Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Well, this will be the last post for what has been a very eventful year! Next year, I hope to spend more time with my friends and family, keep my blog up to date, and my NY resolution is to try to swear less.
So from Harrison, Adam & I, we wish you all a very Happy & Safe 2009.

Say cheese!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

My Most Favourite Dessert

Growing up, this was always my favourite dessert, I made my mum make it for all of my Birthdays. I had a copy of the recipe, and I lost it quite a few years ago. Well, yesterday, whilst attempting to clean up our spare room, I found my little book of hand written recipes. I know Mum had the recipe, but have no idea of its origin. I have adapted it to make it yummier, Lol.

Choc Mint Cheesecake


250 grams Nice biscuits
2 Tablespoons cocoa
90 grams margarine (melted)

Crush biscuits finely, add cocoa, mix well. Stir in melted butter. Press mixture on to the base and sides of a 9" spring form cake tin. Refrigerate.


500 grams Philadelphia cream cheese (room temperature)
2/3 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon water
1 block Peppermint chocolate ( I use Nestle Club Peppermint Dark Chocolate)
2/3 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons gelatin
2 cups thickened cream (whipped)
1 Tablespoon water (extra)

Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth.

Sprinkle gelatin over water in a small dish. Place dish into a a larger dish, and pour hot water into larger dish. Stir gelatin until dissolved. Once dissolved remove from hot water bath, and let cool. Add to cream cheese mixture, beat well.

Fold in whipped cream.

Spoon mixture into base.

Place chocolate and extra water into a heat proof bowl (one that is bigger than a small saucepan). Place a small sauce pan onto stove, put about 2cm of water in, and boil. Once boiled turn down to low, and place bowl on top. Stir chocolate until melted, remove from stove and cool slightly.

Spoon chocolate mixture over cream cheese mixture, and swirl mixture with a spoon.

Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.


As I love peppermint, I added about 4 Tablespoons of Creme De Menthe into the cream cheese mixture, Yum Yum.
Even if your not a fan of dark choclate, please use the one specified.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Harrison & Santa

Today we took Harrison for his Santa photos. We are so happy with this years photo. He was perfect, and went to Santa straight away.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Sunday's Cake Class

On Sunday I went to a cake decorating class, at the teacher's house. It was great. the class was for a "Sleeping Santa" cake. We had to take a 7" iced cake on a board, and the cutouts of the head board and bed side table in with us. I decided to make mud cake, as I'm not a huge fan of fruit cake.
Once we got there, she showed us how to put the bed side table together, then we painted it, and stuck it and the head board onto the cake board. Then we were shown how to make Santa. From then on it was free time, we could do what ever we wanted with the cake, and if we needed any advice or help she was there.
I decided to make Santa sleep like a starfish, just like my husband.

The completed cake

Bedside table

Toy sack & bear

The only thing not edible was the curling ribbon. I am so happy with the finished cake. I ended up using 2kg of RTR icing, and 1/2 a kilo of modelling paste.

I already have 1 order!