Sunday, December 2, 2012
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Her little girls swimwear is age appropriate and on trend, and she has made them with the same fashionable appeal as her women's line, so they stand out from other bikinis on the market for this age demographic. My favourite bikini is the ruffle bound fixed triangle - seen above in the natural colourway with the umbrella prop. It has a very unique crossover strap which holds the little triangle in place, avoiding wardrobe malfunctions that I hate to see on little girls at the beach. It is discreet and tasteful and the colour choices available are beautiful - the photos don't do them any justice.
And my extra special reason for posting this entry - besides the fact the swimwear is awesome!.....my little Gigi is the beautiful little model - hasn't she done a great job!
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
1 x Packet of Arnott's Butternut Cookies
1/3 Cup of Cream
200g of milk or dark chocolate melts (I used cooking chocolate)
65g Unsalted Butter
1 x Packet of Jaffas
1 x Packet of Marshmallows (preferably white)
1 x Tube of White Frosting Gel
1 x Tube of Black Frosting Gel
1 x Packet of Mini Parkers Pretzels (Shapes)
1 x Packet of Silver Foiled Muffin or Large Cupcake Patty Pans
Step #1 - The Cookie Cups
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Place the cookies over the holes of a mini muffin tin/rubber tray
- Stick in the oven for 3 minutes until cookies soften
- Remove and gently (they split really easily!) mould the softened bikkies into the holes, forming a cup shape
- Allow to cool a little then transfer to a tray (I did these the day before so they were fully set the next day)
Step #2 - The Yummy Chocolate Face
- Put the butter, cream and melts into a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth and shiny with no lumps (at least 5 minutes)
- Pour into a clean bowl and refrigerate for approximately 20 minutes
- Put the cookies back into the muffin tin to get ready for filling - this keeps then steady so the chocolate won't spill over the edges
- After 20 minutes, stir and then heap each bikkie with a full teaspoon of the chocolate mixture
- Refridgerate again for 20 minutes to set the chocolate
Step #3 - Becoming Rudolph!
- Using kitchen scissors, cut a white marshmallow in half. Stick a jaffa into the sticky side (it should hold it in place) and place the smooth side of the marshmallow down towards the bottom of the chocolate cup, so as to leave room for eyes. I did this step while the chocolate was still setting, as it helps secure the marshmallow in place
- Using the white frosting gel, make two eyes above the marshmallow nose and then use the black frosting gel to dot eyeballs in as well
- Select two pretzels of similar size and gently press into the chocolate to secure the antlers.
- Serve in the foil patty pans for a festive presentation!
- Voila! Merry Christmas : )
PS: Thanks Woolies for the recipe!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
This is the Saving Face Bolero by Alannah Hill, available in store or online at www.alannahhill.com.au
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I am blown away by the generosity of my friends and their friends and I hope that we can now get alot more things to take to put smiles on the faces of these families again. The plan is to wait until the first week of February to head up north, as we would like to allow time for more donations to come in and also to give the families some space to clean up first, as this is their number one priority. If you live in Sydney, Australia, and would like to donate some old school shoes or school supplies, please email me for details : )
Without going into too much detail, I ended up having to have a caesarian (after two natural births) and boy oh boy, was that a shock to the system! A whole new world of firsts for this third time mum! Had a few feeding issues to start (no one told me that milk flow is a bit slower with caesarian births) and of course I wasn't up and at 'em as fast as I was the other two. Coupled with a hubby who was banned from the nursery for 2 days as he had a stomach virus, a concerned & emotional 5 year old and a robust 3 year old it was a hard ol' slog in hospital this time around. Once I was home, I felt much better - nothing like your own environment to relax and bond with baby.
Mimi is settling well - a very happy baby - but a night owl like mum - and yet to sleep through. She started off taking an occasional bottle (I am breastfeeding) however one day decided it wasn't for her. With solids starting, I am hoping a full belly will help with the waking in the night issue and I am going straight to a cup, having tried numerous teets, different bottles and trying & changing brands of formula when she didn't want expressed breast milk out of a bottle. This proved challenging for hubby when I had a night out in November - he ended up using the syringe you get for administering Infant Panadol to feed her 100mls, 2mls at a time! Besides this one night, Mimi & I have basically been inseparable and I think she is a real mummy's girl and just wants me and my booby juice ha ha. I am not complaining, in fact just quietly, I am savouring this baby time as I know she is my last.
My apologies for keeping you all in suspense for so long - three kids is definitely a handful, but I am loving it and though my blogs have been a little neglected, my new years resolution is to try and get back into the swing of things so thanks again for your patience - I have lots of baby fashions & accessories to catch up on and especially with my third little girl, I am searching more and more for all those beautiful things "sugar & spice" x
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Now, as for that exceptional artwork I was talking about, every now and then I come across an artist who just blows me away with work that has such beautiful use of colour and, what I call, a picture that talks to me. I am no art expert but I judge art by how it makes me feel to look at and whether or not it tells me a different story each time I look at it. Casey O'Connell's stunning works do just that for me. When Casey contacted me, I immediately went to look at her website and I found myself checking out painting after painting. Each one so brilliantly unique and with such a lovely blend of colours. I was particularly drawn to My Sugar, especially as a nursery gift for a baby girl, as well as All In, both from Casey's current collection. I strongly urge you to browse through her website - I am sure you will enjoy and appreciate her wonderful talent as much as I did. Thank you Casey for introducing me to what you call your "autobiographical dialogues" - keep up the great work! x x x
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
It remains to be seen if I will be continuing to expand my "all things sugar & spice" blog or whether I may need to start a new one for "frogs & snails & puppy dogs tails"...
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Watch this space x x x