Monday, December 15, 2008

gems, scrolls and blooms


this was the challenge on the cbc forum as part of Sue's Countdown to Christmas - so I used my new stamps (the scribble flowers), I bought them when I met up for lunch with Sue and Clare last week at Scrap Revolution.....they were reduced :) and a bit different for me. I was wandering around the internet last night and spotted Sharon's (Willow Designs) template challenge - which was wayyyy different for me too - so decided to combine them both - the template is here.

So I still have loads of challenges to do 4 tags, a Christmas dec (I have no idea what to do for this), something with a photo, and a gift bag.....wow! Not sure if I will manage them all tbh - but will continue trying!

Almost finished my shopping - it was amazingly quiet around MK this lunchtime

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas cakes



I used Net fab idea on the Cooks Journal - to use steamed pud tins to make little cakes - and these two are about 4 inches. I am giving them as a gift to parents, I know they won;t buy a cake but I hope they will appreciate the handmade gesture. I still can't decide whether to add stars in the middle of the cake or not - I think we will have to a vote on it tonight.

Still have some gifts to make - so will have to get on and will write my cards tonight as they ought to be in the post pretty soon.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

CBC forum


Well it is busy over on the cbc forum, Sue has been setting us a daily challenge - I have to admit to be lagging behind - although I have planned a few just not done them...this is one I did do which was a recipe - I used my new stamp - and made it into a robin...although once I finished the card I realised it didn't fit into all of the criteria.....

I have managed a couple of others - the one below, sadly the photo is not the best quality - it had to have red, green and gold on this one - and I managed that!

I have also been setting a daily teaser challenge - which is proving good fun.

I guess you are all preparing for Christmas...or maybe preparing in your head like me....!

For anyone from Ampthill visiting Paul has set a great picture quiz on the Around Ampthill Forum - even I don't know the answers, he went out Sunday morning and took the pics - I went to the Christmas Tree Festival at the Church, I have added some pics to the gallery on the site.

Catching up as usual



Firstly I will start with a recipe - I wanted to have a go at making coconut ice, really to make for presents. So I searched around for recipes and there seemed to be two main types, boiling sugar and water/milk, or just making it cold with condensed milk...so after a lot of searching I found a recipe on believe it or not it was on cbc forum and had been posted by Jake. So here is her recipe:

Coconut Ice

Makes about 50

2 1/2 floz milk
2 1/2 floz water
1lb granulated sugar
4oz dessicated coconut
1/2oz butter
1/2 teasp vanilla essence
pink food colouring

Pour milk and water into a pan and bring to the boil
Add sugar and butter, heat slowly, stirring until sugar dissolves and butter melts
Bring to the boil. Cover pan and boil gently for 2 mins.
Uncover and continue to boil, stirring occasionally for 7-10 mins or until a little of the mixture, dropped into a cup of cold water forms a soft ball when rolled gently between thumb and finger. Temp on a sugar thermometer should read 116C or 240F
Remove from heat, add coconut and vanilla.
Beat briskly until mixture is thick and glossy.
Pour half into an 18cm (7inch) square tin lined with greaseproof paper.
Quickly colour the remainder pale pink and spread over white layer.
Leave to cool until firm and cut into squares

I have to say I only made 20 squares so not sure why that was - Owen tested it and he said it was nice. It was a bit crumbly on the edges, and I did have to work quite quickly with it...I have wrapped it up and am going to see if it sells on the Ampthill Country Market stall tomorrow.

Talking of the Country Market I have done a little web site for them - to try and raise our profile as we really need some new members....Ampthill Country Market


I made some flapjacks last week and decided to package them differently as flapjack bites - well if M&S can do it....anyway they seemed quite popular. I could do with finding a supplier for good price 'sweet bags'.

I will start a new post for the rest of my catch up.....