Mother’s Day Gift guide #2

I posted another Mother’s Day gift guide last week, I’m posting another one now because this is a little bit different to the other one. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we can’t go buying flashy gifts for the ones we love. Trust me, I’ve been there. Heck I moved there and became the mayor. Its hard when the one you love deserves a diamond and all you can afford is a rock. So this gift guide is going to be about things you can make or get for cheap that will be sure to make your mumma smile.

PLANTS

For the green thumb mum I think this is a really cute idea. You can get a huge range of potted flowers from Bunnings for under $15.00AUD some even for under $5.00! To snazzy it up a bit and add some personal touch, head over to kmart and pick up one of the many flower pots they have – starting from $2.00! A little bit of elbow grease and some dirty hands will give you the end result of a gorgeous gift that will bring colour and happiness to your mum for a very long time! All you need to do is add a cute label, get a ribbon and you’re done! How beautiful!

TEA/COFFEE

Kmart have some great Tea sets out at the moment in the theme of mothers day!
This one here comes with tea, and sugar cookies with the mug, whilst this one is an all encompassed tea set! There are a few different varieties on offer at Kmart so pick one that suits your mum. These ones here are $6 and $10. Bargain!

PHOTOS

I think it costs approx 25c to get a photo printed these days and thats just for standard sizes. One thing that my brother, sister and I do, is get photos of us, and us and our partners and make a photo collage. If thats not quite your style, or you’re an only child then you can just find some photos of you and your mum. You can get some really cute frames for under $10. I’ll leave you with a pic from at least 10 years ago of me and my mum

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BAKED GOODS

If you’re good in the kitchen then this one might be for you. This is one of the things I’m doing for my mum this Mother’s Day. Its an edible cupcake arrangement. Click here to find out how to do it! It is actually really easy! It was under $15 to make.

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This one here is just a trial run, so its a little rough around the edges. But you get the idea! The tutorial for this post will be up tonight! Two posts in one day? You guys are lucky!

That just about wraps it up for this instalment of the Mother’s Day gift guide for 2016. Just remember, you don’t need to go out and get expensive gifts. Just spend time with your mum, or mother figure. Cherish the time you have and make memories and take photos and just tell your mum how much you love them!

Be sure to check back in a few hours for the cupcake bouquet tutorial!

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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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