Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Point & Shoot: Family Games Night

What a great way to finish the weekend.  A family night with pizza and board games.  Pictionary was first cab off the rank, with my sister and I winning by a fairly decent margin, then a game of Scattergories, which we didn't do too well in.  
I also downloaded the new iPhone app 'Hipstamatic' and thought I would have a little muck around with it.  I like the old school photo look.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Piece of cake...

It was my girlfriend's birthday and why give the gift of a pretty birthday cake.  I sat through two seasons of 'Cougar Town' whilst making this cake and decorating it.  Happy Birthday Karts!!!

I wish we had the whole Wilton range in Australia.
This cookie icing that I found in Spotlight was great for the delicate work.

P.S.  Not all the cakes I do are based on PINK, it just happens that everyone I do a cake for loves PINK as well.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Point & Shoot: Sunday Inspiration

So this is my first 'Point & Shoot' post.  This photo is a snippet of my Sunday morning.  The sun was shining and the breeze was blowing so my girlfriends and I decided to take a long walk along the foreshore.  It takes a bit of inspiration to get motivated and what better way to get motivated than my PINK joggers and an inspirational singlet quote from Lorna Jane.  What a beautiful Sunday morning.

Have a look at Fat Mum Slim's blog for more 'Point & Shoot' posts


Friday, November 19, 2010

Cakes from the beginning...

I thought that I would share some of the cakes that I have made prior to this blog.  I just do these cakes as a hobby for friends and family, so each cake is made with love and has a little story behind it.

This was the first cake I made in my cake decorating class.  Myself and Monny slogged out Saturdays mornings to learn how to create these masterpieces.  By far not the best but not to bad for a beginner.

I made this cake for my friends who were celebrating their 25th birthday.  This was my first attempt at the chocolate shards, a little too think.  The cake was yummy though.

I made this wedding cake for my dear friends Karina and Luke for their special day.  Thanks to Monny who is the bestest cake cooker and I decorated.  I used a white chocolate ganache, topped with fresh native flowers.

This was the surprise cake I made for my dad's 50th.  He is a panel beater so I didn't think that a cake with flowers was going to cut it.  Once again, Monny baked the delish cake and I decorated it.  Black icing is NOT fun to work with.  Never again.

My dear friend Ajay was marrying her beau Wes and she asked me to make her cake.  After carefully planning we saw eye to eye on exactly what she wanted.  Ajay chose the love birds for the top (no they are not seals) and we went with the chocolate and silver theme.  The silver smarties were a great finishing touch and edible too.

So that's my cake portfolio so far.  Still amateur but still practicing and evolving with every cake I decorate.  I have another to do this weekend so there will be photos up very soon.  Keep an eye out.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Holiday Snap...

I have recently found this great blog called 'Blog This'.  It's an Australian site that brings bloggers together and gives them inspiration and challenges to blog about.  Helps eliminate bloggers block hahaha.

Challenge 62: Favourite Holiday Pic
This photo was taken on the Greek island of Santorini.  I went there in the summer of 2009 to visit my best friend who was travelling Europe at the time.  Santorini is famous for its sunset and I now know why.  It was spectacular.  The sunset colours changed dramatically throughout the late afternoon, providing unbelievable photo op's.  Caroline has the unreal photo of her and I on this same wall with the sun setting behind us, that is my ultimate favourite, but this is the next best thing to post just how unreal it is.  If you get a chance, a Santorini sunset is a must see.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Scanpan for Breast Cancer

I got to work to find that I had a present awaiting me.  When my beautiful work colleague (Chantal) saw this Scanpan Utility knife in PINK for breast cancer she automatically knew I HAD to have one.  She knows me oh so well.  
This knife is just like the ones the kidlets are using on Junior Masterchef.  So why not add a little bit of colour to your kitchen.  


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mango Magic

You can tell it is summer time when mangoes hit the fresh produce section of the supermarket.  Its just a pity that mother nature has forgotten to hit the summer switch in NSW.  Raining and cool weather is not my idea of summer.  So to get a little bit of summer in the house I decided to make this easy peasy mango dessert... Mango Magic!!!  So easy yet so effective.

P.S. I think mother nature liked this dessert.  She brought out the sunshine today.  I should do this every weekend.

Mango Magic

Any yummy vanilla ice cream
1 fresh mango

1. Take the ice cream out of the freezer to let soften
2. Line muffin tin holes with cling wrap
3. Cut the cheeks away from the mango and remove the skin
4. Using a small sharp knife carefully cut out your desired shape (I did a heart as it was for my man and it represents my love for summer and mangoes)
5. Place the mango shapes at the bottom of the muffin tin
6. Finely cut the remaining mango and mash
7. Add mango to softened ice cream and mix well
8. Place mango ice cream mix on top of mango shape in the muffin tin.
9. Fold the cling wrap over and freeze for 3-4 hours
10. Remove from freezer and cling wrap.  Serve shape (heart) face up

Note:  These can be made ahead of time and kept in the freezer wrapped in the cling wrap.



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