Creating Laminated Pennants – Tutorial

I’ve had a massive (ahem, year long) break from blogging – but I feel renewed and full of ideas, so …I’m BACK!!!!!!

The break is a whole other story, and one that I will come back to in a later post… but for now, some fun!

Lately I’ve gone a bit pennant crazy, and I’ve started making paper pennants that I hope to sell. But here’s a fun and easy idea that you can do at home, if you have access to a laminator!

laminated pennant

laminated pennant

Whilst I was making some the other day, I was blotting my paintbrush on some tissue paper and as it dried I thought, “hmm that looks too good to throw away!” So it go me to thinking about all the scrap bits of paper that I create. Also my son had had just been painting and there were a few pieces of paper that I felt were just desperate to be made into something… (So often my son’s do lovely pieces of ‘art’ that just aren’t quite up to being framed, and yet I feel awful at the thought of recycling them.). So I decided to turn the leftovers into something for the boys rooms instead! And so the idea for some fun pennants for each of their rooms was born. I wanted one pennant to have J’s name, the other to have a line from one of our favourite books. It was super easy and fun for us to do together (well mostly, although do take care when using a laminator and craft knife please!!)

blotting paper

 

scrap painted paper

 

All you have to do for each pennant is either leave your scrap art paper whole or cut out you shapes (I wanted to write some text but if your child is old enough to use scissors let them create their own master piece!)

Then simply use  a glue stick to lightly adhere the shapes onto the inside of a laminator pocket and then insert it into your pre-warmed machine.

laminating DSCF0653Obviously take EXTREME care when allowing your little one to ‘help’ you!!

my helper

text in laminator pocket

 

in the window

in the window

You could just stop there – as you can see I cut one of the finished pieces into a heart shape. But for the pennants, keep reading…

(The next part I had to do by myself whilst my ‘helper’ had a snack..!)

Draw and then cut our your child’s name or favourite quote using a craft knife. Make sure you have a cutting mat down! Then you will need some chord or string – I used gold just to be fancy but really anything will do. Trim your pennant to size and cut the bottom into a ‘v’ shape. I made a template out of A4 paper and used a craft knife and ruler but scissors will be fine if thats all you have. Using a hole punch make two holes at the top and knot one end of your chord, thread it through to the desired length and then cut and knot the other end.

laminated pennant

Est voila! You have your very own kids room pennant!

 

 

Crunchy Cinnamon Crackers

cinnamon crunch crackers

I found this yummy recipe on a favourite blog of mine “Delighted Momma” . It’s a wonderful blog and the lady who writes it is very inspiring, funny and not to mention gorgeous and very clever! I love to try out her ideas, so made these crackers (or some might call them biscuits) and have adapted it slightly. I made these gluten free but you could easily substitute the GF flour for regular flour.

Crunchy Cinnamon Crackers (GF)

  • 2 cups gluten free flour blend
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup sugar of sugar substitute such as Stevia
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil (I used rice bran)
  • aproximately 1 tablesoon of milk (or water)
  • Cooking oil spray

Pre-heat oven to 180 centigrade and line two baking trays with baking paper.

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Wisk eggs with oil and stir into the dry mix then use your hands to from into a dough. If it is too dry still, add the milk. I used my dough straight away but you can chill it for 20 mins if you like.

cinnamon dough

Place some baking parchment onto your work surface  and lightly spray with oil . Roll the dough out using a floured rolling pin. You might find it easier to place another peice of baking parchment on top of the dough and roll it out between the two sheets. It should ideally be around 2-3 mm thick.

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Use cookie cutters to cut out your shapes or a pizza roller to slice it into sqaures. Re-roll the etra dough and repeat until its all used up.

DSCF1725DSCF1730Prick your shapes with a fork and sprinkle with extra cinnamon, then pop them on a pre-sprayed baking tray. Prepare your nostrils for an aroma overload!!!!

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Bake for around 15 mins. They might need a little less or longer, up to 20 mins even, it depends on the thickness of the crackers. Remove them when they start to look a nice golden brown. Mmmm your house will smell divine! Time to pop the kettle on….

cinnamon crunchy crackers

crunchy cinnamon biscuits

snack timeThis recipe is super easy and a great way to make a yummy snack that you and your littlies will love, whilst knowing exactly what has gone into them. I like to bag these up into little snack sized pouches, perfect for my son’s lunchbox, and a much nicer, healthier (and cheaper) treat alternative to supermarket pre-packed kids biscuits which are full of ingredients I can’t even pronounce!

Enjoy! x

 

Easiest Ever Way To Poach Eggs

This is one of those ‘life hacks’ I keep reading about them – basically a way to simplify life and make any task easier! And well, if there is a shortcut, I will take it!

Poached eggs rock, but mine always tended to turn into a frothy mess of stringy eggs in a kind of vinegar infused broth. Not so good. Not any more. This is a super easy way to making the best poached eggs ever. You will never look back, I promise!

You will need: (aside from eggs and a pan of water..yeah ok)

  • Plastic wrap. (Also known as cling film, saran wrap or glad wrap depending on where you are!)
  • A small remekin or cup or similar

easy poached eggs

Thats it! So far, so S-i-m-p-l-e! Place a piece of plastic wrap over a ramekin  with enough to cove the edges like shown.

super easy poached eggs Break in the egg…poached eggsBring the edges of the plastic wrap together and twizzle it around (yes, twizzle) as shown. Bring your pot of water to a light simmer and lower in your egg/s! plastic wrapped eggs poachingYour eggs will take 2-5 min to cook depending on their size, freshness and whether they came out of the fridge or not. The good thing is you can easily lift the egg out at any time and give it a gentle squeeze to see if it feels firm enough for your liking. When done, simply untwizzle the plastic wrap (taking care as the plastic will get hot and even melt a little if it touches the side of the pan) and slide your egg onto you toast. You can toss the used wrap in the bin and empty out your pan and the only bit of washing up you will have to do is your plate, knife and fork! Whoo hoooo!!!! (If we are going to get all techincal and fancy, I have read that the method is called to Sous Vide, but, whatever.)Plastic wrap poaced eggs - mess free!In my humble opinion, nothing beats a beautiful free range egg on a slice of hot buttered toast, with a generous grind of black pepper and sea salt. Mmmm mmmm! And combined with this easy peasy, mess free method, poached egg time is now any time! x