Archive | December, 2016

Champagne Gummy Bears

28 Dec


Hello everyone.  Hoping you had a beautiful Christmas/Holiday season and are as eager as I am to leave 2016 behind. It hasn’t been all bad but it was definitely messy. 

This is a recipe I tried a couple months ago but I thought would be a perfect NYE treat… Champagne Gummy bears. Of course, you can also use regular wine.

I first heard of these about two or three years ago. At that point they were only being sold by a very high end gourmet candy company and though beautiful and delicious looking, not easily attainable for me.

Then the pictures and tutorials began showing up on Pinterest and I knew…I had to try.

The recipe I used is a mash up of two I found online.  One is from Cooking with Janica and Sprinkle Bakes. I used less gelatin than both recipes called for and it gave me a softer gummy which I prefer. I also used the recommendation from Sprinkle Bakes of adding an additional flavour because just using the wine makes it a bit bland. So let us continue. ..

WHAT YOU NEED 

1) 1 cup Wine– champagne, prosecco, red, white, blush. I used a white, a red and a sparkling rose.

2) Gummy bear molds– I bought these on Amazon, each can make 50 bears and it comes in pairs.

3) 3 packets of gelatin (or if you want a vegan option, use agar-agar)

4) Food colouring– Depends on the flavour, I used pink for the rose, red for the red wine and a little yellow for the white wine.

5) 1/2 cup of white sugar

6) 2-3 drops of wine food flavouring – yes this exists but I couldn’t get any when I wanted it so I used strawberry, I think any berry flavour can work.

7) Squeeze bottle– for easy delivery of the gel.

Ingredients 

WHAT TO DO 

1) Mix 3 packets of gelatin with water and let it dissolve.

2) Add sugar and mix in.

3) In a saucepan /frying pan Pour in wine and allow to come to a boil. 

4) Add sugar/gelatin mix to warm wine and stir in to dissolve.

5) Add food colouring and Flavouring and mix.

6) Pour gelatin/syrup into bottle and carefully fill molds.

7) Place in refrigerator and let firm up- I left them in overnight 

Sugar and gelatin 




Add water




Fill molds




Finished gummies 



They look like gummy bears, they kind of smell like gummy bears but they don’t quite taste like gummy bears. They taste like a sweet cocktail or wine cooler. This is a sophisticated treat that’s pretty straight forward to make and I think it’s a perfect party favour for a NYE shindig!

Try this out and eat gummies responsibly. Have an awesome day!

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Merry Christmas

25 Dec

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My DIY gingerbread house

So Blogmas has come to an end. It has been 24 straight days of posting  (25 if you include today)

I have never participated in Blogmas before (I never even knew it was a thing before this year!) and it has certainly been an experience… hundreds of photos, hours of editing and typing, nights thinking and planning.

I also learnt quite a few things. For example I have gotten fairly decent at photographing food and makeup items, (I’m  addicted to flat lays), but I learnt that being photographed for makeup and hair and outfit looks is a whole other ball game.

I also explored other types of posts such as short story and poetry writing.

All in all this was a great experience for me to grow as a blogger and I look forward to Blogmas 2017!

Blogmas Bonus- Cranberry Scones

25 Dec

Blogmas Bonus – Cranberry Scones

Hello and Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it and Happy Holidays to everyone.

Back in November when I was meticulously planning each and every Blogmas post, I asked my sister to do a guest post on something sweet and easy to make. I told her what daybI was thinking of putting it up and told her to get back to me.

Well she did. Yesterday. But I digress. Better late than never.

This recipe is taken from our favourite online baker Stephanie fron Joy of Baking (I have referenced her more than a few times)

Since this is Kristine’s post I will present it the way she did.

Ingredients

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2 cups of flour
1/3 cup of white sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup of unsalted butter
2/3 cup of fresh cranberries
2/3 cup of milk

She left out the candied fruit and the almonds listed in the original recipe.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400F (200C) and butter or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk dry ingredients then cut butter in. Use a pastey blender of you have one if not use forks or knives creating course crumbs.

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Add the cranberries and gently mix

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Add milk and stir careful not to overmix

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On a floured surface knead dough four times then form a circle about 7 inches (18 cm) in diameter.

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Cut it into 8 triangles and brush top with milk.

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Bake for 20 minutes or until crust is brown.

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My sister gave these to some of her cowokers for Christmas. They make great gifts or a light dessert to have with coffee after all the heavy Christmas dinner.

Enjoy and have an awesome day!

Cozy Christmas  Breakfast 

24 Dec

BLOG-Mas DAY 24!

I feel like breakfast at Christmas time should be a little special and these two recipes are bound to be. The first recipe is Cinnamon pancakes with Blackberry syrup and paired with a spicy hot cocoa. 

WHAT YOU NEED 

Pancakes 

1) 1 1/3 cups (135g)Pancake mix 

2) 1 tbsp cinnamon

3) 1 cup Blackberries  Any type of berries will do. I chose blackberries because they were the cheapest st the supermarket. 

4) 1/2 cup (48g)  White sugar 


Ingredients 


WHAT TO DO 

Pancakes 

1) Add cinnamon to pancake mix and stir in. 

Add cinnamon 

Mix in cinnamon 

2) Add water and mix well. 

Batter

3) Heat skillet and make pancakes to desired size. 

Cook pancakes 

Stack





Syrup

4) Place blackberries, sugar and teabag into a skillet or saucepan.

Ingredients in skillet 

5) Add  water and bring to a boil.

Boil





6) Adjust to a simmer until syrupy in consistency 

Syrup 

7) Pour over pancakes. 

Pancakes with syrup 




Spicy hot cocoa 

WHAT YOU NEED 

(Makes one 16 oz(475mL) cup )


1) 1/4 cup(56g) Chocolate morsels /chips

2) Cocoa powder  (unsweetened )

3) 1 tbsp of White sugar 

4) pinch of Salt

5)2 cups (16floz )of milk

6) 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper 


Cocoa ingredients 


WHAT TO DO 

1) Place all the dry ingredients including the chocolate morsels into a saucepan and mix until chocolate has melted.

Ingredients in saucepan 


2) Add milk and let simmer 

Cocoa in pan

3) Pour into cup and top with marshmallows and pepper 

Finished cocoa 

Your breakfast is ready to serve! 

Finished breakfast 

This is a delicious cute breakfast.  The cinnamon adds a festive feel to the pancakes and the fruit based syrup gives it a more complex grown up flavour.

The hot cocoa is rich and decedent and the pepper adds a most unexpected  dimension. It gives a slow smokey burn that somehow goes beautifully with the chocolate  (because what doesn’t go beautifully with chocolate? )

Definitely try this one out and have an awesome day !

Festive Fashion-Lookbook

23 Dec

Hello and welcome to Blogmas Day 23!

Today I bring a mini look book showcasing a maxi dress great for a festive occasion.It is paired with a low rise belt and black booties.

Be the light of the party


Sparkle and shine




Relax with friends




Feel free to have fun





Kick your shoes off and dance



Outfit 

Maxi dress in dark blue with red floral print (Forever 21)

Wide belt in black with gold clasp(H&M)

Black velvet ankle booties

Small black chevron bag with gold chain interwoven strap(Forever 21)

Garnet coloured cocktail ring



Shot on Beach at Fortune Point, Bahamas 

Photos taken by M. Gibson




Have an awesome day! 



Festive Hair

22 Dec

BLOG-Mas DAY 22

Welcome to Blogmas Day 22, we’re almost there! Today I am sharing 3 festive hairstyles perfect for a night out.

A bit about my hair 

I have very thick , curly natural hair (no chemicals or dyes ). I have been growing it natural for two years and three months and had two trims in between. I use Aussie deep conditioner and just about any moisturizer I can get my hands on.  I also alternate between Fantasia hair polisher and Paul Mitchell super skinny serum for some shine.

Let us proceed…

Look no. 1   Braided half up halfdown

Steps

 -Section off a square of your hair

-Make a loose braid and secure end with hair tie

-Pin up the excess hair in a top knot

-Tousle remainder of hair to create some volume

Look no. 2  Sleek side do


This is definitely one of my favorite go-to styles when I want to look a bit fancier. I find it looks like you put so much effort when really you didn’t at all. Lol.

-Make sure hair is well moisturised. I defined my curls with a bit of styling gel.

-Brush all of your hair over to one side and apply some gel (or other holding product )to keep it in place. 

-Pin hair at nape of neck and place a few more going along side of head

-Redefine curls with fingers 




Look no. 3  High bun with Waterfall bang



I totally made that name up (obviously ). This style is like a throwback for me and I’m loving it more and more. This is a great alternative to those of us who love to pull our hair in a bun everyday  (me).

-Part off a portion of hair at front of head, from in line with the inner corner of one eye over to other side of face.

-Pull the rest of your hair into a high tight bun.

-Define curls

And that’s it. These are three basic level styles that I think can work for most hair types and any hair that is medium length or longer. Hopefully one of them will inspire your holiday hair and have an awesome day!

CHRISTMAS MOVIES LIST

21 Dec

BLOG-Mas DAY 21!

This is a list of ten movies to keep you entertained during the festive season. They are really all classics in their own right.

 

1) The Harry Potter Series (2001-2011)
– Though these aren’t Christmas movies, there is a Christmastime scene in almost all of them and something about Hogwarts invokes visions of Yuletide Cheer.

 

2) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993
)- Part Halloween, part Christmas, all awesome.

 

3) A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
– Who doesn’t love Charlie Brown.

 

4) Gremlins (1984)
– If you like a bit of gore with your Christmas pudding.

 

5) Elf (2003)

 

6) Scroodged (1988)
– An oldie but a goodie

 

7) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

 

8) Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
– It’s funny and heart-warming but not too cheesy, lol.

 

9) Krampus (2015)
– Based on the creature from European folklore, this is for people who like things a bit on the dark side (Like me!)

 

10) A Christmas Horror Story (2015)
– An anthology movie based on Christmas gone wrong.

 
As you can probably tell, my taste tends to be a bit on the dark side, a bit anti cookie cutter, mushy stuff so if that’s your taste as well then hopefully you’ve found some useful suggestions. Have an awesome day!

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