Foxy Hairclip

If you are anything like me and leave things to the last minute then this hair clip is for you! New Year’s Eve ready in 20minutes or less!

Dig around in your stash and I’m sure you’ll have enough to make a hair piece so you’ll be ready to party in no time!

by Marni Franks

Materials

An assortment of ribbons or lace

Sparkly flowers

Chiffon flowers

Scissors

Ruler

Lighter

Hot Glue Gun and spare gluesticks

Hair clip base/headband

Elastic

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Method

For this hair clip I am using the large black ribbon with white spots, one black chiffon flower and one orange with sparkles flower.

Take the wide ribbon and straighten one end with scissors. Then carefully melt the end with the lighter to seal in the loose threads.

NOTE: Natural fibres like cotton and silk will not melt. Your acrylic and synthetic ribbons will. You might need to test your ribbons first.

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Then carefully start to loop the ribbon, starting with a big loop.

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Use the hair clip to find the best position for the loops to sit.

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Keep making loops, making them a little smaller each time. Three loops in total.

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Remove the clip base and start to carefully glue the loops together.

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Turn the looped section over and find the position for the hair clip base again.

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Run a line of glue inside the ribbon and secure the hair clip base to the ribbon, so that the top part of the clip sits as shown in the below photo and doesn’t get glued down.

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Turn the hair clip over.

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Trim up the chiffon flower – many come with a net backing.

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Place a small amount of glue in the centre of the back of the flower.

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Place the flower so that it covers the remaining part of the hair clip base but does;t sit directly on it.

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Flatten the chiffon flower petals out.

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Place a small amount of glue on the back of your small orange flower with sparkles.

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Glue the orange flower in the centre of the flattened black flower.

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Turn the hair clip over and fold up the end of the black spotty ribbon, trim it as shown in the middle of the hair clip.

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Melt the end of the cut ribbon and run a line of glue along the end.

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Fold the ribbon across the back of the hair clip and glue down (avoid the base).

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Gently ease the hair clip base out from under the ribbon.

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Glue down any spots of the ribbon that seem a bit puffy or loose.

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Take a small length of contrasting ribbon – orange or white.

Cut the ends at an angle and melt with the lighter.

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Make a small bow and glue to the middle of the hair clip, just under the centre of the flowers.

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Clip in your hair and you are ready!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

from the 55FF team!

Mel, Dawn and myself would like to thank you for joining us this year. We hope you’ve had fun and made lots of exciting goodies. We are taking January off and will be back here in February with a different approach to the foxy goodness that we’ve shared so far.

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Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

by Mel Alce

Ingredients

1 packet milk arrowroot biscuits

6 egg whites

2 tubs Aldi cream cheese

1 can sweetened condensed milk

Juice of 2 lemons

Zest of 1 lemon

2 tbsp Cornflour

125g Butter

Condensed milk

Caster sugar (750g)

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Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Grease and line springform tin with baking paper.

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Melt butter in microwave.

Place the whole packet of biscuits into your  food processor, blitz, add butter and then blitz until fine.

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Mix until looks like bread crumbs and smells like caramel.

Put into springform tin and press with glass until compressed and firm.

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Put into fridge while you prepare the middle.

Mix cream cheese, condensed milk, cornflour, zest and lemon juice in mixer.

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Spread over the set base. Smooth out until the mixture is evenly spread.

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Add egg whites to mixer, start mixing.

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Add in the sugar a little bit at a time

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Beat until glossy.

Spread the meringue on top of the cream cheese layer and pop it into the oven.

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Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Leave in oven to cool slightly.

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Take out of oven and release springform.

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Serve.

1920s inspired fascinators

by Marni Franks

With Melbourne Cup next week here’s some fascinators you can whip up in no time at all!

Materials for black headband

20cm (8in) black net or tulle

60cm (24in) of 25mm (1in) black elastic

10cm (4in) of 120mm (5in) black fringing

6 black biot feathers 17cm (7in)

50mm (2in) diamanté buckle

Tools

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Sewing machine

Hand sewing needle

Black thread

Tape measure

Assembly

Measure around your head where you want the headband to sit. From that measurement minus 2-3cm and cut the 25mm black elastic to size. Using you sewing machine and overlapping the ends of the elastic, stitch in a square sealing all sides of the elastic.

Fold the ends of the 10cm of black fringing back to hide the raw edges, and stitch it to the elastic centering it over the join.

With the 20cm of black tulle, fold it in half matching the selvedges. Fold in half again and gently scrunch it up. Thread one end of the tulle through the 50mm diamanté buckle, and slide the buckle into the centre to make a bow.

Using the hot glue gun, glue the 6 biot feathers to the back of the buckle/bow and allow the glue to cool.

Once the glue is cool hand sew the bow/buckle/feathers to the elastic centring it over the fringing.

 Your headband is ready to wear.

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Materials for colourful headband

15cm (6in) cerise chiffon

7cm (3in) sequined motif

60cm (24in) 25mm (1in) elastic lace

3, 17cm (8in) teal tiger tuft feathers

5, 12cm (5in) purple tiger tuft feathers

Tools

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Sewing machine

Hand sewing needle

Black thread

Tape measure

Assembly

Measure around your head where you want the headband to sit. From that measurement minus 2-3cm and cut the 25mm black elastic to size. Using you sewing machine and overlapping the ends of the elastic, stitch in a square sealing all sides of the elastic.

Lengthen the straight stitch on your machine and sew 1/4in from one raw edge of the cerise chiffon a running stitch. Tie off one ends threads in a reef knot. Pulling the bobbin thread gently gather the chiffon into a circle. Bunch up the edges and hand-sew them into the centre making a rough heart shape.

Hand-stitch the chiffon to the join on the lace elastic.

Using the hot glue gun glue the 3 teal feathers onto the chiffon – one in the centre and one to either side of the centre. Then glue the 5 purple feathers on in the same manner, using the photograph as a guide. Finally glue the sequined motif over the ends of the feathers making sure the narrowest point of the motif is facing up.

Allow the glue to cool and your headband is ready to wear.

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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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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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Lemon Cream Bundt

By Mel Alce

Ingredients

5 large eggs

1 3/4in cups sugar

pinch of salt

2 cups self raising flour

3 tsp baking powder

2/3 cup heavy cream

6 tbsp melted butter

finely grated lemon zest of 2 lemons

2 fresh lemon juice

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Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Prep the tin.

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In mixer combine eggs, sugar, salt and mix until a light lemon colour.

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In a bowl sift flour and baking powder. Gently stir the flour/baking powder mixture into the egg/sugar mixture, a small amount at a time, blending well.

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Blend in the cream and melted butter mixture. Then fold in the lemon zest and lemon juice.

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Pour the mixture into the bundt tin.

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Place the tin into the oven for 40-45minutes.

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Turn out onto a cooling rack to cool.

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Cut to serve.

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Serving options – ice-cream, custard, sprinkle with icing sugar.

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Moustache Card

By Dawn Lewis

Project Life (aka pocket scrapbooking) is everywhere at the moment!  There are lots of cards you can buy … but then your album is just like everyone else’s!  I have made my own using Photoshop, but, of course, not everyone has that program.  So, I recently began investigating PicMonkey.  Wow!  This free photo editing website is amazing, and you don’t even have to have an account … just go in and start using it!


So … let’s go through it step by step and make a cool 6″ x 4″ card, and by the time you’re done, you’ll know your way around PicMonkey easy peasy!

2) Choose ‘Design’ and ‘Custom’
3) Make your canvas 900 x 1200 to create a 3 x 4 portrait.
4) Now you have a blank canvas.  Choose ‘Overlays” (butterfly icon)
5) Choose Facial Hair.  Click the moustache and it will appear on your canvas.  Click & drag the corner to resize (larger), and place it where you want it (refer to photo).
6) Choose ‘Text’ (Tt icon).  Click the ‘Add Text’ box at the top of the left column and the text box will appear on your canvas.
7) Click inside the text box and drag it into position (refer to photo).
8) Click on the text box, and type  a capital letter i.  Highlight it (click & drag, it will be pale blue).
9) Choose font (I have used ‘Special Elite’).
10) While it is still highlited, increase the font (in the pop up text box) to 168.
11)  Repeat steps 6-10, but move text box below the moustache and type ‘you a question’.  Extend the text box edges by clicking on the left side and dragging left, then on the right side and dragging right.
12) Choose ‘Effects’ (wand icon) and select ‘Dark Edges’.
13) Click ‘Apply’ to create a dark shadow around the canvas.
14) Choose ‘Frames’ (frame icon).  Choose ‘Simple Edge’.
15) Change the outer thickness to 35.  Change the inner thickness to 10.  Change the corner radius to 113.  Apply.
16) Choose ‘Effects” (wand icon).  Choose ‘Cross Process”.  Choose Green, 30%.  Apply.
17) Choose ‘Combine All Elements’ (2 ‘pages’ with a downward arrow) in the top bar.  Then choose ‘Save’.
18) Name your file.  Choose file quality (these are James Bond actor references), either Pierce or Sean.  Save to your computer.
You are done!  You now have a 3″ x 4″ custom-made project life/pocket scrapbooking card that you can print and insert into your album!Of course, if you have digital scrapbooking kits, you can use them as well.  If you’re interested in another tutorial showing how to do that, just let me know!

Foxy Friend

by Marni Franks

All you’ll need for this project is a cheap pack of plasticine.

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Firstly make sure your hands are clean and dry. Also make sure your work surface is dust free.

Work with the orange plasticine first, then white and then black. This is to keep your colours and your hands clear. If you work with the black first your orange and white will become tinted with the greyish-ness from the black.

Grab a stick of orange. Combine it so that it warms in your hand and is malleable.

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Tear off two chunks the same sort of size (tail and head) and leave a bigger chunk for the body.

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Roll the body chunk into a rounded blob, that’s a bit flatter/squarer on the base.

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Roll the head chunk into a ball. Pinch one side of the sphere into a triangular snout.

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Then pinch the ears above the snout.

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Place the head on the body – you’ll have to smooth the join to seal the head and body together.

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Roll out your tail chunk and attach it to the back of the body.

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Lastly with a tiny piece of orange (whether you need a new piece or have pinched a small bit off the other chunks) roll a small roll and cut in half for your fox’s legs.

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Take a small chunk of white and roll into a ball.

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Use a pen to roll it out flat. If you have the world’s tiniest rolling pin feel free to use that. :)

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Make sure it fits your fox’s body and then add some texture.

I use tweezers but you can use a toothpick or other sharp tipped object, rough up one side of the oval you rolled out

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Attach it to the body and continue to texture it in place to secre it.

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Take two tiny balls of white and place inside the ear cavity, then texture like you did the chest white.

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Take another piece of white and do the same texturing for the tail.

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Finally take a small pinch of black.

Pinch off two tiny balls of black for eyes and a tiny piece (equal to the two eye pieces) for the nose.

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Place the nose on the snout and pinch so it’s slightly pointy.

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Grab a glass head in and create two sockets for your eyes.

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Place one of the small black balls into the socket and flatten. Repeat for the second eye.

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Take a smudge of white on the tip of the pin and make a pupil on your fox. NOTE: This is really fiddly so take your time.

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Take a small piece of black and roll it into a small log. Using the pen roll it out flat.

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Cut it in half and roll out a little further.

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Take your orange legs and cap them with the flattened black piece, pinching in to secure.

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Attach your fox’s legs and you’re done!

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Crab Fritters

by Mel Alce

Ingredients

Fritters

tin of corn kernels

2 eggs

1/3 cup of milk

3/4 cup self-raising flour

chives

salt and pepper

Ocean Blue Crab (crab in a can or a fresh crab of you prefer)

Salsa

tomatoes

avocados

lime

red onion

parsley

Tools

herb scissors

frying pan

spray oil

lifter

whisk

bowl

cooling rack

Method

Fritters

Mix egg and milk in a bowl and gradually whisk in the dry ingredients. Add the chives and corn into the mixture, stirring until well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Spray oil into the frying pan and add small amounts of the mixture. Wait until there is a skin and then turn the fritter.

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Place on cooling rack or plate to cool.

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Salsa

Quarter and de-seed tomatoes. Chop finely into a bowl. Chop up and add avocado and diced red onion. Add some parsley to taste. Squeeze some lime juice over the salsa. Mix and place a spoonful onto each fritter.

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Top with a pinch of shredded crab meat and serve.

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