W.I.P

Oh my goodness, it's a miracle!  I have actually sat down today and sewed!


Here is a sneaky peak.

I am making a quilt for my youngest daughter.  I have cut out and sewn nearly all the blocks in just one day.  OOhh I am loving every minute of it and can't stop saying 'ooh that's pretty' after I have completed each block.  Here's hoping that they all look good together.

I am hoping I will be able to finish it tomorrow so maybe I can give you an update tomorrow.... fingers crossed!


Oh What to Choose?, My Creative Space


Oh I am in a bit of a pickle,


Oh what to choose,


I have so many beautiful photographs,


to decide what to put on my walls...


I've got some picture frames,


I might not have enough...


And I don't think I will ever have enough wall space...

To display them all!!!


This is just a snippet of glorious photographs shot by Fiona Andersen.  Some were taken a year ago and some 10 months ago at my eldest daughters 5th birthday.    You must check out Fiona's blog, the most stunning photo's you have ever seen!

The party was originally going to be in my friends new cookbook but now it might be used for some other publication, maybe.... You just have to watch this space!

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What is Ambrosia?


I have had a couple of people ask me what is Ambrosia?  Instead of telling you I thought I would go one better and actually give you the recipe.


INGREDIENTS:

1 Kg of berry yoghurt
500 mls of cream
1 big pkt of marshmallows
1 bag of frozen blackberries or whatever berries you want.
(If using strawberries go for one punnet and match the yoghurt to the berry you use.)


METHOD:

1)  Cut the marshmallows in half.  If using Strawberries I would cut them in half or quarters.

2)  Whip the cream  till you get soft peaks 
 
3) Add yogurt and mix till well combined
 
4)  Add marshmallows and berries.  I drained the frozen berries in a sieve but I really didn't need to since not much juice came out.
 
5)  Leave in fridge to set for at least 4-5 hours.  Tastes even better the next morning!
 
 
As well as the 8 little tea cups above, I filled at least 8 plastic cups as well.  So a lot goes around!
 

Birthday Party Number Two, My Creative Space


It was complete madness here last week.  I had 2 birthday parties in one week!  One on Sunday and the next on Saturday, plus we went away for 3 days in between.  You should of seen my deserted washing pile.  My sister in law commented she had never seen such a big pile in her whole life.  But oh I do love doing birthday parties.


My wee girl wanted a Strawberry Cake.  So I went from there.  The only thing is it is too early for strawberries here.  They are so expensive so I could only get 2 punnets for the birthday cake but made everything else pink.

We had pink butterfly biscuits using the left over flowers my Aunty made from my daughters 5th birthday party

Here is a close up.  I just spooned on pink royal icing and stuck the flowers on the lower right wing. It was as easy as that!

I made pink fondant butterflies with my new butterfly cutter.  Love that thing!  I placed them on white cupcakes.  The paper cases had strawberries on them.


I filled little tea cups with Ambrosia and placed pink butterflies on them.  They looked so pretty.


These are raspberry spiders with jelly crystals on the rim.  What I did was put an egg white on a plate, placed the glass upside down in the egg whites and then dipped them in a plate of red jelly crystals.  Put them in the fridge for a couple of hours to dampen  the jelly crystals to make them darker and whola you have instant charm in a glass.


I topped the cake with royal icing, strawberries, jaffa's and a dash of icing sugar.  I made the Chocolate Sour Cream Cake from my friends new 'Riverstone Kitchen' cook book.  Oh my it was delicious!  I recommend that recipe, it is so easy and so effective.  So yes go and buy the book!  There are so many gorgeous recipe's in there.  You won't regret it!


Here is the birthday girl sipping her delicious raspberry spider.


I thought this was a pretty shot.


Here are a few shots of the birthday girl posing in front of the party table before the guests arrived.


Look at that cheeky monkey in the background trying to ruin a good photo!


Here she is showing off her brand new pink sparkling shoes she got for her birthday.


She also got this new hair clip I had bought from Kate M Handmade.


Can you believe this but I bought this dress for her first birthday party.  She found it one day, loved it and put it on.  It still fits her JUST! but she love wearing it.  I thought it would be cute to wear it for her 3rd birthday as well!

Here is a wee snippet from way back then.


And let's not forget about the crazy party people!

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My little boy turns One


This is all the table layed out before the guests arrive.  I had so much fun creating this party, so nice to do boy things after 3 girls.


My first intention of this cake was nothing like the end result.  This is the first time I have used fondant icing and I was planning to cover the whole cake with it.  I rolled it out,  I couldn't get it big enough and then it stuck to the bench.  I took one look at my cookie cutters and grab the star and this is what I ended up with.  I was very happy with the result and so easy to do!


I made these sugar cookie planes using this recipe.  I got this link off  The mucky macbook blog.  Now you should check this blog out, she does some amazing parties. I iced the plane cookies with the left over fondant icing.  I got the star plate from the $2 shop a couple of years ago and I see they still stock them.


Now these were a fun idea.  Easy as pie just needs time.  I did these a couple of days before.  I lined up all the cups and used my 1/4 cup measuring cup so I used equal amounts each time.  Leaving each colour to set, say a couple of hours each.  Make a fresh batch of jelly in a jug with boiling water, put in the fridge to cool for aprox. 20 minutes and then pour on top other jelly to get the rainbow effect.  The last layer I put in a jet plane lolly and poured the jelly in.  But warning the Jet plane comes out all slimey form being soaked in the jelly.


 The only things with these is you can't tell they have the rainbow effect from the top is if you lift it up to the light.  Next time I make these, I will probably start from dark and work my way up to the lightest colour at the top.


These cupcakes looked a lot better than they tasted.  They were filled with so much food colouring that they tasted awful.  Also the cream cheese icing I used was grose.  Does anyone out there recommend a good recipe.  One of our poor guest ate so much that she threw up.  It didn't help that there was food colouring overload.  Its made me re-think about using so much.



Here is my son hoeing into that blue cupcake.  I must say he thoroughly enjoyed it!


We even had the pet lamb 'Snow Mo' try and join us for the party!


Even the guests thought he was the hit of the party.  Maybe next time Snow Mo I will let you over the fence and really join in.  Yeah right!