Secret hobby.

Not so much a secret hobby if you follow me on Instagram, but one I rarely discuss in person, as it’s quite a niche pasttime I think…Cross Stitch. Cross stitch is an embroidery technique involving stitching lots of small crosses onto your chosen fabric to form a picture. It’s simple to learn and just requires the ability to count, plan and have some patience! I’ll post some tips another time if people are interested, however, in an effort to broarden the scope of the blog, I thought I would share my current projects and recent finishes online.

The first project I finished was last year and that was a Japanese doll design I liked the look of.

Japanese Doll

Secondly was a bookmark that I stitched for my Nan for Christmas.

Parrots Bookmark

And finally, yesterday I sat down and organised all my threads and rewarded myself by stitching my favourite mutant…Wolverine!

Wolverine Cross Stitch

I have a few more super heroes planned and am currently researching patterns to customise so that I get them just right…I also want to stitch something Fallout 3/New Vegas related, since they are my favourite games. Do you guys have any creative or crafty hobbies? I’d love to hear about them in the comments section. 🙂

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Recipe: Cupcakes

Cupcakes Recipe

 

There are many different ways to make these delicious sponges. Myself, I like to keep things as simple as possible, so here’s my way, 5 ingredients and just 5 steps! (You can complicate it with toppings/icing later if you wish.)

(Makes 10-12)

  1. 180g Self raising flour
  2. 125g Unsalted butter (Stork)
  3. 175g Caster sugar
  4. 2 Large eggs
  5. Half a teaspoon of Vanilla extract
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  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (Gas 4) and sift the flour into a bowl.
  2. Melt the butter and sugar in the microwave (or just beat together,heat makes this easier)
  3. Add the buttery sugar mixture to the flour and stir till mixed
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat for a few minutes until light and smooth.
  5. Spoon the mixture into cake cases, and bake for 20mins until golden and firm to the touch.

 

Decorate as you see fit. I don’t like icing, so add 2 tablespoons of Nutella to the mixture before baking for chocolatey cakey goodness.

 

 

 

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Recipe: Gingerbread Cookies.

Gingerbread cookies

It’s no secret to my friends and family that I adore gingerbread/cookies/biscuits. After trying 6 different versions of recipes, I finally have one to share that produces delighfully soft and crumbly cookies, I belive this made about 14 large cookies.

Gingerbread Cookies

150g of unsalted butter/Stork
120g of brown sugar
5 tbsp of golden syrup
400g of plain flour
1 heaped tsp of bicarbonate of soda
2 heaped tsp of ground ginger

Preheat the oven to 170°C.
Melt the butter, sugar and syrup until smooth and the sugar has dissolved. (Can be done in a pan or microwave)
Beat in the sieved flour, bicarb and ginger until a dough forms.
Dust a work surface with flour and roll the dough out to a thickness of 1cm.
Cut out whatever shapes you want and arrange on a non-stick baking tray. (I use an upside down tumbler for round cookies)
Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.
Decorate with icing/melted chocolate as you see fit.

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