Happy Easter!

Hi Deerest Friends,

It’s that time of the year again when any food you eat that isn’t chocolate is just a waste of precious calories. Forget the diets, chuck on your fat pants and if you do it right you’ll only be waking up from a diabetic coma in May.

So I hope you all have a great easter, eat heaps of chocolate and enjoy your days off. Keep an eye out over the next few days as I’ll be sending out some more DIY-lovin… Easter style!

Dorothy xoxo

DIY Chocolate Mousse

Hi Deerest Friends,

Whether it’s summer or winter where you are, there are always times where you desperately need comfort food. You’ve just been dumped. You have PMS. You’ve just finished watching The Notebook after being dumped whilst having PMS. Well I can’t fix those problems but I can promise you that this DIY tutorial will make you feel so much better.

I am a very modest person but I make the best chocolate mousse in the world. Really.

All year long, I get requests from family and friends regarding this mousse. If it weren’t for this mousse they all would have probably stoped talking to me years ago. Now “best chocolate mousse in the world” may sound like a big claim but after you try this you will be agreeing with me. And if you don’t I will ignore you anyway.

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need
-3 Mixing Bowls (one large, two medium sized)
-Double Boiler
-Electric Beaters
-Large Metal Spoon
-Spoons
-Serving bowls

For the Chocolate Mousse:
-300g of Good-Quality Chocolate (I use a combination of 150g of Dark, 100g of Milk and 50g of White Chocolate)
-3 Eggs
-¼ cup of Caster Sugar
-1 tbsp of Cocoa Powder
-300ml of Thickened Cream (must be suitable for whipping)
-Grated Chocolate, to serve (this is how I decorate mine but this can be changed)

Using electric beaters, start by whipping your cream in one of the smaller bowls until it forms firm peaks, being careful not to over-beat. Once whipped, put the cream aside for the moment.

Step 1

Break up your chocolate and place it in the top of the double boiler. Place the double boiler (with water in the lower section) on low-medium heat and stir frequently. When the chocolate is smooth and fully melted, take the chocolate off the heat and leave in to cool slightly.

Step 2

Place eggs and sugar in one of the smaller mixing bowls and beat with clean electric beaters for 5 minutes, or until mixture is pale, thickened and doubled in volume.

Step 3

Mix sifted cocoa powder into the egg/sugar mixture and stir well.

Step 4

Fold the cooled chocolate into the egg/sugar/cocoa mixture and stir well. This will cause the mixture to thicken significantly.

Step 5

Now using a large metal spoon, gradually fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture and stir well until all the cream has been incorporated.

Step 6

Move the mousse into a serving bowl and smooth out the top using a spoon.

Step 7

Sprinkle grated chocolate over the top of the mousse.

Step 8

Finally cover the bowl with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge.

Step 9

And You’re Done!

DIY Chocolate Mousse

Even though this mousse will leave you with a lot of dirty dishes, it is really easy to make and is ridiculously delicious. This mousse can be made up to three days before serving and the longer it sits in the fridge the better it gets. I use a combination of three different chocolates that give a sweet, rich flavour but you can change this recipe to all dark if you like it really strong to all white (don’t add cocoa powder) if you prefer it sweet. Oh… and if the world does end today/tomorrow (it won’t) at least you will spend your last few moments consuming delicious calories that your won’t have to work off!

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

Thanks guys!

The 12 DIY’s of Christmas {Part 4}

The 12 DIY's of Christmas

Hi Deerest Friends,

So here we are at the final instalment of my four-part Christmas DIY Extravaganza. Hopefully all these ideas have inspired you to create some great things for Christmas this year, whether it’s for yourself or for someone special. I’ve road-tested all these ideas and only chosen ones that are inexpensive, simple to make and use easy-to-find materials.

So Let’s Get Started!

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DIY IDEA #10: Easy Paper Ornaments

DIY Easy Paper Ornaments

This is another really simple DIY project for Christmas that uses materials that most people have lying around their houses. You can use any coloured paper and you could also use pinking shears, scalloped shears or border punches to create a completely different appearance. Also experimenting with different sized paper strips will alter the final shape of the ornament.
*Note: These are beautiful ornaments but they are quite delicate so when you store them after Christmas, store them carefully.

You Will Need
-Coloured Paper (You can use any colours you like)
-Scissors
-Ribbon
-Stapler
-Ruler
-Pencil

Start cutting 2cm (0.8 of an inch) wide strips of paper and varying colours. Use a ruler and a pencil to measure and mark your strips so they are even.

Step 1 (Easy Paper Ornaments)

Cut your strips of paper in varying lengths. Keeping the smallest strips towards the centre, the largest strips towards the outside and everything else in between, arrange your strips in a symmetric fashion. An odd number of strips works best for this.

Step 2 (Easy Paper Ornaments)

Staple one end of all the arranged strips together

Step 3 (Easy Paper Ornaments)

Cut 12cm (5 Inches) of ribbon and fold it exactly in half. Take the two cut ends of the ribbon and place 1cm (0.4 of an inch) either side of the middle strip of paper.

Step 4 (Easy Paper Ornaments)

Keeping all the unstapled ends level and keeping the ribbon in place, staple these and the ribbon together. You should now have a strange, yet symmetrically shaped ornament with a ribbon for hanging.

Step 5 (Easy Paper Ornaments)

And You’re Done!

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DIY IDEA #11: Typo Canvas

DIY Glittery Typo Canvas

This is a great piece, which can be displayed in a photo frame or against cardboard/ MDF board. The different textures used make this design really stand out. This is a versatile artwork and not necessarily just a Christmas piece as you can use any coloured paint, different textures, a patterned background or any quote. This would make a great house-warming present.

You Will Need
-An A4 (21x 29.7 centimetres or 8.3x 11.7 inches) Sheet of Canvas or Card Paper
– Gold or Silver Glitter Pain
– An Exacto-Knife or a Stanley Knife (You can use scissors but it is a bit difficult and time consuming)
-A Pencil
-Paper Clips
– Text Template (You can create your own on Word or Photoshop and DaFont is a great website to download new fonts)

Firstly, Print out your text template. Make sure you use a text that is quite large and bold, as you will be cutting around each letter later on and small letters are quite tricky. Also make sure your document is A4-sized and landscape before you print.

Step 1 (Glittery Typo Canvas)

Using an exacto-knife (or an alternative), start cutting around each individual letter. The aim is to remove the black letters without removing any of the white, thus creating a stencil. The holes in the O’s, R’s and A’s will be cut out but make sure you keep them to you can pencil them in after.

Step 2 (Glittery Typo Canvas)

Once you’ve cut your letters out, use some paper clips to fasten your template to your piece of paper card or sheet of canvas. Using your pencil, trace around the letters of your template. Once you’ve traced all your letters remove your template and paper clips. Pencil around the holes of the O’s, R’s and A’s now.

Step 3 (Glittery Typo Canvas)

Finally, use your glitter paint to fill in all the letters. Multiple coats may be necessary. Allow plenty of time to dry.

Step 4 (Glittery Typo Canvas)


And You’re Done!

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DIY IDEA #12: Chocolate Fudge & Gift Bags

DIY Chocolate Fudge & Gift Bags

I’ve made fudge many times and this is by far the easiest recipe I’ve come across. This fudge can be made using dark, milk or white chocolate (or even a mix). I’m planning on cutting this fudge up, packaging it nicely and sending it out as little Christmas gifts for family and friends. This is a really great gift for those people that you don’t really know what to get them because most people love chocolate (just don’t give it to a Vegan, a Diabetic or someone who is Lactose Intolerant… that’s a bit awkward.)

You Will Need
-Canola Cooking Spray
-Baking Paper
-A Microwave Safe Glass Bowl
-A Fork
-A 20cm Square Pan (with high edges)
-Plastic Sandwich Bag
-Air-Tight Container
-Brown Kraft Paper
-Ribbon

For the Fudge:

-400g (1 can) Sweetened Condensed Milk
-100g Butter, cubed
-250g (1 1/4 cups, firmly packed) Brown Sugar
-1 Tbs Golden Syrup
-100g good-quality chocolate, finely chopped

Spray a 20cm square pan with the canola oil spray, then line with non-stick baking paper.

Step 1 (Chocolate Fudge)

Place the condensed milk, butter, brown sugar and golden syrup in a large heat-resistant glass bowl.Cook, uncovered for 10-12 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes, on Medium-High, or until bubbles appear over the whole surface of the mixture.

Step 2 (Chocolate Fudge)

Add the chocolate and stir until smooth and well combined.

Step 3 (Chocolate Fudge)

 

Pour immediately into the prepared pan. Place in the fridge for 1 hour or until firm.

Step 4 (Chocolate Fudge)

Cut into squares. Place fudge in a air-tight container, lined with baking paper and keep in the fridge. To present as a gift, place a few pieces into a plastic sandwich bag. Wrap the plastic bag in brown Kraft paper and tie the top with a ribbon.

Step 5 (Chocolate Fudge)

And You’re Done!

If you liked these DIY tutorials and this series, comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know. Don’t forget to check out the whole series; The 12 DIY’s of Christmas, if you haven’t yet 🙂

Thanks guys!