31 December 2011

A Tablecloth Overly For Kelly’s Sensational Sewing Challenge!

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all doing well! Today I would like to show you a tablecloth overlay I made for our Christmas table.
My Mother brought me a beautiful piece of red material with yellow stars on.
I simply cut it in a square, and overlocked it.
It’s quick easy and simple and it looks beautiful!

Here’s a close-up.
Here is what it looks like when I laid the table. 
Kelly’s Sensational Sewing Challenge’s theme this 2 months is Christmas. I would like to enter this table cloth into her challenge.
Kelly also has a prize this 2 months! Please hop over and see if you can take part.
Have a blessed weekend
Sewing Greetings 

27 December 2011

Voting For Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a great Christmas and a lovely holiday so far. We are having a very relaxing holiday! 
Now it’s time to vote for the winner of my Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge #11. It’s also the last challenge for the year. I’m taking a 2 week break for my Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge, so I’ll see you all again around the 10th of January.
The 11th Challenge was Colourful food and I have a total of 6 entries, which is really great for this time of year. We have some lovely Colourful entries this time and they are:
Who made these creative Cake-pops. I love the sparkles on them!
Who made cute Christmas cakes. It’s beautiful decorations!

Who baked a stunning Christmas Fruit Cake with panted baubles on top. Love the baubles!
Who cooked a delicious Blackberry jam. Love the dark colour!
Danika (Who is only 8years old)
Who made the most beautiful, refreshing Fresh Fruit Cocktail. I just love the fresh fruit skewer inside!
And my mother, Linnie:
Who baked the a finger-licking Panettone (it’s a delicious light Italian fruit cake) with fresh berries. I love the white topping with fresh berries!
Thank you so much for all of you who entered, I love all your beautiful colourful entries!
Now if you don’t know how to vote all you do is:
1 Go to the top of my blog,
2 Just under my blog header, on the right, is a voting poll with all the entries.
3 Next to each name is a little white circle
4 Click on the one next to the name of the entry you like best.
5 Then click on the button that says “vote”.
You have voted.
Voting close on the 1st of January at noon.
 Good luck everyone.....
Baking Greetings!

25 December 2011

23 December 2011

Christmas Crackers - For Stamping For The Weekend DT

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all doing well, getting all the last things done for Christmas. Well, there is still a Stampin for the Weekend challenge this week.
The theme is:
Anything Goes!
That’s right you can enter what ever you like.
We have 2 sponsors and the first one is:

The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop, who is offering the winner 50 meters of Divine Bakers twine and a pack of Doilies! How great is that?! 

And the second sponsor is

Bugaboo Stamps, who is offering the winner 7 free digi stamps!
Now it’s time to show you my creation for this challenge:

Christmas Crackers with a beautiful Christmas image.
We make our own crackers every year, since it’s so expensive to buy crackers with such cheap, easy-breaking gifts inside. And it’s lost more fun and prettier to make it yourself!
Here is a tutorial I wrote a few years ago on how to make your own.

For this cracker I used a beautiful Whiff Of Joy image called Betty Mouse with Candy Cane and I coloured her with the following Copics:
R20, R21, E33 and E53 - For her skin 
R29 and R27 - For her hat, skirt and on the candy cane
Y15, Y11 and Y00 - For her yellow blouse 
Y15, Y11 and Y00 - For the bow on the candy cane.
W3 - For a shadow around the stamp.
And for this cracker, I also used a Whiff Of Joy Stamp called Christmas Train and I coloured them with the following Copics:
E35, E33 and E53 - For their skin
R20, R21 and E00 - For their ears 
 R29 and R27 - For the red on the train 
G17, G14 and G12 - For the Green on the train 
B05, B02 and B000 - For the blue on the train and the mouse’s hat
 Y15, Y11 and Y00 - For the yellow on the gift box
V04 and V01 - For the purple on the train 
W3 - For a shadow around the stamp.
Inside these crackers are Chocolate Lindor Balls, and you can give it to anyone and they will be happy.
Please hop over the Stampin For The Weekend and see if you can take part in our challenge! There are great prizes and stunning DT creations. 

I would also like to take part in the following challenges with these crackers:
Cooking It Up With Katie -  anything goes
Crafting for all Seasons -  Christmas
Crafts and Me - Christmas
Divas by Design - Christmas
My Mum's Craft shop -  anything goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty - Holiday Gifts
Sisterhood of Crafters  -  Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything BUT Rectangle or Square
Aud Sentiments Challenge -  Anything Goes
Paper Play - Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you have a lovely Christmas with friends and family!
Crafty Greetings 

19 December 2011

Winner of My Baking Challenge #10 is..........

Hello everyone! Today is Monday which means........it’s time to announce the winner of my Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge #10 - Fruit and Vegetables.
Thank you everyone who took the time to vote!
The winner of challenge #10 is..........
Congratulations Tane for winning my 10th Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge!!!! 
Here is your special blinkie with a picture of your Chocolate Mousse:

All you have to do is right click, then click “save image as”.
Then you can proudly display your winner blinkie on the side of your blog with a link back to this post so that your blog readers can see that you won and also join in next time.
Now there is always a next time with my Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge!
The current challenge is Colourful Food! Which means you can enter anything with colour! The prize is a Delectable Desserts recipe book by Linda Fraser! 

You have until Monday the 26th of December to enter
Baking Greetings

13 December 2011

Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge #11 is.........

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well. It’s time for a new Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge! 
But before I get started, I would like to apologize for the late postings. I only managed to post the voting post last night and I know this post is late too. I’m really sorry, but over the past week our whole family of ten (lol) was sick, on Monday it was my turn. Really sick, I couldn’t even get out of bed to do the voting post. So I’m very sorry. But here it is now.
Have you all voted for the winner of the previous fortnight’s challenge Fruit and Vegetables? If you have, thank you so much and if you haven’t you can vote here.

Ok now the theme for this Fortnight is.......
I want to see colourful food.
The Prize is a Delectable Desserts recipe book by Linda Fraser! 
- This is another AMAZING recipe book with over 75 spectacular recipes for delicious desserts of all kinds, from ice creams, bombes and mousses to tempting soufflés, pies and tarts.
- Over 300 photographs, highlighting each step-by-step recipe and finished dish.
-Ideas suitable for all occasions - from special events and celebrations to informal entertaining and everyday family meals and treats.
-Includes quick and healthy recipes as well as rich traditional desserts 
The contents of this book is: 
Pies, tarts and cobblers 
Fresh Fruit Desserts 
Crumbles, Custards and Puddings 
Cold Desserts and Ices
My example is cold chocolate cylinders with mousse and fresh fruit:
Most of this is made out of Lindt Chocolate!
We made chocolate cylinders that we learned to make on the Lindt Chocolate Decorations Course. The decorations on top we also learned there. 
Okay first we made the cylinder with tempered chocolate, then we made all different kinds of decorations for the top. We put orange, fat soluble coloring powder on a transparent sheet, then the chocolate on top and then rolled it, put it in a cylinder (like a toilet roll), let cool and pull off the transparent.
Then we made dark chocolate and white chocolate mousses to put inside. Both brown and white chocolate mousse are made the same way.
Here is the recipe:
Makes 3 cups.
170g/ 6 ounces chocolate chopped 
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter cubed or sliced 
4 egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar (don’t be tempted to leave out the sugar as it stabilizes the mousse)
1 tsp vanilla extract or 2 tbs cognac, rum or kirsch.
1 cup heavy cream for whipping or more as needed to thin the chocolate mixture.
1 Combine the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl.
2 Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir with a wooden spoon or whisk until melted and smooth. Note: make sure the bowl fits perfect over the saucepan and that no steam can come up the sides of the bowl. If it does it will stop the chocolate from melting.
3 Combine the egg yolk and sugar in a heatproof bowl and set it over the saucepan of barely simmering water. Whisk for about 5 minutes, or until pale and slightly stiff.
4 Remove from the heat.  Stir the chocolate mixture into the egg yolks, add the vanilla and stir until well mixed.
If at this point the mixture becomes stiff and grainy, whisk in heavy cream, 1/4 cup at a time, until the mixture is smooth.
5 Stir for a few minutes to cool. Let cool to room temperature.
6 Whip the cream to soft peaks. 
7 Stir about 1/4 of the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture and then fold in the rest with a rubber spatula.

Scoop or pipe the mousse into the cylinders and decorate on top.
 Then we took some tempered chocolate and made patterns on the small plate.
And then for a finishing touch, black berries and raspberries cut in half, put close to the cylinder.
Be sure to keep it in the fridge if it’s a hot day. (Yes we made a lot!)
If you don’t.........

this will happen! These were some of our tests!

Bon Appetite! This is a really, really great dessert!
Now it’s your turn to show me what you can come up with! Anything with colour will do!

Here is how it works:
-You can link-up using your blog or if you don’t have a blog, e-mail your entry to me.
-Create a post on your blog with the recipe and at least one picture of the finished product.
e-mail the recipe, with at least one picture of the finished product and I will enter your recipe in the challenge (remember to come back and check out your entry).
-One recipe per person/blog please.
-You are allowed to have help with your baking.
-Please use the blue frog below to enter. Be sure to add the link to your direct blog posting/recipe and not your whole blog as this makes it much easier to find your recipe. 
-Please comment on at least 3 other entries.
-Each recipe needs to be linked back to Heidi’s Crafts or has to have the button in the post.
-This is a fortnightly challenge, you have two weeks to enter.
-Entries need to be linked up by Monday the 27 of December for this Colour challenge.
-After the challenge has closed, I will announce the entries in a separate posting and you will be able to vote for your favourite recipe.
-You are all allowed to advertise anywhere you like for people to vote for you, on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
-I will have a personalized blinkie, specially for the Winner. As well as the PRIZE!! I ship anywhere in the World!
-Age doesn’t matter, from little girls to grandmas are welcome to enter!
-The aim of the challenge is to encourage mothers and grandmas with their girls to enjoy making food in the kitchen, to share recipes, find new ones and have lots of fun together!
Baking Greetings.
Please Note: This will be the last baking challenge for this year. After this challenge I’m going to take a 2 week break. I’m sure everyone else will be on holiday or to busy to enter anyway! 

12 December 2011

Voting For My Baking Challenge #10 Fruit and Vegetables

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a good weekend!
It’s time to vote for the winner of my Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge #10 Fruit and Vegetables. I had 9 entries which is really great, and they are all such amazing entries! They all look amazing!
First entry is Dodi:
Who made delicious Pineapple Berry Smoothie.

Second entry is Tane:
Who made mouth-watering White Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Fruit!

Third entry is Perrin:
Who baked most beautiful Apricot Cupcakes with Fresh Fruit Topping.
Forth entry is Kelly-Anne:
Who made an icy-cold Fruit Slushy for a very hot day.

Fifth entry is Sarah:
Who cooked yummy Apricot Jam, with a beautiful colour too!

Sixth entry is Aunty Wendy:
Who made old Fashioned Apricot Chutney, mmmmm...... 
Seventh entry is an e-mail entry of Aunty Hazel:
Who baked a finger-liking Spinach and Butternut Quiche!

 The eighth entry is Jessica:
Who baked an amazing Blackberry and Apple Pie. 
And the Ninth entry is Aunty Karyn
 Who made a yummy Carob Pie!
Thank you everyone for entering and a special thank you to Jessica and aunty Karyn for entering for the first time!
You many now all go and vote and anyone can vote for you!
To vote all you do is:
1 Go to the top of my blog,
2 Just under my blog header, on the right, is a voting poll with all the entries.
3 Next to each name is a little white circle
4 Click on the one next to the name of the entry you like best.
5 Then click on the button that says “vote”.
You have voted.
The Voting will close on the 18th of December at noon.
Good luck everyone.......
Voting Greetings!
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