Saturday, December 15, 2007

Gingerbread Cookies

I did this last year but never put it on the blog...sorry cheating I know, I just have not been keeping things up to date! I also set a challenge on the craft forum last week on the forum and didn't post on here.

I would like to thank my assistant (Owen) - without whom this would not have been possible.

Gingerbread Cookies

Makes around 18 – 20 depending on size of cutters
175gms Self Raising Flour (6oz)
2.5ml Bicarbonate of Soda ( ¼ Teaspoon)
2.5ml Ground Cinnamon ( ¼ Teaspoon)
10ml Caster Sugar (2 Teaspoon)
50gms Butter (2oz)
45ml Golden Syrup (3 Tablespoon)

Icing (optional)
50gms Icing Sugar (2oz)
5-10ml water (1-2 teaspoon)

Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/gas 5. Lightly grease two baking sheets
Put the flour, bicarb of soda, cinnamon and caster sugar into a large bowl.

You now need to melt the butter and syrup either in a saucepan or I do it in a bowl in the microwave.

Pour into the dry ingredients and stir well

You will need to mix it together with your hands at the end to form a dough.

Now turn onto a lightly floured surface and roll to about 5mm (¼ inch) thick.

Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes, and put them on the tray. Leave a little room around them. Keep cutting and re-roll left overs until it is all used.

Bake for 8 – 12 minutes. Let them cool a little then transfer onto a rack, I use a slice to move them.

You can ice them by making the into a stiff mixture.

I have packaged mine into a cello bag ready for a gift

I have designed some labels for you to cut out if you have excel. the fonts I have used are Frosty, flakes and journalling hand, also Holidays MT (which are little dingbats and is a snowman) - but I am sure you can use some that you already have loaded. Just cut using the pale grey outline. You can shange colour, wording etc as you like:

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Beading today

I have had a busy week...yesterday wa the Christmas lunch at work - as we have a few part timers it was hard to get a day near to Christmas that we were all in! We walked around the corner to the Chinese!

Today I baked cakes for Ampthill Country Market tomorrow - not so many as the weather wasn't looking good and i really didn't want any left.

Then this afternoon I had lunch and a class out with Jane at Craftability. We sat and did some beading and I made this. I really enjoyed it and want to make another - now I have got the hang of it! We chose our beads and then chose something that we fancied having a go at, Jane did something different to me. Once we had finished we played with the Cuttlebug and talked about the Expression! And then had a play with fleting! Vanessa demo's both of them! She does loads of workshops and just does "craftanoons" on Wednesday's

My neck is a bit red in the photo as I had just got back from walking the streets with Father Christmas and the scouts curtesy of the Round Table. It was great fun the boys enjoyed it - lovely to see the little children all waving.

Managed to egt a few things ticked off my list today - and have announced the round robin list for Christmas cards. And I fnished my CJ pages at the weekend.

Still have loads of things on my list to do....
- must sort out the stamping swap
- make card
- finish the advent quiz - i have not thought up all the questions yet and intend to add another couple of pages to the web site!
- need to get my secret santa sorted
- sort out the birthday clubs
- make cards
- do Christmas shopping

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Challenges and cooking

The advent quiz continues...on the Crafts by Carolyn Forum

I have made a card it needed to have a gardening theme for an 80 year old I used Clare's template and came up with this, somehow it looks better in the flesh. I am pleased with it - I hope he will be. I even got the Robo fired up and did the numbers.

Now I was all set to join in with Rosies Great British Pud challenge - I know it was going to be very late anyway - but Owen wanted syrup here is the
Microwave syrup sponge pud (click through for the recipe) I posted about this on the The Cooks Journal forum. I halved the recipe and there was enough for two big portions and three reasonable portions, especially if you had custard. I did warm up a little syrup and pour that over once it was out of the bowl.

It has pretty much rained all day here - I have made a few cards and have been sorting out the birthday clubs on the crafts forum...I even did housework yesterday so we can visitors now! I really got carried away and washed the windows! So had to go and have lie down

Saturday, December 01, 2007

First Day of Advent

I have launched an advent competition on the forum, you will need to answer a question everyday, and the winner will be the one with the most correct can only enter each day on the day - from midnight to midnight, so you had better get checking now!

The Artistic Stamper has also launched a competition for a fab prize, check out the Christmas section on the forum for both is on the left.

The challenges have been a bit quiet at the moment - so I am guessing that you maybe a little busy on other we won't have so many in December, just some other activities!