Monday, 30 September 2013

CraftyWeekend 2nd Birthday

My little blog is 2 years old today! 

This blog is a way for me to record my crafting exploits, and I'm extremely happy if sharing these can give someone else some inspiration to make something, so THANK YOU for visiting.

Here are some of my favourite projects from the last year.

Wedding Present: Scrabble Word Art

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Paper Cutting - instructions and how to make your own template

Chocolate Mendiants - for after dinner treats

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Old recipies

This post is dedicated to those old recipes you've had for years, the hand written ones passed down in your family or collected when you were little, the creased and dogeared ones you've folded and stored in different recipe books and that are covered with various ingredients from the recipe. I bake so many recipes I find online these days, it's good to appreciate the old favourites.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Tomato Tarts

Unfortunately my Stem Ginger Shortbread didn't win any prizes at the county show, however I also entered "6 mini savoury tarts", and these came third! 

So here is the prizewinning recipe...

tomato tart recipe shortcrust pastry instructions

You will need:
For the shortcrust pastry:
125g plain flour
55g cold butter, cubed
Pinch of salt
Approx 30-40ml cold water

For the filling:
800g chopped tomatoes, sived
1 large white onion
Red chilli, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
Small handful of thyme, finely chopped
Yellow tomatoes to decorate, optional.

Prepare the pastry - add the butter to the flour and salt, and rub together until you have the texture of messy breadcrumbs. Add the water a little at a time, mixing with a knife until nearly combined. Make the dough into a ball with your hands, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge.

Chop the onions and put them over a medium heat until they are soft. Sieve as much liquid from the chopped tomatoes as possible, and add to the pan. Add the garlic, chilli and thyme and cook on a low heat, stirring occupationally for about 30 mins.

While this is cooking, roll out the pastry, cut with a cookie cutter or glass and place in a cupcake tray. (Pro tip: DON'T have a glass of water nearby that you mistake for an empty glass and pour all over your pastry....) Line the empty pastry cases with baking paper (it helps to scrunch it up first), and fill them with baking beans or rice. Heat the oven to 220C, and bake the empty shells for approx 25 minutes, or until the base looks light and completely cooked and the edges are light brown. Remove the baking beans, add the filling with a slice of yellow tomato on top, and cook for a further 20 minutes.

Here's some photos from the show...

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Pinterest Love: Autumn

I've got a lot of love for Autumn - beautiful walks in the forest as the leaves turn orange, warming up by a country pub fire and of course Halloween. Here's some things inspiring me on Pinterest right now.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

White Chocolate Oreo Pops

I didn't think Oreos could be improved until I saw this on Pinterest. How had I never thought of coating them in chocolate?

chocolate coated oreo lolly

You will need:
1 pack Oreos (double stuff works best)
Good quality chocolate
Lolly sticks
Sprinkles, to decorate

Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over hot water, or slowly 10-20 seconds at the time in the microwave, stirring in between. Always melt the last few lumps by stirring, it helps to temper the chocolate if it doesn't get hotter than it needs to.
At first I found it quite difficult to dip the Oreos as the stick is too lose. To fix this, I look each Oreo apart, pushed a stick into the cream and stuck the two halves back together using a little melted chocoalte. This made them a lot stronger and easier to dip. 
Allow the excess chocolate to drip off before placing these down, or if you can wait, allow them to dry while you are holding them.

oreo pops chocolate

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Stitched Cards - Sew Easy Tool

As per usual, I could't resist picking up something new to try last time I was in Hobbycraft. This tool is called "Sew easy" - it's a circular stamp which make holes in different patterns for you to then stitch. I love the idea, can't say it worked that well on card, it made indents and I had to go over it and make the holes with a pin. However you are supposed to do it on a foam surface, and I just used my cutting mat.

I love the simple idea though, and it looks great finished. Next time I'll try some multi-coloured or glittery thread.

I made stitched Christmas cards a while back using a printed pattern, but this is more fun!

sew easy stitched card

stitched handmade wedding card

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