Thursday, 25 December 2008

Christmas Cookies

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas xx

Well this is what the kids and I got up to yesterday - decorating christmas cookies. I would love to say I had baked them myself, but I bought a kit complete with sprinkles. We just added some writing icing.

Please share your creative Christmas bits.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

ATC's from Olive

Just wanted to share the lovely ATC's that Olive sent me in the UKS swap last month.

Friday, 22 August 2008

Playing with my Cuttlebug

And made a minibook for DD1

More pics on my blog

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Stitched Atcs

Have a look at this blog all you needleworkers, the Atcs are truly scrummy

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Busy , busy , busy......

....for the past while but managed to do these for the "Pretty little houses" swap on UKS. More here as I've finally updated my blog

Monday, 26 May 2008

Creative Weekend

Well I have finally got my butt in gear and done some creative things. 3 LO's yesterday and a CJ entry too!! It's for the I Love My Pet CJ over on UKS. Enjoy xx

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Hi all , sorry that I havent posted for ages and ages (bit like my own blog eh ?!) , thought I would add a couple of links to some of the challenge blogs that I visit.

OLW - One Little Word - they have regular , prize winning , challenges using a one word prompt, along with examples. The current one is the word - Think - challenge to be uploaded by 30th May .

Scrapping the Music - weekly (I think) , prize winning, challenges . The blog has a song on it to inspire you , again with examples.

The Journallers Junction - a great blog with inspiring prompts.

Daily Inspiration - fab daily inspiration !

Method Playground - forthnightly inspiration challenges

Anita xx

Sunday, 18 May 2008

Individual Molten Chocolate Cakes


(Recipe courtesy of David Rosengarten, Taste, Random House, 1998)

7 1/2 ounces imported bittersweet chocolate (preferably El Rey or Valrhona), coarsely chopped
11 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut in large pieces
3 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour, sifted

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Butter and flour six 6-ounce custard cups.

Place 5 1/2 ounces of the chocolate and the butter in a metal bowl, and set it over a pan of simmering water. Stir until melted and smooth. Cool slightly.

Using a standard electric mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs, yolks and sugar at medium-high speed until they are pale and thick, about 10 minutes.

Reduce the speed, and gradually mix in the flour.

Add the chocolate mixture to the flour mixture, and continue to beat until thick and glossy, about 5 minutes.

Divide half of the mixture among the prepared custard cups. Divide the remaining 2 ounces of coarsely chopped chocolate among them, placing the chunks in the very center of the chocolate mixture (there should be about 1 tablespoon of chopped chocolate per custard cup). Then top with the rest of the chocolate batter.

Bake until the cake is set around the edges but the center jiggles slightly when the cup is moved, about 12 minutes. Cool slightly (no more than 5 minutes).

Run a sharp knife around the edges of the cups. Turn the cakes out onto plates, and serve.

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 12 minutes

Sunday, 13 April 2008


These are the latest for UKS cc swap. Based on Film themes.(Thanks for the inspiration Tim Holtz!)

The Matrix

Jurassic Park

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Here's something I made earlier.

As you all know I had no 'tinternet for some of last month - this was fairly depressing however I did manage to be productive on the LO front. Here are a couple of my efforts ............

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Card inspiration

Take a look at Jo Kills blog for some inspiring card making ideas. Heres one I did yesterday. The rest can be seen on my blog

Monday, 17 March 2008

Gotta love those inks!

Here is a peek at what I did yesterday

the rest can be found here
The tutorials can be found on Tim Holtz's inspiring Blog in the side bar.A new challenge is added every month.

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Check out Beck Fagg's blog here , you can see Jo in the pink jumper creating with one of the new (not out yet ) Basic Grey ranges , at our crop the other night .

Have a little peek at Jo's blog here ,you can see the fab card she made me for my birthday. Its a new project she has started , looking forwardto going to one of her parties soon .

Came across this shop today , some cute things - Tru youve gotta check out the cute kawaii tape ! Also check out her blog with links to her Etsy and Ebay shops .

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

My first CJ

Here's the cover and first entry. I had a ball playing with inks and stamps, eyelets and ribbon, rub-ons and stickers.

Saturday, 2 February 2008

What a chance to win something yummy .... ???????? Have a look here then !

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

And......'s my beautiful box from Anita.It really cheers me up to look at it, it's so pretty

Monday, 14 January 2008

Share your Christmas goodies

As we had such a great Secret Santa this year with the added handmade/altered element, I thought I would share my wonderful gift with you all.

Huge thanks to the talented OLIVE for this gorgeous birdhouse

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Lemon Drizzle cake

Here is the Famous lemon drizzle cake courtesy of Emma, Mmmmmmm delicious!!!


175g/6oz butter, softened
175g/6oz caster sugar
2 eggs
175g/6oz self-raising flour
Grated rind of 1 lemon
4 tablespoon lemon juice

Juice of 1 lemon
2-3 tablespoons icing sugar sifted

Beat together sugar and butter till creamy soft and pale.
Beat the eggs lightly. pour into mixture and keep beating.
Sift the flour over the mix and add the lemon rind. FOld this into the mix.
Put the mixture into a greased and lined 2lb loaf tin, bake for 55-60mins.
Meanwhile mix the lemon juice into the icing sugar. When the cake is cooked, prick the cake all over, and pour this mixture over the hot cake whilst it is still in the tin. Remove from tin after 15 mins, leave to cool.

The temps are 160C/325F/gas 3

Saturday, 5 January 2008

Hi girls

Thought I would share one of my favourite slow cooker recipes :

Beef Goulash
approx 500g stewing steak
2 tbsp seasoned flour
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 or 2 large onions chopped
1 pepper (green or red) deseeded and sliced
150ml beef stock (I just use a stock cube)
400g can of chopped tomatoes
2 tsp paprika
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 bouquet garni
salt and pepper to taste
Optional - 140 ml soured cream or natural yoghurt to serve ( I dont add this)
Method :
Coat the meat in the seasoned flour
In a large non stick frying pan , heat the oil and fry the steak till lightly browned
Add the onion and pepper and cook for a further 2 minutes
Add the stock, tomatoes, paprika, tomato puree and bouquet garni , season to taste (I find it doesnt need any salt added). Bring to the boil.
Add the goulash mixture to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours
To serve , pour soured cream or yoghurt over the goulash.
We usually have this with mashed potatoes , carrots and a green veg or two ! Its very yummy !!

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Happy New Year!
I'm so excited to start 2008 as a new member of the team, I hope it's a great year for everyone :D
Happy New Year Lovelies , wishing you all the very best for a great new year .

Thought I would post our first challenge for the year here as well as on UKS :

Challenge for January , suggested by Olive , is to keep up with something , so today decide what that something is and endeavour to keep up with it .... be it a layout a day , no stash purchases during January , a photo a day , no chocolate ... then at the end of the month we can , hopefully, all celebrate in the fact that we have achieved something pretty major ! Good luck everyone !

I was thinking that maybe if you manage to stick to your 'whatever' for the month then maybe create a minibook or LO in recognition ....

Good luck, but most of all have fun and dont stress about it !

Anita xxx