Monday, 15 December 2014

Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe


bread and butter pudding recipe

I made this lovely Bread and Butter Pudding today as I had been away at the weekend and on my return had plenty leftover bread which was now out of date but still OK to eat. I decided not to waste the bread and make a yummy dessert with it instead.

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of bread
  • Butter to spread on bread
  • Large handful of sultanas
  • 100g of Sugar
  • Teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 500g of Milk
  • 2 Eggs


bread and butter pudding recipe


Instructions:

Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 190 celsius
Step 2: Grease a baking container
Step 3: Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a container
Step 4: Mix the 2 eggs and add to the milk
Step 5: Place the slices of bread (buttered and cut in half) on the bottom of the baking container.
Step 6: Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon over the first layer
Step 7: Sprinkle the sultanas over the first layer.
Step 8: Place a second layer of bread, sugar mix and sultanas
Step 9: Place a third layer of bread, sugar mix and sultanas
Step 10: Pour the Milk and egg mixture over all of the bread evenly
Step 11: Leave the bread to soak up the milk for about 15 minutes
Step 12: Place the baking container into the oven and cook for about 30 minutes.

 My children had this all finished before the night was over - it was delicious!


Monday, 8 December 2014

Modelling Clay Crafts


My girls had great fun with the modelling clay at the weekend. We have never used this before and had wanted to give this craft a go! The girls really enjoyed making their designs and painting them. We mainly used the air drying clay which was easier - we bought the make DAS which is sold locally. The photos I am showing are the designs made by my youngest daughter. My eldest daughter will be making her own blog post on her own blog later in the week I think insha'Allah.


The photo below shows the girls both working on their designs. I used a cheap pink shower curtain to cover the dining room table because last time the paints were out they ruined my table cloth! We used acrylic paints to paint the clay models once they had dried.





Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Winter Themed Cards



Our family don't celebrate Christmas but living in a majority Christian country means that everyone around us seems to be celebrating. I stopped sending out Christmas cards many years ago. Now that we have started homeschooling we have come across many other families who are not Muslim but also not Christians either, some are atheists and some believe in other things. This year it was asked if those who don't particularly celebrate Christmas would like their children to send other similar children some non-Christmas cards. It was decided a winter theme would be appropriate, so my girls have been busy making their cards to give to their homeschooling friends.

My 7 year old decided to give her cards a snowman theme. She used cut up pieces of felt and glued these to the cards. We used blue card which seemed to help make the snowman more clear. She can't wait to give these to her friends.



Monday, 24 November 2014

DIY Doll Clothes Hangers


My 12 year old daughter wanted to make a Dolls Wardrobe for her little sisters dolls clothes. She made a really good one from just an old shoe box! However she needed some miniature clothes hangers to put into the wardrobe. That part of the task was put down to me!  Here is how I made these from 2 paper clips and part of a drinking straw.


Requirements:

2 paper clips
cut off part of a drinking straw.

Instructions:

Step 1: Using small pliers/or jewellery making tools open up 2 paper clips.
Step 2: Attach the two coat hangers together, twisting to secure to make one long piece with the tool.
Step 3: Cut off a small piece of straw and insert the wire into the straw.
Step 4: Make sure one end is longer than the other and then bend the wire (using pliers) into a clothes hanger shape - look at the main photograph which shows the steps to do this.

The photograph below shows the completed show box wardrobe with the clothes hangers being used to hang the clothes. Here is the link showing how she did this. http://www.slhcrafts.com/2014/10/diy-dolls-wardrobe.html





Saturday, 22 November 2014

SLH Crafts - Sea Glass Necklaces



My young daughter who has the blog http://www.slhcrafts.com/ has recently started making Sea Glass Necklaces after she was inspired by another crafter and then getting a lesson on how to do it from another craft lady not long after. We then found out that we live next to one of the most famous Sea Glass beaches so we had the Sea Glass right on our doorstep and din't even know it before!

She has been sharing some photos of her latest creations on her blog and is also doing a giveaway on her facebook page!  She is looking to reach 500 Page likes on her Facebook Page and then she will give one lucky follower a free Sea Glass Necklace made personally be her.  So please pop by her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SlhCrafts and show your support and you may also be lucky enough to win a free necklace!



I love the designs my daughter makes and she is also making jewellery with other things, not only Sea Glass.

The lady that fist inspired my daughter to make some jewellery has a facebook page which shows her designs - you can find her here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Agharta-Jewellery/1412628229007135?fref=ts The photo below shows some of the lovely designs that she does.


The kind lady who gave my daughter a demonstration on wire wrapping also has a facebook page, you can find her designs here: https://www.facebook.com/surfandsilver Have a look below at some jewellery she made - I love the red!









Monday, 10 November 2014

Painted Hedgehog Rock

painted hedgehog rock

This weekend the girls wanted to do some painting with rocks they have collected on their numerous excursions! There was one rock that I thought looked like a hedgehog so I decided to paint a hedgehog design onto it. I think it turned out quite good. here is a close up of the original rock below.

painted hedgehog rock

I used acrylic paints on the rock to make the design. I also used some acrylic paint pens for a more detailed design. I coated the rock with one coat and then used the hairdryer to dry it quicker. Then I painted another coat and dried that with the hairdryer too. Then I used the pens to draw the spines of the hedgehog.

painted hedgehog rock

Below are some designs that my 7 year old daughter did on the rocks.


My 12 year old also did some painting but she wishes to keep her designs for her own blog over at http://www.slhcrafts.com/




Monday, 3 November 2014

Personalised Pincushion Tutorial


My 7 year old daughter wanted to make a gift for a friend of ours who has just had an operation and is resting at home. She decided on a pincushion and then decided to personalise it with the letter E. We chose a simple square cushion design as this would be the most easiest and quickest for my daughter to make!

Requirements:

  • 2 pieces of different coloured felt (or other fabric if you wish)
  • A needle and some embroidery thread.
  • Stuffing


Step 1: Cut out two square shaped pieces of the same coloured felt (this is the top and bottom of the cushion)
Step 2: Cut out the required letter, making sure it is smaller so that it fits inside the square shape with some spare space.
Step 3: Stitch the letter onto one of the squares. You could make little star designs like my daughter has done too.
Step 4: Place the other square piece underneath and then stitch around three sides attaching the two pieces together.
Step 5: Place some stuffing into the cushion.
Step 6: Then stitch the last side of the cushion making sure the end id#s fastened securely.



My other daughter also wanted to make a present for our friend, she designed a lovely vanilla candle. We wrapped up all the presents including a handmade card and took it around to her house today!