ricotta baked cheesecake

Ingredients
3 eggs
175 g (6 oz) butter
175 g (6 oz) caster sugar
zest of 3 unwaxed lemons
250 g (9 oz) ricotta cheese
125 g (4.5 oz) self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder

Method
Preheat the oven to 160°C/320°F/Gas mark 3,
and grease and lightly flour a 7″ inch cake tin
2 Separate the egg yolks from the whites.
3 Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
4 Grate the zest of the 3 lemons and add to the butter and sugar
mixture. Then gradually add the egg yolks and ricotta, beat until very smooth.
5 Whisk the egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff.
6 Fold the egg whites, sieved flour and baking powder into the egg and
sugar mixture. Then spoon the finished mixture into the cake tin and place in
the oven for 35 minutes.
7 Remove the cake from tin and leave to cool

Friday Fun # 15 – outdoor painting

Friday Fun # 15 – outdoor painting

Friday Fun # 15 – outdoor painting

Friday Fun # 15 – outdoor painting

Since the weather is so very lovely at the moment. We’ve been looking at ways to enjoy the sunshine as well as doing some fun craft activities. This one is a clear favourite and if you make a mess, no doubt it will rain soon anyway and wash away the paint. All you need is a large roll of paper. Lining paper or the back of wall paper is good. The paper we used we bought on a roll from our local resource exchange and it only cost a £1! Some washable paints, paintbrushes, a few rocks to hold the paper down and our creativity! 

William choose to paint a rainbow. He loves reciting the colours and uses them a lot in his art work. When the painting is finished use it to decorate a fence panel or other outdoor flat space. It would look great as decorations for bar-b-q’s and other summer parties!

Tasty Thursday # 15 – spicy bean burgers and home made coleslaw recipe

Spicy
Bean Burger with Home-made Coleslaw

Ingredients:
10ml olive oil
1/2 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
Pinch of mild chili powder
1 small carrot, peeled and coarsely grated
1 x 410g can mixed beans, drained thoroughly and roughly chopped
75g fresh white breadcrumbs
25g Cheddar cheese, finely grated
½ tsp Marmite
1tbsp freshly chopped mixed herbs of your choice
1 large egg, beaten
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1tbsp plain flour
30ml olive oil

For
the Coleslaw

2tbsp mayonnaise
2tbsp natural yogurt
Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon
1 carrot, peeled, trimmed and shaved into ‘ribbons’ lengthwise using a vegetable
peeler
1/2 small white cabbage, cored and very finely shredded

Method:
1. Heat the oil in a medium frying pan, add the onion and garlic and fry for 2
– 3 minutes or until softened.  Add the chili and carrot to the pan
and fry for a further 1 – 2 minutes stirring constantly.
2. In a large bowl mix the prepared beans together with the breadcrumbs,
cheese, marmite, herbs and onion mixture and enough beaten egg to bind together
without making the mixture too sticky.  Season to taste.  
3. Using the flour, divide the mixture into 6 equal amounts and shape into
burger shapes.  Place on a plate and chill in a fridge for 30
minutes.  
4. Heat the remaining oil in a large frying pan and sauté the bean burgers over
a medium heat for 10 -12 minutes turning over frequently until piping hot and
golden brown.
5. Meanwhile, whisk the mayonnaise together with the yogurt, lemon juice and
seasoning to taste and stir in the carrot ribbons and shredded
cabbage.  

W.I.P. Wednesday # 4 – practice birthday cake

Just thought I’d share a few quick pictures of my first run at making a birthday cake for my mum’s birthday. I bought some new daisy flower presses from Lakeland and I had a vision of a daisy strewn cake . It’s not come out as well as I hoped and I think I will cover the entire cake with flowers and ditch the ribbon but it’s pretty and above all edible.

W.I.P. Wednesday – practice birthday cake 

W.I.P. Wednesday – practice birthday cake 
W.I.P. Wednesday – practice birthday cake 

Tutorial Tuesday # 15 – button bobby pins

Inspired by an image in this months issue of Making magazine, I deicide to show you how to make some button bobby pins. They are very easy to make and can be made to suit any age or colour palette.  
You will need:
  • buttons, 
  • bobby pins,
  • a needle
  • some embroidery floss separated into two strands

Sew the bobby pin onto the back of the button with the embroidery floss, overlapping the stitches will make it more secure. 

Knot and trim the ends so it should look like this.

 Once you have a set, mount them onto some pretty card and they make a great personal gift for friends.

Made on Monday # 15 – Thank you cards

Card making had never really been my thing, but I have recently got more into the craft and find the cutting and sticking quite therapeutic. I also have found it’s great to have a stash of hand made cards ready when you need them. In particular Thank you cards. So here are a selection of my latest makes. 

Made on Monday # 15 – Thank you cards

Made on Monday # 15 – Thank you cards

Made on Monday # 15 – Thank you cards

Made on Monday # 15 – Thank you cards