Easter Week FINALE: Cocktails! (CottonTails)

This is the last official post of Easter week and I thought why not end it on a good note and do some Easter Cocktails? or as I like to call them ‘CottonTails’! This post was meant to be up yesterday but life would have it that making 4 cocktails for yourself isn’t the best way to spend a Wednesday night, so I waited until I had friends over so I could use them as a test subject! So here we go!

First up – The Chocolate Bunny

Put a little hip in your hop with this choc/coffee dessert in a glass!

Even mix of Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur – chocolate kind and milk or heavy cream. (amount will depend on the glass)
1 shot of Kahlúa Coffee Liqueur
Chocolate syrup/dessert topping
Flake Chocolate

Use chocolate syrup to rim the glass. If you’d like, you can drizzle some down the edges of the glass.
In separate cup, add Kahlúa and Bailey’s together stir, add in milk and stir until it is one liquid. Carefully pour liquid into glass rimmed with chocolate.
Break up flake chocolate bar and sprinkle on top.
There you have it, a decadent chocolate bunny drink with a hit of caffeine!
*pro tip: I’d really suggest mixing it with the milk/cream because if you don’t it can be quite hard to drink (personal experience). Whilst you have the cream out, whip a little of it up and place a dollop of it in the middle of the glass for a fluffy bunny tail!

Spring Chicken:


2 shots Malibu
2 shots Lemoncello
Pineapple Juice
Mixer: Sprite, Pineapple Lemonade
Pineapple chunks

Mash the pineapple up and put in the bottom of the cup.
Measure out the shots, (if you’re not using a mason jar, maybe half the recipe)
Top up with some pineapple juice and sprite (or pineapple lemonade)
DELICOUS!

Carrot Top

Sugar & Green food dye
1 shot Vodka
1 shot Tequila
1 shot Amaretto
Juice: Pineapple and Orange

Rim the glass with green sugar.
Measure out the shots into the glass
Top up with juice. (the easiest one of al)

Pink Drink:


1 shot Vodka
1 shot Fruit Tingle Liqueur
I cap full grenadine.
Pink Lemonade
Sugar & Pink food dye

Rim the glass with pink sugar.
Measure out the shots and top up with pink lemonade.
Add a cap full of grenadine and wait for it to sink to the bottom layers.

Drink Responsibly

*Sorry the photography wasn’t my best for these posts. Using iPhone and bad lighting does not a good photo make.

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Easter Week: Easter Gift Basket!

Through the course of Easter week, I’ve set you up with a heap of things that can all be mixed with each other – You’re welcome. Today’s post will be about ‘what to bring’ to an Easter gathering instead of what to make when hosting!

But if you’re a smart cookie you’ll realise that it’s kind of the same thing, but not. The crafts that we’ve made and the Easter treats that we’ve made can all be mixed together for this post today!

If you’re going to a family Easter party or you’ve been invited to something then chances are you’re going to want to bring something. Even though I’m sure the host has said not to bring a thing! (But we all know we’re going to bring something). This is what I’d bring (and what I probably will bring to family Easter). The perfect Easter gift basket!


The basked I got at k-mart for $3? Ish. It was very inexpensive. The purple ‘straw’ I got at a ‘dollar store’ and the other things are basically what we’ve made together! So here’s what I put in mine!


The plastic baggies I got at Kmart and they were really cheap. So I just got the baked goods and put them in individual bags – I included the sugar cookies and the chocolate nests because they’re easy to package. If I had a way to pack the cupcakes I would have included them.  I got the egg candles at Dusk last year. I love them, I think they’re so adorable! I also included one of the little pom pom critters because: cuteness. For a little bit of an adult kick, I added some kaluah – bailies is also a really good one too, just anything in the little bottles. Hot cross buns are also great to put in and then also any chocolate eggs too.

Add a ribbon and a cute little card and you’re good to go! It looks like a heap of effort, but if you’re already baking for yourself then why not share the delicious goodness?

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Easter Week: Pom Pom Pals – Easter Crafts!

If you’ve got kids or you just like making adorable life like pets out of wool, then boy oh boy do I have the post for you! My mum is a super crafty individual and thats where I get my artistic/crafty flare. We used to make pompoms as kids for fun or because mum was making us a beanie and we needed it. These puffy critters look like they take a lot more effort than they really do, but I made a bunch of these whilst watching a movie. (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, to be precise. So here are the steps to make super adorable Bunnies!

What you’ll need:

Wool – any colour you’d like your bunnies to be, cardboard (an old box is perfect) glue (hot glue or PVA work best) white cotton tails (or you can make tiny white pom poms) and coloured felt – same colours as wool plus pink for inner ear.

The steps:

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  1. You need two circle templates for the body and two for the head. The body template measures 10cm across, and the head measures 7cm across. The holes in the middle are 3.5cm. As you can see they don’t have to be perfect! Cutting a slit in the circles makes it easier to wind the wool around.
  2. Place the circles (for head/or body make sure they’re the same size) together.
  3. start wrapping! Go back and forth around the entire template keeping it as even as possible!

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4. This is what you should have when its ready to cut.
5. Separate the edges of the template. This is where you’ll put the scissors to cut the wool. Make sure they’re sharp, I used sewing sheers. FYI parents; I’d probably do this for the kids. Its can get quite difficult as the wool gets thicker.
6. Cut around the entire thing. The wool will start fraying and sticking out but it kind of sticks to itself so it won’t fall everywhere. Just be careful and try and hold it together whilst still cutting! Once it is cut all the way around. Take some wool and slide it between the two cardboard template and tie it in a few very tight knots, this will hold the pom pom together. (like a bath loofa)

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7. Once the pom pom is tied off, you can slide off the cardboard revealing you’re very own pom pom!
8. If its a little uneven or wonky, or if you’ve got a few longer bits, or even if its hard to distinguish between the head and body, just take the scissors and ‘shave’ your bunny bod. or head.
9. This is what you should have; You’re ready to build your bunny!
Glue the ears together and then pinch the bottom and glue again to make the ears all cute like. Glue the head and body together, the tail to the butt and put the ears on!
For the face I just cut out some circles of felt and put them as the eyes, I used pink for the nose.

FINAL PRODUCT!

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I’ve made a heap of these little bunnies, I have no one to give them to, so they’ll just sit there looking adorable. ALSO bunnies isn’t the only thing you can do. I made this little chick with yellow wool and only used the ‘head’ template. ADORABLE, RIGHT!? I cut out a little orange felt for a beak and black for the eyes!

I really enjoyed making these little guys, and I hope you make some, too! I love them and so does my partner – we’re kinda lame. Kids will adore these!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of Easter Week: Nails, Makeup/Outfit, Easter Breakfast, Baking Ideas, and Gift Basket!

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Easter Week: Hosting Easter – High Teaster!

(two posts today – woo!) Weather you’re hosting Easter or you just want some good party ideas for kids – I’ve got you covered! I’ve done baking posts on my blog before – usually just one recipe but todays Easter post will be quite a few recipes and decoration ideas so hang tight, we will make it through together!

Recipe 1: ‘Peanut Butter and Chocolate Birds Nests’

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This recipe is a variation of an old favourite (for many I’m sure), the classic chocolate spiders. This recipe can be found on the back of a packed of ‘Changs original fried noodles’ –  the core ingredient.  You’ll need:

  • 1 packet of the fried noodles
  • 2tbl crunchy peanut butter
  • 200g of your chocolate of choice. I use milk or dark (mixing the two is also acceptable). White chocolate can work, but its not really the right colour for birds nests!
  • You’ll also need some mini speckled eggs for decoration!

Method:
Break up the chocolate (if its a block) and put in a microwave safe bowl, add the peanut butter and microwave for 30seconds, take it out – stir it, microwave for a further 15 seconds, take it out and stir it, microwave in 5 second intervals until its fully melted. Give the mixture a good stir and then add in half of the packet of noodles, stir them until completely coated in the chocolate mix then add the other half.
Spoon mixture on to a tray lined with baking paper and you’re good to go. Place as many little eggs as you’d like in the centre of the chocolate mounds. I went for 3.
Place in the fridge to set and you’re done! Not only are they super quick, they’re also adorable and such a low maintenance chocolate treat that is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Recipe 2: Sugar Cookies

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I’ve been on the hunt for my ‘go-to’ sugar cookie recipe for approx 2 years now and I think I’ve finally found it. This is just a recipe for the cookies themselves – not the royal icing. Google is your friend. (;

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose (plain) flour
  • 1 cup self raising flower
  • ½ tsp salt
  • additional flour for rolling

Method: Preheat oven 180C/350F

  • Beat (electric mixer) the butter for a few minutes until its creamy, smooth and starts to lighten in colour.
  • Add sugar and vanilla and beat until fully incorporated. Add the egg and mix until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl sift flour and salt. Gradually add flower to ‘wet’ ingredients mixing well between rounds.
  • When mixture is dough like and all combined flatten between two sheets of baking powder and put in freezer for half an hour.
  • Roll dough out to desired thickness and cut into shapes.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool completely before icing them.

I iced mine in cute pastel colours, something I deem perfect for Easter and just adorable anyway. I then decorated them with white icing. I decided to keep it simple because a) the more you do the more you can mess up and b) you don’t need to overload a cookie with rock hard sugar. Special thanks goes to my sister Bonnie for helping me in the kitchen all day!

 

Recipe 3: Vanilla cupcakes

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You can use your favourite recipe for these. Thats what I’ve done.

I chose to decorate these in two different ways. The first was by icing them and then crumbling up a ‘flake’ chocolate bar and pressing it into the still wet icing to form a ‘nest’ and then added 3 mini speckled eggs. I don’t know why Easter is associated with birds nests, but it is!

The second way, I decided to colour some sugar – very easy. and make bunny ears out of marshmallows. (take a marshmallow and cut it in half – boom – bunny ears) I pressed the sugar into the marshmallow and taadaa, you’ve got yourself some super sweet (ha!) bunny ears! I roughly piped the icing on the cup cake to resemble a fluffy bunny and stuck the ears in!

Displaying these treats is simple as they really do all the work for you! I like putting them on nice platters or displaying them on a cupcake stand. Something easy and accessible. People will be talking about your Easter – high-tea treats for days and you’ll be a hit at all the parties!

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Easter Week: Easter Breakfast!

Easter breakfast was always something to look forward to house. Before any of the chocolate was had, or before anyone was out of their pjs we’d all sit around the kitchen table and my mum would work her magic and make sure everyone had their preferred hot cross buns! (usually home made). Sometimes we were super lucky and got pancakes too! Today I’m going to share with you my perfect Easter breakfast!

Firstly here is the recipe for Pikelets (just like pancakes but imo better)

Ingredients:
1egg
1/2 cup milk
4Tbs sugar
1/4 Tsp bicarb soda
1 cup S/R flour
1Tbs butter (melted)

Method:
Disolve bicarb soda in milk. Whisk/beat egg and sugar together until combined. Alternately add four and milk-bicarb into egg/sugar and whisk until its all mixed together and a good consistency – not too runny, not too thick! Melt some butter in a pan and start to spoon the mix in the hot pan! When the bubbles begin to form and ‘pop’ around the outside of the mixture, you know its time to flip it!

For the hot cross buns, serve them how you like them! I prefer to cut them in half and toast them!

Serve with whipped cream, jam, honey, berries, nutella… ANYTHING! DELICIOUS!

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This is a great breakfast to share with friends and family!

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Easter Week: Makeup and Outfit Inspo!

Welcome to the second post of Easter Week! I figure, now that I’ve given you some nail art ideas I might give you some ideas for outfits and makeup, because why not?

Easter is usually a busy time for a lot of people, family commitments, Easter get-togethers usually an arguments about who is hosting this year etc, etc. If you’re someone who doesn’t celebrate Easter then just sit back and get some inspo for makeup and outfits because: Pretty.

MAKEUP

Minimal Effort:

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This is probably what I’ll be rocking on easter. Minimal effort, easy and casual. Defined brows, glowy skin and nude/pink lips. I kept this look without any liner but feel free to add it, I probably would. Its fresh and youthful and low maintenance! To achieve this look I used my Urban Decay Naked 1 palette – A good dupe is the ‘chi chi nudes’ palette.

Easter Night Out:

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When people think of Easter, their first thought isn’t usually clubbing. But I’ve done my fair share of Easter themed nights in town. Free entry if you’re wearing bunny ears etc. I’d personally rock this look on the daily because I think its super pretty and its just so simple! I used my Naked 3 palette only to achieve this look. This is still dramatic enough to be worn out but also pretty and pastel enough to be worn to a day time event!

Floral fun:

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This look might not be what some think when getting ready for Easter, but in my time I’ve known a lot of Easter parties put on for kids where people have face-paint and the Easter Bunny is there along with big egg hunts and lots of fun! I’d totally wear this to that type of event. (If I could wear it on the daily, lord help me I would)

I used my Stila – Soul palette and the inglot white eyeliner on the eyes, the floral work is TAG body paints. Super easy to use and last really well. They’re water activated so really easy for beginners!

OUTFITS

Pastel Pink Easter outfit.

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This is something that I’d love to wear all the time because its just so pretty! But for those who tend to dress up for church / have a more ‘formal’ family affaire this is perfect. Its girly and fun and perfect for the weather (sprint time/ end days of summer).

Easter Morning

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If you don’t have plans for the Easter holiday then might I suggest this comfy ensemble! Its probably what I’ll be wearing if I don’t have to leave the house. Spend all day in your PJs eating waffles, pancakes and hot cross buns for breakky!

Easter night out

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If you’re going out for a night on the town for some Easter festivities, I think this is really cute. (I say that because its basically what I wore when I went out) I’d pair this with the dramatic makeup. The dress is simple but pretty and super comfy, if heels aren’t your thing go for some flats. The ears are what makes it, though. You’ll look adorable and sexy in this outfit.

Boho/chic Easter outfit.

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If I have to leave the house, this is what I’d opt for. A maxi skirt (because who can be bothered shaving their legs) and a low cut crop wrap top – because my body looks bangin’ in those. Pineapple earrings because: me. Cute strappy flats and a signature scent! I love the hair style for this too. Just so pretty… AND EASY! I’m all about that life! I’d pair this with either the minimal makeup or the more dramatic one because go hard or go home, right?

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Easter Week: Nail Tutorial x2

Hey guys and welcome to a little thing I’m calling ‘Easter Week’ here on my blog (original, isn’t it? if you can think of a cool name let me know!).

For post number one I’m bringing you two super easy and spring/Easter inspired nail tutorials! (and I do mean super easy)

 

I’m not sure why my hand looks so awkwardly contorted… but I just love this nail look with the henna tattoo I have. Its just so pretty and I wish it would last forever!

The first post is this super pretty pastel/floral negative space design! It looks difficult but its quite simple. I originally got the idea from something I saw on pintrest but when I went back to find the exact picture I couldn’t find it. I’m sure if you search for it you can see it. I painted my pinky, middle finger and thumb nail all with a separate pastel colour and on my ring and index fingernail I used different sized dotting tools (if you don’t have any, bobby pins and tooth picks work) to make a floral design (using the same pastel colours). I used a base coat on all nails but I used a clear polish on the ‘negative space’ floral nails to make them nice and shiny before going over with a top coat.

I really like how they turned out and I think this would work for all kinds of events / seasons if you just change up the colours a bit!

 

For the next one I wanted to keep it pretty neutral. I love grey for ‘spring’ nails (even though its Autumn here – Easter is associated with the spring time). I thought that grey is also like the shade of the ever famous Easter Bunny so why not pay homage to the fella that hippity hops chocolate to your door?! I went with the tips in a festive coral colour to bring some pizazz to the look. I wasn’t sure how they’d turn out but I’m really happy with them.

There you have it, post one of seven of Easter week! I hope you enjoyed it and if you recreate any of these, I’d love to see them so tag me on instagram so I can see your handy work!

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