When my kids have cupcakes they basically eat the icing, have one nibble of the cake and they’re done. So I had a bit of a brainwave the other day (or at least I think it’s a brainwave. Don’t tell me if I’ve just missed the boat): Making miniature cupcakes in petit four (or truffle) cases, using a cake pop mould for the tray. BING! And it actually worked, which is nice because my bakes often don’t!
Last weekend we were lucky enough to be invited to the beautiful Larmer Tree Festival in Dorset. I’ve been to quite a few festivals, but none with children. I have never dared. And it was definitely a different experience. I did have moments where I envied the child-free, boozing, snoozing people, but actually I enjoyed this one more than any festival I’ve been to before. Larmer Tree is so chilled out, so friendly and so varied. You can just sit in one spot and entertainment will come and find you.
Nothing says Christmas more than Brandy Snaps. Well, a few things do I suppose. But They’re so good, I think they should be obligatory on Christmas Day. Here’s how to make a batch.
This recipe is adapted from one featured in The Great British Bake Off Book.
You will need:
55g demerara sugar
55g golden syrup
50g plain flour
½ level tsp ground ginger
½ tsp lemon juice
200g dark chocolate
fruit, such as blueberries, raspberries or strawberries to decorate
Oh dear me…I’m ashamed to say that my little one got a bit of a burnt head the other day! It was only a tiny bit… but I feel very guilty. So to make up for it, I decided to make her a nice new sunhat. I find the ones in the shops are all a bit samey and boring. This one is bright, reversible and SO easy to make (so easy in fact that I made two). I found a really lovely tutorial and template here on www.purlbee.com.
I’ve always been a bit of a guess worker when it comes to sewing. I don’t really follow patterns, I cut corners and I skip things like lining and finishing seams. But recently I’ve been wanting to do things ‘properly’ so I’ve been trying to teach myself the correct way to make things! I started with a little make-up purse, I love it! If you want to make one too…
Last week, I very cleverly managed to shrink both my and George’s woolen jumpers in the washing machine. Whoopsie. I tried to stretch them out but to be honest, they’re goners. I was about to throw them in the bin when I thought I’d try something first. I took my cardigan, chopped it up, stitched it into a square and BOOM! A cushion cover! This was the easiest thing I’ve ever made… Try it, it literally takes ten minutes.
I’ve decided that, in June, I’m going have a total detox from sugar. I eat WAY too many biscuits. And cakes. And chocolate… So its time to go cold turkish delight (sorry) and try to kick my addiction. We’ll see how it turns out, but in the meantime I decided to say bye bye to biscuits in style and cook up these delicious Salted Caramel Brownie Cookies, which I found here on www.donnahay.com.au. Read on for the full recipe.
Amelie loves popping foods into her toy cooker and ‘baking’ them, so I thought I’d make her some biscuits from air dry clay. These cute little yummies turned out really well (apart from the Oreo… that one was a bit dodgy) and I think they were my favourite thing I’ve made for her so far! Except that I wanted to eat biscuits the entire time I was making them. Read on to learn how to make your own.
A friend of mine recently showed me how easy it is to make things out of copper piping (she made an awesome table with some piping and scaffold boards….clever girl). You don’t need to be a fancy welder, all you need is some strong glue and a little device that cuts the copper pipe with a simple twist. I found this post by the awesome fallfordiycom which uses wooden poles alongside copper joins. I wanted the full copper look on my magazine rack so I went and bought myself some piping – the whole thing cost me under £20 (but I did have the fabric already).
3/4 cup Smooth peanut butter
6 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. almond essence
1 cup Plain flour
1 tsp. baking soda
100g softened butter
1/3 cup desiccated coconut
Preheat oven to 180c. Mix the peanut butter, honey and almond essence until smooth. Beat in the butter then gradually mix in the baking soda and flour until you have a smooth dough.
It was my beautiful god-daughter Poppy’s birthday a few weeks ago, and like many two-year-olds she’s got a bit of a thing for Mr Tumble. And why wouldn’t she? Everything in his world is bright and spotty! So I set about trying to impress her with a homemade Mr Tumble spotty cake.
For this cake you will need:
In January I made a little resolution that 2014 is the year to finish what I started. I have so many projects that I start, then get bored of and stuff in a cupboard. So I starting forcing myself to finish things… and it was really satisfying! I put buttons on coats that have been in a pile for a year. I fixed a bag that had a broken catch. I sewed trim on an apron I made about 6 months ago. Being productive is addictive! On the top of a pile was a lampshade I bought from a car boot sale 3 years ago. Yep. For 3 years it has been sat there taking up room. I decided to upcycle it with some lovely fabric I had leftover from a dress: