Sunday, 25 March 2012
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Cool Coloured Sugardough £3.29 - This was incredibly easy to roll and mould, the colours were bright and vibrant and it was as simple to sculpt with as clay.
I'm very pleased with how they turned out and this has led me in to the wonderful world of sugarcraft! I am so excited to continue my journey in this wonderful world; instilling life in to beautiful little sugarcraft creatures!
I love how quirky each cupcake became. I hope you love these cakes as much as I do!
Please continue reading my blog posts on future cake decorating ventures.
I have been excitedly waiting to write this post from the minute I finished my creation, but the rules for the competition stated that you were required to wait until the 26th March before you created and linked up your post to remain anonymous to the judges. Anyway, here I am and feeling rather excited....
Here is my creation which I am really rather proud of. The best part about it was that my three year old son ate every bit of it. Admittedly this took a little while to create, but it was thoroughly enjoyable.
So I was delighted to be given the opportunity to create my own "Funky Lunch" idea when I heard of the Edible Book Festival.
If you would like to get your hands on the wonderful book I have above, then please visit www.funkylunch.com
Saturday, 17 March 2012
Lost in a creative land of designing an Easter bonnet for my children, I began to realise the beauty of art and craft. Especially in this day and age when after finishing a piece you can upload your finished piece to the Internet for admiration and constructive criticism. It is so rewarding......
The first few pages offer an intriguing look at the lives of the authors and what prompted them to write the book. The pages are light-hearted and yet contain enough enthusiasm in the words to prompt you to want to try the many enchanted projects that have been created by the authors. And that is in fact what I will be doing over the coming months; recreating many of the projects from the book.
The Red Velvet Cupcakes were something quirky and new to me, and that's what I love about this book; a constant source of new ideas.
I've tried my hand at many crafts but I'm ashamed to say I've done hardly any sewing, so I think it's great that the authors of this book don't expect you to have a knowledge of the crafts and break down each craft with easy to follow photograph step-by-steps as well as easy to follow written instructions.
And if these adorable projects don't make you want to get in to sewing, I don't know what will! Amazingly cute!
So much thought has been put in to providing a variation of crafts; you have cake decorating, egg decorating, sewing, baking, jewellery-making, candle-making etc. I feel rather like the Mad Hatter as I could ramble on about this fantastic book for some time.
I have gained so much from this book. I feel that this book has given me enough inspiration to turn Alice in Wonderland in to a book that you are able to touch, taste and see! Not many books can boast that! And if that isn't enough there is a whole section of links and addresses at the back of the book where you can have more Alice in Wonderland fun, from museums, tours and craft suppliers. This book is quite simply everything you could want from a book and more.
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
This monthly challenge covers one of our most delightful and eternally popular British institutions, Tea Time. Not just cakes and scones either, but pies and more filling supper dishes come under this culinary umbrella, from afternoon teas of delicate and elegant bakes to the more rustic and filling pleasures of high tea and farmhouse suppers, it’s all showcased in this exciting new blogging event. All teatime treats, whether sweet or savoury, breads, scones, sandwiches, pies, pasties, cakes, tarts, desserts, conserves or biscuits (plus many, many more!) will be featured over the coming months. Each monthly challenge will suggest and involve a certain style of bake or popular teatime ingredient, and Karen and Kate will be following the seasons with an eye on many popular feasts and festivals throughout the year.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Brush the tops
of the scones with milk and bake for 10-12 minutes. Leave to cool.
VERDICT: The recipe was easy enough to follow, although I think the scones could do with being slightly thicker, but you live and learn. The saffron flavour was very subtle but it complemented the Rose Petal jam perfectly and I felt that I was eating something suitable for a queen.
The best bit about this challenge for me has been the gorgeous smell wafting from my kitchen, the fact that my little boy enjoyed helping me make the scones and of course slathering on the clotted cream and Rose Petal Jam with a self-satisfied smile at having produced such wonderful scones. The Rose Petal Jam from Forage Fine Foods is divine!