Friday, September 26, 2008

Sponsors

I am just about to start another 6 months of sponsorship for the forum, if it is something that is of interest let me know and I can send you full details.

We have one new sponsor starting, and most of the others are continuing, we have some lovely prizes offered by them, and some great competitions.

The current list of sponsors are here:

Sponsors

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Chocolate Chip Cookies


As promosed here are the chocolate chip coolies that I made the other day. They seem popular with my son, I like to ring the changes and try different recipes.

I make 18 from the recipe - it does say make 36 - but they would be pretty tiny.

Set your oven at 190c/350f/ gas mark 5

Weigh out
175g/6oz Plain Flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarb soda
75g/3oz butter or marg

...rub together to form fine crumbs

stir in
50g/2oz soft light brown sugar
125g/4oz choc chips

3 tbspn of golden syrup (I make this just over 3 ozs)

This should now bind together to form a soft dough.

Divide into balls and flatten slightly.

Pop in the oven for 12 - 15 minutes

I have been busy making cards over the weekend - so will get showing some of those. There is a fairy challenge on the forum launched today - it would be lovely to see you join in. AND Maddy has launched a fabulous decorated box - with fantastic step by step instructions on the forum.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Savoury Turnovers


We sell quite a few savoury items on the Country Markets in Ampthill, and a lot of people are looking for something for their lunch, or even to nibble there and then.

I have a glut of courgettes so I decided to knock together these turnovers. I rolled out a pack of puff pastry (half at a time), and cut into 12 squares in total.

I chopped an onion and fried it gently and added a diced courgette. I then put this mixture from corner to corner, and then added some diced feta and some sliced tiny toms. Folded over the two corners, and sealed with milk. I brushed with milk - maybe egg mixture might be more interesting - I will have to have a go. Then I cooked them for 15 mins in a fairly hot oven. They all sold - although I did keep a few back for us to try first and they were very nice.

I wonder what else I can put in these? I wonder about dicing a butternut squash - I would love to hear you comments. Pop along to my foodie forum and add some suggestions. The Cooks Journal

I have loads of bananas - so if you have any fav recipes....lmk!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Update

I have just sent out the newsletter for the latest updates to the Crafts by Carolyn Site. I hope that you have got yours if not pop along and check out all of the new competitions and new pages.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Summer Pudding



During the school holidays Owen and I went and met my friend Gill in Takeley. We had a lovely day swimming, lunching out, visiting friends and also visiting the local PYO farm. We picked blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. The strawberries were particularly easy to pick and we managed to pick quite a lot! So we eat some, froze some and then I made two things. Firstly, I made this summer pudding.

I put all the fruit into a saucepan with some sugar, and a tiny drop of water. I heated it up until some of the juices came out, not too much as you want the fruit to keep its shape. I took nearly all of the fruit out of the saucepan and left a bit in the saucepan, I mashed these up and made more sauce. I then roughly lined a pudding bowl with cling film leaving the edges out.

Then it was a case of using sliced white bread to line the basin. I found a saucer than fitted on to of the basin so that it would squash the contents down. Leaving the slices as complete as possible and just filling in the gaps. The outside of each of the pieces was dunked into the sauce and put back into the basin. Then pile the fruit into the basin so it is full. Then make a sliced bread lid - again dunking the outside in the sauce.

Then pop the plate or saucer on top so that it squahes it down, and put a tin of something on tap to weigh it down.

leave over night.

The pic is a slice with some clotted cream icecream (not homemade!)


I also made my first ever jar of jam. i just did it in the microwave using a recipe for the internet. I amde just under 2 jars and it is delicious. I stll have not made homemade scones to go with it!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Back


I had the summer off as I was busy doing all sorts that I never got around to posting. so now I don't know where to start.....

We had a lovely holiday in Cornwall - the sun shone for most of it too - so that was good! We also went to Bognor for a few days and the sun shone again :)

As for making and baking...I didn't do much on the card making front during the summer but did do lots of watercolouring stamped images on holiday and have just started making them into cards now. I went to Stamperama in August too - and had a lovely time with Carole.

Baking I did make some lovely choc chip cookies and will have to pop the recipe up, and today made some savoury turnovers for Ampthill Market - so will have to pop the pics up later.

We have a new challenge going up later today and Jennie from Artistic Stamper has luanched a new competition for September - so check out the forum for details. Basically you can't use patterned paper in your creation - just stamping and inks. My sample is on this post!

so I will pop some pictures up later...and will try and be a more frequent blogger