27 November 2014

Santa's Magic Key free printable tag

Here in hot sunny Queensland, Australia we don't have chimneys, so how does santa get in.... with a magic key of course!  A friend told me about this idea and I loved it and I was all ready to buy one online then walking through spotlight I found a cute set of keys in the scrapbooking section and I thought 'why not make my own'.

I made 2 so I could give one to my other friend (who I know isn't super crafty to make her own) and of course I decided to share my tag so you too could make your own.

I have also made a Christmas Eve box for Ella that has a new set of PJ's, a Christmas disc, some snacks and Santa's Magic Key, which she can hang on the tree so Santa can get in.  I saw this box idea on Pinterest and have been so excited to put something simple yet magical together for Ella.  Here is what the box looks like (before I wrapped it all up).

It's really starting to feel like the silly season is here.  Am loving all these awesome traditions we are starting with Ella now that she is starting to uderstand a little better.

I hope your kids love their Magic Santa Key, you can download the tag file here.

ENJOY!  :-)

19 November 2014

Mega Nut Chocolate Bliss Ball

Hands up who loves bliss balls as much as I do???? Can you ever have too many variations???  I don't think so....  I received my new co-op order this week so I have a nice variety of nuts at the moment and I wanted to make some bliss balls, so I did!  These are sooooo yummy, too yummy not to share!  Perfect for a friend of mine who isn't a huge coconut fan and since most bliss balls have coconut in it, this will be a nice surprise for her (if there are any left).  A little container of these would make a really pretty gift (I use those clear plastic containers from strawberries for gifting bliss balls, they look lovely with a ribbon). 

Mega Nut Chocolate Bliss Balls

  • 35g shelled pistachio nuts
  • 50g brazil nuts
  • 50g almonds
  • 50g cashews
  • 50g sesame seeds
  • 50g pepita seeds
  • 200g medjool dates, seeds removed
  • 30g cocoa powder (or 20g cacao powder)
  1. Blitz pistachio nuts in thermo jug for 4-5 seconds on speed 6. Set aside for later.
  2. Add all nuts and seeds to the jug and blitz for 10 seconds on speed 6.
  3. Add dates and cocoa and mix for 1min on speed 6.
  4. Roll into balls and roll in the pistachio crumbs.
  5. Store in air tight container in the fridge and enjoy!!!!!
Note: by mixing the nuts longer it releases the natural oils and you don't need to add extra oils or nut butters or honey to help bind it together.  I love this about nuts!!!!


10 November 2014

Homemade Gift Hampers

It's that time of the year again where we start giving little tokens of our grattitude to teachers, work friends and of course friends and family.  Today I gave my first little hamper to Ella's special ed teachers as a thank-you for everything they have done to help Ella over the past 2 years.  I made a few things and even wrote a special poem to go with it.  I didn't manage to get a proper photo of it after I wrapped it in cello before I delivered it, so here is a dodgy looking picture of it on my kitchen bench LOL.

 The hamper included the following:
  • Granola:  I bake a mixture of oats, coconut, mixed seeds, nuts, apricots, honey and cinnamon.
  • Chocolate Fudgy Treats:  This was a fudge that failed, turned into fantail style chocolates! click here for recipe/page  It came out grainy so I recooked it with some water to dissolve the sugar but unfortunately it didn't set so hence they became chocolate coated treats!
  • Herb Saltclick here for recipe/page
  • Cinnamon Bath Saltsclick here for recipe/page
  • Peanut Butter: nothing beats straight, no nasties added peanut butter!
  • Vanilla Extract: pure vodka and thick juicy vanilla beans, left to infuse for a few weeks (or months!)
  • DIY Cookies: click here for recipe/page
I even made little labels for each jar.  I know you might use different size jars, but here is a copy of my page of labels I made if you want to use some of them yourself.  Download here.

Tomorrow we are off to the OT and I have another hamper to give for all her wonderful work.  This pacakge was fun to make. I'm sure her daughters will happily help her with this package!

Ice Cream hamper includes:
  • Chocolate Sauce: click here for recipe/page
  • Fudge Sauce: I turned half of my failed fudge listed above into this sauce by recooking with some milk!
  • Cones: can't have an ice cream without waffle cones!!!!
  • Sugared Nuts: click here for recipe/page 
  • Chocolate Marshmallows: nothing fancy just from the shop
  • Jelly Beans: these are the nice jelly beans from the shop
Again you can use my simple labels if you like.  Download here.

I have a few more homemade gift ideas yet to finalise but will post more as I do them... 

Have you started your homemade gift giving yet?