Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Our tree has been up for a little while, however last night I finished wrapping the last of the presents, although I still have a few little things to buy/make. I counted that I have 25 people to buy for, not including my two sweetpeas. Some of those people are getting more than one thing. No wonder Mr Sweetpea keeps asking me where all our money is going. I did suggest moving somewhere far away last weekend, in a huff. Preferably somewhere sunny and close to the beach. Perhaps this will make Mr Sweetpea reconsider, we surely couldn't post all of these gifts, hehe. All those gifts do look pretty under the tree though, although this was only for the purpose of the photo and they're all about to go back into the spare room/study/junk room so they remain intact, oh, and because Santa is brining them, of course.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Raspberry and Lemon Cordial: image from http://yummy-books.com/2010/09/21/anne-of-green-gables-raspberry-cordial/
Pistaccio and Cranberry Nougat: This picture and an accompanying recipe are from http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipe/3636/Pistachio_and_cranberry_nougat/search/true, although I will be using Donna Hay's recipe from her "Christmas" book.
One of the most difficult things so far has been sourcing the packinging (ie. bottles and jars etc). I bought a whole bunch of what I believe are preserving jars at the Reject Shop for $2 each, which is not too bad. I still need a whole bunch of smaller jars and smallish brown glass bottles for another Christmas project (more info to come shortly).
Monday, November 29, 2010
number one garland made by cutting out number one shapes and pegging them on to a piece of string, using mini pegs. I cut the shapes out whilst watching a movie which made this quite a quick and effective decoration.
Some of the spread. Cupcakes, marshmallows on sticks which had been dipped in chocolate and sprinkles, number one shaped cake (bottom layer chocolate mud cake and top layer caramel mud cake), cake balls dipped in white chocolate, tuna dip and spinach, ricotta and corn cob loaf dip (did not taste at all as I expected, need to find another recipe for this one).
Better picture of the cake. I had intended to cover it with frilly icing, using a piping tip. Although as I started trying to achieve this effect I realised, (i) it would take hours to actually pipe it on; (ii) I would need quite a bit of practice to perfect this effect; (iii) I needed a TON of icing to do this; and finally (iv) there was no way it was going to happen!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Ok, no more confessions for now. I'll keep the rest of my dirty little secrets to myself.....for now.
A big thank you to my 12 followers as well, I appreciate every single one of you!
Hope you've all had a truly wonderful trashy Tuesday!!!! :)
Monday, October 25, 2010
I am always inspired by other bloggers, be it with food and recipes, fashion, crafts or simply good advice about self esteem and positivity. Not too long ago, I was reading a post about salads over at the blog "Apples under my bed" (http://applesundermybed.blogspot.com/2010/09/epic-salads.html. I like to think that I eat well, and when I truly do eat well, I simply love how much energy I have and how alert I am. Heidi who hosts the blog, talked about how to make salad tasty, satisfying and keep them healthy. After reading this post, I was inspired to create my own epic salad, which was greatly enjoyed by Mr SweetPea, SweetPea AP (2) and SweetPea EA (almost 1).
Here is a picture of my delicious epic salad
- mixed lettuce leaves
- drained tinned tuna (I like the one in oil - which I drain, but this is probably not the healthiest option)
- red pepper
- baby corn
- soba noodles
- poached egg
From memory (which is very poor these days), I dressed this with a little soy, a little hoi sin sauce, salt and pepper.
I think that the addition of the poached egg to the top was particularly genius of me, modest aren't I!
In other cooking news, I was trying to come up with something sweet late one afternoon to serve to friends who were coming by for coffee that night. I wanted to make something a little different and special. There was no good reason, I just felt like it. I went on over to the Tartelette blog, which never fails to inspire (www.mytartlette.com). I found a recipe for strawberry and vanilla floating islands. My Tartlette makes hers, in the recipe on her blog, with a strawberry coulis. I noticed that she said that the traditional way to make these was with a creme anglaise and at that moment there was no turning back. After trying to make creme anglaise twice and ending up with scrambled eggs both times, I was almost out of eggs. So, I had to make plain old custard, which is still nice, just not as glamerous as cousin creme anglaise. At some point in making this, I also came across a recipe for balsamic toffee strawberries at Raspberri cupcakes blog (http://http://raspberricupcakes.blogspot.com/2010/09/balsamic-toffee-strawberries.html).
Forgive my food styling (aka rustic style or homestyle). This is what I ended up with. Was very yummy, although could have been much better with that glamerous cousin creme anglaise.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
You have the chance to win THREE gorgeous Parisian inspired cushion covers. There are a total of nine designs with three below for you to check out.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Now, I have just discovered a super-generous blogger who is giving away this very cute hobby horse.
If you have a little person in your life that would enjoy this guy, get over to http://craftycrackpot.blogspot.com/
Friday, September 3, 2010
I love this little blue onsie. Perfect for any little rockstar! This onsie is printed with eco-friendly non toxic inks and the 100% cotton onsie has come from a Fair Trade organisation. Take a peek at this seller's store for lots of other gorgeous designs. You can find this onsie over at
This lovely baby quilt/playmat ticks all the boxes for me. Educational (letters), modern, practical and pretty. When it comes to children, you can never have too many blankets. Little people have an amazing ability to create mountains of washing, often in mere minutes. This would make a lovely gift (for yourself or a friend) :). Check it out at http://www.madeit.com.au/detail.asp?id=94298 by seller Christopher and Me.
Remember, Christmas is sneakily approaching. The decorations may not be up in the shops yet (although it won't be long at all), but those clever folk amongst us know that the more time you give yourself, the more time you have to a) find the perfect gifts b) buy unique presents and c) you don't end up feeling the pinch all at once.
http://www.madeit.com.au/detail.asp?id=89855 - Quilt by seller Baum Textiles Co.