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Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin PureeWith Halloween over what to do with those leftover pumpkins? Or use the bargain pumpkins sold off cheap at the supermarket as soon as Halloween is over? Well we cook them up and puree them of course!

There are so many recipes that use pumpkin puree. Pumpkin is delicious in breads and cakes with pumpkin and carrot cake a particular favourite which I’ll be making at the weekend but in the meantime I have three leftover pumpkins that need attention so I figured if I puree them I can keep some in the fridge and freeze the rest until I decide what I want to do with it. Pumpkins take up far lest space once pureed!

How to make Pumpkin Puree

  • Cut the pumpkin in half (or quarters if using a large pumpkin)
  • Scoop out the insides which includes all the pumpkin seeds
  • Discard the inners (or keep the seeds for roasting)
  • Chop into largish chunks approx 2-3 inch
  • Place the chunks of pumpkin on to a baking tray and cover with tin foil (not oil!)
  • Place in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees
  • Leave to cook for approx an hour and a half until the flesh is tender
  • Once tender, remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly
  • When the pumpkin is cool enough to handle, use a spoon to scrape along the inside of the outer skin to remove the tender flesh
  • Place the tender pumpkin flesh into a blender and puree until smooth. Alternatively, pass the pumpkin flesh through a sieve
  • Spoon into freezer proof containers in measurable quantities, i.e. 1 x cup of puree or 100 x ml of puree so you know how much you need to take out when you decide what to do with it.
  • Store in the freezer until required

NOTE: I didn’t add anything to the pumpkin, not even a drop of oil. I figured I can add whatever spice I want to it when I’ve figured out what exactly I’m going to do with it!

Baby ‘Gender Reveal’ Cupcakes

Baby Gender Reveal Cupcake Box

At our 20 week scan we found out the genders of our two little bubbas. Feeling terribly excited we wanted to share our wonderful news with friends and family.

I found a recipe for vanilla cupcakes and increased the quantities to make 60 cakes. I bought some ‘Surprise’ party boxes to put the cakes into and made gift cards to tie to each box to explain what was going on.

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It’s been a while!

Sincere apologies to those of you who follow my blog posts, I’m well aware it’s been too long. I do however have some very exciting news to share with you. I haven’t posted for a while as I’ve been feeling a little sick and a little tired (quite literally) after creating the ultimate of ultimate creations – BABIES! Continue reading

Best online ‘cheap’ craft fabrics

Fabric sampleI’ve trawled the internet for hours upon hours searching for reasonably priced craft fabrics. I don’t know if it’s just me, but paying £4.99 per fat quarter (18″ x 22″) just seems outrageous. Since the majority of my crafting makes are double sided (bunting) or calico backed (aprons), I do not require high quality expensive fabrics and find that the cheaper lightweight polycottons are perfect. I usually pay approx £1.99 per metre for plain polycottons and anything from £2.25 – £4.50 for a patterned polycotton. Continue reading

Really easy homemade tomato sauce

Pizza SauceI just LOVE pizza, you may have guessed! I’m also a huge fan of pasta with a simple tomato sauce and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, so tasty. My homemade pizza base recipe is amazing and now I’ve tried my pizzas with shop bought as well as my own pizza sauce, I now make my own every time.

Homemade tomato sauce is so easy to make, I can’t believe I’ve been using shop bought sauce all this time! You literally throw your ingredients into a blender/mixer then cook it off for about 15-20 minutes. It really couldn’t be easier… Continue reading

Homemade Bearnaise Sauce

Homemade Bearnaise SauceOkay, so I realise béarnaise sauce is not the healthiest of sauces, but OMG, it tastes so good! I just love bearnaise sauce with steak. After using a jar of shop bought sauce for some time, I decided it was high time I made my own. I did a little research for recipes, most are very similar but all seemed to mix everything by hand. So after a little experimenting, I found the ultimate easy method for homemade béarnaise sauce using a blender…

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How to make fabric letters (and shapes)

Handmade fabric letterI have a couple of projects on the go for which I require fabric letters and shapes. I checked out my local haberdashery shop and the limited letters they had in stock were £1 each. They didn’ have the colours I wanted and the sizes were too small. So instead of spending £15 on ‘off-the-shelf’ letters that weren’t right, I decided to make my own… I mean, how difficult can it be?

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