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{go make me} cranberry hot cross buns recipe


Happy Easter! And what's an Easter without an overdose of carbs? Sumptuous chocolate and devilishly devine hot cross buns. To be honest, we bought a six pack of buns at the supermarket and had to throw them away after one bite. Life is too short to waste calories on cardboard. So being a bunless household for Easter, we decided to make some this morning. Y-U-M! Of course they're even better with lashings of butter and the cranberries offer a sweet + sour combination. Recipe after the break

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how to temper chocolate and make your own Easter eggs


We are so thrilled to have a special guest in the Go Make Me kitchen! Peter Edmunds, owner and Chocolatier from Lindsay & Edmunds Organic Chocolates, takes us through the steps to temper chocolate. And get this, he shows you how easy it is to make your own Easter eggs! All you need is your favourite chocolate (couverture is best!), a mould, thermometer, stainless steel bowl, spatula and a bit of elbow grease. Peter explains the various types of moulds you can use, including silicon ice moulds that most people would have at home. Of course you can use these professional tips to make chocolates at any time of the year

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six awesome diy paper projects for Easter


How ridiculously cute are these diy paper projects? Most of these can be downloaded and printed with nearly instant gratification. So get the kids together with scissors, paper and glue in hand for some Easter activities

Top to bottom: Sticker sheet and invitation by Hello Emma, Printable Easter Basket tags and Easter Gift tags by Lia Griffith, Origami Easter Bunny Baskets by Studio DIY, Mini basket place settings by The House that Lars Built

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{go make me} egg shell candles


I have to admit, I'm a recent candle convert. I've been turned off by many store bought candles as they're usually waaaay too stinky for my nose. So I decided to make my own and how cute are these wee egg shell candles? You just need a few basics; soy wax flakes (or old candles), tempered wicks, hot glue gun, eggs, skewers

How to make your egg shell candles: 
1. Carefully break your eggs, trying to make a clean break as humanly possible and make an omelet with the insides. I used a dremmel to carefully cut my shells after blowing out the insides. Gently boil water in a saucepan with a tablespoon of vinegar to kill any bacteria
2. With a hot glue gun, glue tempered wicks into the base of the shell. I used the empty egg carton to stabilise the shells. Use wooden skewers to keep the wicks upright and centred
3. Melt some soy wax flakes or old candles over a double boiler. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil for fragrance. When wax has melted, carefully pour into shells and leave to congeal for about 10 minutes

{go make me} blue dyed easter eggs using red cabbage


Dyeing Easter eggs naturally isn't something that I've really tried before but wanted to give a go. As per my previous post, I've been experimenting with some beautiful results. My favourite recipe was to dye white shelled duck eggs blue using red cabbage. Interestingly, each egg resulted in a different colour and intensity; from light baby blue to dark emu egg blue/green to denim blue

The recipe couldn't be easier....For 30 minutes, boil 2 litres of water with half a chopped red cabbage and two tablespoons of vinegar. Strain and soak preserved eggs in the warm dye-bath. (I wiped the ducks eggs with vinegar to ensure the shell was clean and maximised absorption). For paler eggs leave for a short time and darker eggs leave overnight 

The hardest obstacle for me was the smell of boiled cabbage (gag!). It could be worse, imagine using brussel sprouts!