30 Days Of Creativity 2013

For the first time of the four yesrs running, I signed myself up for the international #30DoC.30 Days Of Creativity 2013

Using the calandar attached, the challenge is to create a craft as per the guidline theme.

To join the international crafters taking up this challenge, look up the hash tags #30DoC, @createstuff on Twitter and Pinterest.

I an a little behind and even jumbled up my themes but I’m still keen to meet the deadline on time. A challenge on many levels.  Be sure to look up my other blog: sunshinemac.blogspot.com


Pumpkin crafts galore: Make pumpkins from old socks & more

Fantastic ideas, thanks for the share.

Crafts 'n Coffee

Pumpkin crafts, big & small, today I have 18 in all. No round up of Halloween crafts is complete without a big pumpkin patch of craft ideas for making pumpkins. Today’s pumpkin ideas are made from repurposed socks to felt and paper. Yes, I said socks! This Row of Sock Pumpkins is made from a man’s tube sock. If you’re lucky enough, maybe you can find an orange knee sock to make the pumpkins, and if not, Kathleen has several suggestions for dying the tube sock orange.

To make a Row of Sock Pumpkins, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, four 3” balls
  • Man’s large size white tube sock
  • Orange dye*
  • Green floral wire
  • Felt: green, and small piece of black, brown and white
  • Chenille stems, green
  • Needle & thread
  • Straight pins
  • Tools needed: knippers; scissors; small scissors or other pointed tool such as a knitting needle or…

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Sweet Sunday- Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

I liked this recipe, especially the middle treat. Perfect for upcoming Halloween. Thanks for the share.

The Finicky Designer

I know, I know- it’s most definitely NOT Sunday. But I am still fighting this dang cold, and while I was able to bring myself around enough to do some baking (ON Sunday), it isn’t until now that I’m feeling up to sharing it. This is actually just a Pinterest recipe I found. It seems pretty popular, so most of you may already know about it. I thought it was appropriate to welcome in Fall.

I only made the usual revisions: Stevia/honey instead of sugar, coconut flour instead of wheat flour, and applesauce instead of oil.

Taken in it’s entirety from See Brooke Cook:

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

For the filling:
8 oz cream cheese, softened (I used light)
1 cup confectioners’ sugarFor the muffins:
3 cups white-wheat/all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

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Chocolate Ganache Tarts

Confessions of a Glutton

‘I am just so angry that I really need to bake right now.’

My mother gave me a sympathetic look over her shoulder as she prepared dinner, where I had been ranting about my irritating day at work.

‘What do you feel like baking?’ (She’s heard this many times before).

(Pause) ‘Shortcrust pastry. But I’ll need to drop by the supermarket and pick up more butter.’

‘But I only bought you a fresh block last week!’

‘Yes, but you ate it.’

(Indignant look on her behalf) ‘I did not!’

‘Yes you did, remember those cookies that I made?’

(Indignant look gradually fades to a look of horrified realisation).

Seriously, I buy so much butter I should just buy shares in butter.

Today is a fine sun-shiny spring day and perfect for food photography. I had eyed up the Chocolate Ganache Tarts with Lavender Cream and Raspberries that Fiona had made…

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Banana Ice Lollies

My children love a variety of fresh fruit so our fruit bowl is never empty. When my middle son began teething I put together a treat that was both fruit infused with a little something sweet to help him get through his teething phase. Now with our new little one cutting his pearly whites, I find myself enjoy time in the kitchen with my sons conjuring up a handful of our old recipes.

The banana ice lollie is very simple to make, I would say about 10/15 minutes would do. To get started, you will need the following:

Wooden skewers, minus the  sharp tip,

100’s and 1000’s,

Baking chocolate and

Fresh bananas 


  1. Peel the bananas and cut in half.
  2. The push them securely onto the wooded skewer.
  3. Roll the banana in the melted baking chocolate.




4. Sprinkle with 100’s and 1000’s while the chocolate is still hot

5. Place on a tray for the freezer.

The banana does not colour while frozen and the boys enjoyed munching on their cold banana ice lollies.