Holly from the Day's Show aka Lol's with Hol's. Likes: what doesn't Holly like? She's polite, friendly, likes cats, cooking & crafting.
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So all my Christmas gifts have been wrapped although they were looking pretty ugly with names on scraps of paper so i've been on the hunt for the perfect Christmas labels.
I love finding new and different labels every year and when all you need to do is print them off it's even better.
So there are all sorts in this series by Pretty Darn Cute Design in fact here's all the fabulous ones on one page:
So you're sold right? They're pretty darn cute. So now you can download them for FREE for your presents.
Download the PDF here, print them off and then happy gift wrapping.
Recently some very good friends of mine got together to make these little beauties. Mini gingerbread houses! Seriously consider getting the girls together to make these, they're so much fun and it's nice to spend quality time with friends during the silly season.
Here's the recipe featuring one of our cute little houses.
And just because they're so ridiculously cute here's some more decorating inspiration for you of other one's we made.
Happy baking! Make sure you keep checking back for more Christmas DIY over the next few weeks
I am all about the handmade when it comes to Christmas and this is one of my favourite things to do:
Make sure you boil the labels off your old jam jars first (i've learnt that they are super sticky) and then make your favourite preserves. One of my favourites is this microwave lemon honey recipe:
1 1/2 cups White Sugar
100g butter, cut into little pieces
grated rind and juice of 2 lemons
Place the eggs and sugar in a large microwave proof bowl or jug. Whisk with a wire whisk, until well combined. Add the butter, lemon juice and rind. Microwave on high for 8- 10 minutes, stirring every minute, until the mixture is smooth, thick and creamy.
So have fun creating a DIY Christmas and keep an eye out on the days show blog for more DIY Christmas ideas
Well it's a new month so it's time to set 3 little goals. Just a reminder that your little goals need to be ACHIEVABLE things, that way you can feel the success of completing them which is always nice.
So here goes, these are mine:
I'm feeling the Christmas pressure already! Usually i'm really organised and have presents purchased months in advance but not this year. So i'm all up for a no stress December and being organised in November.
So this goal sounds like a New Years resolution and one we're all trying to constantly achieve but it's nice to make it a priority especially since this month is Govember. So with all the Christmas functions starting to begin i want to make sure that in between those i'm staying as healthy as possible.
I recently had my Birthday and got given some amazing recipe books. I love cooking and baking but often i stick with the things i know and just ohhhh and ahhhh over the pages of the cookbook. So the goal for November is to make sure i'm cooking plenty of delicious things from them and since my second goal was to be healthy if it's something that's not so good for the waistline it can go to friends or my very grateful hubby.
So that's it. 3 very achievable little November goals!
Your turn, what do you want to achieve this month?
So goodbye to July and hello to August. It's goal setting time again! Remember:
1. They need to be LITTLE
2. They need to be ACHIEVABLE
Nothing feels better than achieveing goals and when you can do that every month, even better!
This is goal one. I lead a busy life and i get so slack at doing jobs. By the time i get home from work i just want to crash and do nothing so i created the '15 minute cleaning schedule' I want to make sure that i allocate 15 minutes of my day trying to achieve a clean house. Best thing is if you want to ahcieve this one you can download it here for yourself.
Reading books is another thing i've been bad at and there's so many books that i've been keen to read so i'm gonna do it. Now to choose which one hmmmmm
Water is so good for you and i do drink it at work but i need to drink more! So the little goal is to make sure i've polished off a bottle before the end of the day.
So that's it. My 3 little goals of August. After great success from my July goals i have high hopes for August lets see.
Go well, make yourself some goals!
I would like to say i'm a domestic goddess. But when it comes to cleaning somehow i haven't found the love for it.
I discovered a 15minute a day cleaning schedule though which essentially means no cleaning on the weekend YAY! I'm sure i can find 15 minutes each week night to clean. This works for my own house but if you're a flash guy with a mansion 15 minutes might not cut it.
So for you, well we've created a little printable checklist that you can put on your fridge. Even cooler is that you can laminate it, attach it to your fridge and mark off the jobs as you do them.
Jobs are actually sounding semi appealing now. Click on the image to download as a PDF and then it's all yours
Hello Bjorn and Tiffany!
Wow the last Clint diaries, hasn't it gone quick! First lets get down to business, I heard you've been looking into business propositions for Blint Enterprises. At first I was a little annoyed that you would conduct such transactions in my absence but then I heard what the transaction was for - Yes the morning wakeup should by a monster truck! I understand when a deal comes along you dont always have time to get your ducks in a row and have to move quickly - AND what an investment! It will almost definitely make us rich...
Ok so now that's taken care of we look back at the week that was...
It was our last few days in our house truck and we covered thousands of miles through the Canadian Rockies - some idiots do it on bikes! BY THEMSELVES! I can't even go to the movies by myself.
We've been blasting tunes with the iPod on shuffle - which I'm convinced isn't really a proper shuffle. Especially when you have over 2000 songs and every 5th song would be Hanson's Christmas Compilation!
Now we all love Hanson, especially Tulsa (they have a whole day dedicated to them -May 6th look it up). But mainly the hits, like, Mmpbop and 'I will come to you' and of course 'where's the love?' Not their Christmas stuff in July...so there could be some iPod Hanson hacking going on that we aren't even aware of.
We spent a couple of days in beautiful whistler mostly in a great little spot on 'Lost Lake' swimming and taking in the rays and the tunes! I found out just after we left whistler that there was a topless beach area just around the corner from where I was sunbathing every day...I know! phew lucky I missed that one!
I've been fixated on books reiteratively ( which means reading a lot, for those that don't read reiteratively) Ive really enjoyed it and might keep it up when I get home, it's meant to make you smarter, so hopefully you still understand everything Ive written over the past couple of...sorry 2 weeks.
2087 squashed bugs later we made it to Vancouver...what a city! They have Campers that hide Lamborghini's under them with hydraulics and Bomb sniffing Sea Lions- (not obviously in the same place). And no word of a lie I actually saw one of the Sea Lions training today while Kayaking with the GPS kit on its back and everything!
Speaking of training Canadians must take a while to pick things up because on the way home we also saw a roadworks 'Go Stop Patrol in training!' How long is that course!?
Anyway I must go, it's almost 4 in the afternoon and I have sleeping and stuff to do
Next stop San Francisco and then good old New Zealand! Looking forward to doing Clint Diaries Live next week! Seeya team
It's a new month! Time to set some more little goals that you know you can achieve. Here's mine.
I'm loving brightning my home with sweet quotes. I definitely recommend making yourself a chalkboard and doing this. All you need is some chalkboard vinyl and an old frame.
What's a month without doing nice things for other people? So this month is all about the little things. These things can do baking, babysitting, nice words, a cup of tea (oh the options are endless) . Ps that picture is the Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Scone recipe that was on the days show blog not long ago. So delish, give it a go!
Winter has definitely got it's pretty bits. So i want to capture the pretty, the warm and the cold with photos.
So that's it. Three simple goals which i definitely know are achievable. Go on, make some goals and enjoy July
This may be a little risky putting up the recipe before i've tried baking it, but it looks so good that i have to share. I'll try making some for the Life FM team and also some to stock up a friends freezer. So they better be good!
(Note: I've made them now and they are delish! Definitely give this one a go)
This recipe comes from a lovely blog called m loves m
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Scones adapted from Baked Elements
makes 8 scones
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup rolled oats
3 ounces (1/4 stick) cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
3/4 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1 large egg, separated
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter (I had creamy so I added some chopped peanuts as well)
3/4 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons raw sugar (optional)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. and position the rack in the center. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and oats. Add the butter and use your fingertips (or a pastry cutter) to rub (or cut) the butter into the flour mixture until the butter is pea-size and the mixture looks like chunky coarse sand.
In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg yolk until combined.
Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the buttermilk mixture into the center of the well. Add the peanut butter. Gently mix and knead the dough in the bowl until it starts to come together. Add the chocolate chips and knead until just incorporated. It's important to not overwork the dough.
Turn the dough out directly onto the prepared baking pan and shape it into a disk 7 1/2 to 8 inches in diameter and about 1 1/2 inches high. Beat the egg white slightly, brush the top of the dough with the egg white, and sprinkle with the raw sugar, if you wish.
Cut the dough into 8 weges- but do not separate the wedges- and bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until the scones start to brown, rotating the baking sheet halfway through. You can also check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the scones. The toothpick should come out clean or with just a few crumbs. Make sure the scones are fully cooked!
Remove from the oven, let cool for 5 minutes and re-slice and separate the scones. Serve slightly warm or transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Scones taste best when consumed within 24 hours of baking, but you could store them in an air-tight container for up to 2 days.
YUM! How good do they look? I'll report back on how they work out!
I decided to get a little crafty over the weekend and since it was so cold and miserable made some wheat bags for prezzies, I'm surprised at how easy they are!
First you need to find some fabric. I just got mine from a remnant bin so it only set me back about $3 a metre.
Then you need to decide what shape you want to make and draw or find a template.
It's as simple as pinning your template on to your fabric, cutting it out and then stitiching the 2 wrong sides together on your machine leaving a gap to put the wheat in.
Turn it out, fill it with wheat and then enjoy the challenge of hand sewing the gap (i'm still not so flash at this bit)
I decided to add a cute little bow to one of them so again more hand sewing required EEK!
You can make these in all sorts of shapes and sizes so give it a go and keep you or someone else cosy this weekend