Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fruit & Seed Bars - sugar free and delicious!

Fruit & Seed Bars

1Cup of Apricots
1/2 Cup Dates or Cranberries
1 Cup of Omega Mixed Seeds*
1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil

*Use nuts if you prefer!

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until the mixture sticks together, I like my bars to still have a crunch!

Then place the mixture in the middle of of a large piece of plastic wrap, bring the sides up and completely cover the mixture, start moulding with your hands to form a large slab, give it a good squash.
Then place in the fridge and allow to chill for 24 hours.

Remove from the fridge, cut into squares and either individually wrap each one or keep as a large slab in the fridge. Eat when your hearts desire!

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

DIY Valentine Heart & Fabric Envelope for your LOVE

With Valentines Day around the corner why not make the love of your life a handmade gift.

Start by needle felting a sweet heart and embellish with anything you like, I used a simple Skinny Grey Gingham ribbon from the fantastic range that Jane Means has online....

..using an old envelope as a template pin onto a piece of ticking and plain fabric right sides facing each other,  then cut out the shape..... all the way around leaving a 5cm gap and make sure you snip the the curved edges and any nooks.....

.....turn the whole thing right side out then sew around the outline to close the opening. Then sew on some gorgeous ribbon on one of the folds (the base one!) I loved sung this rich Red with White Dots Grosgrain ribbon, a perfect contrast to the ticking fabric.

Now print a personal message on a piece of frayed fabric and sew this onto the front of the envelope, then hand sew the rest of the edges together to form an envelope leaving the top flap open. Cut a small slit on this flap to thread the ribbon through....

...and place the heart inside, seal by tying the ribbon in a bow and a little kiss!

For my LOVE......

CHANEL -an insight to the craftsmanship in creating a collection

Spring - Summer

A beautiful film showing true craftsmanship, reminds me of the latest project I have made for this months Romantic issue of Making Magazine.

Romantic Floral Corsage

Friday, January 16, 2015

#52LoavesProject A year on.....

Do you remember the #52Loavesproject ?
It was thought up by the lovely Lou and Dan from Little Green Shed a year ago, the idea being that you tried to make a loaf of bread from scratch, once a week for a year.
Soon the interest grew in the blogging world and a number of us embarked on the project.

Our loaves were ok but we were all not quite mastering a good loaf.
That all changed when the fabulous Tom Herbert and his amazing team at Hobbs House Bakery heard about the project and invited us up to Hobbs HQ for a bloggers day.

When i say change I mean a radical change for myself and my family.
I do not buy shop bread anymore!!! 

Yep, apart from the odd loaf from my local bakery I refuse to buy any 'plastic' bread!
I invested in not 1 but 2 banneton to prove the loafs, shower caps and a baking stone to inject that super heat needed for a spring in the rise as it cooks.

Ive mastered the sourdough but managed to kill my 'Hobbsie' starter (Think I might have to buy a new one guys!) 

We had the best Hotcross buns ever this year, better than our famous local Ravens Bakery ones!

My biggest Le Parfait jar is always full of the best bread flour......

...ready for that therapeutic almost daily loaf ritual.
Wheatgerm, seeds, berries and nuts have been added, pittas and baps have been made and consumed  (a homemade pitta is heaven, trust me!)
The #52LoavesProject has opened my eyes, it has brought happiness to our family, encouraged others  and brought together a group of strangers who now have become friends, thank you to all.

The humble loaf, let it change your life!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Reflecting, feeling grateful, comfort with happiness. The Christmas Post.

The joy when you get the first Christmas milk top......
...not feeling guilty when its traditional to eat so many (except the strawberry ones, yuck!)........

...admiring other peoples tree decorations......

...visiting family in the most amazing setting, with SNOW!!!

Birthday celebrations and an emergency trip to the passport office...
...bonus day outing London!

.... but most of all, spending precious time with family and friends!


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