Friday, October 2, 2015

My Etsy Store is open again.

Just popping in today to let you know that my Etsy store is back up and running again. 
After a hectic year I had put it on pause for a while but I've reopened and discounted my wall banners and prints. Pop over and take a look x

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Recipe for Pimms, White Wine Sangria and Rocky Road Cheesecake

After my last post I had a few enquiries on the recipe for the cocktails and the Rocky Road Cheesecake. I thought I would share them here.

Recipe for White Wine Sangria.

We originally had this drink for the first time at Manly Wine and they were lovely enough to give us the recipe. It is now a fixture at most of our gatherings. It's so light and refreshing to drink.

Place 1 lemon cut into wedges, a handful of fresh mint leaves, 5 lychees (tinned is fine) 60ml Martini Bianco, 30ml Cointreau and 250ml Chardonnay into a jug. Stir vigorously. Top with ice and lemonade. 

We serve Sangria differently depending on the occasion.
If it is just a couple of friends over we will make up a jug and scoop out the lychees, lemon and mint into each glass as we pour it.

If we have a bigger crowd we will pop the drink into our larger mason jars.
This one from Kmart is our current favourite. (I sprayed the stand white)

To make up the quantities for the 3 litre jar add
180ml Cinzano Bianco
90ml Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
60mls of the lychee syrup from the can
750ml Chardonnay
Topped with lemonade (approx 2 litres)
Add 4 lemon wedges, 4 lychees, 10 torn mint leaves

We also keep little bowls of lemon, lychees and mint nearby so each person can add 1 of each to their glass before pouring in the Sangria. This frees you up as the host as people can help themselves to drinks while you get the food ready etc.

Recipe for Pimms
1 part Pimms
3 parts Schweppes Lemonade
Orange, strawberries, mint (cucumber is a traditional addition but I'm not a fan!)
If you don't like your drink too sweet. Add 1 part of Dry Ginger Ale and take away 1 part of lemonade. 

Same serving suggestions as above -
 If it is just a couple of friends over we will make up a jug and scoop out the mint, oranges and strawberries.
If we are serving from the big jars then little bowls of the fruit will be nearby.

Recipe for Rocky Road Cheesecake.

The first step is to make your Rocky Road. Everyone usually has their own favourite Rocky Road recipe so feel free to use your own if you like. Most recipes use nuts but I leave them out due to lots of people with nut allergies.
I use a Twix Rocky Road recipe. It adds a little extra texture.

Recipe for Twix Rocky Road
4 x 58g Twix chocolate bars chopped
1 cup of rice bubbles
150g marshmallows chopped
400g milk chocolate chopped
40g copha chopped
(1 cup of unsalted roasted peanuts if you like)

Line a rectangular baking tray with baking paper. Combine Twix bars, rice bubbles, marshmallows and peanuts in a bowl. Place chocolate and copha in a pan. Stir over a low heat until chocolate is melted. Cool slightly. Pour mixture over Twix mixture, mix well. Spoon onto prepared tray.  Refrigerate until set. Cut into small squares/pieces.

Recipe for Cheesecake
125g sweet chocolate biscuits
60g butter melted
625g cream cheese softened
395g can sweetened condensed milk
3 eggs

Preheat oven to moderately slow (160 - 140 (fan forced) degrees celsius)
Process the biscuits until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. Transfer to a medium bowl, stir in butter. Press biscuit mixture over the base of a 23cm springform tin, refrigerate until firm.
Beat cream cheese with electric mixer until smooth, then add the condensed milk and beat until combined. Beat in eggs one at a time, until just combined.
Place tin on an oven tray, pour the cheesecake mixture into tin. Press half of the Rocky Road into the surface. Bake in moderately slow oven about 1 1/4 hours or until set. Cool in oven with door ajar.
Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight. 
Decorate with the remaining Rocky Road and dust with icing sugar if desired.

What do you think? Tempted to give them a go?
They might come in handy if you are entertaining this long weekend.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday Celebrations

We had a couple of family birthdays this week so decided to celebrate them over lunch today.

We tried out a Mexican Chicken recipe in the slow cooker and served "make your own burritos"
The recipe can be found here, it was delish!

Nibbles to start......

We set up a little drinks station with the choice of Pimms or White wine sangria.

The little mason jars and stand are from Kmart. 
The stand was originally black but I sprayed it white for a fresher look.

It's always nice to set the table with pretty colours. I love the combination of navy and pink.
These placemats have been in the cupboard for years. It's so great to shop your own cupboards and find things you've forgotten about.  

I forgot to take a photo of the food! So here is a photo from Goop where the recipe site.

Kids seating at the bar.

Dessert. 2 cakes for 2 birthday girls.
I made a Rocky Road Cheesecake and a Passionfruit Sponge cake. Yum!

I love a long Sunday lunch. It is the perfect end to the week.

How was your weekend?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Our Week

How has your week been?
It's the end of another busy week. I know I keep saying it but I can't believe how fast the weeks and the year are flying by! I'd love things to slow down a little.

Finn's footy team made it into the Grand Finals, they lost out but they all played so well.
Even though Finn has been injured and missed half of the games he has been down there every weekend running on the tee for the kicks and staying part of things. Every one has been so lovely at keeping him feeling involved. It was great to sit out in the sun and enjoy the game.

I met up with a friend at The Grounds. I "met" Cill through Instagram a couple of years ago and even though I feel like I've known her for ages it was the first time we've met up face to face. 
It's amazing the connections you can make through social media isn't it? 

The weather has been beautiful! A perfect start to Spring. 
We've been enjoying a few walks in the sun this week. I have the cutest little walking buddy ;)

I couldn't resist putting this bunch of colour in the trolley when I did the grocery shopping this week. 
A pop of prettiness for the coffee table.

I finally finished this 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle! I had grand plans of us all sitting around the table as a family laughing, chatting and doing the puzzle.  Hmmm, I think I was a little ambitious. A few too many pieces and a little intricate for everyone. But I HAD to finish it, so I worked on it a little each night and Simon took pity on me and helped me finish it off.

Jasper earned another stripe on his belt at Jujitsu. Soooo proud!

We started to spruce up the outdoor area for the warmer weather and went to Bunnings for a couple of things. We came home with a car load of pots and plants (as you do!) and outside is looking great.
I've got a few things to finish off and then photos to come!

We ended the week with a sweet treat. When we were younger the Mr Whippy van always drove around on a Sunday. It's still exciting to see one!

What did you get up to?
How has the weather been at your place? Spring like?
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