White Christmas

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This recipe is from my son Max. Although it’s not a new idea, he did decide to put dried cranberries into the chocolate instead of raspberry lollies. It’s a very easy and quick treat for stockings on Christmas Eve!

You will need:

250 gems of white melting chocolate

Dried cranberries

Marshmallows (chopped)

Pistachio nuts (chopped)

A shallow baking tray

Baking paper

A little butter

What to do:

Melt the chocolate either in the microwave or in a metal bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. The chocolate must be runny.

Smear a little butter over your shallow baking tray and cut some baking aper to place at the bottom of the tray.

Pour the chocolate into the tray and spread out to all corners.

Sprinkle the chopped marshmallows, pistachios and dried cranberries all over the melted chocolate.

Pop it into the fridge till the chocolate is hard.

Chop it up into chunks and bag up for Christmas treats.

 

Spring Potted Colour

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A spring garden filled with beautiful flowers and herbs in colourful pots will really lift your spirits. If you like something that stands out from the usual terracotta variety of pots, then this project can achieve just that. It’s a great craft to make with leftover fave pieces of fabric, too.

You Will Need:

Some plain terracotta pots

Modge podge glue or gel medium (available from craft stores)

Fabric scraps

Scissors

A paintbrush

What to Do:

Cut your fabric into small squares about 5cm x 5cm

Paint a small section on the surface of your pot and begin applying the fabric over the pot

Repeat this process till the pot is completely covered

Cover the fabric all over in one coat of the mode podge to seal it

Plant the flowers and enjoy

I’ve had my pots out for months in the rain and sunshine and they still look great, so don’t worry about having to protect these lovely pots from the elements.

 

 

Winter Warmers

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You Will Need:

Some small squares of fabric (roughly 10cm x 10cm)

Some pinking shears

A funnel (can be made from rolled-up paper)

Wheat or rice

A sewing machine or needle and thread

What to do:

Place two squares together then trim with the pinking shears (to create some edges that won’t fray)

Sew around the edges (about 1/2 cm in from the edge) and leave a small hole to allow filling

Fill your square pocket with wheat or rice through the funnel (not too much wheat or rice!)

Sew up the gap and they are ready to heat in the microwave!