Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Polkadoodles All Wrapped Up Handmade Christmas Card

How cute is this little Christmas girl with her little reindeer!?!  I love her steaming mug of cocoa, what a sweet little detail.  

The image is called All Wrapped Up and it's part of the new Winnie Christmas Wishes range from Polkadoodles.

Handmade Christmas Card featuring a little Christmas girl with her little reindeer.  Hand coloured in vintage Christmas shades of red and green.  This handmade card is embellished with die cut flowers accented with gold gems.   A foiled greeting reads "Happy Christmas".

You can buy this card from my NuMonday shop.

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You can buy this card from my NuMonday shop.

Feel free to take inspiration from my design.  Why not pin it for later?

Here are some of my previous Christmas Cards made with Polkadoodles digis:

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Monday, 28 October 2019

Carrot and Ginger Soup Slow Cooker Budget Batch Cook Recipe

I'm not normally a fan of carrot soup but hubster likes it and Little Miss asked for it so I thought I'd try combining carrots with warming ginger and oh wow!!  This is delicious, it tastes like autumn in a bowl.  The rich and creamy taste of the carrots is topped off with the delightfully warming ginger.  Just perfect for warming up after autumnal walks.

Ingredients and Tools:
1.5kg Carrots 75p
1kg Onions 45p
1 Blulb Garlic 16p
Ginger 43p
Soy Sauce 42p
Double Cream 95p
4 Vegetable Stock Cubes 12p

Total = £3.28
Makes 12 servings = 27p  per serving

Food purchased from Aldi

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Because I'll be blending this soup there's need to finely dice the onions so I'm just very roughly chopping them.

And the garlic too.

Then frying them until they're nice and soft.

I've peeled and chopped the carrots.

And sliced the ginger.

They get thrown in the slow cooker with the stock cubes.

And the bottle of soy sauce.

I cooked it on low for most of the day. You could cook it on high for about 4 hours if you were in a rush.

Once the carrots were tender I ladled out some of the mixture into a blender.  Once smooth I added it back to the slow cooker and ladled out another batch.  I kept going until most of the chunks had been blended.

Then I added the cream.

I filled my blender again and gave it one last whizz before pouring it into freezer tubs.

The soup is a little too thick for my taste as is but I froze it without adding any water.  I add some boiled water and stir it in before serving.  This means that the soup takes up less space in my freezer.

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Here's some of my older soup recipes to inspire you:
 Chicken and Mushroom as You Like It Recipe Spicy Chicken Soup
 Leek and Potato Soup Recipe Chicken and Vegetable Soup Recipe

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Friday, 25 October 2019

DIY Dinosaur Soft Blanket Sewing Project

I made Little Miss a beautifully soft and snugly fleece blanket for her birthday.  She call sit her "soft blanket" and it's easy to see why.  I've finally got round to making Little Pickle one of his own.

Here's what I used:

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McCalls patterns are currently on offer at Minerva Crafts.

These blankets are crazy simple to make.  I use my rotary cutter, mat and ruler to square off the fabric.  Then I use my sewing machine to sew the bias binding along each edge.

I use the same technique I described in my earlier Quilt Binding Tutorial.

This uses home made binding but I happened to have some suitable pre-made bias binding so I've used that for this blanket.

After sewing the binding in place on the right side of the blanket I fold it over to the wrong side and hand stitch it in place.  You can do this by machine but it's so difficult to get the stitching in juts the right place I prefer to hand sew. 

And there we go. a lovely soft blanket that Little Pickle is already loving at bedtime.

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Here's the blanket I made for Little Miss:

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