Monday, April 30, 2012

Basil Pesto Chicken

Throw this tasty dish together for dinner tonight and you'll have the whole family asking for more!   

Ingredients (serves 2)
200g dried fettuccine
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 single chicken breast fillets, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons basil pesto
1 cup cream
shaved parmesan, to serve
basil leaves, to serve   

1. Cook fettuccine according to the packet directions.
2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until brown.
3. Add pesto, cream, salt and pepper to frying pan. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 5 minutes, or until sauce has thickened slightly.
4. Drain pasta. Add to pesto mixture. Toss over low heat until well combined. Transfer to serving bowls. Top with parmesan and basil. Serve warm. 

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Monday, April 23, 2012

DIY Wedding Favours Boxes From Weddingstar

So you've found the perfect favour, but now you need a way to package it. With Weddingstar's impressive selection of wedding favour boxes, packaging is so simple. Designed to compliment a range of themes and styles, Weddingstar's unique wedding favour boxes are sure to garner some big reactions of their own. 

Weddingstar's favour boxes come in paper, glass, plastic, tin, and numerous other novelty variations suited for specific themes. The classic white cases in several sizes are great for any occasion and work well as wedding cake favour boxes for your guests to take home.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Powder Blue & Nude Wedding Décor

Powder Blue and Nude Table Decor

This pretty pairing of powder blue and nude is inspired by the sky at daybreak, when soft shades of blue and nude blend together like watercolors. It's peaceful and uplifting, and, above all, it represents a fresh start. 

Martha Stewart explains how to incorporate it into your day… Give your head table the royal treatment by hanging a canopy of sheer, cloudlike fabric overhead. To play up the draped effect, lay pieces of sky-blue linen across the table from chair to chair, to serve as both runners and place mats. Anchor with centre-pieces of dahlias and spray roses, and porcelain vine to bring the ethereal colors to life. Natural wooden Tiffany chairs add a touch of elegance to the theme!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Butterscotch Muffins with Caramel Sauce


With a generous drizzling of warm caramel sauce, these buttermilk muffins are an irresistible mid week treat.

Ingredients (makes 12)
2 1/2 (375g) cups self-raising flour
1 cup tightly packed brown sugar
1 1/4 cups (310ml) buttermilk
90g unsalted butter, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten  

Caramel sauce
3/4 cup (185g) sugar
1/4 cup (60ml) warm water
40g unsalted butter
1/4 cup tightly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (125ml) thickened cream

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 12 hole (1/2 cup/125ml capacity) muffin pan with cooking spray.
2. Sift flour into a large bowl and stir in sugar. Whisk buttermilk, melted butter and egg together. Add to flour, mix until just combined. Do not over-mix.
3. Divide mixture evenly between muffin pans until three-quarters full. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden in colour and cooked when tested. Cool for 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire cake rack.
4. Meanwhile, place sugar and water in a medium-sized saucepan. Stir over low heat with a wooden spoon until sugar has dissolved. Simmer without stirring until a caramel colour. Remove from heat, add butter and brown sugar. Stir until dissolved. Carefully add cream to pan - take care as the mixture may spit - and stir until smooth. Cool until slightly thickened. Serve warm muffins drizzled with caramel sauce. 

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Easter Egg Hunt: 10 Tips For Fun

Alex Brooks from Kidspot has complied 20 fun Easter egg hunt ideas…

Easter egg hunt fun idea #1: Use different coloured eggs by age 
Colour code the eggs you hide according to age so that means the littlies, or the two- to four-year-olds can hunt for blue eggs, while the older kids go for purple. Or have the boys hunt for green and the girls hunt for yellow. It means little kids have an equal chance to find the eggs while also fostering a co-operative spirit amongst the kids who will try to help the others gather the eggs they aren't entitled to.

Easter egg hunt fun idea #2: Add letters to each egg so kids can make words 
Buy some alphabet stickers or write a different letter on the outside of each egg. Set the kids loose on their egg hunt and then offer extra Easter prizes to the kid who makes the longest word from their egg stash. 

Easter egg hunt fun idea #3: Keep a record of the eggs 
It's worth trying to make a note of how many eggs you've hidden and some of the sneaky spots you managed to stash them. There's nothing worse than finding melted chocolate under the couch cushions a few months later!

Easter egg hunt fun idea #4: Set hunt boundaries 
To make sure that chocolate-addicted kids don't endanger themselves by climbing on to the garage roof to look for eggs, establish the boundaries of your Easter egg hunt. Tell kids to stay between the house and the first tree, for instance, or to go no further than the driveway.

Easter egg hunt fun idea #5: Draw a map 
Keep things interesting by setting up a treasure hunt for kids. Give each child a map using pictures for those who can't read yet. Cut out a picture of a chair, for instance, or draw a coffee table to show them where the eggs are. Then be a bit sneaky by hiding another map at one of the clues. Kids older than 8 or 9 love riddles and wordy clues that get their brain ticking and lead them to more difficult places, such as a specific novel on the book shelf or a certain herb growing in the garden. You can get really creative by reading our instructions for an Easter treasure hunt, and then making the kids their own treasure hunt pails to collect their stash in.

Easter egg hunt fun idea #6: Add a pinata for Easter fun 
Why not abandon a hunt in favour of a pinata? You can make your own easy egg-shaped pinata to make a celebratory pinata from balloons and paper. Have the children take turns hitting it with a plastic bat while blindfolded. The one who finally bursts it open wins something special. 

Easter egg hunt fun idea #7: Supply non-chocolate prizes as rewards 
Every child could get a non-chocolate prize for participating a colouring book or something small that can keep them occupied over the Easter break could work. 

Easter egg hunt fun idea #8: Wrap only one egg wrap 
Instead of traditionally scattering Easter eggs, hide an egg which has a written clue wrapped around it. The clue is usually a brilliant rhyme that will lead the child or children to the next egg. If you have more than one child, there first clue for each of them should lead to the same second clue where they can do the hunt together. There is no age limit on this activity. With the younger kids, the clues have to be simple and basic and you will have to read the clues to them.

Easter egg hunt fun idea #9: Leave tell tale bunny prints 
Make bunny footprints near each hidden Easter egg to give the kids some easy hints as to where the eggs are hidden. You can also try making the footprints out of plain paper or even sprinkle some talcum powder and put a bunny paw print in it with your fingers.

Easter egg hunt fun idea #10: Hide them in the house 
Make a trail of little eggs from your child's bedroom to the living area and then lead them to one giant clue that will allow them to discover either a larger egg or a non-chocolate Easter gift such as a book or toy.

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