Valentines day homemade gifts...

by Wolf and Whistle


Try following Kirsty Allsop's instructions from her book 'Kirtsy's Homemade home', but if you don't want to buy this book, have a look on this website….

You can buy candle wax, wick and anything you might need for candle making here 

1. Prepare the wick- you need to cut the wick about 3cm longer that the depth of your container. Crimp the wick iniside the sustainer which can be bought here!

2. Choose a jar/teacup or any kind of pot that you want to make your candle in. Like these old marmite jars or a vintage container... 

3. Fill it with water and then measure the volume. You will need the same amount of water in grams, eg 1450ml will be 150g. 

4. Melt the wax in a double burner. We did ours in an old wax burner, but if you don't have one then just put a pot inside a pan of boiling water. Dip your sustainer end of the wick in the melted wax too set it.  

5. If you're adding scents to your candle then now is the time! You will need about 4 teaspoons for it to be effective. You can buy essential oils from any homeopath, or you can usually find somewhere cheap online. We used orange and clove. 

6. Pour the wax into the containers. 

7. Place the wick and the sustainer through the middle, its easier if you tie it to a pencil because it can rest on top of the container while the wax cools and hardens, 

8. Your candle will be ready to burn in one day. 


We used Mary Berry's oaty cookie recipe recipe and made it our own by dipping in melted dark chocolate

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This is the easiest recipe to follow and the cookies are so tasty!

1. Melt the butter in a pan over a low-medium heat. 

2. Put the flour (sifted), baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, sugar and oats into a bowl. 

3. Add the melted butter and mix until the dough holds together. 

4. Roll into about 28 walnut sized balls and place on baking sheets (prepared with grease proof paper). 

5. Cook for 15-20 minutes. If you know your oven is quite fierce then don't exceed 15 minutes, the cookies will feel really soft when they come out of the oven but they harden very quickly. 

6. Melt 200g of your favourite chocolate and once the cookies are cooled dip half of each biscuit in the chocolate. Make them look different by drizzling the chocolate over some of them. 

Finally, wrap in cellophane and tie with a piece of ribbon. 

Serve these to your loved one when they come through the door after a long day at work with a cup of tea, not just for Valentines day!