31.10.14

Happy Halloween

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! It's the day to act scary, eat way too much candy and dress up! I couldn't be more excited, even though our party is only tomorrow. So in honour of Halloween, today's Friday Funnies is a themed for the day. 






Hope you all have the most wonderful weekend and a great Halloween!

29.10.14

Last minute Halloween ideas

Two days till Halloween! Oh how the excitement is building for the celebrations we're going to have this weekend. I can't wait to see what everyone dresses up as. I have my costume all planned, I just need to go buy everything for it. Then there's the yummy treats I'm going to make, and we all know how much I love to bake. I've been planning my costume and treats for who knows how long and I've changed my mind so many times it's ridiculous. Right about now some of you may be reading this and thinking, "Oh wow, I haven't even thought about my costume, never mind the treats or decor!" Well you're in luck, because thanks to my obsessive nature when it comes to all kinds of celebrations I've rounded up the ideal list for you.


Need a costume?
5 Last Minute Costume Ideas





27.10.14

Ghost cookies

Halloween, the chance to dress up, act silly, decorate the house and the garden, watch even more scary movies than usually and eat as many treats as possible. One of the things I love the most about Halloween (besides dressing up) is getting to make all the Halloween treats. So this year for Halloween I've decided to make cute little ghost cookies. 


Method:
Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Cream together butter and sugar. 

In a separate bowl combine the salt, 
baking soda, flour and baking powder.

Add remaining wet ingredients: 
eggs, sour cream and vanilla.
Slowly mix the wet and dry ingredients until combined. 
I added (roughly)  an extra cup of flour, 
because the dough was quite sticky.

Bag the dough and allow it to chill in the fridge for at least an hour.

Use your cookie cutters to make your ghost shapes.

Once you're done cutting out all the ghosts, 
bake them in the oven for 8-10 minutes.  

Royal icing

Ingredients
1 egg white
250g icing sugar
Food colouring of choice

Method
1. Place egg white in a bowl and beat with electric beater until soft peaks form.
2. Gradually add icing sugar and beat until soft peaks form once again.
3. Divide icing into bowls and add food colouring.
4. Now go wild with the decorating. 

Decorate your ghost cookies with the icing and give them eyes. 
I made mine little one eyed ghosts. 

What treats do you have planned for Halloween?

24.10.14

Friday Funnies


Oh happiness Friday is FINALLY HERE, because wow did this week drag! I woke up on Wednesday convinced it was Friday, so imagine my annoyance when I realised (halfway to work might I add) that it was only Wednesday. It did kinda put a damper on the rest of my day and I was so grumpy for the first hour (lol). Well at least now it's Friday and it's set to be yet another brilliant weekend. 


If Disney characters were on Instagram.
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Hope you all have the most wonderful weekend!

22.10.14

Joburgers you'll want to read this

Now if there is one thing I know, it's that everyone loves a sale. Whether it's clothes, furniture or food; everyone loves a bargain. What's even better than a bargain is discovering your favourite store has a factory outlet, and that's just what I'm here to tell you. 


Two of the beautiful dresses I bought from the Forever New Factory Store
for under R1000

1. Forever New - located in World Wear
2. Big Blue - 57 third avenue Linden
3. Adidas - World Wear
4. Lorna Jane - Skyview Retail Park, Strijdom Park
5. Triumph/Wonderbra - Woodmead Value Mart
6. Big L (Levis) - Woodmead Retail park
7. Coricraft - Game Complex, Wynberg
8. Geldof Chocolatiers - Mikro Industrial Park, Strijdom Park
9. 3D cosmetics - World Wear/Honeydew/Fourways (see their website for more details)
10. Nike Factory Outlet, Woodmead Value Mart
11. Consol Glass - Woodmead

Now if you really like sales and discount shopping you'll really enjoy Factory Shops in Johannesburg and Sales Addicts SA.

20.10.14

DIY embossed jars

With all this lovely weather we've been having, our little garden has become this corner of beautiful colour. The roses in particular are doing exceptional well, so currently the house has a vase of roses in practically every room. The only problem with this is that I don't have enough vases for all of these roses. Which then got me thinking of what I could improvise with; and that's when I thought of this embossed jar idea I had seen a while back.


Method

If you're anything like me and your free hand is terrible, 
you can use the permanent marker to
 write out the words on your jars.

Using your glue gun, go over the words you have chosen
 to display on your jars. 
Allow the glue to dry for at least 10-15 minutes.

Once the glue has dried, using the spray paint 
cover the jars in your chosen colour.
I did at least two coats of spray paint.

And there you have it, your very own embossed jar.

You could do it in as many colours as you like. 
For example I did a brown and a gold option. 
My writing looks a bit wonky, but holding a jar and 
going over the letters with a glue gun is a lot harder than you think (lol).

Have you done any fun and crafty DIY things around your home lately?

17.10.14

Friday Funnies

I can't believe we're already halfway through October, it feels like I've blinked and the year is almost up! The exciting part about that through, is it's almost holiday time. Speaking of holidays, it's all booked...YAY! Well before I get to carried away about the holidays, let's take a minute or two and enjoy some laughs. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.




13.10.14

Strawberry Cheesecake

What do you do when you have way too many Strawberries, some Philadelphia cream cheese and a need to bake. Why you make a Strawberry Cheesecake of course. Wait you didn't come to that solution, only me then? Oh that's ok. I mean I am just a little obsessed with baking. 



Method: 
In a plastic bag using a rolling pin or bottle crush the digestive biscuits
 and then transfer the crumbs to a bowl. 

Pour the melted butter over the crumbs. 
Mix the crumbs and butter thoroughly until 
the crumbs are completely coated.

Line the bottom of a cake tin or tart tin with the crumb and butter mixture.
Chill in the fridge for an hour to set firmly.

Place the cream cheese, icing sugar and the vanilla in a bowl, 
then beat with an electric mixer until smooth.

Pour in the double cream and continue beating until 
the mixture is completely combined.

Spoon the cream mixture onto the biscuit base, 
making sure that there are no air bubbles.
Leave to set in the fridge overnight.

Cut the strawberries lengthways in slices and place on top of the cake.

Allow the cake to return to room temperature before serving.

What delicious items have you baked or cooked lately? I'm always look for a new recipe to try.

10.10.14

Friday Funnies

Emojis (or to some know as emoticons) we all use them. Wheather it's to express anger, humour, sarcasm, pain or love. So when I came across this hilarious Buzz Feed for 29 uses of the Poop Emoji, I just had to share it.






To see the rest of these funnies, why not head on over to Buzz Feed

8.10.14

What's been going on in my life lately

Well I'm sorry to say it, but life has officially become BUSY. Between all the work (crazy season is here), studying (remind me again why I thought it was a good idea to study and work at the same time), get togethers (it seems to be Birthday season as well), planning family Christmas (it takes a lot of coord between all of us), gym time (got to be ready for Bikini season you know), spending time with special people (have to maintain that relationship) and just plain old relaxing; life is chaos! I say that again, life is CHAOS! It feels like I blink and days pass by, I mean I woke up this morning shocked that it was Wednesday! 

So to keep you up to date and partially because I've forgotten myself, lets have a look at what I've been up to lately. 


Spotted these gorgeous figs growing right outside my window.


Got the cutest slippers as a present, 
which were so comfy for when I was confined 
to bed because of motion sickness from an ear infection.

Made the sweetest dessert for Heritage Day 
celebrations with the friends.

Did a fun icing course with the girls. 

The bestie and I went and got our nails done at SOHO. 

I felt like going to the beach, 
only to remember I don't live anywhere 
near the beach (sad face). 
So I dressed for the beach anyway.

We had some delicious GnTs on a Saturday afternoon.

Did a bit more baking (stay tuned for all of those delicious recipes). 


Yes, that in a nutshell is what I've been up to the last couple of weeks, but for now it's time to get excited and count down the days till the Festive season break!

What have you been up to lately?

6.10.14

A few handy tips and tricks when it comes to baking

Just the other day the sister and I were baking away in the kitchen when one our recipes didn’t exactly turn out the way we thought it would. We did however reinvent it into a deconstructed bunt cake. I mean aren't we just so clever? I say this while laughing at a joke I thought up about an hour ago, can’t wait to share that one tonight (deep down inside I think I’m hilarious).

So while looking at the pile, insert *beautiful and well planned deconstruction* we started talking about things we could maybe have done differently. Which then got me thinking about baking tips and tricks that how many everyday at home bakers don’t even know about. Well fear no more, because coming to you right now is those exact tips and tricks.


Tools mean everything: For all your dry ingredients always use measuring cups and spoons that can be levelled off (to ensure you always get the exact measurements).
Give it a stir: Did you know, that flour settles and compacts in storage? So before measuring out that cup or quarter cup, be sure to give it a stir.
Where butter matters: Always use unsalted butter when it comes to baking. This way you can you can control the amount of salt in your finished product.
C is for cold: When you’re making a flaky crust (a pie crust for example), be sure to use extremely cold ingredients and equipment. This prevents the ingredients from melting and the crust from becoming a flop.
Cakes like it warm: Make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before starting. This is because cold ingredients don’t trap and hold air bubbles as well, and air bubbles are exactly what give cakes their impressive height.
Chocolatey goodness: The best cooking/baking chocolate contains only cocoa butter and no other fats. Be sure to read the label. If it contains vegetable oils, it isn't the best quality chocolate you can buy.

Oh and on a related note, I've signed up for the Yuppiechef Baking Challenge