Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year

Happy New Year by Torie Jayne


Hello Sweets!

"Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy New Year".

Thank you to all of you my friends for your wonderful love and support this year! I have loved getting to know you all.

Have a sweet year! x
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Sunday, 26 December 2010

My Christmas stocking

Handmade Christmas stocking
Christmas stocking close up
Last year I made my Christmas stocking using Cath Kidston shooting star fabric. I placed 10mm thick wadding behind the front piece and hand embroidered around the stars using embroidery threads to secure the wadding in place. I piped around the edge, lined it and attached some stripey ribbon to the top to hang it from. This year I have made one for my cute niece!

Have a sweet day!
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Saturday, 25 December 2010

My Winter Woodland dessert table

My Winter Woodland Dessert Table
Mince pies


Christmas cake on the Winter Woodland dessert table


My Christmas cake
Gingerbread house on Winter Woodland candy table


Cookie tree


Cranberry & Almond cupcakes
Deer on the dessert table
Bird candy jars


Christmas tree candy jar

Just a quick post to share with you my Winter Woodland Candy table.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday.

Best Wishes

Torie Jayne
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Thursday, 23 December 2010

Christmas Treats by Linda Collister

Christmas Treats by Linda Collister
This month I'm reviewing three Christmas books from illustrated lifestyle publishers, Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books. Today I'm reviewing Christmas Treats by Linda Collister. Linda Collister is a highly respected author of many baking, bread making and chocolate books and is often described as the bona fide queen of baking.

In my opinion this is a wonderful hardbound book full of sweet and savoury treats that are suitable for all cooks, from novice to pro. It combines beautifully styled photography with simple, easy to follow recipes. The hardback book is split into the following sections: Little bakes, brownies, bars and cakes, savoury treats and preserves.

Little bakes contains iced honey and cinnamon biscuits, rich dutch vanilla butter biscuits and indulgent triple chocolate cookies, to name a few. In brownies, bars and cakes you can choose from gluten intolerant-friendly sticky chocolate brownies (no flour!), French lemon squares made with thick cream and Christmas mini-muffins to start your Christmas morning with. Savoury treats contains recipes for crisp parmesan herb crisps, decorative cheese palmiers and buttery walnut sables to tempt you. Finally, in preserves you can choose from a rich, fruity cranberry and basil relish, slightly spicy, sweet golden maple squash butter or a juicy red fruit conserve.

Each culinary treat is styled in wonderful settings and photographed by William Reavell. Not only is it a delight to look at, but as you leaf through the pages it is full of practical instructions that are clear and easy to follow, with hints and tips to help you get it right first time.

I lent my copy to a friend of mine who is a novice in the kitchen but wanted to bake some iced honey and cinnamon cookies as a gift. They looked wonderful and she loved the easy to follow recipe and yummy taste!

At a recommended price of £9.99, I think it is good value for money as it contains a varied selection of treats you will want to make. From chilli cheese gougeres (small crisp puffs) to accompany a chilled glass of white wine to possibly the world's richest triple chocolate cookies, via glamourous lacy brandy snaps and Almond biscotti to satisfy any sweet tooth. The cranberry and basil relish sounds great for filling your house with a rich fruity aroma and to make cold turkey sandwiches ultra delicious! Some of the delightful projects I'd like to have a go at are:

Christmas Treats by Linda Collister



Christmas Treats by Linda Collister



Christmas Treats by Linda Collister


To summarize, Christmas Treats is a wonderful book full of recipes for quick and easy delicious treats with the irresistible smell of spices and sweets!

Please note that my opinions are my own and I am not paid for these reviews (apart from receiving a free book, of course!).

Have a sweet day!
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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

The Laundry

The Laundry
Vintage tin by The Laundry



Vintage tin by The Laundry



Angie Lewin cards by The Laundry



Vintage basket with orange handle by The Laundry



Vintage Pyrex baking bowl trio by The Laundry


This week for my 'shops i love' page, I bring you The Laundry.

Owner Gloria has always made things and it has never been in order to be economical. For her it isn’t about 'making do' it is about 'making more' of everything, all about using what is right there at your fingertips to make life special and enjoyable and your quality of life the best it can be. This shows in her beautifully picked vintage wares like the adorable vintage biscuit tin in the first pic. She sells a delightful mix of vintage home wares, kitchen accessories and textiles alongside charming new items like the eco wooden paper potter, wooden dolly pegs and retro print tea towel. A great place to pick up wonderfully unique Christmas gifts.

Have a sweet day!
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Monday, 20 December 2010

Christmas Details by Mary Norden

Christmas Details by Mary Norden
This month I'm reviewing three Christmas books from illustrated lifestyle publishers, Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books. Today I am reviewing Christmas Details by Mary Norden. Mary Norden is an author and stylist of home and craft books and magazines, as well as Interiors Editor of Red Magazine.

In my opinion this is a sweet little soft cover book full of wonderful photographs of an array of Christmas styles and themes. Each theme has about a dozen creative ideas on how to create the look and all are charmingly photographed by Sandra Lane.

This is a delightful book to leaf through to give you very good ideas for a white, traditional, exotic, contemporary or, my favourite, country styled Christmas. It presents a wealth of ideas on setting the table, wrapping presents, making small gifts and decorating the home. From decadent white feathers and glamorous sequins for your White Christmas to the rich berry red, opulent shades of maroon and purplish black to inject drama into the reassuringly traditional Christmas theme of Holly and Ivy. From sparkling votives and spicy pomanders for your exotic Christmas to the cool metallic, textured paper and frosty glass of the contemporary Christmas. The country Christmas is a relaxed family affair with pearly snow berries, ivy wrapped candle lit jars and cream glazed earthenware filled with decorative foliage. The book finishes with gift ideas like spiced nuts, rustic beeswax and colourful hand made stockings.

However, this is not a particularly practical book. The instructions are brief and don't contain enough detail for the more complicated crafts and there are no patterns or templates to help you, either. At a recommended price of £8.99, I think it is a good coffee table book but I wouldn't buy it for instructional purposes.

Some of the fun and easy projects I'd like to have a go at are:
Christmas Details by Mary Norden



Christmas Details by Mary Norden



Christmas Details by Mary Norden


To summarize, Christmas Details is a delightful coffee table style book. Mary Norden's contemporary eye for detail and Sandra Lane's beautiful photography make this a darling book to leaf though and fire up your imagination.

Please note that my opinions are my own and I am not paid for these reviews (apart from receiving a free book, of course!).

Have a sweet day!
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Friday, 17 December 2010

Small candy filled Christmas tree jar

Candy filled Christmas tree jar
Last year I filled my small candy jar with white pink and green M&M's. This year I have filled it with white, cream and jade M&M's to fit in with my "Winter Woodland" themed dessert table.


Christmas candy jar

Have a sweet day!
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Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Home-made Christmas

Home-made Christmas by Tessa Evelegh
Home-made Christmas by Tessa Evelegh
This month I will be reviewing three Christmas books from illustrated lifestyle publishers, Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books. So, for today here is my review of the first book, Home-made Christmas by Tessa Evelegh.

Tessa Evelegh is a journalist, creative stylist and writer specializing in craft, interiors, and gardens, and already has other book titles as Lavender, Quick and Easy Container Gardening and Sheer Delights under her belt.

In my opinion this is a delightful hardbound book full of inspirational ideas on how to reduce, re-use and recycle to create immensely satisfying Christmas decorations, table settings and gifts. It combines beautiful photography with simple practical crafts and baking in 35 easy-to-make fun Christmas projects. The hardback book is split into sections covering a Seasonal Welcome, Deck the Halls, Dress the Tree, Christmas Entertaining and Christmas Gifts. From pine and cinnamon wreaths to cross stitch reindeer cushions, each project is styled in wonderful settings and expertly photographed by Caroline Arber.

Not only is it a delight to look at, but as you leaf through the pages it is full of original practical ideas with clear step-by-step photographed instructions. The author suggests using recycled, organic and natural materials, like the stair garland laced with dried apple or pleasing cranberry heart. The book finishes with charming ideas on wrapping your gifts and templates for making the kissing doves garland, Victorian Christmas stocking boot and more.

At a recommended price of £14.99, I think it is good value for money as it contains a varied selection of ideas from pretty packaged peppermint creams, indulgent chocolate truffles to fresh evergreen mantle decorations and charming paper tree decorations. A beautiful gift for the creative beginner, inspiration for a pro or just for ideas for Christmas projects for you and your children. A book that can be treasured for a long time with the possibility of adapting some of the projects for other seasonal occasions like the knitted pets for Easter.

Some of the delightful projects I'd like to have a go at are:

Home-made Christmas by Tessa Evelegh
Some beaded snowflakes in green hues that would look great amongst the pine cones in my door wreath.


Home-made Christmas by Tessa Evelegh
The prettiest of tea lights, where I could use brown paper instead of red and tie them up with sage green yarn to fit in with my colour theme.


Home-made Christmas by Tessa Evelegh
I also would love to make some bunting, perhaps saving that project for Kate & Wills' wedding celebrations. Bunting is the epitome of British Royal Wedding street parties after all!

To summarize, Home-made Christmas is a wonderful book full of quick and easy delights to welcome your guests, add interest to your tree, make your dinner table sparkle, and gratifying sweet treats to make your friends smile.

Please note that my opinions are my own and I am not paid for these reviews (apart from receiving a free book, of course!)

Have a sweet day!
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Snowflake garland

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You can find me at Paper snowflake garland
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Monday, 13 December 2010

Christmas Yule - Blog Bake

Winter Woodland Christmas treats
Christmas Yule-Blog Bake
Most Wanted, the lifestyle magazine from voucher codes, is running a Christmas Yule-Blog Bake.

"This one is all about having fun, getting creative and coming up with something tasty that says 'Christmas' to you! It could be anything from an artesian bread, layer cake, cupcake, scone, macaron, whoopie pie, cookie, pie......the list really is endless the only constraint is that it has to be a baked good!"

We will be picking and announcing the overall winner on Wednesday 15th December 2010. We will post the results up here on Most wanted."


I have entered my Winter Woodland Christmas Cake and Winter Woodland gingerbread bird house and am looking forward to seeing the Christmas delights from the other entrants.

Winter woodland Christmas cake
Gingerbread Bird House
My Winter Woodland Christmas cake
My Winter Woodland gingerbread bird house

Have a sweet day!
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Gluten free Christmas Cake

Acorn labels

Christmas Cake (makes 1 20cm round cake)

Ingredients
450g (15.8 ounces) currants
200g (7 ounces) sultanas
200g (7 ounces) raisins
100g (3.5 ounces) chopped glace cherries
100g (3.5 ounces) cut mixed peel
75g (2.6 ounces) chopped almonds
3 tbsp brandy
350g (12 ounces) plain gluten-free flour
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp salt
275g (9.7 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
225g (9.7 ounces) soft brown sugar
5 large eggs
zest of one lemon
zest of one orange

Cooking instructions
  1. Place all dried fruit in a bowl, pour over brandy and cover. Leave for 12 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 150 deg C (300 deg F).
  3. Grease and line tin with baking parchment.
  4. Wrap newspaper/brown paper around tin and secure with bakers twine.
  5. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until the mixture turns a pale colour.
  6. Beat in eggs slowly on medium speed.
  7. Sieve flour, salt and spices into mix slowly on low speed.
  8. Fold in soaked fruit, almonds, lemon & orange zest until well mixed.
  9. Pour mixture into tin, level with spatula.
  10. Place sheet of grease proof paper on top, with small circle missing from centre.
  11. Bake for 3 hours and 15 minutes on middle shelf.
  12. Place cake on a wire rack to cool.
  13. Remove cake from tin.
  14. Pierce cake several times with skewer.
  15. Pour 3 tsp of brandy over the top of the cake (feeding).
  16. Wrap in baking parchment.
  17. Wrap in foil / store in airtight container
  18. Feed at regular intervals over the next few weeks.

Baking parchment
Gluten Free Plain Flour
Almonds, glace cherries & cut mixed peel
Zest of one lemon

After at least a few weeks comes the fun part! Decorating it.

Have a sweet day!
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Iced acorns, leaves & robin

Iced acorns, leaves & bird by Torie Jayne

Petal paste acorns

Ingredients

Equipment

Instructions
  1. Add food colouring to icing.
  2. Thoroughly knead petal paste until colour is even and paste is soft.
  3. Push paste into mould, removing any excess that stands proud.
  4. Turn mould upside down, push back of mould so acorn cup and nut falls out.
  5. Leave to set for 5-10 mins.
  6. Ice acorn cup to nut using a spot of royal icing.
  7. Brush glitter on acorn cup
  8. Brush dust on nut.
  9. Leave to set hard.


Iced leaves

Ingredients
  • Roll on icing
  • Food colouring

Equipment

Instructions
  1. Add food colouring to roll on icing.
  2. Thoroughly knead until colour is even.
  3. Dust icing sugar onto a hard clean surface and roll out icing to 3mm thick.
  4. Cut out leaves.
  5. Place over edge of plate or rolling pin etc, so leaves do not dry flat.
  6. Leave to set hard.

Leaves & snowflakes for my Christmas cake
Iced leaves

Iced Bird

Ingredients
  • Roll on icing
  • food colouring

Equipment

Instructions
  1. Add food colouring to icing.
  2. Thoroughly knead until colour is even.
  3. Dust icing sugar onto a hard clean surface and roll out icing to 6mm thick.
  4. Cut out birds.
  5. Push cocktail stick in birds feet.
  6. Leave to set hard.

Iced Bird for my Christmas cake
Iced Bird

Have a sweet day!
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