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Does anyone have any good ideas for Christmas gifts that you could partially make yourself? Want to get in the crafty ‘Christmas spirit’ and any ideas would be great! Thanks!

Han542
2 months ago
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Lynibis
Lynibis2 months ago

It sounds dreadful of me but the only home made gifts I would appreciate would be the kind you can eat. Hand made gifts, whilst I can appreciate the love and effort, are usually a bit naff.

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Han542
Han542
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2 months ago

I better get the mixer out and start baking then! I’m rubbish at art so just want to partially make things! Theme of the Secret Santa this year is Homemade which is hellish for me, but I’ll hopefully get some inspiration from somewhere or someone!🤞

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Lynibis
Lynibis2 months ago

Han542 ah well Xmas before last I was away with family and my nephew and his gf brought some homemade (no cook) Bailey's fudge, delicious isn't the word!

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Golfforall
Golfforall2 months ago

Han542 Can you knit ? Bobble hat , willy warmer , scarf etc are quite easy to do with one ball of wool (depending on the size of the willy obviously )!

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Han542
Han542
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2 months ago

Golfforall Absolutely hopeless at it! My Grandma tried to teach me how to when I was growing up but deemed me a lost cause!

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Han542
Han542
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2 months ago

Lynibis Have tried to make fudge in the past but I had to chew on it for about 10 minutes until I gave up and spat it out! Starting to think this whole DIY idea might not be for me!😂

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Lynibis
Lynibis2 months ago

397 g Condensed Milk (one tin)

600 g Chocolate (300g Dark/Milk)

75 g Icing Sugar

125 ml Baileys

Line a tin with parchment paper – I use a 7×10″ Brownie Tin as it makes a nice depth of fudge!

Put the Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, and Condensed Milk into a heavy based saucepan – melt on a low heat, stirring often so that the chocolate doesn’t catch on the bottom and burn and so that all the ingredients mix together well. Or melt the two chocolates together carefully in the microwave/double boiler, and then add in the Condensed Milk and mix well till smooth.

Once melted, tip in the baileys and combine well with a bit of beating. Add in the icing sugar and combine well again, it might take a bit of beating, but its worth it!

Pour into the tin and smooth over the mixture. Store in the fridge for at least 5-6 hours (Or preferably overnight) to set!

Once set – remove from the tin and cut into the squares – I cut my tray into small squares of fudge, about 1inch in size! Return to the fridge for another couple of hours to finish setting if its still a little soft– ENJOY!

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Lynibis
Lynibis2 months ago

Han542 the recipe above is a breeze and is soft.

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Han542
Han542
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2 months ago

Lynibis Aww, you’re an absolute star! Will try this out and let you know if I manage! It looks fairly simple so hopefully I’ll be fine!

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Golfforall
Golfforall2 months ago

Han542 Think laterally then - buy some bun cases , find a pretty box and ribbon - buy some fancy buns from your local supermarket remove from packaging , place in your own bun cases and box - job done !

Same could be applied to "home made sweets "(fudge included) or biscuits . Just smile modestly when asked how you made such lovely buns /sweets/ biscuits .

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Lynibis
Lynibis2 months ago

Golfforall cheat lol

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Golfforall
Golfforall2 months ago

Lynibis Only if anyone finds out .

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lornaae
lornaae2 months ago

Christmas bakes perhaps? Home made fudge or cookies or mince pies? Have a look on Pinterest for some good ideas 🙂

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Han542
Han542
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2 months ago

Think that’s what I’m going to go for! Make a wee pamper hamper and pop some fudge in it! Done!

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lornaae
lornaae2 months ago

Han542 sounds like a good idea! You could get creative with the flavours too if you liked 🙂

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sunny101
sunny1012 months ago

I was going to suggest fudge but Lynibis has even come up with a recipe - always best to follow a tried and trusted recommend because they can be 'grainy'.

Chocolate Brazil nuts are really easy to do. Buy the nuts from the cooking section in the supermarket or put them in your next delivery order together with the supermarket brand's own milk or dark chocolate. Melt chocolate gently either in bain marie or microwave (very gently or will burn and be useless!)

Drop some nuts into the mix, stir and fish them out using a teaspoon and place on a piece of parchment paper to set. Then pack into cellophane bags and label. You get a lot more chocolate on your finished nut than anything you could buy.

Pot pourri drawer fresheners are also easy - buy ready prepped filler/lavender and put into organza bags. Great to put on the hooks of hangers on woollen items to keep moths away.

Make wine glass charm sets - easy with minimal effort and tools.

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Han542
Han542
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2 months ago

Getting some great ideas on this! You guys are so creative!

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