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Monday, 9 January 2012

mostly Christmas crafts

it's not christmas anymore i know but as i had no time to blog over xmas (due to obligatory kids illnesses and far too much cooking and eating) here's some nice things we made which i didn't get time to show you!First up a gingerbread fest! we decorated an ikea base house and with as many sweets as possible and then stuck it all together with caramel!it had an interesting slant to it - which i think added to the fairytale cuteness of it. I did seem to eat most of it mind you....
gingerbread house

I also made some really nice gingerbread and the kids cut out shapes with my mum and then decorated them with me. an all round team effort! here's the recipe curtesy of tesco. I think the cocoa addition is rather nice. well i would wouldn't i!!

Choc Gingerbread biscuits
100g butter
175g soft brown sugar
75g golden syrup
1 tsp bicarb
350g plain flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 large egg lightly beaten
1 tsp ground ginger
put butter sugar and syrup in a pan and heat til sugar is dissolved. remove from heat and stir in bicarb.  mix dry ingredients sitr in and add egg til mix forms a soft ball.  chill for about 1 hour in the fridge (any longer and its too hard to roll out!) cut dough in half and roll out each piece to about 5mm deep and cut out shapes. bake in  a gas 5 190 deg oven for 10-12 mins ( line your baking sheet) then cool. decorate in free and abandoned style!
homemade gingerbread tree

the full gingerbread selection

christmas gingerbread dove

I quite like twiggy trees, I always used to have one at our old house. the winter sun on it at about 11am in the kitchen was the highlight of my day!

twiggy christmas tree

 On an  outing to a local craft fair i picked up these trees for a pound each!! i gave our favourite children a christmas decoration each this year and these knitted ones are on the make list for next year. the ones below were the ones i made this year from some scraps. the kids chose a colour of ribbon each when we went to Maculloch and Wallis's shop in central london - Heaven!

scrappy trees

Other more grown up presents included blackberry brandy and caramel vodka (hey no scratch that I think i drank it myself!) i will heed vicky on the heath and make much more blakberry brandy next year. its yummy! add blackberries and sugar to brandy,shake alot and try to keep for about 2-3 months before straining off the blackberries. some of us found this harder to do than others!! i just spotted a way to make vanilla essence by steeping vanilla pods in vodka for as long as you can - that is next on the list!

homemade christmas booze- nice bottles shame about the labels!!!
I made lots of corsages to give away as kits or complete. I used old badges for the backings as they were easy to stick on. below them here's the one i gave zola in the summer - not sure it ever made it onto the blog before. lots of layers work best on these and i enjoy getting the colours just right.



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