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Simple Beetroot Salad!

Simple Beetroot Salad!


Before Christmas I went looking for a few different salad recipes, we normally do the standard Greek salad and rice salad at holiday events but I really wanted to try something different, I came across this beetroot salad and it was a real hit on Christmas day so thought we would share it.

Ingredients

1 Large tin of Beetroot, not sliced you want it in ball form so it can be diced easily.

1 Cup Walnuts roughly crushed

200 grams crushed Fetta

3 Eggs boiled and sliced in half

Your favourite herbs

1/2 Lemon juice

1 Tablespoon Good quality Olive Oil

 

Method

Dice beetroot into cubes and place on a serving plate.

Sprinkle crushed fetta over the top.

Add the walnuts across the salad evenly.

Place the boiled eggs across the salad scattered.

Add the Lemon juice and olive oil to a cup and then sprinkle  over the salad, it doesn't need to drench the salad just enhance the flavour.

Top with your favourite herbs.

Serves 6 as a side or 2 s a meal.

 

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Christmas Rum balls!

Christmas Rum balls!

Do you have any Christmas traditions at your house? One of ours is to make these glazed Cherry Rum balls. We make them normally around the 23rd of December, then we go and look at the Christmas lights and once home we have 1 or 2 or 3 of these with a cup of tea! What a way to end a night hey?

 

Ingredients

1 Packet Arrowroot Biscuits

395 grams condensed milk

1/2 cup glazed cherries

1/4 cup Cadbury Cocoa

1 tablespoon Rum

1 Cup coconut

Coconut for rolling

1 drop green food dye

1 drop red food dye

 

Method

Pop the cherries in a bowl with the rum and set aside.

Pop the arrowroot biscuits and coconut into a food processor and blitz well.

Add the cocoa and the cherries and run and blitz

add the condensed mil and combine until well mixed.

Add coconut and red dye to a zip lock bag and shake, repeat with the green dye in another bag.

Roll the mixture into approx 1 and 1/2 inch balls.

Mix the red and green coconut together and roll balls in them.

Makes approx 30 balls.

Tip: You don't have to colour the coconut this is something we just do because it is Christmas. if you want them to be more vibrant in colour add more red and green dye. You can also add more run if you like!

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Baileys & Tim Tam Ice cream Slice

Baileys & Tim Tam Ice cream Slice

Ok so this dessert is pretty naughty but since it's the silly season we think the calories can be excused ha! < I have heard if you eat it with your eyes closed that the calories don't go to your hips lol

This dessert is absolute adult indulgence, not only is it delicious but you don't have to share it with the kids due to alcohol in it < win win!

 

Ingredients

1 Litre good quality vanilla ice cream.

1 packet of Tim Tams crushed

250 mils of Baileys

1/2 Block Cadbury Chocolate melted.

 

Method

Line a 30cm tray with baking paper.

Let the ice cream sit out of the freezer until just starting to melt, then pop it into a large mixing bowl.

Add the Baileys and mix with a mix master until just combined, it's important that the ice cream is soft not fully melted.

Add the Tim Tams and stir through, you want it to be quite rustic.

Add the melted chocolate and stir through, you want it to be streaky through the ice cream so you get full on flavour hits, you don't want the ice cream to turn to chocolate, you want chocolate pieces through it. make sure the chocolate is not hot when you pour it in.

Pop mixture onto the tray and press firmly so that each corner is filled and it is levelled.

add another piece of baking paper onto the top and press down, so that it doesn't get icicles on it.

Pop in the freezer and let set for approx 6 hours.

Slice and enjoy!

pour more Bailey's over it if you wish.

Serves 12

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No Bake Nutella Cheesecake!

No Bake Nutella Cheesecake!

This dessert is always well received, mainly because it is a cheesecake and has Nutella in it so what is not to love? You can top it with your favourite chocolates and berries are also good!

 

Ingredients

1 Packet Chocolate Ripple biscuits

80 Grams unsalted butter

400 Grams Nutella

500 Grams cream cheese

1/2 Cup icing sugar

Fererro Rocher's

1/4 cup hazel nuts.

 

Method

Line a 23cm springform tin with baking paper. 

Blitz the chocolate ripple biscuits and add to a bowl.

Melt the butter in microwave until just melted and stir into the biscuit mixture.

Pop the biscuit mixture into the pan and press firmly so that the mixture is even across the bottom of the tin.

Pop in the fridge for 25 mins to set.

In a large bowl add the Cream cheeese and icing sugar and mix on high with a mixer.

Add the nutella and combine well.

Pop the mixture over the base and spread evenly.

Top with the hazel nuts and Ferrero's

Pop in the fridge to set for approx 4 hours

Slice and enjoy

Serves 10

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Chocolate Bounty Balls

Chocolate Bounty Balls

Do you love the Bounty Chocolate bars? Then these are for you! These balls are rich and delicious and will curb any sweet craving. Warning it is hard to stop at one!

 

You will need:

1 Cup Desicated coconut

3 Bounty bars

1/2 Block Cadbury chocolate

1 Tbs coconut oil

1 Cup Almond meal

Coconut for rolling < optional

 

Lets Put them together

Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl on high for approx. a minute until just melted.

Add the Bounty bars almond meal and coconut to a food processor and blitz until a fine crumb.

Add the melted chocolate to the mixture and combine well.

Roll into approx. 1 1/2 inch balls.

Coat in coconut and pop in the fridge to set. You don't have to roll in coconut, we didn't for these ones.

Makes approx. 25 good size balls!

 

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White Chocolate, Tim Tam & Cheesecake Balls!

White Chocolate, Tim Tam & Cheesecake Balls!

 Ok let me break this down for you, white chocolate, Tim Tams and Cream Cheese all in the one recipe < naughty we know!

Ingredients

2 packets White cholate Tim Tams

250 grams cream cheese

1 tablespoon icing sugar

1 Cup coconut

100 gram  White chocolate

 

Method

Place the white chocolate into a microwave bowl and heat until melted approx 40 seconds

Add the Tim Tams and icing sugar to a food processor and blend well.

Add the cream cheese and combine.

Add the melted chocolate and combine well.

Add the coconut and keep mixing.

Roll mixture into approx 1 1/2 inch balls and coat in coconut.

Pop in the fridge to set for a few hours then enjoy!

Makes approx 55 balls

 

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Planning A Party Is Easy With Lah-Lah Party Packs!

Planning A Party Is Easy With Lah-Lah Party Packs!

Putting on your stripy socks and enjoying a Lah-Lah themed party is a popular thing to do.  Lah-Lah are currently doing a national tour, are on the tellie every day, and they have a dedicated following, so throwing a Lah-Lah party for your little one seems an obvious choice for so many people.  So I was thrilled when I found out about the new Lah-Lah party products. 

 

 

It is such a time-saving and stress-free way to host a party.  After ordering my products online (which was really easy to do by the way), I received my gorgeous box in the post a few days later.  The box comes with a big ribbon printed on it, so you feel like you are opening a birthday present.  I loved opening the box and seeing all of the goodies inside.  The box states you get “everything you need in one box, delivered to your door”, and it really is true because they have thought of everything.  Within the DIY cake, for example, there were disposable baking pans, ready-made vanilla icing, a premium cake mix, a spatula, a cake board, and all the goodies needed to decorate the cake.  Apart from adding eggs and water, there is nothing else you need to buy.  Oh, and the cake tasted delicious!

Another thing I really loved was the decorations were of a quality that I could use them again.  The bunting now hangs in my little one’s bedroom above their bed, which is a big hit!

 

So the process was as simple as 1…2…3…firstly, I browsed the products online and had them delivered to my door; secondly, I followed the simple steps to baking and decorating; and finally, I basked in the glory, and actually got to enjoy the fun & loud Lah-Lah party as much as the guests!

 

If you want to check out the Lah-Lah products you can use this link: Lah-Lah Party Packs. There are three ready-made packs to choose from, or you can tailor make your pack to suit your party needs.

Australian Baby Card Members also receive 10% OFF you can view the offer here: ABC offer!

Not an ABC member don't worry you can sign up here and start saving today: Yes please I want to start saving!

Party Pax has been designed to help busy parents host a fabulous party for their loved ones, whilst saving you time and money.  This is a one stop shop for kids birthday parties, christenings and baby showers.  Each pack has been tailored for the time-poor, party-planner in you.  

You will receive everything you need to host an amazing party - DIY cake, DIY cupcakes, decorations, tableware and a little inspiration - in one box, delivered straight to your door.

LET PARTY PAX TAKE THE FUSS OUT OF YOUR PARTY!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Homemade Sweet Potato Chips!

Homemade Sweet Potato Chips!

These sweet potato chips are a healthier version of standard packet crisps. They are really delicious and my kids don't notice a difference. You can try different flavours by adding chicken salt or your favourite spices right after they have come out of the oven!

 

Ingredients

2 Sweet potatoes peeled

Spray Oil

Sea salt

Spices of your choice

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees

Slice the sweet potato  very thin, we used a hand held slicer to make it easier.

Place pieces in a bowl of cold water for a couple of minutes.

Remove and dry them well.

Place chips on baking paper.

Add spray oil and sea salt

Cook for approx 10 minutes until they go golden in colour.

Take out of oven and sprinkle with more salt while hot.

Place on a tray lined with paper towel until they cool and firm up.

Enjoy!

 

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8 Delicious Cookie Recipes To bake This Christmas!

8 Delicious Cookie Recipes To bake This Christmas!

 We love cooking cookies any time of the year but there is something extra special about getting together with the kids and baking up a store at Christmas time. We use this 4 ingredient cookie recipe that you can find here: 4 Ingredient Cookies

1. Frosted peppermint brownie cookies from Cooking classy.

2. Wifes with knifes made these super cute Christmas tree sugar cookies.

 

3.  Frugal coupon living made these awesome melting Snowman cookies.

 

 

4.  Mum loves baking these Slice 'n' bake christmas tree cookies

 

 

5. BakerGirl we love these peanut butter reindeer cookies

 

 

6.  The recipe rebel is a genius with these no bake cookies!

 

 

7.  Sprinkle Bakes makes these gorgeous Christmas Tree cookies!

 

 

8. Deliciously sprinkles has this awesome recipe for Eggnog cut-out cookies

 

 

Do you bake cookies at Christmas time?

 

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10 Cakes That Will Get you Baking This Christmas!

10 Cakes That Will Get you Baking This Christmas!

 

In our house we traditionally have a Christmas cake with hot chocolate on Christmas eve, this year we are going to have an ice cream cake and ice chocolates instead, you can view the recipe here: Ice cream Cake. I love looking at different ideas to inspire out holiday cake and came across these 10 cakes that we thought summed up Christmas in a heart beat!

1. This Candy Cane Cake from Country Living is sure to put a smile on everyone's face.

 

 

2. Ho Ho Ho Who doesn't love a good Santa Clause cake, we think this cake from Craftsy is awesome!

 

 

3. Thevanilla bean blog has our mouths drooling with this spice cake with cardamon coffee frosting yum!

 

4. CakesDécor made this super cute Snow man cake, we would love this on Christmas day!

  

5. Laura's Cooks Cakes makes this Rudolf The Reindeer cake look so easy!

 

 

6. CakeCentral shows us how to make this clever Christmas stocking cake!

 

 

7. This rainbow Christmas wreath cake by Tablespoon will brighten up any Christmas! 

 

 

8. CakeCentral show there love of Minions with this Santa Minion cake!

 

 

 

9. Your  cup of cake, show us how to make a wreath out of cup cakes how clever!

 

 

 

 

10. How cool is this Holiday Snow Globe cake from Taste of home?

 

Do you make a special cake for Christmas?

 

 

 

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Christmas Ice Cream Wreath

Christmas Ice Cream Wreath

 

This is a fun and very easy recipe to make with the kids for Christmas time. You can use your favourite flavour of ice cream and whatever toppings you like yum!

 Ingredients

 1 1/2 litres of your favourite ice cream, we used napoleon and rainbow

 1/2 block white chocolate

 1/2 block milk chocolate

 2 cups of clinkers crumbled

 

Method

In a Tupperware jelly mould or a bunt tin place cling wrap so it covers the base and sides of the container/tin.

Let the ice cream sit out on the bench for 5 minutes so it slightly softens.

Scoop ice cream into container and push in with the back of a spoon making sure all the space is filled.

Fill to the top and either cover with lid or cling wrap and pop back into the fridge for 2-3 hours.

Pop chocolate into 2 separate bowls and microwave for 1 min each.

Take container out of the freezer and turn upside down on a plate and peel off the cling wrap.

Drizzle the chocolate over the top.

Sprinkle crushed clinkers over the top and slice and enjoy.

Pop back in the freezer make sure it is well covered so it doesn’t go icy.

Serves 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easy Chocolate Sauce Anyone Can Make!

Easy Chocolate Sauce Anyone Can Make!

This Easy Chocolate Sauce is a favourite in our house, we have used it for ice-cream and desert toppings to a wicket dip. It seriously is delicious, a naughty treat that is so easy to make. Try it in homemade milkshakes too!

Cook time: 3 mins 

Ingredients:

1 cup of sugar

1 tbsp cocoa

2 tbsp butter

½ cup cream

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla easy - chocolate - sauce - anyone - can -make post Instructions:

Place all ingredients in a saucepan on med to high heat.

Continually stir and bring to the boil.

Turn heat down to a simmer and stir for a further 1-2 minutes.

Pour into a container or jug. Enjoy!

Serves: Approx 200 mills.

Tip: Add a few chilli flakes to make a chilli chocolate sauce, you can also add 3 drops of peppermint or orange essence for different flavours as well. 

 

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Mars Bar Balls!

Mars Bar Balls!

Remember that TV ad a Mars a day helps your work rest and play? Well I dont know how true that is, but what I do know is these Mars Bar Balls definitely put a smile on your face! :)

 

Ingredients 

Packet choc ripple biscuits

3 mars bars

1 tin chocolate condensed milk we purchased from ALDI

1 1/2 cups desiccated coconut

Coconut to roll in

 

Method

Place biscuits and Mars bars into a food processor and blitz fine.

Pop mixture into a bowl with condensed milk and coconut.

Roll into balls and coat in coconut.

Pop on a tray and into the fridge for 3 hours until firm.

Eat and enjoy!

Makes 28

 

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Turkish Delight Balls!

Turkish Delight Balls!

Turkish Delight is my hubbys favourite sweet so every year at Christmas I whip a batch of these up. No joke they don't even last a day ha! < Lucky it is only once a year!

 

Ingredients

3 Turkish delights

1 packet choc ripple biscuits

1 tin choc condensed milk

4 drops red food dye

Coconut to roll in

 

Method

Place biscuits and turkish delights into a food processor and blitz fine.

Pop mixture into a bowl with condensed milk and mix well.

Pop coconut and red food colour into a bag and shake until coconut turns red.

Roll into balls and coat in red coconut

Pop on a tray and into the fridge for 3 hours until firm.

Eat and enjoy!

Makes 28

 

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10 Awesome Elf On The Shelf Ideas To Try This Christmas!

10 Awesome Elf On The Shelf Ideas To Try This Christmas!

We love December, not only is it Christmas but our Cheeky Elf On The Shelf Gary comes to visit. I love seeing the looks on the kids faces every morning after seeing what Gary has gotten up to in the middle of the night < secretly hubby and I love it more!

The internet is full of awesome Elf On The Shelf Ideas and these are some of our favourites!

If you don't have an Elf On A Shelf and would like to purchase one you can do so here: http://amzn.to/2g4uimv

Even Elf's can sing, love this set up of the VOICE from Picklehead Soup. voice

This Elf doesn't appear to be as flexible as the rest in twister, from She Knows. twister

This Elf was up to no good even the army got called in, from Jennifer Saintz Photography. captured

Poor Cookie Monster that is just cruel, from Homes in Alaska. cookies

Lego to the rescue, lets stop Elfs mischief, from Picklehead Soup. lego

This Elf is a bit naughty doodling on a family photo, from She Knows naughty

Toilet paper the Christmas tree hope this Elf cleans up the mess, from Efficient Skills. toilet-paper

Nothing like a good game of connect for with La loopsy, from Lil Blue Boo. four

This Elf is all tangled up in the Christmas Lights, from Sweet shoppe designs.

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Rudolf Noses for everyone, from A mommys adventures. noses

Do you have an Elf on the shelf ideas to share with us? We would love to hear from you!  

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White Caramel Cake!

White Caramel Cake!

The texture of this caramel cake is amazing, so moist and not to mention the hit of caramel that you taste with each bite, this is definitely a winner in our house!

Ingredients:

  • Eggs 2
  • Butter 125 grams
  • White Sugar 1 cup
  • Self raising flour 1/2 Cup
  • Plain flour 1 Cup
  • Ground Cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon
  • Nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon
  • Golden syrup 1 tablespoon
  • Tin of caramel or your favourite caramel source for icing

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Line a 20cem round tin with baking paper
  3. Beat butter, sugar vanilla essence until light and fluffy.
  4. Slowly add in eggs and keep beating.
  5. Add in syrup and keep mixing.
  6. Add in flours, cinnamon and nutmeg
  7. Add milk and mix well.
  8. Transfer mixture to baking time and spread out evenly.
  9. Pop in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes.
  10. Once cooked, let cool slightly then turn out to cool on a wire rack.
  11. Make sure cake is completely cooled before icing.

Serves 8

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Easy & Quick Bruschetta that everyone will love!

Easy & Quick Bruschetta that everyone will love!

I have been known to use this easy and quick Bruschetta recipe as a mid week meal. The fact that it is super tasty and filling means I get no complaints from the family. When I serve as a meal I will sometimes add feta cheese and some Chorizo as well, so good.

This recipe is like having a cafe meal in your own home, very easy to make and even easier to eat, give it a go next time you a to tired to cook or feel like something tasty and fresh!

Ingredients:

4 tomatoes diced

½ cup olive oil

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

2 tbsp chopped fresh basil

4 garlic cloves

8 slices of your favourite crusty bread (we use sourdough)

easy - quick - brushetta - post Instructions:

Combine the tomatoes, half the crushed garlic, herbs and ¼ cup of olive oil in a bowl. Season mixture with salt and pepper. Cover and stand for 25 mins.

Preheat sandwich maker until hot.

Combine remaining garlic with ¼ cup of olive oil in a small bowl.

Brush garlic oil over bread slices on both sides.

Place bread on sandwich maker and cook for 2 mins or until golden brown.

Scoop tomatoes mixture onto freshly toasted bread and garnish with fresh basil or parsley.

Serves: 4

Tip: Drizzle with balsamic vinegar or lemon for desired taste. 

 

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Chocolate Crunchie Balls

Chocolate Crunchie Balls

 

What is not to love about these Chocolate Crunchie Balls, they are soft and rich and texture with hits of honeycomb throughout.

They are great for a sweet treat and perfect to take as a plate to a function or party. The best bit being that they involve no baking and can be made in 10 minutes < winning!

Chocolate Crunchie Balls, Make in less than 10 minutes!

Ingredients

3 Crunchie bars

1 Packet arrowroot biscuits or Chocolate Ripple biscuits

1 Tin choc condensed milk from Aldi

Extra crushed Crunchie for rolling

 

Method

Place biscuits and two Crunchies into a food processor and blitz fine.

Pop mixture into a bowl with condensed milk and mix well.

Pop the other crunchie into food processor and blitz to a fine crumb for rolling.

Roll into balls and coat in crunchie crumbs.

Pop on a tray and into the fridge for 3 hours until firm.

Eat and enjoy!

Makes 28

Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Tip: This recipe works with most of your favourite chocolate bars.

 

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Easy Homemade Tabouli

Easy Homemade Tabouli

 

This Easy Homemade Tabouli is a great side dish at a bbq a perfect summer dish, packed full of flavour, great with lamb and natural yogurt!

 Ingredients:

 1/2 cup cracked wheat

 1/2 cup mint finely diced

 1/2 cup lemon juice

 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

 1/2 cup good quality olive oil

 2 tomatoes diced

 7 spring onions diced 

1 cup parsley finely chopped

 

Method:

Place cracked wheat in a bowl with 2 cups of boiling water and set aside for 20 minutes, drain well and add to bowl.

Combine all other ingredients and stir through

Pop in the fridge until ready to serve.

Serves 6

Tip: For a low carb option substitute the cracked wheat  for finely diced cauliflower!

 

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Cheesecake Lovers take Note, This Slice Is The Best!

Cheesecake Lovers take Note, This Slice Is The Best!

 

This Mango Cheesecake Slice is so moreish, I am not a big cheesecake fan believe it or not < my hips say otherwise haha but this cheesecake I love!

I think it is because the mango flavour is quite strong and its quite a sweet dessert. My hubby on the other hand who is a dessert connoisseur swears that this is a recipe everyone should try once. Give it a go and let us know in the comments if it was a winner in your house!

Ingredients:

500 g mango diced

500 g cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar to taste

1/4 cup water

1 tbsp. gelatine powder

300 mills cream

1/2 cup sweet plain biscuits

75 g butter

 

Method:

Blend biscuits in the food processor and add the melted butter. 

Combine mixture and then press into the bottom of a slice tin.

Place tin in freezer while preparing the rest of the mixture.

Combine half of the mango with the cream cheese and sugar in a food processor and process until smooth.

Add the gelatine to the water and warm in a microwave for about 20 seconds.

Stir the gelatine until fully dissolved and allow to cool.

Add cream to the blended mango mixture and blend for about 40 seconds.

To this mixture add the cooled gelatine and blend for a few more seconds.

Gently fold remaining mango into cheesecake mixture.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.

Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, decorate with slices of mango.

 

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