Yummy and Boozy Adult Party Favours (Part 2 : Creme Caramel Liquour)

Creme Caramel Liqueur: Recipe!

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The finished favour – complete with label.

In part 1 of this boozy edition of the blog I outlined how to go about creating Mint Humbug infused vodka and Werther’s Originals infused vodka. Now we get to the good stuff – my personal favorite of the three flavours, Creme Caramel Liqueur!

Now this one is rum based and a little bit smoother and creamier than the previous two. It almost resembles Baileys. Seriously nice on its own and in coffee!

I found this recipe on another blog while trawling the internet for ideas, and it looked too good to be true! I love trying new recipes and this one looked relatively simple, which was perfect considering I had a significant workload with putting the magazine to print at the same time!

The most intriguing part of making this recipe was the magical and mysterious process of boiling sealed tins of condensed milk….

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The tins of Carnation boiling away happily on my cooker

The recipe indicated that the tins should be unopened and boiled for 3 hours, which I was slightly hesitant about, surely some sort of explosion may happen in my kitchen?

But apparently this is a well know method (unknown to me!) and often untilated to make the caramel-y bit in millionaires shortbread!

So I left the tins to boil and got on with some designing (never far away from the kitchen, the pans need to be monitored, and the water topped up if it gets low.) and Netflix. 😉

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The magical moment I opened the tins to reveal the milk had turned a lovely golden brown! 
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That is some witchcraft right there

So I better explain how to take this magical yummyess and create our liqueur.

How To Make Creme Caramel Liqueur:

Prep time: about 3.5 hours (3 hours while the tins boil, but you can get on with the housework or play a video game while that does its thing)
Ready to bottle instantly. Should be kept chilled, and lasts up to 4 weeks! (if it survives that long 😉 )

You will need:
– 70cl bottle of Dark Rum
– 2 tins condensed milk
– A vanilla pod
– A blender
– Tiny bottles for the finished product (50ml is the best size, and what I used, but you can go for any quantity depending on how generous you are feeling 😘)

Method

Step 1 – The long part

If the tins have paper labels, remove them. Pop them in a large pan and fill it with water so it covers the tins. Cover the pan with a lid and bring the water to the boil. Make sure it is simmering away nicely and set your timer for 3 hours – but you should check the tins every hour to make sure the water is always covering them (top up if necessary).

After the 3 hours take the pan off the boil and set aside to cool. DONT TOUCH! They are extremely hot. After about 10 minutes carefully drain the water and allow the cans to cool for AT LEAST 40minutes. Mine were still hot after 40 minutes near an open window so I waited longer, please dont get inpatient and burn yourself! 😦

 

Step 2 – Making it tasty!

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Collecting the vanilla seeds

Take a vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds. Pop them along with your rum and the now caramelised condensed milk to a blender, and whizz it up!

Now, I don’t own a proper blender, I had to make do with my tiny smoothie maker… It worked just as well, i just had to blend it in batches!

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The blended mixture!

After making sure all the ingredients were well combined, I used a jug and funnel to fill my tiny 50ml bottles (see part one for more details!)

I had a bit leftover so popped it back in the rum bottle and kept everything refrigerated until the night of the party. I made sure on the labels it said to store refrigerated and indicated how long it would be fresh for. 🙂

Oh, and of course, had to have a try for myself!! 😉

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YUM

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Yummy and Boozy Adult Party Favours or Gift Idea (Part 1)

Our big boss lady had a significant birthday last weekend, and as she also happens to be my mother,  I thought we better throw her a bash…

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Helen the big boss lady and her other half Mike enjoying the party

Now you may be thinking… ‘THAT CAKE! Is this a recipe blog for that??’
… I’m afraid not dear readers, that particular masterpiece was fabricated by the utterly talented Rebecca from Flipside Cafe and Cakery. Lets just take a moment to admire this masterpiece before we resume our scheduled blogging…

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The cake featured all of Helen’s animals!

 

Fabulous cakes aside, this post is once again about me! (I see a pattern forming…) I decided that even though I had the magazine deadline looming that week, I wanted to torture myself further by creating some party favours for the 40+ guests that would be attending the party. After scouting the internet for inspiration I settled on making some different flavour boozy shots.

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Naughty but nice- the finished favours

Bottle number one: Werthers Originals infused vodka

Bottle number two: Creme Caramel liqueur

Bottle number three: Mint Humbug infused vodka

 

The vodkas were extremely easy to execute,  a seriously handy idea if you ever need a quick gift for someone,  especially good for Christmas presents with a personal touch. In this blog I’ll outline how to make the vodkas, then in part two I’ll go into detail about the wonderful Creme Caramel yummyness 😇 – a little more involved in making that but still very simple to make!

I bought my little bottles off ebay for a very reasonable price, but for a more shabby chic touch you could save your old glass bottles or hunt around charity shops for odd Kilner type bottles.

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How To Make Boiled Sweet Infused Vodkas:

Prep time about 15mins
Ready in 3-5 days

You will need:
-Vodka
-Your sweet of choice (in my case Werther’s and Mint Humbugs – but any hard boiled sweet will work just as well!) – one bag of sweets per 70cl bottle of vodka
-A strong handled utensil (for smashing the sweeties)
-A spare bottle, jar, or other container
-Tiny bottles for the finished product (50ml is the best size, and what I used, but you can go for any quantity depending on how generous you are feeling 😘)

Method

Step 1 – Preperation
You’ve bought your sweets of choice and your vodka, but damn, the sweets wont fit down that bottle neck! Time to take out the day’s rage and frustration on these bad boys. Use the butt of a strong handled kitchen utensil to firmly smash the sweet, still in its wrapper so you dont lose bits. Make sure you do this on a chopping board to save your work surface. And be careful! Watch your fingers.

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I used the butt of my knife but please use a safer utensil to smash your sweeties.

 

Step 2 – Add the sweets

Now the sweeties are a convenient size to pop in the vodka bottle, and since they are smaller they will dissolve quicker. Before you add the sweets though- pour out about a third of the vodka into another container, to make room for the sweets. I put the spare vodka in a Kilner jar, and this became my Humbug vodka.

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The sweets have only been in the vodka for about 10 minutes, and already the vodka is turning a lovely butterscotchy colour!

One whole packet of Werthers was a perfect amount for the 70cl bottle of vodka, but since the other vodka was just in a small Kilner jar, half a pack of humbugs was quite enough. I did not break up the humbugs as they fit in the jar easy. (as they have toffee centres they are hard to break up, so I recommend you get a jar if you choose to use humbugs.

Step 3 – Mature and shake!

Once you’ve filled your jars or bottles, and topped them up with more vodkaif required, you should leave them by the heater in your house to let them *mature* and to help the sweets dissolve.

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Every day go back to your concoctions and give them a good shake. After 3 days the sweets had pretty much dissolved, but I left them a week to make sure they were well infused.

Step 4 – Fill your bottles

You will definitely need a funnel for this, and maybe a helper like I had! Either way it’s a bit of a sticky process. After you fill your bottles make sure the lid is on tight and rinse the outside under a tap to get rid of any stickyness from spills.

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Step 5 – Decorate!

Your recipients will need to know what’s in the bottles – so get creative and make some nice pretty labels! I love a good shabby chic motif, so I used ripped up brown paper and ripped up old pages of a book to create an artsy looking (but nice and quick to make) label design, then printed off the name of the alcohol in a nice font to stick on the reverse. Some curled ribbon finished the whole thing off nicely!

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Label on a Creme Caramel Liqueur Bottle
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Reverse of the label on a Mint Humbug bottle – complete with serving suggestion!

And Voila! each guest recieved a cute little bottle to drink on the spot, add to their coffee after our meal, or take home with them. The overall feedback was very very good from all the guests and good times were had by all. A very special mention must be made to Zinc Bar and Grill in Abersoch for letting us have our party there. We had a fantastic evening, and a well deserved break from our magazine busywork.

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Helen looking unsure about trying her liquour!
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Mike’s seal of approval!

Part 2 : Creme Caramel Liquour will be going live tomorrow. stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 of the Best Easter Egg Hunts on Pen Llŷn

Easter Egg Hunts – a classic Easter activity and a real favourite with most children (and quite a few parents too). Hop along and join in the fun!

 

1. Porth y Swnt Easter Egg Hunt

Friday 25th– Sunday 28th March

The Henfaes Centre: Porth y Swnt, Gwynedd.
Porth y Swnt, Aberdaron

Join the National Trust for an Easter adventure in Aberdaron – explore the visitor centre and the village to find clues and claim your Cadbury Easter Egg – £2 per trail. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/porth-y-swnt

 

2. Llanberis Lake Railway Easter Egg Hunt

Friday 25th – Monday 29th March

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Llanberis Lake Railway

Hunt for the Easter Eggs cunningly hidden around the railway and stations and look out for the White Rabbit! Prizes for the kids.

www.lake-railway.co.uk/index.php/en/events

3. Criccieth Castle Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday 26th March, 11am – 3pm

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Criccieth Castle

Take on the trails at the mighty fortress and see what you can find – the first 50 children who take part will be rewarded with an Easter prize so make sure you get there early to avoid disappointment. Egg-citing stuff!

http://cadw.gov.wales/events/allevents/easter-egg-hunt-criccieth-castle-march-2016/?lang=en

4. Dylan’s Beach Front Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday 26th March – 11.30 am

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Dylans on the beach-front in Criccieth

Join the gang at Dylan’s Criccieth for their fantastic beach front egg hunt. Top prizes for the kids – pop down and enjoy the sea, sun, surf & chocolates (or at least three of those!) www.dylansrestaurant.co.uk/events/beach-front-easter-egg-hunt/

5. Plas yn Rhiw Easter Egg Hunt

26th & 27th March

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Plas yn Rhiw

Join in the fun at Plas yn Rhiw, follow the trail through the stunning garden to claim your Cadbury chocolate egg – £2 per trail.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/plas-yn-rhiw

 

6. Easter Bonnet Decorating at Fron Goch Garden Centre

26th March, 10am-11am

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Fron Goch Garden Centre, Near Caernarfon

Not an easter egg hunt but just as fun!

The delightful Fron Goch Garden Centre just outside Caernarfon holds regular activity sessions for children as part of their Little Diggers club which aims to creatively introduce children to gardening and nature. Join them on 26th March for an Easter bonnet making session£4.95 per child, per session including a free regular tea or filter coffee for accompanying adult.
Booking in advance is recommended as spaces are limited – for details call 01286 672212 or visit  www.frongoch-gardencentre.co.uk

 

 

Now there’s no excuse to get out and about this easter!  Don’t forget to tag  your pictures online #welovellyn or #carullyn so we can see what you get up to!

 

Blog by Jo Toft

 

 

Our first magazine- eep! (4 teasers from the new mag- if you’re as excited as me!)

What a busy week we’ve had putting the finishing touches on our first issue of We Love Llŷn Magazine! Its been sent off to the printers today and we waved it off like proud parents watching their children leaving home. It was emotional.

So now we wait – and with about a week to go until the magazine hits the shelves of shops up and down the Llŷn, what am I going to do in the meanwhile? Well I thought i’d tempt you with some sneaky peeks of whats in store in our lovely Spring Issue.

 

First teaser  – my next blog post

Coming very soon on the blog, i’m going to go in depth about the process behind building our cover. From start to finish! I’ve already started writing it and I have a lot more to say than I thought, so it may be a two-parter! On page 3 of the magazine though, I give a brief overview of how the magic happened…

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Oooooooh… first sneaky peek

 

Teaser Number Two – This one got me excited for summer!

Why? One peek at the events schedule of Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw at the end of this article. One of my favourite memories from last summer was attending ‘Starry Night Cinema’s screening of Dirty Dancing on a warm night in August. Blankets, friends, and a couple of bottles of fruity cider – it was spectacular. My top tip if you are attending any of the productions being put on at the open air theatre at Oriel Plas this year – take a cushion, I admit I did have a numb bum by the end of the evening!

 

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Photo: Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw in Llanbedrog, by Totally Abersoch

 

Teaser Number Three – A bit of inspiration

We have a few contributors to this magazine, one of my favorites is Shiwi, I’ve been to her wonderful yoga classes in Llanbedrog and I was very excited when I read her recipe for banana bread… I do love a good banana loaf, I’m definitely going to give that one a go. I have some bananas in the kitchen browning away nicely as it happens… 😉

 

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Shiwan is our guru on all things ‘feel good’

 

Teaser Number Four – My personal favourite

As creative director, I oversee everything arty to do with the mag etc, which also means I do the graphic design and layout of the pages. The one I enjoyed doing the most was one of our product feature pages – this spring it’s all about wellies!

 

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Major welly envy going on here

 

Counting down the days

Well after a mad week of laying out the magazine I’m not sure what to do with myself now my baby’s left home. I will probably be making use of my newly found spare time writing more blogs!

Look out on Facebook and Twitter for more info on when the magazine will be in shops and where it will be available.

-Lauren 🙂

Who What Why When?

 It’s time to start blogging. I’m sure a lot of creatives out there will be able to relate to this thought: Where do I start? So I thought I’d start with me. A blog is supposed to be slightly self-indulgent right? I hope to invite others to contribute to the blog but at the moment you’ll have to live with my thoughts and musings. So let me begin!

 

Who? Part I:Me!

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This is a rather windswept me enjoing Llanbedrog headland last year in my best hiking outfit

My official title in our little enterprise that we call ‘We Love Llŷn’ is Creative Director – translation: In charge of making everything look pretty. I have other functions too though: technology interpreter, self proclaimed social media guru (I know the difference between hashtagging and tweeting and that makes me a god to them) welsh speaker (not very good at the grammar but I try!), and general bossy person.

I’ve got a background in art and I have been working as a freelance graphic designer for a few years now, this project piqued my interest (and it had to because the mastermind behind all this is my mother – and who really wants to work with their mother??) because it was about uniting the community with a positive message – something that appeals to me as I have lived here on Pen Llŷn all my life. It also was an opportunity for me to take creative control and produce something bloody lovely – which I very much hope it will be.

I’ve also wanted to start a blog for a while now- ever since I decided to document my travels around North America on a site called www.travelpod.com. It started out as a way to let my family back home know that I was still alive without phoning each one of them every day with an update, and also to not plague my facebook feed with countless photos of all the fabulous locations I went to visit. I enjoyed it a little too much and in roughly 70 days of travelling I had as many entries in my blog and wonderful feedback from it’s avid readers! But where to start? What do I blog about now I’m not seeing the world, I’m just me in my hometown going to work like an average Joe – well now’s my chance. I have plenty to write about now that I have a subject matter to focus on: Home. Pen Llŷn. I have so many ideas for blog entries I can’t wait to get started!

Who? Part II : We

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Errrmm… they havent provided me with headshots yet

So who are We Love Llŷn? At present there are four of us behind this venture. Helen (also known as my beloved mother) decided there was a gap in the market for an App that focused on promoting the Llyn, whether it be events, businesses, activities, something to not only for locals to utilize, but also to draw in tourism and distribute it between the different areas of the Llŷn. There are a couple of publications serving Gwynedd and Pen Llŷn, but not really any lifestyle publications with this vision of promoting the entire Peninsula to its inhabitants and to outside tourism. So she ran it by me – I started excitedly blabbering on about all the different things she could put on her app and in her magazine and concluded she’d be crazy not to do this!

Helen met with app developers far and wide, local and in the big bad cities of Manchester and London, and one app development company seemed to be as enthusiastic as she was about the project so they were the natural choice – and from day 1 I’ve been involved mostly to interpret some of the more ‘techy’ aspects of their conversations!

It was then we recruited Gill – our marketing fairy god mother – to the team. Gill was looking for a new project and this one seemed to get her just as excited as it did me! Gill is one of those natural saleswomen who can charm you just as well in person as she can over the phone, especially handy if we need to spread a new brand and get the support of local businesses across the Peninsula.

If we were going to make a magazine we needed a damn good editor to take charge of all things well… erm… magaziney. We knew Jo from working for the Tourist Information Centre of Abersoch on a few of their booklets and leaflets, and she has an impressive background in writing so was a very good choice!

That makes four of us, not including the elves from the app development company currently working hard in their little workshop at the North Pole (of Manchester. Also known as Salford.) on producing our fabulous We love Llyn App.

What?

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What exactly are we? I’ve pretty much explained above but simply put we are an App, a website, and a Magazine that will be available in physical form and online.

We Love Llyn will help you discover all there is to know about the Llyn Peninsula with our ultimate guide across all forms of media – and that last sentence was lifted straight from our media kit – Jo really does have a way with words, I cant say it any better. 😉

 

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Porthor Beach -photo taken by Gill while walking her dog

Why?

…Why not? We love where we live, that’s why we live here! We also know a LOT of people who love it who don’t even live here, that’s crazy to think about as someone who calls this place home, I doubt someone who lives in some nice cul-de-sac in the west midlands can say that their hometown is loved by thousands of people who don’t call it home? I suppose that’s the definition of tourism but sometimes I think about it and it seems so surreal. I don’t blame people for loving it. Any doubt that may have existed before were extinguished the moment we reached 100 likes on the first day of launching the facebook page, even with only one post on the page people were interested, and continue to be interested. We’ve passed a few lovely milestones on facebook, twitter and instagram in the past few weeks with numbers climbing steadily – and we haven’t even released anything yet! That’s pretty exciting.

When?

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The spring edition of the magazine will be out at the end of March/beginning of April. The app will be available to download late April (these things are not easy to pin down, for app developers are mythical creatures; you need an Ouija board or a magical carrot on a stick to get a straight answer out of them). In the meanwhile you can find us on all good social media outlets.

We’re so excited to show you what we’ve been working so hard on and we hope you love it!

 Parting thoughts…

So in the background of this word document in which I am writing this, I have a few different internet browser windows open; ’10 ways to write a successful blog’ stuff like that. None of them were that helpful but one of them said I should keep this short and sweet. None of them told me how I should finish… So here I leave you. Thanks for reading if you made it this far. Diolch yn fawr iawn o galon am darllen. #welovellyn …Peace… Over and out.