Making Beeswax Soap- Review and How To!

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Hello you lovely people! How are we today?
Today’s post is all about my first experience of beeswax soap making! As some of you may remember, for my birthday back in September I did a HUGE Hobbycraft haul, returning home with innumerable crafting goodies, supplies and kits that I was just dying to try out. One of those kits was this Kirstie Allsopp Beeswax Soap making kit.

Soap making is one of the few popular crafts that I hadn’t tried out prior to purchasing this kit, and I was super excited to give it a go and see how it turned out. There were a couple of other soap making kits available at Hobbycraft during my visit, but I loved the luxurious vibe of this one, thanks to the beeswax.

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So how did I find it? 

This kit retails for £10, and contains enough ingredients to make four square soaps. You also get a mould for your soap, an instruction booklet with some background information on the process of soap making, and an inspiration booklet.

This kit uses a Melt and Pour base to make the soap. This means the process is super easy, and all you have to do is melt the base, add your preferred fragrance and colour, before pouring into your moulds. Your soap will be ready to use after just a few hours of setting time. This makes the kit great for novice soap makers, like me, and great as a gift for young adults too.

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The process was super easy and I was really pleased with the result. I began my soap making endeavour by melting my beeswax pellets in a double boiler and setting it to one side. Once I had done this, I melted the soap base in the double boiler before adding the beeswax.

I then removed my mixture from the heat and stirred it thoroughly, before adding a few drops of fragrance. Then all I had to do was pour the mixture into the provided mould and allow my soap to cool over night!

I loved the look of the finished soap, and actually ended up wrapping some up to gift to friends over Christmas. Also, the fragrance provided with this kit smells divine- it’s a wonderful sweet honey scent.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed making this soap, and I think this kit would make a great gift for the crafters in your life who are wanting to try something new.

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Do I think it’s worth the money? 

I do think this kit is worth the £10 I paid for it. I had great fun making the soap and it does make a wonderful homemade gift for friends and family.

I probably wouldn’t repurchase this kit, but I would definitely purchase the soap making ingredients individually. I usually find with trying out new crafts its always better to start out with a kit and then purchase your ingredients separately from there on; it normally makes things cheaper in the long run, and prevents you from repurchasing unnecessary instruction booklets and moulds.

That’s all from me today folks! I hope you’re all having a wonderful January, best wishes to you all! 

Love as always,

Maddie x

Christmas stocking DIY

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Hello! One week today until Christmas; are we all excited?! I’m back home from university and fully getting into the festive swing of things. Following a wonderful (but cold!) Friday night spent with Jason at the Manchester Christmas markets (featuring food, mulled wine, and more food), I’ve spent the weekend watching Christmas movies with the family.

I like to think that I am an incredibly organised person. I always have my coursework ready to hand in the day before it’s due, and I plan my meals for the week way in advance- but somehow this Christmas has completely sneaked up on me and I am feeling totally unprepared! I’ve still got a shed load of Christmas making and baking that I want to do- that was today’s job!- and I haven’t even finished my Christmas shopping yet! I still need to make some Christmas cards too. In short, I’m exhausted. But thoroughly enjoying myself.

Today I bring you one of the few Christmas projects that I made well in advance of December! I actually made this Christmas stocking back in September, before I’d even started my second year of uni! Now, one term in and one week away from the special day itself, I finally got around to getting it up on the blog for you all to see!

I love this stocking! It took very little time to make and I think it turned out looking great. It was a pretty easy sewing project, great for beginners as you get to practise two different types of machine stitching.

For this project you will need:

  • Approx 1/2m of fabric for the body of the stocking. (I decided to use a different fabric for the front and the back of my stocking because I couldn’t decide which I preferred- haha!).
  • A contrasting white fabric for the top of the stocking
  • A contrasting Christmas fabric for your initial
  • Matching thread
  • A small piece of ribbon
  • Fabric scissors
  • A sewing machine
  • Greaseproof paper or similar to create a template
  • Chalk
  • Pins

Instructions:

  1. Begin by drawing and cutting out your template. I drew my stocking shape by hand, but if you’re not too confident in your drawing ability you can find plenty of stocking templates and sewing patterns online! If you are drawing yours by hand like I did, remember to include enough fabric for a seam allowance (that is, the fabric that will be inside of the seam once you have sewn the front and back of your stocking together).P1230071
  2. Place your template on the right side of the fabric that you want the main body of your stocking to be made out of. Draw around it using some chalk, before carefully cutting the shape of the front of your stocking out using the fabric scissors. Flip your fabric over so that the right side is now facing away from you, and draw around it once more, before cutting it out to create the back of your stocking. You will now have the front and back of your stocking.
  3. Now create a template for your initial. Again, I drew my M freehand, but you can find plenty of lettering that you can trace online. Place this template on top of the right side of your chosen fabric (that is, with the patterned side of your fabric facing towards you), and draw around it using your chalk before cutting it out.P1230074
  4. Place your initial on the front of your stocking. Once you are happy with the placing, pin it into place. Nows the fun part! Set your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch. You want the zigzag stitch that sews the ‘tightest’ zigzags, so its basically sewing tiny horizontal lines back and forth. This will create the thick, coloured line of thread that you see around my M. Now, carefully begin to sew around your initial using the zigzag stitch. This was actually easier than I had thought it would be, and I didn’t have any issues with the fabric bunching up. Ensure your tension is right, take your time and use lots of pins!P1230078
  5. Once you have sewn all around your initial, you can sew the front and back of your stocking together! Place the front and back together with the right sides of the fabric facing each other (so the two sides of the fabric that you wish to show when the stocking is complete should be facing each other; your initial will be on one of these). Pin around the edge and use a straight machine stitch now to sew all around the edge of your stocking, leaving the top open- you need somewhere for Santa to leave your presents! Once you have done so, trim a couple of small triangles along the seam where the stocking curves (for example, on the toe and heel). These little triangles will prevent the fabric from gathering at the seam when the stocking is turned the right way out.P1230080
  6. Turn your stocking the right way out. Now all that’s left to do is add the cuff! Use a tape measure to measure the circumference of the top of your stocking. Your cuff will have to be the same size as this opening. Add 1″ to whatever the circumference of the stocking measured (this will be for your seam allowance), and now cut a rectangle from your white fabric that is approximately this long and 10″ wide.
  7. Fold the rectangle of fabric in half lengthways (with right sides of fabric facing outwards) to produce a rectangle that is half as wide. Press with an iron to create a nice, sharp fold. Now fold the rectangle in half widthways. Pin along this open end, 1/2″ away from the raw edge. Sew along this line.
  8. Place the cuff inside the top of your stocking, so the raw edge of the cuff is along the raw edge of the stocking (ensure the seam of the cuff is visible at this stage). Create a small loop of ribbon and place it with loop pointing downwards, in between the layer of the stocking and the cuff. Pin around the top of the stocking, pinning the stocking to the cuff and the ribbon into place. If you are unsure around the placing of everything at this stage, try turning your cuff out so that it is on the outside of your stocking. You should have a nice clean seam on the top of your stocking where it meets the cuff, and the seam of your cuff should now be inside.P1230087
  9. Once you are sure you have pinned everything correctly, machine stitch along the top of your stocking where you have pinned. You can now turn the cuff out, so that it is on the outside of your stocking and all your rough edges are hidden inside!
  10. Ta da. A stocking so good, Santa would be proud.

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I hope you enjoyed this sewing project today guys, its been a while since I did a sewing DIY on the blog. Would you be interested in seeing some more? Let me know!

That’s all from me today, I hope you’re all having a wonderful day/evening, wherever you may be in the world!

Best wishes,

Maddie x

Homemade Chocolate Bark- a super easy gift idea!

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Hello you lovely people! How are we doing? I’m feeling full of festive cheer and excitement today, as my parents are coming to pick me up from university tomorrow and bring me home for Christmas! I am soooo excited to go back home and spend time with my family and friends; this whole festive period is my favourite time of year, and I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather celebrate it other than back in my home town.

When this post goes up, I’ll be out enjoying an early Christmas dinner here in Lancaster with some friends from my course at university. Seeing as few of us get the chance to see each other over the holidays, it’s really nice to be able to celebrate Christmas early together.

As a little ‘thank you’ to my friends for all the good times we’ve had in 2017, I decided to make some small individual treat bags for each of them, filled with some homemade chocolate bark.

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This chocolate bark was so easy to make, and I think it turned out looking really cute! I especially love the freeze dried raspberry pieces on the white chocolate bark- I love the flash of red it adds! I decided to keep it pretty simple with flavourings with this chocolate bark, seeing as there was going to be nine guests for Christmas dinner and I wanted something that everyone would enjoy.

In the end, I opted for a milk chocolate bark with fudge pieces, mini marshmallows and golden sugar stars to keep it seasonal, and a white chocolate bark with freeze-dried raspberry and fudge. I drizzled both with some melted dark chocolate to make it look super classy 😉

I think this would make a great gift idea for work colleagues, or to take to a dinner party! I popped some pieces of bark in clear plastic bags, and finished them off with some ribbon. All in all, making the bark took well under ten minutes (excluding cooling time of course!) and I think it turned out looking great. Fancy making your own? Find my method below!

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Ingredients:

  • Chocolate! The amount depends on the amount of chocolate bark you wish to make. I used a 200g bar of milk chocolate and a 200g bar of white chocolate. This made sufficient bark for eight people.
  • Toppings! I used freeze dried raspberries, fudge pieces, golden stars and mini marshmallows, but use whatever you fancy! I definitely want to try making me more with peanut butter next time!
  • Chocolate in contrasting colour for drizzling (optional).

Method:

  1. Line two baking trays with kitchen foil. (One for milk chocolate, one for white).
  2. Break your chocolate into two microwavable bowls. Pop each bowl in the microwave for one and a half minutes, take out and stir your chocolate, before putting it back in for another minute. Repeat this as necessary until the chocolate is melted.
  3. Pour your chocolate onto your baking trays, slowly. This stops the chocolate from spreading out too much and keeps your bark thick. If your chocolate doesn’t spread out as much as you’d like on its own, smooth it out with the back of a spoon.
  4. Add your toppings! Sprinkle on whatever you fancy. You could optionally drizzle some melted chocolate in another colour over the top of your toppings like I did for extra style points.
  5. Pop your baking trays in the fridge for a couple of hours or until the chocolate is set.
  6. Remove your bark from the baking tray and break into pieces ready for serving. Ta da!

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I love how quick and easy this recipe is (if you can even call it a recipe!), and it’s so easily adaptable too! Mix it up by adding nuts or dried fruit, or maybe your favourite toffees on the top!

I hope you enjoyed this post guys, and I hope you’re all having wonderful weeks! What have you been making recently? Let me know in the comments! 

As always, best wishes to each and every one of you,

Maddie x

Halloween Party Treats- A Collab!

Hey guys!

Get in the Halloween spirit with these great party treats! Impress your guests with spiderweb cupcakes and ginger spiced truffles!

It’s already getting dark at ridiculously early hours here in Lancaster, and I’m cranking the heating up to full on most nights to prevent my toes dropping off.
But there is one small glimmer of joy on these bitingly cold autumn days- Halloween of course!
You may have already seen some of my recent Halloween posts, but today is a super special post because not only are we talking Halloween, we’re talking Halloween parties! And, making it even more special, is the fact that we are joined by the lovely Yara over on Little DIY Projects!
Yara’s blog is amazing, and guys should totally check out- I am endlessly inspired by her posts! Today we are teaming up for a Halloween party collab, where she’ll be doing the decorations and I’ll be doing the treats!

So let’s get started!

I knew when Yara and I decided to do this collab that I wanted to make spiderweb chocolate cupcakes. Spiderweb cakes are a staple bake for me on Halloween, and one that I’ve been doing for years. I love the simplicity of them, and how effective the chocolate spiderwebs look!

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However, I also decided to spice things up a bit (quite literally!) and make something completely new for me. Enter my spiced ginger white chocolate truffles. I have never made truffles before, so it’s fair to say these were complete guesswork… Well, that’s a lie, I technically have made truffles once before. I made a chocolate ganache a few years back that went completely wrong and ended up solidifying into a soft creamy chocolate mixture. I ran with it and rolled it into truffle balls. 

But this time I wanted to try and come up with an intentional truffle recipe- so that’s what I did. These little guys did turn out a little rough around the edges, there’s no denying it, but I’m still pretty happy with the final product (plus, it’s Halloween! Surely a bit rough around the edges just makes them more creepy…right? Right?). They taste exactly how I think an autumnal truffle should taste; gingery, cinnamony, spiced creamy goodness, all coated in a very generous layer of white chocolate. So ok, maybe the white chocolate layer wasn’t meant to be quite that generous. But like my last truffle attempt, we’re rolling with it.

So first things first, my Spiderweb Chocolate Cupcakes! 

Get in the Halloween spirit with these great party treats! Impress your guests with spiderweb cupcakes and ginger spiced truffles!

 

You will need:

  • 12 cupcakes. Make your own or use shop bought- I’m not going to judge! I used my favourite vanilla cupcake recipe, found here
  • 200g milk chocolate
  • 100g white chocolate
  • A piping bag. I use disposable piping bags, allowing me to just snip a small hole in the end, no nozzle required!
  • A sharp knife or cocktail stick

What to do:

  1. Break your milk chocolate into a microwaveable bowl and heat in the microwave for one minute. Take the chocolate out, stir with a spoon, and pop it back in the microwave for a further minute.
  2. Spoon your milk chocolate evenly onto your cupcakes, to coat the top of each. If you need to, spread it out with the back of your spoon to achieve a smooth finish.
  3. Melt your white chocolate in the same way as your milk chocolate.
  4. Spoon your melted white chocolate into your piping bag. Snip a small opening in the end of the bag.
  5. Pipe a spiral of white chocolate onto the top of each cake. Work quite quickly to ensure your milk chocolate doesn’t harden.
  6. Using your knife or cocktail stick, on one of your cupcakes, drag a line from the centre of your spiral outwards, towards the edge of your cupcake. Do this at regular intervals around the cupcake, to create your spiderweb effect!
  7. Repeat this on all your cupcakes, creating the perfect creepy treat for your party guest!

There you have it guys- how simple was that?! I love spiderweb cakes for this, they’re so quick and easy to do, perfect for when you have a lot of guests coming over!

Now to my Spiced Ginger and White Chocolate Truffles!

Halloween party treats- spiced ginger and white chocolate truffles

 

Ingredients (makes approx 20 truffles):

  • 125g ginger snap biscuits
  • 200g cream cheese
  • 60g icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 350g white chocolate
  • Orange food colouring

What to do:

  1. Start by smashing up your ginger biscuits into really really fine crumbs. You could use a food processor for this, but my preferred method is putting the biscuits in a freezer bag and bashing them with a rolling pin-  a great stress reliever, am I right? 
  2. Combine your biscuit crumbs and your cream cheese in a bowl. Mix together thoroughly before sieving in your icing sugar and mixing together once more.
  3. Add in your cinnamon, before covering the mixture with some clingfilm and putting in the refrigerator for an hour. OK, so I didn’t actually do this with my truffles, and resultantly had to struggle trying to roll a very sticky mixture into balls, hence the rough, messy appearance of my finished truffles. DON’T DO WHAT I DID. Learn from my mistakes, guys.
  4. Once you have refrigerated your mixture, begin to roll out small truffle sized balls using your hands. Alternatively, use a little scoop so make life easier. Another lesson from my mistakes: don’t make your balls too big! (Ey yo…) But seriously, this mixture is very sickly. You want small balls of delight, not something so big that its a struggle to eat. 
  5. When you have your truffle balls, pop them on a sheet of greaseproof paper on a baking tray, and place them in the fridge for further 15 minutes.
  6. Just before taking your truffles out of the fridge, melt 300g of your white chocolate. I did this in the microwave, heating the chocolate in a microwaveable bowl for one minute, then taking it out and stirring with a spoon, before popping it back in the microwave for a further minute.
  7. Now it’s dunking time! Scoop up your first truffle ball using a teaspoon. Pop it in your bowl of melted chocolate and spoon the chocolate on top, so it is covering your ball. Lift out of the chocolate, tap it on the side of the bowl to get rid of the excess, then pop it back down on the greaseproof paper.
  8. Continue with this dunking method until all of your truffles are coated.
  9. Once you have covered all of your truffles in chocolate, place them back in the fridge until the chocolate has hardened. Leave them for another 15 minutes.
  10. Melt the rest of your white chocolate. Add your orange food colouring and spoon the mixture into a disposable piping bag. Snip a hole in the end and pipe your decorative stripes on top!

Again, I had a bit of an issue here! I actually ran out of white chocolate, and so had to do my stripes in icing instead, hence them looking a bit runny. Don’t worry though- I’ve included plenty of chocolate in this recipe to stop you from making the same mistake!

So there you have it guys, my first attempt at truffle making. It’s fair to say that these weren’t plain sailing, but I’ve definitely learnt for next time! I absolutely will be making more truffles in the future, as I looooveee different flavoured truffles so much. My brain’s already going into overload with cute festive ideas for over the Christmas period!

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I would’ve absolutely loved to have done some Halloween party savoury snacks to go with this post too, but sadly being back at university both time and money are limited. I hope you enjoyed this post though and it has given you some inspiration to get making this Halloween!

Be sure to check out Yara’s post over on her blog and go and say hello! We’ve had loads of fun putting this collab together, and I hope you guys enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed creating it for you!

Best wishes to you all!

Maddie x

 

DIY Gingerbread Sugar Scrub!

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Hi guys! Today’s post is probably one of my favourite DIYs/recipes that I’ve posted. This DIY gingerbread sugar scrub was sooooo easy to make, and mainly consisted of ingredients that you can find around your house!

I think this would make a wonderful, thoughtful homemade gift for your family and friends over the coming festive season, and it doesn’t break the bank! It turns out that those fancy sugar scrubs that brands have been charging us loads for can actually be made for a fraction of the cost at home- and you can tailor them exactly what you want!

When I was brainstorming ideas for this weeks blog posts, I decided I really wanted to make a festive smelling, spiced sugar scrub. For my regular readers, it will come as no shock that I love ginger and cinnamon; you may have noticed that I put them in a lot of my bakes at this time of year. And I thought, what could be better than having extra smooth skin and smelling like one of my freshly baked gingerbread men?! Hence today’s post 🙂

Make time- 5 minutes

Ingredients (makes one tub of sugar scrub):

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2tsp almond oil
  • 1/2tsp ginger
  • 1/2tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Soften your coconut oil in the microwave, heating for about 20-30 seconds.
  2. Combine all your ingredients in a bowl. Mix together using your hands!
  3. Pack your sugar scrub into a Kilner jar or a tub and pop the lid on! Left at room temperature in an air tight container, this stuff should last a few years!

There you have it guys, I told you it was super easy!

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I plan on doing a few other sugar scrub recipes over the coming months; I’d love to try adding a few different essential oils to see what combinations I can come up with!

To use simply spoon a bit into your hands when wet, rub together in your palms before applying to your legs in circular motions! I’ve used this scrub a few times already, and it is wonderful! You only need about two teaspoons to do your arms and legs, and you come out of the shower feeling super soft and smelling like gingerbread!

Have you ever tried making your own sugar scrub? What flavour- that’s not the right word, scent? ..Oh you know what I mean- did you make? Let me know in the comments!

Lots of gingerbread scented hugs to you all!

Maddie x

Huge Hobbycraft Birthday Haul!

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Hi guys! As some of you may know, Friday was my 20th birthday. I had a wonderful day spent with some of my favourite people, and I am so grateful for all of your well wishes and kind words. I’m so thankful to say that I’ve got lots of exciting things going on in my life right now, and I cannot wait to share it all with you!

At the time this post will go up on the blog, I will have landed in Carcassonne, France, with Jason. I am beyond excited to explore this beautiful city and see what it has to offer over the next week- I’m sure I will have plenty to tell you about over the coming days.

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But now to what this post is all about- my Hobbycraft haul! On Monday I was incredibly spoilt by my grandparents and given free reign in Hobbycraft as a birthday treat. For those who don’t know, Hobbycraft is a huge craft store in England. It stocks everything from paints to papercraft to candle making to baking- basically everything a craft addict such as myself could want.

I bought LOADS of exciting goodies and I cannot wait to get busy making all sorts of creations! I’ve grouped this post into sections, for those of you who are just interested in one particular area of craft 🙂

Baking stuff!

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First up, I bought some new baking goodies! I purchased the golden cake board with my birthday cake in mind, and the same goes for the sparklers. I love cake sparklers! They’re such a fun way of jazzing up your cakes for special occasions!

I also got two REALLY pigmented food colourings! These were pricey little guys, but you do get quite a lot in the pot, and I imagine the fact that they are so pigmented will mean that they’ll last a long time. I’m looking forward to seeing how well they colour cake mix and icing!

I’m a sucker for edible glitter, so when I saw it was on 3 for 2 I just HAD to purchase three new colours! I got a red, a gold and an orange, thinking that the red and gold would be perfect for Christmas (the orange was an impulse purchase). I also bought some gold edible stars too because who doesn’t need those in their life? 😉

Continuing with the baking theme, I got some stainless steel piping tips! This is probably the thing that I am most excited about, because up until now I only had one icing tip! (Ever notice that all my bakes had the same style piping on? Lol!). I am dying to try these babies out! Naturally I purchased some disposable piping bags to go with my new nozzles.

I had also run out of cupcake cases thanks to this mad baking spree I’ve been on recently, so I got some jazzy multicoloured ones and a gold pack for Christmas. Incase you couldn’t tell, I’m just starting to get a teeny bit excited for Christmas. I also bought some little gingerbread men decorations. (But I am totally not overly excited…) 🙂

Paper craft!

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Now onto my paper craft stuff (and mainly more Christmas themed stuff… I CAN’T HELP MYSELF). 

I love card marking. I’m nowhere near as good as some of the women I know- Jason’s nan and aunty produce some beautiful cards, as do some of the women I follow on here– but I really enjoy it nevertheless.

I got some beautiful stamps that I’m dying to use! I think the butterfly one is my favourite, but the other two are perfect for Christmas time (see a theme recurring here?). To go with the stamps, I bought three different coloured inks. I already own a lot of golden and bronze shades, so I thought it’d be nice to have some bright ones for a change! 🙂

I also got some twine ( I love using this for my card making), some sparkly festive washi tape and some adorable little hessian stars. I couldn’t help but purchase some glittery Christmas tree stickers and wooden advent numbers to complete my Christmas themed buys!

Candle making!

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I first tried candle making a couple of years ago and loved it. It’s such a fun process; all the colours and scents will have you feeling like a mad professor! As I have already tried candle making before, I own a handful of plastic candle moulds, so I simply stocked up on paraffin wax, dyes, scented oils and wicks.

If you haven’t tried candle making before but fancy giving it a go, you can usually purchase a beginners kit for around a tenner! This will provide you with all you need to get started, and it really is great fun.

Craft kits!

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I also treated myself to two craft kits. I love craft kits, as I’m always passionate about trying out exciting and new crafts! I have tried soap making before, but never beeswax soap, so I am super excited to give this a go!

I have also made bath bombs before, but I am a sucker for anything rose scented. Plus it was a good few years ago when I made my first bath bombs, so I could do with a little refresher before I start making some more.

Well guys, that’s it from my haul! I am sooooo beyond grateful to my grandparents for treating me to all of this stuff, and it’s safe to say they will definitely be receiving plenty of baked goods and homemade crafts to say thank you!

I hope you all enjoyed seeing what I bought- would you be interested in hearing my thoughts on some of the products after I’ve had chance to use them? If there’s an item you’re interested in hearing about, please let me know! 

If you’re interested in buying any of the items featured in this post, check out the Hobbycraft website 🙂

 

Super tasty lemon cupcake recipe

These super tasty cupcakes are any lemon lovers dream- filled with zesty lemon curd and topped with tangy lemon buttercream!

Hi guys! Following on from my classic vanilla spongecake recipe last week, I thought it’d be a good idea to share my lemon cupcake recipe with you all! This recipe is probably one of my favourite cupcake recipes of all time, and I’ve returned to it time and time again. I actually made a large sandwich cake version of this back for Jason and I’s one year anniversary; we’re now due to celebrate four years this month.

These mouthwateringly moist cupcakes are filled with a tangy lemon curd centre and topped off with a swirl of lemon buttercream- a lemon lovers dream! Be warned though: these are so light and airy, you might eat the whole batch!

Fancy making your own? Find the recipe below:

Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:

  • A lemon
  • 4oz self raising flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 4 oz unsalted butter or margarine (I use Stork margarine for all my bakes)
  • 4 oz caster sugar

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If you’d like to make your own lemon curd to go inside the cupcakes, find my recipe here! You will need:

  • A lemon
  • 2 eggs
  • 3oz caster sugar
  • 2oz unsalted butter

For the buttercream, you will need:

  • Half a lemon
  • 8oz icing sugar (sifted)
  • 4 oz margarine

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Method (makes 12 cupcakes):

  1. Line a cupcake tin with twelve cupcake cases and preheat the oven to 190C fan/375F/gas mark 5.
  2. Cream together the butter/margarine and sugar. Add the zest and juice from the lemon.
  3. Beat the eggs in, one at a time, before sieving in the flour.
  4. Fold the mixture together before spooning into the prepared cupcake cases and popping in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the tops of the cakes have turned a golden brown and you can place a skewer inside the cake and pull it out clean.
  5. Place on a cooling rack to cool.

If making your own lemon curd, do so now using this recipe.

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Once your cakes and lemon curd have cooled, cut a small circle out of the top of each cupcake. Fill the hole with lemon curd before placing the top of the cake back on.

Now you can make the buttercream:

  1. Cream your margarine and icing sugar together using a wooden spoon, at least until the icing sugar is thoroughly mixed in. You may now go in with an electric whisk to speed up the process.
  2. Add the juice of half a lemon and combine.

Once you have done this, you can pipe a swirl of buttercream on top of each cake! Ta da! Now go and enjoy your homemade lemon cupcakes!

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Top tip: If you wish to make a large sandwich cake version of this like I did for my anniversary, multiply your quantities by 1.5 and place the mixture in two circular cake tins, lined with greaseproof paper. Bake for approximately 25 minutes.

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