Sunday, 30 September 2012

Crafty Weekend 1st Birthday Round-Up

I can't actually believe it was a year ago that I started blogging...but happy birthday Crafty Weekend!!! In honour of this momentous occasion I've purchased my very own domain, so welcome to :)
As a little round-up, here's my favourite posts from the first 12 months. Thank you all so much for visiting, I hope you've enjoyed the posts and got some ideas for your own craft projects :)

1. "The only chocolate chip cookie I will ever need to know how to make for the rest of my life".

2. Learn to crochet / Learn to knit
I've learned both this year and linked to some great resources and simple projects if you want to learn.

3. Stained glass window biscuits

4. Sloe gin
with champagne....bliss!


Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Limoncello Truffles

We recently visited Italy and returned home with a beautiful bottle of limoncello. If you can resist drinking it then it's worthwhile donating a little to this recipe as the combination of creamy white chocolate and sweet lemon is amazing.

white chocolate limoncello truffles recipe

You will need:
250g good quality white chocolate
2 tablespoons limoncello
30g butter
2 tablespoons double cream
Pinch salt

Makes about 20

Melt 100g of white chocolate in the microwave, 10 seconds at a time and stirring in between. Melt the last few lumps by stirring. Chop the butter into small pieces and add the butter, cream and limoncello to the chocolate and stir well. Cover this with clingfilm and leave in the fridge to set.

Once the mixture is set, scoop out small teaspoons worth and shape into balls - you don't want them too large as they're seriously rich. Place onto greaseproof paper and put into the freezer for a few hours.

Melt the remaining chocolate and use a fork to dip & coat the truffles. Use any remaining chocolate to drizzle over the truffles. Leave to set and keep in the fridge until needed.

white chocolate limoncello truffles recipe

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Heart Sugar Cubes

Heart sugar cubes wedding favours baby shower

To make these, take some sugar in a mixing bowl, slowly add a teaspoon of water at a time until you've made a paste - stop once the sugar sticks together so that it's not too wet. Add some food colouring, then press flat onto some baking parchment or greaseproof paper about 1cm thick.

Use a heart cutter (I've used these) to cut out the hearts, and leave to dry overnight. I think these would be perfect for baby showers, wedding favours and afternoon tea. I don't actually have sugar in my tea, but I might be tempted to start.

Heart sugar cubes wedding favours baby shower

Heart sugar cubes wedding favours baby shower

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Chocolate & Pistachio Palmiers

Palmiers means palm leaves in French. Some people think they look like elephant ears, personally they make me think of owl eyes. Anyhow...they're a great simple recipe (only 3 ingredients) and they made our house smell amazing. You can also create savoury versions using sun dried tomatoes & herbs or goats cheese & roasted red peppers, but being a chocoholic I had to go with Nutella.

Chocolate pistachio palmiers recipe puff pastry dessert

You will need:
1 pack puff pastry (I recommend ready-rolled for maximum speed / laziness!)
Small jar Nutella
Approx 25g shelled pistachios
Golden sugar for sprinkling

If you need, roll out the puff pastry to approximately 12 x 8 inches. Spoon on the Nutella until you have quite a thick layer - at least 5-6 tablespoons. Finely chop the pistachios and sprinkle them on top. Roll the long sides of the pastry in so that they meet in the middle. Turn the roll over so that the  join is underneath, place on baking parchment and chill in the fridge for half an hour. Heat the oven to 220C/425F and using a sharp knife, chop the roll into 1cm slices, discarding the ends. Place 5-6 on a baking tray and go over them with a rolling pin to flatten them. If it sticks, try placing some baking paper in between the pastry and the rolling pin. Sprinkle with golden sugar and bake for 10-15 minutes, they are done when they are golden. Enjoy them straight from the oven.

Chocolate pistachio palmiers puff pastry dessert

Chocolate pistachio palmiers recipe puff pastry dessert

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Corner Bookmarks

As soon as I saw these I fell in love with them. I've made a few this weekend but I've got so many more ideas for different designs. You can find the template here...after that it's up to you!

I think these would also be really sweet as place markers on a table, you could put them over the edge of the table mats with guests names on.

All you need is some card, ruler, scissors coloured paper and any stamps or embellishments you'd like to add. 

corner bookmarks table place names

corner bookmarks or table place names

wedding table place names table mat

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Pinterest Love - Toilet Roll

This is why I love Pinterest. Pages and pages of beautiful photos, endless ideas and inspiration, I'm completely addicted and my to-do list grows longer every day.

Case in point, toilet roll, that staple of crafting when you are 5 years old. A quick search on Pinterest, and who knew you could do all these things with it?

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