30 November 2015

Nut Lovers Christmas Cake...

 The Nut Lovers Chrstmas Cake is SUPER EASY to throw together...
Nothing like an easy to make festive cake, would you not agree?
 In a large bowl whisk eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, spices and brandy,
then add 3 cups of diced mixed dried fruit.
I used 1 cup each of cranberries, currants, and a pre mix fruit selection.
 Then add 3 cups of roughly chopped nuts...
I used pecans, almonds, and brazil nuts.
(Chop the nuts much finer if you want a smoother cake.)
Then add self raising flour.
Mix well.

 Place in a greased tin. Mine has a pop off bottom, so I didn't paper it.
Bake one and a half hours in a slow oven.
When cold, put in a sealed cake tin,
Leave for three days for the flavours to develop.
Sprinkle top with icing sugar.
 Cut into portions and serve.
 Delicious served warm with custard and cream as a dessert cake.
Find the printable recipe here:

#christmascake #christmas #baking #nut

21 November 2015

'Contemplating Flight'...

Title: Contemplating Flight
Medium: Oils
Size: 20cm x 20cm

My painting of a sparrow contemplating flight is a Merit Award recipient 
in 'Hibiscus and Bays Art Awards' at Mairangi Arts Centre, Auckland.
Judge: TJ McNamara
I'm so very happy and honored to have received this award.

This wee painting is the catalyst in a whole series of feather and bird inspired works...
Watch this space!!!

20 November 2015

Create, Inspire, Love #9


 Welcome to 
Create, Inspire, Love

Once a month Mia Bella Passions will select something to share, from another blog or website....
It may be: 
Create: DIY, upcycling, craft, or baking. 
Inspire: Art, a quote or inspirational message.
Love: Or something I think you will love.

Today's Favourite is: 
Mini Baileys Chocolate Cheesecake Trifles
Created by Lindsay over at
 Life, Love And Sugar.

I have a serious weakness for BOTH Baileys and chocolate,
and I ADORE cheesecake...
So this dessert is a dose of deliciousness on a glass for me!
And I'm sure it will be for you too!

How can you resist making this dessert?
With layers of oreo biscuit crush, chocolate cheescake, 
a chocolate Baileys cream layer.
Like I said - Deliciousness in a glass!

So pop over and visit Lindsay for the recipe at:
 Life, Love And Sugar.

 Feel free to copy the link & the 'I was featured Button' 


18 November 2015

Painterly Expressions...

New work just completed in the Feather series of paintings.

Title:  Florale Piuma
(Which is Italian for Floral Feather.)
Oils on box canvas.

15 November 2015

Stitched Card Christmas Ornaments...

Christmas has surely come a little early here at Mia Bella Passions...
But that's because  I LOVE everything Christmas!
To make these cute stitched card Christmas ornaments, 
you'll need a selection of Christmas shapes...
I used templates from:

Small Christmas tree with pointed corners
handmade christmas card ideas
Print images from the links directly onto heavy white card.
 Cut out the shapes.
 Hole punch a hole centred.
 Using a sewing machine, place stitching as desired on the cardboard shape.
 You could handstitch these if you wanted to...
 Embellish with buttons, stickers or ribbon.
 Add a string or ribbon hanger.
Perfect for the Christmas tree, or use as a gift label.
 I filled this shabby old painted pot with florist foam.
Into that  went a twiggy dried branch.
I hung the stitched ornaments onto it.
 Oh they look so fabulous!
 I love the little dried seed pods on this branch.
My stitching is far from perfect, but I love the effect ... 
 Embellishments included a few stickers...
And some red buttons...
Such a pretty Christmas vignette on the little French side table!

12 November 2015


Love Tim Tams?
Love Chocolate?
Then this Christmas creation will be your HEAVEN!
A Tim Tam Chocolate Wreath! 
You will need:
 For a three layer - 36 Arnotts Tim Tam biscuits
For a four layer as I have made - 48  Arnotts Tim Tam Biscuits.
Milk & white chocolate melts
Red and green lollies
 Melt a little milk chocolate over hot water...
 On a large round platter, join 12 biscuits to create a circle.
 It will look like this.
 Then do the same with the second layer as shown.
Continue in this way until you have your three or four layers completed.
Melt white chocolate over hot water....
Dribble over the biscuits so it resembles snowy icles...
(this is quite funny as the humidity is 90% and it is near 25 degrees today in the Bay Of Plenty  - and I'm making snow!!)
Decorate with red and green lollies as desired...
Keep refrigerated if you live in a warm climate,
Just bring out  to room temperature for 10 minutes before cutting into pieces.
 A WOW Factor Christmas treat for sure...
A serious chocolate biscuit lovers Christmas fix... 

#christmas #baking #timtams #chocolate #wreath #dessert #treat 

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