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Macaroon anyone?

I’ve been investigating biscuits for a party we’re having soon, and I’ve always loved the idea of having a big glass jar full of colourful macaroons on the table, along with other yummy homemade biscuits and treats.  I found this wonderful shop, Petite Bouchee in Cape Town, which does macaroons amongst other things, and I think I may just have been won over by their delicious looking pictures!  Here are some to whet your appetite, get you inspired and hopefully get you baking this weekend!

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Posted by on September 14, 2012 in Inspiration, Kitchen, Parties


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The teapot craze

Today’s DIY Monday post is inspired by, and created by a good friend of mine, Chelsey Pienaar.  Chels gave me this hand painted teapot for Christmas-I think it’s great!  I was inspired to start a teapot collection when I got this, so have been looking in the shops recently for quirky teapots, but they don’t seem to be all that common.  If you have any ideas of where I could get more cool teapots, let me know!

But if you still struggle to find a great teapot, and if you’re anything like me and have really creative friends, just get them to make it for you (and then you can custom design it too!!).  The teapot can be bought already made for you to paint, in several shapes and sizes.  All that needs doing is painting it (with the correct ceramic paint) and to fire it up afterwards. This teapot has a shiny silver handle and spout, and a funky little orange knob on the top.

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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in DIY, Parties


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DIY-able Celebratory flags

I found these flags while browsing the web, and thought they were pretty cool, and quite different.  They’re great for adding a bit of colour to a party, and can be used in so many different ways (hanging, on skewer type sticks like in the pic below, in the garden etc)

They’re pretty easy to make, as it pretty much just requires printing…happy creating!

Celebratory Flags

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Posted by on June 26, 2012 in DIY, Parties


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Tea Time Party

It can often get very expensive going out for coffee with friends, and the bills start to add up.  So why not have a fun tea party at home with some girl friends?  I made these great biscuits the other day which I found on a blog.  Mine didn’t come out looking just as nice as these ones, but they were pretty none the less 🙂

You can also make everyone feel really special by giving them personalised name cards, like the cute one below, maybe even with a note written on the back.  This also helps organise the chaos if you’ve invited more than a couple of friends over!

Here’s the recipe for those delicious biscuits:

  • 125 g Butter
  • 250 ml Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 625 ml Flour
  • 12.5 ml Baking Powder
  • 1 ml Salt
  • ± 125 ml strawberry, raspberry or cherry jam, strained.

1. Cream the butter and sugar together until light, fluffy and pale.

2.  Add eggs one by one, mixing well after each addition. Sieve in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix well until a dough forms. Leave the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.

3. Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut out 25 – 30 rounds using a round cookie cutter. Cut heart shapes out of the centre of half of the rounds. Place them all on a lined baking tray.

4. Bake  for  8-10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat jam in a small saucepan over medium heat until reduced and thickened, about 7 minutes, leave to cool.

5. When the cookies are done,  remove the tray  from oven and allow to cool. To assemble, sandwich the whole rounds and the heart cut-out rounds together with strawberry jam.

6. Leave for a while in order for the jam to set. Dust with icing sugar.

Happy baking!

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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in Kitchen, Parties


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Wine with a personal touch

Here is some inspiration for some DIY wine bottle labels.  They’re perfect if you want to add a personal touch on your dinner table and reflect your personality.  They’re also great for giving as gifts.  A Cape Town based company, Get Wine, can do personalised labels for you.

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Posted by on June 3, 2012 in Parties

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