I've been offline for ages working away from home and cramming for school too, but it's amlost worth it because i've had so much fun going over th last couple of weeks worth of posts from you guys
Sooo much awesome stuff. I haven't had a lot of time for craft, and I'm still working on my OWL plus another fairly big project, but here's the little bit I've done with my feet up on my afternoon off today:
Class/Challenge: Voting is Magic
Project Name: Rachel's Zip up coin purse
My friend crocheted me a beautiful hot water bottle cover for my MiLs birthday recently, and so i wanted to craft her something in return - on checking her pinterest I noticed that she had pinned a photo of a zip up coin purse I made a few months back, so I have done another one for her in appropriately patriotic red white and blue ribbon.
I basically followed this tutorial
I am already registered to vote. I think it's important because the people running your country have power over every aspect of your lives, and so you should make sure that you have a say in who they are.
Challenge/Class: Cauldron Treat / Herbology
Project name: Sugar Free Stegosaurus* Biscuits
*and a few diplodocus
The other half is diabetic, and so I struggle to bake him cake and treats sometimes, I'm not the best chef anyway so if you take away a basic ingredient I get even more lost! (if you have any sugar free cake / biscuit recipes that you've tried and enjoyed I'd love it if you'd PM me them!)
But I do sometimes give sugar free baking a whirl and I thought I would see if I can come up with a good recipe for a basic biscuit, based on one I found online:
200g plain flour
4 tablespoon sweetener (I use splenda)
handful crushed almonds **
vanilla essence **
** herbology side note: Almond and vanilla were amongst the plants we saw growing in india - we went on a plantation tour that showed us loads of plants and how they are harvested and used - most of them were to add flavour to food
cream butter & sweetener (this is not much like creaming normal butter sugar, since there is so much less sweetener!), then add flour, plus other ingredients to taste. Roll out to approx 1cm thick, put in fridge to chill for half hour.
Cut out biscuit shapes (I recommend all biscuits to be dinosaur shaped) and bake on gas mark 4 for about 15/20 mins til golden
I have to say these are a little flavourless for me, so I think next time I will add some almond essence and .. oh, I dunno, maybe some hazlenut chips or a sprinkle of something else tasty. But these are good enough to dunk in tea and that's good enough for me
especially as the biscuit base is ok, and the texture/weight too. That was the main thing, since splenda does weird things when you cook with it.
These don't look to great since I am going to pick up sugar free icing tomorrow then drop that with the biscuits at SOs office tomorrow for him decorate his own