25 September 2018

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Snack Balls....❥

There are times when I try to be healthier,
 and try to reign in my obsessive compulsive chocolate addiction.
The trend of health lovers of late is to snack on smooze type health balls...
super healthy little darlings which are made with a date base.
But here's the thing peeps....
I loathe dates.
They are most definitely my most unfavourite flavour.
So I decided to create a snack ball that was more my style...
They are not the healthiest.... 
because apparently dates are healthier!
But my choice is either four chocolate biscuits with my coffee break,
 or two Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Snack balls.

I figure the snack balls are the healthy winner.
And I REALLY REALLY find them delish.

They last up to two weeks in a sealed container in the fridge.
You'll get about 30 balls.

All you do is mix up in cake mixer or food processor to combine:

1 x 375g Jar peanut butter - crunchy - no added salt.
1/4 cup fine coconut
1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
And 2 cups fine oats.
Use clean hands shape into balls and place on tray.
If you wet your hands a little it is easier to shape them.
Place tray in refrigerator for balls to firm for a few hours.

Then transfer to a sealed container.

They tick all the right boxes for my kind of healthy!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Snack Balls are little bites of blissful joy!

Printable recipe is HERE.

#snackballs #peanutbutter #healthy #treats #snacks

20 September 2018

Deck Side Table Makeover!

It's Spring in New Zealand!
And doesn't that wonderful warm sunshine kick you into Spring mode in a hurry.
Well it certainly has me.
The project this week was to update and refresh the little side deck table.

The old side table was actually beyond sad -
with the mosaic tiling lifting and even missing in places.
This wee table was built 20 years ago so it really has done well.
Once fixed I'm sure it will last many more years.
It was certainly time for some TLC and paint!

I removed the old mosaic.
Then replaced the wooden top with new.

I painted it with Annie Sloane chalk paint.

The colours used were: 
Graphite for the top.
Old White for the legs.
(I painted the old cane two seater couch too!)

Then stenciled leaf prints.

I used a real leaf to do this.
The rubber plant leaf is perfect as it is waxy and strong.

leaf stencil
One leaf stenciled the whole table.
The next day once the paint was dry I waxed it to protect it from the elements.
Even though this deck is covered by a roof, 
the elements sometimes get in via the open sides,
 and the wax will hopefully give some protection to the wind blown rain.

leaf prints
Doesn't it look fab?
Leaf stenciling has a real rustic effect, and I love that.
A perfect fit with chalk paint too.
And even though I was sad to see the mosaic go, 
I adore this little side table refurbishment,
it was time for something different.
Now I'm inspired to makeover the entire side deck...
That two seater cane couch is next on the list! 

#diy #refurbish #chalkpaint #leaf #stencil #stenciling #printing #upcycle #paint

11 September 2018

Orange Cream Cheese Cupcakes...

Orange Cupcakes
This was a test recipe for upcoming Halloween...
But seriously these are fab for any time of year.

Even the family member who does not like orange cake loved them.
I have converted them with this subtle orange cupcake and orange cream cheese icing.

These cupcakes are best made with fresh orange juice and rind.

The mixture is very fine and almost curdle like,
 but do not be tempted to add more flour.

Once baked and cooling on a rack...

Mix up the cream cheese icing.

And once the cakes are completely cold, 
generously pile on the cream cheese orange icing on top,
 with a rind less wedge of orange to garnish.

Orange Cupcakes
Plate, serve and enjoy!

You'll find a printable recipe HERE.

#cupcakes #minicakes #orange #orangecake #halloween

7 September 2018

Elevate Yourself...

Elevate yourself to a place 
where you can see the beauty of life...
a new photo quote by TLee.
Feel free to share.

#rose #flower #photography #flora #quotestoliveby #lifequote #quotes #mindsetmatters

4 September 2018

Quick 'n' Easy Halloween Fabric Pumpkins...

This years Halloween display was kept simple,
 as I simply did not have time to create anything elaborate.

I had seen these fabric pumpkins using a toilet roll as the base so decided that fitted the quick 'n' easy criteria.
To make them, all you need is:
Toilet rolls  ( I used two different sizes - one large - two usual size)

Fabric cut to 55cm x 43 centimetres
(the chiffon fabric was doubled as it is see through)
Cinnamon Stick for the stems.
Card leaves 
(I free hand drew these but the are many options to print on the net, just google 'pumpkin leaves to print)

To Make:

Centre the toilet roll on the fabric and tuck the fabric into hole.

Then add a cinnamon stick for the stem.
(Lola thought these smelt so good!)

Cut out your hand drawn or internet sourced printed leaves. 

Add to the cinnamon stick stem.

Place in your Halloween display.

The Treat jar was made last year.
If you want to know how to make it visit HERE.

#halloween #diypumpkins #fabricpumpkins #halloweendisplay

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