A Very Pinterest Christmas Week 5 – Sugar and Spice

Gosh I do apologise. I have got really behind on posting. I have been busy making but forgetting to post! I dont know what I habe been busy with. I guess the pile of crochrting I need to get done for christmas. Anyways, this weekend I will post 2 for you. For week 5, I made this yummy spice mix.

I followed the recipe from Savory Nothings. You can find it here

It is super yummy and so super simple. I mixed a spoonful into a pint of apple cider and it was devine. I can see how this would be a wonderful gift if you were in the mind to make gifts this year. Give it a go – you wont regret it. 

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Pumpkin Birthday Cake

First of all, I would like to apologise for the lack of posts the last week or two – I have been in a lot of lower back pain the last few weeks, Its been completely debilitating some days, So I have done little more than lay around in agony in my spare time. 

I have however been baking. 

As you may remember, it was my birthday on Saturday, so I wanted to bake some cake to take to work. I decided to go seasonal and make a pumpkin cake. Today I am sharing the recipe with you. I invented and published this recipe over 2 years ago but this time I remembered to take pictures before they all got scarfed down! So for the many of you who have been so lovely as to follow me since then, here is the recipe again!
Ingredients:

250g Butter, Very Soft

225g Plain Flour

1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

300g Golden Caster Sugar

3 Eggs

1tsp Ground Cinnamon

1tsp All Spice

1/2tsp Cardamon

300g Grated Pumpkin

2tbsp Golden Syrup

Recipe:

1. Preheat oven to 160C.

2. First, you should carve the top of the pumpkin off and empty out the insides. then carve it into wedges and peel. 

3. Grate the pumpkin. 300g of pumpkin is roughly half of a small pumpkin.

4. Cream the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Add the flour and other dried ingredients slowly to the butter and sugar mixture. it will become stiffer but should still be soft.

5. Crack the eggs into a mug and beat them until combined. add them slowly to the mixture. If you add them too quickly or do not mix it in thoroughly enough, the mixture could split. (If it splits, you can rescue it by adding a little more flour)

6. Add the pumpkin and mix in thoroughly. This is another opportunity for the mixture to split, some pumpkins have more moisture than others and if your pumpkin has a lot of water, it may reject the fats. Again this can be remedied by adding a little more flour to bind it back together.

7. Finally, stir in two tbsp of golden syrup.

8. Spoon into the cupcake cases prepared earlier and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. they should be golden in colour but still a little sticky. A skewer inserted into the center should come out clean.

9. Leave to cool and Ice as desired. Thid time I used vanilla frosting and gold pearls to decorate. 

I also had a bit of an icing experiment using glace icing. 

For this version of the cake I used the same amount of mixture and just cooked it in a cake tin for around 45minute to an hour. I then covered the cake with white glace, then piped a spiral of black glace on top then using a toothpick much like you would for standard feather icing I dragged a line from the center to the edge to create a sort of spider web effect. 

Simply Crochet Saturday (07/10/17)

Todays Simply Crochet Saturday post goes to this adorable little coin purse.

It came as the free gift on issue twenty eight (one of the first in my collection). You can find it here on ravelry.

I think this is a sweet little pattern and the yarn supplied was lovely. Such a pretty colour and sheen. The pattern was easy to follow. My main criticism however is that the yarn came up short. I was a good meter or two short of being able to finish it completely. I had to omit the last 5 rows of the button flap as I didnt have enough yarn. Its still sweet, but its not quite as nice looking as it should have been. Oh well, these things happen. I did however get more than double the ribbon I needed, so to fill the gap left by the shortness of the button flap I added an extra row of ribbon. Balances it out quite nicely. 

Introducing… Christmas 2017


Hasnt this year flown by? I dont know what is happening but its only 3 months until christmas! I am excited to say the least! And I thought I should really get on with the christmas crafting. So here it is, my christmas blog plan:

A VERY PINTEREST CHRISTMAS

Dont we all spend so much time browsing around pinterest. We put loads of things in our boards and think ‘I will give that a go’ and then… nothing… we forget about it for another year. So this year, I will be going through some of my vast list of pinterest pins and trying to bump a few of them from to do to done. 

Some Recent Hauls! 

just popping in to share with you some recent purchases. I have recently ordered a whole load of Scheepjes Catona. Isnt it marvelous!

I bought all of this so I can make some of the christmassy bits in last christmas’ edition of Simply Crochet Magazine. Now I have a book nook I have a mind to make into a little candy wonderland when I decorate for christmas! A pink tree with candy coloured decorations and gingerbread houses and pompom garlands and the like.

Whilst I am here, let me also show you the yarn I splashed out on in The Yarn Dispensary. It is 4ply Britsilk by the Knitting Goddess, in Blackened Rainbow. It was expensive (almost £20) but it was gorgeous! Worth every penny. This is by far the most expensive yarn I have ever bought though, So it will take a while to work out what I want to do with it. The project just needs to be perfect!

Simply Crochet Saturday (16/09/17)

Today I am popping in to share with you this ‘Just a Little’ notions purse.

It is from issue 57. You can find it here on ravelry. 

This is a very quick little project. It only took me about 30 minutes. I think it would make a great gift for another crafter in your life. I did struggle a little bit with it being in the round though, so I ended up just slip stitching into the first stitch from the previous round and chaining 1 before starting the next round.

I do love the lovely sunny yellow colour! 

Happy Birthday Daddy!

My dads 46th birthday was a few days back, so I am just popping in to share with you the card I made him.

I hope you can tell, but if not, it is a Shirt. I really enjoyed making this card. It was just such fun. 

I used just some check paper, a multi layer precut sentiment set and some buttons, with a simple black fountain pen for the stitches.

What do you think. I think this is my best work in a while!