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Happy Valentines Day…

Hubby has been away for a few days but he hadn’t forgotten it was Valentines Day – I had a call at 9am this morning telling me to look under the settee and there it was… a card together with a large box of Milk Tray…ahhhhh. 
It was lucky for me that he was a few hours away as it gave me chance to first organise a card for him (homemade)…

Valentines Card

and then a cardboard tray…

Chocolate Tray

decorated…

Chocolate Tray 2

whilst making a slab of chocolate on a lined baking tray.
Before it sets throw in nuts, fruit and crystallised ginger at one end and toffee pieces, honeycomb and chocolate chips at the other.  Melt some white chocolate and with a spoon flick across the tray haphazardly…

Chocolate Slab

Just before the chocolate sets hard cut out heart shapes with a metal cutter and lay them on baking parchment, then use up the left over white chocolate by pouring into the heart cutter.  Cool in the fridge for a while.  When set remove from the mould and warm the back of a spoon to run over the heart then coat with sprinkles…

Chocolate Hearts

Lay the chocolates on the decorated tray and cover with cellophane…

Chocolate Hearts

Then just time to hide them away and rush to put a bit of lippy on before he turns into the driveway…

Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day

crafts, crEAting

My christmas crafty bits…

Christmas Crackers

We had a great Christmas this year with the whole family together for the first time in a couple of years.  To mark the occassion I made crackers for all sixteen of us – and they had jokes, bangs and a gift inside.   As it was after midnight on the day before Christmas Eve when I was making them I must apologise that they are a bit wonky but that all added to the charm.  The ‘boys’ had a range of small toys from Hawkins Bazaar to keep them amused and one of those whizzy long balloons that you blow up and (before you pass out) you let go.  The ‘girls’ had various Christmas earings from Sainsbury’s.  Much more of a surprise than the normal cracker gifts where you can see what is in them when you buy them.

Homemade Chocolates

My friends received a box of Handmade Chocolates – it is the first time I have ever made them and it was great fun.  I am now eager to make some more.  We finished the leftovers and mis-shapes very quickly.

There are two layers of chocolates separated by a piece of gold card neatly slotted into the box which I bought from Paperchase.  Eight chocolates all together and a mixture of dark, milk and white decorated with tiny white snowflakes, christmas coloured sprinkles or drizzles of white chocolate.

This is how they looked packaged in cellophane with a hand stamped white gift tag and tied with black raffia.