Which Stitch Markers Are Best

When I first took up crochet I didn't have any stitch markers, I didn't even know stitch markers existed. It wasn't long before I knew about them and I learnt the value of using stitch markers, aka stitch savers. That first frustrating experience of when a project accidentally unravels because there's nothing holding onto the stitch to stop it coming undone or your crochet circle grows in ways it isn't supposed to and the worth of this tiny tool became obvious very quickly. But there are so many styles of stitch marker to choose from, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic, safety pins, thread, 3D printed... does it really make a difference which one you use? Is it just how pretty they are? I walk you through a dozen different stitch markers from items you have lying around your home to the fancy artisan styles. I share with you what features to look for and those that don't really hold up to the task.

Coconut Snowmen Sweets Recipe

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Coconut Snowmen Sweets Recipe

Ingredients:

plain biscuits
dessicated coconut
coconut cream
edible silver balls - we used the soft kind
red and black food colouring

NB: There are no amounts, because I just add a bit of everything until I've got the right consistency. This is a no-bake recipe.


Method: 

Crumb biscuits. I wrap them up in a tea towel and bash them but you can use a food processor.
Add biscuit crumb and dessicated coconut to a bowl and mix. Add coconut cream a bit at a time until you have a stiff dough that you can roll into balls in your hands.

Roll mixture into equal amounts of small and large balls and then stick the small balls on top of the large balls to make your snowmen.

Hats and scarfs for extra adorable snowmen

Take toothpicks and dip the tips into some red food colouring. This will be your snowman nose. When securing the head to the body angle the toothpick so you also get a good snowman nose.

Roll the snowman in coconut, if the mixture is a little dry you can roll the snowman in your hands and pat the coconut down into the mixture.

Add silver balls down the front of the snowman for his buttons.

Use another toothpick dipped in black food colouring to make the snowman eyes, or if you have currents or more edible balls in another colour you can use those instead.

Lightly toast some dessicated coconut as 'sand' and put it in the bottom of each cup-cake cup and stand your snowman up. Dress him up with some added accessories.

Add a silver bauble to your snowman's hat.

Hats & Scarfs


Ingredients

dessicated coconut
oat flower
white sugar
coconut cream
egg white

Method:


To make the hats and scarf's you would traditionally use fondant icing. As I didn't have any icing I made a mixture with coconut cream white sugar, dessicated coconut, oat flower. By using oat flower I did not have to cook the flour. Icing mixture is the easiest option here or crumble up some extra biscuits.

I added red food colouring and tried to make some scarfs. My mixture wouldn't hold so I whipped up some egg white as a binding agent, added a bit more of the dry ingredients until it was all the right consistency and it worked just wonderfully.

Wrap that tasty scarf around your snowman to show off his buttons to best advantage

Tips:

If it's a warm day try leaving the mixture in the fridge for a while to firm up before working it into shapes.

To save your hands from getting dyed red wear disposable gloves.

Hubby was keen to taste the snowmen and pronounced them edible but in need of Rum or some other flavour addition such as cinnamon, ginger or dried apricot pieces. The biscuits you choose to use will effect the flavour so be sure to taste and adjust as necessary.

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Comments

  1. Oh my goodness these are so cute! I love them! These are going to look great on my holiday table this season. Thanks for sharing! Pinned and shared :)

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  2. These are adorable! What a fun Christmas treat!

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    1. I was just going to make snowballs but realised I was so close to making a snowman I just had to give them a go.

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  3. These are just too, too adorable Stella. How can anyone eat them! Pinning and sharing.

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  4. How CUTE are those snowmen?! Thank you for the fun idea and great recipe! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. I wish I could have made sun hats like in the blog hop picture.

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  5. These are so precious I'd hate to destroy the look by eating them - they are too cute! Great for gift giving and holiday baking!

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    1. They are just the thing to bring for when you've been told not to bring anything.

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  6. These coconut snowmen are just too cute!
    They really are and ...TOO CUTE I tell ya. :))

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  7. oh these snowmen are so cute! I just want to smile at them and then nom nom eat off the head! :) lovely recipe thanks!

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  8. Your snowman cookies look too cute to eat... But I bet they're super delicious!

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