In my collection cookie cutters I found these crocodile cutters. I had totally forgotten about it (there are too many cookie cutters in that box..) I think I bought this cutter at koet-it, a really nice cookie cutter shop from Holland!

The cutter itself is already cute, so the cookie doesn’t need much decoration to become a pretty cookie.

 What do you need?

  • Royal icing in green and white
  • Piping bags with tip 1.5 or 2 (I used PME 1.5)
  • Black sugar pearl for the eyes
  • Black edible marker for the mouth

Croky krokodillen koekjes howto

  1. Start by outlining the body in green, skip the feet and the eyes.
  2. Flood the body and let it dry for a while.
  3. Pipe the feet against the body.
  4. Use the white icing to pipe the eyes and place a black sugar pearl in the middle.
  5. Let the crocodile dry completely and draw a smile on the cookie.

Do you want to make a crocodile with a open mouth? Just cut the cookie before you bake it and bend it open. In the same way you can make a bended tail. 

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Have fun decorating you cookies!

Love Irene

Let me introduce you to Mike and his friends. Mike was created on a sailing trip in Denmark last summer. It’s so lovely to crochet, sitting outside close to the water, that could only bring something beautiful. I got a lot of nice comments on Mike, so I wrote him out in to a pattern.

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Would you like to crochet you own Mike? You can find the pattern on Etsy, Craftsy and Dawanda. The pattern will be sended to you via email. The pattern includes lots of pictures and a clear description on how to make your own Mike.

Mike monkey amigurumi15_blogMike is crocheted with acrylic yarn, Stylecraft Special DK and a 3mm hook. He measures about 40cm from head to toe. (His tail is even a bit longer!)

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Love Irene

Ollie is a small amigurumi that I made after I visited the zoo in Rotterdam (Olifant is the Dutch word for Elephant). Please read on to see how you can make your own!

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I used acrylic yarn, Stylecraft Special DK, and a 3mm crochet hook. But you can just use any of your favorite yarn.

 

What do you need

  • Yarn in a dark colour
  • Yarn in a light colour
  • Safety eyes
  • Little bit of filling
  • Crochet hook that suits your yarn
  • Thick needle to assemble Ollie

And now, just grab a cup of thee, settle on the couch and lets get started.

 

Abbreviations
ch = chain stitch
sc = single crochet
R = round
{…} x 3 = repeat everything between the {} as many times as directed
(..) = This indicates the number of stitches at the end of a round
inc.  = increase: crochet 2 sc in the next sc
dec. = decrease: crochet the next 2 sc together

 

The body
R1: 6sc in a ring (6)
R2: 6 x inc. (12)
R3: {1sc, 1 x inc.} x 6 (18)
R4: {2sc, 1 x inc.} x 6 (24)
R5: {3sc, 1 x inc.} x 6 (30)
R6-9: 30sc
R10: {3sc, 1 x dec.} x 6 (24)
R11: {2sc, 1 x dec.} x 6 (18)
Place the safety eyes between rounds 4 and 5 with 2 or 3 sc in between.
R12: {1sc, 1 x dec.} x 6 (12)
Fill the body
R13: {1 x dec.} x 6 (6)
Fasten off and wave in the end.

 

Ears
Start with the light yarn.
R1: 6sc in a ring (6)
R2: 6 x inc. (12)
Change colour to the dark yarn
R3: {3sc, 1 x inc.} x 3 (15)
R4: crochet one chain stitch, turn your work and crochet 13sc in R3
Fasten off, leave a tail. Crochet two of these ears and attach them to the body.

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Trunk
Crohet the trunk with dark yarn.
R1: 4sc in a ring (6)
R2-R7: 4sc
Fasten off and leave a tail. Use the needle to wind the end of the yarn around the trunk, following the arrows in the picture. This will thicken the end of the trunk a little bit. Fasten off and sew the trunk in between and just under the eyes.

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Feet 
Crochet the feet with dark yarn
R1: 6 sc in a magic loop (6)
R2: sc 2 in each sc around (12)
R3: 12 sc in back loop only.
R4: 12 sc.
Fasten off, leaving a tail to sew the feet to the body. Make four of these feet and sew them to the body while filling them a little bit.

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Tail
Light and dark yarn
Take 3 strands of yarn of about 15cm. Pull the through the body on the place where you want the tail. Fold the strands in two and make a short braid of the six strands. Ty a knot and cut off the ends.
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And there you have your own Ollie! I hope you like him. Just let me know if you have any questions!

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Do you also have friend or family with a certain food allergy? I always found it difficult to bake something that they could eat just tasted really good, so everybody would enjoy it. Until now :) I found this recipe in a cupcake book by Martha Stewart. These chocolate cupcakes are without butter, milk or egg. And they taste just delicious! Please read on and give them a try.

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Ingredients

  • 200 gr. cakeflour
  • 150 gr. granulated sugar
  • 25 gr. cacao
  • 1 tl bakingsoda
  • 1/2 tl salt
  • 75 ml. oil
  • 300 ml. water
  • 1 el. destille viniger
  • 1 tl. vanilla extract

Baking cups

Lets start baking!

Preheat the oven on 180 degrees Celsius. Prepare a cupcake tray with 12 cupcake liners.

Zeef het cakemeel, de bakingsoda en de cacao boven een kom. Voeg het zout en suiker toe en schep dit door elkaar.

Mix in een andere kom het water, de olie, de witte wijnazijn en de vanille in een kom tot het gemengd is.

Voeg vervolgens al mixend alle droge ingrediënten toe tot er een egale massa is ontstaan. Het beslag blijft erg vloeibaar.

Verdeel het beslag over de cupcakepapiertjes, vul ze ongeveer voor 3/4e met beslag. Ik heb grote cupcake bakjes gebruikt, ik kon er met dit recept 6 vullen. Als je gewone cupcake vormpjes gebruikt verdeel het beslag dan over 12 cupcakes.

Plaats de cupcakes ongeveer 20 minuten in de oven. Controleer met een sateprikker of de cupcakes gaar zijn.

Bestrooi de cupcakes vlak voor je ze gaat eten met wat cacao en poedersuiker.

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Cupcake boxes

Aren’t these the cutest cupcake boxes? I got them from my mom from a vacation in England.

Enjoy your cupcakes!
Love, Irene