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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

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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

 

Sewing projects using fabric scraps

21 Aug

Do you always find yourself with offcuts of leftover material after you’ve finished a sewing project? You feel it’s wasteful to throw them away but they’re too small for anything you’re planning. It’s kinder to your pocket, and the environment, to use them up, so here are some quick and easy makes designed for small pieces of fabric.

I’ve had these bookmarked for ages and thought it was time to share them!
They are from All About You

Love is the key

Sew your own pretty padded heart key rings.

From All About You

From All About You

 

To make
Enlarge template (Below) to about 9.5cm high. Cut out two heart shapes from linen. Cut an 8cm length of velvet ribbon and thread through a keyring. Place heart shapes right sides together and sandwich the ends of the velvet ribbon between the hearts, pin in place.

Stitch all around outer edge, taking 1cm seam allowance and leaving gap in side for turning through. Trim, turn right sides out, press and fill with polyester toy filling. Sew up gap in stitching. Tie the velvet ribbon in a bow and stitch to centre of heart. Sew a heart-shaped button on to the plain fabric heart.

Heart pattern for keyring