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Gingerbread house

For the past two Christmases and for Halloween last year, I’ve baked, assembled and decorated a gingerbread house. I’d like to share my go to gingerbread house recipe. You will need Pinch of Salt ½ cup Syrup ¼ cup Butter ¼ tsp Baking Powder 2 tsp Cinnamon 2 tsp Nutmeg 3 tsp Ginger 1 cup Dark Brown Sugar 1 Egg 3 cups Plain Flour Royal Icing in a piping bag Various sweets Method Beat together the brown sugar, eggs, butter and syrup. Add the dry ingredients and mix well to form a tick dough. Wrap in cling film and put Read More…

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Christmas cake – made to look like a Christmas pudding

I wanted to make a Christmas pudding this Christmas but no one I know likes the taste! I found a similar Christmas pudding cake on the Lakeland website, this is my take on it. I used their medium hemisphere pans (so mine is a lot smaller than the one they made). For the cake, you will need: 340g margarine 340g caster sugar 6 eggs 340g self-raising flour 1 tsp vanilla essence 30g cocoa powder For the Filling 50g butter 250g icing sugar 1-2 tsp water 1 tsp jam Brown food colouring To Decorate White rolling icing Green food colouring Red Read More…

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Recycled Christmas cards into tags

What do you do with your Christmas cards once the holidays are over? Bin them? Store them? Why not reuse them! Mum and I have been taking old Christmas cards and making tags from them for years, it’s fun and something a bit different to store bought tags. You Will Need Greeting Card(s) Pinking Shears Embellishment(s) Glitter Method Sort through your old Christmas cards, you could also use Birthday cards. Choose ones with a nice image, pattern or design. Cut out the image so it’s small enough to be used as a tag – I used pinking shears. Add on Read More…

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2012 – year review

I wanted to write this post before the end of 2012 but having a stomach bug but a damper on that idea, so I’m writing it now (this post was also going to be my goals for 2013 but the post got too long – that post will follow. 🙂 ) I’ve seen a few of my friends blogs review their past year categorised by month and decided to steal that idea. I’ve decided to focus on the main points that happened in each month. January I started off January by joining weight watchers. I didn’t set out to loose Read More…

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Merry Belated Christmas & A Happy New Year

It’s been a busy few months for me, getting ready for Christmas, working a lot (we have two new staff members in our department, a lot of changes and training going on), spending time with my family and house hunting! House hunting has been an on going task at the moment – Artur and I are looking at moving home early in the year after being in a rented property since April – we looking for a house – we want a garden, two or three bedrooms with a decent size kitchen and living room (is this starting to sound Read More…