The last time we posted was back in 2017. The main reason for our 3-year-hiatus is we’ve noticed most of you prefer viewing our stories on Instagram. Sometimes there are things we simply can’t share on Insta, like long YouTube videos. That’s what’s brought us back here to where it all started; this wonderful WordPress blog! We’ve missed you!
It’s 2020 now and every single one of us has been effected by this global pandemic. Even though we’ve had to reassess the way we live, it’s forced us to take a step back and slow down our hectic lifestyles. We all have to stop and smell the roses and find the silver lining in this dark storm cloud. Our family has taken this time to revisit hobbies that we didn’t previously have time for. I’ve gotten back into clay, teaching the kids how to create pinch-pots and my husband has dusted off the DJ decks and re-sparked his talent for mixing electronic dance music.
On Saturday night, DJ DAD put his new skills to the test and live streamed a dance party from our living room! We’re taking request for the next set, so leave your fave songs in comments below.
My little fashionista, Cherry, just loves her fashion accessories! In fact, she’s told me she aspires to be a shoe, handbag and hat designer when she grows up! Most days, Cherry wears her school shoes but looks forward to wearing something more fun on weekends and school holidays. If the Melbourne weather’s right, Cherry loves zipping around town on her scooter, so footwear needs to be comfortable and practical, yet still go with the outfit she’s styled for her day. So naturally Cherry was super thrilled when Bobux launched their stunning new range for bigger kids! She couldn’t wait to share her super cool online order with a YouTube unboxing video!
To celebrate the launch, we’ve teamed up with Bobux for an awesome giveaway! We have 2 x $100 Bobux vouches up for grabs! All you need to do to be in the running is comment below telling us which Bobux shoes you would choose. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook too!
You can enter via our Instagram feed, Facebook page or here on our blog. A maximum of three entries per person please, (one comment per platform).
Entries close 18/04/17 midnight. Please note that all entries will be automatically signed up to the Bobux newsletter. The winner will be randomly selected and notified privately via private message. Open to Australian + NZ residents only. Good Luck!
I can’t believe it’s been 6 years since we welcomed little Miss Cherry into our family and to the wonderful world of blogging! I just love scrolling back through previous posts and revisiting incredible milestones just like this one!
Yesterday we celebrated Cherry’s 6th birthday with a close group of friends and their dolls with an intimate tea party. There were pretty pink peonies, fancy tea-pots of freshly brewed peppermint tea, homemade scones with red raspberry jam, precious porcelain dolls and of course our delicious Marshmallow Party Cake made by yours truly, Cherry and Me!
This week, we thought we’d share with you our simply steps on how we created our show stopping master-piece… as we like to call it… The Marshmallow Party Cake!
You don’t need to be a hero and bake your cake from scratch… Ain’t nobody got time for that! We speeded up the baking process with a store bought Chocolate Mud Cake Mix from Robert’s Confectionary. The recipe was super easy to follow and tasted better than a bought one! We baked 4 round thin cakes for our layered tower. We found the 2kg packet was the perfect amount.
We also used store bought vanilla icing mix and jazzed it up with red raspberry flavoured food colouring. In the past, we’ve made our own butter cream by beating butter and sugar but this saved so much time and cleaning up! More time better spent decorating!
We like to create a cavity down the centre of our cakes and fill them with lollies to ad an element of surprise when it’s cut open! We simply use a circular guide, like a small glass and press out a whole in all cakes, bar the top layer.
Splodge that pink icing in between the cakes to create a layered stack.
Fill the cavity with lollies right to the brim! Cherry and Tiger like this step best! One for you, one for me.
Close the secret passage with the top cake layer and frost the top with a generous dollop of icing.
We roughly smoothed the icing around our cake to create a “semi-naked” look which is all the rage now 😉
Decorate! We created a tea-party theme on top of our cake by sprucing up some doll’s house furniture and miniature animal figurines. I bought gold glitter paper from a craft store and made tiny party hats and crowns for the animals. So cute! I also made bunting with some purple glitter tape, string and paper straws.
We used a tiny dab of PVA glue to stick details on the miniature party table and finished the cake off with edible confetti.
Party time! Cherry and Me
We loved watching the lollies spill out when the cake was cut open! There was so much left over, we’ll be eating cake for the next week!
Thank you Robert’s Confectionary for supplying us with products for this post!
One of the perks about being a blogger is attending product launches and mingling with terrific likeminded creatives. This week I attended The Gro Company’s excellent event, to celebrate the launch of their new Australian website! The party was held at a spectacular location; Jardin Tan’s Veggie Garden in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. They spoiled us with an array of delicious morning pastries and coffee and surprised the kids with an Easter themed scavenger hunt! The weather was simply stunning and we had an absolute blast! We brought our camera along to share the fun.
You can enter via our Instagram feed, Facebook page or here on our blog. A maximum of three entries per person please, (one comment per platform). Entries close 30/04/17 midnight. The winner will be randomly selected and notified privately via private message. Open to Australian + NZ residents only. Good Luck!
We didn’t leave the event empty handed… Tiger and Me were the lucky winners of the raffle draw and took home this brilliant Egg pram! How fabulous is that!
This week, Cherry and her brother Tiger celebrated the Jewish festival of Purim by dressing up in fancy costumes and baking Hamantaschens! Typically, Hamantaschens are filled with red jam or poppy seeds but we chose to fill ours with Nutella! We also added sprinkles to our cookie dough for rainbow flecks of fun!
Cherry and Tiger’s Hamantaschen Recipe:
4 cups plain flour
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1½ teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
1 small tub of Nutella
100’s & 1000’s
Start by pre-heating a fan-forced oven to 180 degrees and lining 2 baking trays with baking paper.
In a medium sized bowl, sift the baking powder, flour and salt together and set aside.
In a separate mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar on high speed for about 5 minutes until it turns pale and fluffy. Then add the eggs one at a time. (You may chose to add some sprinkles into the mix at this point like we did!)
Next, reduce the electric mixer to low speed and gradually add the dry ingredients into the butter mix.
When the dough starts to come together, mix by hand and shape into a round flat disks. Cover with cling-wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Roll the dough into small balls and flatten into flat disks, about 8cm in diameter. Spoon one teaspoon of Nutella in the centre of each disk and shape into triangles by pinching three sides together.
Bake for about 25 minutes or until the cookies turn from blond to slightly golden. Allow to cool on a baking wrack and sprinkle with 100’s & 1000’s. Enjoy!
Notes: To make a “nut-free” version, simply replace the Nutella filling with cooking chocolate.