When the chips are down


In the last few weeks I have gone through a really bad patch with my illnesses. Whenever this happens, I try to keep my spirits high by forming habits like writing down three things everyday that I am thankful for, or a list of activities I can do when I get bored. At the moment I’m trying to think of easy one-day projects I could do.I love little projects, especially creative ones, but I often get bored before I complete them so I’m trying to stick to attempting do something which will only take one or two days, and not much energy. We all have little things we like to do when the chips are down, what are your favourite things to do when you’re sick? Any ideas for my one day projects?

Vive la France: my journey to the crepery


One of my new favourite things to do is read blogs. Since joining the WordPress community I have found some great bloggers, lots through the coveted ‘Freshly Pressed’. As an MECFS and Fibromyalgia sufferer, I have lots of days where I am too tired to even talk, WordPress provides a view to the outside world. Something to pass the time. BUT it has also become a great source for inspiration. Through reading blogs I have become much more in-tuned with my creative side.

One of the best things I have found on ‘Freshly Pressed’ is a blog named Carbonara’s Weblog. The author is an American, and having visited both France and Italy compared the two countries’ street crepe sellers. He also oozed about Nutella, a rich hazelnut spread, perfect to lather on hot crepes. This post gave me a huge craving for crepes covered in Nutella, but, being wheat-intolerant, I could dip in to the crepery in John Lewis. What I did get from there though, was a crepe maker. It didn’t take me long to pass my craving on to my boyfriend. A few days later we casually slipped in to John Lewis, just to have a look at the crepe maker. Having located the crepe maker, we stood there, both trying to think of a reason to justify buying one.Neither of us needed much convincing.

Since we brought it home we’ve had crepes nearly everyday. We spent a lot of time dreaming up different toppings. So far my favourite has been peanut butter, Nutella, and bananas. If this post has given you a craving then check out the recipe below, you can see how I adapted it to make gluten-free crepes and/or dairy and lactose crepes too. To find somewhere to purchase a very good but reasonably priced crepe maker or pan keep scrolling. Let me know if you think of any great toppings. Happy crepe-ing!

Basic crepe recipe: makes about 8 or 9 crepes

Ingredients

  • 250g plain flour or gluten-free flour, I buy Dove Farm which is available in most supermarkets, whole food stores and health shops
  • 4 eggs
  • 50g melted butter/soya butter works just as well if you’re lactose-intolerant
  • 500ml milk/dairy-free alternative, I use Lacto-free milk (available in most supermarkets too) but you could use rice, soya or oat milk too
  • 1tbs sugar

Method

Use a hand-blender to mix the flour, eggs, milk and sugar. Add  the melted butter and whisk until a fine, smooth mix is achieved. It’s best to let it the batter sit for an hour, but if you’re impatient (like me) then you can just make them straight away. Use a small amount of butter to grease the pan, you can use oil but they don’t taste as nice. Set you crepe maker to low (about 3 on mine) to make a light brown crepe, or higher if you prefer your crepe to be quite brown. Spoon the batter on the pan, starting from the centre and moving around to the crepes. Use the wooden T *see pictures* to evenly spread the batter. Use the wooden turn over to flip the crepe after about a minute (wet the turnover to prevent the crepe from sticking to them). The best thing about crepes, unlike pancakes, it’s pretty hard to mess up the turnover. Spread the filling inside the crepe, then fold over in half, repeat twice more and then enjoy!

I bought my crepe maker from John Lewis for £29.99

You can buy a crepe pan from Amazon for £7.75

Crepe pans and makers are also available on Amazon in  Europe and the USA, if you live outside of the UK, for reasonable price

Home made: Valentine keepsake


I am going to ease in to the home made section of my blog slowly. I am going to begin with a quick and easy project which will make a lovely little Valentine to give to the person (people) you love on St. Valentine’s day. This project came from Kimmie (creativeaddictionblog.wordpress.com). I have been subscribed to Kimmie’s blog for a while now. Her blog inspired me to get back in to making gifts, my own accessories and scrapbooking. As one of my new year’s resolutions, I sorted out all my craft, art, sewing things in to boxes , and labeled them, so I can easily locate things, and now, with the help of Kimmie and some other great blogs, I am making things nearly everyday.

So anyway, here is a little rainy afternoon project.

 

Scrap cardstock and/or paper (I used my scrap cardstock because I have so much of it, but if you don’t have scrap use new), scissors, glue, adhesive magnet, hole punch and ribbon

1.) Take your first piece of scrap cardstock and/or paper and fold it in half.  Then, using your scissors, cut out a heart approximately 1 1/2 inches.

2.) Using your first heart as a guide, cut out 3 additional hearts, you will have 4 hearts in total. Feel free to use different color cardstock or paper like I did.

3.) Once you have your 4 hearts cut out, arrange them to be glued together. I glued mine diagonally, but you can glue them vertically or sideways. It’s up to you.

4.) After the hearts are glued together, take the adhesive magnet and attach it to the back of the hearts.

5.) The final part is optional. Taking your hole punch, punch a hole through a heart of your choice and string through a piece of ribbon.  You can put the ribbon on the right, left or through the middle.

Of course, you can personalize your hearts by writing messages or you can use decorate stamps to give it more flair.  Be creative!

Please note that the above craft project was copied from Kimmie’s blog and is not my own work.

Dont’ fancy a magnet?

Make smaller hearts and use it as a Valentine badge by taping a safety pin on to the back of the hearts.Or, keep adding hearts to make a Valentine garland. I made one last year, and it looked so pretty that I kept it up all year. I’d love to hear if you came up with any other ideas yourself!

Feel free to let me know if you came up with any other ideas for this project.

Don’t forget to check out Kimmie’s blog: creativeaddictionblog.wordpress.com