Thursday, April 17, 2014

Last minute Easter Card and Easter Craft Round up

Well it is nearly Easter weekend and hopefully you are all prepared but just in case you need a last minute card for your Easter party host or your family and friends I have created four different coloured printables for you to quickly whip up your own.




                      Blue Available - HERE    Pink Available - HERE

                     Yellow Available - HERE   Purple Available - HERE

They can be as complicated or as quick as you like just cut out and glue to a card base.

Here is a round up of all the other Easter Crafts for you

Cookies for Easter

Decorating Easter eggs

Bunny Bait Printables

Bedtime bunnies

Easter Printables

Egg Cosies

Easter Banner

Have a Happy Easter everyone and hope the easter bunny brings joy to your house love Amber xx

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Growing things from old scraps - Gardening



I love growing veggies - my seedlings are coming along great but I also like recycling, reusing and saving money so when I heard you could grow certain veg from "leftovers" I jumped at the chance.
We had actually done it once before - this potato crop was straight from sprouted potatoes in my cupboard re-planted and regrown.

This time around I tried out new things.

Scallions     

I use scallions quite a bit in cooking and I was told these were easy to regrow - just pop the cut ends into water for a couple of weeks, keep the water fresh and they will start to regrow and they did.
 I had scallions growing all winter, from the off cuts of last years summer crops. No need to buy scallions again, unless you get purple scallions seeds which I am trying out this year.


The same will work with Lemon grass, Leeks, Fennel and Spring Onions

Garlic  

If you have a bulb in the fridge that has sprouted - plant it out in the garden in a sunny location and it will start to grow leaves, wait until the leaves start to die back, pull it up and you should have a new full bulb of garlic.

The same with work with Ginger roots although they must be planted indoors (must try this next)

Gem Lettuce

I love little gem lettuce and grew them in my raised bed but over winter I had to go back to the supermarket. So I was thrilled when I found out you good regrow these, I popped this one in water a week ago and already it is growing back, Plant it out in the garden and it will grow a new head of lettuce. 


Apparently the same will work with Cabbage, Bok Choi  and celery (yuck -nope not trying that one!)

Pineapple

I love fresh pineapple, when I found out you could grow your own I couldn't wait to get started. It was even better when they were on special offer in the supermarket last week.
To regrow Pineapple I have found two methods -
1. You cut the top off and place on a saucer of water in the sunshine for a week and then plant in the ground.


2. The other method says cut off all the flesh and expose the stem of the leaves and plant into soil.


Both  say it must be kept in a warm, sunny environment as it is a tropical plant.



Also your pineapple will take 2 years to grow so this one requires patience,so while you waiting take all those lovely pineapple you now have leftover and make Pineapple Upside Down cake below.




Pineapple Upside down Cake

Ingredients

Pineapple Slices
4tsp Brown Sugar
4 oz Caster sugar
4oz Butter and a bit extra for greasing the tin
2 eggs
 4 oz flour

The "How too"

1.Grease a loose bottom tin with butter and place the pineapple slices neatly on the bottom.

2. In a bowl or mixer cream together the caster sugar and butter until light and fluffy, slowly add the    eggs and then mix in the flour.

3. Pour the cake mix over the Pineapple slices and spread evenly.

4. Place in a preheated oven 180 degrees C, 350 degrees F/ Gas mark 4 and bake for 40 minutes.

5. Turn out the cake onto a tray, sprinkle with Brown sugar and place under a hot grill until the sugar is caramelised and the pineapple is lightly toasted.

6. Serve with whipped cream or even better Vanilla ice-cream   - Yum

Printable recipe - HERE

Have you grown anything from scraps and has it worked let me know in the comments ?