Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Phew! Happy New Year!

Wow, it's been a while hasn't it! Happy new year everyone and hope you all had a fun festive season. I can't believe how busy I was in the run up to christmas. I managed to finish 3 of the 4 cross stitch cards I bought to do though and had some very nice complimets on them :)

Unfortunately didn't end up with much time for baking, all I got done was my first ever gingerbread house, although it was a pretty mammoth project! I made it from scratch including modifying my own template and making the gingerbread dough. it took over 5 hours from start to finish but I was so pleased with how it turned out, it was definately worth the effort. I can't vouch for how it tasted as I don't actually like gingerbread but it got completely devoured at work so I'm taking that as a good sign. I used this recipe, I'm not sure if I did it right though as the raw dough seemed really oily/greasy but it was fine once it was baked. Also I've not made royal icing before and I didn't make it thick enough so it was taking ages to dry, I had to stand there holding bits and pieces whilst the icing set and ended up wedging some of the bits in place with sweets so that I didnt have to stay there holding them for hours. I was also pretty convinced that the whole thing was going to collapse but it stayed standing.


 


I was travelling all over the country over the christmas holidays so didn't get much done then apart from a bit of knitting (I'd messed up the alien scarf so had to start again). Back home and back to normal routine now though which also means back to work *sigh* And I have absolutely no energy at the moment but I'm going to try and force myself to do some baking this evening. I want to have a go at making sugar cookies and decorating them using the flooding method with royal icing (need to make it runny on purpose this time).

I also got a couple of crafty gifts for christmas which I can't wait to try out and hopefully I will write some reviews once I have done. First was the Polymer Clay Cookbook which I has asked for and the second was a lovely surprise, a cake tin in the shape of a giant cupcake similar to this! I'll keep you posted on how it all turns out ^_^

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