The Little Things (June) …

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, but there is a lot making me happy at the moment.  Here’s some of the little (and slightly bigger things) making me smile this month…

1 year old

amesstobemadex is officially one year old today!  I’ve had such fun sharing my little projects with everyone over the last year.  It may not be the biggest or most popular blog in the world, but being able to escape into the world of blogging has been a great form of stress relief.  I’ve definitely become more confident taking photographs and having a place to show off what I’ve been working on has encouraged me to try and find the time to be creative every now and then.  I’ve loved all the positive feedback I’ve received and it’s been great getting to know other bloggers.  So thanks for reading!

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Having time to relax and to start reading for pleasure again.

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Making the most of being done with uni work and living near the sea.  Enjoying myself with friends, booze, sand, bonfires and some actually lovely weather.  Scotland isn’t so bad sometimes.

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And here’s something not so little that I can’t help but share. All my hard work paid off because I’m graduating with a First Class Honours degree.  I was also awarded the Minto prize for English.  Take that 4th year!

Here’s hoping the rest of the summer is as lovely.

DIY Galaxy Print Shoes

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I have been dying to have a go at tie-dying with sharpies ever since I stumbled across this awesome tutorial for galaxy print shoes.  It took a bit of effort to track down rubbing alcohol (which I discovered is called surgical spirit in the UK – and they sell it in Superdrug), but this was so much fun it was worth all the confused looks I received when searching for it in the shops.  I found a super cheap pair of white canvas trainers and got to work.

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Time for Tea has a great step-by-step tutorial that is really straight forward to follow.  It basically involves drawing on the canvas shoes with the sharpies and dripping over the surgical spirit (open a window – this stuff makes you dizzy!).  It didn’t seem to matter that I made some mistakes getting the technique right, as any ugly bits can be covered up with the next layer.

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It is a good idea to start with the lighter colours and add the darker, brighter ones later.  It took about 6 layers to build up the colour, and you need to wait for the shoe to dry completely before adding subsequent layers.

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Once dark enough, I added white spaces and stars with acrylic paint.  I used the end of the brush to create most of the big stars, and a toothpick for the really small ones.

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I’m pretty much in love with these, but I haven’t worn them out yet as I’m afraid that the unpredictable Scottish weather will ruin them and I will end up with purple feet!

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BBC Good Food’s Chorizo & Apple Sausage Rolls

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Not everything I bake is covered in frosting or sugar!  These sausage rolls (featured in BBC Good Food Magazine, June 2013) caught my eye.  I love most combinations of savoury ingredients and fruit (pineapple BELONGS on pizza – don’t argue with me) and these do not disappoint.  The chorizo gives them a spicy kick and goes nicely with the sweet apple.

Ingredients: 

Knob of butter

1 eating apple (peeled and diced)

6 chorizo-style cooking sausages (skins removed)

Handful of parsley (chopped)

375g pack of puff pastry

3 tbsp apple sauce

1 egg (beaten)

Poppy seeds (for sprinkling)

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Recipe:

1.  Cook butter and apple until apple is soft and set aside to cool.

2. Put sausage meat, apple and parsley in a bowl and mash together.

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3. Heat oven to 200c.

4.  Roll out pastry (mine was pre-rolled, I just cut it in half) into a large rectangle and cut in half so you have two, thin strips of pastry.

5.  Spoon the apple sauce down the middle of the  two strips.  Lay sausage meat on top.  Brush egg on the edges.

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4.  Fold over the pastry to enclose the filling.  Seal by pressing with a fork.

5.  Cut into smaller rolls.  Brush with egg and sprinkle with the poppy seeds.  Cut several small slashes into each roll.

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6.  Bake for 25-30 minutes.  Can be served both hot and cold.

These disappeared so quickly! They would make a great Father’s Day treat as well.

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Experiments with Washi Tape

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Jumping on the bandwagon a little late, but isn’t washi tape cool?  I was dying to try it out, so after a little googling I  discovered that it can be used to dress up tea-lights.

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Yay for 5 minute crafts!

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