Monday, 9 July 2012


I think it was for my 14th birthday it may have been before, I've never been too good with the 'When' in my stories, but I do remember the 'Who' my sweet friend Debbie, turned up at my house with a delicious batch of freshly baked and iced gluten free biscuits for my birthday. I ate them all a little too quickly perhaps so had to get my hands on the recipe and she kindly obliged and it has been my go-to biscuit recipe ever since. I had a great group of friends growing up, they shared my love of all things crafty and baking and so Christmas and birthdays would be a riot of handmade delights. To me that has always been what a present is all about. Something that has taken time, love and thought to create. Anyone can buy a box of chocolates but to take your time to make and decorate those chocolates yourself, surely that's a gift worth giving, and one that I for one would always prefer to receive. My sister Emma had a birthday this week so deciding it was time for a change from all the cakies that I've been baking lately I thought I would try my hand at some iced biscuits. So I cracked open my trusty recipe; once she who wails was safely tucked up in bed, and baked and iced to my heart's content. For a first attempt they weren't too bad, I've learnt a few things and think I will definitely be doing this again, and the most impressive thing was that all but one ( someone had to check them for poison...;) made it to my sister, that was an achievement in itself as I usually take the 'one for me one for you' approach to baking!

Here's the recipe:)

Lemon gluten free biscuits:
4oz butter/ margarine
2oz sieved icing sugar
4oz gluten free flour
2oz corn flour
1/4 tsp salt
1tsp xanthum gum
Finely grated peel 1 lemon

Beat together butter and sugar until light and creamy
Mix in the lemon then add the flour, corn flour, salt and gum mix until it comes together in a dough, wrap in clingfilm and chill for an hour. It is a very soft dough but does roll out fairly easily if you dust well with corn flour. Bake at 170/c until lightly golden on the edges ( check after 15 mins)

You can change the lemon peel for different flavourings like a tsp of vanilla or almond extract or even try orange peel. Enjoy!

Sunday, 1 July 2012

For One Month ONLY!!!!!

Those of you who were around for Sale-a-bration may remember the GORGEOUS designer series paper collection Everyday Enchantment. It was one of my favourite paper collections ever. I love the modern vintage patterns,and fresh zesty colours, and so I was sad that I hadn't stocked up on more of it while I had the chance, so you can imagine my excitment when I heard that for the whole month of July we've not only been given a chance to stock up on more of the papers, but for every £45 you spend (before p&p) you can receive a FREE Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad set.  So what does this kit contain I here you ask? Well there are 2 spools of 1/8" Organdy Ribbon in Lucky Limeade and Calypso Coral each spool has 10 yards of ribbon, plus there is a Brad Pack containing 30 brads 5 each of 5 designs. So as you can see the value for money is phenominal and it couldnt be easier to get your hands on all of these goodies, once you've put in your order for the papers (126154) for £9.95 the hardest part will be deciding what to pick from the 2011-2012 Catalogue or the Summer Mini to bring your order up to £45 then simply add your Ribbon and Brad (127279) collection for FREE!!!! Postage and packaging for any size order is £4.95 and will ensure your order is carefully and quickly delivered to your door by UPS.

There are some exciting bonuses on offer at the moment for Party Hostesses so if you would like to Hostess a Stampin' Up! party in your home, please drop me a line, I will be happy to come a share what I love with you and your friends :) Click here for more details.