Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Easter crafts!

This Easter, I had a lovely, creative time preparing little treats and surprises for the little ones that I'm related to in one way or another.  I bought a couple of Easter baskets, dived in my Easter and spring related craft stash...

...did some serious baking...

...and then some more...

When everything was ready, I made some icing for the cookies (unfortunately I didn't take a picture) and turned them into these lovely Easter themed cookie bags for the kiddos to enjoy:

My five year old nephew received an Easter basket containing a bunny plushie, egg shaped chocolates, a cookie bag and some bunny stationery, that looked like this

...and the niece of my better half received a girly pink basket, containing egg shaped chocolates, a cookie bag and some bracelets for her to wear.

I'm rather pleased with how everything turned out!

Thursday, April 5, 2012


When I was 20 years old, I lived in England for 4 years. One of my favourite tastes that I cannot find in bakeries where I live now, were scones and yesterday I decided to make a batch. Actually, they look and taste great!

So, in order to make yourself some sultana scones, you will need the following:

- 250 g self raising flour
- 55 g stick cold butter
- 1 level teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 150 ml milk
- 1 egg beaten with a little  milk
- 50 g sultanas

Heat the oven to 205°C.
Grease and flour a baking sheet.
Sieve the flour into a roomy baking bowl then add the butter, baking powder and salt. Quickly rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Make a well in the center and using a dinner knife, stir in enough milk to make a soft, pliable dough.
Turn the mixture on to a floured board and knead very lightly until just smooth then lightly roll out to 2cm.
Cut rounds with a 7.5cm cutter or cut into triangles with a sharp knife.I made squares.
Place on the baking tray and brush with the beaten egg and milk mixture. Bake near the top of the hot oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown and well risen.
Cool on a wire rack before eating.
Serve with butter, or lashings of jam and cream.

Angel package - Coffee and cigarettes swap

This is the angel package I got from Anniehall, the organizer of the Coffee and Cigarettes swap on Swap-bot, after my partner demismummy decided not to keep her end of the deal and flake. Anniehall was kind enough to send me some coffee, an ashtray and a CD compilation.

WTA 46 - Sent

This is what I sent to Katanke73, the winner of WTA 46 that I organized in the Edibles Swappers International Group on Swap-bot.