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19.12.11

Nellies Cooking Adventures: Melting Snowman Cookies (Cheats Version)

I randomly (as you do) found the coolest Christmas biscuits on Google the other day - Melting Snowmen! As cool as the images where, they all looked like they took FOREVER to make and being an impatient cook I can't get involved with anything that will take longer than 45mins... But these where irresistible, so I came up with a cheats method....








Okay, gather these items for the cream cheese icing:
• 3 Tbsp cream cheese
• 1 Tbsp lemon juice
• 1 1/2 Tbsp butter
• 1 1/2 cups of icing sugar
• Yellow and red food colouring


(I find cream cheese icing more manageable and more tasty than the water + icing sugar variety)


And the other bits that complete the ensemble:
• A packet of circular, pre-baked biscuits (this is the big cheaters secret! Saves time plus there is no way they will be burnt and unusable haha)
• An icing pen
• Milk buds chopped into quarters
• White Marshmallows (one per biscuit)


Step 1: Make the icing by creaming the butter and cream cheese together (till creamy), add the remaining ingredients (except the colouring) and beat till combined.


Step 2: Fun bit! Draw a face onto each Marshmallows - just the two dots for eyes and a mouth.




Step 3: Put aside a small amount of icing and colour it orange. Use the tip of a butter knife to splodge an orange nose on each mallow face. Have a glass of hot water on stand-by to clean the knife with.




Step 4: Lay out the biscuits with the flat side facing up. Spread the (white) cream cheese icing on top in a circular motion, don't worry about covering the whole biscuit or even doing it with some uniformity, it better represents how a snowman would melt in real life anyway.

Step 5: Construct! Place the marshmallow on the edge of the biscuit (in the icing), add two milk bud buttons then draw stick arms on either side of the mallow head with the icing pen.



Finished! Must note, even though the cream cheese is the easiest to work with it does make the biscuit base go a little (just a little, it's still edible!) soggy, so eat 'em up quick!

Next time I would like to try replacing the icing with ice-cream. How cool (mind the pun) would that be?! Biting into a melted snowman that is still cold! If you try it, let me know how it went!


13.12.11

Christmas Gift Card Wraps

12 Days till Christmas.. So it's almost time to put on the runners to help get all the shopping done. 
I enjoy the challenge of solving present problems but hate getting it wrong.. So I'm in two minds when someone asks for a gift voucher, on one hand they're getting exactly what they want (yay) but on the other, I've put in zero thinking effort (boooo).


To compensate for the lack of brain time, throw out the daggy backing card vouchers usually come packaged in and make one of these 3 gift card wraps. They're pretty quick to make and each hold a gift voucher (card) in a way that is exciting to both receive and un-wrap! Everyones happy. Check out the Dabbles site for a bit more info!

Bon Bon Surprise, untie the ribbon to reveal the voucher

Look inside Santa's Sack for your present!

It's hard to show through the photo, but the glittered snowflake
on the front of the Snowflake Envelope is really eye catching

6.12.11

Well, would you look at that...



The Haby Goddess is a stockist of the limited edition print patterns at Dabbles. Jodi had a go at one of the designs from the 3 in 1 gift box and she did a really great job. 100% unexpected but really great, click here to view her blog.
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