March 2016

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An Easter Treat!

Happy Easter everyone! Boy have I been busy, but I am never too busy to bake.

This Easter we had my brother and his girlfriend over, and it’s sometimes a bit tough when they come over for dinner because she is gluten free. BUT NEVER FEAR, The most amazing Gluten Free chocolate cake is here! And it’s incredible, you wouldn’t know it was without flour! So here’s the recipe for y’all!

*We did take the malteaser bunnies out for her slice, those bad boys are NOT gluten free!

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Ingredients 

100g Butter

140g Dark Chocolate

6 Large eggs (Seperated into yolk/white)

140g Ground Almonds

85g Caster Sugar

To Decorate:

Tub of Chocolate Fudge Icing (Or make it yourself if you have time!)

Multipack of Flakes

2 bags of Mini Eggs

1 bag of Malteaser Bunnies

Method

> Preheat the oven to 170c/gas mark 3/150c for fan ovens.

> Grease a springform tin (9 inch if possible).

> Put the chocolate a butter into a heatproof bowl and melt it together over a pan of gently simmering water. Stir until smooth and shiny! Leave to cool for about 5 minutes.

> Stir the egg yolks and ground almonds into your chocolate mixture.

> Put the egg whites into a large bowl and whisk until peaks form. Keep whisking, adding the caster sugar very slowly.

> Carefully fold the white mixture into the chocolate mixture until there is no white left showing.

> Spoon the mixture into your prepared tin and bake for 30-35 minutes.

> When cooked, leave the cake to cook for a good 15 minutes.

> Cut your cake in half so you have two halves (I actually baked my halves in two different tins.)

> Spread your icing over one and place the other on top. Then spread icing on the top of the cake.

> Sprinkle your crushed flake bars on top, make sure the crumbs are well spread out!

> Slowly and gently place the mini eggs around the edge, pushing them in slightly.

> Push your Malteaser bunnies in where you wish, very gently especially near the edges!

Bon Appetite!

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Stitches 2016

This year, I went to Stitches for the first time and I had the most incredible time! I travelled all the way to Birmingham NEC to see what was in store for us in the crafty world this year. Here’s some highlights of my day!

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Yarnia

In the centre of all the stands, there was an incredible display, commissioned by Creative World of Crafts, features 21 pieces made from yarn. Well-known characters from the epic tale by C.S. Lewis have been reborn using a variety of fabrics and techniques including crochet, applique, felt and hand knitting. Visitors will be treated to a beautifully crafted scene of lead characters Lucy, Susan, Peter and Edmund at the recreation of a train station complete with suitcases, lamp post and, of course, ‘the wardrobe’ as well as other central figures. It was SO amazing to look at!

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DMC’s Bloggers Breakfast

DMC held a breakfast to celebrate their 270th birthday before the event and I had a lovely time meeting fellow craft bloggers eating salmon on bagels! In addition to all this excitement we got tons of freebees which revealed what DMC have lined up for us this year. Thank you to Cara for doing a lovely talk about what DMC have in store for us. It was so exciting to have a play around with their new ‘Custom by Me’ range, more about that on a blog post later! DMC’s stand was totally gorgeous too, some truly stunning displays.

 

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Catwalk Fashion Show

Now I would LOVE to make my own clothes so I was totally in awe of the Catwalk show that was every couple of hours at the back of the event. Companies like McCalls and Global Chic showed off their latest patterns in beautiful clothes/costumes.

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Crafters Companion

Sara Davies and the Crafters Companion crew had a huge stand at Stitches this year with some great workshops using their new products, including the very impressive Gemini. Sheena also did a lovely colouring workshop which was fascinating to watch! It so exciting to look through the Crafters Companion catalogue for this year, they have some really exciting products in the pipeline so watch this space!

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Kuretake

Now I am no artist, but I met a lovely girl at the Kuretake stand who thought me how to use brush pens for the first time and their new calligraphy range. Keep your eyes peeled for some fab products coming your way from these guys, she made it look so easy and all their pens are a dream to work with.

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For loads more pictures and videos from Stitches 2016, check out my Instagram!

Thank you to CHSI for inviting me, I look forward to next year!