Peppermint Chocolate Cake

Peppermint Chocolate Cake

Peppermint Chocolate Cake   Peppermint Chocolate Cake

Cake 
Three tablesoons of butter
One cup of self-raising flour
One cup of sugar
Two eggs
Two tablespoons of cocoa powder
Half a cup of milk
Half a teaspoon of vanilla essence

Icing
One cup of icing sugar
One heaped tablespoon of cocoa powder
Two tablespoons melted butter
Two drops peppermint essence

To make cake, preheat oven to 180°C. Grease or line a cake tin with baking paper.

Place butter in a saucepan. Melt butter over heat. Next, combine all remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the melted butter to flour mixture. Beat hard for 3 minutes.

Pour batter into cake tin. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Do not overcook, as it will become dry.

To make icing, sift icing sugar and cocoa. Add melted butter and combine until a paste forms. Add peppermint essence to taste. Ice completely cooled cake with a hot knife.

Peppermint Chocolate Cake

Summer Smoothie Challenge

It’s weather for smoothies!! This Summer Smoothie Challenge was a lot of fun, (drinking and photographing.) You might be thinking, spinach! Yuck! I had no idea what spinach smoothies would be like, but surprisingly I didn’t taste the spinach. It’s really worth trying. Spinach is high in Vitamin A, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Half a cup of spinach will give you the same amount of iron as three ounces of beef. Au revoir meat!

Summer Smoothie Challenge_Day One

Day One – This was amazing! My favourite smoothie.

Two cups of blackberries
One small banana
Two big handfuls of spinach
One cup of water.
Two tablespoons of natural plain yoghurt

Blend in a blender! Top with mint leaves.

Summer Smoothie Challenge_Day Two

Day Two – Tasted like really sour apple juice. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Two granny smith apples
Two big handfuls of spinach
One cup of water
Half a cup of ice

Blend it!

Summer Smoothie Challenge_Day Three

Day Three – Intensely tangy and delicious.

One cup of raspberries
1/3 cup of coconut flakes
Two big handfuls of spinach
One cup of water

Blend! Top with shaved coconut.

Summer Smoothie Challenge_Day Four
 Day Four – This was rather strange. It was like drinking muesli; a bit sweet for me – my least favourite smoothie.

One and a half cups of sliced peach
Two big handfuls of spinach
One tablespoon of honey
1/4 cup of raw oats
One cup of water

Blend that smoothie!! Top with ice blocks.

Summer Smoothie Challenge_ Day Five          Summer Smoothie Challenge_Blackberries
I decided to do something completely different for the last smoothie. I used blackberries I picked from near the beach which made it extra special!

Day Five – In love with the combination of ginger and berries.

Half a cup of blackberries
Half a cup of raspberries
Chunk of ginger to taste
Three tablespoons of natural plain yoghurt
Half a cup of ice blocks
Half a cup of milk or water

Blend and enjoy!

Seaside Soap

Seaside Soap

Sea Side Soap 4

This is a great idea for a travelling soap, gifts or maybe just to remind you of the sea.
I’ve used the same recipe as this accept I didn’t add any colouring, seeds or scent and I halved the recipe. It ended up making three fish, three larger shells and two smaller shells. You can add colouring, seeds or scent but I think they look quite elegant as plain white. I used a plastic mould for the fish and real shells to mould the shells.

Step One – Measure and mix – as shown here
Step Two – Put the soap mixture into the moulds with a spoon or you may find using your fingers easier.

Sea Side Soap 2

Step Three – Before taking them out of the moulds leave them for a few minutes to firm up.
Step Four – Getting the mixture out of the shells is quite tricky. I used a butter knife to push it out gently from the bottom. If there is a bit of soap left in the shell mould, just work it into the rest of the soap with your fingers.

Done!
Display, use or give away.

Sea Side Soap 3

Paper Doily Garland

Paper Doily Garland_DIY

This craft project is easy, cheap and will look great at your summer party.

Materials:
Paper doilies (three different sizes)
Scissors
String
Glue

Paper Doily Garland_DIY

Cut the size of the string (depending on how long you want your paper garland)
First you will need to decide on what pattern you would like the doilies to be in.
My Pattern: (big, medium, small, medium, big)

Paper Doily Garland_DIY

Lay out your string and position the doilies.
To attach them to the string, fold the doilies in half and put a little glue on the bottom of each one.

Paper Doily Garland_DIY