Monday, 21 December 2009

Vegan Gingerbread People Recipe

You will need:
350g plain flour
100g sugar
1tsp baking powder
3-4tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
100g vegan margarine
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1/3 cup boiling water

Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees c/gas mark 5
Sieve the flour baking powder ginger and cinnamon into a large bowl and rub in the marg until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, stir in the sugar.
fill a decent sized tea mug about 1/3 of the way up with hot water from the kettle and add to it the molasses and golden syrup, give it a quick stir until it's all melted a bit and then add to the dry ingredients and bind together.
Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface and knead it for a minute or two, when it's firm enough roll it out and cut it into all kinds of nice festive shapes, gingerbread men, stars, christmas trees, or just whatever shaped cutters you have lying around, if you want you can press currents in before you bake them for eyes and things do it now, or if you're feeling less health concious you can decorate them with melted dark chocolate or icing and sweeties when they come out of the oven.
Pop your biscuits onto some big baking trays and into the oven for about 10 mins, or until the edges are just starting to change colour. Cool on a wire rack, decorate and enjoy!

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Craft Fair Mania

Some pictures of a stall I shared with my lovely friends Katie and Carmel at the Impressions Gallery in Bradford, It was a lovely day!
Christmas craft fairs are all finished now, for me at least, I'm looking forward to some much needed staying indoors, preparing for festive partying and looking after my Folksy shop, I'm listing a few items tonight, tonnes more to come though!

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Having a very crafty week, mostly thanks to halloween, spent the day making cowboys and pirates and monkeys out of little boys and carving scary faces in pumpkins, Sunday was pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie day, I use Valentine Warner's recipe for pumpkin soup: 2 onions, 1 pumpkin, 1 cinnamon stick, cook for 40 min then add a pint of stock and whizz! It's yummy! We've been really productive in the evenings when the boys are in bed this week, made loads of big bow hair bands and Fimo buttons on Sunday night while watching Dream Girls and last night packaged up a load of cards and made some hair clips and hubby printed out some lovely new labels for my hairclips and brooches, check out my shop Big hair bows coming soon!

Thursday, 15 October 2009

It's business time!

It was my birthday yesterday and having had the day off work to spend with my wonderful husband and take stock of our home/life/work situations we have now launched into a creative, organising frenzy! "The Craft Room" is having an overhaul and much of the childrens old clothes (and my pre baby wardrobe) is charity bound, the house is getting cleaner and more organised by the hour, the lack of claustrophobia has given me a crafty new lease of life and I have made 33 cards and 10 hairclips in the last 48 hours, Adam has made a beautiful new banner for my shop and things seem to be going in the right direction, I spoke to a nice lady at Magic Number Three in saltaire about stocking my cards today and I'll deffinitely be putting some in my mum's shop in Crossroads, Maybe we'll make a few pennies yet this year!