Friday, December 27, 2013

neglected blog....

Ohh eekk i have not posted in a year....whoops New Years resolution to find time to share more of my crafting, sewing and cooking i promise :-)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

We have a winner!!!

thanks to all that purchased in November to celebrate 1500 likers !!!
you are all in the draw to win this pineapple prize pack.
Drum roll please......
and the winner is
Congratulations your goodies will be posted soon :-)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Caramel Baileys Ice Cream

Caramel Baileys Ice Cream
600mls of cream
1 tin of sweetened condensed milk (needs to be cold so pop in fridge the day before)
3 crunchie bars (or violet crumbles for the Australians)
1/4 cup of Caramel Baileys ( you can use plain Baileys but i had this in the cupboard)
Tupperware Jel-ring

Beat cream, condensed milk and Baileys until thick

should look like this

then chop up crunchie bars and add

fold into mixture

fill your Tupperware Jel-ring

and put in the Freezer overnight or for 8hours
Ta da!!!  was a bit impatient to tip it out of the Jel-ring...
so doesn't look perfect.
served up with some peaches - yummy!!!
A few suggestions on flavours:
You could change the sweetened condensed milk for caramel flavoured one.
Use Baileys instead of Caramel baileys - or leave out the alcohol all together
Instead of Crunchies bars you could add a mix of white and milk chocolate chips.
Also it would be perfect for a BBQ serve it in slices between two wafers,
ice cream sandwiches :-)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Pineapple Cheesecake in Tupperware Jel Ring

Tupperware Jel Ring mould
I have had my jel ring hiding in a cupboard for about 3 years, I remember hunting the internet
for all these yummy recipes to try out but thats as far as I got. I even printed them all out - but I can't find where I put them.   So I decided that I will try
a new Jel-ring mould recipe every week and share my results with you :-)
Pineapple Cheesecake
here are the ingredients needed:
1/4 of a can of crushed pineapple - around 110g
1/4 cup of pineapple juice
300mls boiling water
1 pkt of pineapple jelly ( i used tropical as it seems NZ doesnt have pineapple jelly)
300mls of cream - whipped
250g cream cheese
juice of 1 lemon
1 pkt sweet plain biscuits - crushed
60g butter - melted
2 Tbsps golden syrup
*a little note this needs to be refridgerated 8hrs+,  if you are like me and don't read the
recipe all the way thru and start making it at 2pm for that night.  I put it in the freezer for 2 hours and then the fridge and it just set.
1. place crushed pineapple and juice in a small saucepan and bring to the boil.
Make up jelly using 300mls of boiling water, pour 1/2 cup of the jelly liquid with the
pineapple mixture into the jel-ring and refridgerate to set.
(sorry i forgot to take a photo of this step)
2. Beat cream cheese until smooth, gradually add remaining jelly liquid, add lemon juice and whipped cream and leave in fridge till partially set. 
3.When partially set beat mixture and pour onto the set pineapple jelly in the jel-ring

4. Melt butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan, add crushed biscuits and mix until well coated.
Sprinkle biscuit mixture ontop of cream cheese mixture.

5. Seal jel-ring and leave in fridge overnight or until set
probably needs around 8 hours in the fridge

To serve, remove lid and place a serving dish ontop, flip over and then unseal the middle carefully
then remove the ring.


Ta da!!! serve with whipped cream

Monday, August 20, 2012

Dinosaur hoodie

How to make your own Dinosaur Hoodie

Dinosaur hoodie = one very happy 4yr old

You need: 1 plain hoodie (zip up or pull over)
contrasting felt
sewing machine

you need to draw to triangles templates, i did mine
head spikes- 2" across bottom
Back spikes - 3" across bottom
then I used a ruler to draw a triangle .

Fold your felt in half and use you template to cut out triangles
for my size 5 hoodie i did 6 for the hood and 5 for the body.
Unfold and you will have felt diamonds like the photo below.

Then pin your diamonds down the centre of the hoodie, small diamonds on the hood larger diamonds on the back, then sew as straight as you can.  If you are doing on a pullover hoodie I sewed about halfway from hood to back thenflipped the hoodie around and started from the bottom back to the middle otherwise the hoodie gets all bunched up in the sewing machine.

Then fold your diamonds together to form the spikes and pin.

then sew the 2 side of each spike together, then trim any extra felt to tidy up spikes.

WOOHOO your done


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Lemon Blueberry Loaf

Thought i would share this recipe which has become a favourite....super yummy and I got to use fresh blueberries from my MIL garden and lemons from our tree.

I'm always to eagar to eat it straight away then to ice it.  I would if i was serving it up for
visitors :-)

Here is the recipe:


125g butter
1 lemon, finely grated zest
2 eggs
1 1/2cups SR flour
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup blueberries

100g icing sugar
1 tsp butter, melted
1 Tbsp strained lemon juice

Preheat oven to 180C

Grease and line a 23cm loaf tin

Cream butter and sugar, add zest and beat in the eggs one at a time.
Stir in the flour and lemon juice and fold until combined.  Gently fold in blueberries.
Spoon mixture into tin and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until cooked through.
Cool loaf in tin for 10 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool.
Combine icing sugar, butter, and lemon juice, stir until smooth and runny.  Spread icing
over cold loaf