Revisiting helpful items

You may remember the post I wrote about something I call a *Toe cosy . I made the “cosy” for myself following foot surgery because I found my toes to be quite cold being open to the cold winter nights and basically, being a crochet addict, found both the usefulness and attractiveness of the *Toe cosyย  very pleasing bonuses.

Since the post, I’ve made and sold 4 of them and the feedback I’ve had has been really positive. I don’t think there are a lot of people out there with casts, but when someone is in need of one they sure do appreciate this little helpful item and I’m very happy to be able to help brighten someone’s day.

People have bought them for themselves or as a “get well soon” token for a loved one. I’ve just finished making 3 more to add to myย Shop and busy working on even more. No one with a cast should be without a *Toe Cosy and I’m really hoping they (or their friends) will find me and get those piggy’s pretty and warm ๐Ÿ™‚

And if you missed the post before, Not forgetting the *Toe cosy’s who have already been their helpful selves…

 

Christmas is coming…

Etsy emailed me to let me know that they have given me a whole bunch of free listings in my Shop so that I can stock up with some Christmas supplies. Well that just got me all in a spin. I will never be able to fill the listings making purses by 18 October. I’m just not that organized ๐Ÿ˜

With my re-joining a consistent running routine I’ve had a little time to think about it and well an idea struck me like lightning on one of the many pre-run preparations:- The earphones I take with to listen to my favourite running play list are constantly causing delays and frustration. No matter what I do with them on my return from a run, the next time I get up to go, the earphones are in a tangled mess and it takes an age to sort out. I remember seeing a post somewhere, ages ago for cable ties, which gave me an idea…

I started out making one for myself and have been using it with great success and excitement. As people started noticing it, they’ve asked me for one too and so the tiny spark of an idea has boomed into a full blaze Christmas stocking filler gift idea – which would also be perfect for the Etsy listings. So I made the earphone “Extraordinaire’s” (๐Ÿ˜†) and to make the deal sweeter for my customers, also include a pair of earphones (good quality I’m assured) all wrapped in a Christmas organza bag. Perfect stocking fillers for Christmas gifts I think ๐Ÿ˜Š

If you’d like one or more (I don’t quite know which I’d choose myself – but perhaps the novelty buttons might give you an idea to match personalities)

Must warn you though – don’t delay – visit my shop before they’re all gone! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s how they work:Earphone *Cable Tidy - how they work

 

 

 

Peppermint Crisp Tart

You’ll be amazed to learn that I’m actually more than a crochet addict… Mostly I listen to the ramblings of my sister and husband (drooling) over recipes, but sometimes – especially combined with a 4 year homesickness – I actually find myself in the kitchen making something…

On my return from South Africa, instead of bringing back the usual assortment of extraordinary sweets / biscuits found on your holiday for work colleagues (just to add insult to their injury and remind them that you’ve been away somewhere exotic while they’ve been slaving away in your absence) Of course I’m not like that ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I brought back the ingredients to make a delicious-very-sinful-packed- full-of-yum tart…

If you manage to purchase the ingredients from one of the South African stores which seem to have popped up in this increasingly small “global nation” we call Earth (how small is this world? – South Africans and their shops are EVERYWHERE) I’m sure even though it’ll work out costly compared with purchasing in SA, (but then who can afford the added flight cost for a tart?) it is actually, well worth it and will give you 5 stars in any social event – especially if you want to make a good impression with something sweet and interesting.

If you’re unsure about which products to purchase, I’ve included some photos for a guide (what a peppermint crisp chocolate bar looks like, etc). Just so that you know – do not accept a chocolate bar where the peppermint crisp is soft or “tacky”. It should be brittle, light and fresh. As an added side note: – I doubled the below recipe to make a really BIG tart (and a mini one for my MIL as a birthday gift for her) so don’t be fooled by the photo’s if they do not match yours….

Here is the recipe which I hope you’ll be able to try out sometime.

Peppermint Crisp Tart

  • 200g Tennis Biscuits
  • 1 pack of lemon Jelly
  • 250ml boiling water
  • 250ml whipping cream
  • 1 tin caramelised condensed milk
  • 1 large bar of peppermint crisp (grated / some of it crushed for decoration)

First of all… if you cannot find ready made caramel, (unlike me… ) do not stress. To make caramel, I ‘Mom’d’ it (as everyone does when they’re stuck on what to do) and asked her how she made caramel when we were young. Basically you need a can of condensed milk. Pierce the can (or if like me you cannot pierce the tin (?) –ย  simply open it). Put the tin in a pot of boiling water on the stove, water as high as possible… for 3 hours… I had no idea it took that long to make caramel and believe me my resolve to dance while the caramel was boiling to store some extra “unused” calories didn’t last long ๐Ÿ™‚ but Dear Readers, persevere… ‘it is worth it!

Boiling the condensed milk

Once you have a tin of cool caramel and a tub of cold cream – you’re ready to start.

Using the 250ml boiling water,ย  dissolve the lemon jelly crystals and let it cool until its ‘just about’ to set. To speed it up – place in fridge but keep going in there to stir the jelly.ย  (It doesn’t have to be frozen – just at room temp so you don’t curdle the ceam)

Dissolving the jelly

Whip the cream until fluffy (but not stiff) and add the caramel and jelly – leaving some caramel for spreading.

Fold in 3/4 of the grated chocolate bar.

In a flat dish (square or rectangle) start layering as follows:

  • layer of biscuits
  • spread thin layer of caramel over biscuits
  • cream/ jelly mixture
  • layer of biscuits
  • spread thin layer of caramel
  • cream/ jelly mixture

Depending the dish size and amount of ingredients at hand, continue layering (even if its just twice) – finishing off with the cream mixture.

Place in fridge to set. Keep the crushed chocolate pieces in a cool dry place and just before serving (even an hour later), sprinkle with the last of the crushed peppermint crisp bar and remaining crushed biscuits.

Serve.

And Voila – there you have it – a South African tasty treat / dessert with flavours of caramel, crispy coconut texture (from the biscuits) and mint. Mind you… definitely not one for someone on a diet ๐Ÿ™‚

Ta-Dah...The finished product

If you do have a go at making this, let me know your thoughts and post photo’s if you like in the comments below ๐Ÿ™‚

Nina

 

Three finished and 3 on the go…

So do you remember the WIP I was making to hold my crochet hooks? Well… I’ve finished! Ta-dah! I’m rather chuffed with this little “purse”… I can see it being popular for new or “back-to-school-bies” as pencil cases too – but for now – I’m really happy with it and it being my favourite crochet hook holder…

To make your own if you wish, make 4 of your favourite granny squares (I chose the daisy granny), sew them together, add a zip then a lining and there you have it.. a ta-dah moment of your own. Or if you really can’t be bothered… contact me – I’ll be happy to make one for you too ๐Ÿ˜‰

Second on my “finished” list is the Yellow credit card holder. Now available in my Etsy store. These little purses are proving to be quite popular. They hold more than 1 credit card at a time (if you wish), are easy and attractive to carry without a wallet and of course much safer than leaving your card in your evening purse on its own on a night out…

Which brings me to the third – a card holder I made for myself ๐Ÿ™‚ – A girl has to “test-drive” the products she makes after all… As you know – I LOVE butterflies… little wonder why I made this one for myself ๐Ÿ˜€

ย Lastly, a look at the WIP’s (obviously one finished – above)… I’m sure you can guess what the front one is gonna be!

September WIPs

Well folks – that’s all the news I have to report for now. This week will be my last at my temp day job and then its full on packing, starting a new perm job on the 23rd and then moving home (into my MIL’s) on the 1st… *yikes*

Wish me luck ๐Ÿ™‚

Nina