Baking recipes collection

    As the weather turns colder, my thought always turn to food. I find great comfort and warmth in food and especially in baking. I find nothing more delightful than the heat of the oven, the sweet smells emanating and the warm satisfaction of filling my belly with something homemade. If you also want to share in the warm fuzzy glow of home baked goods, you can do not better than to check out my Pinterest board of my baking recipes.  

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Free cross stitch pattern, Halloween skull cat

I’ve got a thing for cats at the moment in my cross stitch work, I also love the filled in silhouette that is currently so popular. So I thought I’d combine cats and skulls for a cute Halloween design. Click on the read more link for the download.

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Back stitch embroidery.

     I must confess I have a great love for this simple stitch. Back stitch is so versatile and it’s my go to stitch whenever I do an embroidery project.
If you are yet to feel the love for back stitch, check out my Pinterest board which not only has links to some great tutorials but also showcases some wonderful work made with the simple back stitch.

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Free cross stitch pattern, lion

 This friendly lion would look great stitched up in a nursery or playroom. Or used for card making, perfect for those with a birthday in July. Click on the read more link to download the free pattern.

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Blackwork embroidery

I love the simplicity of working with just one colour. It took me a while to catch on to the embroidery style of black work, but I have since enjoyed stitching and designing with blackwork.
I love how the patterns can be used to add texture and give the illusion of three dimensions to your stitched work.
If you feel like having a go at black work, I would recommend looking at my Pinterest board as a good staring point. There are links to some good tutorials, inspiring images and a few of my designs.

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You can also check out my free patterns page as I have listed a couple of blackwork patterns on there for you.

Art inspiration

     If you ever find yourself stuck for inspiration, or wondering where to take your art project next then I have a great Pinterest board for you. It’s a collection of sketchbook ideas and techniques that you can try out when your stuck in a creative rut. Great for getting your juices flowing, it’s also a great teaching resource for those who find yourself lucky enough to share your creative passion with others.
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Cauliflower cheese soup recipe

We are big fans of cauliflower cheese in the Cartwright house hold. It is comfort food at it’s best. But sometimes, old favourites can do with being re-thought and this soup has become the go to recipe for 2015 when we want something so satisfying and warm it’s like a big bear hug.

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Cauliflower cheese soup.

Serves 4 for lunch
  • knob of butter
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 450g cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 small potato, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 350ml gluten free vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)
  • 200ml milk
  • 100g mature cheddar, grated

  1. Heat the butter in a large saucepan.
  2. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 mins.
  3. Then add the cauliflower, potato, stock, milk and seasoning.
    Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and leave to simmer for about 30 mins
    until the cauliflower and potato are soft.
  4. Press with a potato masher until you get a creamy, thick soup.
  5. Stir in the grated cheese, just before serving.

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Halloween party decorations and food

I just thought I would do a quick round up of all the Halloween food and decorations I made for last year’s celebrations. 

I kept the colour scheme simple and went for purple and black as my main colours. I used a large piece of purple fabric for my table cloth and cut a black vinyl spider web to decorate it.

I used some black sticker film and cut eyes and a mouth to decorate my fish bowl vase and then filled it with cheese puffs to make a pumpkin.

I baked chocolate cupcakes and topped them with marshmallow teacakes and red laces to make spider cakes.

I also decorated my paper plates with a sharpie to make spider webs.

I made crepe paper purple roses and added fresh ivy to make tasteful table decorations.

I also used purple feathers to continue to colour scheme.

To make this spooky salad I used a bag of bistro salad that has shredded beetroot in it and then added slices of cucumber on the top. I made the faces in the cucumber by cutting them with the end of a drinking straw.

For sweet treats I made this graveyard black forest trifle and worm jellies.

Overall I was really pleased with the final spread and everyone had a great time. I hope this inspires you and that you have a Happy Halloween.