29 November 2011

Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge 10 is..............

Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well! It’s time for a new Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge! Before I announce the new challenge, have you voted for the winner of the last challenge? 
The theme was Anything Goes and you can vote here for the winner.

Okay, The theme for this fortnight is.............
Fruit and Vegetables!!!
Any kind of fruit or vegetable recipe you like.
The prize is a stunning, and I do mean, STUNNING recipe book:

How to get Five-A-Day 
the fruit and vegetable cookbook!
This book is filled with over 50 delicious step-by-step recipes.
The different parts on different recipes are: 
Roots, Shoots and Stems 
Greens, Beans and Peas
Mushroom and Squashes 
Salad Vegetables 
Apple, Pear and Stone Fruits 
Berries and Citrus Fruits 
Exotic Fruits 

My example is delicious Baked Apples:
(Serves 4)
4 Larger English cooking apples 
50g dark muscovado sugar (I used “Rapandora” sugar)
50g Hazelnuts crushed 
50g Raisins 
2 tbsp finely grated dark chocolate 
1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon 
Juice of 1 orange (I used a lemon)
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F) 
Remove the cores from the apples. Take a knife and make a slit in the skin all around each apple, just above the middle.
Combine the sugar, hazelnuts, raisins, chocolate and cinnamon.
Place the apple on a baking tray and stuff the centers with the fruit and nut mix. Finish each apple with a squeeze of orange/lemon juice.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the apples are soft.

Served with a bit of fresh cream is delicious!
Now it’s your turn to show me your favorite fruit or vegetable recipe!
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 12th of December for this Fruit or Vegetables 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!

28 November 2011

It’s Time To Vote Again!

Hello everyone, I know I’m a little late posting the voting for my Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge. But we had no electricity from 9:00 to 14:00 so I couldn’t write this post and then we had a very busy afternoon.
The theme was Anything Goes and I had 5 entries they are:
Who made a finger-licking Chicken, and Cheesy Tortilla with Salad!
Who baked a beautiful Carrot Cake with Lavender Infused Icing.

Who baked a yummy Taco Meatball Crescent Ring.
Who baked mouth-watering Chicken and Mushroom Pie.

Linnie (My mother!)
Who baked delicious Spinach (Quiche) Packets
Now one of you five will win the stunning Food Lovers’ Soups recipe book.
Thank you so much for everyone who entered! Spacial thank you to Dodi for entering for the first time! 
I really hope to see you all for my next challenge which will be posted tomorrow! 
As you all know, you may ask as many people as you like to 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.
Voting close on the 4th of December at noon.
 Good luck everyone.....
Baking Greetings!

25 November 2011

Friends Card - For Stampin For The Weekend

Hello everyone. Today is Friday and it’s time for a new challenge over at Stampin for the Weekend!
Your theme for this fortnight is.........
Thats right, we want to see a friends card this week.
We have TWO lovely sponsors for the challenge, which means, we have TWO winners!
The first sponsor is: Lili Of The Valley:

Who is offering the winner a £10 gift voucher.
The second sponsor is: In 2 Stamps:

Who is offering the winner a 10 Euro gift voucher.
Thank you so much LOTV and In2Stamps!
Now would you like to see some inspiration?
Here is my card:

I just LOVE this paper and the image seems to fit so well with it.
I used a Lili Of The Valley Stamp called Little Girls - Tea Time. I coloured them with the following Copics:
E37, E35, E33 and E53 - For all the brown of the image.
R20, R21 and E00 - For the little girls’ skin.
G17, G14 and G12 - For the left girls green dress.
RV34 and RV32 - For the dark pink of the image. 
RV13 and RV10 - For the light pink.
W3 - For the shadow around the image.

The I used some Wild Orchid Craft flowers and some pink pearls to finish the card off.
I hope you like my card! If you would like to see some more inspiration you can go to Stampin for the Weekend and see what the other very talented crafters have come up with, or you can enter!
I would also like to take part in the following challenges with this card:
Lili of the Valley - Anything Goes
Papercraft Star - anything goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
Have a blessed weekend everyone 
Crafty Greetings

23 November 2011

Lindt Chocolate Decorations Course

Hello everyone! 
On Wednesday (16 Nov) my mother and I went for another Lindt Chocolate Course. You can find the first one here. This time we did the Chocolate Decorations Course, and it was from 10:00 to 15:00.
During the first half of the course, the Chocolatiers demonstrated different kinds of decorations and the second half we had the chance to do some ourselves.
First they showed us how to make:
White Chocolate Spaghetti!

Colored Spiral Tri-angulars.
Isn’t it beautiful?!
White, Blue and Brown Chocolate.
In thin Squares, called Cocoa Butter Squares!

White chocolate tear drops. Which you can use to put a filling in.
Or make a bow on top of a cake.
Thin brown tear drops.
It’s so cute!
A Wood Grain Cone.
A chocolate cylinder roll.
More spiraled lines!
A red and white chocolate Transfer Envelope.
Chocolate wire.
A Corduroy.
Piping in cold liquid. 
Then is was our turn!
My mother spreading her chocolate on the table.
Check out our pretty aprons! 
Me making chocolate Cigarettes!
At the end of the course, we each got a beautiful Lindt certificate! 
And we asked for a photo with the two chocolatiers (on the left) Dimo Simatos  (One of the finest pastry chefs in South Africa!) My mother, Me and Scott Kirkbrid.
We had so much fun and learned so much!
I can’t wait till we are going to make something out of chocolate.
If you would like to do this course or any other Lindt Chocolate Course visit the Lindt Chocolate website. 
Have a great day
Chocolate Greetings

21 November 2011

Winner Of My Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge 8 is....

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a good weekend. I certainly did, I did a lot of reading!! (Something I don’t really do on weekends, a real treat!)
Well, you’re probably here to see who the winner is of my Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge, right?
First I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who entered. Sadly there is only one winner though.
The voted winner is............
Congratulations Perrin. You have won the Food Lovers’ Cooking For Children recipe book! Please will you claim you prize by e-mailing me your postal address, so I can get your prize to you.
Here is a special blinkie I made for you:
I really hope you like it! Your Pizza Cookie looks so pretty and colorful!
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 Anything Goes! Which means you can enter WHATEVER YOU WANT! The prize is a Food Lovers’ Soups recipe book!
You have until Monday the 28th of November to enter.
Baking Greetings
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