Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Personalised Crochet Hook

There are so many crochet fans out there so I jumped at the chance to make a little pressy for one of them I had met through Instagram.
I used the white clay you can get from the Range or Hobbycraft and moulded the shape around the end of the hook.
I then used these fab little letters from Iced Jems to indent her name in it.
Once it had dried I just painted it with a nice light pink acrylic paint and let it dry overnight.
Super quick and easy and a lovely little personalised gift for the crochet lover in your life ! <3

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Halloween Toffee Apples

I am over on the fabulous Live it, Love it, Make it blog again and today I am sharing some toffee apples and how to make them a little bit different !!

Is that a GOLD toffee apple ?

Click here to go and read the full post, and while you are there, check out the girls and their gorgeous blog !

Thank you & Enjoy x

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Chocolate Orange Fudge

OK, this fudge was SO easy I didn't even get a chance to photograph the steps. I hope you don't mind and will still give this a go.

I wanted something quick, easy and delightfully gorgeous looking to take in to see some old work colleagues the other day as a little treat. So I started looking at fudge recipes. They all used condensed milk and so I decided to give it a go.

This is really soft fudge so it get's a bit sticky - but all the better for licking off the fingers right ?

So, for this I used:

100g bar of Dairy Milk
100g bar of Milky Bar
1.5 cans condensed milk
Half a Terrys Chocolate Orange
A few drops of orange essense.
Orange food colouring.

So start with the Dairy Milk layer, and in a ban marie (bowl over simmering water) melt the chocolate and stir in half of the condensed milk. Drop a couple of drops of orange essence in (taste test) and then in a prepared tin (I used baking paper) pour in your first layer of fudge.

Pop it in the freezer while you make the next layer.

Do the same with the Milky Bar and this time add a little orange food colouring.

Grab your tray from the freezer, and pour this on top of the furst layer and pop back in the freezer for about 5 minutes.

Melt some of your Terrys chocolate orange, and 'whack' some of it in a food bag with a spoon to give you some delicious chunks.

Pour some of the melted chocolate over the top and finish by sprinkling the chunks on top. Ohh gosh I can taste it as I write it.

So there you have it - super quick, super easy and very nice on the eye and taste buds - Chocolate Orange Fudge !!
I packaged mine up in little sweet bags to give away ! What would you do with yours ? YUMMY x

Monday, 14 October 2013

Dresser Fabric Tidy

OK, so it's no secret that I am pretty messy.
Especially when it comes to make up - it gets everywhere. So I decided to make a little fabric cover for the dresser to keep it clean and make it look pretty at the same time!
All you need is some cardboard (I used an amazon book delivery sleeve) some fabric, scissors and some tape.
Start by measuring your cardboard. Mine wasn't quite wide enough but it didn't matter as my mirror would stand at the back.
Cut to the right size.

Then measure out your fabric, it needs to be a little wider than the cardboard to wrap around neatly.
If it needs it, give your fabric an iron and lay front side down. Place your cardboard on top and wrap the fabric around the cardboard and secure in place with tape.

Voila !! You can tape it down or use blu-tak but I quite like that it is easily removable to change / wash.

There you have it - a pretty dresser tidy ! I love it and hopefully it will encourage me to keep a little tidier ! x (will see how long that lasts !!)

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Chocolate that's good for you!

Did you read that right? Chocolate that’s GOOD for you? Yes………yes you did !

It's even good enough to have for breakfast !!
I didn’t believe it either when I first heard, but there’s this new way of making chocolates (OK it’s new to me) but by using some RAW ingredients you get super healthy nutrients from your chocolate, that is in fact – good for you!

OK you still have to eat it in moderation, but how amazing to let a silky smooth chocolate melt in your mouth, knowing  you are getting all sorts of antioxidants in you ! Pretty awesome hey!
So these are the first chocolates I have ever made and I am SO pleased with them, how pretty do they look ?

This is mainly down to the gorgeous rose mould from the lovely Iced Jems shop which you can buy here if you’d like to try these beauties.

These are SO easy to make, this is what you’ll need:

30g raw cacao butter
25g raw cacao powder
½ - 1 tbsp agave syrup

I know these don’t sound like normal ingredients you’d have in the cupboard but they are worth investing in ! You can get them online from Goodness Direct and other health food stores.
Here’s some info about the goodness in cacao from the lovely Delicious Ella who has inspired me to try this way of eating ! You should spend some time on her lovely site, it's amazing !

So, to make the chocolates, start by gently melting the cacao butter in a pan, very gently, you can even take it off the heat to stir it and it will still melt, then stir in the cacao powder.

It will be quite a runny consistency.

Then add the agave syrup. Just half at first and give it a taste, if you’d like it sweeter (of course you would) then add some more !

It will now thicken and it’s ready to fill your mould.

BUT before I did this I sprinkled a few hundreds and thousands (not healthy) in the bottom of a couple of the spaces, some with freeze dried raspberries and then filled them up with the chocolate.

This gives them a nice decorative top.  So pretty.

I then split the remaining chocolate in two, added raisins to one half and a dash of orange essence to the rest. 

Oh these were soooo yummy.

If you are impatient like me, pop them in the freezer for about 10 – 15 minutes then pop them out of the mould and TASTE.

They are DELICIOUS. Honestly you wouldn’t believe they are good for you.

Go on try them for yourself !! You won’t regret it !!

Oh and a little tip, I am keeping mine in the freezer because so far, I think raw chocolate melts very quickly, so you might get chocolaty fingers as they melt, but they are so worth it !!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy x

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Caramelised Red Onion Chutney

This is one of my all time favourite things to eat. I have loved it for many years now, right from when it was first available. Now you can get all sorts of different chutneys, but this is still my fave !
I had it recently out for lunch and I decided I just HAD to try for myself, ooh and it's on my Autumn Bucket List so it's a tick off that ! Woo hoo.
So, I kind of adapted the recipe and made it up as I went a long. I just used one red onion, (it was just for me) sliced it thingly and popped some oil in a pan and lightly fried. Be careful not too brown the onions.

I then used golden caster sugar and just poured in a big spoonful to cover the onions (not very exact sorry) but you can see here how much I used.

So then this is the tricky bit, some recipes said to simmer for 20 minutes, but the first time, I stepped away for 2 minutes and it burnt. So stay with it and you kind of know when its ready, the syrup will thicken, keep going a little bit more, stirring occasionally and then it's ready !!

Now for the naughty bit....this is THE best way to enjoy this chutney, warm ciabatta bread and baked camembert. DELICIOUS !!

Yum yum yummy !!! Oh I want some again now !!

Enjoy and let me know if you try it and get as addicted to it as I am !

M x

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Christmas Tree Cake Pops

It's totally OK to mention the C word now isn't it ? I for one am SOOO excited already !!
Something I have done the past couple of years is make Cake Pops for the Christmas table, so I am already thinking of new designs I can do, so I thought I'd share the ones I've made.
These ones are cute little Christmas trees ! They were a little fiddly but I think they worked great in the end ! I had to shape the cake balls in to little cone shapes (quite time consuming) and them dip them in the green candy melts. Straight after dipping I held them for a few seconds, then using a toothpick and starting near the top, I turned the cake pop around whilst dragging the cocktail stick through the candy melt to make the 'tree' like look below. I hope that makes sense. 

I then added the sprinkles for the lights, some green glitter for a bit of sparkle - every tree needs a bit of sparkle and topped them off with a yellow sugar star for the top ! This is always my favourite part of decorating the Christmas tree and I got to do it loads of times ! 

I then packed them up and tied them up with candy cane coloured bakers twine !! 

Eeeek !