Friday, 19 December 2014

Create A Festive Door Hanger


Country Basketsthe UK’s leading homeware, seasonal product and craft supplier have got some gorgeous Christmas decorations in this year. We were sent some baubles for the tree and a wreath for my front door, and I must say they look really fab. My eldest Daughter keeps commenting on the sparkly white baubles, and she tells me they are her favourite. They are really pretty and a nice, large size too. They look great. 

If you quite fancy having a go at making your own festive door hanger or are looking for something to make with the kids during the holidays, then follow these easy steps as demonstrated by Tracy Rowbottom, a designer at Country Baskets. All supples are available from their online store.





1. Take two small floral candle rings and wire together, back to back.






2. Tie a long piece of rope cord to the top, to create a handle. Make a ribbon band around the centre and tie into a bow on the top to hide your mechanics.








3. Repeat with two large decorative candle rings. Next take one small floral candle ring and tie a rope hanger and bow on top.






4. Cut three pieces of ribbon approx 10cms and secure one to the top of each Christmas decoration with the rope hanger.





5. Lay all you components out on the table, starting with the smallest on the bottom, finishing with the largest at the top. Tie firmly with a knot on the top when you are happy with your placements.





6. Tie a rope loop and make a bow to secure on the loop. To finish tie the bow and rope loop to the top of the hanger and cut off any loose ends.





7. Finished door-hanger





Cooking On A Budget - Eggs




Eggs are wonderfully nutritious. Not only are they packed full of protein, vitamins and minerals but they only contain 70 calories each and are super cheap to buy, making them an excellent choice for cooking on a budget. British Lion eggs have the the little red lion symbol printed on the side of your shop bought eggs. All Lion eggs are guaranteed to be British and the hens are vaccinated against Salmonella Enteritidid and Salmonella Typhimurium, giving you peace of mind that your eggs are safe.

There are loads of meals you can create using eggs, from the basic omelette and scrambled egg recipes to something a little more adventurous like lemon meringue roulade or egg custard. Every now and then we do enjoy a fried egg and chips, in fact it is one of my favourite budget meals. Another favourite egg based meal of mine is quiche. I love it served with chopped salad, warm freshly baked bread and a dollop of mango chutney. Absolutely delicious, cheap and satisfying.


Quiche Lorraine Recipe - Serves 4

Ingredients:
  • 250g Ready made shortcrust pastry
  • 5 x Eggs
  • 250g Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 200g Chopped Ham
  • 100ml Milk
  • 200ml Double Cream
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Two Tomartoes


Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 190c / 375f / Gas 5 
2. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and line a greased flan/ pie dish.
3. Fill the centre with baking beans. Place on a baking tray and bake blind for 20 minutes, then remove from the oven, empty the beans and return back to the oven for another five minutes.
4. Reduce the temperature of the oven to 160c / 325f / Gas 3
5. Combine the eggs with the milk and cream in a bowl and season. Add the grated cheese and ham. Stir in well and add to the pastry base.
6. Bake for 30-40 minutes until set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool and set further.
7. Add sliced tomatoes to the top to garnish. Enjoy!




What is your favourite egg recipe?




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