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Home made Chai tea recipe – great gift idea

Random recipe post!

A friend passed on this yummy easy to make chai tea recipe. It is a great tasting tea once made and you can make it up as a gift for a family member or friend. It is called Moon Chai and the link is here.

Here is how I have written it out to print off and pop it in a tall bottle jar (like a tall pasta jar) with the dry ingrediants for the recipient (or you) to make up and then savour.

Homemade Chai recipe

In your jar is:

10 pieces of ginger, 1-inch

4 cinnamon sticks, broken

1 tsp green cardamom pods

2 1/4 tsp black peppercorns

1 tsp cloves, whole

1/2 tsp fennel seeds

1/2 tsp licorice root

1/2 tsp allspice

Preparation:Combine everything with 5 cups* water in a saucepan (* halve this to make concentrate and keep in fridge in a tall jar). Cover pot and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove the pot from heat, and let sit for another 35 minutes (covered). At this point you can add some tea bags of your choice in to seep.  Strain out the spices by using a cloth & a sieve.

To make a drink: Pour a few cm’s worth of the Chai mix into our mug and a teaspoon of honey and heat in microwave. Heat up some milk and when near boiling point use a whisk to froth it up. Pour into the preheated chai mix and enjoy!

** You can alter the peppercorns to make it spicier if you so wish. Make it to your preference as this is a great base.

The best place to find these ingredients is at a local Indian/Asian spice shop. Once you have the main ingredients, you then have them on hand to make a jar for yourself or to have ready to make up a give away one.  I keep my Chai ingredients in a container all together to make life easier. 😀

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Go on and make a brew up! Let me know what you think.

 

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Chocolate Almond Slice

This was a recipe my Mum and Jo used to make for sale at Mainline Station. Mum wrote out lots of recipes from my childhood and the cafe into a special journal recipe book. It is one of the best Christmas present’s ever.

Chocolate Almond Slice

Base:

Cream 6 oz butter & 3/4 C sugar

Add in 2 small eggs, 1.5 C flour, 1.5 tbsp cocoa powder & 1.5 tsp baking powder.

Put in a greased slice tin and bake for 20 minutes at 170 degrees.

Almond Filling:

When the chocolate base is cold or nearly cold put the almond filling made up with:

Cream:  6 oz butter, 12 oz icing sugar

Mix in: 2 egg yolks, 6 oz cornflour & 3 tsp almond essence

Chill for a little bit and then top with chocolate icing.

Chocolate Almond Slice

Chocolate Almond Slice

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Snickerdoodles – go on and try them.

These tasty morsels have a funny name but are quite moreish so be warned.

Snickerdoodles Recipe

 

1 cup Olivani

1.5 C sugar

2 eggs

2 & 1/4 C flour

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 Tbsp cinnamon

2 Tbsp sugar

Cream the olivani, sugar & eggs.

Add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda & salt.

Mix until well blended.

Roll into balls and roll into the mixed cinnamon & sugar mix.

Place on baking paper tray.  It will flatten slightly when they bake.

Bake in moderate oven for 8 – 10 minutes.

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Polka Dot Party

Makayla turned FIVE at the start of August and is now happily learning at school. It is great seeing both girls trotting up the steps to school happy being together. Ariana is loving having her younger sister there with her. ♥

I thought I would share how her special 5th Birthday Party went. The start of the month actually seems so long ago. August has been so busy!

I thought a Polka Dot theme would be easy enough to do and would appease Miss Girly Pants as well. I collected things for the theme for a month or two before hand so that helped a lot!

Some favourite snap shots ta

Some favourite snap shots taken on the day.

After going to another friend’s girls 5th birthday party and seeing an awesome fairy called Taffy, I booked her in to come and help. Makayla was mega excited about Fairy Taffy coming. I can not recommend Taffy enough! She was just awesome to deal with leading up to the party and on the day gosh it was brilliant having her there. The children were mesmerized with her and lined up for a small face paint. She used a number system so the kid’s could play and come back when it was their turn. There were activities set up for children to jump in and play with.  Check her facebook page out.

Here are some of the face paint creations Taffy the Fairy did:

face painting

 

 

Now I had fun deciding what food to make! Pinterest was an awesome tool to collate ideas together. I made an album on there and went from there. Polka Dot Cake of course plus other round or dotty spotty inspired items….lolly cake, marshmallow treats, popcorn, cupcakes, rice crackles among some of the items. Jelly Ribbon slice was just cause I wanted an excuse to make it!  Honestly that was fun and easy to make! I will defiantly make it again as the wow factor is so cool.

Here is the recipe:

Ribbon Jelly Slice Recipe

 

Here is the Jelly Ribbon Slice that I made for the party:

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I made cupcakes in a few different bright colours and they looked great on the spotty dotty cupcake stand I found at Spotlight.

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It was super fun! The cake was massive and we had three quarter’s of it left after the party had finished as each slice you could cut into four pieces! Hubby took a chunk to our neighbours and another chunk to his work. It slowly but surely disappeared.

Three more years to the little one turns five and 2 years til the biggest turn;s 10 so we can have a holiday from BIG birthday parties.

 

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A quick cake recipe.

It is good to have a handy dandy cake recipe available in case you have to whip up something fast for the next morning or in an hour or two.

I have made this Chocolate Cake quite a few times. It is fast to put together and bake and doesn’t take long to cool to ice it. It also doesn’t take long for it to disappear as well! 😆

 

Chocolate Cake (Microwave)

125g butter

1.5 C sugar

2 tbsp cocoa

1 C hot water

½ tsp baking soda

2 eggs

1.5 C flour

1 tsp baking powder

Combine the first five ingredients in a large bowl.  Cook in microwave on high for 2 minutes, stir then a further 2 minutes.

Stir in 2 beaten eggs fast with a whisk and then flour and baking powder. Whisk out lumps.

Put in paper lined microwave proof ring cake mold and cook for 6 – 9 minutes till it is mostly dry on top. It may spill a little.

Stand on rack in mold for 15 minutes before turning it out.

Cool and then ice.

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PS: The reason I put recipes on my blog is so I can find them here if I can’t find them in the recipe books especially if I am away from home. I can search for them and off I go. I hope you like them too. 🙂

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St Valentines Day

Yesterday was St Valentines Day or as my awesome Miss 4.5 says “Lovins Day”. I planned to treat some people in my life with some cupcake L♥VE!

I recently went to a wee 1st birthday party and I tried the most decadent cupcakes and I wanted to make them myself well the icing more so! I mean White Chocolate Butter Cream Icing sounds delish doesn’t it? Hell yes! Thanks Nicola 🙂 you certainly inspired me. This is the recipe I used: White chocolate butter cream icing. 

I made a batch of vanilla cupcakes the night before (not sure I love the recipe for those so will try another recipe…) and made the icing up after school & kindy drop offs. Miss Holly made the task of icing the decorating them hard by hanging around my legs. Every now and then she would tickle me or a little hand would creep up to grab a crumb or a bit of dropped icing! 😆 Toddlers ah?

I sprinkled them with some pink stuff as you do and then placed a chocolate heart on each of them. Voila! Done.

It was a real buzz delivering some plates of these to my friends and family 😉

cupcake 1

cupcakes

cup cakes 2

What did you do on St Valentines Day?

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Try this recipe!

A friend pointed out this recipe on a forum and I had to make it since the girls cousins are all gluten free. They are called “No Bake Fudgy Snow Balls” on the Skinny Taste website.

No Bake Fudgy Snow Balls

No Bake Fudgy Snow Balls

No-Bake Fudgy Snow Balls
Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes  
Servings: 21 • Serving Size: 1 cookie • Old Points: 1 pt • Points+: 2 pts
Calories: 69.5 • Fat: 3.8 g • Carb: 9.2 g • Fiber: 2.2 g • Protein: 2.1 g  

Ingredients:15 pitted dates

  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup whole roasted unsalted almonds
  • 1 tbsp honey (agave if vegan)
  • 2 tbsp water (or more if needed)
  • 3 tbsp confectioner’s sugar (I used icing sugar but you can use coconut to be sugar free)

Directions: 
Add almonds to your food processor and pulse until ground. Add dates, cocoa powder, honey, and water. Mix until it forms a sticky mass. If it seems too dry, add a little water, 1 tsp at a time. Wash hands and using damp hands (keep sink running)measure 1 tbsp and roll into a ball with the dough. Set balls on parchment paper.

Put confectioner’s sugar in a bowl. Roll balls in your hand and then roll in sugar (or coconut).
Can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.

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