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Christmas Ginger Muffins


I’ve been making these muffins for the last two years at Christmas. I don’t like other Christmas spices but I loooove ginger. I’ve had a few requests for the recipe so here it is. It’s adapted from one by the Pink Whisk

Dry ingredients 

250g self-raising flour

4tsp ground ginger
120g soft light brown sugar (or half and half dark brown sugar and white caster sugar)

2-3 tbsp of stem ginger in syrup chopped into very small pieces (buy it in a jar or make your own). Reserve the syrup for later.

Wet Ingredients 

100g butter, melted 

2 eggs, beaten

180ml milk 

2 tbsp golden syrup or black treacle (or 1 tbsp of each) 

1 tbsp syrup from the jar of stem ginger

To Finish

Syrup from the jar of stem ginger (optional) 

150g icing sugar, sifted

Juice of half a lemon 
Note

You don’t need to be terribly precise about the measurements. 

Method 

Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 6 / 200 C.

Melt the butter and leave to cool. 

Sift the flour and ground ginger together, then mix in the rest of the dry ingredients and the stem ginger.

Mix the melted butter together with the other wet ingredients. 

Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix by hand, or slowly with an electric mixer. The ingredients should be only just combined. 

Scrape the mixture evenly into 12 muffin cases. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes until the tops are risen, golden and springy to the touch. The colour will vary depending on the ingredients used.

If you can spare any ginger syrup, inject a small amount into the centre of each muffin. (Children’s medicine syringes are great for this).

Sift the icing sugar, and gradually add and mix in a teaspoon of lemon juice at a time until you get a spreadable consistency. Spoon some icing on top each muffin and spread with the back of the spoon. 

Enjoy these with a cup of tea for ‘second breakfast’ (a favourite Christmas holidays tradition).

M&Ms Gravity Cake

I wanted to make something special for my husband’s 30th birthday cake; something I hadn’t made before. He’s a big fan of peanut M&Ms, so I decided to make my version of the M&M gravity cakes I had seen doing to rounds on Pinterest and Facebook.

This is a Chocolate Biscuit Cake, covered in fondant/sugarpaste/ready to roll icing. 4 large bags of M&Ms are stuck on individually with melted white chocolate.
Tip: Plain and crispy M&Ms are easier to stick on than the heavier peanut ones.

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You can see a tutorial by Cupcake Addiction on YouTube here. Their method is slightly easier to do as the cake is covered in buttercream.

A Golfer’s Birthday Challenge

I made this card for a friend who’s step-father was turing 60.  She wanted it BIG, so this is A4 in size.  I used Mo Manning’s image ‘Big Guy Golfing’, coloured with Promarkers, and I used my Cricut to cut out the numbers and letters.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Passion for Promarkers – Happy Birthday

Mo’s Digital Pencil Challenge – World Traveller with a Mo Image (after all, Golfers will go anywhere for a good golf course!)

Pictures for ME!

Nikki over at Melonheadz Illustrating just drew me some fabulous pictures for my blog. I’m seriously chuffed with them!  Good likeness, don’t ya think? 😀

Do pay a visit to Nikki’s blog, she generously posts FREE images every day.  Also, check out my placecards that she featured here.

Dee*

My other Blog!

Check out my other blog: http://wp.me/p1RMuA-d

Lego Table

I found a brilliant website; Ikea Hackers. It’s a blog where people share their customised Ikea furniture. I was amazed at the creativity and resourcefulness some people.
One of my favorite hacks was the Lego Table, made from the Lack side table. Once I saw it, I had to have it. Lego is one of my favorite toys.

Materials:
Lack side table from Ikea €8.49
Bygel rail from Ikea €1.49
3xBygel containers 49c each
Lego Duplo Board €12.99
Velcro €3.50

Total cost: less than €27.
Hours of fun: priceless.

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Hello world!

My first blog, my first post, exciting!
I’ve been posting photos of my creations on Facebook but fear I may be boring people; so now if anyone is actually interested, they can just cone here.
I hope to fill this blog with my knitting, crochet, baking, cards and other crafty stuff. Also, eateries I find with yummy cake, tea and such like. And anything else I find randomly interesting.

If you visit, please leave a comment!

By the way, I’m posting from my iPhone. I ❤ it.

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