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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: January 2011 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: March 10, 2011 09:15:25 AM
Received my package from strwberesh0rtcke this week! It took so long for both our packages to arrive, but it was great because I got to celebrate my birthday again!




I got lots of junk food, including PEANUT BUTTER OREOS - which are nearly all gone!

Plus these awesome personalised recipe cards with some of strwbere's favourite recipes on, plus loads of blank ones for me to fill out:




Thanks so much for my second birthday strwbere!

Blue Skies,
Charlotte xo
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: January 2011 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: February 06, 2011 05:42:07 AM
I love that caffeine molecule, I might have to put it on a postcard. Oh, and the little boy doll! So cute, I would never have thought of one for my little man, but he loves playing with his friend's dolls.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: January 2011 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: February 03, 2011 01:18:11 PM
Recieved my package from SaralaAnne today! She claimed me for a box of granny squares. When she contacted me about colour preferences, I mentioned I wanted to stitch them into a crazy 70s style afghan, not realising she was the crafty brains behind Lafayette's afghan in the True Blood Swap (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=367419.msg4352386#msg4352386)



my favourite is this rainbow coloured one:



and after browsing my Wist, SaralaAnne also made me this bitemark choker (also from the True Blood swap, I think the pic I wisted is the actual one she sent!)




Thankyou so much SaralaAnne, I keep rearranging my squares and can't wait to get started on my afghan!

Blue Skies,
Charlotte xo

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: January 2011 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery on: February 02, 2011 12:34:09 PM
I'm still waiting for my package from bedheadchic. She mailed it on the 15th, but it was international, so I'm sure it'll get here eventually. Funny though- I mailed one to her and it took about a week... she mails to me and it's going on two weeks. Wonder which post office is to blame. Smiley

I know! I'm getting impatient waiting for my swaps to be recieved! I sent two on the same day to the US, the race is on.
I guess if there is something wrong, they will return my package as the address was definitely on the envelope.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: bread - what am i doing wrong?!?! on: February 01, 2011 12:21:56 PM
I have been baking bread for a year and have only just found the perfect recipe/ combination/ technique... it took a while and a lot of frustration but it is so so worth it (if only because other people are super impressed!)

Most of my little techniques were learnt from Delia Smith's 'How To Cook' book, like seiving your flour from up high and warming it in the oven before adding other ingredients. Here's a link to her bread recipe:

http://www.deliaonline.com/how-to-cook/bread

Hope to see a 'cracked it' post from you soon Pops!
6  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Contraband Caramel Corn on: February 01, 2011 12:05:24 PM
i think i love you.


and i think my daughter will too lol. (and i know what you mean about cinema prices, OMFG!!)
Glad you liked the recipe! I always thought caramel would be difficult and involve special thermometers but three storecupboard ingredients and a couple of patient minutes makes these doubly addictive!

7  COOKING / Dessert / Lavender Cookies on: February 01, 2011 12:03:19 PM

A couple of months ago a friend gave me a huge bunch of lavender she'd grown in her garden. I took the flowers off, dried them and kept them in a jar for far too long. So last week I mixed up a batch of lavender sugar and when the sugar was sweetly scented I used it to make a batch of lavender sugar cookies:


You can substitute the flavoured sugar in any sugar cookie recipe, the one I used is linked below:

http://blueskiesblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/from-kitchen-lavenders-blue-part-two.html

And because I am such a cackhanded icer, I used fondant cutters and a dusting of sugar to decorate, but they would taste lovely with a subtle lemon frosting too.

Blue Skies,
Charlotte xo
8  COOKING / Dessert / Sweet Treats for a Graduation Day on: February 01, 2011 11:54:28 AM


I made these chocolate mortarboards for my mama's graduation day:


I was inspired by some graduation cap cakepops I saw on Bakerella, using Peanut Butter Cups and Airheads Sour Belts, but ended up making solid chocolate bases using petit four cases as molds and modelling fondant tassles all stuck together with some lovely metled chocolate.

9  COOKING / Dessert / Contraband Caramel Corn on: February 01, 2011 11:45:11 AM
I do think no trip to the movies is complete without some delicious sugary sweet popcorn to munch on and for my first trip to the movies in nearly 18 months I decided to make some of my own. So Sunday night sees me and my girlfriends and my oversized handbag stuffed with  tooth decayingly luscious caramel popcorn to (because after departing with the best part of a tenner to get in to the film no way I am paying movie theatre prices for snacks too) queueing to see Mr Firth in The Kings Speech. The film I could take or leave (but really a late showing on four hours sleep the night before was never a good option) but the popcorn was delish!



* Heat 2 tbsp vegetable oil in a large pan and add 200g popping corn kernels
* Cover immediately and shake gently every couple of minutes
* Once the popping has slowed down, turn off the heat but don't remove the lid yet
* Tip the popped corn into a bowl and return the pan to the heat
* Add 125g diced butter, 150g caster sugar and 2 big squirts of clear honey - bring to the boil and allow to bubble for 5 minutes without stirring
* Pour over your popcorn and mix well, then pour out onto a paper lined baking sheet
* Let it cool and set for an hour or two, then use your hands to break up the hardened piece and enjoy/ smuggle your contraband to be eaten under cover of darkness
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Amelie Swap - SignUp 02/01/11 - 02/15/11 Send By 03/18/11 on: February 01, 2011 11:13:57 AM
going to watch the movie today and then fill out questionnaire tomorrow so it is all fresh!

Good idea! I would not know what to make for this swap, but I'm sure I can get inspired.

Blue Skies,
Charlotte xo
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