All a buzz for local honey

8 Mar

Bumble Bee at the Eden Centre

It’s still a little cold and cloudy outside, but it is the season of new beginnings. Snowdrops and crocuses are starting to flower, the birds have already started to sing, and soon the wildlife will resurface from hibernation.

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Christmas Muffin Mix in a Jar

30 Sep

A festive treat to give or receive

I found this at the BBC Good Food website and thought it looked great.

From the BBC Good Food website

From the BBC Good Food website

Ingredients

  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 100g pecans or walnuts
  • 140g tropical dried fruits medley
  • 100g light muscovado sugar

 

Serves 12

Prep 15 minsCook 20 mins

Vegetarian

Method

  1. Layer all the ingredients in a 1 litre glass or plastic preserving jar in the order the ingredients are listed.
  2. Write the following method on a gift label: ‘Tip the contents of the jar into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and add 2 beaten eggs, 300ml/½pt milk and 100g/4oz melted butter. Mix quickly and lightly to a soft batter. Divide between 12 muffin cases. Bake at 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 for 18-20 mins. Use within 4 weeks.’ Attach the label and a wooden spoon to the top of the jar with some raffia or coloured ribbon.
Adapt the flavour

The spices and dried fruit for this mix can be adapted to suit the recipient’s taste.

Jars

Look out for attractive clear jars – either glass or plastic – to show off the layers of the muffin mix.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, Vegetarian Christmas 2006.

 

Original post here: Christmas Muffin Mix in a jar

Winter Friends Felt Keyrings

17 Sep

Keychains, ornaments, stocking stuffers, nursery mobile and more! These little felt friends are very versatile and would make a great gift for Christmas.
You will need to download the PDF template from Repeat Crafter Me and use it to trace/cut out each piece from felt.

 

 
Christmas Tree template – download

Be sure to cut two of each body part so you can lightly stuff it. Sew the edges by hand using a tapestry needle and 2-ply yarn. The embellishments (eyes, nose, feet, etc.) are held in place with hot glue – or sew them on for a more rustic fastening.

 

Full template from: Repeat Crafter Me