Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year

Happy New Year by Torie Jayne


Hello Sweets!

"Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy New Year".

Thank you to all of you my friends for your wonderful love and support this year! I have loved getting to know you all.

Have a sweet year! x
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Margarita cupcakes

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Thursday, 30 December 2010

White chocolate truffles

White chocolate truffles by Torie Jayne

White chocolate truffles (makes 35)

Ingredients
400g white chocolate drops
6 tbsp double cream (heavy cream)
1 tsp natural vanilla extract
Bowl of silver vermicelli for rolling them in.

Cooking instructions
  1. Place the chocolate drops and cream in a medium sized saucepan on a medium heat.
  2. Stir until chocolate has completely melted and has a smooth texture.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract.
  4. Pour into small bowl and refrigerate for about 1 1/2 hours, or until set.
  5. Scoop tsp of chocolate mix into your hand and roll into a ball shape.
  6. Roll in vermicelli to coat.
  7. Refrigerate to store, for up to a week (but best served at room temperature).


Hand-made white chocolate truffles

Hotel Chocolat sent me some 40% milk chocolate drops and some White chocolate drops to play with. Knowing how much my older sister loves Hotel Chocolat chocolate I thought I would make some chocolate truffles to sit on my Winter Woodland dessert table. I started off with rich milk chocolate ones, then went onto mixing other flavours in them like the delicious Baileys ones and seasonal toffee apple ones. Then it was time to turn my attention to the white chocolate drops! I again started off with simply indulgent plain white chocolate ones.

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Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Toffee apple milk chocolate truffles

Toffee apple milk chocolate truffles

Toffee apple milk chocolate truffles (makes 16)

Ingredients
200g 40% milk chocolate drops
3 tbsp double cream (heavy cream)
1 tbsp toffee apple flavouring
Metallic gold sanding sugar for rolling them in.

Cooking instructions
  1. Place the chocolate drops and cream in a medium sized saucepan on a medium heat.
  2. Stir until chocolate has completely melted and has a smooth texture.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in toffee apple flavouring.
  4. Pour into small bowl and refrigerate for about 1 1/2 hours, or until set.
  5. Scoop tsp of chocolate mix into your hand and roll into a ball shape.
  6. Roll in sanding sugar to coat.
  7. Refrigerate to store for up to a week (but best served at room temperature).


Hand-made toffee apple flavoured chocolate truffles

Hotel Chocolat sent me some 40% milk chocolate drops to play with. Knowing how much my older sister loves Hotel Chocolat chocolate I thought I would make some chocolate truffles to sit on my Winter Woodland dessert table. I started off with rich milk chocolate ones, then went onto mixing other flavours in them like the delicious Baileys ones yesterday. Now here are some toffee apple flavoured ones using toffee apple syrup I picked up on a trip to Paris earlier this year.

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Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Bailey's milk chocolate truffles

Bailey's Milk Chocolate Truffles

Bailey's Milk Chocolate Truffles (makes 24)

Ingredients
200g 40% milk chocolate drops
3 tbsp double cream (heavy cream)
1 1/2 tbsp Baileys Irish Cream liqueur
Bowl of metallic gold sanding sugar for rolling them in.

Cooking instructions
  1. Place the chocolate drops and cream in a medium sized saucepan on a medium heat.
  2. Stir until chocolate has completely melted and has a smooth texture.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in Baileys.
  4. Pour into small bowl and refrigerate for about 1 1/2 hours, or until set.
  5. Scoop tbsp of chocolate mix into your hand and roll into a ball shape.
  6. Roll in sanding sugar to coat.
  7. Refrigerate to store, for up to a week (but best served at room temperature).


Hand-made Baileys chocolate truffles

Hotel Chocolat sent me some 40% milk chocolate drops and white chocolate drops to play with. Knowing how much my older sister loves Hotel Chocolat chocolate I thought I would make some chocolate truffles to sit on my Winter Woodland dessert table. I started off with rich milk chocolate ones, then went onto mixing other flavours in them like these delicious Baileys ones!

Have a sweet day!
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Monday, 27 December 2010

Double milk chocolate truffles

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Sunday, 26 December 2010

My Christmas stocking

Handmade Christmas stocking
Christmas stocking close up
Last year I made my Christmas stocking using Cath Kidston shooting star fabric. I placed 10mm thick wadding behind the front piece and hand embroidered around the stars using embroidery threads to secure the wadding in place. I piped around the edge, lined it and attached some stripey ribbon to the top to hang it from. This year I have made one for my cute niece!

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Saturday, 25 December 2010

My Winter Woodland dessert table

My Winter Woodland Dessert Table
Mince pies


Christmas cake on the Winter Woodland dessert table


My Christmas cake
Gingerbread house on Winter Woodland candy table


Cookie tree


Cranberry & Almond cupcakes
Deer on the dessert table
Bird candy jars


Christmas tree candy jar

Just a quick post to share with you my Winter Woodland Candy table.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday.

Best Wishes

Torie Jayne
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Friday, 24 December 2010

Gluten free maple cakelets

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Painted metal bird

Painted metal bird
To get the touch of silver sage green colour on my Winter Woodland Christmas tree, I am planning to hang a few pretty painted metal birds. This one usually hangs in my bird cage.

Bird Cage!

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Thursday, 23 December 2010

All wrapped up...

Pretty package by La Boheme blog



Pottery Barn



Flower parcel tape by Drift Living



Lace sticky tape by Cox and Cox


Here are some lovely inspirational ideas I have found for beautiful ways to wrap your gifts. To see more of the inspirational pics I love, check out my Pinterest board, All wrapped up.

Happy wrapping!
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Christmas Treats by Linda Collister

Christmas Treats by Linda Collister
This month I'm reviewing three Christmas books from illustrated lifestyle publishers, Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books. Today I'm reviewing Christmas Treats by Linda Collister. Linda Collister is a highly respected author of many baking, bread making and chocolate books and is often described as the bona fide queen of baking.

In my opinion this is a wonderful hardbound book full of sweet and savoury treats that are suitable for all cooks, from novice to pro. It combines beautifully styled photography with simple, easy to follow recipes. The hardback book is split into the following sections: Little bakes, brownies, bars and cakes, savoury treats and preserves.

Little bakes contains iced honey and cinnamon biscuits, rich dutch vanilla butter biscuits and indulgent triple chocolate cookies, to name a few. In brownies, bars and cakes you can choose from gluten intolerant-friendly sticky chocolate brownies (no flour!), French lemon squares made with thick cream and Christmas mini-muffins to start your Christmas morning with. Savoury treats contains recipes for crisp parmesan herb crisps, decorative cheese palmiers and buttery walnut sables to tempt you. Finally, in preserves you can choose from a rich, fruity cranberry and basil relish, slightly spicy, sweet golden maple squash butter or a juicy red fruit conserve.

Each culinary treat is styled in wonderful settings and photographed by William Reavell. Not only is it a delight to look at, but as you leaf through the pages it is full of practical instructions that are clear and easy to follow, with hints and tips to help you get it right first time.

I lent my copy to a friend of mine who is a novice in the kitchen but wanted to bake some iced honey and cinnamon cookies as a gift. They looked wonderful and she loved the easy to follow recipe and yummy taste!

At a recommended price of £9.99, I think it is good value for money as it contains a varied selection of treats you will want to make. From chilli cheese gougeres (small crisp puffs) to accompany a chilled glass of white wine to possibly the world's richest triple chocolate cookies, via glamourous lacy brandy snaps and Almond biscotti to satisfy any sweet tooth. The cranberry and basil relish sounds great for filling your house with a rich fruity aroma and to make cold turkey sandwiches ultra delicious! Some of the delightful projects I'd like to have a go at are:

Christmas Treats by Linda Collister



Christmas Treats by Linda Collister



Christmas Treats by Linda Collister


To summarize, Christmas Treats is a wonderful book full of recipes for quick and easy delicious treats with the irresistible smell of spices and sweets!

Please note that my opinions are my own and I am not paid for these reviews (apart from receiving a free book, of course!).

Have a sweet day!
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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

The Laundry

The Laundry
Vintage tin by The Laundry



Vintage tin by The Laundry



Angie Lewin cards by The Laundry



Vintage basket with orange handle by The Laundry



Vintage Pyrex baking bowl trio by The Laundry


This week for my 'shops i love' page, I bring you The Laundry.

Owner Gloria has always made things and it has never been in order to be economical. For her it isn’t about 'making do' it is about 'making more' of everything, all about using what is right there at your fingertips to make life special and enjoyable and your quality of life the best it can be. This shows in her beautifully picked vintage wares like the adorable vintage biscuit tin in the first pic. She sells a delightful mix of vintage home wares, kitchen accessories and textiles alongside charming new items like the eco wooden paper potter, wooden dolly pegs and retro print tea towel. A great place to pick up wonderfully unique Christmas gifts.

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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Felted snowflake table mats

Felted snow flake table mats
Felt Snowflakes
Making snowflake table mats
Snowflake table mats
I bought a couple of packs of snowflakes on my first visit to Jo-Ann, with no idea of what I would use them for. But at $1 for two, I just couldn't resist. After playing with them for a while I decided they would make great table mats for Christmas. So I returned to Jo-Ann and bought another 22 packs! So, I now have six table mats and six coasters ready for my Winter Woodland themed Christmas table.

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Monday, 20 December 2010

Christmas Details by Mary Norden

Christmas Details by Mary Norden
This month I'm reviewing three Christmas books from illustrated lifestyle publishers, Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books. Today I am reviewing Christmas Details by Mary Norden. Mary Norden is an author and stylist of home and craft books and magazines, as well as Interiors Editor of Red Magazine.

In my opinion this is a sweet little soft cover book full of wonderful photographs of an array of Christmas styles and themes. Each theme has about a dozen creative ideas on how to create the look and all are charmingly photographed by Sandra Lane.

This is a delightful book to leaf through to give you very good ideas for a white, traditional, exotic, contemporary or, my favourite, country styled Christmas. It presents a wealth of ideas on setting the table, wrapping presents, making small gifts and decorating the home. From decadent white feathers and glamorous sequins for your White Christmas to the rich berry red, opulent shades of maroon and purplish black to inject drama into the reassuringly traditional Christmas theme of Holly and Ivy. From sparkling votives and spicy pomanders for your exotic Christmas to the cool metallic, textured paper and frosty glass of the contemporary Christmas. The country Christmas is a relaxed family affair with pearly snow berries, ivy wrapped candle lit jars and cream glazed earthenware filled with decorative foliage. The book finishes with gift ideas like spiced nuts, rustic beeswax and colourful hand made stockings.

However, this is not a particularly practical book. The instructions are brief and don't contain enough detail for the more complicated crafts and there are no patterns or templates to help you, either. At a recommended price of £8.99, I think it is a good coffee table book but I wouldn't buy it for instructional purposes.

Some of the fun and easy projects I'd like to have a go at are:
Christmas Details by Mary Norden



Christmas Details by Mary Norden



Christmas Details by Mary Norden


To summarize, Christmas Details is a delightful coffee table style book. Mary Norden's contemporary eye for detail and Sandra Lane's beautiful photography make this a darling book to leaf though and fire up your imagination.

Please note that my opinions are my own and I am not paid for these reviews (apart from receiving a free book, of course!).

Have a sweet day!
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Deer printed bags of honeycomb

Deer printed bags of honeycomb by Torie Jayne

Deer printed bags

You will need:
White sweet bags
P1 address labels
Baby deer rubber stamp
Snowflake rubber stamps
Color Box copper pigment stamp pad

Equipment:
Shape-mates circles
Shape-mates carriage
Glass cutting mat

Instructions
  1. Rubber stamp deer and snowflakes on paper bag, leave to dry.
  2. Click the label picture below to open in separate window, ready to print.
  3. Print labels onto P1 address labels.
  4. Place label sheet on glass cutting mat.
  5. Cut out using the small shape-mates template and carriage (video instructions here).
  6. Fill bag with hand-made honeycomb (click for recipe).
  7. Fold over top of bag.
  8. Peel off back of label and carefully stick to secure top of bag down.


Hand-made honeycomb as gifts
Deer stamp
Honeycomb labels

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Sunday, 19 December 2010

Winter Woodland treat boxes

Winter Woodland treat boxes by Torie Jayne

Winter Woodland treat boxes

You will need:
Winter Woodland treat box printed out on heavy paper
Double sided tape
Polka dot glassine bags
Ribbon

Equipment
Tim Holtz non-stick micro-serrated multicutter
Mini rotary perforator
Paper punch - medium '1cm ribbon'

Instructions
  1. Open cone print template (see image below) and print it out.
  2. Cut around cone wrapper, (I use the shape mates large circle and cutter to cut out my circles).
  3. Roll perforator along all lines.
  4. Fold all perforated lines away from you.
  5. Place a couple of strips of double sided tape on the unprinted side of the bottom of the box, but do not peel backing off tape yet.
  6. Place a strip of double sided tape on the unprinted side of the long sides of the box, do not peel backing of tape yet.
  7. Place a strip of double sided tape along all four white strips of printed side of box and remove backing.
  8. Assemble box and press together to stick.
  9. Fold over top of cellophane bag by 10cm.
  10. Place fold inside paper ribbon punch and push to end. Punch ribbon holes.
  11. Remove backing from double sided strips on inside of box.
  12. Open glassine bag out and place inside box, pressing against the tape to fix in place.
  13. Fill with treats.
  14. Thread ribbon through holes and tie in a bow.


Winter Woodland treat boxes by Torie Jayne
Home-made Maple Cakelets
Iced squirrel hiding
I filled mine with Maple cakelets in pine cone, walnut and acorn shapes, with a hidden iced squirrel!

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