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Recipe: Miracle Wholemeal Bread

Illustration of a lady baking against a starry sky

These bread rolls are the tastiest I have ever eaten! My Mum showed me how to make them at the weekend and although they take a while, they are more than worth it. They are so lovely, I didn’t manage to get a photo before they were all eaten!

The rolls are light but full of flavour and their texture is soft and so delicious its amazing I didn’t eat all 12 in one sitting! I try not to eat too much bread, but when this comes out of the oven it screams for butter and to be eaten immediately, and I cant resist it.

These rolls are made in two stages, and need to rest for 12 to 18 hours so they’re perfect for making at the weekend.

Step 1:

Ingredients:

  • 5g fresh yeast or 3g dried yeast
  • 130ml water at about 20C
  • 150g stoneground wholemeal flour

Dissolve the yeast in some of the water and add it to the flour with the rest of the water.

Mix until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Put the mixture in a bowl large enough for the mix to expand up to three times its current size. Cover with a lid or a plastic bag/cling film. Leave it at room temperature for 12 to 18 hours.

Step 2:

The following day…

Ingredients:

  • 450g wholemeal flour
  • 5g salt
  • 270ml water at about 30 – 35C
  • 15g butter or olive oil

Mix all the ingredients together to make a soft dough. Knead the dough without adding extra flour. It will be sticky to start with, just persist with it. The mixture should be stretchy and not dry.

Cover and leave to rise for one hour.

Divide the dough into 12 rolls and dip into wholemeal flour and place them on a baking tray at least 2cm apart. Cover the tray with a large plastic bag ensuring that it doesn’t touch the rolls. Leave them to rise until the rolls just touch each other.

Bake at 220C for 10 to 15 minutes. Add a small tray of water to the bottom of the oven to make the crusts go crispier.

Enjoy!

A little note: I don’t know who’s recipe this is – its from a newspaper originally, but I don’t know which one. I’d love to credit the creator of these fabulous rolls but I cant, so I’ll thank the bread gods for this instead!

Last Minute Christmas Crafts

Collage of photos of Christmas crafts

With only two sleeps left until Christmas day, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some really quick Christmas craft ideas incase you need to make any last minute gifts. For speed, I’m not going to waffle anymore, lets get down to some super-fast crafting!

Festive hair bands

Photos of hair bands made with elastic and buttons
These hair elastics can be made in SECONDS!

What you need:

  • Glittery hair elastic bands (the skinny ones) – these can be bought in large quantities from the Pound Shop
  • Buttons with shank backs (loop backs) – get them from any craft shops, my metal ones came from a craft fair

All you have to do is push the elastic through the shank on the back of the button, and then loop it into itself, like this:

Photos showing how to attach a deer button to a headband
How easy is that?!

Why not make a whole set as a last minute gift?

Felt Hearts

Photos of hand sewn felt heart decorations

These take a wee bit longer to make, depending on how much decoration you add.

What you need:

  • A sheet of felt
  • Cotton thread or embroidery floss
  • Polyester toy stuffing
  • Paper & pencil
  • Needle
  • Pins
  • Sharp scissors
  • Decorative bits and pieces like ribbons, sequins and beads

On the paper, draw a heart and cut it out (I’m sure you can find templates online if you struggle with this).

Pin the paper heart to the felt and cut out two pieces. If you are going to decorate the heart like I have, do this now before you sew it up as its much easier this way.

Place the two heart shapes together and stitch around the outside in blanket stitch, leaving a small hole at the top. Add the stuffing so the heart is a puffy shape. Sew up the top and add a loop so you can hang it up.

This could be made in about 20 minutes if you don’t decorate it, or about an hour if you do. Add some lavender or other scented oil to the stuffing to make it a scented decoration.

Happy Chocolates

Photo of chocolates in small paper cake cases
Super quick and easy to make, but remember they need chilling time to set!

These little chocolates are really easy to make and can look very festive if you package them up in a pretty box.

What you need:

  • Large bar of chocolate (we used 200g of Milka)
  • Chocolate covered honeycomb pieces (we used one pack of white and one of milk chocolate – from a sweet shop)
  • Chocolate buttons (the smiley ones are from Thorntons)
  • Saucepan and plastic bowl
  • Mini cake cases

Break up the chocolate into the plastic bowl, and place it in the pan full of water over a low heat. Do not get any water in with the chocolate or it will go weird! Do not let the water come anywhere near to boiling or it will also make the chocolate go weird!

Once it is melted, carefully spoon a teaspoon of it into each paper cake case. Add 2 – 3 of the honeycomb pieces on top of the chocolate. Cover these with another teaspoon of the melted chocolate and place a smiley chocolate button on the top. Place in the fridge to chill and set and you are done!

Festive Pine Cone Friends!

Photo of pine cones with eyes glued on
These chaps are just a bit of festive-fun!

What you need:

  • Pine cones
  • Googly eyes (you can usually get these in the Pound Shop)
  • Glue
  • String
    • Glue the googly eyes onto each pine cone and tie a length of string or wire to the top – so they can be hung up. Done!

      The beauty of each of these crafty ideas is that they are not just quick, they are super cheap to make too, bonus!

      If you decide to make any of these little projects, do please share them with me, I’d love to see them 🙂

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How to make felt flowers tutorial

Photo of four felt flower decorations

These felt flower decorations are really quick and easy to make (they are super cheap too!). I’ve made these in Spring time colours, but I think they would look equally good in white and red for Christmas.

I’ve put together a PDF instruction sheet so you can learn how to make these cute felt flower decorations too, click on the image or the link below to download the PDF:

Illustration of the sewing steps needed to sew felt flowers

>How to make felt flowers PDF

I think these flowers cost about £1 each to make, as sheets of felt cost about 40 – 50p from craft shops, plus the other bits and pieces which you probably already have to hand. With the ribbon, I bought a discounted roll of spotty ribbon at HobbyCraft which cost about a £1 and is 3 meters long. As with most things, eBay will have all of these goodies 😉

Have you tried making felt flowers like these before? What colours did you make?

Cat Tattoo Nails: Tutorial

Here is a fun cat manicure that is not suitable to wear to important meetings…

What you need:

  • Pale nail polish that dries smoothly (I wouldn’t use glitter for this as you’ll end up with a lumpy finish and dark colours may show through the tattoo)
  • Clear top coat
  • Selection of small temporary tattoos
  • Cuticle stick
  • Water

Step 1: Paint your nails

Paint your nails with a light colour polish and leave them to dry completely.

Step 2: Choose your tattoo design

I bought a bag of kids baby animal tattoos from the toyshop on Gloucester Road in Bristol, which came with lots of kitten and puppy designs. This pack of tattoos cost £2.99.
Packet of children's temporary tattoos with animal designs

You need to pick out parts of the tattoos that will fit on your nails and still be recognisable.
Photo of a stack of temporary tattoos with kittens and puppies

Step 3: Carefully cut out the tattoo design

Cut around the edges of the design neatly, leaving a small gap between the edge of the design and your cutting edge.
Photo of a temporary tattoo depicting a kitten being cut out

When you have cut out the shape, check that it fits on your nail and re-cut any bits that touch the skin around your nail (you don’t want to spread the design out on to your fingers).

When you are happy with the cut out, remove the film cover from the front of the tattoo.

NOTE: the front of the tattoo is very sticky so don’t let any dust get on it.

Step 4: Apply tattoo to nail

Press the tattoo firmly face down on your nail.

Photo of a temporary tattoo stuck on a thumbnail

Smooth out any creases before applying a small amount of water to the paper backing. Be gentle as the paper backing may suddenly slide off the nail and may spoil the design! Wait about 20 seconds and then carefully remove the paper backing.

Step 5: Tidy up the design

While the nail area and tattoo is still wet, use the cuticle stick to tidy up any bits of the design that have crumpled or strayed on to the skin. You need to work fast so that it doesn’t dry out.

Step 6: Seal with top coat

Seal the design with top coat once all the water has dried off from the tattoo application process, and et voila! You have cute kitteh nails!

Photo of a thumb nail with a kitten's face temporary tattoo

Have you tried using temporary tattoos on your nails? If you have, please share them with me – I’d love to see!