Thursday, December 27, 2012

How To Use Christmas Leftovers

Cooked too much over Christmas? Follow these cooking tips to get the most out of your leftovers!
  • Leftover turkey should be sliced and placed in a container with a lid. Make sure you refrigerate within one hour of cooling. It will keep for 3-4 days. It will also freeze for up to two months
  • Turkey carcasses make the perfect stocks, but not if you've stuffed your turkey. Instead use leg bones and wings that have not come in contact with the stuffing to make flavoursome stocks. Use in risottos and soups
  • If you've glazed a ham, make sure you cover the cut part of the ham with greaseproof paper and a clean tea towel or muslin ham bag before refrigerating. Glazed hams will keep, refrigerated, for up to one week
  • Ham bones should be stripped of excess meat and frozen for use in soups in the cooler weather.
  • Christmas pudding will keep, refrigerated, for three months and up to six months, frozen
  • Fruit mince pies freeze really well. Make sure you defrost it thoroughly and warm them gently through in a low oven before serving
  • Use leftover cheeses such as blue cheese or cheddar in a cheese crock. Place softened, unsalted butter, grated cheese, a little sherry and Dijon mustard, to taste, in a bowl and beat with an electric beater until smooth. Place the mixture in ramekins and serve at room temperature with crackers

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas... From The Bride's Diary

The Bride's Diary Team extends our very best wishes for the Festive Season, to all our members and clients. We truly hope you have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year celebration.

We look forward to a wonderful 2013, and can't wait to bring you more exciting new additions to our publications and online features! Also, we will be launching a brand new website for The Bride's Diary – with a new design, fabulous content and so much more, all will be revealed shortly!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and interest in The Bride's Diary, The Groom’s Diary, Wedding Celebration, Weddingstar and Giftstar. And once again, have a wonderful festive season.

Warm regards, The Bride's Diary Team

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Wedding Vows

The written word has a very deep and profound meaning. Calligraphers can turn your vows into treasured keepsakes, distinguish your stationery, and embellish everything from your place cards to your menus. 

Your wedding vows might just be the most important words you ever say to each other. To turn those heartfelt sentiments into heirlooms, have a calligrapher write them on monogrammed paper. Read them during the ceremony, then display them at home by putting them in a frame or even add them to a special box full of memories. 

This way, you'll never forget the words you both spoke to each from the bottom of your heart on one of the most important days of your lives. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rustic DIY Style Signs For Your Wedding

The addition of a sign or message board to your wedding ceremony and/or reception is a lovely way to keep guests informed and to add another stylish element to your setting. 

Perfect for outdoor weddings, why make your own sign using scrap wood or plywood? Grab a thick permanent marker or some paint, and you're ready to DIY - it's that simple!

Sign posts can be helpful for guests to find their way to your ceremony, or to point to important areas in your reception (restrooms, accommodation, bar, dancefloor). You could even write a lovely poem or message that you feel speaks to you both as a couple. 

The possibilities are endless! We love the ideas shown in the above image...

(Image via pinterest)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Choc-Coconut Christmas Balls

These small truffle-like treats are made from only 5 ingredients and make a great edible gift, or dessert option for your Christmas party.


  • 250g packet plain sweet biscuits
  • 180g block dark chocolate, chopped
  • 395g can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups desiccated coconut
  • 100g packet red glace cherries, chopped

Step 1:
Line a large tray with baking paper. 

Process biscuits until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. 
Transfer to a bowl.

Step 2:
Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. 
Microwave on medium-high (75%) for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring with a metal spoon every 30 seconds, or until smooth.

Step 3:
Add chocolate, condensed milk, 1/2 cup coconut and cherries to biscuit. 
Mix to combine. 
Place remaining coconut in a bowl. 
Using damp hands, roll 1 level tablespoon mixture into a ball. 
Toss in coconut to coat. 
Place on prepared tray. 
Repeat with remaining mixture and coconut. 

Recipe featured in Super Food Ideas/, recipe by Kim Coverdale.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Create Your Own Thank You Cards

For a cute twist on personalised thank-you notes, send gift-givers postcards of you and your groom wearing clothing with a message. 

We came across this fantastic idea on Martha Stewart Weddings.

Below is what you will need:
  • 3-inch high stick on vinyl lettering (or iron-on letters, available at Spotlight or most craft stores) 
  • 2 x plain t-shirts
  • Digital camera
  • Photo printer (or have photos printed at your local shopping centre)
  • Xyron sticker machine or double-sided tape/craft glue
  • A6 postcards
  1. Use 3-inch-high stick-on vinyl lettering, peel off the backing, and affix the letters to plain shirts. If using iron-on letters we find that loosely sewing the letters on before ironing them on helps to keep them in place
  2. Ask a friend to take digital pictures
  3. Upload your favourite image to a computer and print onto photo paper. You can run the photos through a Xyron sticker machine, which adds an adhesive backing. Alternatively, buy some double-sided tape or craft glue and stick each photo to a blank size-A6 postcard
  4. You now have picture-perfect thank you cards to send to all your guests, with space to write a personalised message on the back
Another idea is to use a favourite image from your wedding day or honeymoon pictures. You could even go as far as to include a personalised photo taken of each guest/group of guests with you on your wedding day - a great keepsake for loved ones to remember celebrating your special day with you!