Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fox in Flats Style Dare Week Three

Time for another recap of what I have been wearing this week for the Fox in Flats Style Dare.

Ear Bling- I thought I had lost these but found them attached to a scarf when winter came around this year.

Hides 1000 sins- It was raining and so a coloured raincoat is great for hiding my outfit from the rain!

Forgot I had this...I got so many "new" clothes from a secondhand haul that I forgot this was one of them.

Rock Star- I tried to take note from Gewn Stefani's style- minus the boots as I had minor toe surgery on Thursday! Injuries are pretty rock star though, right?

Sexy tresses- this is about as good as it gets with my hair. Straightened with some sleek and shine serum.

Flashback- I bought these pants in 1999 with my first paycheck. I used to wear them clubbing, but this outfit was for a birthday afternoon tea.

Textured- my cozy woollen tweed skirt is lovely and fluffy!

I am having so much fun so far, and can't wait for the next seven days.

Monday, July 21, 2014

School Holiday Layout

I am slowly catching up with my scrapbook layouts, and I seem to find I am scrapping things from this time a year ago.

I wanted to share my school holiday layout today, which was inspired by The Memory Nest's latest sketch.

I love the strips in the background and I searched for a set of four photos to scrapbook. These photos were taken when I took my boys and Lucas' best friend up on the gondola, and we also went to the Thomas movie.

I tried to keep the elements cohesive so that even though I have different shapes, they are all somewhat circular. I found orange elements from different kits that worked together perfectly.

Such a fun day, finally scrapbooked!

Supplies used:
Creative Memories: It's A Boy embossed cardstock, Spread Your Wings paper pack
Echo Park: All About A Boy chipboard accents, Enjoy The Ride sticker accents
Elle's Studio: Cameron Circle Tags

Sunday, July 20, 2014


A portrait of my children, once a week, in 2014.

 Lucas was very happy to lick the dessert bowl clean after Family Fun Night.

Adam was engrossed in a puzzle today.

Joining in here.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It's a Cow Party!

When I asked Adam what type of cake he wanted for his second birthday, he answered "cow". This request was repeated numerous times so I decided to go with a Cow theme for his second birthday.

His party was rather low key compared to my last few parties, as a lot of people couldn't make it due to other commitments. However, I forged ahead and put together a party that I can be proud of!

The first step was preparation. I used this template and these printables to create my own cow party hats and food labels as I could not find any to purchase.

The table and decorations were kept minimal, with mostly items I had let over from other parties. I could have brought all cow print items, but I had a lot of plain black and white items left over from previous parties so I used them and just added touches of cow print with items such as a cow print banner. I used black plates, black and white plates, black cups, white cups, black napkins and a black tablecloth.

Food is important to me at a party- my children (and husband) always request Cheerio sasauges, but I put together a few extra things to eat. Since the party was after lunch, I provided a few sweet options as well as some savoury nibbles for the adults. We had:
  • Rooster Roulade- I shared this recipe on my blog yesterday
  • Mini Moos- I found cow "tiny teddies" at my supermarket
  • Muddy Morsels- Cadbury Top Deck chocolate
  • Barnyard Eggs- an easy Devilled Eggs recipe

  • Cow Sprinkle Rice Krispie Treats- this recipe but with cow sprinkles!
  • Cow Brownie- I used my no fail brownie recipe and then added some cream cheese beaten with egg, 1/3 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla essence on top, then added blobs of the leftover brownie mix to create a cow print pattern.

For drinks, I used some cow print straws and milk bottles from Sweet Pea Parties and added some chocolate milk.

The kids loved drinking out of these!

As part of my Pinterest Resolutions, I attempted a cow print cake. First, I made two standard vanilla cakes using this recipe. I reserved 1/2 cup of the batter from each cake mix and to this I added a squirt of black liquid food colouring and 2 tablespoons of siftied cocoa powder. Then I used a piping bag and a Wilton donut tip to inject black blobs into the cake mixture before I baked it. The cake came out looking like this.

The next step was to create the cow print fondant. I used some flavoured white fondant and rolled it out, then placed blobs of black fondant on top and rolled it out again. 0

I had a bit of trouble with the fondant cracking, and my fondant cow looked more like a starfish, but the end reuslt was amazing in Adam's eyes!

I was very happy with the inside of the cake- it turned out exactly as planned. The cake was moust and delicious too.

At the end, we had a very happy two year old and a great family memory.

Linking up with Show and Tell and Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What's Cooking Wednesday #18

When I was thinking about Adam's birthday party (full feature on the blog tomorrow!) I knew I wanted a barnyard theme. It was mostly cow-print, but I used some party food to introduce other animals!

One of the recipes I used was from the wonderful Hats and Bells Children's Party Cookbook. This is a fantastic book that every mother should have, as it is full of different themes such as Under The Sea, Circus, Circus and even a Last-Minute Panic Party! Each section contains ideas for decorations, party games and recipes. You can look through the book preview and purchase your own copy here.

The recipe I chose to use was the Rooster's Roulade from the Farmyard Fun  I changed it up to suit my personal tastes, but it still came out wonderfully.

Rooster's Roulade
adapted from Children's Party Cookbook

2 Baguette Mini loaves (sold in the bakery section of your supermarket)
250g light cream cheese
10 slices of deli ham, chopped
8-10 cherry tomatoes, diced
3 sticks celery, chopped
1/2 lettuce, finely chopped

Slice off the ends of each baguette  and hollow it out, leaving about 1.5cm crust all around.

Beat the cream cheese until smooth and then add in the other ingredients. Mix until well combined.

Fill the baguette with the mixture, working with a piping bag and filling from both ends. This part can get messy so make sure you have some paper towels on hand!

Wrap the baguette tightly in clingfilm and leave to firm in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours or a maximum of one day.

When you are ready ti serve, remove the clingwrap and cut into thick slices using a bread knife.

The verdict:

The filling was yummy but the bread did go a bit soggy. The platter looked very pretty though and I got lots of compliments on how delicious it was. The book suggested these could be made two days ahead, which I did, but I have suggested a maximum of one day so that you can avoid any unnecessary sogginess.

Linking up with Wake Up Wednesdays!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Virtual Book Club For Kids (Giles Andreae)

As a 4 year old, Lucas loves pirates, dinosaurs and sausages. So when I saw that Giles Andreae was the author for this month's Virtual Book Club For Kids and I came across this book, both him and I were very excited to read it!

The story is about a young adventurer and his pirate mates, whose enemies are the Pirate Dinosaurs. These Pirate Dinosaurs even have a secret hideout, where they make sausages!

The first thing we did was watch a video on sausages are actually made. I have also arranged for a tour of the local butchery, but as it is currently school holidays here in New Zealand we have to wait until next week.

One of the sentences in the book when the dinosaurs are singing about sausages reads "roasted or toasted or frittered or fried, sauteed or scrambled or pancaked or pied". Lucas and I talked about each of these sausage cooking methods, and decided to make a sausage pie.

We gathered together our ingredients:
  • 2 sheets frozen flaky pastry defrosted
  • 1 potato peeled and grated
  • 450g sausage meat
  • 1 carrot peeled and grated
  • 1 apple peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Wattie’s Tomato Sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
Preheat the oven to 180°C fan bake or 200°C conventional. Grease a 22cm pie or flan tin.
Roll the pastry sheets together and cut to line base and sides of prepared tin.
Squeeze the potato in a clean tea towel to remove any excess moisture this was one of Lucas' jobs!

Mix together potato, sausage meat, onion, carrot, apple, breadcrumbs, egg, and Tomato Sauce.

Spoon sausage mix into the pastry-lined tin and spread evenly with a spatula.
To make topping: Mix breadcrumbs and cheese together and sprinkle over the pie top.

Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes until filling is cooked and topping is golden.

Lucas was very proud of his sausage pie!

We had lots of fun learning about sausages, as well as cooking with sausages.

We also talked about pirates and pirate ships, and as I was looking through the craft cupboard I found a kitset pirate ship in a tin, so we decided to build our very own pirate ship.

Lucas was very keen to paint all of the compenents of the ship.

Adam was drawing his very own pirate flag while Lucas continued to paint.

After the paint was dry, it was time to put the ship together, This was very fiddly, but good for the fine motor skills!

Then it was a matter of leaving the glue to set, and Lucas had his very own pirate ship.

What a great discovery from the craft cupboard to fit the book perfectly.

Check out more Giles Andreae book inspired crafts and activities below as part of our Virtual Book Club for Kids July Blog Hop! Feel free to link one up if you have a craft or activities post that goes along with a book by Giles Andreae.

Fox in Flats Style Dare Week Two

I'm back again with days 8-14 of the Fox in Flats Style Dare!

Curled- I tried a Pinterest overnight curls tutorial, which turned my hair to frizz but there were still a few curls!

In-Jeanious- my fit-like-a-glove Katies jeans spruced up with a black top, custom necklace and blazer as I was working that day.

Gives me great... Well my husband thinks a skirt and pumps give me great legs!

Re:BOOT- my go-to winter black boots with denim jeggings, a black tunic top, fun necklace made by Miriam and my favourite striped waterfall cardigan.

Party girl- celebrating Adam's second birthday with a homemade party hat, black halterneck dress and a black and white striped cardigan.

On your head- a homemade fabric flower headband. Tutorial can be found here.

Comfy Chic- Monochrome in a black tunic and leggings, perfect for a day at home where I was hanging out with the boys.

It's not too late to join in!

Linking up with Wardrobe Wednesday and What Wives Wear.

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