Gingerbread cookie kits

 

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This past Christmas we decided to make up gifts for some of Munchkin’s teachers at garderie and for a few friends. I wanted to steer clear of mason jars as, honestly, I’m a little over them. I love them as vases etc, but they’re everywhere now. I decided to come up with something a little different.

I selected a recipe (Liberty London Girls fabulous gingerbread cookies – you can find my adapted GF version here) and I got to working out how to package it. Only problem was, this recipe required wet ingredients and a number of steps of different dry ingredients. Logically I probably should have found a different recipe. But I was determined.

 

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So I found some cellophane bags and some little zip lock ones. Weighed out all the ingredients and packaged them up. This was the result. My husband thought it looked hilarious and advised it looked like I was giving out illicit drugs. And the mixed up spice mix looked hideous!

 

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I’d picked up a few other bits and bobs to put into the gift bags. Jars of sugar pearls and some sweet little Christmas decorations. I decided to fill the Christmas ornament with little packets of sugar pearls and sprinkles, you can find the tutorial on how I put them together here.

 

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But overall it still looked a bit boring. So I designed a wrapper and stickers to make it all a bit more cohesive. I’ve included the design for the wrappers and stickers in a PDF for you to download below. One is Christmas themed and the other has a little gingerbread man on the front – so easily used for any reason, not just the festive season!

So to make them up, you need:

  • An A3 print of the pdf template on normal printer weight paper
  • Some adhesive (I use double-sided tape, but you could easily use any form of paper glue)
  • Optional: I printed the numbered stickers onto adhesive labels and cut them out, rather than use glue
  • Two 18×30 cm cellophane bags
  • One 75 x 90 mm zip log bag
  • A jar that holds 100 ml (I purchased mine from the jam making section in my local grocery store)
  • Oh and the ingredients for the cookies!

 

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Weigh out your ingredients. Note: This recipe omits the lemon rind from the original.

For jar number one – weigh out:

  • 1.5 tablespoons of treacle (33 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons of golden syrup (63 grams
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg

And don’t stir it up! It looks like delicious smelling mud if you do so. Put the spices on the top, and I suggest adding the treacle to the bottom (as it is heaviest and will settle on the bottom anyway I learned this the hard way)

 

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In packet number two weigh out 115 grams of brown sugar into one of your 18x30cm cellophane bags and seal up with tape. I was unable to find brown sugar without resorting to mail order in Switzerland and so substituted raw sugar.

In packet number three put 3/4 of a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda into the small ziplock bag.

Into packet number four weigh out 335 grams of flour (use GF flour mix and add the guar gum to this packet if you’re making up the gluten-free version).

 

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To make the packets, cut out the templates provided.

 

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And lightly score along the faint dotted lines. This makes it much easier to fold the packet and to get a neat finish.

Roll and glue down the side seam marked on the template to create a paper ‘tube’.

 

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Fold in the sides of the bottom as shown.

 

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And on the under flap (the one without a logo) fold the top under about 1 centimeter. This makes it much easier to assemble.

 

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Add double-sided tape or glue to the logo flap and stick down as shown above. You’ll need to put your hand into the packet to push down the two inside flaps created.

 

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Then add the numbered stickers to your packets.

 

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Place packets 2, 4 and four into the paper wrapper.

 

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Fold the top of the bag at the light score marks and roll the top of the bag down, glueing it into place. And you’re done!

 

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Lupo. A gorgeous crochet project.

 

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We’ve had a splendid Christmas break! It included visits from family, trips to Leukerbad to relax in thermal baths surrounded by snow capped alps and too much good food. My break also included some last minute projects and crochet for gifts! I’ll share them with you in the upcoming weeks.

One of those gifts was for Munchkin.
 

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I’d found this little fellow and decided that Munchkin needed one! Isn’t he just adorable?! His name is Lupo, and he’s crochet from an amigurumi pattern by Lydia Tresselt aka Lalylala. He can be purchased here
 

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The patterns are a little fiddly. But the instructions are exceptionally clear and detailed. And the results are adorable!
 

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So Lupo was finished and popped under the tree just in time for Christmas morning. I half expected Munchkin to play with the wrapping and to forget him. If she didn’t like Lupo, I was more than willing to look after him for her!
 

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But she adores him!

She’s asks for “Baa” when she goes to sleep each night. And has hit that adorable age where she’s starting to hug, cuddle and kiss her toys… and her friends! At garderie she’s got a little friend she plays catch and cuddle with. Thankfully he seems to quite like her cuddle assault.
 

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I think Lupo needs a friend… or two.

Possibly Mici the mermaid and/ or Kira the Kangaroo.

What do you think?
 

Small paper bag advent calendar.

 

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For Munchkin’s first Advent (we didn’t do one last year) I wanted something she could have a great time opening and, most likely, destroying in the process. So I came up with the concept of making up 24 little paper bags. Each a different design. We then filled them with little toys, Duplo and a couple of chocolates on surprise days.
 

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I modified my Pretty Patterned Paper Bag template and print them out on 30 pieces of A4 printer paper. The larger bags need to be printed over two pieces and glued together. I then cut them out using an x-acto knife and glued them together using a Pritt stick (paper glue stick).
 

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They’re quite easy and only took me a few hours in front of the television to put them together one evening. I’ve made the template available below in PDF form for you to print out and make up yourself! I hope your little ones have as much fun with this as Munchkin is having. She’s just demolished bag number one.
 

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Advent Calendar Inspiration

I had intended to put my bee themed invitations and thank you cards up for this weeks blog post, and to have a baking post for you! But this week has been chaotic!

DM has been away at a conference in Dublin so I’ve been looking after Munchkin full-time. This isn’t a problem, but it does mean I don’t sleep as well, so I’m not as on the ball as usual.

I’ve also been busy making cute little modelling chocolate cake decorations for a first birthday party in my spare time. They’re for a cake to match these sweet party decorations from Meri Meri.  I’ve also been trying to make a Christmas/ Birthday present for another little lady who is about to turn one too!

And this morning the lady who gives me a couple of hours help once a week cancelled, meaning I have to clean my house instead of blogging and baking. Again, just a first world problem and not a big one at that! But it does mean I’m going to have to take a rain check and post this weeks post next week.

I’ve also been thinking about advent calendars for this year. These are my previous ones, they’re both now available on my store.
 

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I’d like to make something for Munchkin that is a bit easier to get into. And that doesn’t take endless hours to put together as my daughter appears to have a love of packaging (just like her mother!) but they often don’t survive said loving. It also needs to be big enough to hold something other than lollies as I really don’t want to give her sugar every day.
I’ve been wracking my brain and as yet haven’t come up with anything fabulous. I really like these ideas (click on images to go to photo websites).
 

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What do you think? What kind of Advent calendar are you making this year? I’d love to see them! Post a link in the comments and show me?
 

A little robot advent

It’s coming round to that time of year wherein I look at the calendar and panic. I’ve not even started to think about Christmas presents for friends and family, let alone creating an advent calendar. And this year is particularly difficult as I’m trying to do it all whilst sleep deprived and often with a Munchkin who won’t let me put her down. So this year, I’m remaking some of the advents I created last year and thought you might want to do so too.

So here’s a slightly revised Little Mr Robot advent blog post:

A friend of mine dropped into conversation that she thought that I sketch I’d done years ago would look rather cute as an advent calendar. So I spent a little time this week playing with it to see if I could get it to work. Et voilà!! Here is the result!

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