Happy Boxing Day! 😉 I hope everyone had a great Christmas!
I have started a tradition (this is the 4th year) when I cook “Leftover turkey casserole” for the family on Boxing day. I’m not much of a cook but this recipe is really easy. Last year I realised that the website the recipe was originally on had disappeared (luckily my mam had had the foresight to write it down!) so I decided to share the recipe here, as it really is delicious and a perfect way to use up leftover turkey.
Leftover Turkey Casserole- Serves 6
- 16 oz mashed potato
- 8 fl oz cold water
- 8 oz diced cooked turkey meat
- 5 oz grated cheddar cheese
- 5 oz dry stuffing mix
- 5 fl oz double cream
- 5 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- Pinch salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 180 degrees and spread the diced turkey over the bottom of a casserole dish.
Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan over a low heat. Stir in the flour then slowly add the cream and water, stirring quickly to avoid lumps. Season with salt and pepper and stir over a low heat for five minutes. Remove from heat and pour over the turkey. Cover turkey mixture with the grated cheese, then the mashed potato (yes, potato on top of the cheese, the cheese melts into the sauce and turns it into a fab cheesy sauce!)
Melt two tablespoons of butter and add the stuffing mix, then spread the mixture on top of the mashed potato. It should look like the photo below.
Bake uncovered for 45 minutes until crispy and golden. Put a baking tray under your casserole dish as sometimes some of the sauce starts to boil out. I found this out the hard way and spent ages scrubbing the bottom of the oven!
And that is it! Cheesy, potato-y meaty goodness with a crispy crumb =D
Enjoy your Boxing Day and if you make this let me know what you think!
I am a member of the twitter based #craftblogclub. Craft Blog Club is for anyone who is interested in crafting or runs a craft blog. Ran by the lovely Emma at Life is Peachy it takes place every Tuesday from 7-8.30pm. Just use #craftblogclub to join in! Emma organised a Secret Santa, so here is what I sent and received.
I had to make a gift for Caroline from Tea Is The Answer so I decided to have another go at paper cutting. The phrase “Time For Tea” seemed fitting, so I traced the letters, cut them out and framed it with a contrasting sheet of pink paper. I apologize for the bad photo, its so hard to get good light in the winter!
I received a scented hanging heart, a crocheted rose bookmark and a knitted bow brooch and a fox brooch which is already on my coat =D
I love them all but I particularly love the fox brooch! The builders working on a house in my street also like it… When I walked past they spotted it and broke into a rousing chorus of “What does the fox say?” Lol!
I don’t know who sent me my goodies, if it was you then thank you! =D I guess all thats left to say is Merry Christmas so…
This weeks Theme Thursday will be the last one for the foreseeable future, as I am going to move on to a different blog series in 2014. All the theme ideas from the series can be found here. This weeks theme is a little different and would be a real talking point at the baby shower! So here are my tips and ideas for an Alice in Wonderland tea party baby shower.
These invites from Miragreetings are just fantastic! They are personalised and then printed from your own printer. These invites can be used no matter what gender the baby will be and the illustrations are adorable!
While I was doing my research for this post, I stumbled across so many fantastic decor ideas, here are some of my favourites!
I love this idea! Create a confusing signpost, just like in the book, using a post, some cardboard and paint or felt tips! Photo from Hostess with the Mostess
This is a perfect example of how to decorate a table for a tea party! Candlesticks, doilys and pretty flowers, what else could you need? Photo from Tea Party Foodies
How awesome are these!? Unsourced photo on Pinterest but you can make your own card men with a pack of cards and a little creativity =)
Typical tea party food such as sandwiches and cupcakes is all you need! For an extra Alice in Wonderland touch, add “Eat me” and “Drink me” labels.
Photo from Pinning Lynda
Photo from Party Plan
Photo from Saddleworth Shindigs
Simply attach “Take Me” labels to party bags and fill with thank you notes and little treats. Photo below from Anders Ruff
Well after six months on Blogger I decided to change to WordPress. I’m still working everything out but hopefully it will be worth it!
Bye for now!
Earlier in the week I wrote this post about some ideas I have for 2014. One of my main goals for this blog is to provide more resources and information for people planning baby showers. I also want to give the blog more of a community feel by including readers opinions and experiences. So I’m going to need some volunteers…
Could it be you?
Firstly I am going to start a feature called “Put it to the panel” when three people will be asked their opinion on a topic, for example “Should men be invited to a baby shower?”. I will email the topic to the volunteers, then post their responses, with a link to their blog, twitter account etc (If desired). Anyone can take part in this, you don’t need to be a parent or have hosted a baby shower.
I would also like to hear your stories and experiences:
- Have you hosted a baby shower?
- Or perhaps someone hosted one for you when you were expecting?
- Did you have an unusual theme?
- Or held the shower in an unusual place?
- Did you invite men or children?
If so I would love to hear from you!
You can contact me by leaving a comment below or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopefully 2014 will be an exciting year!
The last few months seem to have flown by! Christmas is almost upon us (eek!) and after that its goodbye to this year and hello to 2014!
So before we descend into the madness that is Christmas time, I decided to post some of my aims for myself and the blog for 2014. If I write them down then I have to at least attempt to complete them! You are all my witnesses 😉
First up, I need to find volunteers for some blog topics I have planned. I need people to interview, people to give their opinions/debate on certain topics (most of them baby shower related) and I need some parent bloggers to question about various things. If you would like to volunteer please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you and explain everything properly =)
My next goal kind of links with the one above. I want to provide a lot more information about baby showers: How to plan one, how to be a good host, games, alternatives etc. Baby showers are still very new in the UK, so I would like to turn this blog into the go-to place for information for Brits planning baby showers =) A big goal I know, that’s why I want to get other people giving their opinions and experiences on here… Besides, I can’t do all the talking 😉
On the business side of things, I plan to keep going to craft fairs and events and get my name “out there”. I’m also going to try to get better at juggling social media. Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, oh my!
This Christmas Santa is bringing me a camera. I currently use my phone to take pictures… No more! Once I get my camera I’m going to re-photo everything on my Facebook page and join Instagram (I’ve wanted to do this for ages but my photos aren’t good enough!). Then I can start putting nice photos on here =D
So those are my aims, what are yours?
This weeks theme is perfect for anyone expecting a baby girl!
How sweet are these personalised invites from Priceless Kids? I love the colours and the cute floral print!
I love this idea of making flowers out of different sized balloons! Image from Pinterest, unfortunately I couldn’t trace the source.
These fruit kebabs are cut into flower shapes and would make a fantastic table centerpiece. Photo from Baby Care Answers.
I have chosen the next photo for two reasons, firstly because the table is beautifully presented and fits right in with the theme. Secondly because it is simple buffet food that is easy to make. Another unsourced Pinterest photo.
I have already featured these favors on my Star themed post but they perfectly fit the flower theme too. These plantable stars have flower seeds sown in so that each guest can grow their own flowers to remind them of the baby shower! Available here
As always, let me know if you decide to have a Flower themed baby shower or if you have any ideas for future Theme Thursdays!
When planning a Baby Shower, there is a whole plethora of things to think about. Invites, decorations, food, favors, the list goes on. So before you drive yourself mad, there is one question to ask yourself and/or the expecting mother who the party will be in honor of: Will there be a theme?
Once you have answered this question, it is much easier to plan the specifics. So what are the pros and cons?
- Having a themed shower can be a lot of fun
- Can make the shower a more memorable occasion
- If the gender of the baby is unknown, a unisex theme can be more interesting than having everything in neutral colours
A theme can be a lot of fun!
- A theme can mean spending a lot of time searching for coordinating decorations, tableware, invitations etc
- Some people may not want the added stress of choosing and implementing a theme
So what will it be?
If you decide you would like a theme, check out my Theme Thursday page for tons of ideas.
If you don’t want a theme then simply stick to a colour, for example pink for a girl, blue for a boy, lemon/cream for unisex.
Or if you would a theme but don’t have time to do all the running around check out my animal themed Baby Shower Kit. Everything you need is included and the introductory offer is still on!
Hope this has been useful! So what will it be for you, theme or no theme?
This week the theme is prince or princess so there will be a lot of pink or blue! Although you can adapt the theme to any colour you wish =)
I have picked my two favourite invites, one for a boy and one for a girl =) Photo’s and links are below. Both are personalised and printed off from your own printer.
You can make your own tissue pom pom decorations in blue, pink or whichever colour you are using. These look so effective and are quick and cheap to make! The tutorial is here
Here are some of my favourite examples of prince/princess/royal themed food from the interweb =)
Here is a link to a fab free printable! Use it to make your own cute favor boxes. Just add a thank you note and some sweets/treats and you are good to go =)
As always let me know if you try any of these ideas or if you have any suggestions for future themes!
There are so many fantastic gifts out there to celebrate the birth of a new baby! However a lot of gifts on the high street can be boring and unoriginal as well as being manufactured in their hundreds! So here are 10 unique new baby gifts from crafters and small businesses.
I think this applique wall art is such a sweet idea! Baby’s name and date of birth framed for a perfect keepsake. Available from A Sisterly Stitch
Why not get baby his/her first pair of Converse?! This adorable blanket and bootees set from Phoebe’s Crochet is available in any colour and looks super comfortable!
For a unique and practical gift how about these motorbike nappy cakes? Complete with cute elephant toy. Available from my facebook page
I love the owl print fabric on this coordinating storage bucket and blanket. Useful and gorgeous! A fab gift for any new baby boy! Available from The Crafty Owl
How sweet is this hat from Tatjana? Perfect for any baby girl.
This personalised initial hoop would look great in any nursery! Available from Box Room Bazaar
This Bird Mobile would be another great addition to any nursery! Available from With Hugs and Kisses
This adorable changing bag set from Just Jess is too cute for words!
This George Pig hat and nappy cover is perfect for baby’s first photos! Available from Nonny’s Knits
Last but not least, this fairy tale quilt would be a childhood favourite for any baby girl! Available from Crissys Crafts
So there you go! Ten unique baby gifts and ten reasons why handmade is better than mass produced 😉