‘List of Three’…

So when the boy and I got engaged, just over a year ago we started off by identifying our top ‘List of Three’ things that we each wanted for the wedding. These were things that we each wanted and would want over other things.

Click below to find out what they are and how we’re incorporating them into our special day… (also I’d love to hear what your wedding ‘List of Three’ is or would be)



June 6, 2011. Author, Food, Hair, Wedding. Leave a comment.

Love, love, love this rose cake!

February 15, 2011. Baking, Blogs I like, Cake, Crafts, Cupcakes, DIY, Food, Wedding. Leave a comment.


December 4, 2010. Food. Leave a comment.

Hot Cocoa Gift Cones

hot chocolate wedding favor cones

What you’ll need:
– 100, 12″ Disposable Decorating Bags (x3)
– Chocolate powder (x2 from Costco or Sam’s club)
– 75 teeny, tiny hair ties (x2)
– Marshmallows bags (x4)
– Twine (x1)
– Favor tags

hot chocolate wedding ideas

Step 1: Cut decorating bags around 6.5″
Step 2: Fill bag with 2 tablespoons (or whatever your chocolate powder suggests) with chocolate.
Step 3: Use the teeny, tiny hair tie to close off the chocolate. (You may need to cut the access bag after tying it off. The picture below, for example, should be cut so there’s just about a 1/2 inch of bag showing after the hair tie.)
Step 4: Insert chocolate filled cone into another decorating bag; make sure seams line up.
Step 5: Scoop out a 1/4 cup of marshmallows and poor into decorating bag on top of the chocolate cone.
Step 6: Tie a piece of ribbon, yarn, or string above the marshmallows. You need to make this tight so the marshmallows don’t dry out. I tied it into two knots.
Step 7: After string is secure around bag, add your favor tag and tie it into a pretty bow.
Step 8: Repeat as many times as necessary.

And there you have it, a quick, easy, and affordable wedding favors that are perfect for fall and winter weddings!

Ebay.co.uk – Disposable Icing Bags – http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/24-clear-16-disposable-icing-pastery-bags-roll-/290493893843?pt=Uk_Crafts_Cake_Decorating_MJ&hash=item43a2c90cd3 – £3.35 + £2.00 p+p

Sainsbury’s Fairtrade Drinking Chocolate 500g – http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/groceries/index.jsp?bmUID=1289854244353 – £1.69

Sainsbury’s Pink and White Mini Marshmallows – http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/groceries/index.jsp – 180g – £1.09

Clear bands – http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Clear-Poly-Rubber-Braiding-Hair-Elastic-Bands-Purse-/390248752206?pt=UK_Girls_Accessories&hash=item5adca3644e – £1.15 + 90p p+p


November 15, 2010. Crafts, DIY, Favour, Food. Leave a comment.

Beautiful details










October 24, 2010. 50s, Crafts, Decoration, DIY, Food, Packaging, Paper, Wedding. Leave a comment.

Cute cake


October 23, 2010. Baking, Crafts, DIY, Food, Wedding. Leave a comment.

Food blog


seven spoons

Garlicky Chilli Hot Sauce

October 23, 2010. Blogs I like, Food. Leave a comment.

Cute Favours

indie wedding ideas


October 17, 2010. Baking, Cupcakes, Decoration, DIY, Favour, Food, Paper, Wedding. Leave a comment.

‘Oreo’ Ice-box cake

Oreo Ice Box Cake


icebox cake


chocolate wafers


Chocolate Wafers
Adapted from Alice Medrich’s Pure Dessert

I don’t usually make a big fuss about buying this brand or that of a product. I don’t believe you need zillion dollar, hard-to-find ingredients to cook well. But there are some recipes, recipes that get their primary flavor from a single ingredient where that quality of that ingredient largely informs the quality of the end product. (I’m thinking of the butter in shortbread, the stock in risotto or soup, etc.) In this case, that cocoa you splurged on that one time for a special occasion might just be ready for its closeup. I went for what I consider “la creme”, Valrhona — I’m throwing this out there not to pressure you to buy something you might feel is out of your budget, but so so you know why my cookies are so dark; Valrhona is a very intense cocoa — but if you have another decadent favorite on hand, go for it.

These cookies are crisp and not overly sweet. They’d be good with anything from coffee to ice cream to fancier things, like ice cream sandwiches, crumb crusts and icebox cakes (scroll down for an Icebox Cupcake recipe).

Last note: As an icebox cookie, these will take longer to soften than the store-bought wafers, so set aside more time than you normally would. I think 24 hours in the fridge would be ideal.

Makes 50 to 60 1 3/4-inch wafers. However, I cut my thinner than suggested and yielded more.

1 1/2 cups (6.75 ounces) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (2.4 ounces) unsweetened cocoa powder (see Note)
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened
3 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Combine the flour, cocoa, sugar, salt, and baking soda in the bowl of food processor and pulse several times to mix thoroughly. Cut the butter into about 12 chunks and add them to the bowl. Pulse several times. Combine the milk and vanilla in a small cup. With the processor running, add the milk mixture and continue to process until the mixture clumps around the blade or the sides of the bowl. Transfer the dough to a large bowl or a cutting board and knead a few times to make sure it is evenly blended.

Form the dough into a log about 14 inches long and 1 3/4 inches in diameter. Wrap the log in wax paper or foil and refrigerate until firm, at least one hour, or until needed.

Position the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut the log of dough into slices a scant 1/4-inch thick (I went thinner, closer to 1/8 of inch. If you’re trying to emulate the store-bought wafers, slice as thin as you can, and watch the baking time carefully, as it might be less.) and place them one inch apart on the lined sheets (cookies will spread). Bake, rotating the baking sheet from top to bottom and back to front about halfway through baking, for a total of 12 to 15 minutes. The cookies will puff up and deflate; they are done about 1 1/2 minutes after they deflate.

Cool the cookies on the baking sheets on racks, or slide the parchment onto racks to cool completely. These cookies may be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks or be frozen for up to two months.

Note: These cookies should crisp as they cool. If they don’t, you’re not baking them long enough, says Medrich — in which case, return them to the oven to reheat and bake a little longer, then cool again.

British measurements in Grams: ( I haven’t tested them yet!)

all-purpose flour – 350g
unsweetened cocoa powder (see Note) – 170g
sugar – 230g
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
unsalted butter, slightly softened – 200g
3 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

September 19, 2010. Baking, Crafts, Cupcakes, DIY, Food. Leave a comment.

Cute cake idea


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