Thursday, 28 November 2013

Tasty Thursday - Butterbean and butternut squash stew recipe

Tasty Thursday - Butterbean and butternut squash stew recipe
It may not look the prettiest but it will warm you from your head to your toes. Giving you a satisfying glow of eating something wholesome and nutritious that is an ease to make.
Serves 4 with crusty bread and butter
You will need:
1 tin of butterbeans
2 tbsp of olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1 tin of passata
425ml of vegetable stock
350g butternut squash

Drain and rinse the beans.
Chop the onions and fry with the olive oil in a large pan for 10 minutes. Add the garlic, passata, stock and seasoning.
Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, peel, de-seed and chop the butternut squash into chunks.
Add the squash and the beans to the pan and simmer for another 20 minutes.
Serve with crusty bread and butter.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Made on Monday - Ribbon and crystal bead necklace

Made on Monday - Ribbon and crystal bead necklace
This is a sneek peek at one of the Christmas presents I have made this year. I was inspired by an article I read in last years Prima Christmas Makes magazine. It used up materials I had in my craft drawers so I've spent no money on this make, even better!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Sewing Sunday - Free Beano Dennis the Menace style cross stitch bookmark pattern

The must have for any Beano fan. 
Free Beano Dennis the Menace style cross stitch bookmark pattern





Saturday, 23 November 2013

Sweet Saturday - blackberry vodka recipe

This year we had a glut of blackberries. I had bake pies and cooked crumbles and still had some left. I often make the hubby a flavored vodka for Christmas and decided these would be a good candidate for a new version. The final outcome is delicious and if you want to have a go at making your own just click on the read more link. 


Friday, 22 November 2013

Friday Fun - how to make a paper holly wreath

This is a lovely craft to do with the kids. If they are smaller like mine (5) then pre cut all the pieces as I have done. If not let them cut out as well as assemble the wreath.
First draw around a small plate and a jam jar lid on green card. Then cut out to make the basic wreath shape.
So it should look like this.
Then using green patterned papers. I always seem to have a ton of craft papers stashed away! If not you could use different green papers or wrapping papers. Cut out a selection of holly leaf shapes. They do not all have to be matching or perfectly shaped as this never happens in nature.
Then using a glue stick glue the holly leaves around the ring so that the background colour is almost covered.
Then add red buttons for berries (again always seem to have a ton of buttons). Finally tape a loop of ribbon on the back of the wreath so you can hang it.
 
There you have it, a beautiful holly wreath that can be used year after year. 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Tasty Thursday - gnocchi and tomato bake recipe

1 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion
1 pepper
1 pack Gnocchi
1 packet passata
1 tsp dried basil
1 ball of mozzarella

Slice the onion and chop the pepper into chunks.
Heat the oil in a frying pan and then fry the onion and pepper for 5 minutes. Add the passata and basil and cook for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and then cook the gnocchi according to the packets instructions.
Drain the gnocchi place in a baking dish pour over the tomato sauce and then top with sliced mozzarella.
Grill on a high heat for 3 minutes.
Tasty Thursday - gnocchi and tomato bake recipe

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Tutorial Tuesday - How to create custom made luggage label gift tags

I think it is so nice when you can make the wrapping and the tags for something handmade you are giving at Christmas. So I've just compiled a collection of some of my favourite ways to customise Luggage labels, which I know most crafters keep in their stash.

First use papers that have a stitched design on them. I love these hearts and they came in a range of designs that look as if I've stitched them on. All I did was carefully cut them out and glued them in a central position. These are great for Christmas with the red tones but would also suit Valentines when giving a handmade gift to your loved one.
Tutorial Tuesday - How to create custom made luggage label gift tags
Tutorial Tuesday - How to create custom made luggage label gift tags
 Why not try decorating with buttons.
I know I am guilty of hoarding buttons. I often just have them to look at as they look great in colour organised jars but sometimes it feels good to break them out with a crafty activity. They are just perfect for decorating these tags.
Tutorial Tuesday - How to create custom made luggage label gift tags
To make the snowman simply find two white buttons one larger than the other and glue in place with some pva glue. Then cut out a hat from craft paper and glue on at a jaunty angle.

Tutorial Tuesday - How to create custom made luggage label gift tags
 To make the puddings find three brown buttons of varying sizes. Glue them on smallest to largest down the tag with PVA. Then with pencil crayons add holly berries and leaves.
Tutorial Tuesday - How to create custom made luggage label gift tags
 To make the tree you will need a collection of green buttons of varying sizes. It is best to play around with the arrangement first so you can make a triangle shape. Then when you are happy with the shape of your tree glue the buttons in place with PVA. Add a paper bucket shape and a star to finish.

 Finally wrap Christmas ribbon around for a classic clean finish.
Tutorial Tuesday - How to create custom made luggage label gift tags
 I bought these ribbons at Hobby craft last week and I have been dying to use them in my Christmas makes. These tags are easy to make and just require you to cut the ribbon so that it wraps and slightly overlaps at the back. Then use double sided sticky tape to secure in place.
Tutorial Tuesday - How to create custom made luggage label gift tags
I just had to use the starry tag straight away as it went so well with the gift wrap I made last week. The first handmade Christmas present (the cross stitch bunny for George) wrapped and waiting for Christmas. 

Monday, 18 November 2013

Made on Monday - cross stitch nursery soft toy bunny

Made on Monday - cross stitch nursery soft toy bunny 
I have just finished making this bunny for George for Christmas. The pattern was from the world of cross stitching magazine and I love the simple design. The colour choice and the circles really fit in well with decoration scheme in George's room. He has such a sweet face, I am tempted to make more for the other kids in the family. But at the moment it will have to be added on my to sew list which seems to get longer every day.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Tasty Thursday - Vegetarian sausage and butter nut squash pasties

These comforting pasties are packed with savoury vegetarian sausage meat and sweet butter nut squash. Perfect with a baked potato for home cooking comfort.

This will make four large pasties
1 packet dry vegetarian sausage meat mix.
1/4 butter nut squash
300g plain flour
150g margarine
1-2 tbsp of cold water.
1 egg beaten.

Preheat the oven to 200c gas mark 5.

First mix up the sausage meat mix with water following the packets instructions.

Then rub the margarine into the flour until it looks like breadcrumbs.

Add the cold water and mix with a round bladed knife until the mix starts to bind together. Do not worry if you haven't added all of the water, as you do not want a sloppy mix.

Form into a ball and leave.

Peel and chop the butter nut squash into small cubes.
Divide the pastry into 4. Roll into balls and then roll out into circle roughly the size of a small plate.

Mix the sausage meat and butter nut squash together. Divide the mixture between the pasty circles.

Bring the edges of the pasty together and crimp by pressing your finger and thumb together along the edge.

Brush with beaten egg and bake for 35-40 minutes.
Tasty Thursday - Vegetarian sausage and butter nut squash pasties 

Monday, 11 November 2013

Made on Monday - Naming ceremony cake

A couple of weeks ago we had a naming ceremony for George. Just with close friends and family and I just knew what kind of a cake I wanted to make. I wanted something, bright childish and fun. So I cam up with a two tried maderia cake. Decorated with fondant stars and circles in primary colours and I made miniature bunting with George's name festooned across the top.
Made on Monday - Naming ceremony cake

The bunting worked really well and added that special touch to show the day was for George.
Made on Monday - Naming ceremony cake
I really am pleased with the final outcome as cake decorating has never been my strongest craft. The the overall finish was eye catching and all the comments I received were very positive. Best of all it tasted great!
Made on Monday - Naming ceremony cake

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Gluten free Chocolate brownies recipe

Sweet Saturday - Chocolate brownies recipe
These are just what you need when coming in from the cold. Comforting, chocolaty and with just the right combination of crisp outer and fudgy middle. Once you have had one it'll be hard to resist the rest.

To make Chocolate brownies you will need:
  • 125g margarine
  • 125g gluten free dark chocolate
  • 3 eggs
  • 300g soft brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g Gluten free self raising flour (I like Doves)
  • 25g cocoa powder
  1. Preheat the oven to 180c gas mark 4 and grease and line a 16cm by 26cm baking tin.
  2. Put the margarine and chocolate in a mixing bowl over a saucepan of water to melt. Once melted take off the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. In another bowl whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick.
  4. Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the egg mix and fold gently in.
  5. Add the cooled chocolate and fold in.
  6. Pour mixture in the baking tin and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Leave to cool and then cut into squares. 
    Sweet Saturday - Chocolate brownies recipe

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Tasty Thursday - chocolate and ginger bonfire cupcakes recipe

A warming and satisfying little bonfire cupcake to enjoy post fireworks. These are so easy to make and can whipped up in no time.
Tasty Thursday - chocolate and ginger bonfire cupcakes recipe

To make the chocolate and ginger bonfire cupcakes you will need:
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 120g baking margarine
  • 120g self raising flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 1tsp of ground ginger
  • 12 paper cases
  • chocolate spread to decorate
  • paper flames to decorate

These are so simple to make it almost seems silly to write out the instructions but...
  1. Pre heat oven to 180c gas mark 4
  2. Line a patty tin with cake cases
  3. Then place all the cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl and using a hand mixer, mix until a smooth batter is formed.
  4. Spoon the mixture evenly between the cake cases.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until the spring back to the touch.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  7. To decorate use a fork to apply chocolate spread to the tops of the cakes, to make it look like a bonfire. Then stick in paper flames.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a mug cosy

I was inspired to make these mug cosies by my mum. On these chilly days there is nothing my mum likes better than walking around her garden with a mug of coffee but all too quickly the coffee goes cold and thus the walk is ended. The solution is a mug cosy!
To make a mug cosy you will need a piece of fleece fabric 10 cm by 40 cm. Some ribbon. A button and a needle and thread.
You can sew this all by hand is you want but I also used my sewing machine. 
Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a mug cosy
First fold the fleece fabric in half lengthways right sides together and stitch one end and along the length.
Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a mug cosy
 Then turn the fleece the right way around
Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a mug cosy
Wrap around your mug to obtain where your button will be positioned and place a pin there.
Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a mug cosy
Then at the open end tuck in the ends and add a ribbon loop. Sew the end closed.
Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a mug cosy
Then sew on your button at the position you marked earlier.
Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a mug cosy
 Then wrap around you mug and enjoy cosy drinks this winter!
Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a mug cosy

Monday, 4 November 2013

Made on Monday - 'The snowman' cross stitch

I have just finished sewing 'The snowman' for William to decorate his bedroom at Christmas. You can't beat the movie for making you feel nostalgic and Christmasy. I am really pleased with the end result the pattern captures the snowman perfectly and I really liked the patterning on the hat and scarf. 

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