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Bad Influences, Beer, Baking, Boxes of Stars & Burgers!

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Stabby is a proper bad influence:
“You look tired Kimbles, let me run you a bubble bath and crack a bottle of wine open!”
“Cheers Stabby”
“Nee bosh! Come on, I’ll do your back…”

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Boyfriend has slowly but surely converted me over to the dark side of Indian Pale Ale’s & Craft Beers. I’ve been saving bottles from different varieties and wanted to make a bit of a display for them without being sticky‐bottled scruffy cluttered College chic, so I cleared a shelf on my bookcase in the Living Room, added pearly fairy lights, a decorative perfume bottle, my pine cone collection and my new Halloween candles.
On another note, he’s been an absolute Star when I’ve had to sneak into the Craft Room to do a bit of last minute printing – contentedly playing my Guitar and coming up with new songs whilst I’m stressing about Crutch measurements Haha! He’s The Grind Gentleman on Soundcloud if you’d like a mooch!

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I bought this daft Solar System kit from Wilkinson’s for £3 last week to put in the Craft Room. Now, I want to paint the walls and ceiling black and daub galaxies in purple, pink and silver everywhere ❤ Might be the next decorating project when I get a bit of time and spare cash 🙂

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I made these rainbow walnut muffins with rum & vanilla frosting, mini lovehearts sweets and grated chocolate. The rainbow inside didn’t *quite* turn out like the tutorial showed, but they are still super-yummy ❤

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Matt showed me how to make Burgers last week and I was quite determined to give them a go and put my own spin on them and made Spicy smoky bacon, cheese and peanut butter burgers. It was super-easy – just four slices of bacon cut into little strips, two handfuls of grated cheese, three shakes of allspice and two heaped tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter handsquished into the mix before shaping and grilling 🙂 Quite like this savory stuff!

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Berries, Bunnies & the Blues

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W.h.i.t.e.C.h.o.c.o.l.a.t.e.A.n.d.F.o.r.e.s.t.F.r.u.i.t.s.M.u.f.f.i.n.s

I made a new batch of Muffins after the Dark Chocolate & Summer Fruits batch, replacing the Dark with White & the Summer Fruits with Forest Fruits, omitting the cinnamon  (and chucking a handful of walnuts in there for good measure ^.^ ) All feedback so far has been great and they’ve earned me a few new best friends on the Boyfriends side – Haha! This has been my first attempt with something squishy in baking and I’m well chuffed with how they’ve turned out. Proper soft, moist & awesome!

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I made an example vinyl print of a sketch that’s been lurking in my Scrapbook for years a few days ago and again, quite pleased with it! Wanted to see just how fiddly it would be to produce as an actual design on Clothing and the answer is LOTS OF COMPONENTS (23 separate parts to be exact, which had to be printed in layers)! I built a Rabbit today – Haha, and she’s only 20cm tall! The stitches were quite fiddly and didn’t look right to print so I want to test out my fabric markers on vinyl vs Fabric first to see how well they hold with wear before I start scribbling on my poor Bunny. Really happy with the weeny safetypins (despite being bastards to weed!) and the patch of actual Tartan vinyl I was finally able to use 🙂  The only thing I’d change for next time is popping a tiny black outline on the holographic eyes as this’ll emphasize the contrast between those and the white face. Really looking forward to bringing the rest of my other Dolls to print! ❤ It was just lovely seeing her go from a mad idea in my head to becoming an actual presence, something I’ve been lacking the confidence in for years :/

The Original:

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 G.u.a.r.d.i.a..n.A.n.g.e.l.R.e.q.u.e.s.t.s.A.D.a.y.O.f.f

This Angel came home with me after she fell off a Shelf in front of me in Newcastle. I think she knew I needed a hand.

Matt says Don’t worry & Stay Positive.

So I will 🙂

Recipes

Dark Chocolate & Summer Fruits Muffins

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YOU WILL NEED:

  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 175g softened butter
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • Few drops of vanilla essence
  • Pinch of Cinamon
  • 100g Dark Chocolate
  • 100g Mixed Blackberries, Raspberries, Redcurrants & Blackcurrants

[★] Heat oven to 180 C and line a muffin tray with cases. Melt the Dark chocolate in a bowl over a boiling pan of water.
[★] Cream the Sugar & Butter together, and mix all of the Ingredients together in a Bowl. Stir in the Melted Chocolate.
[★] Divide between the cases – I managed 20 with this Recipe!
[★] Bake for 25 mins, inserting a skewer to check they are cooked thoroughly. Cool on a rack.

[★] To decorate, melt a further 100g of Dark Chocolate over the pan and put 1tsp over each Muffin. Adorn with either a Raspberry or a Blackberry.

Enjoy 🙂