Heart Meringues

Last year I tried making red/pink meringues that I could shape like roses, but once I added the food colouring the mixture wasn’t stiff enough for meringue = bake-tastrophe! Second time round, as we are very close to Valentine’s day, I decided to try heart meringues. I baked these in January and served following our Burn’s night dinner of haggis, I know meringues aren’t very Scottish but we had people round for dinner which meant I wouldn’t have to eat all of them myself!heart meringues

For the heart meringues recipe I used:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 220g caster sugar
  • 2 drops food colouring

And for serving:

  • chopped strawberries
  • double cream
  • grated dark chocolate

Method for your heart meringues:

  1. Preheat oven to 130 degrees C.
  2. Line a baking sheet with grease proof paper
  3. Beat the egg whites in a large bowl
  4. Whisk in the caster sugar gradually until stiff
  5. Whisk in your food colouring (this gives a soft pink colour)
  6. Using a piping bag, make heart shaped meringues on your baking tray
  7. Bake in the oven for approx 40 minutes until meringues are firm
  8. Leave to cool & then serve with fruit, cream and chocolate

I served these little heart meringues with chopped strawberries, a sprinkling of grated dark chocolate and poured cream over it all. These could be the perfect accompaniment to your Valentine’s dinner, especially for someone (like me) who loves meringues!

Today I am linking up with the following for my Valentine’s baking…

Jibber Jabber’s Cake Love – Baking with Passion:baking with passion

Treat Petite – hosted by Cakeyboi and The Baking Explorer. This month Cakyboi has chosen Loved Ones as the theme:treat petite

The theme for Calendar Cakes over at Dolly Bakes and Laura Loves Cakes is “oh l’amour”… so love hearts are just the ticket!calendar-cakes

Last but not least Mummy Makes Cake Celebration Cakes & Bakes theme this month is also Valentine’s:

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Jewellery Frame {Tutorial} Handmade Monday

I have been wanting to make a jewellery frame for a long time and have been hoarding a few frames that I bought for really cheap at the car boot sale in Wimbledon. I got handmade jewellery for my mum for Christmas and wanted to make the jewellery frame for her Christmas present but ran out of time, then I thought it would be a great Mother’s day present. I made the jewellery frame last weekend but couldn’t wait for my mum to see it so I sent it to her during the week and she loved it! Jewellery Frame DIY

What you’ll need for your jewellery frame:

  • old photo frame
  • paper (this is wrapping paper)
  • PVA glue
  • brush
  • screws to hang the jewellery
  • screwdriverJewellery frame DIY items

How to make the jewellery frame:

  1. I ripped up pieces of the wrapping paper and glued them to the photo frame
  2. Once dry I covered with a layer of PVA gluedecoupage jewellery frame
  3. Using a screwdriver a similar size to your screws make a hole in the frame
  4. Screw in the hanging screws
  5. Write up your message and put in place of a photo
  6. Hang up or stand it on your dresser and hang your necklaces/bracelets/rings decoupage jewellery frame

I was going to use lace fabric in the centre to hang earrings off but my mum doesn’t wear dangly earrings so I thought it would be a bit of a waste. In the end I decided to use the quote:

“The most precious jewels you’ll have around your neck are the arms of your children”.

Linking up with Handmade Monday with this jewellery frame DIY.


Crafting with Inspirational Quotes {Gift Idea}

I’ve seen this quote floating around Pinterest which apparently comes from Winnie the Pooh: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and loved more that you know”. I wanted to make a friend of mine something special for Christmas last year… and who wouldn’t want to be reminded that they are brave, strong, smart and loved each day? So I decided to paint the quote and frame it.inspirational quote

What I used for this picture:

  • White card
  • Black card
  • Frame
  • Paints
  • Red voile

How I put it together:

  1. Paint out the quote onto the white card
  2. Add pictures if you want eg the heart
  3. Stick the white card onto the large piece of black card
  4. Cover the poster with the red voile (this matched some of the furnishings so I thought it would be a nice touch)
  5. Frame it

I definitely don’t think it’s my best piece of art but as an inspirational quote that has significance behind it and can give someone a little boost when they need it I think it fits the bill. I also think covering it with the fabric makes it more unique and helps it fit in with any particular theme you have going on in a room. Today I’m linking up with Handmade Monday again, head on over to see what’s being made!