Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WCW Rocky Road Slice

One of my favourite flavours is Rocky Road, but unfortunately my children don't like jelly lollies as much as I do! We have compromised and come up with this Rocky Road Slice, that mixes marshmallows with cherries and chocolate for a decadent treat.

Rocky Road Slice

225g chocolate wheaten biscuits
125g butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
225g milk chocolate melts
75g glace cherries, halved
100g mini baking marshmallows

Place the biscuits in a ziplock bag and crush with a rolling pin.

Melt the butter, golden syrup and cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium heat and gently stir until combined.

Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the chocolate biscuits, then pour into a lined and greased baking tray.

Melt the chocolate and then add the cherries and marshmallows. Pour over the biscuit base and spread over evenly. Chill for three hours in the fridge then cut into slices to serve.

You only need a small piece of this to get that chocolate hit, and this slice lasts well in the fridge for up to a week. The soft textures of the topping compared with the hard biscuit base make this popular with both adults and kids!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

This is my Happy Place Mini Album

It has been a while since I posted anything crafty on here- most of my creations are now on my Close To My heart blog, CTMH Craftings.

However, I thought this mini album warranted a look as it related to my life as a stay at home mum, and is a great reminder of the little moments of my life that make me happy. A colour challenge came up on my blog feed just as I was cleaning out some older papers and embellishments, and it was just the kickstart I needed to finally do something with my stash.

Here is the front cover- I really liked the "this is my happy place" quote that was cut on my Cricut as it inspired this entire album!

The first two pages talk about my husband and two boys- I loved the retro papers and the speech bubble accents so finally broke them out of their packaging and used them!

All the frames were cut on my Cricut and I added some extra embellishments and journalling. Baking always relieves my stress levels, and getting out and about with my family is another feel-good moment.

I must admit though, sometimes I need a wine! And of course, I love to craft. The retro housewife stickers were waiting for the perfect project, and I also used some metal flower embellishments.

Coffee is another pick-me-up in my life, and this quote sums up my morning perfectly. Waking up to these three gorgeous faces helps too!

I kept the back simple with some embossed cardstock and extra striped paper.

I encourage you to document the things that are your "happy place", whether it be in a journal, notebook or mini album, or even a note on your fridge! Reminding myself what really makes me happy in my life was such a great experience and it made me appreciate my family (and my coffee) more.

Linking up with The Creative Corner and Just Add Ink!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Poppins Book Nook- Books that were turned into Movies

Welcome to the June edition of Poppins Book Nook!

 This month's theme is Books That Were Turned Into Movies.

My boys have always had a story at bedtime, and currently we are working through the chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This was the perfect opportunity to watch the movie, based on J.K Rowling's wizarding world.

I set the table with a Hedwig centerpiece and a Basilisk.

The boys were excited to make their own Hedwigs from socks and pieces of felt. We used big googly eyes and the boys loved gluing everything together!

Dinner was owl inspired pizzas with a tortilla covered in spaghetti and cheese. I added ham wings and cucumber eyes, with a carrot beak.

I also made Butterbeer popcorn (recipe here) to eat as we watched the movie.

We had a great time watching Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, and talking about how the movie differed from what we had read in the book so far.

Click below to see how other members of Poppins Book Nook were inspired!

 Clip art by MelonHeadz.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Spin the Pin- Tu-Tu Fun!

Today I am joining in with Jo at iCurvy and her fabulous Spin the Pin challenge!

The idea is to take style inspiration from a fellow fashionista's pinned outfit, and put our own twist the outfit.

I loved the animal print shoes and the tu-tu skirt, so here is my take....

I paired the skirt with a simple black top and added a cord jacket for added texture. The leopard print flats were definitely inspired by this pin, although I can't wear heels that high and so flats were my choice of footwear!

I paired this look with a simple gold necklace (gifted to me from the lovely Lauren!) and matched my lipstick to the skirt for a touch of glam.

This skirt is still in stock at and 25% off too!

Jacket: Sportsgirl, T-Shirt: Pagani (exact), Skirt: Boohoo (exact), Shoes: Number One Shoes (similar)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WCW Chilli Black Bean Pizza

I love quick and easy dinners, but sometimes it is hard to incorporate vegetables into family favourites. Today I am sharing with you a pizza that my whole family loves (shhh don't tell my boys it is healthy) and is a vegetarian style, filling alternative to our usual ham and cheese pizza. The other great thing is that the Delmaine beans are gluten free, so if you use a gluten free pizza base as well, you have a perfect dinner option for those who cannot eat gluten.

Chilli Black Bean Pizza
1 pizza base
1/2 can Delmaine Black Beans in Chilli Sauce
1/2 cup pizza sauce
generous handful fresh baby spinach leaves
1/2 red capsicum, diced
1/2 cup grated cheese
125g light sour cream
1 fresh tomato, finely diced

On your pizza base, spread a thin layer of pizza sauce and then top with the black beans.

Top with the spinach, capsicum and cheese, then bake in the oven at 200 degrees C for 15-20 minutes.

Cut into wedges and serve with diced fresh tomato and a dollop of sour cream on top.

A yummy, easy weeknight dinner that tastes fresh and fabulous! You can definitely add additional topings such as olives, mushrooms or guacamole, depending on what you have available.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Sisterhood of the Travelling Gift

Recently, I joined the Sisterhood of the Travelling Gift exchange- an idea formed for a gift swap between three lovely Australian ladies. They kindly opened it up to a few New Zealand ladies, and I got to send my parcel across the ditch.

I started off by investigating my sister's interests- teacups, chevron print and vintage items seemed to be high on her wishlist and so I decided to send a "Ray of Sunshine" package with these themes in mind.

Here are all the goodies I put together for her.

Lets have a closer look- first up I got these yellow tea towels with teacups printed on them.

I also made her a fabric ring.

A makeup bag always comes in handy.

And a custom vintage style print of a lady drinking tea!

And lastly, a pack of cute yellow chevron paper bags.

I wrapped it up and added some sun cut outs, as well as some gold polka dot washi tape and a card.

I made the card with the yellow chevron and sun theme, and added some more of the polka dot washi behind some of the words to tie it all together.

Off it goes to Australia- I hope my matched sister likes it!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WCW Banana Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream and Hokey Pokey Crumble

Today's creation is a bit of a mouthful- both to say and to eat!

My husband recently celebrated his birthday, and I wanted to come up with a spectacular cake that would look and taste amazing. I had a few bananas languishing in my fruit bowl (doesn't everyone?) and so it was only fair I make a banana cake. The idea evolved from there and I ended up with a creamy and delicious cake.

I you are not in New Zealand you may not be familiar with Hokey Pokey, so I have shared a step by step process below. If you are short on time you could top with a Crunchie or Honeycomb bar, but I love making hokey pokey and my boys love the science behind it!

Banana Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream and Hokey Pokey Crumble

For the cake
1 1/3 cups white sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups  mashed bananas
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and line a round cake tin.
Cream together sugar and butter then mix in sour cream and eggs. Stir in mashed banana and vanilla extract. Add the flour, salt and baking soda then mix well.
Pour batter into prepared tin, and bake in the middle rack of your oven for 35-40 minutes.

For the Brown Sugar Buttercream- original recipe from I Heart Eating
7 T. all-purpose flour
1 ¼ c. milk
1 ½ T. pure vanilla extract
1 ½ c. salted butter, at room temperature
1 ½ c. brown sugar, packed
Pinch of salt

In a small saucepan, whisk flour into milk and heat, stirring constantly, until it becomes thick.
Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract  and let it cool to room temperature.
While the mixture is cooling, cream the butter, sugar, and salt together until light and fluffy, then add the completely cooled milk mixture.
Beat for about 5 minutes until it looks like whipped cream.

For the Hokey Pokey
5 tbsp white sugar
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp baking soda

Prepare a buttered glass baking dish.

Put sugar and golden syrup into a saucepan.

Heat gently, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves.

Increase the heat and bring to the boil. Boil for two minutes. Stir occasionally, if necessary, to prevent burning. Remove from heat.

Add baking soda. Stir quickly until mixture froths up rapidly!

Pour into the buttered dish immediately.

Leave until cold and hard then place in a snaplock bag and crush with a rolling pin to form the crumble.

To create the cake, spread a thick layer of the buttercream on top of one cut circle and place the other circle on top.

Pipe remaining buttercream on the top of the cake using a star nozzle.

Sprinkle the Hokey pokey crumble over the top of the cake. You may want to do this just before serving as it does melt into the buttercream over time.

Slice and serve!

This cake was the perfect celebration cake, and a welcome change from a traditional chocolate birthday cake.

Even better, it still tasted great the next day!
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