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Homemade gifts
Sat 10-Nov-12
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Have 3 walnut trees, so loads of walnuts.  Sorted out some 'reasonably pretty' jars from the cupboard and packed them with walnuts topped with honey neighbour gives us.

 

Being sent (via friends returning by road) to family/friends in UK as a 'our produce' crapmas present.

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Sun 11-Nov-12
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Lucky you- we have had a bad year for walnuts- the squirrels started stripping what did grow before they were ripe, which is very unusual, and we did not get any for preserving this year. There are many buried in the garden by the squirrels- we occasionally discover them when weeding.

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Tue 13-Nov-12
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I thought this might make a good gift for Christmas.  Clementines in Brandy.

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"The beautiful is as useful as the useful...perhaps more so."

from Les Miserables

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I thought this might make a good gift for Christmas.  Clementines in Brandy.

cheers

 

"The beautiful is as useful as the useful...perhaps more so."

from Les Miserables

Tue 13-Nov-12
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wave  See you had a double tongue.       runaway

Seed catalogues are responsible for more unfulfilled fantasies than the web and playboy combined . (after Michael Perry)

Tue 13-Nov-12
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Snigger, snort! big_laugh

I'll try that again!

Tue 13-Nov-12
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Only a double?  laugh

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Sat 24-Nov-12
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This isn't food, but you may remember I have previously talked about Frankie Brown, on Ravelry, and she has been using up her stash to make these.

I have looked through my yarns, and found sufficient to make a seven-pack of the rainbow colours, and just have the violet one to finish my 7-pack! I will tie them up with pretty ribbon, and that's my first home-made gift.

These mats are so easy - just 15 stitches, on big needles, and 22 rows. They take no time at all, and very effective as coasters to protect the furniture from hot drinks.

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Mon 26-Nov-12
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They look great Val, will have to have a browse through my yarn stash

Mon 26-Nov-12
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Jan - they may make a good seller on your stalls - especially if they're done with a colour theme.

For mine, I have made 7 - rainbow colours of course(!) - and I plan to buy a gold-coloured box, and an assortment of sweets that are wrapped in gold to put in the box - that'll be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! laugh

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Tue 27-Nov-12
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Right, i am going to make an effort to get some ideas posted on here, can't promise a recipe every day, but will try and get a few in. today...
Gin & tonic truffles
Melt 100g dark chocolate in a bowl with 2 tbs dble cream, add 2 tbsp gin, 50g unsalted butter and the finely grated zest and juice of half a lime, whisk together until smooth and slightly thickened. Cover over with cling film and chill for a few hours (overnight)
Taking teaspoons of mixture at a time, roll into balls, place on aboard covered with baking parchment/ greaseproof and chill again for an hour or so. Sieve some good strong cocoa powder into a bowl and roll truffles in it. Place in mini petit four cases.

Wed 28-Nov-12
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Make sure it is Gordons Gin please- my pension depends on it!

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Wed 28-Nov-12
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Always Gordon's for me Martin

Thu 29-Nov-12
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wave  Here's a useful link to a list of 20 delicious things to give as gifts.

 

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from Les Miserables

Thu 29-Nov-12
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Here is a simple recipe to make Brigadeiro's, a favourite and tasty confection in Brazil,  This candy is named after a renowned Brazilian politician of the 1920's, Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes. He was an Air Force brigadier general who first gained notoriety for playing a part in quashing a communist coup in Rio.

Only three main ingredients and some sprinkles

1 Can of Sweetend Condensed milk (14 oz)

1 Tablespoon of butter

3 tablespoons of either cocoa powder or hot chocolate drink powder (I prefer cocoa powder  personally)

 

Chocolate or other sprinkles to your choice.

 

Put condensed milk, butter and cocoa powder in to a sturdy pan.

Put on a medium to low gas or electric ring, and stir continiously with a wooden spoon

Once you begin to see the base of the pan begin to appear where you have just stirred, the mix has cooked  enough. (If you are not sure you have reached that point, give it a few more minutes- this could make the resultant confections a bit firmer, but still delicious)

 

Pour in to a shallow dish, glass or ceramic, to form a layer approx  1 inch thick- this allows it to cool quicker. Once the mix has cooled slightly put in to the fridge and leave for a few hours.

 

To finish, you will need to rub a little butter over your hands to prevent the mix sticking.

Remove dish from fridge, scoop a teaspoon of the mix, roll it around in your palms to make a round ball something a little smaller than a golf ball.

Roll the ball in your chosen sprinkle(s) and place in a petit four case.

 

If you don't grease your hands, you will end up with a sticky mess.

 

here's what they look like.

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Make a nice gift.

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