Friday, 27 September 2013

Garlic Cream Cheese & Parmesan Bread

 
We are currently having a lot of building work done at our house. I made this little treat for the builders. This is also a delicious snack or finger food for parties that my family loves.
 Ingredients:
  • 6/9/12 pack little bread rolls – can be wholemeal or any type of bread
  • Onion & chives (or garlic) flavoured cream cheese I used Philadelphia
  • Parmesan cheese sliced – or plain grated cheese

 
Method:
1.   Cut the bread rolls into half, so they look like little bread fingers.

2.   Spread the cream cheese onto each roll. Make sure it is a generous amount, as it will melt into the bread.

3.   Place rolls onto a foil lined baking tray or your griller tray. If needed spray the foil with cooking oil so they don’t stick to the tray. Grill for 3 minutes on medium heat. Make sure they have a gap in between each roll on the tray. Remove from the griller.

 
4.   Check that the cream cheese has begun to melt evenly. Then add a thin layer of sliced parmesan cheese to each piece of bread. Return to the griller for another 2 minutes or until you feel it has melted.
5.   Safely remove from the griller and place onto a plate to serve. Enjoy with your family or friends!
 
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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Baby Nursery Tallboy Restoration


Last month my mother had a big clean-up at her house and decided to ‘donate’ me my childhood bedroom set of drawers for the nursery. I decided wanted to change them to white. I got my materials that I already had and some from my local hard stores. 
Here is how I did it. 
Materials:


 The steps I followed to transform the chest were as follows:
1.  Decide on piece of furniture you wish to transform or upcycle.
2.  Wash and clean inside and outside of chest. This helps the paint adhere to the wood.
3.  Find a dry airy place to paint your chest of drawers. You will need a drop sheet or rag that will cover the ground below if you wish to protect it from paint. Oil paint is very hard to get out of carpet! Make sure you have good ventilation and open the windows if possible.
4.  Once you have set up, you can start applying the primmer paint. You will need to make sure you cover the whole surface area of the chest. Let it dry overnight or as long as it takes. You may need to cover with a second coat if the varnish is thick.
5.  After allowing it to dry, I then applied the first coat of oil paint. As the primmer I used was a white colour, I didn’t need two coats of oil. The white primmer helped to make my white paint a brighter shade. If your primmer is not white, it just means you may need two or three coats of white oil paint.
6.  Once you have completed the first coat, make sure you put the brushes in a can or jar with turpentine covering up the top of the paint on the brushes. This will mean you can reuse the brushes with oil paint. Allow to dry overnight or as long as it takes.
7. The next day I did some touch ups and it was finished. I cleaned the brushes in turpentine and put them away. Once everything was put safely back away, I let the chest dry out for a few days and to reduce the residual oil paint smell.
8.  Then it was ready to go in baby’s nursery! We filled it with his beautiful clothes from Pumpkin patch and linen.

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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake

 
Here is the recipe for a yummy chocolate caramel cheesecake that doesn't take a lot of time to make. Recipe makes 1x large loose base fluted quiche tin or silicone pie dish or silicone pie dish.
 
 
 Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups biscuit crumbs (I used Arnott’s Marie biscuits)
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 700 grams cream cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 145 millilitres cooking caramel 
  • 2 chopped bars chocolate-coated caramel nougat candy
 
Directions
     1.    Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
2.   In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, biscuit crumbs and 1 tablespoon  sugar. Press into the bottom of a large loose base fluted quiche tin  or silicone cake dish.
3.   Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Allow to cool.
4.    In a large bowl, cream the 3/4 cup of sugar and cream cheese together until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla. Stir in chopped candy bar, and pour into baked crust.
5.   Bake at 180 degrees for 45 minutes.
6.   Let cool and carefully remove the cheesecake from the tin. 
Enjoy eating with friends and family!
 
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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Cane toy box transformation

 
Just thought I’d update you on what I have been working on in my spare time. I’m always searching eBay for bargains and a few weeks ago I spotted this one for $20. It is a cane chest or toy box from around the 70s or 80s. I had one almost the same as a child that I still have in a spare room. However I wanted to make one white to suit the nursery for baby and I really didn’t want to ‘destroy’ my childhood one. I got my materials from my local hard stores. Here is how I did it.

Materials:
  • Cane Chest
  • 2 paintbrushes - Large and children brush $4
  • White Primmer Paint – small can $8
  • High gloss Oil Paint white– – small can $7
  • Paint Drop Sheet $1.
  • Turpentine bottle $3 

Steps:
1.    Decide on piece of furniture you wish to transform or upcycle.


2.   Cane has a lot of surface area that catches dust. Wash and clean inside and outside of chest. I even hosed the chest down outside to remove any leftover dust. This helps the paint adhere to the cane.

3.   Find a dry airy place to paint your chest. You will need a drop sheet or rag that will cover the ground below if you wish to protect it from paint. Oil paint is very hard to get out of carpet! Make sure you have good ventilation and open the windows if possible. I painted in the garage away from my pets and baby.


4.   Once you have set up and put gloves on, you can start applying the primmer paint. You will need to make sure you cover the whole surface area of the chest. I started off with a normal size paintbrush to cover the majority of the chest. Afterwards I used a small children’s paintbrush to get into the small bits where the cane crosses over each other. Let it dry overnight or as long as it takes. You may need to cover with a second coat if the varnish is thick.


5.  After allowing it to dry, I then applied the first coat of oil paint. As the primmer I used was a white colour, I didn’t need two coats of oil. The white primmer helped to make my white paint a brighter shade. If your primmer is not white, it just means you may need two or three coats of white oil paint. Then I did the same as last time, using the larger brush first and then using a smaller brush. Once you have completed the first coat, make sure you put the brushes in a can or jar with turpentine covering up the top of the paint on the brushes. This will mean you can reuse the brushes with oil paint. Allow to dry overnight or as long as it takes.

6.  The next day I did some touch ups and it was finished. I cleaned the brushes in turpentine and put them away. I made sure the lids were tight on my paint, as I may use them again on another project. Once everything was put safely back away, I let the chest dry out for a few days and to reduce the residual oil paint smell.

7.  Then it was ready to go in baby’s nursery! We filled it with his toys and he just loves it!

 
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