Fruit & Nut Flapjacks

Everyone has made Flapjacks at least once in their lives and if you haven’t you definitely need to! These Flapjacks are quick and easy to make and are a great treat to make with kids. I have been making plain flapjacks for years (which in themselves are delicious), but this time I decided to make them a little different, adding some fruit and nut. This recipe makes around 8 small flapjacks. So here is how you make them.

1. Preheat oven to 180◦, and grease a tin/tray.

2. In a large saucepan put the butter, sugar, and golden syrup on a medium heat and stir with a wooden spoon until everything is fully melted/dissolved.

3. Remove from heat and add oats and flour into the saucepan, mix well.

4. Add the chopped cherries and chopped walnuts. You could also add any fruits and nuts of your choice such as raisins. You could even add desiccated coconut.

5. Tip the mixture into your greased tin, and spread out evenly.

6. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes depending on how gooey you want them, take out when risen and golden brown.

7. Cut into pieces while still warm and leave to cool for 5 minutes, then they are ready to eat!

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Halloween Nail Art Designs

It’s very close to Halloween so I thought I’d share some spooky Halloween nail designs. They are quick and easy to do which is why I chose these ones. Bear in mind I did this by myself with one hand; I think they turned out pretty well. I would recommend getting a friend to help you if you can but if you have a steady hand it shouldn’t matter. I completed these designs by just using nail varnish and house hold objects I had around the house.

1. I like to start off by putting something protective over the side just in case I spill; newspaper or Clingfilm. And then setting up all the things I will need, ready in front of me.

2. Make sure you start off will smooth clean nails, and then paint my base colour on. I went with a different colour for each nail.

3. Make sure you wait for your base to dry a little then I used cocktail sticks and small old make up brushes to paint your design onto the base colour in black.

4. I then used cocktail sticks again to make details onto the designs, like the eye balls and whiskers etc.

So these are the finished results, Frankenstein’s Monster, Spiders Web, Pumpkin Face, Spider, and Witches Cat.

Have any other cute Halloween nail designs? Share them in the comments!

Tin Can Lanterns

These tin can lanterns are so cute and are great to either just arrange around the house or you could hang them outside to decorate your garden. They are also great for this time of year with Halloween coming up. You could do a ‘spooky’ design onto your can instead of making a mess with pumpkins. So this is how you make them.

1. You need to start off with your tin can and make sure that it’s totally clean and you have all the sticky stuff off. I found this a total pain to do, but stick with it.

2. Once you have a clean can you need to start to draw your design onto your can with the dry wipe maker. An alternative is to draw your design onto paper and fasten onto your can with some tape.

3. Once you have your design on your can you are ready to start making some holes. Stuffing your can with old cloths or tea towels helps with it keeping its shape. Get your nail or pointy thing and hammer and carefully start making holes. You might even be able to just push your point through the can without hammering depending on the thickness of your can. I started off mine by hammering but in the end i found it easier to just push it threw. Make as many holes as you want to get your desired look. Bear in mind that the thickness of your nail will be the size of the hole so you could use different thicknesses for different results. Make sure you make two holes opposite at the top of the can if you’re planning on hanging it later.

4. Once your tin can has the amount of holes you want you could now paint it and let it dry. Then it would be a good time to either loop some wire or string through those holes you made at the top or leave your lantern with no handle.

5. Pop a tea light into your tin can and voila you have a tin can lantern!

Cork Board Art

This is a fun and simple project and the finished result looks great, it makes a spiffy new decoration for any wall. Most of the materials can be found around the house and the rest are cheap and easy to find in any stationary shop or supermarket. So this is how I made mine. 

1. I started off with my cork notice board which I painted baby pink to go with the colour scheme of my room.
You could skip this first step if you want to keep a more rustic feel with the cork board design.
I also found that cork notice boards are a lot cheaper than proper cork tiles.

2. While you wait for the paint to dry you can draw the design outline on some paper. Once it’s dry place it onto the board in the position you want.

3. Start placing your pins or nails over the paper design, make sure you use enough pins to get your desired look.

4. Once you have placed all your pins you can carefully rip of the paper around your pins.

5. Now you’re ready for the fun part. Start by knotting your thread or string onto one of the pins and loop around the other pins until you get your desired look then tie off with another knot. Repeat for each shape or letter of your pin design.
I chose to use a different coloured thread for each shape to make it stand out more. 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

These cookies are quick and easy to cook and taste delicious, with a crisp outer layer and a gooey center these treats are best served when still warm, but if kept in an air tight container they last about a week. This mixture makes around 16 large cookies. So this is how you make them.

1. Preheat oven to 180°C, gas mark 4.

2. Prepare your baking trays by placing a sheet of grease proof paper on each.

3. Cream butter and the brown and caster sugar together, add your egg and vanilla extract , mix until smooth.

4. Sift in flour and salt and stir well. (I have to admit I rarely ever sift the flour)

5. Now it’s time to mix your chocolate chips in. (I prefer  getting a bar of cooking chocolate and roughly chopping it, that way you get a more rustic feel to the cookies and larger chocolate splodges.)

6. Using a tablespoon spoon your mixture into equal piles onto your papered baking trays. (Remember to leave enough space between them because they will spread out a lot.)

7. Place into the oven for around 10-15 minutes depending on how gooey you want them to be.

8. Take out and place on a wire cooling rack. After cooling for a bit they are ready for you to stuff in your face. Enjoy. 

Hanging Bird Decoration

This hanging bird decoration is really simple to make and looks great hanging in your home or perhaps to decorate your garden for a party. Use different coloured paper and birds to co-ordinate with your preferred colour scheme or desired look. I chose to use white paper with pink flowers around the edges so I would get a different effect on each bird and it matches the colour scheme of my room.

1. Make your chosen piece of paper into a perfect square. Diagonally fold your square into a triangle and press down the edges.

2. Unfold your triangle back into a square and take one edge and fold it back along the middle fold line. Repeat for the other side.

3. Take the top of the point you just made and fold it back on itself till the edge of the wings.

4. Take the top of the point again and fold it forward on itself till the point is on the edge.

5. Fold the whole shape in half down the center.

6. Hold the back of the shaped while you gently pull up the neck, once you are happy with the angle press down the edges, then do the same for the beak.

7. Lay your shape down and fold the wing back on itself gently, do the same for the other side. This will make the wings stick out more.

8. You can repeat these steps to make as many birds as you want for your hanging decoration. You could do them all the same size or slowly decrease the size of the square you start making your bird from. 

9. Once you have the desired amount of birds for your hanging decoration you need to thread your needle (make it long) and tie a knot at the bottom of the thread a few times to make it bigger.

10. Get the smallest of your birds and go from the bottom threw the back of the bird about midway up and pull till the knot reaches the back. Do the same for the next smallest duck and so on.

11. Once you have attached your birds, using the excess thread make a loop and it’s ready to hang.