How to make Reindeer Bread

How to make Reindeer Bread

… because it’s never too soon to make Christmassy-food and remember, reindeer bread doesn’t contain any reindeers 🙂  Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 3/4 cup pumpkin puree 6 ounces semi-sweet (milk chocolate) chocolate chips 1 cup chopped pecans, divided 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar (US) Icing Sugar (UK) 2 tablespoons heavy cream 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon How to make Reindeer bread Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add one egg at a time mix well after each addition. In a separate bowl blend together flour, baking soda, salt, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg and the ginger. Slowly stir 1/3 of the flour mixture into the sugar mixture. Then stir 1/3 of the pumpkin into the sugar mixture. Next stir in 1/3 of the flour and then the rest of the pumpkin. Finally stir in the last of the flour mixture. Gently fold in chocolate chips and 3/4 cup of pecans. Grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour mixture into loaf pan and sprinkle with remaining pecans. Bake for one hour until a knife inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean. Cool completely. For the icing stir together the confectioners’ sugar and heavy cream. Add cinnamon and nutmeg and stir until smooth. Drizzle icing over bread loaf when completely...
How to make Chocolate Raspberry Tree Ornaments

How to make Chocolate Raspberry Tree Ornaments

You’ll have to agree after making these that the best tree ornaments are the ones that you can eat… Ingredients:  1 cup semisweet (milk) chocolate chips 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 15 vanilla wafers with creme, crushed 1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam Finely chopped toasted almonds Toasted coconut How to make Chocolate Raspberry Tree Ornaments Melt chocolate chips until completely melted and smooth. Allow to cool slightly. Place cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Pour melted chocolate over cream cheese and mix together until very smooth. Fold in vanilla wafer crumbs being sure to cover all the crumbs with the chocolate mixture. Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours or until chocolate is firm. Once firm, shape chocolate mixture into balls. Roll half the candy balls in the toasted almonds and the other half in the toasted coconut. Store in the refrigerator to keep them from becoming too soft. Wrap in foil and hang from the tree (they won’t last very long), as they are rather...
How to Make Candy Cane Marble

How to Make Candy Cane Marble

A fast and fun recipe, ideal for making with the kids. There’s lots of melting, crushing and dropping in the recipe – who knew cooking could be so destructive yet so delicious. Ingredients: 1 pound dark chocolate 1 pound white chocolate 30 small peppermint candy canes How to Make Candy Cane Marble Put dark chocolate in a microwave bowl and heat on high setting in microwave 2 to 3 minutes or until chocolate is melted and smooth. Stir chocolate about every 30 seconds to make sure lumps are melting. Put white chocolate in microwave bowl and heat like dark chocolate. Put candy canes in a large freezer bag. Using a rolling pin break the candy canes into different size pieces. Place half the crushed candy canes in a collander and shake small crumbs into dark chocolate. Place the remaining crushed candy canes into strainer and shake crumbs into white chocolate. Line a 9X9X9 baking pan with heavy aluminium foil. Spread dark chocolate out into bottom of pan. Spread white chocolate over the dark chocolate in pan. Sprinkle the rest of the crushed candy canes over the top. Cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours. When hardened break up pieces of candy by dropping straight down on the counter....
12 Fun and Delicious Cupcake Decorating Ideas

12 Fun and Delicious Cupcake Decorating Ideas

Love cupcakes? So do we 🙂 Imagine you’ve got a batch of cupcakes and you’re wondering what to do them. Or you’ve been commissioned to produce 12 beauties for sale.  Don’t panic, we’ve got some great ideas for you right here. And a lovely free gift at the end of the post. #1 Fill ‘Em  Even though you can’t see the filling from the outside, adding a filling to a cupcake always adds that extra wow. Use a long round icing tip to inject icing, thick creams and more. Simply inject the tip in the middle of the cupcake at a 90 degree angle and fill until the tip starts to come out of the cupcake. Stop filling and remove the tip. #2 Easy Icing Flowers You don’t have to take advanced decorating courses to have some pretty looking flowers. These flowers are pretty easy make. Here’s a brief overview:   For the blue flowers: Using a Wilton 12 tip, make a mound in the center of your cupcake. Then use a Wilton 16 tip to make a small cluster of long star shapes out the top. Then starting around the bottom middle, use Wilton tip 18 to make the petals. Work around in a circle and then make another row above until you come to the top.   For the shaggy flowers: Make your leaf shapes with a leaf tip (Wilton 352 will do). Then use a multi-opening tip (Wilton 233) to make the shaggy petals. Start from the outside and make a circle. Then make another circle further in, until the whole cupcake is filled.   For...

Keeping Fit and Healthy on a Budget

Keeping Fit and Healthy on a Budget It is said that eating healthy food and doing exercise is a privilege only the affluent can enjoy. However, this is not necessarily true. Here are some tips you can follow to keep fit and healthy on a budget. Bring your own meals to work At work, rarely do people order healthy food, and if they do, it is extremely expensive to eat it on a daily basis. However, you don’t want to wind up eating fatty fast food. At home, take 20 minutes to prepare something like rice with chicken breast or vegetables for lunch plus a fruit or yoghurt for dessert to bring to work. To make this job easier, check out for example  some healthly recipes or  online. Walk or use a bicycle A car or a bus doesn’t have to be your only means of transport, nor a gym the only place to exercise. Depending on the distance to work, see if you can walk your way there, or your way back, or ride a bicycle. This is a great way to include work out to our daily routine without taking free time to do so. Another tip is using the stairs instead of the elevator. Try stepping with your ankle first, and then with the rest of your foot to focus the exercise on your gluteus muscles. Take off your make up before going to bed You don’t need to buy expensive moisturizers to have a good skin at all. Remember to take your make up off before going to bed, and washing your face with a...