7 recipes for leftover easter eggs.

Easter weekend is over, *sob* For the majority of households, this means you’ll have some area of your house holding an abundance of unopened easter eggs. You can either nibble them throughout the months of April and May until all that chocolate has gone, or you can get your bake on and use it all up in some truly delicious sweet treats. I’ve listed some of my favourite chocolate recipe’s below.

 

1: Chocolate chip cookies.  The absolute best chocolate chip cookie recipe around! Not only can they be kept as one long cookie roll in the freezer ready to slice of what you need, when you fancy a freshly baked cookie. But they are so simple, and the end result is a gooey in the middle treat.

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2: Chocolate cheesecake brownies.  These are insanely good, so much so my brother in law requested a tray instead of a birthday cake last month. Beware, if you’re on a diet there’s about 8,000 calories per bite… if like me, you don’t care, then they’re  completely worth the effort.

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3: Boston cream cupcakes.  One of my favourite desserts. I’m not big on cupcakes, I mean all those fancy ones are lovely to look at, but I don’t like buttercream, icing or marzipan. These are simple vanilla cupcakes, the middle filled with the creamiest creme patisserie (which is not as hard to make as you may think) and dipped in melted chocolate. A mouthful of heaven in every single bite.

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4: Hazelnut & chocolate shortbread sandwich.  Melt in the mouth hazelnut shortbread, with a thick layer of chocolate in-between. I don’t really think I need to say much more. Easy to make, delicious to eat.

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5: Raspberry & white chocolate loaf cake.   When my two were little, every easter we’d get a ton of white chocolate eggs given to them, now obviously, I was never going to feed my 10 month old eight white chocolate eggs over a weekend, so more often than not I’d just end up eating them. If this sounds very much like you, I urge you to give this recipe a try. Its always been a massive hit whenever i’ve baked it. Also, it has fruit in, so y’know… balanced.

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6: The worlds BEST hot chocolate.  Hot chocolate isn’t just for winter – although have you seen it out there this week, thank you very much storm Katie. Settle down after a long cold day with one of these bad boys, true luxury in a mug.

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7: Double chocolate millionaires shortcake.  This recipe does take a little effort, but it is completely worth it, bottom layer of butter shortbread, topped with a fudge like homemade caramel, finished off with a thick layer of double chocolate. Its definitely a little fancy, but certainly a good way to use up those easter eggs.

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There’s a ton more recipe’s out there, My Pinterest Food board has a million other chocolate recipes, but I thought I’d give you a few of my tried and tested faves. Do let me know if you decide to have a go, I’d love to see your photo’s.

Hope you all had a lovely easter!

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

 

 

Simple Curtain cover up tutorial.

On Wednesday I posted my craft room update, part of the update was having the prettiest and most practical craft cupboard built. As lovely as it is though, I have SO much crafting stuff the shelves are packed and it looks a little bit cluttered. I toyed with the idea of having cupboard doors fitted on it, but instead decided on making up a curtain to hide away all my junk and keep my sewing area looking seamlessly pretty.

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So, if you have a particularly unsightly area you want to cover up cheaply, I’ve written up this tutorial for you.

Here’s what you’ll need.

-Fabric. I’ve got a 1mt piece of Black cotton, cheap and cheerful. its 59″ wide so just over the length I need to cover my shelves. I’ve also decided I want a bit of colour popped in there, following on from the floral theme thats settled around my sewing area, I’ve gone for a lovely floral jeresy material.

– Curtain wire. (I got a 1 metre long piece with hooks for £1.55 of ebay.)

-Dressmakers pins.

– Tape measure.

-Sewing machine

-Overlocker *Optional* If you’ve no overlocker then you can just use pinking shears. If you have neither, you can use my folded hem method (Here.)

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And heres what you’ll need to do.

First measure out the space you want covering. I only want to open area of the shelves covering so mine is (52″) drop and because These curtains will be closed most of the time I want them to hang with a pleat, so even though the width is only 23 1/2″ I’m using it at a 38″ wide.

Next you need to mark out your measurements on your fabric, using pins. Add 1 & 1/2″ to the top,  1″ to the bottom and 1/2″ either side.

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Now you can cut.

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If you’re adding another piece of fabric, nows the time to measure out how much you need. My additional pice of floral fabric is 8″ by 38″. (Both including 1/2″ either side for the hem.”

Once you’ve cut out you’re additional fabric, overlock the top (or use crimping shears).

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Once you’ve done that, pin your additional fabric where you want it. (Mines going at the bottom of the curtain.) So I’ve pinned both pieces of fabric at the bottom and either side. leaving the top (overlocked fabric loose.)

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Now, going back to the overlocked edge of your additional fabric, turn it in – hiding the edge inside and pin to the curtain fabric.

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Continue all the way to the other side.

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Now top stitch down your recently pinned area.

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*Now, the reason I’ve attached my contrasting fabric this way, is because of the different fabric types. I’m using a medium weight cotton for my curtain and the fabric I wanted to pair it with is a Jersey fabric. I can’t just attach my flower fabric straight to the bottom of my black because it just wouldn’t hang right. If you’re making one of these and using two fabrics that are the same weight you can just cut your main curtain fabric shorter and add your contrasting fabric straight on at the bottom. Its so much easier, but this is how to fix it if your fabrics are different weights.

 

Anyway, this is the easy bit. And if you’re only using one fabric, just pick up from where we left of before fiddling with additional fabric.  Use your overlocker (or pinking shears) and go around all four edges of your curtain. This will attatch the other three sides of the additional fabric to the curtain.

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Next, we need to fold other either side of the curtain (The longest sides) Pin at 1/2″ and topstitch. Its important to do the sides first, because it gives a better finish overall to your curtain.

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Next, fold the top over 1 & 1/2″, Pin and topstitch again. Make sure you don’t sew the sides up, you need the little gap so you can thread your curtain wire through at the end.

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Now move down to the bottom, fold over 1″, pin and topstitch.

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Now your curtain is finished, well nearly. Last thing to do is give it a good going over with the iron, before hanging it up.

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Such a quick and easy project that really does make all the difference.

If you have a go at making some, be sure to tag me in your photos, I love seeing all your crafty makes.

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

 

 

 

The craft room makeover: Another update.

I’ve been having a little blog break (incase you’ve been wondering where I’ve been), its been lovely to have my free time unscheduled. Last week though, I started feeling a bit bored. Normal life’s all well and good – But I need time for crafts! And what better way to get back stuck into things than by updating the room where I do all of my crafty projects?

Last year I transformed Izzy’s old nursery into my very own space (you can find that post here.) I’ve had a ton of improvement ideas since, but only now have I managed to get them done.

Here’s what the room looked like last year when it was still decorated from Izzy’s nursery…. Very, Pink.

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And here’s what it looked like after the first bit of work. Much nicer, but still needing some real personality.

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The main thing I wanted to add in here was some drama. Using photographs off Pinterest like this for inspiration…

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I thought it through for the whole of five seconds and because i’m both impulsive and impatient I went off and bought a big ol’ tub of black paint, it doesn’t really get more dramatic that black does it?

I decided to only paint one wall in this black, my sewing area. Stupidly, I didn’t check the tin of paint and I ended up buying Silk.. I noticed after I’d just finished the first coat, it dried horribly! Black is a tricky colour to make work, it HAD to be matt and so off I went to homebase to get another tin.

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Now the best part of this update is the gorgeous custom cupboard my lovely husband built me. I was so excited about getting it painted and slotted in I didn’t take one single photograph! – And I call myself a blogger!! But here’s how the whole area finished up looking. I absolutely and completely LOVE it!

* Desk styling is completely for blog photograph purposes, it will actually hold my Sewing machine and Overlocker – but they aren’t nearly as pretty as random books and fake potted plants.*

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As well as the beautiful black wall & custom cupboard, I updated the old white light switch for a  black/nickel one  (£5.99 at Wickes). I printed off some new art for the gold frames, painted a big white strip down a different wall for the perfect photography backdrop & had a big old clear out. Here’s the rest of the room. FYI: I love the rest of it too!

 

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Phase one of the update is complete, at the end of the week i’ll have a  tutorial up (one that’ll involve covering up the stuffed craft supply cupboard). And next week I’ll be starting phase two which is to fit some shelves down the clear wall next to the window.

Also left to do in the room is to find a laminate floor for in there (How expensive is laminate flooring now?! i’ve been quoted around £100 from five or six places for this tiny box room!!). And then I need to find an old battered Queen Anne wingback armchair that I can re-upholster. Maybe then I’ll consider this room done – Although probably not, Interior lovers are very rarely finished with any room.

Anyway, its good to be back!

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.