A Birthday and my Favorite Tools atm.

Guess what we’ve been eating?….

Hubby had a birthday last week so there have been rather a lot of calories consumed here in Sussex! 

If you’ve followed me for any length of time you’ll probably know what’s coming next. Yep, monkey bread and birthday gateau.



One of my favorite yarns was inspired by this chocolate version of our birthday gateau and if you’re on Instagram you can see it knit up into a sock @grosifrick. She had also bought some of my yarns for a ‘find your fade’ shawl so I’m looking forward to seeing that when it’s all knit up.  I love seeing what people make with my yarns.

You can find the gateau recipe here and the monkey bread recipe is by Barbara bakes which you can find here. I add a twist to the recipe and I also put half a square of dark chocolate in the centre of each ball of dough to make it extra special.

I also treated Hubby to a venison roast on his birthday.

I think all that is going to mean I need to be rather strict with myself this week. And save up the treats for the end of the month when it’s my birthdayūüėā. 

On the creative front, there’s been a tiny bit of ‘me’ creativity. I’ve managed six rows of knitting on my shawl since I last blogged, which I don’t think I even told you about. I started it a few weeks ago.

 I’m using my bfl with nylon yarn in the Valley Hues colourway. Purple Is not a me color but I fell in love with this one so I couldn’t resist using it!  I’m using the Karise pattern from Ravelry and I was inspired by the beautiful shawls that my lovely friend Ericka Eckles has made. And as you can see I’ve finally worked out how to add links on my phone ūüėÄ

In shop creativity I’ve been having a big dpn needle holder sew up, So hopefully there should be more of them in my shop soon. 

 

Making these has been made so much easier by a couple of sewing tools I have so I did a short video to show you and share….. Aghh. It’s the first time I’ve done this and I don’t look very smiley but I’m sharing it anyway so have fun watching it, I’ll never be a t.v. Presenter that’s for sure! ūüėā

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Do have any great gadgets or things favorite things to share? I’d love to know. I may even add a ‘what I’m loving this week’ to my posts just for fun. Probs not a video though!! ! 

Have a very happy and creative week friends

Sharon xx

Cheese and Bacon Puffs

I have just made some cheese and Bacon puffs and I thought I’d share the recipe quickly with you for the weekend!

This a family favourite, something I have been doing for years and a must at Christmas. They can be frozen uncooked, just get them out when you need them and pop them straight in the oven giving them an extra 2 to 4 minutes in the oven.  They can also be frozen cooked, just defrost and eat cold or warm them for a few minutes in a hot oven.

Cheese and Bacon Puffs

Ingredients

1lb (500g) pack of puff pastry

8oz (250g) Bacon

300g strong Cheddar cheese – grated

A little milk

Method

Pre-heat oven to Gas mark 7 (200c fan, 220c conventional, 425F)

Roll out the pastry to a rectangle about 1/16th” (3mm) thick and cut in half.

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cover one half with strips of bacon and cover the bacon with just over half of the grated cheese,

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lay the other half of the pastry on top of the bacon and cheese and press down firmly with your hands or a rolling pin,

Brush the top with milk and sprinkle with the rest of the grated cheese,

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press the cheese down firmly and cutting through all layers cut into squares.

I wanted bite size this time so mine were only about 1 1/2″ (3cm) square.

Place onto a baking sheet and bake in the middle of the oven for 7-10 minutes until the cheese is a deep golden colour.

Remove from the oven.  If any of them topple over just lift the top and replace it while they are still hot.

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Transfer to a baking tray to cool.

Keep in the refrigerator.

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Enjoy!!

Happy Baking!

Sharon xx

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Monkey Bread and Crochet

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This weekend we decided to have Monkey Bread for breakfast. ¬†Any special occasion is used as an excuse for this treat! ¬†This time it was Christmas – yes I know it was weeks ago but with one thing and another we just hadn’t made it over Christmas. ¬†It has got to be one of the naughtiest but scrummiest treats!! (Is that even a word?) ¬†Monkey bread is amazing. ¬†It is balls of sweet dough stuffed with chocolate and rolled in melted butter,brown sugar and cinnamon!! ¬†Mmmmm.

Josh did the first stage and made the dough, with a little supervision.  Abi and I put all the lovely dark chocolate pieces into the balls of dough and rolled them in the melted butter and brown sugar/cinnamon mix.

We then put it to bed in the fridge and in the morning got it out to finish rising before baking and devouring it.
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The wonderful thing is that it is Howards birthday this weekend (40!!!), so we get to do it all over again!!

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I started another felted animal last week. I am really hoping that I can get it finished this week to complete the one a month challenge as inspired by Jennifer.  This one is proving a lot more difficult.  I was silly enough to ask Josh what he would like me to make!!  A Tiger!!  Well it has gone from looking like a sheep to a cow and now a dog. Maybe some stripes and a lot of imagination might give it a bit more of tiger look???!!!

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I have completed my second ‘Me’ project this month,¬†my Blessing Jar. ¬†(inspired by Chris).¬† I am really pleased with the effect. ¬†It is fairly fussy but where it will sit¬†in the lounge needed a bit of livening up.

I finally decided to partly tie it in with the two collages I had made some time ago for the lounge.

Our wedding photo I printed on to canvas and also copied some of the words and music to the hymns to add to it and I used some of the bridesmaid material too as well as bits of lace and felt.

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The quote hangs above the piano.  I loved that saying when I saw it and just had to do something with it!

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Anyhow, back to the jar. ¬†I started with a strip of brown ‘leather’ (pvc), topped with two layers of muslin with the edges frayed and a piece of raw silk. ¬†I free machined wavy lines criss-crossing ¬†around the edges¬†and¬†embroidered on ‘count your blessings’.

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This time I really wanted to include some crochet. ¬†Chris¬†at uk city crafter suggested the crochet heart of Lucy’s at Attic 24. ¬†I had a browse through and used her teeny tiny¬†flower¬†and leaf pattern and also the teeny tiny heart pattern. (Thanks Chris and Lucy ūüôā )!

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I added a dc border to a couple of them too, added a couple of buttons and stitched them on to the background. Next went a few more trimmings before attaching it to the jar.

I wanted to cover the lid so I decided to go with crochet for that too and made a simple cover for it.  We have decided it will be for all the family to use!

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During last week I have been having a play with freeform crochet, but¬†I¬†haven’t been able to take any pics yet, so hopefully next time.!

I must go now and start the pressie I am hoping to make for Howard’s birthday. ¬†Something a bit different for me!!!

Happy Crafting!!