Archive | May, 2013

Cork map

26 May

I saw this and thought it was a great idea that I will try for the UK, I have a world one, want to do a ‘home’ one too to ensure I explore everywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Cork Travel Map by C.R.A.F.T

The C.R.A.F.T version is just for the US but you could easily use the same principle and draw out the whole world and maybe personalize it with some acrylic paint. The options are endless!

 

Using an old cork board I’m going to outline the UK as below, possibly colour and using luggage tags and push pins add in the places we have been and the ones to go to.

Muffin mix in a jar

5 May

how-to-make-muffin-mix  Muffin Mix in a Jar

  Another super gift idea for any baker or reluctant baker.

  This coudl be gifted as it is or combined with a wooden spoon, baking
trayand or muffin cases.

  Recipe for the mix from GoodToKnow.co.uk – original post

Ingredients

  • 400g self-raising flour
  • 275g soft brown sugar
  • 40g cocoa
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 100g chocolate chunks

Equipment

  • 1l sterilised Kilner jar
  • Ribbon, to decorate

Method

  1. Stir the baking powder into the self-raising flour and sieve to remove any lumps. Using a wooden spoon, carefully pour the flour into the bottom of the kilner jar. The flour needs to be tightly packed down in the bottom of the jar. To do this, hold the jar a few inches above your work surface and tap down onto the surface. Use the end of a rolling pin to pack the flour down even more tightly.
  2. Add the cocoa powder and use the end of your rolling pin to pack the layer of sugar down tightly.
  3. Add the soft brown sugar. You may find it easier to pour it in from a measuring jug. Use the end of your rolling pin to pack the layer of sugar down tightly.
  4. Add enough chocolate chunks to fill the jar right to the top. Replace the lid and seal and finish by tying a ribbon around the top of the jar.
  5. To turn this Christmas cookie mix into chocolate muffins, click here for our speedy chocolate muffins recipe and method. For the wet ingredients specified you will need 280ml milk, 3 large eggs, 2 tsp vanilla extract and 160ml olive oil.

By Katy Salter – goodtoknow Recipes editor. Kilner jar available from Lakeland; ribbon from John Lewis.

GoodToKnow.co.uk: “We’ve turned our speedy chocolate muffin recipe, goodtoknow’s most popular recipe of all time, into a muffin mix that makes the perfect homemade present for friends or family…”

Write the recipe for the Christmas muffin mix on a large luggage tag or sticker and stick it on the jar, so the recipient knows how to turn the dry mix into delicious chocolate muffins!

Fabric wreath

2 May

This is where planned to start on my Christmas Created challenge (it’s still in the to be done pile unfortunatly!),

Fabric Wreath from Resweater

I’m going to make use of the lovely little bits of fabric I have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great way to get rid of small scraps.

Cut all the scraps to similar sizes – squares as shown here or as leaves of varying colours and sizes (I’ve seen this done with leather scraps too and it looks fantastic).

If they are thin fabric run a needle with thick thread throug the centre – or at the end of a leaf.

If thick fabric you may be best punching a hole in them all before you start.

when you’ve threaded the required amount to make the size of decoration or wreath you’d like, wrap them into a circle and knot. add a hanging loop – either a large one if to go on a tree or door handle or a small one if you are fixing to a door hook.