The Smurfs Blue Velvet Cupcakes

The Smurfs Blue Velvet Cupcakes

The Smurfs Blue Velvet Cupcakes

In honour of the new Smurfs Movie , Smurfs:The Lost Village we had a fun day baking these Smurfs Blue Velvet Cupcakes.

A friend of mine told me about the yummy Blue Velvet Cupcake Kit from Snowflake and I thought this was the perfect “blue” opportunity to give it a try and we loved them.

This kit is great it brings the cupcake mix, icing mix , sprinkles and paper cups…….#love it!

I jazzed them up by using the tiny McDonald’s Happy Meal Smurfs toys as cupcake toppers and they look just too cute.Let me know if you try it out they taste divine!

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New Years Eve Cookie Recipe

Cookies and Champagne? Could this become a trend? In my opinion a great yummy New Years Eve combo.

Ring in the New Year with a batch of New Years Eve cookies.Don’t you just love the gorgeous cookie cutter (2018 available soon on my FB shop)?

With all the preparation that goes into setting up or getting ready for the New Years Eve festivities this recipe is great., These are no-chill dough cookies, within an hour I had whipped up these beauties.

Ingredients for the new year eve cookies:

  • 400ml of flour
  • Orange Rind of x1 orange
  • x1 tsp of orange juice
  • 1 egg
  • 125g of butter
  • 100ml castor sugar
  • pinch of salt

Method:

Cream butter , sugar and orange rind until light and fluffy.Add in the egg and juice and continue beating until combined.Gradually add the flour and salt.Beat until a dough is formed.

Remove from bowl and begin to roll out dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll them out to the desired thickness and use the fave cookie cutter.

Place on a baking tray covered with either a silicone mat or baking paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes in a preheated oven at 180•C.

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Enjoy and many many blessings for the New Year.

 

Chocolate Covered Potato Chips

A guilty pleasure to tantalize the taste buds and so very easy to do.

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What you’ll need:

  • A packet of Salted potato chips
  • Melting Chocolate
  • A microwave Melting Pot

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Melt the chocolate and dip the chips one at a time.I put mine in the fridge for 5 minutes but that’s because I had 3 very eager taste testers.

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Enjoy

 

Easy Cupcakes – My Secret Cheat

This always reminds me of that part in Sarah Jessica Parker’s movie “I don’t know how she does it” – the bake sale where she buys s store made pie and attempts to make it look “homemade” lol Link from the movie .Well this is my SJP scene, I  make/use this method at almost every party and I tell you they winners.

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 This was once of those finds that comes by chance.It was the boys cowboy birthday party and I was attempting the mommy-juggling-act-of-note , baking , sewing up hobby horses(the kids party favours) the decor you name it, it was on my list.In the weee hours before the party my perfect cupcakes were over baked (nice way to say burnt) and rock hard.

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Instead of panicking I got up early went to my closest PnP and bought these queen cakes (they come 10 in a container) and then it was just a matter of icing them.

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I have to admit, it’s been the easiest thing – a cake and candy sale (sorted✔️) , a Valentines class party  (sorted✔️) , The list goes on and on and like I said previously everyone loves them.

The added bonus is the fact that my kitchen doesn’t look like a bakers explosion and  I’m not up baking and icing whilst everyone is in bed.

So the next time your child tells you at the last minute they need Cupcakes for school or you’ve had a baking disaster head over to your closest Pick n Pay.Nobody will think any less of you.

All you will then need is butter,icing sugar, food colouring and a few sprinkles.

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Happy mom!!!

 

Valentine’s Day – Coconut Macaroons

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These are probably my go to sweet treats for just about any occasion.

I tried them for the 1st time last year and they were winners all round.You can see the link here

If you follow me on Instagram you would have noticed I played with colour over the Christmas period and they looked divine.I actually had to hide them because they kept slowly disappearing throughout the day.

They are super easy to make – perhaps even a great idea for those Cake and Candy sale 7th Graders.

What you need:

  • 200g Pkt of Coconut
  • 1 Tin of Condensed Milk
  • Food Colouring – Optional
  • Sprinkles etc – Optional
  • Silicone Baking sheet – or a well oiled/sprayed Baking Tray
  • Spoons or a Small Cookie Scoop

To Do:

Preheat Oven to  200 Degrees Celsius.

Mix the Condensed Milk and the Coconut together in a bowl until all combined – this is the perfect time to add in your food  colouring if you so desire – I used Red. Spoon out into small-sized balls onto the baking tray , decorate as desired.I used pretty little Silver Candy Coated Heats (Nicoletta) and little white Fondant Confetti Sugar Hearts.

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So as you can see they are definitely Little Yummy Winners and perfect for Bake Sales etc and treating your family and friends.

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BON APPETIT

 

Nutella Brownies – Lunchbox Treats

 

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 I baked these on a whim on a rainy afternoon.They super easy and disappeared by the end of the day.

The best part…..3 ingredients you probably have already.

Ingredients:

  • 1 x cup of self raising flour
  • 1x cup of Nutella
  • 3x eggs

Method:

In a medium size bowl beat all ingredients together (this is easily down with your wooden spoon or a fork) continue until all ingredients are combined and there are no lumps.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 F) and flour or line a square or rectangular baking tin with bake proof paper.  

Pour batter into lined pan

  
Bake for 12-15 minutes

Once ready remove from oven and allow to cool.

Cut into even squares and serve.

  
These are ideal for yummy lunchbox treats.

Enjoy!

xxx

Breast Cancer Awareness: #‎powerofpinkpunnets‬

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The Pink ribbon has become and iconic symbol known across the globe.

The fight against Breast cancer is an ongoing one, but the month of October is showered in everything pink  in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Have you spotted the pink punnets at  Pick n Pay yet? They’re in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness, serving as a reminder of the potentially protective role mushrooms can play in the fight against breast cancer AND to raise funds to purchase silicone breast prostheses for disadvantaged women.

R1 from the sale of every pink mushroom punnet will go towards this important cause.

It’s awesome to see MushroomSA collaborating with Reach for Recovery.Educating people about the wonderful benefits a good diet means when it comes prevention.

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Ongoing breast cancer research studies, conducted around the globe stretching from Western Australia to California, indicate that mushrooms have breast cancer-fighting properties that could establish them as important partners in the battle to win this fight.” mentioned on the MushroomsSA Facebook Page.

So whats for supper tonight?

Beef Stroganoff with…. you got it Mushrooms.

Show yours support and visit your nearest Pick N Pay Store.

For more delectable MUSHROOM recipes visit the website

NB: Information has been taken from the MushroomSA Facebook Page

Find information on the Ditto Project  here

Bon Appetite’

FYI: Drop by for a visit and see what I do next when I recycle the PINK PUNNETS.

 

 

 

 

Lindt & PNP – Thank you

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If you get hold of Lindt ChocolateSA, they will be the 1st to confirm my 2 year Easter Carrot obsession – I have hounded these poor people for the last two years all because I wanted Lindt Carrots for Easter.

https://www.facebook.com/LindtChocolateSA

So when a quick dash into my local Pick n Pay had me screech in the aisles……These were the reason (see pic below)

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Nostalgia probably has the most to do with why I love them….when I was little after Sunday School my grandfather would fetch me and we would go buy fresh warm bread at the Portuguese bakery.Hanging from their back shelves were little chocolate umbrellas.Grandfather would always buy me a few.(I loved loved them)

When I saw them (the LINDT CHOCOLATE CARROTS) on the shelf I rushed to the SMART SHOPPER POINTS machine and cashed out 10 000( R 100.00) just to buy Lindt Chocolate Carrots.That wont be the end of it – guaranteed!

Thank you Lindt Chocolate SA for finally bringing them in and thank you Pick n Pay for stocking them.

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Click below for their great Easter specials

http://www.picknpay.co.za/home

To my fellow chocoholics ….enjoy!!!!

Footnote: The tin bunny buckets were designed by COOL BEANS DESIGN for me.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cool-Beans-Design-Agency/140760239299227

Coconut Macaroons (2 Ingredients)

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What a super easy recipe – my favourite kind!

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I used to buy these when we lived overseas – so yummy

Pinterest has so many recipes – I had to “test” it out could it be so easy to make?

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My boys have just “taste -tested” and have become BIG fans

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What you going to need:

x1 Can of Condensed Milk

x1 packet of Coconut (200g)

What you going to do:

Preheat oven to 200 Degrees Cecilius

In a bowl pour out the whole can of condensed milk and with a spatula stir in the coconut

Using a cookie dough scoop (smallest one you have) place them on a tray with a silicone mat/baking paper

Bake / Grill for 10minutes (check on them @ every 2 minutes-them as they go golden quickly)

Allow to cool completely before removing them off the tray

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We managed to make 42 Macaroons from this recipes.

Footnote: This is just one of those great recipes that you can always have at hand – ideal gift for a hostess , housewarming , class party , gifts…I can really keep going with the ideas here.

Enjoy!!!!

Ana