Aug 28, 2011

Surfing Gummy Bears

Surfing Gummy Bears

I saw a Gummy Bears Surfing post from the Nap Time Chef on Babble. I loved it and just had to try making them myself. I tweaked the recipe and used a few different ingredients. The kids had a great time helping me. You could use this Chocolate Surfing Gummy Bear cooking activity at slumber party or cooking party - it's guaranteed to be a hit!

Chocolate Surfing Gummy Bears Recipe

375g Nestle Dark Chocolate Melts
1 packet Gummy Bears
Approx 15 Dried Mango pieces

Place chocolate melts in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 min 30 seconds.
Remove and stir with a metal spoon until smooth consistency.
Dip Mango pieces in the melted chocolate to completely cover the mango.
Place mango pieces on baking paper and whilst the chocolate is setting, place the gummy bears on top of the mango.
Allow to dry


Skater Gummy Bears - James tried this - higher degree of difficulty

Aug 26, 2011

The Best Sausage Roll Recipe

Grandma Booth's Sausage Roll Recipe - there is no better!
Sausage Rolls are a staple at any kids party celebration. My Grandma made the best. She handed the recipe down to my Aunty Lois and my Uncle Doug tweaked the recipe and still to this day, keeps his tweaking a secret. But the good news is.....I have Grandma's Sausage Roll Recipe! At the risk of a Booth Family uprising...I am going to share the best ever Sausage Roll Recipe with you. Enjoy.


1.5kg sausage mince
7-10 sheets puff pastry
5-6 slices bread
mixed herbs
black pepper
tomato sauce
chicken stock powder (or cube)

1.  Soak bread in water then squeeze out the water until doughy.

2.  Mix in herbs, pepper, tomato sauce, chicken stock.

3.  Fold in sausage mince.

4.  Cut each sheet of pastry into two or three strips.

5.  Brush pastry with milk or beaten egg.

6.  Spoon sausage mix on to each strip and fold pastry into long roll.

7.  Cut each roll into the desired size but don’t cut through to bottom.

8.  Cut diagonal slits on top of each sausage roll.

9.  Brush with milk or egg and place on baking tray.

10. Bake in hot oven for approx 15 mins or until brown then turn oven down to 160 deg. to cook for further 30 mins. 

11.  Cool off a little then cut pastry right through each sausage roll.

Makes about 60-65.  Can be frozen.

Aug 25, 2011

Show me your Cakes....please

Mitchell's Pirate Cake - love the chocolate gold coins

A Birthday Party just isn't a party without celebrating with a cake. Thank you Pauline for sharing your wonderful cake creations. My favourite is the Handbag.

Please share your cake with us...please  

Handbag Birthday Cake

Daisy Birthday Cake

Primary School Graduation cake

Aug 24, 2011

Individual Party Food Boxes - easy!

Individual Party Food Boxes - So easy!
Individual party food boxes for your guests is an easy food option that takes the stress out of party planning. In fact, my experience as an entertainer has shown me that kids of all ages love them.

You can personalise the food boxes with stickers, custom name labels, ribbon, glitter - the sky's the limit!

The party food box above has been filled with:
  • Fairy Bead
  • Honey Joy
  • Pop corn
  • Home made jelly
  • Quarter cheese sandwich
  • Strawberry
  • Party napkin
  • Plastic spoon for the jelly
Pair the party food box with a Pop Top drink with each child's name on it for easy reference and you are set.

Hot food such as Sausage rolls, party pies, mini pizza, hot dogs can be placed in the middle of the party table for children to take as they wish.

Where do I purchase the boxes from?
United States : Papermart
Australia: Vital Pacakaging , Orange Tree Kids Catering Catered Food Boxes - Hungry Little Monsters
UK: Amazon

Aug 20, 2011

How do I stop my cookies from spreading?

Arrgh.....they taste great - look average
How do I stop my cookies from spreading?

I laughed a little too hard when I received this from my best friend Rhonda today. But haven't we all had this happen? So I asked the expert (Sue, my baking goddess sister).

Tips to stop cookies from spreading

  • Refrigerate the cookie sheets (with the cookies on them) for  20 mins prior to baking.
  • Preheat your oven. Ideally you want the outside edges of your cookies to cook a little to firm them up and set quickly. Don't keep opening the door - heat goes out and aids the spreading cookie.
  • Place the cookie dough balls far enough apart on baking sheet. (Obvious to most, not to Rhonda)
  • Butter helps spreading - try using half butter and half solid shortening.
  • When creaming the butter and sugar try not to over mix and incorporate too much air into the dough
  • Don't place cookies on  greased baking paper sheets
Enjoy baking.

Aug 14, 2011

Cupcake Push Pops

Rainbow Cupcake Push Pops Source: Simply Creative Insanity
The humble party cupcake is getting a makeover....the cupcake push pops! I love Simply Creative Insanity a blog all about creative entertaining and full of party inspiration. 

These adorable Rainbow Cupcake Push Pops are one of the many brilliant party ideas for a Picasso Art Party. What I like most about Simply Creative Insanity's Picasso Art Party, is that attention to detail has been devoted to the activities children participate in at this adorable party. A successful children's party in my mind, is one that not only perfects the food, but one that children will remember.

If you are looking to purchase the Cupcake Push Pop containers visit Ebay or Etsy

These containers can be filled with your cupcake creations or alternatively, fruit or candy.

I think this party trend is a winner!


Aug 3, 2011

Bubblegum Cake - yummo

Bubblegum Cake from Sunset Sugar

This Bubblegum Cake was superbly created by talented cake designers Sunset Sugar.
Sunset Sugar hails from Bunbury, Western Australia and we love their cakes! Just take a look inside for an extra surprise for party guests.
Needless to say....there wasn't a slice left. Yummo.