Monday, March 31, 2008

Clear out the trash

This week I have been encouraging Owen to clear out his room so that we can get some new furniture that will suit his teenage years! So we have a pile of books and games that are all ready to go to the nearly new sale which is at Maulden in a couple of weeks.

This has lead to Owen rediscovering things he never knew he had!!! One of which was a build your own volcano. This was a kit that you had to make up the mould, pour the clay and then paint it. THEN you make it erupt with baking powder, washing up liquid, vinegar and red paint! I video'd it with my camera - we don't actually have a vid, and then Owen made it into a movie using Movie maker...here is the finished result: I hope that you like it - I was dead impressed! (You can move onto the end a bit for the better video.)



This week we have been shopping in Bedford - we went around all of the 'Game' type of stores. Along with a brief visit to Poundland to learn that they are not doing doublesided tape at the moment!!! I also went to Coleman's and even a really brief visit to Stamp Addicts...with a small spend in each!

Then we bought Run, Fat Boy, Run - which we sat and watched it Friday afternoon - it was entertaining. Don't forget to visit the Crafts forum - there are challenges and competitions...and on The Cooks Journal there is a lot of recipe sharing and some challenges, join in and tell us all about your blog

Monday, March 24, 2008

Peanut butter choc chip cookies


I saw this recipe in April's Delicious and decided to give it a go with out the topping, this brought the price down for Ampthill Country Market Stall...have to say they were delicious!

They are actually entitled Chocolate Peanut Crumble Cookies in the mag
Makes 15 they will keep for 4 days, or can be frozen

115g salted butter
115g caster sugar
1 heaped tablespoon of smooth peanut butter
1 large egg
150g Plain flour
30g cocoa
½ teaspoon bicarb soda
100g plain choc chips

oven at 190c/fan170c/gas 5
cream butter sugar and peanut butter together, add the egg. sift flour, cocoa and bicarb, fold in then add choc chips. roll into 15 balls and squash down. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes, leave to cool for a few mniutes before transfering to a cooling rack.

Now the recipe suggested adding a topping:
30g salted butter
40g plain flour
30g caster sugar
rub together and then add
60g unsalted peanuts, half roughly chopped.
...you then add this to the top of each cookie before cooking.

AND then they suggest drizzling 50g melted white chocolate over them when they have cooled

...sadly I didn't do either - but they were yummy anyway...

I used block chocolate at room temperature roughly chopped

Well it is the end of the Easter Weekend - back to work for me tomorrow - although only doing a one day week as I have Friday off! I have not crafted or cooked today - just been doing some tidying. I have sorted a lot of Owen's room out today and given it a good clean ..... I did have a special suit on before I entered!!! We still have some areas to clear out - he has so much stuff that he just isn't interested in, and there is a nearly new sale on in Maulden in a few weeks time - so thought it was a good time to make the effort to have a clear out

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Sunday and Snow!


Well we woke up this morning to a covering of snow...I thought we may have had a bit more...but it soon went. Owen managed to make a large snowball - and another out the back! Not quite managing a snowman, I think he got bored as the snow was disappearing fast! And a warm lounge was calling him!


So I have been playing with odd things over the last few days. Firstly I have been cutting 'greyboard' with the Cuttlebug and playing with the shapes. This first one, is just covered with the Ranger Adirondack embossing powders - denim, I gave it 3 coats, in all using the Sue biscuit tin method. And then I got out an emery board and sanded it down in places to expose a white core.



This next one - I inked it first with a turquoise ink and then covered it with Perfect Pearls, a turquoise and some copper. Then I added Glossy Accents - this you have to be patient with as it takes a while for it to dry. But the results are great. I also did some with clear embossing powder and used some copper embossing powder. And these were lovely too - I forgot to take a photo of the copper one and have sent it to my Mum.


Finally I found a video on Youtube to ink your embossing folder (the front one), and then putting your card through. I used a dye based on again and Adirnondack one - this one is Mushroom, I don't have that many different colours - but have also done a blue one - that I have to make into a card.

Don't forget
There are some great challenges running on the forum - Joanne (Angelnorth) has just launched a brand new onefor Easter Sunday - Ephemera - how do you say that word!

Visit Crafts by Carolyn forum

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Easter


Wow - what a selection of weather we have had today, wind, snow, hail, sun and sleet. AND the wind is bitterly cold...so have not ventured far!

I have done a little bit of crafting, and helped Owen set up his new Xbox - he has been saving hard and just had enough to get one, he traded some of his old games in which helped the cash flow. It is nice to see him 'value' money and save hard. Paul managed to find the wirelss transmitter cheaper on line in PC World - so we nipped there after and I managed to persuade them to sell it at the web price. So another £20 saved for him.

My friend Jane and her daughter Emma came over Thursday afternoon and we had a crafty afternoon, playing with the Cuttlebug - cutting felt. I then showed them how to stamp and they both made a card to take home. We had a nice time playing - although the room got a little crowded when Owen came home.

I bought this stamp a while back at Stamp Addicts - and so far only just used it - I will have to stamp some more....what a cutey! I thought I would paint it in Easter colours!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Cards


This card is one I made with the stamp that we swapped in the post - unfortunately it took a ittle longer to go around than expected...so it is a little unseasonal! But I did make it long before Christmas and it is no longer with me!

I have been playing with my Cuttlebug this week and have cut thick board and embossed some shapes, and also used Glossy Accents, perfect pearls, inked them, and stamped them. I have used a couple on cards but need to take some photos - which I will try and do tomorrow.

The challenges continue as always on the forum, and some great competitions are going on. The monthly draw has just been drawn and Lulu and Farmers Girl were the lucky winners this time.

I popped over to Craftability at the weekend and they were celebrating their 18th birthday, well done Vanessa for your success. She had loads of new goodies delivered - I couldn't believe how much she had! That is how I came to find Perfect Pearls in my possession! I also did get a few chipboard shapes - but have only stroked them so far!

I went for my walk on Monday Lunchtime and this week we went to Linford Wood - not been there before so all very new - it looks like it will be full of bluebells int he next couple of weeks.

Jumbo chocolate chip cupcakes



I made these last week but forgot to put them on the blog...

I got a book for Christmas entitled 'Cupcakes' and there are some very pretty cakes inthere. I still can't work out how to get the cakes so straight sided, and not looking like a fairy cake. These ones are made in muffin cases and I used my new silicone trays to do them - so didn't bother with cases.

100g / 3½oz Margerine
100g/ 3½oz caster sugar
2 large Eggs
100g / 3½oz Self raising flour
100g/ 3½oz plain choc chips

A nice simple recipe - you can just throw it all in then add the chips, or work through the ingredients - I find it less messy to add the flour after the first 3 ingredients!

I used a block of chocolate cut up into rough chunks and did milk chocolate as my son prefers it. The chips are so expensive....Woolies has dairy milk for £1 at them moment and it seemed to fit the bill. I also added some cocoa powder - but I am not quite sure how much as I didn't measure it.

The mix makes 8 muffins and cook at 190c/375f/gas 5 for 20/25 minutes - I think mine were cooked after 20 mins.

Don't forget to visit the Cooks Journal - it would be lovely to get some more people sharing cooking tips and recipes. The voting has just started on the chicken, cheese and tomato challenge...see you there.....

Monday, March 10, 2008

Banana Flapjacks


I used this recipe from GeorgeBee on the Crafts Beautiful forum as I had a couple of dodgy looking bananas in the fruit bowl:

140g/5oz butter
100g/4oz light muscavado sugar
2 heaped tbsp golden syrup
350g/12oz porridge oats
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 medium, riped banana

1. Preheat oven to 180c/Gas mrk 4 and butter a 9x13in tin.
2. Melt together butter, sugar and syrup in a saucepan.
3. Stir in oats, cinnamon and baking powder, as well as a pinch of salt.
4. Mash bananas and add to mixture.
5. Pop into tin and bake for 20-25 mins.

I did exactly as the recipe, but put them into 2 round tins as my brownies were still cooking in the trays! My son came home from school and decided that dipping them in chocolate would make them more interesting.....so he organised that and proceeded to eat. Unfortunately not many sold on the Ampthill Country market stall - even though all my other baking did :( The people of Ampthill do not seem to be flapjack people! However Milton Keynes people are...as they were eaten at work on Friday!

I thought the light was better indoors - but obviously not - so a bit shadowy!

Weekly blogger


Well at one time I used to be a more regular blogger - but it is now more of a weekly thing! I have decided to do 2 posts now though as I have a recipe which I shall add separately :)

So...this week....has brought me a cough and cold - great eh! I knew I shouldn't work - everyone seems to have it there - so avoiding it didn't seem to be an option :) It has meant I have had a chance to catch up with my unwatched DVD collection - so Saturday afternoon I snuggled under my blanket and watched Miss Potter - which I thoroughly enjoyed, and then on Sunday John Tucker Must Die - which was quite good!

The week started with a lovely walk on Monday lunchtime around Campbell Park....except for the small incident of me falling over! AND getting my knees muddy!

I have made a few cards this week - and oddly enough I had 4 orders off the web site for cards....I really must update the site with some new designs. I am trying to make at least one card a day - so some days I have to catch up!

We have some great card challenges on the forum at the moment....one just for the stampers, another to use acetate, and a window card....along with many more that are still stickied so you will be in for the draw if you join in.



The next ATC swap is just about to start - so you can join in, I hosted last months. I am doing a rubber stamped images swap - and you are welcome to join in with that too - all the details are on the forum.

There are more updates on the main site and a new pack of FREE downloadables. Check this link to see the new items added

Sunday, March 02, 2008

March already


My oh my, it is March already - how the time has flown! I guess I need to recap the last week or so.....

The current card challenge is a recipe - you need to make a card with ribbon, scallops and flowers....so quite an easy one for you all. I have actaully made 3 already - although 2 are very similar. My fav is the one on here.

Shopping - now to recap this bit hmm well I have been to Craftability at Poplars Nursery and picked up my embossing folders for the Cuttlebug...and then I bought a pack of those litle clear stamps for Easter, and a daisy....then I have been to Stamp Addicts with Sue and her Mum...I managed to get a yacht stamp and some stamp pads. AND I have been to Stamperama today and bought glimmer mists, white stazon, clear stamps for weddings...I think that was it! I met Carole (Cazat) from the forum and I am sure I spent more as she was thee...well I do have to blame someone!!! tee hee

I had a lunch out with my friend Jane before we went off to Craftability, and also lunch with Sue...so managing to keep up with my image of a lady who lunches!

I also went to the craft fair at Woburn Safari park last week - but did not buy anything!

So are you going to join in with the cooking challenges on theCooksJournal Owen has set one as he won the last one. It would be lovely to see you join in - I know he would love it. He has done his!

Back to work tomorrow - something new at lunchtime planned - I am joining the Monday wlaking group and we will go for a walk...they often go to Campbell park or Linford wood apparently so will have to see where we go.

Forgot to mention I had record sales for cards over the last week or so - mainly due to Mother's Day!

Thank you for the comments on my blog.