Monday, 24 December 2012

Liverpool at Christmas

Liverpool at Christmas was lovely, I started at the Lewis' grotto at rapid then we went to the ice festival.








Monday, 17 December 2012

Make your own highly professional Christmas cake- a recipe

I actually like Christmas cake but don't get to make a big one very often, however the care home where I held my cupcake workshop gave me the honour of making a big Christmas cake for their Christmas raffle.






The recipe I used was for a nut free moist and rich Christmas cake, so those who are allergic to nuts rejoice this recipe contains no nuts or marzipan (I hate marzipan anyway) . However it is a scrum-my fruit cake!

Its simples

1 bag of value dried fruit or 4 cups of dried fruit
1 cup of chopped prunes
1/4th cup of chopped glace cherries in syrup

The dried fruit mix should contain glazed chopped peel, sultanas, chopped apricot and raisins, we used a Morrison's value bag and put in extra raisins.

3 table spoons orange juice with no bits or brandy whichever you like if that absorbs then add more liquid only stop when no more can absorb
(we did a cake with no alcohol as the orange taste is much nicer.)

2 and 2/3 cups of flour

pinch of salt

1 tsp cinnamon
2tsp mixed spice

1 level table spoon of cocoa

1 cup butter or Flora

1 cup of dark brown sugar
1 heaped dessert spoon of golden syrup
rind of 1 orange

4 large eggs




to decorate

1 packet of Dr. Oetker ready to roll Icing, apricot jam, orange marmalade or lemon curd red food colouring, Christmas cookie cutters, 1 ribbon and a edible glitter/shimmer spray.

what to do 

1. Soak fruits in brandy/orange over night
2. grease a 20cm / 8 inch tin and line with grease proof paper
3. preheat oven to 160 oC / 325oF/ gas mark 3
4. sift flour, salt, cocoa and spices together.
5. whisk butter and sugar till light and fluffy and beat eggs in gradually
6. stir in orange rind
7. add flour mixture and mix well
8. gently fold in all of the fruits
9. spoon into the cake tin and shake even
10. Bake for 3 hours, after the first hour gently place a sheet of grease proof paper over the top of the cake to stop it burning. The cake is ready when a knife inserted to the middle comes out clean



decorating

If you make the cake far ahead then you can feed with brandy for weeks it can last a month! but if you are making it know then just store it in a cool place when cooled.

Roll out your ready to roll icing ready to place on the cake.

To decorate warm your preserve of choice then use a pastry brush to spread over the cake. Top tip- at this point turn the cake upside down as the bottom is flatter to work with.

Now place the icing on top, the jam helps it stick.

you can colour spare icing and make decorations or keep things simple. I cut lots of stars into the cake and made some shapes from spare icing before spraying on the shimmer spray and wrapping the ribbon round.











Friday, 14 December 2012

Yuletide festivities...

The first gift of 2012 to my friend Shauna

I love poundland

The Nutcracker

Piccadilly Ice Festival

Me and friendly man with chainsaw :P

Christmassy crafting in John Rylands

I see a theme emerging 2012- the year of teddies in Christmas hats on cards...

My Gran's Christmas flower display

Oldham Christmas tree festival

Dancing snowman

My sister stall

Valley of lights

Seahorse 

Make your own Christmas countdown display!

I recently hit inspiration to make a "days till Christmas" style sign to be hung up, this is mine...





What you need to make your own!

Plain frame (silver) or paint silver.
paint pens (baker ross/ hobbycraft or yellow moon)
wipe away window markers or window crayons to write the amount of days! (mine are crayola)

What to do....
1. Cover glass with paper, paint frame, I painted lots of christmas trees, snow flakes and characters
2. when dried uncover and write 'days till xmas' or even 'sleeps to santa' on the glass with paint pens
3. when all dried insert plain coloured paper into the back of the frame, for your background, I used very pale blue.

Enjoy!

Merry Christmas




Monday, 10 December 2012

Pandora £250 Blogger Challenge

I love the style of Pandora and Chamilia bracelets, obviously Pandora is the most popular elegant choice. If you are not familiar wit the concept, a European charm bracelet is a bracelet with bead like charms witch you can thread onto it, they are a great twist on the traditional charm bracelet, a modern take on the classic.

John Greed jewellery are running a give-away where bloggers can design their dream Pandora charm bracelet with a chance of winning it to keep!

I think it is good that you can gradually build the bracelet it makes the cost payable over time as you can increase the value of the bracelet through the year. (as birthday or Christmas presents maybe)

I would first take the silver bracelet as the purple woven bracelet does not go down to the size of my small wrist. £55
Pandora Silver Bracelet 590702HV

My first charm would be the Christmas stocking as Christmas is my favourite holiday ever! And I love teddy bears. £25

Pandora Christmas Stocking Charm 791038
My 2nd addition would be the breast cancer awareness charm as my sister is fighting breast cancer for the 3rd time and I like the fact the charm features the pink ribbon. £35
Pandora Silver and Pink Enamel Breast Cancer Awareness Charm 790755EN24
Next the ghost charm, for my 2nd favourite holiday Halloween! £25
Pandora Silver Ghost Charm 790202

and the horse, as I love horses and riding but would never afford the real deal £25
Pandora Silver Horse Charm 790479

Next up would have to be the cute purse because it has REAL GOLD on it Pandora Silver, 14ct Gold and Purple Zirconia Purse Charm 790597ACZ
It also has a pretty purple white jewel

The competition is now ended and I never posted it but here it is, personally I prefer Chamilia charms







Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Stocking stuffer Ideas for teens

Product Image- Pocket Rocket Lipgloss by Urban Decay, Debenhams
I like these because of the colours and tastes but they do have pictures of muscle-some guys on them.



- Icrayon, Hawkins Bazaar- a crayon for use on any Apple touch-screen products

- My Favourite Lush Christmas Knot wrap is this one featuring cute deer, the wrap is also available for individual purchase in lush stores as a nice scarf :)

Christmas presents... simples!- Meerkat tweezers from boots and superdrug, created by alida.co.uk

- an Itunes or Kindle gift card can be a fun stocking filler



You are never too old for a stocking x



Monday, 3 December 2012

Dear Santa- An insight to my Christmas wish list

Disclaimer- This is a wish list, I do not expect all of the below. I like reading other lists and I love watching haul videos its fun, spread the love and don't envy others as Christmas Is about family time.

Designer Starter Kits
1. An easy yo yoghurt maker! I love yoghurt and these kits are very cute, especially the pink one!

2. Sims 3 for pc

3. 8 simple rules dvd's, I used to love this show and hated it when ABC got cut from the UK.

4.  Pokemon DS game- Because Pikachu is cute!


5. This purse from hello kitty liberty for boots, the liberty print hello kitty range is gorgeous and I don't have a real long wallet so I would love this

6. A doctor who mug! 

7. Urban Decay Ink for eyes!


8. Nail stamps- The best ever nail art set


There is also some other stuff but you will end up seeing every thing I get on My Post Xmas Haul xx