Friday, November 30, 2012

Choc-honeycomb Ice-cream Pudding

Make dessert the centrepiece this Christmas with a show-stopping ice-cream pudding that's delicious and easy to make! We just know your guests will love this one!

  • 1 1/2 x 300g packets chocolate sponge rolls (useda chocolate cream-filled sponge roll from the bakery department of the supermarket. Allow overnight to freeze)
  • 2L Hokey Pokey ice-cream, softened
  • 2 x 55g Violet Crumble bars, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup dry-roasted hazelnuts, chopped
  • 180g block white chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup thickened cream
  • Halved strawberries, white chocolate curls and silver cachous, to decorate 

Step 1:

Line an 8 cup-capacity pudding basin with plastic wrap. Cut chocolate rolls into 1cm thick slices. Reserve 4 slices. Line base and side of prepared pan with remaining cake slices, trimming to fit.

Step 2:

Place ice-cream in a bowl. Fold in Violet Crumble and hazelnuts. Spoon into prepared pan. Level top with a spatula. Arrange reserved cake slices on top of ice-cream, pressing slightly to secure. Cover with plastic wrap, then foil. Freeze overnight.

Step 3:

Place chocolate and cream in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium (50%) for 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth, stirring with a metal spoon every 30 seconds. Set aside for 15 minutes to cool slightly.

Step 4:

Turn pudding onto a plate. Remove plastic wrap. Spoon 1/3 of the chocolate sauce over pudding. Stand for 5 minutes. Decorate with strawberries, chocolate curls and cachous. Serve with remaining chocolate sauce.

Recipe from Super Food Ideas Magazine, Recipe by Kim Coverdale.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Get The Perfect Pedicure This Summer With Orly

Before you step out of your ballet flats and slide into your new summer sandals, give your feet a little TLC with these at-home pedicure tips from celebrity manicurist and ORLY Professional Nail Care’s Australian Ambassador, Fiona Hay:

Fill your bowl with warm water, adding your favourite shower gel or essential oils and place it on bath mat in front of a comfortable chair. Soak feet for a few minutes, which will help remove old polish and make trimming nails much easier as they are softer, and less prone to splitting.

Remove one foot from the water, towel dry and remove any old polish. Then, trim nails if necessary by cutting straight across, once from each side, into the centre. Using your file, file straight across the top, then round off sharp corners. Next, buff the surface of the nail to remove any ridges and shine.

Next, apply ORLY Cutique generously to the cuticle area to soften cuticles and if you like, on heels as well before using a pedi paddle. While this is working, use a foot scrub to exfoliate the skin on your feet, and pedi paddle on calloused areas. Gently push cuticles back with your cuticle pusher or orangewood stick, to remove any excess skin that has grown over the nail. Then, repeat with your other foot.

Towel dry feet well. If you notice any excess cuticles, gently remove them using a cuticle nipper. Next, massage cuticle oil into the nails, concentrating on the cuticle area. Massage foot or body lotion to the entire foot and lower leg.

Use a cotton pad moistened with nail polish remover to remove all oils from the nail plate. Wind rolled tissue between the toes to separate, or use toe separators if your have them.

Apply ORLY Primetime to the nails, this will help with removing any oils remaining, balance the pH level of the nails to help your polish last longer.

Apply ORLY Bonder base coat, this provides the perfect surface for your polish to anchor to and also helps prevent staining. Then, apply two coats of your favourite ORLY nail lacquer, using thin, even strokes across the nail bed. ORLY Pixy Stix is a great pastel pink crème that looks great on toes. When it’s time for your top coat, apply ORLY Polishield - a fast drying, high shine, and resilient top coat.

Lastly, apply a drop of ORLY Flash Dry to each nail. This product will give you a touch-dry pedicure in just 60 seconds, so you’re ready to step out with a perfect pedicure in no time.

Visit ORLY.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Love Heart Seating Plan Board

Feeling crafty? Why not try out this simple step-by-step guide to making a name place/message board for your wedding reception? A very cost effective, clever way to impress your guests!

Tools and Materials:
  • Paper Source 8 1/2-by-11-inch cardstock 
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • 4-by-4-foot paper 
  • 4-by-4-foot lauan board
  • 1-inch white panel nails 
  • 1/8-inch white nylon cord 
  • 8 1/2-by-11-inch card stock

1. Fold the paper in two, draw half a heart against the crease, and cut it out. Trace it onto board, then hammer in nails 2 inches apart along the outline, leaving about 1/2 inch of each exposed.

2. Knot one end of the cord around the head of one nail (it doesn’t matter which one) to serve as your starting point, then loop from nail to nail across the heart. There’s no wrong way to do it, just make sure to wrap the cord around the exterior a couple of times to de- fine the shape. When you’re done, knot the other end around a nail.

3. Open our editable arrow-card PDF file, add guests’ names and table numbers, print onto card stock in your color of choice, and cut out. Tuck the arrows into the cord, arranging them alphabetically in loose rows, so guests can easily find their names.

DIY inspiration thanks to Martha Stewart Weddings.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

DIY Blackboard Accessories For Your Wedding

Chalkboards are a great way to add a casual, vintage touch to your wedding reception. 

We've got some tips below, thanks to Polka Dot Bride, on how to create your own chalkboard accessories to style your wedding!

To create a look such as the below, you will need:
  • Empty wine bottle (washed and dried)
  • Kraft board tags and number (from craft store)
  • Placemat (from craft store)
  • Blackboard paint and brush
  • Chalk

The only trick is to use a fine bristle brush and do thin coats (drying thoroughly in between) so you get a smoother finish that’s easier to write on.

Some ideas of accessories that you can create for your wedding tables (or even at home) include a table number/letters, place mat, candle holders, tags and decorations (can be made from bottles, jars). The possibilities are endless!

Make sure you have some chalk handy, so that guests at your reception can leave a message or drawing at their table.

Visit Polka Dot Bride for more clever DIY ideas!

Photography by Alicia Parsons.