Thursday, January 27, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award... Thank you!


Thank and link back to the person who gave me this award.
 Share 7 things about myself.
 Pay it forward to 15 recently discovered great bloggers.
Contact those bloggers and tell them about the award.



A big THANK YOU to Rhi from Hummingbird's Song for this 'Stylish Blogger Award'.  I'm chuffed... really I am.

Now to share 7 things about myself.  Hmmmmm...

  1. I am a high school teacher, I love my job and the people I work with.  I work in the technology/home ec area so I love being creative and doing practical activities with the kids, from sewing and cooking to web design and computer animations.
  2. Although I absolutely love what I do as a teacher, I also aspire and dream to start my own business.  I want the best of both worlds.  This business idea/adventure is fun and creative.  I'm still ironing out some issues (mainly $), so stay tuned.
  3. I LOVE the colour PINK!!!  If it's pink, I'll take it.  
  4. I usually am not the best baker (I tend to rely on Betty Crocker).  These Christmas holidays I did some baking... from scratch... and it all turned out yummy and wonderful.  I now vouch to never touch a packet mix... unless I am in hurry, hehehe.
  5. I have the best family and group of close friends.  I love them all sooooooooooooooooooooo much and could not imagine living my life without them.
  6. I have applied to do a masters degree in digital media this year.  I plan to start in May and study that part time whilst working, socialising and dreaming of my business venture.
  7. I try hard to keep active and eat well but sometimes slip off the wagon.  I love food in general and love eating out (dessert dates are the best with your girlfriends), so its hard to stick to a diet all the time.  All good food in moderation and no chocolate in the staffroom are my new motto's. 

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Point & Shoot: High Tea


I was lucky enough to celebrate a girlfriends hen's night in a very classy and elegant way... High Tea at the Sir Stamford in Sydney, Circular Quay.  The theme was 50's, so all the girls donned dresses and pearls as we chatted over champagne, tea, scones and little sandwiches with no crusts.  The decor was gorgeous Victorian with chandeliers, pianos and the glam chaise lounges.  A great afternoon was had by all the ladies.  Highly recommended.



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Friday, January 21, 2011

Wedded bliss...

This is the first wedding cake of 2011.  The other day I was asked to another wedding cake in October so there will be at least two wedding cakes this year.

I tried a new chocolate mud and ganache recipe with this cake and it paid off... Soooooooooooooo yummy.  The couple saw the wedding cake I did for my friends and wanted something similar.  Their colour theme is cream and burgundy and a girlfriend (awesome florist) made the gorgeous cake topper to match.  I didn't think you could get burgundy flowers to be honest, but I was soon put in my place.  The lilies will open up more tomorrow, just in time for the wedding.

This cake is a loving gift from their daughter and I hope it's all they dreamed of.  I wish the bride and groom a lifetime of happiness.









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Fashion... 50's Inspired Hens Night

Fashion... 50's Inspired Hens Night
Fashion... 50's Inspired Hens Night by Rhi Discover featuring christian louboutin shoes


This weekend it's time to celebrate a girlfriends nuptials in true classic style... This Hen's night is 50's inspired whilst indulging in the luxurious High Tea...
If I had a never ending wardrobe and an endless credit card, this is the glam style I would be going for.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A bit of randomness...

Kate from Kate's Korner did this random questionnaire so I thought I'd give it a go just for something a lil fun and interesting




Rhi Rhi Randomness 



Outside my window.... A green lawn that needs to be mowed and some annoying bug breeding tress that need to be removed

I am thinking... About the cake in the oven for the wedding cake I’m doing this week... How long does it have to go?

I am thankful for... For the bestest family, the greatest friends and the most wonderful opportunities that I have

I am wearing.... My gym gear (Lorna Jane tights and singlet) and joggers as I’ve been active alongside of baking today

I am creating... A wedding cake, birthday cake and engagement cake... All in the next few weeks

I am going.... Finish my ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ marathon tomorrow... Something had to keep my amused with all this baking

I am reading... All the wonderful blogs I follow... They give so much motivation and inspiration

I am hoping... That my pink ‘wiggle’ dress gets here in time for the 50s theme hens party I have on the weekend

I am hearing... Sport, sport and more sport on the TV

Around the house.... Cricut cake machine, cricut samples, lots of chocolate and flour for these cakes, dishes from my baking and cooking lunch... All in an orderly fashion of course

One of my favorite things... Being around the people I love

A few plans for the rest of the week...
Run, gym, shopping for birthday presents, putting together a wedding cake, celebrating my mans birthday, having high tea for a girlfriends hens... Enjoying my holidays

A photo to share... This is a photo I sent to my man of the lovely, yummy, fresh ingredients I was using to cook his afternoon snack... Vegetable Frittata





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Monday, January 17, 2011

Point & Shoot: Cricut Cake Weekend


So I got my new toy for Christmas, the Cricut Cake machine, and this weekend I finally got time to test it out.  My first attempt wasn't so successful.  The gum paste was too think and there were air bubbles and the blade ripped through the icing instead of cutting.  Disaster!!!

Uh ohhhhhh, what have I got myself into!!!

After researching a little I found out people use pasta rollers to roll out there icing to get a nice EVEN, THIN piece.  So I went on the search for one.  The only thing about the pasta roller is it is quite narrow so it doesn't cover the whole cutting mat, but who cares, it works... like a dream.

The above collage shows a step-by-step  photographic guide to using the Cricut Cake.  You can see the end result and it isn't too bad.  Still need to practice but was certainly one of the highlights of my weekend.

Stay tuned for more cakes.



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Friday, January 14, 2011

Banana & Coconut Bread

Can you tell its holidays and I have time on my hands... I'm baking.  I baked this yummy treat to take to my girlfriend's house for afternoon tea, and I baked an extra one for me too.  We sat out on her back deck and chatted about anything and everything for a few hours.  Was a lovely, relaxing day.




Banana & Coconut Bread

Ingredients

1 cup Plain Flour
1/2 cup SR Flour
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
125g Butter (melted and cooled)
2 Eggs (whisked)
3 ripe Bananas (mashed)
1/3 cup Coconut
1/2 Banana Extra (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Grease and line a loaf tin
  3. Melt the butter in the microwave and set aside for cooling
  4. Combine flours, sugar and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl
  5. Whisk butter and eggs together, mash the banana
  6. Stir the butter/egg mixture and mashed banana into the dry ingredients
  7. Spoon into the prepared pan
  8. Cut banana into slices and place on top before baking
  9. Bake in oven for 45-50 mins
  10. Cut and serve with butter
Note: To ripen your bananas, put in the freezer until they are black.

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Rich Dark Fudge Cake

 My cousin gave me this recipe countless times, and me being me, lost it every time.  Finally I held onto it long enough to actually have a go at baking it.  This is a super moist 'Rich Dark Fudge Cake'.  Almost a mud cake but not quite as dense.  I would have to say this is the best chocolate cake I have tasted, and I'm not just saying that because I made it.  I even sent it in my partners lunch box for the boys at work and they all agreed.







Rich Dark Fudge Cake


Ingredients
1 cup Plain Flour
1 cup Sugar
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup Cocoa
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 Egg (slightly beaten)
1/2 cup Boiling Water
1/2 cup Milk




Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees
  2. Grease and line a baking tin with baking paper (one batch filled a 7" cake tin)
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa)
  4. Add egg, milk, oil and vanilla, using an electric mixer beat for 2 minutes on medium speed
  5. Stir in boiling water by hand until all is mixed well (please note: mixture is quite runny)
  6. Pour cake batter into prepared tin
  7. Place in oven and bake for 45 mins or until skewer comes out clean
  8. Cool in pan then transfer to wire rack
  9. Cut then serve (whipped cream and strawberries would've been nice)... Yum Yum!!!



Thanks Nita !!!

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Point & Shoot: Twinstinct


This is my first 'Point & Shoot' of the year.  I've been busy busy these holidays and haven't had time to post any piccies.

This weekend we celebrated my brother and sisters 24th birthday.  My brother has recently moved away so he came home for a visit to surprise my sister.  It was great having the three of us together again, celebrating alongside our partners and closest friends.

As we are getting older we are growing closer and closer.  It has gone from the bickering days of childhood, the moodiness and struggles of adolescence, to the fondness and friendships of young adults.  This sibling journey has been a great one and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

Happy Birthday Greg and Jenna!!!



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Friday, January 7, 2011

Up and coming this month...

With 2011 well and truly upon us I have an abundance of cake requests to design and make.  This coming month I have 3 cakes to do.  Luckily I'm on holidays and have time to test out my new Cricut Cake machine and do these cakes as well.  So far on the list I have; 

  • 1 wedding cake
  • 1 birthday cake
  • 1 engagement cake
This should keep me busy for a while.  I've seen some new techniques I want to try out, so depending on how they turn out, will depend if I post them.  Nah just kidding, I'll still post them if they were a wreck just to prove I am only human and I do make mistakes.

So bring on the new year and the cake decorating.  Keep watching this space.



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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Name Canvas...

First post of the New Year... 2011!!!  I hope everyone had a wonderful break and are back ready and raring to go for the year that lay ahead of us.  The first post is some Christmas presents that I made.  I couldn't post these earlier as the gift receivers hadn't opened them yet.

So I decided to pull out a few crafty stops for presents this year.  With the much anticipated arrivals of Ruby and Evan in 2010, I thought they needed some RhiDesign in their rooms.  Lucky me got the chance to express myself in both a girly and boyish style.  I hope they go with the decor in their rooms and they enjoy them for years to come.










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