Rosemary and Parmesan Scones

by Mel Alce

For a scrumptious twist on a plain scone add parmesan and rosemary.

Ingredients

3 cups of self raising flour

80g butter

1/4 cup parmesan

Rosemary

Cup of milk

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Method

Pre-heat oven to 160degrees

Add flour and melted butter into a mixer and mix until it looks like bread crumbs – don’t over mix it.

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Finely chop rosemary with herbs scissors until you have approximately two heaped teaspoons. Add the rosemary and the 1/4 cup of parmesan to the mixture and blend in.

Add a cup of milk and mix until all ingredients come together.

Sprinkle some flour on your clean bench and flatten mixture into a disc.

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DO NOT KNEAD IT.

Sprinkle some flour on top of the flattened disc.

Cut out scones with a cutter and place in a greased pan.

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Cook in oven for 15-18 minutes.

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Place on tray to cool or butter and serve hot.

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Flossy’s Lava Lamp Champers

by Mel Alce

Add a sugary touch to your next drink of champers – and watch the chemical reaction!

Ingredients

Fairy Floss

Champagne

Food colour – optional

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Method

Place fairy floss into your drinking vessel of choice (glass, flute, bucket).

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Squeeze a few drops of your food colour of choice.

Pour champagne into the glass, slowly as the fairy floss will make it fizz more than normal.

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Drink!

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Sydney Fox Rescue needs your help!

Over the course of the year of the 55FF we have always been watching the wonderful work of the Sydney Fox Rescue. Not only are foxes gorgeous, clever creatures but they capture the hearts of many followers, volunteers and the team at SFR.

Below is the text provided by the SFR with all relevant links.

*Marni*

 

Currently there is legislation pending to put forward a proposed Pest Control Order for Red Foxes in New South Wales.  http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/pests-weeds/vertebrate-pests/pest-animals-in-nsw/fox-control/red-fox

If enacted the Pest Control Order will effectively force the closure of Sydney Fox Rescue. Keeping of foxes in captivity will become illegal. The families of foxes rescued in the past will now have to  apply for permits but no future permits will be issued for foxes found after the Order is enacted. Sydney Fox Rescue would no longer be able to rescue injured or orphaned foxes and no future foxes could legally be rehomed or kept in captivity in New South Wales. Which means the death of fox kits.

BUT you can help!

-Sign the Petition

-Send a written or typed letter to the Minister’s office expressing your concern.

-Call the Ministers Office on (02) 8574 6200

-Write a submission for the community consultation. This is particularly important if you are an organization who would like to loan your support to our cause. More information on how to submit a submission can be found in the linked PDF.

Donate to the ongoing costs of the kits at the SFR shelter. Donations can be made here:

Paypal email: sydneyfoxrescue@gmail.com

Bank: ANZ

Account name: Sydney Fox Rescue

BSB: 012 030

Account number: 267085525

You can our further information on what this means for our organization and what we believe a viable alternative to the proposed Pest Control Order here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5rcBP-LWD6NeGozMm8wLVB4WDg/view?usp=sharing

But if you have the time writing a snail-mail paper letter in support of Sydney Fox Rescue and an ongoing permit system for keeping foxes in captivity that would be amazing. You can use our draft letter from the petition site or write you own.

Tips for writing letters
-Keep your letter short by raising only one or two key issues.
-Ask a question on those issues that require a personal response.
-If you are emailing your letter, write it in a word program and attach it as a document to the email rather than place it in the body of the email. Many electorate offices do not reply to emails as they are often not considered official communications.
-Most politicians will evade a direct answer to your questions by telling you they have forwarded your letter another department. Make sure you ask them to respond to the questions as the relevant Minister for this issue.
-You are likely to get a wordy or evasive answer. Read it carefully. If it does not actually answer your question, write again pointing out politely that they have not answered the question. Repeat the question and ask for an answer. Repeat this process as often as necessary.

Letters can be mailed to:

The Hon. Katrina Hodgkinson, MP
GPO Box 5341
SYDNEY NSW 2001

‪#‎savesydneyfoxrescue‬

Fairy Floss Cupcakes

by Mel Alce

Ingredients

1.5 cups self raising flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 whole egg plus 2 egg yolks

125g butter

1.5 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup sour cream

Pink food colouring

Packet of fairy floss

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Method

Preheat the oven to 180degrees.

Place all the ingredients into a mixer except for the fairy floss and mix well until combined and smooth. Add food colouring to suit what level of colour you want.

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Shred the fairy floss and gently fold into the mixture. Don’t over mix it.

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Place the mixture into patty pans in a muffin tray and place into the oven.

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Cook for 20 minutes.

Place on cooling rack and then ice as desired.

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Any excess fairy floss can be placed on top of hot cupcakes as the heat will melt it slightly and hold it in place.

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Eat with a nice hot cuppa!

Mushroom Rattle

by Dawn Lewis

Materials

Milford Soft Thread – White, 1 ball

Milford Soft Thread – any colour for mushroom cap, 1 ball (blue = Periwinkle, Pink = Sorbet, Red = Holiday Red)

Milford Satin Thread – Taupe, 1 ball

2.5mm hook

Polyfill stuffing

Doll Needle

This pattern is worked in the round, so mark the last stitch of each round to keep your place using a stitch marker, safety pin or piece of contrasting thread. When reading the pattern please note that the number in brackets at the end of each line indicates the number of stitches in the round.

UK crochet terminology.

Ch 2, dc x 4 into 2nd chain from hook.

R1: 2dcinc x 4 (8)

R2: (2dcinc, 1dc) x 4 (12)

R3: (2dcinc, 2dc) x 4 (16)

R4: (2dcinc, 3dc) x 4 (20)

R5: (2dcinc, 4dc) x 4 (24)

R6: (2dcinc, 5dc) x 4 (28)

R7: (2dcinc, 1dc) x 14 (42)

R8: (2dcinc, 2dc) x 14 (56)

R9-12: 56dc (56)

R13: (2dcinc, 3dc) x 14 (70)

R14-17: 70dc (70)

R18: (2dctog, 2dc) x 17, 2dctog (52)

R19: (2dctog, 2dc) x 13 (39)

Change thread to Taupe satin

R20: 39dc (39)

R21: (2dctog, 1dc) x 13 (26)

R22: 26dc (26)

R23: 1dc, (2dctog, 1dc) x 9, 1dc (18)

Stuff firmly and insert bell, then continue on to crochet stem.

R24-37: 18dc (18)

R38: (2dcinc, 2dc) x 6 (24)

R39: (2dcinc, 2dc) x 8 (32)

R40-41: 32dc (32)

R42: 2dctog x 16 (16)

Stuff stem firmly

R43: 2dctog x 8 (8)

R44: 2dctog x 4 (4)

Slst then bind off.

Leave a 70cm tail.

Spots, White … make 5

Ch 2, 6dc into 2nd chain from hook

R1: 2dcinc x 6 (12)

Slst then bind off.

Leave a 12cm tail.

Decide where your mushroom spots will go, evenly spaced around the mushroom cap, and mark the centre of each with a pin or piece of contrasting thread.

Thread the doll needle with the tail end of the Taupe thread. Run the needle from the stem base up inside the stem to where it meets the cap, and out one side. Stitch through the stem at the top 4 times (like a cross) to strengthen it. To shape the mushroom, put the needle back in at the top of the stem, and out where you have marked the first spot on the mushroom cap with your pin or thread. Reinsert needle close to where it came out and stitch back down to the top of the stem. Repeat 4 times, ending at the top of stem. OPTION – stitch long lines between top of stem and where the taupe base meets the coloured cap to create a series of ribs under the mushroom cap.

Bind off and thread the remaining tail inside the mushroom and out the other side. Trim off the excess close to the surface.

Thread the doll needle with the tail end of the white spots and stitch them over your anchor points around the mushroom cap.

Bind off and thread tail inside the mushroom and out the other side. Trim off the excess close to the surface.

Repeat for all spots.

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Foxy Pirate Mask

Talk like a Pirate Day is this Friday the 19th of September so I’ve whipped up this quick foxy mask with a pirate patch so you’re all ready to arrrr and shiver me timbers through any pirate shenanigans on Friday.

by Marni Franks

Materials

1 sheet of A4 felt in the fox colour you like – grey, orange etc

10cm x 20cm rectangle of white felt

10cm square of black felt

1cm strip x width of felt sheet

6mm elastic the length needed for whoever is going to wear the mask

Scissors

Pins

Sewing machine and matching threads or hand sewing equipment

Assembly

Print off the fox mask template here.

Cut out the shapes.

Pin the fox head to your orange felt sheet, fold the white felt in half and pin the ear tuft to it. Pin the eyepatch to the black felt square.

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Cut all the shapes out carefully with sharp scissors.

Pin the ear tufts in place on the fox head and stitch in place with your preferred method of sewing. Trim any excess of the white or orange felt so that the ears are neat.

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Pin the patch and strap in place and stitch along the edge of the strap and the top edge of the patch (so that you can flap up the patch).

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Cut the elastic to length and stitch into place.

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Wear mask and ARRRRRR the day away!

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Bacon Guacamole

by Mel Alce

Bacon makes everything that much more awesome and guacamole is no different!

Ingredients

4 rashers of bacon

2 large avocados

Half a red onion

1 tomato

Lime juice

Salt and pepper

1/2 tsp cumin

Oil

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Method

Place oil in a frying pan.

Dice up the four rashers of bacon and toss into the pan. Fry off until crispy. Place on paper towel to soak up the grease.

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Chop up all the other ingredients (avocados, onion and tomato), deseeding the tomato and place into a bowl. Mix up everything in the bowl. Add the cumin.

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Add salt and pepper and lime juice to taste.

Mix ingredients again, place bacon on top.

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Use crackers, chips, or other dip extras to eat.

OM NOM NOM!

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Collar

By Marni Franks

I’m getting ready for Halloween next month and I decided that I’d make this collar to go with one of the costumes I plan on wearing. It’s orange and black so it’s still foxy-ish.

Materials

Two fabrics that co-ordinate

Medium weight fusible interfacing

2 buttons the same size

Needle

Thread

Sewing machine

Scissors

1m of 6mm stain ribbon

Elastic band

Assembly

Make sure you press your fabrics and if they are directional (stripes etc.) make sure you have enough fabric to get the direction of the print the right way up.

Iron the medium weight fusible interfacing to whichever fabric you prefer – as this collar will be double-sided it’s not really going to matter.

Print off your template here.

Cut out your template and pin to the wrong side of your fabrics. Cut 2 collar pieces from each fabric.

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Cut the ribbon in half and roll each length up leaving a 5cm tail. Secure the rolled up section with an elastic band (if your kids have been Rainbow Looming use them to hold the ribbon, they are a good size elastic band).

Pin the tail of the ribbon onto the right side of a collar piece. Use the photograph as a guide. Pin the second collar piece right side down on the top of the ribbon and the right side up collar piece.

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Pin and stitch along the edge, starting on the outside curve and leaving a 2in opening for turning.

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Reverse stitch at the beginning and the end. Notch the corners, then trim the raw edges to 1/8in from the stitched line leaving a bigger edge at the opening.

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Turn the collar sections right side out and press. Fold and pin the opening closed neatly and topstitch all the way around the collar.

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Place the collar pieces together, matching the front centre points. Using a needle and thread, stitch the points together, passing the needle through a few times.

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Place your buttons into position and attach using your preferred method.

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Your collar is now ready to wear.

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Christmas Chicken

by Mel Alce

This is a family recipe at the Alce’s. It’s an Italian recipe that is referred to as the Christmas Chicken because of the red and green ingredients.

Ingredients

2 large onions

1 large carrot

3 cloves of garlic

2 sticks of celery

1 capsicum

3 zucchinis

2 jars of Pasata

Mixed herbs

2 tbsp sugar

Salt & Pepper

3 chicken doubles

Oil

Note: This dish serves 14 people.

Method

Chop the garlic and onions finely and place in a frying pan with a splash of oil. Sweat them down until clear. Dice carrot and celery and add to the pan. Add the pasata, sugar and herbs and stir until when mixed.

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Slice up the zucchini and capsicum and fry on grill until charred.

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Clean up the chicken, slice into strips of about the same size and fry in a pan with oil.

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In a large baking dish place a layer of chicken strips, a layer of zucchini and capsicum, then a final layer of chicken.

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Pour the sauce on top.

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Place in the oven for around an hour on 160degrees.

Serve!

Pincushion

by Marni Franks

Materials

Main fabric – 10 1/2in square

Contrast fabric – approx 4in square

Sheet of Mylar

Fabric glue

Sewing machine

Thread

Needle

Buttons: 2

Method

From your background fabric cut one 10 1/2in square.

From a sheet of cardboard or Mylar make a 9in square template. This needs to be subjected to the heat of the iron so it either needs to be something that can take the heat like Mylar or something cheap like cardboard that you can replace easily.

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Grab some washable fabric glue – Sewline Glue Pen or Roxanne’s Baste It Glue.

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Centre your 9in template on the wrong side of your background fabric. Press the top and the bottom edges in towards the centre of the template making sure that the edges are against the template and crisp.

Place glue in the corners of the square (the folded edge) and press the sides in towards the centre in the same way, the glue will set with the iron’s heat and hold it all in place.

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Pull out your template gently.

Fold your square into quarters and press to get your guidelines for the next step.

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Open up your square with the raw edges facing up. Pick a corner and fold it into the centre. Press lightly. You really want your outside corners to be as accurately folded as possible so in this step make sure you focus on them and if your centre is overlapping for the outside corners to work that’s ok and I give you permission to fudge this as needed. Once your corners are good press firmly.

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Place the square with the folded side up (so you can see the centre points), then fold the corners in to the centre, this time making sure that the centre points match perfectly!

Measure inside the folded unit and cut a square of your contrasting fabric to that size. I tend to cut mine 1/8in smaller so that I know it fits perfectly.

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Pin the folds down and stitch the centre in a little cross to secure the points down on the contrasting fabric.

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Pick any of the openings and fold back, curving it gently, not pulling it too hard and press it with the iron. Fold back all of the openings that match the first one you have done (keeps the folds looking consistent like when you do cross-stitch). Press each fold and pin to secure. Fold the opposite openings back to match, pressing and pinning as you go.

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Pick a curve and stitch the full arc, crossing over your little centre cross – this way you will only be stitching four rows and not have to start and stop for each mini arc. Reverse stitch at the beginning and end of each row.

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Measure your finished window and cut a back for your pincushion that is a half-inch bigger all the way around. Align one edge of your window section to one edge of the backing and pin.

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Start stitching on the edge that is opposite the aligned edge you just pinned. Reverse stitch and then stitch all the way around leaving a 1 1/2in opening for turning.

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Trim the edges off leaving a wide edge at the opening. Notch the corners.

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Turn the pincushion out the right way. Stuff firmly with toyfill.

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Ladder stitch the opening closed.

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Pull in the middle of your pincushion with a button either side and use your preferred method for attaching buttons.

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Stick your favourite pins in it and you’re ready for your next sewing project!

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