Sunday, 17 February 2013

Cheats Banoffee Cream Pie

Sometimes you need a quick and easy dessert option and this is one of those! All you need is:
  1. One ready made sweet pie crust. You could, alternatively, use ready made sweet shortcrust pastry rolled out into your pie dish, or even make your own crust.
  2. One tin of Carnation caramel;
  3. Two or three bananas, chopped into thin slices;
  4. One carton of whipping cream, whipped.
Assembly is as simple as loading all of your ingredients into your pie crust. I put the tin of Carnation caramel as the first layer, directly onto the crust, followed by the chopped bananas and then topped with the whipped cream. It makes for a wonderfully decadent looking dessert but without the time and tears. I look forward to using this when friends come for dinner or on a special occasion weekend.

This pie was inspired by a recipe found in a Next cookbook I received for Christmas. It called for a home made custard and I just didn't fancy making anything that was too long winded. Thus this 'recipe' (if you can call it that seen as there's no baking involved!) was created.

Thursday, 14 February 2013


Happy Valentine's Day to one and all. A day to share with loved ones old and new.

I finally gave cake pops a try. They're not the prettiest of examples but they sure do taste good!

Isn't this little guy adorable?! He was found upon one of the sweetest shops on Folksy, The Hunny Bunny Company. They have the nicest handmade critters.

Such choice!

Spring is definitely beginning to draw closer - the day has been full of split second showers interspersed with bright sunshine. It's also been a day of crafty DIY including completion of a much needed kitchen task (more to come on this soon!). 

Friday, 8 February 2013

Frugal or Frivolous?

I find it increasingly difficult resisting a shopping spree when there are so many pretty items upon the ASOS website that are tugging on the heart strings.

1 - ASOS Skater Dress  £95
2 - ASOS Beaded Dress  £120

1 - ASOS Smock Dress  £38
2 - ASOS Jewelled Collar  £10.50

Embroidered details are a real weakness of mine. The first two dresses are so beautiful with their heavy detailing and skater dress silhouette. I'm really fancying the leather sandals for the summer too - images of walking along white sandy beaches and stopping for an ice cream....

P.S: This is also my 100th post! Exciting!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Jewellery Tree DiY

Keeping jewellery untangled and on display is a rather awkward task. Even with a standard jewellery holder, there can be trouble when longer length necklaces are dangled from its pretty hooks. Whilst dreaming up decorating schemes it seemed high time to commit some crafty attention to solve this issue and after a little deliberation the idea of a woodland jewellery hanger came into being.

There are only three things needed:
  1. A pretty branch
  2. A suitable length of ribbon or cord
  3. A point headed screw driver
(Optional #4 - Flourishes to add character)

...And when all items are acquired, the method is as follows:

  1. First step is to locate where the holes are to be made. The ribbon will be thread through these so it's important to choose a location which will keep the jewellery hanger sturdy when upon the wall. I selected two places which ran horizontal to one another and upon the thicker branches to provide some strength. Now use the point headed screw driver to bore the necessary holes.
  2. Thread the ribbon through the first hole from the back to the front of the branch. 
  3. (a) Tie a knot in the ribbon to keep it firmly in place. Super glue could also be applied to ensure the knot remains tight. (b) Thread the other end of the ribbon through the second hole and fix in the same manner.
  4. Add any extra items to fully personalise the branch and hang the selected jewels from the individual branches. I added a pretty bird, a favourite brooch and some dainty ribbons to add some interest.
I'm rather pleased with the outcome of this little DIY. It's pretty but practical and incorporates a love of the woodland. As an alternative an attractive photo frame could be used with a few hooks knocked into the back plate, somewhat like the image below.

Source: Monaluna Blog

An eye-catching piece of wood would also serve as a viable solution. The individual knobs used on the example below really add some personality.

The possibilities are truly endless! In the end, I worked with what I had to hand in accordance to a favourite theme but the base materials for this DIY would be cheaper to acquire than a store bought jewellery tree. I'm also pondering the creation of a couple more to give as gifts.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Valentine's Approach

With Valentine's Day approaching, I've been scouring Pinterest looking for a few fun home and culinary ideas to try. As expected there is plenty of inspiration to choose from!

I think I'll add those little pie pops to my weekend plans. On the day of love I'm definitely going to try my hand at cake pops as they're always something that catches my eye but are yet to be endeavoured upon. Sugar cookies are another culinary adventure I'd love to embark on, although suspect I might not be using the 14th as my excuse. The sweet Rice Krispie hearts will be another addition to my baking list for Valentine's Day.

In the abundance of home decor ideas I found a few that really caught my eye.

There are so many fun ideas to try! Wreaths are always so attractive to me but with the lack of a proper mantle piece, I'm a bit stuck for places to hang them. Paper garlands on the other hand.... and sweet chalkboards....

Pinterest is such a good source of inspiration. My boards can be found here.