A new monthly puzzle page for kids. Created by me! 
Pass it on to any children who might be interested. 

PIPSQUEAK'S PUZZLE PAGES - March 2016
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I'm launching a new range of digital patterns. They are available in my Etsy shop.

'Rabbit-with-a-Carrot' is my first pattern. Just in time for Easter. 

More patterns will follow soon. 

 
 

Fingerbun Recipe

Ingredients
Makes 8 buns

Bun Dough
2 -3 cups strong plain flour 
2 tsp dry yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup caster sugar
1 tsp olive oil
2/3 cup sultanas - optional
1 cup lukewarm water (I use half cold, half hot).

Bun Glaze
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water

Bun Icing
2 cups icing sugar
2 tbs soft butter
1 tbs milk
1/2 tsp vanilla essence (optional)
A few drops of red food colouring 
1 cup dessicated coconut to decorate


Method

Bun Dough
1. Combine 2 cups flour, yeast, salt and caster sugar in a bowl. 

2. Add water and oil to the dry mixture. Combine until it becomes a slightly sticky dough that comes away from the bowl sides. You might need extra flour. Add bit-by-bit as required. 

3. Knead dough on a floured surface for 5-10 minutes with the lower palms of your hand. After kneading, the dough should be stretchy and soft. (Tip: If dough sticks to your hands while kneading, cover with flour and continue).

4. Add sultanas to the dough and work through until evenly spread.

5. Place the bowl in warm place covered with cling wrap. Leave for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.

6. Once the dough has doubled, put it onto a floured surface. Knock back and knead for a minute or two. 

7. Divide the dough into 8 equal parts.  Roll each part into a sausage shape (about 15cm in length). Place each 'sausage' onto a large tray (greased and lined). Leave about 1-2 cm between each one.

8. Cover with a tea towel. Place in a warm spot and let the dough double in size again. 
(Note: Portions should slightly touch after they've risen).

9. Cook at 190C for 15-20 minutes until bread is golden. 

Bun Glaze
1.Put sugar and water into a saucepan over a moderate heat.

2. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Boil for 1-2 minutes and remove from heat.

3. When the buns are slightly cool, spread glaze over them with a  pastry brush. 

Note: The glaze is optional, but does give the buns a shiny appearance.

Bun Icing
1. Beat butter until soft. Sift icing sugar and stir into the mixture. Beat in milk, vanilla and food colouring. If the icing consistency is too runny, add extra icing sugar to thicken.

2. When buns are cool, ice them using a butter knife. Roll the top of each bun in coconut. 


 
 
The 'Elephant Love' pattern is found in my 'Pipsqueaks' book. This little nest is a cosy accessory for felt elephants (or other pipsqueaked sized creatures).
Materials:
  • Felt Colour 1 – 24cm x 14cm (10’’ x 6’’)
  • Felt Colour 2 –  2cm x 2cm (1’’ x 1’’)
  • 6-stranded thread to match 
  • Nest Pattern PDF

Equipment:
  • Embroidery scissors (to cut out heart felt pattern pieces)
  • Sewing scissors (to cut out nest side and base pattern pieces)
  • Needle & pins

Method:

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  • Cut out Nest Side (x1) with Felt Colour 1.
  • Cut out Nest Base (x2) with Felt Colour 1.
  • Cut out Nest Hear (x1) with Felt Colour 2.

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  • Using an appliqué stitch, sew heart to the middle of the lower half of Nest Side (as pictured). 
  • Use 1 strand of thread. 
  • Knot off.

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  • Fold Nest Side in half, lengthways. 
  • Pin edges A of Nest Side together, making sure the heart is on the inner circle side. 
  • Use 2 strands of thread. 
  • Blanket stitch edges A together. Knot off.

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  • Pin Nest Side to both Nest Bases (keep bases perfectly together).
  • Blanket stitch Nest to both Nest Bases. 
  • Knot off.

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  • Turn inside out.


Pattern PDF

 
 
One of my Pipsqueaks projects is featured in the February edition of UK magazine, Sewing World. 

Sewing World Magazine - Feb 2016 Edition - with featured project

Pipsqueaks by Sally Dixon - whole book - all projects
This particular project teaches you how to make tiny Blushing Bunny & Kitty families. 
You can purchase the magazine here.

Or my Pipsqueaks book here.
 
 
COMPETITION 


Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of my new craft book:

Pipsqueaks - itsy-bitsy felt creations to stitch & love.

Craft the cutest, tiniest felt animals imaginable - all by hand.




HOW TO ENTER

Below is a cryptic crossword created by me. 

Print out the crossword, fill in the answers and return with your name, email address and postal address. 

Entries can be sent to Sally Dixon Creations, P.O. Box 16, Hope Valley, SA, 5090, Australia or creations@sallydixon.com.au

Entries close on the 31st January 2016.

All 100% correct crosswords will be placed into a draw. The winner will be chosen at random by online software and notified within 30 days. 

International entries are welcome. 

The crossword uses standard British English spelling.
Competition Terms & Conditions

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2. Employees of Sally Dixon Creations or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

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5. Closing date for entry will be 31st January 2016. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

7. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as follows: Further information can be found at: http://www.sallydixon.com.au

8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

11. Winners will be chosen: 
All 100% correct crosswords will be placed into a draw. The winner will be chosen at random, by online software, from all entries received and verified by Promoter and or its agents.

12. The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 30 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

13. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.

14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Australian law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Australia.

17. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current Australian data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

18. The winner’s name will be available 30 days after closing date by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address: P.O. Box 16, Hope Valley, SA, 5090, Australia.

19. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

20. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Sally Dixon Creations and not to any other party. No details will be passed onto any third parties. 

 
 
♥  Makes an 18cm round cake  ♥  serves 4-6  ♥  20 Mins Prep  ♥  30 mins Cooking Time  ♥  


Ingredients
190 grams almond meal
115 grams soft brown sugar
115 grams raw or demerara sugar (I used CSR Logicain sugar - low GI)
1/2 tsp salt 
70 grams butter, unsalted and softened
2 small eggs (or one large egg)
130 grams Greek yogurt, plus extra to serve
1/2 heaped tsp cinnamon, ground
1/2 tsp cardamom, ground
1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground
3-4 tablespoons pistachios, shelled and unsalted


Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. 
  2. Grease and line an 18 cm spring-form tin with baking paper.
  3. Combine almond meal, brown sugar, demarara sugar and salt in a bowl. 
  4. Chop the butter into cubes and add to the almond and sugar mixture. Rub into the mixture with your fingertips until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs. 
  5. Spoon half the mixture into the prepared tin. Press down to evenly cover the base. 
  6. To the remaining mixture, add the eggs, yoghurt and spices. Beat with a stirring spoon until smooth. 
  7. Pour this mixture over the base in the tin. 
  8. Sprinkle the pistachios over the top of the cake.
  9. Bake until golden brown and just set, about 40 minutes.
  10. Cool completely before gently removing the tin. Transfer carefully to a serving plate.
  11. Serve with extra Greek yoghurt and fresh berries. 



 


 
 
Inside a nest, beneath a tree,

Hatch yellow babies: one - two - and - three. 

With tiny wings and orange beaks,

The newborn babes cry, "Pip! and Squeak!"


Babe number one, with voice down low,

Asks, "What are we? I do not know!"

Babe number two, with trembling wings,

Says, "I don't know a single thing!"
Babe number three says, with a pout,

(And teary eyes), "We must find out!"

The yellow babes climb from their nest;

With eagerness they start their quest.


They spy a mouse with picnic tea,

"Mister Mouse?" they ask, "What are we?"

The small, gray mouse in crimson coat,

Stares at the babes and clears his throat.
"Tiny critters! That's what you are - 

Who should be with their Pa and Ma."

Quite bewildered, the babies moan,

"Where are our folks? We're all alone!"


They shake their wings; they wail and shriek,

Then they holler, "Pip! Pip! and Squeak!"

"Hush!" says the mouse, "No need to shout,

I can assist; I have no doubt."


He dries their tears, says, "Don't despair,"

And gives them each a teddy bear.

"Hug your teddies and eat a snack,

I'll find your folks and bring them back."
The helpful mouse does not take long,

To find out where their folks have gone:

Their Pa and Ma went out to get,

A dainty dog - a tiny pet. 


They thought their babies, one - two - three,

Might like some doggy company. 

They didn't think the eggs would crack,

Before they managed to get back. 
The mouse, the folks (and doggy too),

Run 'til the babes come into view.

Their Pa and Ma kiss their cheeks,

And sweetly peck their orange beaks.
"Our folks!" the yellow babies cheep,

Then snuggling close they say, "Pip! Squeak!"

As they're about to close their eyes,

There's something that they realize: 


The yellow babies, one - two - and - three,

Still don't know their identity.

"Can you please tell us, Pa and Ma,

What critters we exactly are?"  
The parents hug their babies three,

"We are a chicken family.

You are our chicks (who we adore),

But you need to know one thing more..."
"Our family is very blessed,

'Cause many friends live near our nest:

There are elephants you will meet.

And platypuses with webbed feet."


"Shy koalas who like to sleep,

Bunnies, cats, and birds who cheep. 

Each one of us is quite unique:

We're all tiny, we are pipsqueak."


The yellow chickens, one - two - and - three,

Are pleased with their identity.

As their folks kiss each orange beak,

They softly chirp, "Pip! Pip! and Squeak!"

© Poem and images copyrighted to Sally Dixon Creations 2015.


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Pipsqueaks.
by Sally Dixon