Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Gluten free Black Forest cupcakes

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Monday, 30 January 2012

Lavender & Mint

Lavender & Mint
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I am so looking forward to Spring, as I hopefully will have finished all the organizing of my house. Then we can start to decorate the last room that we have not yet put our stamp on! I am currently radiating towards the Scandinavian influenced lavender and mint green colour palette as I love how fresh and pretty it looks.
From the pretty patterned bed linen to the shabby chic mint green cupboard and quirky polka dot wrapped gifts this is a look I could easily live with...

I also have to share with you the gorgeous mint cupboard and drawer in this pic from Danish stylist, Katrine Martensen-Larsen.

Mint cupboard and drawer from Katrine Martensen-Larsen

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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Yvestown's pretty kitchen

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Saturday, 28 January 2012

Featured in Magie des Zuckers magazine

Featured in Magie des Zuckers
Featured in Magie des Zuckers
Featured in Magie des Zuckers
Featured in Magie des Zuckers
Featured in Magie des Zuckers

Still catching up...

On Christmas Eve last year I got a lovely gift through my post box. The November edition of Magie des Zuckers, a German cake decorating magazine. To my delight, my Winter Woodland Christmas dessert table was on pages 4,5,6 & 7 and another double spread at the back of the magazine included some of my recipes from the aforementioned dessert table. My proud Mum kindly got one of her German friends to translate it for me and I blushed at the beautiful write up of my "magical", "doesn't leave anything to be desired", "dreamy" Winter Wonderland table. What an honour! Thank you Magie des Zuckers magazine for the fabulous feature!

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Friday, 27 January 2012

Mini gluten free dessert tower

Mini gluten free desserts

I loved how my mini gluten free dessert tower turned out this Christmas and it was so much more convenient than making five large desserts. For starters, they were much easier to store in the fridge and I never had any leftovers - just more pretty desserts!

On the top tier of my cake stand from Williams Sonoma were key lime pies. On the second tier were raspberry trifles, and on the inner bottom tier I put strawberry panna cotta. On the outer bottom tier, I alternated Summer fruit mousse with cherry cheese cake.

I can't wait to make another dessert tower for Easter!


Glass jars



Divine bakers twine



Mini dessert cupcake stand

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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Hotel Chocolat Review & Giveaway

Sealed with a Kiss from Hotel Chocolat
Sealed with a Kiss menu
Heart chocolates
I love you chocolates

I was recently sent a Sealed with a Kiss box of chocolates to review from the lovely folks at Hotel Chocolat. I received a glamourous heart-shaped box full of 35 chocolates, from irresistible liquid caramels and melting pralines to ravishing truffles in beautiful hearts and smoochy chocolate truffle filled lips. My favourites were the new orange and purple striped hearts filled with a light strawberry truffle and a pinch of black pepper and the mellow vanilla filled swirl topped hearts.

Hotel Chocolat have got a great selection of Valentine's Day gifts this season from caramel sweet chocolate hearts to the prettiest pink champagne truffles. There is something to suit all tastes and budgets.

I am pleased to announce a giveaway of a Sealed with a Kiss box of chocolates from Hotel Chocolat - worth £45!

To enter, please visit Hotel Chocolat and then leave a comment below this post letting me know what delicious chocolates you would like to give or receive this Valentine's Day. The giveaway ends on Thursday, February 9th 2012 at 10pm (GMT) and I will randomly select and announce a winner on Friday, February 10th.

To increase your chances of winning this fabulous prize, you can gain one additional entry for doing each of the following:
  • tweeting about this giveaway
  • blogging about it
  • following the Torie Jayne blog
  • following Torie Jayne on Twitter

For the first two, please leave a comment below with the link to your tweet or blog post.

This giveaway is open to UK readers.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Bombay Duck @Top Drawer Spring 2012

Bombay Duck

Today on label love I wanted to show you the pretty tea and cakes collection from Bombay Duck. They are all so gorgeous that I can't decide which is my favourite collection. How about you?

Here's how the gorgeous collection looked at the Top Drawer Spring/Summer 2012 interior show.


Bombay Duck Spring 2012



Bombay Duck Spring 2012



Bombay Duck



Bombay Duck Spring 2012


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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Mini gluten free raspberry trifles

Mini gluten free raspberry trifles by Torie Jayne

I love trifle but, being gluten intolerant I can only have it if I or my Mum makes it. This past Christmas I made some mini raspberry trifles which I served on my mini dessert stand.

Raspberry Trifle (makes 7 mini jars)

Ingredients

7 amaretti biscuits (make sure they are gluten free)
3 1/2 tbsp Amaretto liqueur
21 raspberries
1 packet of raspberry jelly made up as instructions
1 pint of fresh custard
150 ml double cream
1 tbsp toasted flaked almonds


Cooking instructions

  • Place an ameretti biscuit in the bottom of each jar and crush with the end of a wooden spoon until you have a flat surface
  • Pour 1/2 a tbsp of Ameretto into each jar
  • Place three raspberries on top of each crushed ameretti biscuit
  • Divide freshly made jelly between the jars, place in fridge until set
  • When jelly is set, pour cooled fresh custard over the jelly and leave to cool
  • Whip double cream with a pinch of sugar until you get stiff peaks
  • Fill piping bag fitted with a star nozzle with whipped double cream and pipe a star on top of each trifle
  • Sprinkle top of each trifle with toasted almonds
  • Keep in fridge until serving


Mini Trifles

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Monday, 23 January 2012

Spring Pastels

Spring Pastels
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Last week I went to the Top Drawer interior show at Earl's Court in London. It was full of great stands full of all the new Spring products hitting the stores soon. I especially loved the abundance of soft, chalky pastel colours for every room in the house!

So this week on Inspirational Pins I wanted to share with you my current fave pastel interior shots from my Pinterest boards. From the gorgeous striped feature wall and pretty floral cushions in the living room to the stack of candy striped tins adorned with birds and fauna. A pastel pink Smeg fridge and lavender oven set against duck egg blue units and, last but not least, the candy coloured crockery set hanging on the wall.

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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Printers Tray

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Saturday, 21 January 2012

Decorating my bird cage cake

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Friday, 20 January 2012

Miss Etoile @ Top Drawer Spring/Summer 2012

Miss Etoile Spring 2012
Miss Etoile Spring 2012
Miss Etoile Spring 2012
Miss Etoile Spring 2012
Miss Etoile Spring 2012


Last week I showed you the gorgeous new treasures from one of my favourite interior brands, Miss Etoile. It was great to see their collection at the Top Drawer interior show in all its sugary, sparkly glory! I so need to get some of the gorgeous paper blooms and striped straws for my Summer soiree's.

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Thursday, 19 January 2012

Ferm Living Spring 2012

Ferm Living Spring 2012

Today on label love I wanted to show you the gorgeous new treasures from another of my favourite interior brands, Ferm Living. I am loving the pretty chic colour palette of rose pink and shades of mint and teal. The signature geometric print looks great on trays, cushions and ceramics. The whimsical wallpapers look fresh and new, and the display boxes in an array of colours look great on the dove grey wall. I am coveting said display boxes and the stackable jars.

Cloudberry Living in the UK stocks a a large choice of Ferm Living, from wallpapers and cushions to the cute house wall shelves and knitted vases.

Here's how the gorgeous collection looked at the Top Drawer interior show this week.


Ferm Spring 2012
Ferm Spring 2012
Ferm Spring 2012

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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Gluten free mini key lime pies

Gluten free mini key lime pies

This past Christmas I served an array of mini desserts on my cupcake stand. For a touch of green I made key lime pies.

Gluten free mini key lime pies (makes 8 mini pies)

Ingredients


What you will need


Gluten free key lime pie steps 1-4
Gluten free key lime pie steps 5-8


Cooking instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 160 deg C, fan assisted (370 deg F)
  2. Place digestives in a bag and crush by rolling a rolling pin back and forth over the bag until you are left with crumbs
  3. In a small saucepan, melt the butter, remove from heat and stir in digestive crumbs
  4. Divide crumb mixture between the jars and press down firmly with the end of a wooden spoon or teaspoon
  5. In a bowl, whisk until combined the condensed milk, sour cream, lemon and lime juice and zest of 2 limes
  6. Pour mixture over the biscuit bases in jars
  7. Scatter the tops with remaining lime zest
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 5 mins or until tiny pin hole bubbles appear
  9. Leave to cool before placing in the fridge


Mini keylime pies

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Monday, 16 January 2012

Pretty organized craftroom

Pretty organized craft room
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I have spent the past week organizing all my trims and looking for cute ways to display them. So when I saw the great over-the-door storage on BHG I knew I had to have one, as it would be a perfect place to put all my pretty patterned tins full of my craft bits and bobs. Now I wait patiently for it to arrive, in the meantime I continue to wrap ribbons around my spools and fold my fabric into neat piles ready to display in acrylic drawers!

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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Pretty Vintage Ribbon

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Saturday, 14 January 2012

Icing my bird cage shaped cake

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Friday, 13 January 2012

Ribbon storage finds

Ribbon finds

From left to right: The vintage looking divided wooden cotton reel box, a selection of brightly coloured yarns on vintage spools by House Doctor DK, old fashioned wooden ribbon spools, vintage looking wire storage box by House Doctor, with a traditional sweet shop design the Heritage Hill storage jar, large glass storage jar, large scale optic glass storage jar and a retro blue bobbin & binding made from sustainably sourced mango wood.

After Monday's post, Ribbon storage, I ordered some wooden spools from Jane Means and have been wrapping my disorganized ribbons around them ready to find a new storage place for them. If you too loved the pretty ribbon storage ideas from Monday you can find all the key elements above!

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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Vintage Wedding Fair

Vintage Wedding Fair



Vicky Trainor



Vicky Trainor



Poppy


Last year my little sister got engaged and has asked me to be her wedding planner. What an honour! I, of course, accepted gleefully. Over the next year she has agreed to let me show you our inspiration; a few of the crafts and recipes we will be preparing for her special day. I shall of course show you all the details of the day afterwards!

First up, I wanted to share with you the much anticipated Vintage Wedding Fair, with 1940s singers and vintage updos, which is happening next month in Milton Keynes. Set in a quirky 14th century barn and organized by the fabulously adorable Mrs Scoops and Little Miss G, the event is sure to be stylish, fun and useful.

What can you expect? Well, to start with there will be Betty, the fifties styled ice cream van, from Mrs Scoops, who brings retro style and delicious ice cream to your event from pretty bunting-adorned Betty! The talented Nevie Pie Cakes, whose unique cakes are just too adorable for words. For all your Wedding stationery needs there's Vicky Trainor, whose vintage range is full of the most beautiful embroidered, appliqued invitations, table numbers and seating arrangement plans. For vintage crockery hire there's Magpie, who has a large selection of the prettiest crockery in a range of colours to suit all themes along with cut glass candle holders, glass bottles and linens.

On the fashion front there's beautifully stylish wedding dresses from London's leading bridal designer, Johanna Hehir. Oh, and on our must see list there's Poppy, whose illustrated bridesmaids dresses come with their own story book!

We can't wait to go!


Vintage Wedding Fair 2012

All details on the event can be found here on Facebook, so save the date!

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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Miss Etoile Spring 2012

Miss Etoile Spring 2012

Today on label love I wanted to show you the gorgeous new treasures from another of my favourite interior brands, Miss Etoile. I am in love with the gorgeous candy coloured paper blooms in the Spring/Summer 2012 catalogue. I also have my eye on the labelled jars that I could use for organized storage and lots of cute bird decor!

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Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Mini gluten free gingerbread houses

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Monday, 9 January 2012

Ribbon storage

Ribbon Spools
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The Christmas decorations are all packed away and I can't wait to start re-styling my house for Spring. But before I do I have to get my house in order! Which means organization, organization, organization!

Today I am sharing with you some cute storage ideas for ribbon from the Danish brand, House Doctor.

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Sunday, 8 January 2012

Hotel Chocolat Giveaway Winner

Torie Jayne Giveaway
My contest ended yesterday and I just picked a winner using random.org and I am delighted to announce the winner of the Hotel Chocola giveaway is...

Virginie, of the delightful blog That Cute Little Cake.
Please e-mail me your details.

Congratulations Virginie, you will receive a box of The Seasonal Sixty Tin of Chocolates.

Thank you to all of you sweets that entered, to my loyal followers and new friends.

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Stylish colours

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Saturday, 7 January 2012

Chocolate snowflake mousse

Chocolate snowflake mousse by Torie Jayne

A few weeks back my sister and I made some delicious chocolate mousse that went down a treat! To fit in with my colour scheme on my Winter Wonderland dessert table I made aqua chocolate snowflakes filled with a rich, velvety chocolate mousse. I will definitely have to make these again, maybe in pretty egg form for Easter!

Chocolate snowflake mousse (makes 6 snowflakes)

Ingredients


Snowflake mould



Cooking instructions

  • Melt white chocolate and stir in food colouring.
  • Pour coloured white chocolate into moulds and, using a brush, coat sides of moulds in chocolate and leave to set.
  • Place cream in a bowl with a pinch of caster sugar and whip until soft peaks form.
  • Melt 200g of dark chocolate in the microwave on a low heat or in a double boiler on the hob, continuously stirring so as not to overheat.
  • Stir melted chocolate into whipped cream until you have an even coloured mousse.
  • Spoon mousse into chocolate coated snowflake moulds and place in fridge to firm.
  • Melt remaining 100g of dark chocolate and coat the top of the mousse with dark chocolate to seal in mousse.
  • Place in fridge to set.
  • Turn out snowflake filled moulds just before serving.


Chocolate mousse filled chocolate snowflakes
Chocolate mousse filled snowflakes
Chocolate mousse filled snowflakes


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