Category Archives: Gift

Chocolate Poo

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Make a funny and silly but delicious present by shaping this delicious chocolate truffle mixture into the shape of the poo of the recipient’s favourite animal.  This recipe will make about 150g of chocolate poo!

Chocolate Poo

You will need:

  • 100g of dark chocolate (I would recommend using dark to even the devotees of milk chocolate as dark melts much better than milk and the sugar and crème fraîche does make them sweet and creamy and I reckon they would be very sickly if you were to use milk)
  • 15g of butter
  • 15g of icing sugar
  • 25g of crème fraîche
  • 10g of cocoa powder
  • An image of your chosen animal poo

What to do:

  1. Break up the chocolate.
  2. Heat water in a saucepan, remove from the heat before it comes to the boil.  Place a heat proof bowl over the saucepan and add the chocolate and a tablespoon of water to the bowl.
  3. When the chocolate has melted add the butter and crème fraîche and stir for five minutes.
  4. Sieve the icing sugar to remove any lumps and add to the mixture with a tablespoon of water.
  5. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge until it has set a little (allow about four or five hours).
  6. Using your image as a reference, shape the mixture and roll in cocoa powder.
  7. Keep in the fridge, I expect they keep well for about a week but they’ve never lasted long enough in our house to find out!
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Crafty Kits

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Packing a few craft materials in a nice bag or box along with some beautifully typed-out instructions can really add value to a few items which won’t break the bank.  Search the internet for ideas, below are a few ideas which I’ve found to adapt to make a craft kit.

Ice Wreaths

Shrinking Snowflake Necklace

Jingle Bell Wreath

Beaded Braclets

Snow Covered Votives

Cushion Cover

Hanging Wooden Words

 

Favourite Quotations Bookmarks

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Designing your own bookmarks makes a very lovely, but inexpensive gift.

You will need:

  • A favourite quotation of the recipient (or quotation from their favourite book)
  • Computer and printer
  • Printer paper
  • Laminating pouches
  • Laminater
  • Scissors or paper trimmer

What to do:

  1. Using an auto shape tool draw a rectangle a suitable size and shape for a bookmark (I made mine 21cm x 7.5cm) and make the border narrow and a pale grey.
  2. Type out your chosen quotation and add clip art or images of your choice.   Print.
  3. Place the paper into the laminating pouch  (if you want to ensure they are waterproof cut them out along the grey line first).
  4. Laminate.
  5. Cut out along the grey line (if you cut them out before laminating them leave a few millimetres of plastic around the edge to ensure they are sealed).