Friday, 31 October 2014

Pinterest Friday - Melbourne Cup edition

It's Friday again - yeah!!!!

Melbourne Cup is coming up on Tuesday and I thought I'd share with you some great ideas to get into the cup spirit.

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Have a great weekend everyone.

Melbourne Cup day - Vanilla cupcakes,with butter cream icing. Fondant decorations and horse made from fondant with tylose powder.

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Cassie Stephens: DIY: Sushi on my Head, Sushi on my Feet, Sushi EVERYWHERE

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Minaudiere with Golden Horse DIY

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One of many super easy ways to make a fascinator.

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How to Make a Derby Drink Holder  Wow the guests at your next Kentucky Derby theme party with a drink cozy in the shape of a horse blanket.

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Horseshoe Cookies Kentucky Derby Party

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Message of Hope - End of an Era!

It's the end of an era - last week MJ completed his final CPA exam - YEAH!!!!!!!
We're both so excited, for you see this will be the first time since we got married (6.5 years) that MJ will not have to study. He studied for years working full-time and completing his Bachelor of Accounting through Open Uni and now the last 3 years has been working full-time and completing his CPA, he does still have another year of CPA but it's a mentoring part now which is through work. 
I've been so proud of MJ's commitment and dedication to his studying for all these years and now we can look forward to a new era of no study, no exams, no late nights, weekends back together and a new hope of better things ahead. 

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Recipe - Strawberry Jam

#81 - Try Jam Making

I've always wanted to have a go at jam making, so when Coles had an awesome special on strawberries the other week I knew my time had come.

So today we will be making strawberry jam.

First up we need:

- 1.5 kg of strawberries (6 x 250g punnets)
- 1/2 cup of lemon juice
- 1.25 kg sugar, warmed
- 1/2 cup of water
- 2 small plates placed in the freezer
- Clean jars

Now wash your strawberries with the stems still on

Next hull the strawberries, never hull and then wash as the strawberries will absorb water and the taste will be affected. 

Now we need to warm the sugar, to do this use a large baking tray and spread the sugar out in an even layer and warm in a slow oven (150 degrees Celsius) for about 10-15 minutes. 

Place the strawberries in a large deep pan with the lemon juice, warmed sugar and water. Now warm gently without boiling, be careful while stirring that you don't break up the berries too much. 

Increase the heat and again without boiling stir for around 10 minutes or until all the sugar has dissolved. 

Now increase the heat and this time bring the mixture to the boil for 20 minutes, stirring often. Make sure you skim any scum off the surface. 

After 20 minutes you can start testing for a setting point but it may take up to around 40 minutes. Make sure the jam isn't catching on the base of the pan and burning. 

To test for setting point remove one of the small plates from the freezer and place around a teaspoon of the jam onto the cold plate. Gently push your finger through the jam, if the jam wrinkles it's ready, if not continue cooking for a little longer and test again.

Once ready remove jam from the heat and spoon immediately into clean, warm jars and seal. Make sure you turn the jars upside down for about 2 minutes and then turn back up the right way and leave to cool (this just helps move the air around inside the jars). Be sure to label and date your jars so you know what jam is inside and the date you made it. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 6-12 months. Once opened place in the fridge for up to 6 weeks. 


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Friday, 24 October 2014

Pinterest Friday - Halloween Edition

We are one week away from Halloween!!!! So I thought I'd share with you some great Halloween ideas to get you into the spirit (ha ha) of things!!!

Enjoy!!!! Remember you can find me on Pinterest here.

People will stare when you serve this spooky Vampire Cocktail this Halloween. It looks gory, but tastes amazing! {from Self Proclaimed Foodie}

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Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies - SPIDERS! #halloween #spiders @spicyperspectiv

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Cookie Monster Pumpkin ~ fun inspiration

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Dracula's Dentures - made from chocolate chip cookies, red frosting, and marshmallows. #halloween treat

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Love these #WitchHat cupcakes for my #Halloween Party-see 17 more yummy #HalloweenTreats Recipes included

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16 Awesome Homemade Halloween Decorations  //  I have done the toilet paper eyes!  It is awesome!  L.

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Halloween- cute idea for the kids at a halloween party or at a wedding to keep them busy!
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Huge Black Spider Start Halloween night off right by greeting your trick-or-treaters with a huge black spider! I like this idea for a large ...

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#Halloween  Bloody fingernails.  Ewwws and ahhhs.  Celebrate this Halloween with and our array of beauty products

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DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume

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DIY Pizza Slice + Delivery Boy Couples Costume

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Messages of Hope - New Life

It was a dark and stormy night, heavy rain and lightening everywhere - sounds like the beginning of a horror movie doesn't it but in fact it beginning of the birth my newest nephew. 
Last Tuesday night as a shocker - weather wise - and my sister-in-law goes into labour right in the middle of it all.  At 3:30am Wednesday morning while most people are generally asleep my little nephew came into this world and changed it forever. He wasn't due for another 4 weeks but he had other plans and surprised the lot of us - especially his parents. 
It's always exciting when a new baby is born as it's a new life into this world, a new person that has the ability to change history, to make this world a better place, to achieve, to be, to live. It's amazing all the opportunities that will come into his little life. 
I'm going to enjoy watching him grow and develop and become an amazing young man, but for now join me in oohing and aahing over his cute little face.

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