1 Sep 2014

Disney Tag

There have seriously been so many amazing tags floating around lately that I sort of jumped on the band wagon. So I hope no one on the band wagon has a problem with me because I intend to be riding with this thing for quite a while.
So without further ado, here's my Disney Tag.

Also, I took this tag from Laura and you should go check out her blog because she's awesome and she makes the best chilli nachos in the world. FACT.

1// Favourite Disney film?

The Little Mermaid. Hands down.
When I was little I wore out the VHS because I watched it so often. For my 18th birthday I was gifted The Little Mermaid soundtrack and a keyring. For my 21st birthday I was gifted The Little Mermaid on DVD.
I have always wanted to be Ariel and insisted on visiting her grotto at Disney World despite there being a raging storm outside and we nearly missed our flight. Regrets? No way.

2// Favourite Disney princess?

I can't say Ariel again cos...BORING. So I'm totally going to go with Mulan cos girl kicked ass long before her time. Seriously people, she fought for a dynasty. And she carried that armour with her small frame. She's hardcore.

3// Aurora or Cinderella?

Aurora every time. That hair, my gosh it's beautiful. Plus I really like Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. They were fantastic. I have been known to have a nap quite often during the day if I'm given half the chance so I think Aurora is probably my spirit animal.

4// Hercules or Tarzan?

This question technically says "Would you rather be Tarzan or Hercules?" but I'm not going to answer it as if it's asking me who I fancy more. And the answer is Hercules. Have you seen that Ferro Roche advert where they say the Gods had a party on a starless night so they threw Ferro Roche into the night? Yeah well Hercules' dad is Zeus. Zeus is a God. LIFETIME SUPPLY OF FERRO ROCHE!
Think about it.

5// Rather be Lizzie MacGuire or Raven Baxter?

I actually never watched That's So Raven! to be honest and I'm kind of glad about that. I didn't really watch Lizzie either but I did see a photo of Ethan the other day and boy got hotter. So on that premise, Lizzie it is.

6// Favourite Disney song?

I Just Can't Wait to Be King from The Lion King. There is no explanation needed.

7//Which Disney character would be your best friend?

Flounder. I said that without floundering. Oh the hilarity!

8// Which Disney character would be your pet?

Maximus. Dude is badass!

9// Have you ever been to Disneyland?

Nope! But I've been to Disney World Florida twice. It was the best thing ever and honestly I would suggest every single person goes when they can. It doesn't matter about your age, you are made to feel special and amazing.

I'm not tagging anyone in this because it's been forever since I was tagged and because no one needs that kind of pressure in their lives.

12 Aug 2014

DIY Salt Dough Gift Tags

I first made salt dough gift tags for Christmas this year when I wanted to make cheap decorations for our tree. I wanted something handmade and pretty. Nothing with felt or cotton or material or anything with cotton wool thanks. Our tree is artifical and we have beautiful silver and gold baubles to go with it so I wanted something that would fit in well with that. I started off by making decorations for the tree but by the end of the activity I had gotten a bit carried away and I'd made table tags, gift tags and even a pretty dish to pop candy canes in.
This got me thinking, surely gift tags are not reserved for Christmas time?
And so that is why today I bring you these DIY salt dough gift tags for all year round! You can make them as an activity with kids of all ages, personalise them and wrap them around a beautifully decorated gift. They can also be used at lunches to show people where they're sitting or made into decorations to hang from tree branches if you're taking advantage of good weather.

The dough is super easy to make. As long as you keep the ratio of 1:1:2 you can make the batch as large or as small as you like.
You can also add food colouring to your dough or paint the ornaments later if you want a bit of colour. I've chosen to keep mine white so I can choose a brightly coloured wrapping paper as a background.

1C Salt
1C Water
2C Flour

1// Pop the salt and flour into a bowl and whisk together.
2// Slowly add the water while mixing. You want a stiff consistency so if you feel you've used enough water then don't feel like you have to add it all.
3// Knead the dough softly until it's pliable.

Then you want to roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface and cut into the shapes you desire. I've used rounds because they're the easiest to produce.
I've used letter cookie cutters to get names and words but you can also engrave them into the salt dough or use a shaped cutter instead.

Using the end of a wooden spoon, I poked holes into my salt dough. You can pop these holes anywhere on the shape, it just depends on what you're wrapping. You can also hang these with a hole at the top or wrap them with a hole at the top and the bottom. It's up to you!
You can let the dough dry out in a sunny place until it's hard or you can bake these at 50 degrees C for 30 minutes. You must keep checking these so they do not brown or burn and if they need a little longer to harden up then make sure you keep a close eye on them.

What's your favourite way to personalise wrapped gifts?

23 Jul 2014

Mini Cereal Topped Baked Coffee Doughnuts

This month's Blogger's Club held a little surprise for all of us. After a fantastic evening, we were each handed a box of five packets of All Bran High Fibre Muesli and asked to do something with it. If you know much about me, you'll probably know that I am not a breakfast person. Sometimes I don't eat until lunch time (don't tell Amanda) so I was going to have to do something different then just slosh it in a bowl and eat up.
I do have to clarify that it is not breakfast that I dislike, it's the time of day. If you bring me pancakes, waffles, breakfast burritos or a danish, I'll cherish you forever but not before 11 please.

I think we can all agree here that there is one breakfast food that has taken off like no one's business and that is doughnuts...or donuts...they taste the same no matter how many letters the word has. They are everywhere, they have their own day in the year. People, doughnuts are fantastic!
And I think I have created the ultimate breakfast doughnut.
Is it a cup of coffee? Is it a bowl of cereal? Is it a glazed doughnut?
It's all of those things!
We're going to be making a coffee doughnut, topping it with lemon glaze and rolling it in our All Bran High Fibre Muesli because that's how legends are born.

1 Egg
3TBsp Soft Brown Sugar
2TBsp Instant Coffee
1C Milk
1TBsp Dry Active Yeast
1tsp Salt
1tsp Vanilla Extract
2TBsp Butter
Plain White Flour

1// Warm your milk in the microwave. You want the milk to be warm to the touch but not hot because you're gonna pop your dry active yeast in there to get nice and snuggly. Leave it somewhere draft free for five to ten minutes. You'll notice a few bubbles and a yeasty smell.
2// In a bowl (I used a sauce pan because I'm too cool for bowls) whip your milk and yeast mixture with the egg, soft brown sugar, vanilla essence and instant coffee. It'll look a little brown. It's not puddle water, trust me.
3// I used a fork to mix in my flour but you can use a wooden spoon, your fingers or an electric mixer. Totes up to you. You want to add flour about a cup at a time to your mixture. It'll start to pull away from the sides when you have enough flour in there. Depending on climate, time of year and other exciting factors, you may need more or less flour so play it by ear and try to be confident in your decision.
4// Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface.
5// Knead your dough for 10-20 minutes until the dough becomes elastic and the gluten has developed.
6// Pop your dough back in your bowl (sauce pan) and cover with a clean tea towel before popping it back into your draft free place. Let it get crazy for about 2 hours.
7// Once your dough has doubled in size, roll the dough out on a floured surface and cut into doughnut rounds. I rolled my dough to about an inch because I like tall doughnuts and I cannot lie.
8// Cover your doughnuts and let them rise for about 20 minutes.
9// Heat your oven to 200°C and bake your doughnuts for 12-15 minutes.

And now...the lemon glaze!
Grate the zest of a lemon into a bowl, add 1C of icing sugar and then squeeze in the juice of the lemon while stirring. You want a thick consistency that won't be too goopy on the doughnut.
Then the magic happens because you're gonna roll that bad boy in your All Bran High Fibre Muesli. I used the Apricot and Almond flavour but you can use any flavour you like because no one is judging.

You have a breakfast doughnut!
I served this with a cup of coffee and Nutella for dipping.
What's your favourite unusual breakfast food?

18 Jul 2014

10 Foodie Instagramers You Should Follow

Ever since Instagram took off, foodies have known it's a place to start stock piling those photos of all your delicious meals, creations and experiments. After all, if a meal is devoured and leaves no crumbs, was there a meal at all? Well Instagram allows you to keep that meal alive for so much longer people!
I mainly follow foodies on Instagram. I look for new colour schemes, flavour combinations and general inspiration but mostly Instagram just colours my life a little bit. So I thought that perhaps I'd share those with you in case you need a few more Instagramers to follow.

1. Best Friends For Frosting

This cute Instagram isn't just food orientated. There's a little bit of everything for everyone. Melissa has some amazing stuff going on with her Instagram and her blog, from featuring amazing collaborations and guests to making some pretty tasty things herself.

2. brittanywoodphoto

This girl knows how to work with colour in an Instagram shot. I am seriously jealous of her use of colour and her beautiful composition. Every photo makes my mouth water, from Macaroons to sandwiches!

3. elabau

Elizabeth writes the candy section of About.com and she is possibly a genius. An evil genius when she posts photos of her amazing creations, but a genius nonetheless. Her photos are inspiring and her positive attitude and friendly nature is just the icing on her very creative cake.

4. deliciouslyella

This Instagramer was actually recommended to me by Tilly. You'll find some amazing stuff on Ella's Instagram feed and most of it is healthy and gluten free! She shows people that you can eat healthy and still be excited about the food on your plate!

5. sprinklebakes

Heather followed me on Twitter about a year ago and ever since then I have tried to support her in everything she does. Ok, she's kind of a big deal in the blogging world, but she's very personable and she takes the time to interact with her audience which is amazing. Her Instagram is filled with beautiful food photos, cute pugs and the best blonde hair you'll ever see in your life.

6. kristaperez

Krista is another Instagramer who does an assortment of different things. She has some fashion going on, some food and some beauty too. All of her photos are beautifully shot and she definitely understands how to make something appetizing.

7. phoebelapine

Oh lord! This woman spends her life on holiday (not really) in beautiful places (really) eating amazing food (definitely) and she shares it all with you on her Instagram! Phoebe is gluten free, something she deals with on her blog, she's a personal chef and damn good at it and she is the nicest person you'll ever talk to!

8. p0larmilk

This Instagram will make you want to be a better person. Everything is so healthy! And Rebecca shows you how eating well can give you amazing skin (seriously, those selfies are unreal).

9. sayyesblog

If you like homely Instagrams then this is for you! There are family photos, beautifully presented foods and images that will just make you smile! I love the use of colour and the sincerity of Liz's account.

10. tracyshutterbean

You may know her as Joy The Baker's best friend or even the other half of the Joy The Baker podcast but you should really know Tracy for her amazing food, her beautiful photos and her chilled out attitude. I love listening to Tracy's voice in her podcast and whenever I look through her Instagram, I imagine her narrating each photo's story. It's awesome!

Who are your favourite foodie Instagramers?
Do you find inspiration on Instagram for your creations?