Surely it is time for a cup of tea :: Baking ::

Friday, 23 January 2015

How ironic, I post about my word for this year: detox, and next I post a chocolate biscuits recipe. Why not? It is Friday, the week is nearly over, and time for a treat. If I am able to manage a hot cup of tea, then it is worth the many hours of sleep I am missing at night (ok maybe not, but it helps). 

AND because they are so cute (and a bit small), they are actually quite good for those of you who are WW points believer. Yes, I am totally back on the diet. 

The biscuits are based on an existing WW recipe - I just made them smaller so that I could coat them with milk chocolate - oh, the points balancing act! 

To make 26 biscuits (2 points per biscuit), you will need:

  • 110g of low fat spread
  • 50g of caster sugar
  • 120g of plain flour
  • 40g of rice flour
  • 100g of cooking milk chocolate (I like Green & Black's)

To make them:

1. Preheat the oven to 160 C
2. Beat the low fat spread in a bowl to soften
3. Add the sugar to the low fat spread and beat together. Sift the flours and mix to the dough with a wooden spoon.
4. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill for 10 minutes
5. Roll out the pastry (thickness 4mm) and use a cookie cuter you like. 
6. Bake for 40 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly before placing on a cooling rack. 
7. When totally cooled, dip into the melted chocolate (following this method). Leave to cool in the fridge. 

The doily pattern is here
You have to try this recipe - they are so so nice (try with some oolong tea - it is a great combo), and can be adapted to any theme (Valentine's day biscuits, anyone?). 

As per usual, I would love to know if you try the recipe, and let me know what you think. 

One little word for 2015

Monday, 19 January 2015

Happy New Year everyone! 

How are you all? It has taken me a bit of time to come back to blogging. I wanted to finish all the projects I started (should have started and finished) in 2014. And it gave me time to think about my word for this year - a word to focus on, meditate on, and reflect upon this year. It took me a while to get the right word - that would impact all aspects of my life. 

My word is DETOX - I am thinking organisation, simpler things, healthier life, better choices. I am really looking forward for this word to be the driving force behind my 2015. 

Have you chosen a word for this year? Or have you gone for resolutions? 

Christmas 2014

Friday, 26 December 2014

I managed to finish the one handmade present on time, i.e. only an hour before presents were given out. I am really happy I decided to only make one present. Because of the size of the box I used, I had to make 9 ornaments in the end. It works as a set - with 3 different patterns. I did not use white thread but a grey-ish one, so that my Mum is able to use the ornaments all year long. I used red felt for the backing (I had some in my stash that was calling to be used). 

All my cross-sttiched inspiration can be found here

Mr also decided that no 12, Lise. I sent you an email. Thank you all for participating. 

Hope you all had a great Christmas!!

Thursday, 25 December 2014

One month - a Giveaway

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Little Baby MiH has been with us for a month and I cannot really remember how life was without my 2 boys. I am not going to lie I have had my ups and downs - and in fact a lot of downs (well lack of sleep downs). But a month on, Little Baby MiH and I have managed to spend time together and found our feet a little bit. And this is something to celebrate... with a giveaway! 

I don't buy many books anymore - I get them from the library - unless all my favourite designers are in one book! I And I want to share the love of Made by Hand by Lena Corwin. 

It is full of craft tutorials - crochet, knitting, bead weaving, sewing, dyeing. And the tutorials are full of pictures - my kind of tutorial! 

And I do love that front picture!  

I happen to have two of these books - which even though I like it, may be too many. So here is your opportunity to grab yourself a copy for Christmas. 

You have 3 chances to enter the giveaway:

1. This giveaway is open only to my followers  - old and new. 
Let me know how you follow my blog in the comment box.
2.Follow me on twitter, and tweet about the giveaway - and mention @noaslibellule
3. Follow me on Instagram (natmadeinhome) and post the book picture and come back to leave me a third comment

The giveaway ends Thursday 25 December at 5pm (UK time). Please, please, please leave me a way to contact you if you are a no-reply blogger. Good luck!

Our Christmas 2014

Friday, 19 December 2014

Here are the bits and pieces I have been making for Christmas in situ (although I did not make everything, in fact Baby MiH had his own contribution). I love the natural theme I followed this year, but I really do not have enough ornaments for the house, but it something I can add to next year and the following ones - and replace (slowly) the ones I bought on the high street some time ago. 

The woven star was found on Etsy but they don't seem to sell them anymore.
My cross-stitched ornaments next to Baby MiH contribution
The crocheted gingerbread man from last year

No tree for us - a toddler, a baby and a Christmas tree, it was too much to handle.. However my Mum has a Christmas tree - so presents will be at the feet of a tree - and everything will be in order. 

I am really happy I had spent the time making Christmas decorations - I love how for once I can display what I have made - but maybe it is the process of making Christmas as early as I want that really appeals to me! 

Catching up - The Hooded Baby Towel {Sewing}

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

I am a bit late - the tutorial of my baby hooded towel has been posted a while ago on the Simply Solids blog now. But I thought you might be interested in seeing in action - in case you are short of inspiration for a present for a baby. 

I had made an owl version for Baby MiH (which we still use) - the basis for this version, which includes curved corners. It is all organic and I am using it all the time!