DIY GINGERBREAD TEEPEE AND RECIPE

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I have to admit, I love gingerbread houses as much as the next gal but the actual baking of the gingerbread house and assembling of it is something that kinnddaaaaaa stresses me out! But who wants to miss out on the fun of the decorating the house?! Not me! So…this year I was thinking, what I could bake that would be really simple and easy and would allow me to get creative with the decor?! Then it hit me, a gingerbread teepee!!

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I would literally only need to bake four triangles, and that would be it! No cutting out of windows, or trying to assemble rooftops, it was the perfect plan! So I set the wheels in motion to get the idea moving! I did some research online, and wrote down everything I needed that would require as little baking and fiddling as possible and it really was much much simpler than it looks! Here’s how to make your own…

FOR THE GINGERBREAD:

125g Unsalted butter // 100g Dark muscovado sugar // 3 Tbsp golden syrup //300g plain flour // 1 Tsp bicarbonate of soda // 2 Tsp ground ginger //

FOR THE DECORATIONS:

Matchmaker chocolates // 250g Icing sugar // 1 egg white //Pink food colouring // Edible flowers in small and large (I got these ones from Waitrose // Green fondant //White fondant // Green sprinkles // Rainbow fizzy laces // Small chocolate covered sweets // Toffee // Pretzel sticks // Old fashioned sweets // Twine //

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STEP 1:

Melt the butter, sugar and syrup together in a saucepan. Meanwhile, mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger into a large bowl then stir in the butter mixture to form a dough.

STEP 2:

Roll out your dough and cut out lots of triangles, I ended up baking around 15 triangles in total so that I could pick the best 4 or have spares in case anything went wrong! Plus it meant afterwards I had some spares for cookies! Once you’ve got your triangles, cut off about 1cm of the top of each of them, this is so there will be a little space for pretzel sticks to stand out of the top of the teepee.

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STEP 3:

Bake in the heated oven (200C or fan 180C) for 12 minutes or until firm. Then pull out of the oven, leave to cool for just 1 minutes then trim the edges of the triangles so that they’re really straight. Then leave to cool fully.

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MAKE THIS RASPBERRY TEQUILLA SANGRIA FOR THE PERFECT MEXICAN SUMMER DRINK!

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I recently moved house and quite frankly I couldn’t believe some of the stuff I found packed away, from old school year books to my 13 year old selves diary (dear god) and delightfully these beautiful Mexican glasses that I bought a few years ago when I was out there! So it seemed only right that I mix up a delicious Mexican cocktail to pour into them and celebrate! Here’s how to make your own…

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YOU WILL NEED (SERVES 4-6):

1 bottle White Wine // 1 cup silver Tequila // 1/2 cup Triple Sec // 1/4 cup fresh Lime Juice // 1/4 cup Sugar // 2 pints fresh Raspberries or 10 ounce frozen (thawed) // 24 ounces (2 cans) Ginger Ale // ice // Lime wedges, for garnish (optional) // Cling film //

STEP 1:

Place the raspberries in a bowl and mash them up with a wooden spoon or muddler.

STEP 2:

Add the white wine, tequila, triple sec, and lime juice to a large glass pitcher.

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Give Your Wedding Some Balls! Meet Jez Felwick of The Bowler +Try His Free Secret Ball Recipe!

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Do you know that I have never eaten a ball in my life…? Ahem I mean a meatball… you and your dirty minds! Well I haven’t, probably because I am vegetarian and I have never found a vegetarian meatball, but today all that is going to change, as I am thrilled to be sharing a delicious Sweet Potato and Goats Cheese ball recipe from the king of balls himself Jez Felwick. Otherwise known as The Bowler, delivering gourmet meatballs, fish balls and veg balls from his beloved Lawn Ranger, his grass-fed van, Jez has recently celebrated the launch of his first book, The Bowlers Meatball Cookbook, which has a fascinating range of seasoned ball recipes and has been making appearances at weddings and events throughout the UK.

I was over the moon at being able to interview him and highly recommend you take a look at his book, try the recipe and book him for any weddings or events you have coming up – Go on I dare you, play with some balls!!

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