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Homemade gifts
Wed 7-Nov-12
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Toffeeapple
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Thank you Iris, a real handmade gift at last. wink Sorry to hear that you have to surgery and I hope you recover quickly.

I'll try that again!

Thu 8-Nov-12
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Aly said:

I have it all the time, either they won't deliver here or they charge exorbitant delivery prices.

I use bookdepository Aly because of that as their delivery is free worldwide. They have some offers on at the moment.

As for me I am trying hard to think of gifts that will be easy to post anywhere.

Thu 8-Nov-12
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Thanks for the good wishes, TA.  After tea this evening I sat and finished the second scarf.  I need some diversion from DIY disasters (see Achievements for Today).  I'm trying to get back into the habit of knitting again ready for the enforced rest.  However, at this rate I'll need to go out and buy enough yarn for a larger project.  I need to get the house back in order before mid December as my step granddaughter is coming to stay for a few days and then my son and his family will arrive on 21 Dec for 2 nights.  Don't think my consultant would be impressed if he knew what I am doing at the moment but I need to keep busy and get all the jobs done before my op.

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Don't go wild Iris!  

I'll try that again!

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Iris, there are a few reasonably priced suppliers of this sort of wool on eBay, I'm in the middle of making serval at the moment for orders I have. Made a handful for my stall to demonstrate them and then the orders are coming in nicely.

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Thanks for the link to book depository Joanna, have signed up and bought two books! Very good prices and free delivery!

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http://www.letertregites.com

Fri 9-Nov-12
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Adding a recommend for the Book Depository - back awhile I ordered a book which was due out within the week.  The publication date kept getting put forward, and when I decided to abandon the order they were very prompt and helpful in refunding.

So they look after their customers properly.

Unlike some publishers!

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Thanks, good to know!

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Caramel and calvados sauce….not a store cupboard job, but next time I get out to the shops I'm going to have a go at this.
200g butter
150g soft brown sugar
397g dulce du leche
397g can of condensed milk
150g calvados
Put all ingredients except for the calvados in a pan and heat gently until the butter has melted, do not boil. Remove from the heat, stir in the calvados and bottle up in sterilised jars and keep in fridge.

Don't have any calvados, but recon it would work just as we'll with Grand Marnier, Baileys, Cointreau, anything like that.

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Peppermint Bark - an easy one this, this is the exact recipe, but I think I'll downsize it slightly.
600g good white chocolate
2tsp peppermint flavouring
6 peppermint candy canes - can be found in the shops around C time

Gently melt the chocolate, put candy canes into a plastic bag and then smash up a bit.
When melted, stir in peppermint flavouring and smashed candy canes, pour into a 20 x 20cm baking tray lined with cling film ( or ideally a silicone baking tray for ease of removal, and no need to faff with the cling film)
Leave to cool, break into pieces

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They sound good, Jan, my kind of flavours ..... mmm  ok

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Thanks for the tip about buying the yarn on Ebay, Janet.  I may well follow this up when I have a moment.  It will be cheaper than an hour round trip by car to buy just a couple of balls at the discount store.  I just persuaded my husband I really did need to look at yarn as we were passing that dept to get to the carpet section! 

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Gottaknit said:

Adding a recommend for the Book Depository 

I've found them pretty helpful too i.e. they even actually answer their emails.

Soon I shall do some hunting through my books to get some C present ideas. One idea – maybe not this year as it has been so damp is salt dough decorations. I say not this year because one rather damp year I lost nearly all my salt dough decorations that I had had for years. 

Anyway recipe is as follows

1lb Flour

1lb Salt

Water

Colouring (optional)

The easiest thing to do is use biscuit cookie cutters to make the shapes. Put a hole in the top of the design. Leave to dry over a radiator, aga, warm airing cupboard or turned off oven until dry.

Paint with C colours, glitter if you like

Varnish with cheap oil based varnish (do not use water based as it reacts with the salt and do not use expensive thick varnish as it does not soak in to protect the piece)

Use pretty ribbon threaded through the hole.

 

I have made all sorts of things with salt dough. I have used leaves for imprinting leaf veins on the salt dough and then cutting around the shape. Made some pingu lookalikes. Candle ring holders using a ring of dough and then decorated with holly leaf shapes. Bowls. Goodness knows what else. I will try and dig out some photos but not promising anything as they are not digitised yet.cheers

Fri 9-Nov-12
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Good idea for homemade decs for the tree, Jo ok

I've today made Nigella's chocolate pistachio fudge - so easy and it's gorgeous, have cut it into little squares, put into several bags then all the bags in a plastic box and froze them - far too tempting (esp. with me being diabetic) to keep in the fridge!  Oh, and I used walnuts as I didn't have any pistachios.

It's just 350g dark choc, a 397g tin of condensed milk, 30g butter, pinch of salt - all slowly melted together in a heavy based pan.  Stir well to amalgate fully, then mix in 150g of chopped pistachios (or walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, whatever - could use raisins or apricots I suppose).  Oh, Nigella recommends putting the nuts in a freezer bag and bashing them with a rolling pin to crush a bit - I did that and it's far easier than chopping them.  Put into a greaseproof-lined 9" square tin, smooth the top with a wet knife, then refrigerate until set firm.  Cut into small squares - they do need to be small as it's incredibly rich.  Makes about 60-70 squares. 

Nigella says you can eat them from frozen (I'd rather not have read that!!! big_laughbig_laugh)

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

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That sounds lovely Sue, I may have a go at that one along with the usual white chocolate & baileys which I'm sure I've posted on the site before.
Iris, if you pm me, I'll send you the details of the person I've been getting the wool from, it's £3.95 a ball, and then £2.25 postage, expensive for a couple of balls, but I've been buying 7-10 at a time and the postage is still just £2.25 for the whole parcel. Not sure how that equates to the prices you've been paying ( especially if you include petrol costs).
Just finished another one tonight.

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