Loving…That Little Shop

If you need to plan a party, look no further!  I recently discovered That Little Shop, an online haven of all things party orientated.  Think candles, bunting, table decor, paper straws and washi tape, and everything in between.  I can’t wait for my next excuse to plan a party!

All images via That Little Shop.

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Loving…Rachelle’s Beautiful Bespoke Cakes

Oh my goodness.  I’m not sure how one can eat something that is so beautiful.  Last night I stumbled across the Rachelle’s website, and I was immediately smitten with the beautiful and delicate baked goods.  They do a range of cakes for weddings and other celebrations, but I was captivated by the intricate detail in the cupcakes and cookies.  If you’re looking for some inspiration for your Valentine’s day baking, look no further! (Sorry SA ladies, Rachelle’s is in the UK).

(All pictures courtesy of the Rachelle’s website).

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My husband’s family loves fudge (who doesn’t), so I always try to whip up a batch when we’re going to see them.  Making fudge always makes me think of my high school Home Ec classes, when our nasal-voiced teacher drilled into us the requirements for perfect fudge:

– It should be made in the traditional method on the stove (life is too short, and the microwave stuff tastes the same to me)

– The top must be smooth and shiny

– When cut, the sides must not crumble.

Needless to say, according to these criteria I have never made perfect fudge, but I have made some stuff that tastes pretty good.  Here’s a pic of the batch that I made the other day (you see, it’s crumbly), followed by the recipe from Just Easy Recipes.


1 can full cream condensed milk
100 g margarine
500 ml castor sugar
5 ml vanilla essence

  1. Combine margarine, condensed milk and sugar in a large, deep, heat-resistant container.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 2 ½ minutes or until margarine is melted. Stir well to combine all the melted ingredients.
  3. Microwave for 10 minutes on HIGH, stirring regularly.
  4. When mixture is a light caramel colour, add vanilla essence.
  5. Pour into lightly greased, flat container to set. When slightly cooled, cut into squares.