Quick, Book Your Place!

On the 15th of December 2018 you can learn to Make a Decorative Coptic-Stitch Book at this workshop…

Just in time for Christmas, on the 15th of December 2018 you can learn to Make a Decorative Coptic-Stitch Book:
If you don’t know what Coptic Stitch is, you should come to this workshop and find out! Or you could Google it…and then come to the workshop. This is an opportunity to learn a bookbinding technique that is centuries old, and to create a beautiful gift for a loved one for Christmas (this is not compulsory, of course: you can keep it for yourself if you like).
All equipment, materials, food, and drinks are provided.
Place: Street Baptist Church, Street, Somerset, BA16 0AN
Arrive: 9:30am (hot drinks and biscuits served before we start)
12:00 – let’s eat lunch (and dessert).
13:30 – finish off the bookbinding and leave to show off your work to all your friends, family, and social media followers.
Price: £25

To book your place, email me at renewedhh@gmail.com and let me know if you have any dietary requirements. There are only five places left!

Here are some photos I carefully plucked from Google Image Search of examples of Coptic Stitch notebooks. As you can see, you can get very creative with this technique! However, we’ll be keeping it simple – but still beautiful – for this beginners’ workshop.

Workshop Dates (December update)

After a successful and enjoyable bookbinding workshop back in June, I’m sure everyone is desperate for the next one. Well, you can breathe a sigh of relief at last: I’m here to tell you about the wonderful workshops that are coming up, as well as other events to write in your diary.

Places are limited for the workshops, so book early by emailing me at renewedhh@gmail.com and letting me know which workshop you’d like to attend and if you have any dietary requirements or preferences. I ask for £5 deposit on all workshops to cover my expenses if you have to cancel.

First up is the 17th of November 2018: Make a Photo Album
This workshop will show you how to make a personalised album that you can even expand when you need to. It could be an opportunity to get one Christmas present ticked off the list nice and early…
Time: 9:30am to 1:30pm
Place: Venue to be confirmed, but definitely in or near Street, Somerset, UK.
Price: £20
Anything else: All equipment, materials, and lunch will be provided, as will drinks and biscuits throughout. Yummy!

On the 1st of December 2018, for one day only, you’ll be able to see the wonderful work of thirty brilliant local makers all in one place. RENEWED will be selling Colourful Crockery and RE:notebooks (as well as a few other surprises) alongside a host of other fantastic creatives at Etsy Made Local – Wells (the first one of its kind for Wells) from 10am – 4pm at CentreSpace on Market Street.
There’ll even be live music!
You will not want to miss this opportunity to fill the Christmas stockings of your friends and family with lovingly handcrafted gifts.
Forget mass-produced. Think handmade and unique.

[EDIT: The market was fantastic! I think all the sellers agree. We had a total of 1368 visitors through the door, according to the “clicker,” and the atmosphere was especially vibrant thanks to the live bands and their jubilant, foot-tapping music. I don’t think any of us had a chance to notice how tired we were until the rush started dying down around 3pm. Follow @SomersetEtsyTeam on Instagram to find out when the next one is…]

Just in time for Christmas, on the 15th of December 2018: Make a Decorative Coptic-Stitch Book
If you don’t know what Coptic Stitch is, you should come to this workshop and find out! Or you could Google it…and then come to the workshop. This is an opportunity to learn a bookbinding technique that is centuries old, and to create a beautiful gift for a loved one for Christmas (this is not compulsory, of course: you can keep it for yourself if you like).
All equipment, materials, food, and drinks are provided.
Place: Street Baptist Church, Street, Somerset, BA16 0AN
Arrive: 9:30am (hot drinks and biscuits served before we start)
12:00 – let’s eat lunch (and dessert).
13:30 – finish off the bookbinding and leave to show off your work to all your friends, family, and social media followers.
Price: £25

Ah, the new year… On the 2nd of February and 6th of April 2019 there will be more bookbinding workshops, though what we’ll make is yet to be decided…
Place: Street Baptist Church, Street, Somerset, BA16 0AN
Time: 9:30 – 13:30 or 14:00
As always, all equipment, materials, food, and drinks will be provided.

 

 

 

Fifteens, Revisited

The traditional recipe calls for 15 of each ingredient (hence the name), plus 160ml of condensed milk. But you can think outside the box and throw whatever goodies you like into these little treats. Get creative!

I posted this recipe over on my old blog back in 2014, and it has been the most popular post, getting views every day. So I thought it was time I updated it, especially the photos!

We had quite a bit of fun with these photos – I’m sure you’ll be able to tell – but some serious self-control had to be exerted. (;

These treats make great gifts – they’re homemade, quick and easy, and you can personalise them with their favourite ingredients. For example, Fifteens personalised for me would be made from oaty biscuits, and contain hazelnuts and dark chocolate. Not that I’m hinting or anything.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means RENEWED may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something recommended here. While clicking these links won’t cost you any extra money, they will help the 7th Heaven Children’s Haven – every penny adds to the total we pass on to them, our charity of the year. (Not every link is an affiliate link, but every link goes to something I’ve tried and I approve of!)
To buy the Colourful Crockery seen in these photos, go to the RENEWED: happy homeware online shop.

Fifteens recipe with maltesers mini marshmallows

The traditional recipe calls for 15 of each ingredient (hence the name), plus 160ml of condensed milk. Also, one of those ingredients is glacé cherries, but I’ve never been a fan so you’ll see that I’ve replaced them with Maltesers. And why not? You can throw whatever goodies you like into these little treats – get creative! I like to mix textures, so I’ve gone for crunchy Maltesers to go with the velvety marshmallows.
Here are just a few alternative ideas:

Orange & Ginger: replace half the digestive biscuits with ginger snaps, add candied orange peel, candied ginger pieces, and segments of Terry’s dark chocolate orange

Fruit & Nut: replace the digestives with oat biscuits (like Hobnobs) and add whole hazelnuts, raisins, coconut pieces, and sultanas.

Nutella Fifteens: replace a bit of the condensed milk with Nutella, add whole hazelnuts and chocolate-covered wafers. Or just throw in some whole Ferrero Rocher

Movie Night: fill with sweet pretzels, popcorn, Jelly Babies and Minstrels. Serve with a glass of that diluted Coke you get at movie theatres.

If you make Fifteens, and I recommend you do, please comment and let us know how you liked them. And we would love to know if you got creative with the recipe! Share a photo on Instagram: tag @renewedcc and use the hashtag #renewedrecipe.

Right! Enough rambling! Here’s the recipe:

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Sweet and Easy Fifteens

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These incredibly tasty Northern Irish treats are the best and easiest gift idea.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Crush the digestive biscuits in a food processor or with a rolling pin.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the crushed biscuits with the condensed milk and all the other ingredients except the coconut.
  3. Once it’s all come together in a sticky ball, shape it into a large sausage shape, about 5cm thick. Sprinkle the coconut onto a piece of tin foil and roll the biscuity sausage thereupon until it’s completely covered in coconut. Wrap it all up in the tinfoil and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
  4. Once it has hardened, remove it from the fridge, place on a cutting board and cut into 15 slices.
It will keep in the fridge for a week in an airtight container.

You can get creative with this recipe and throw in all sorts of goodies. We’d love to see what you create, so tag us on Instagram with @renewedcc and use the hashtag #renewedrecipe – we might just regram it!

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Fifteens recipe chocolate marshmallows malteasers

Make Your Own Chocolates

Ever made your own chocolates? It’s easier than you think! And here’s how you can…

Make your own chocolate easter eggs. Raw, vegan, and gluten-free recipe.

This year, the kids will be able to hunt for healthy chocolate eggs! And I can invite other children to our Good Friday party and not have to try offer them alternatives to chocolate, which usually end up being cheap little plastic toys. Yuck!

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, which means RENEWED may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something recommended here. While clicking these links won’t cost you any extra money, they will help the 7th Heaven Children’s Haven – every penny adds to the total we pass on to them, our charity of the year. (Not every link is an affiliate link, but every link goes to something I’ve used and I approve of!)

To buy the Colourful Crockery seen in these photos, go to the RENEWED: happy homeware online shop.

My sister has been suggesting I make these chocolates for years. I finally got around to buying some cacao butter and was able to make some in time to present them to my husband as a Valentine’s Day gift. Well done, me.
(Cacao butter is also great for making homemade lip-balm and other goodies, by the way.)

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You can be creative with these chocolates: add things like nuts, dried berries, mint essence, and anything else you like. These Easter-egg-shaped chocolates I made contained whole hazelnuts and crushed almonds. With the left-over chocolate that couldn’t fit into the moulds, I made truffles: I just left the chocolate to harden in the bowl, then scooped spoonfuls out, shaped them into balls, and rolled them in various things. I tried coconut sugar, baobab powder, and milled seeds. The baobab-covered ones were the best – it added a lovely fruity flavour.

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The recipe is very easy. I managed to make these chocolates while my 5-month-old had one of her 30 minute naps. My 3-year-old helped a bit at first, but once I moved on to the stove, she had to stand by and watch.

All you need is a cup each of cacao butter, cacao powder, and coconut oil, and some maple syrup!
The moulds I used were bought on special at M&S, but these ones from Amazon seem to be very similar.

SpoonRest cactus homemade chocolates recipe
If you like the crockery in these photos, why not comment and let me know? I painted them! You can check out more of them in the RENEWED online shop.

Healthy Homemade Chocolates

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Deep, dark, melt-in-the-mouth chocolates that are quick and easy to make, and good for you!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Cacao Butter
  • 1 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup Cacao Powder
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • nuts, dried berries, dried fruit, mint or orange essence, or anything else you’d like to add (optional)

Directions

  1. Prepare your silicone chocolate moulds with nuts, berries, or any other dried things you like, or add them in afterwards (if using essence, add that when you add the maple syrup).
  2. Chop cacao butter into bits and melt in a bowl over some simmering water along with the coconut oil.
  3. Once the oil and butter have melted completely, stir in the cacao powder a little at a time until beautifully smooth.
  4. Take the bowl off the hot water and mix in the maple syrup (and a few drops of essence, if using).
  5. Pour into the moulds and leave in the fridge until set. Once hard, remove from moulds and keep in a suitable container.
NOTE: If you are in a warm country, keep the chocolates in the fridge. If you are in a hot country, my sister in South Africa recommends keeping them in the freezer. We live in England and just kept ours in a cool cupboard. If you’re going to hide these for an Easter Egg Hunt, cover them individually with foil, wax paper, or handmade paper boxes and do not hide them in sunny places!

You can also use this recipe to make chocolate truffles. Allow the chocolate to cool in a bowl, then use a teaspoon to scoop the chocolate into balls. Roll them in a powdered thing of your choice. Things like coconut sugar, milled seeds, and Baobab Superfruit Powder. The baobab powder was the best in my opinion – it gave the chocolates a lovely fruity flavour.
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All the ingredients you need.

This recipe was passed on to me by my talented and healthy sister. You can check out some of her talents on her Facebook page: The Social Post.

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