Crafts · Sewing

A Belated Merry Christmas


Hello all! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I’ve just popped on here to share my completed Christmas Celebration Sampler. I finished it late on Christmas Eve, so just in time for the big day!

The border was a real labour of love I have to say, but I’m happy with the way it turned out.

Sorry for the short and sweet post, it’s quite busy here, I’ll be back before the end of the year which excitingly is only a couple of days away! x


Happy 1st Birthday Louie!


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Our little pup turned 1 today! I’m not entirely sure where this year gone! Its also hard to think that he was not in our lives a year ago.

Today we celebrated with a lovely birthday cake just for dogs (not made be me but by these lovely folk here), some new toys and his little cousin Chewie came over for cake and play followed by some roast chicken for dinner. He’s now collapsed in a heap having happy dreams.

Happy Birthday Louie, lots of love!




Mincemeat Crumble Squares

If you fancy something a little different to a mince pie but still want a little Christmassy treat, then these are perfect. I adapted the recipe from my raspberry crumble square recipe. This is such a super simple treat to make all the taste of a mince pie with no pastry making in sight!

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mincemeat crumble squares

You will need:

1 cup of plain flour

1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 cup of oats

1/2 cup of light brown soft sugar

1/2 cup of butter

1/4 tsp of cinnamon

1/4 cup chopped hazlenuts

1 jar of good quality mincemeat

1 8 inch square baking tin


* Preheat oven to 180C/ 350F/ Gas 4, grease and line your tin.

*  Place the flour, bicarb and cinnamon into a large bowl. Add the sugar, hazelnuts and oats, mix together with your fingers to break up an lumps of sugar.

* Add the butter and rub together until evenly combined.

* Place 2 cups of the oaty mix into the tin and press down firmly until it’s packed in and even.

* Spread a generous layer of mincemeat, you may find the mincemeat won’t spread so just dollop little spoonfuls until the base is covered.

* Press the remaining oats over the top

* Bake for 40- 45 minutes until golden brown

* Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.



German Stollen Bread


I love Stollen but have always bought it in the past, so this year I thought I would have a go at making my own! I do love making bread but it can be so time consuming to make and normally I decide too late in the day to make it and have to resolve to make it the next day which quite often doesn’t happen. So this time I made sure I put a day aside to make it and it was so worth it.

There is something so satisfying about eating bread that you have made, especially when its filled with fruit, almonds and marzipan!


The recipe I used left the dough very wet so I ended up adding some flour as it seemed too wet, the first prove didn’t really amount to much and I was worried but the second was better I ended up cutting the dough in half to make 2 loaves as it struggled to fit on the tray and would have taken forever to bake. I also wonder if my marzipan should have been rolled thinner? But the weight and dimensions were right so maybe it was ok?


Here is the recipe;

You will need:

2 tsp Dried yeast

230g Plain flour

100ml Warm milk

Pinch of salt

1 tsp Caster Sugar

1tsp Ground mixed spice

200g Dried mixed fruit

50g Glace cherries, chopped

25g Flaked almonds

50g butter

1 Egg

250g Marzipan

To finish:

25g Melted butter

50g Icing sugar


*Place the warm milk and yeast in a bowl and set aside for about 6-8 minutes. Meanwhile, sift together the flour, salt and mixed spice into a large bowl.

* Add the dried fruit, cherries, almonds and butter and mix well to combine. Add the yeast mixture together with the egg and mix well to combine all the ingredients to form a dough.

* Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 4-5 minutes, place the dough in a bowl, cover with cling film and set aside in a warm place to prove for 25 minutes.

* Uncover the dough and turn out onto a lightly dusted surface. Knock back to reduce the volume then once again knead the dough for a further 5 minutes.

* Push and roll out the dough by hand into a flat oval shape about 9x7inch. Roll out the marzipan into a piece about 7x2inch.

* Place the marzipan in the centre of the dough, then fold over the sides of the dough to seal in the marzipan. Place the dough seal side down onto a greased baking tray lined with parchment, cover and set aside somewhere warm to prove for an hour. Preheat the over to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

* Bake for 40-45 minutes or if you have split the dough into 2 like I did bake for about 25-30 minutes.

Remove from the oven, brush with the melted butter and dust liberally with the sifted icing sugar.




Christmas Celebration Sampler Catch-Up

In between the madness of preparing for the coffee morning I did have time to sit and relax with my cross stitch. I’m really enjoying this project it’s really getting me in festive spirit. Row 2 did not disappoint, it was just as cute as Row 1..

I is forI is for Icicles and Ice skating

S and T

S is for Snowmen in Scarves, and T is for Toys!

Row 2

Sadly a lot of my white is not showing up, I wish I had used a darker aida, although I do love the fact it has glitter in it! I’ve just started row 3 and this Friday will be the last email with the pattern of the border. I need to start looking for a pretty frame to put it when I’ve finished.

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Charity Coffee and Craft Day

I can’t believe it has been over a week since my last post! Where has the time gone!? December already! Anyway… In my blogging absence I have been busy preparing – baking and sewing for a charity coffee morning for a charity very close to my heart Myeloma UK. It is the only craft event I will be doing this season and so I thought I’d share some pictures of my stall.

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Sorry the quality is not the best, they were taken on my phone. We also had a huge cake table filled with lots of yummy baked goods and a raffle and we raised almost £14oo. So all in all a very good day!