Friday, December 10, 2010

Yummy Christmas treats...

Hello beautiful people! You'll be so proud of me...I actually started my Christmas shopping yesterday! I know! The mere thought of beginning this task always freaks me out totally - I am not what you would call a great shopper, and most definitely prefer smaller independant shops rather than the big shopping centres...anyway, I have made a start so that's good.

I wanted to show you my little white tree with my hand made birds, baubles and's a happy kind of a tree!

Also, I really want to share the easiest, yummiest recipe ever! It's called a chocolate ripple cake, and my sister-in-law always makes this for Christmas night, and there is never any leftovers! It seriously is so simple, and doesn't need baking...


300mls cream

1 tsp caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 packet of chocolate ripple biscuits

1 peppermint crisp chocolate bar

1. Place cream, sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until firm peaks form.

2. Join biscuits together with a little whipped cream lying on side to create a log. cover log with remaining cream. Place in the fridge for 6 hours.

3. Decorate the log with crumbled chocolate bar.

That's it, people! How easy is that? The cream makes the biscuits all deliciously mooshy (yes, that is a word!)

Ok, now to have some fun with can brush the biscuits (or cookies as some of you call them) with orange liquer for a naughty adult version, or do what I did and throw some double choc chip cookies in the mix, and stir some crushed violet crumble (a chocolate honeycomb bar - do you guys have them?) through the cream, and then crumble over the top instead of the peppermint bar.

Also, I doubled the recipe, and fashioned my biscuits into a circle with a hole in the centre - much more festive and the centre can then be filled with whatever takes your fancy - raspberries, strawberries, chocolate covered nuts, candy canes, whatever!

Also, you can vary the taste by using gingernut biscuits instead of the choc ripple ones for a gingery delight! Try it - you won't be dissapointed!

Oh, and here's some little reindeer cookies I made today - aren't they cute? I dipped the antlers in chocolate and stuck a jaffa on with some melted chocolate - instant little Rudolphs.

Here is a little mixed media painting I did this week...don't forget you can still leave a comment for my little birthday giveaway which I will draw on my birthday next Tuesday 14th December.


  1. Hurray for getting your shopping started! I love your little tree - it's so pretty. And don't get me started on that cake. LOL I love cake. Talk to you soon! Theresa

  2. good for you!
    how adorable is your little white tree, I got one this year too!
    the cookies look great but the cake! i want to fall face first in it:)
    I love your artwork, she is gorgeous!!!
    Have a great day.

  3. Yay Tina..fabulous recipe..looks divine..i LOVE your charming and beautiful..every so enchanting!!! Love everything that you create..always full of magic and heart and spirit..i love visiting here!
    Yay..your b-day is coming up...have FUN! I shall have a toast to you wih a glass of red!

  4. ~good know what my project for the week was that i'll be posting!?!?! making sweet little felt funny that these little wonders are hanging on your tree...l♥ve it!!! thank you so for sharing the amazingly tempting treats with us...i do care to try possibly the naughty but nice cookie idea...your painting ...a wonderful whimsy done...congrats on starting your still trying to figure out when i will finish up! warm festive wishes and brightest blessings~

  5. Mmmmmm I'm so hungry now..... Tasty treat!

  6. Your cookies and cake looks so good and Thank you for sharing the cake recipe. Also your tree is darling. I have finished all my shopping, but I am an early bird when it comes to Holiday Shopping and I too do not like big malls.


  7. I love your little white tree.....I am hoping to find one on sale at the end of the season for me to use next year for my faerie tree. Thanks for sharing the cake sounds delicious.


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