Stained glass Valentines Cookies

valentines day

The countdown is on until Valentines Day and whilst some like to shower with presents I think the home made gifts are where the love comes from.

Today I am sharing a easy recipe for Stained Glass Cookies

 Ingredients 

125 grams of butter, softened

1/2 Cup of Caster Sugar

2 Cups Self Raising Flour

1 Egg

2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

15 Watermelon Jolly Ranchers

2 x heart cookie cutters

Method

1.Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper

2.Combine butter, caster sugar and vanilla extract into a bowl and use an electric mixer to cream ingredients together

3.Add self raising flour to the mixture and allow to combine for 1 minutes

4. Add 1 x egg to the mixture and allow mixture to combine until a ball of dough is formed

5.Place dough on a floured bench and roll out to approximately 3mm thick

6. Take the larger cookie cutter and cut out hearts

7. Take the smaller cookie cutter and cut out the centres of the larger hearts

8. Place cookies on the baking tray

9. Place an unwrapped jolly rancher into each centre

10. Place in the oven for 10-12 minutes

Makes 15-18 Cookies

Weave Block Tutorial

The weave block is a fun way to showcase a range of fabrics to create an eye-catching weave pattern.

For this bock I have used Moda Fabrics – Mixology and White Bella Solid.

Materials 

Fabric Choice One (Corner Blocks)

2.5 inches x 9 inch strip

Fabric Choice Two

2.5 inches x 6.5 inches

Fabric Choice Three

2.5 inches x 6.5 inches

Fabric Choice Four

2.5 inches x 6.5 inches

Fabric Choice Five 

2.5 inches x 6.5 inches

Light Blue Aurifil Thread

Cutting Mat

Ruler

Rotary Cutter

Method

1.Take fabric choice one and place on your cutting mat. Take the ruler and measure along the longest edge cutting at intervals of 2 1/4 inches to create 4 corner pieces.

2. Take remaining fabric choices and place on your cutting mat. Take the ruler and measure along the longest edge making one cut 2/14 inches to create each strip into 2 pieces.

3. Layout fabric into a weave pattern – placing fabric choice one into each corner of the block. Create the weave pattern by placing a corresponding fabric in between as per below.

4. Divide block into 4 smaller blocks containing two squares and one strip – start from the bottom left hand block.

5. Take the two squares and match the seams (along the shortest side) Pin right sides together and sew using a 1/4 inch seam. Press Seam

6.   Match seam with the strip. Pin right sides together and sew using a 1/4 inch seam. Press Seam.

7. Repeat with each smaller block and continue to press seams.

8. Match the bottom row. Pin right sides together and sew using a 1/4 inch seam. Press Seam

9. Match the top row. Pin right sides together and sew using a 1/4 inch seam. Press Seam.

10. Match top row and bottom row together. Pin right sides together and sew using a 1/4 inch seam. Press Seam.

11. Press entire block

Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern – Book Review

  
Do you believe in stars aligning? A pot of gold at the end of a rainbow? Or even that you can marry your first love? 

Rosie and Alex have been by each other’s side for as long as they can remember – every detention, every note and even the hardest moments when it is suddenly not cool to hang out with the opposite sex anymore.

There lives will change forever when Alex goes overseas with his parents and Rosie falls pregnant. They continue to stay in touch over the years and welcome and discuss each other’s successes and failures in life through emails, letters and cards.

Will their friendship and love for each other survive through all of their challenges? 

I really enjoyed Where Rainbows end the story was engaging and the differences in the characters and how their story was portrayed through different writing styles.

I now need to get my hands on a copy of Love, Rosie which is the movie adaptation of this novel.

Have you read Where Rainbows End or have you seen the movie Love, Rosie? 

Raspberry and White Chocolate Pinwheels

Looking for an easy afternoon treat or dessert that can be made with minimal ingredients – my raspberry and white chocolate pinwheels are perfect with 4 ingredients

Ingredients 

2 sheets of puff pastry

1/4 cup frozen raspberries

1/3 cup white chocolate buttons

1 egg

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees

2. Place two pieces of puff pastry to thaw for 5 minutes

3. Divide each sheet into 4 squares and cut from each corner leaving approximately an inch away from centre

4. Place white chocolate in the centre of each square

5. Place a raspberry in each section on the right side of each cut

6. Take the left hand corner of each piece taking the point to the centre of the pinwheel

7. Place raspberries in each open pocket of the pinwheel

8. In a bowl which the egg and using a pastry brush, lightly wash the pastry with the egg mixture

9. Place in the oven for 10 minutes or until golden

Makes 8 Pinwheels

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Roadway Block Tutorial

The Roadway Block features 2 different fabrics to create a fun and eye-catching block to showcase this beautiful fabric range.

For this tutorial I have used Art Gallery Fabric – Gleeful by Caroline Hulse

Materials 

Fabric Choice One 

1 x 7.5 inch x 3.75 inch rectangle

Fabric Choice Two

2 x triangles – 3 1/4 inches x 4.5 inches

White Aurifil Thread

Cutting Mat

Ruler

Rotary Cutter

Method

1.Take fabric choice one and place on your cutting mat. Take your ruler and measure along each seam from the corner marking the point at 2.5 inches to create the triangle end. Repeat at each end.

2. Take one fabric choice two triangle and match alongside the long side of fabric choice one

3. Pin right sides together and sew using a 1/4 inch seam. Press seam

4. Take remaining triangle and match alongside the remaining long side of fabric choice one

5. Pin right sides together and sew using a 1/4 inch seam. Press seam

6. Press entire block