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Crafting Christmas Part 2

For my Nan I knitted Ishbel, a shawl from Ravelry by Yosolda Teague Designs.




For Ve, Rowan Amy Butler Mugsnugs
And for Sunday Pirate Rowan Amy Butler Sycamore Fingerless Mitts
For Roisin, I made some star bunting like the one I have in my living room


The Rowan/Amy Butler Midwest Knits book is doing me well so far! I'm planning on making some of the mitts and mug snugs for myself shortly. I'll try and get some pictures of the ones that I've made for here soon. 


I also made Mark a hat beard! Pictures hopefully coming soon...if he'll send me some. 

Crafting Christmas Part 1

I made a couple of Christmas presents this year for friends and family, next year I hope to do even more but as it is I put together some hot chocolate kits for people with biscuits, marshmallow and hot chocolate stirrers.

 For the chocolate stirrers I melted two bars plan chocolate and used a large ice cube tray as a mould making 12 cubes. The lolly sticks I placed in just as the surface was starting to set so that they stayed straight.


 The marshallow was my favourite to make, I was very very proud of myself when I'd finished. You can find the recipe on the bbc food website, they're really tasty!

These lovelies are chocolate chip cupcakes from Harry Eastwood's Red Velvet and Chocolate Heartache; a firm favourite of mine. The ones with the cherries on top have some cherry jam added, all of them I finished with some edible silver spray :)

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all have a fantastic day. x


Christmas in the office

Argh I've been pretty bad at the whole blogging thing again lately - no fear I have plenty lined up for the next few weeks!

I'm very lucky in my work colleagues, we all get along really well even though we've all got quite different interests outside of the office. This year we appointed a Christmas Committee Leader in the form of Vikki she then arranged a baking rota and a trip to buy Christmas decorations to festivize our office (yes I'm making that a word now).

I made cinnamon butter biscuits and pesto cheese straws. The biscuits were based on Nigella's recipe from Domestic Goddess but I substituted half the sugar for cinnamon sugar and added a tablespoon of mixed spice.




For the cheese straws I rolled out some ready made puff pastry and spread half with red pest and the other half with green pesto. I then added a lot of grated greier cheese, sliced into stripes, twisted then and placed on a greased baking tray. I then coated parmasan and sprinkled with and a bit…