Christmas is here – let’s bake some christmas cake!

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Christmas cake gift wrapped audreysjl

Hi folks, been awhile. Today I’d like to share with you my go to christmas cake. Now, this is not a traditional fruit cake. It is not dense, it does not take 3 hours to cook, it does not have all fruit and no cake. But, what you will get is something equally yummy – if not better! I can say this as I used to hate christmas cake. I didn’t eat any of the dried fruit which meant I had to pick around it to eat the sponge. As you know, traditional christmas cakes are probably 90% fruit so that was slightly problematic..

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This cake is like all my other cakes – moist, full of flavour and of course uncomplicated. Give it a try, you won’t regret it. The above picture shows one I’ve wrapped and sent to some rellies in London to enjoy. I’ve made the box from a standard manila folder. It uses no glue and no staples – just the folder itself. It fits the cake perfectly. Might post on that someday if I get time!

The Untraditional Christmas Cake Recipe 170°C / 55m

  1. Soak 250g dried fruit (of any kind) in 60ml of rum (or any kind of liquor). If you don’t like alcohol you can soak in some syrup/water instead. Now, how long do you need to soak for? Well, basically until the fruit is slightly rehydrated.
  2. Combine 120g soft butter, 100g sugar, 2 eggs and 40ml water in a bowl. Mix until smooth. Literally, just mix it, you can’t over do it here.
  3. Dump in 150g self raising flour and stir until its combined.
  4. Bake and eat!

Hello [+DIY sleeveless classic work blouse tutorial]

It’s me. I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet. Okay. So maybe not completely relevant to my post, but who can resist. Adele’s new song is awesome and I’m actually a little scared to spam click the replay button in case I get sick of it.classic top, audreysjl

Anyway. Yes, hello, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. So let’s get right into it. Don’t you hate it when all those lovely classic work blouses with clean lines and smart edges end up being by some artisan designer with boutique prices? And yes they are always lovely to look at and admire and re-pin but in real life, it just ain’t never gonna happen. Even if you did save up to buy that 1 top, just how many can you buy? So here’s a tutorial for a classic sleeveless work top. It’s structured in shape and suits both formal and casual occasions. If I can make it, you certainly can.

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ONE. The first thing you want to do is get the shape right. You want everything to lie flat against your skin. I’ve Continue reading

Washi Tape Headboard DIY

What better way to add impact on the cheap than to DIY a headboard made from washi tape! While looking for some inspiration I came across many interesting headboards however many required painting the wall itself and others took up too much space. I wanted something bright and graphic but nothing that would leave a permanent mark. This is my interpretation.

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ONE. I am of the belief that it is the details that make or break a project. TBH, I think I could have stuck the tape in any configuration while blindfolded and as long as I cleaned up all the edges, it would have looked great. Keep it neat people!

TWO. Washi tape has a Continue reading