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Good Things Come to Those Who …

Wait … no I’m not quite sure that is correct, at least not in my case. Not unless my fairy godmother will appear if I wait patiently.

Recently I have been so preoccupied with putting together the directory for Squnches Craft Network that I’ve hardly had a chance to put up any blogs at all. Though I am relieved to say that the directory is complete ๐Ÿ™‚ much to my relief. Why is it I always tackle the biggest/hardest tasks first I’ll never know.

A wonderful distraction this time of year, and one which has been distracting me a little has been the upcoming celebrations of Christmas. The smell of fresh gingerbread, the sound of Christmas carols and the joy of putting up the Christmas tree and decorating it and the house with lights. Then there is always the fun of doing what we call the Christmas light run, where we drive around and admire all the Christmas lights on other houses.

I would just like to share with you, some of the lovely craft that businesses on Squnches Craft Network’s Facebook site have been up to in preparation for Christmas.

Cherries dipped in white chocolate – Candy Kisses Lolly Bar
Fantastic idea for the baker in the family or group of friends – Magnolia House
Flameless tealight covers – Embroidery Garden

Come on over to our Facebook page and have a look at some of the wonderful creations being made for this upcoming Christmas.

 

Fantastic offering

Finally the website for Squnches Craft Network is ready to launch tomorrow on November 1st.

This has been a huge dream of mine for so long, it started out as just a little idea, then a dream and then something which nearly consumed me, to make the best interactive craft business directory around, one that was fun, exciting, full of information and a gallery of photos, where anyone can be a part of it no matter their craft or experience level.

With the help of a really good friend from Inspire Media the website was put together with some really cool software, anyone wanting a website no matter how big or small should get in touch with these guys, they really are fantastic!

For the launch of the website we are offering an amazing deal to all Australian craft businesses.

50% off

Business Listings
Business Listings, currency is Australian dollars

I will let you all in on a secret now, we are already thinking of expanding to included overseas businesses.

This site was created thanks to a lot of input and many wonderful ideas from everyday people and businesses themselves, it is expected to become something huge!

Not just an ordinary directory, there is a gallery for photos of business stock, your own projects and creations, a calendar for upcoming events where people can comment if they are attending or not and where in the event they might be situated, not only that but a sales section so that any registered and listed business can advertise their upcoming sales.

Its the one stop site for craft businesses and craft minded people, no more searching all over the internet to find what you are looking for, take a look at this site and within moments you can find just what you are looking for.

 

 

You are amazing! Yes you!

THANK YOU on speech bubble price labelsI would like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for stopping by and having a look at my blog, liking some and commenting on others ๐Ÿ™‚

fireworksIt has been a fantastic first half of the month for me and I couldn’t have done it without any of you. You have all made blogging such a joy for me and it is something I look forward to every day, posting something new and reading what everyone has been up to. What a great group of people to have around me to blog with, I couldn’t have asked for better ๐Ÿ™‚

fireworks-06So I would like to say thanks to:

http://happylittlekiwi.com/

http://toemail.wordpress.com/

http://surikraft.wordpress.com/

http://sethsnap.com/

http://quiltingantics.wordpress.com/

http://pillowsalamode.wordpress.com/

http://theverybesttop10.com/

http://rantingchef.com/

http://athousandquiltedcranes.wordpress.com/

http://quiltobsession.wordpress.com/

http://retireediary.wordpress.com/

http://onoodlesstitchcraft.wordpress.com/

Thank you all for your wonderful blogs, comments and of course for keeping me inspired. Though there are many more of you wonderful people out there, I could only manage to list a handful of you inspirational people, otherwise we would be here all day! If you haven’t had a look at these wonderful bloggers yet, but you like what I blog about then they are definitely worth a look ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks again ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Super Sweet Blogging Award

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I have been nominated for the Super Sweet Award for bloggers!

My new friend Susan at http://ladyflowersbysusan.wordpress.com/ nominated me.

To accept the award I have to do five things:

1. Thank Susan for nominating me.

2. Answer 5 Super Sweet questions.

3. Include the Super Sweet logo in this post. You see it above.

4. Nominate a bakerโ€™s dozen other bloggers for this award.

5. Notify my nominees on their blogs.

Here are the Super Sweet questions:

1. Cookies or Cake??? Cake, the sky is the limit when it comes to creativity with them.

2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate of course, who could resist.

3. Favorite Sweet Treat? My home made Rocky Road

4. When Do You Crave Sweets?ย  While watching tv in the evenings.

5. ย Sweet Nickname? Chickadee

Now for my nominees:

1. http://toemail.wordpress.com

2. http://athousandquiltedcranes.wordpress.com

3. http://talinorfali.wordpress.com

4. http://ahundredyearsago.com

5. http://dreamingofwh.wordpress.com

6. http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com

7. http://fortheknitofit.wordpress.com

8. http://textiletraditions.wordpress.com

9. http://www.perisspiceladle.com

10. http://funlovingliving.com

11. http://gegallas.wordpress.com

12. http://happylittlekiwi.com

13. http://thefamilykalamazoo.wordpress.com

Visit these Super Sweet bloggers. you wonโ€™t be sorry ๐Ÿ™‚

Tags: Sweet, Friends, Craft, Art, Photography, Design

Scrumptious pies!

I’ve always been the sort of person who is, for some reason, better at making cakes, muffins and sweets than making a dinner. Maybe its because I have a bit of a sweet tooth ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I got a little adventurous and, since I had run out of cotton to finish off the quilt I had been working hard on, decided to get creative in the kitchen.

Grandma always used to make a wonderful Lemon Meringue Pie and I hadn’t had one, or even a slice of one in what felt like forever and lately I’d been seeing them everywhere. Today though, I decided to make not just one, but 12 of them, mini versions of course using my muffin tray ๐Ÿ™‚

Since I didn’t have my own recipe, I looked online to find one that was very much like grandma’s, I was in luck, this link is a fantastic and simple way to make a stunning Lemon Meringue Pie, all I did different was cut out circles in the pastry to line the muffin tray cups, thats it, the rest is the same, same quantities and time.

Simply spoon out the mixture evenly between the 12 of them and you’re laughing.

This is how mine turned out.

20130205_151358Little tip, try and keep the meringue from touching the tray as it makes it difficult to get the delicious little pies out without tearing the meringue off.

20130205_153110Sure the pastry isn’t perfect and the lemon is showing in some of them but you know what, I kinda like that, shows they are home made and filled with love ๐Ÿ™‚

The best thing about these tasty little treats is that my partner can take them with him to work and eat them on the go, beats slicing up cake in the truck any day.

For the love of food!

I was watching this creative chef on DVD with a friend ages ago and lately I’d been thinking of this episode, might have something to do with cutting down on certain foods in my diet thanks to having put on weight lol

Anyway, I found a couple of clips from the DVD which you just have to watch, even if you are not a foodie, its just so creative and clever, why aren’t meals like this anymore? The fun has just gone out of them these days ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Berries or Snakes

Now here’s a recipe I’m sure all the sweet tooths out there are just going to LOVE!

Simple and easy to follow with absolutely mind blowing results, you’ll be asked to make it over and over again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snake or Berry Rocky-Road

 

200g Packet lolly snakes OR 200g of Natural Confectionary Berries

250g Marshmallows (halved)

2 X 250g Blocks of eating chocolate, plain Cadbury is best

Roughly 100g unsalted peanuts, chopped

 

Grease an 18 X 28cm rectangle slice pan andย line with baking paper.

Chop up the snakes or halve the berries

Put the chocolate in a metal bowl and sit it in a saucepan of boiling water to melt, make sure that no water gets in with the chocolate or it will not melt.

Once the chocolate has melted, add the snakes or berries and then the chopped up nuts, once this is all mixed together, add the marshmallows and give it a quick stir, the marshmallows will melt if you leave them in there for too long. This makes stirring them a problem as they will just melt and run.

When all ingredients are coated in chocolate, pour or spoon the mixture into the tin being sure to press it into the corners and base.

Refrigerate until set and then cut into squares, store in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy at your leisure.

I’ve had a lot of success with this recipe and have been asked a number of times to make it again as there just never seems enough!

Such a Versatile Fav

Sharing recipes is like sharing a trade secret I always think, but if you don’t share them then less people can enjoy the wonderful tastes dancing along their tastebuds.

I stumbled upon this recipe a couple years ago while I was looking for some interesting new desserts to try. Growing up I’d always enjoyed making desserts much more than making main meals (I’ve always had a bit of a sweet tooth), in my eyes they were prettier, more eye catching and more enjoyable.

The following is a very simple yet versatile fudge recipe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Fudge

4 1/2 Cups of sugar

1 Large Can of Evaporated Milk

1 Cup of Butter

18 Oz Chocolate Chips

3 Tb Spoons Vanilla Essence

Dash of Salt

 

Cook together the sugar and evaporated milk in a large stainless steel saucepan to a rolling boil for 6 minutes, stirring constantly.

After the 6 minutes are up, remove from the heat and add the butter, chocolate chips, vanilla and a dash of salt.

Stir until mixed and if needed, put back on the heat to ensure it is all combined.

Pour the mixture into a lined or buttered pan and allow to stand for 6 hours before cutting.

The fudge will keep for quite awhile in a cookie tin or a sealed container in a cool place.

 

This recipe is so versatile, you can add peppermint instead of vanilla, also add walnuts if you like, or you can change it completely and add coffee beans to give it a bit of a different kick. The choice really is up to you and your imagination. I bet, if you even tried, you could make one taste a bit like turkish delight!

Have fun guys ๐Ÿ™‚