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Homemade “Perfect Playdough” Recipe – No Alum or Cream of TarTar 

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend! This past weekend was a rainy one so I wanted to find something fun we could do inside. I searched online for a playdough recipe and all of the required Alum or Cream of TarTar as we call it in Australia and of course I didn’t have any. There was no way I was dragging Hunter out in that miserable weather all for a ton of powder I will most likely never use again. So I searched and searched and finally found a recipe without it, but the comments said it didn’t work all that well. I decided to wing it and alter the amount of ingredients and it turned out perfectly! Just like the bought stuff except without the nasties. Here is my “Perfect Playdough” recipe! 

  
1 cup plain flour

1/4 cup salt

3 tsp lemon juice 

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup water

Food colouring

Pop it all in a pot over medium heat and cook until it’s play dough consistency. If adding different colours, separate the dough and knead the colours in. 
You could probably try 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of oil instead of 2 as it was a touch greasy but I prefer it like that as it doesn’t dry out as quickly. I also suggest dusting your bench with flour before kneading the colours into the dough. Oh and if you don’t want your hands looking like mine did, maybe put some gloves on!

  
Let me know how you go if you try this recipe out! I’d love to see pictures. Tag me on Instagram or Facebook, or feel free to send me a snap on Snapchat! All social media is listed below. Hope you all have a wonderful week! 

Kimberly Xo

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Black Smokey Eye Tutorial

Hey guys!

So I figured instead of clogging up the description box of my videos with all of the products used etc, I’d post everything I used in individual blogs instead. That way its easy to find & come back to rather than having to go onto YouTube for a list of products. I’ve also included links of where I buy the products I use from, that way if you’re interested in a product, you won’t have to go searching for it.

If you haven’t seen the tutorial yet, you can check it out here!

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For this look, I used the following products;

Stila One Step Correct Primer http://mecca.com.au/stila/one-step-correct/V-008322.html

Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette http://mecca.com.au/urban-decay/vice-4/I-022545.html

Anastasia Beverly Hills Self Made Palette http://www.adorebeauty.com.au/anastasia-beverly-hills/anastasia-beverly-hills-self-made-eyeshadow-palette.html

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation in #110 & #220 https://www.priceline.com.au/maybelline-fitme-matte-poreless-foundation-30-ml

MAC Fix Plus http://www.maccosmetics.com.au/product/9863/32212/Cult-Classics/Prep-Prime/Prep-Prime-Fix/index.tmpl

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in #10 https://www.priceline.com.au/maybelline-fit-me-concealer-1-ea

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette http://www.sephora.com.au/products/kat-von-d-shade-and-light-contour-palette

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder http://www.adorebeauty.com.au/laura-mercier/laura-mercier-loose-setting-powder.html

Milani Blush in Coralina http://milanicosmetics.com/Baked-Blush.html

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Taupe & Chocolate http://www.sephora.com.au/products/anastasia-dipbrow-pomade

Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium https://www.benefitcosmetics.com/us/en/product/gimme-brow-volumizing-eyebrow-gel

Covergirl The SuperSizer Mascara https://www.priceline.com.au/covergirl-the-super-sizer-mascara-by-lashblast-in-800-very-black-12-ml

Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cher & Ecstacy http://www.beautybay.com/cosmetics/gerardcosmetics/hydramatteliquidlipstick/

 

Eyeshadow Brushes Used;

Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease Brush http://www.beautybay.com/accessories/zoeva/228luxecreasebrush/

Zoeva 231 Luxe Petit Crease Brush http://www.beautybay.com/accessories/zoeva/231luxepetitcreasebrush/

Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush http://www.sephora.com.au/products/sigma-beauty-e40-tapered-blending

Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to know so I can include it in my next post!

Love,

Kimberly Xo

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Tantrum City – When the Terrible Two’s Come Early…

I want to start this blog off by saying of course I love & adore my son, even when he is throwing a tantrum of Godzilla proportions. Right, moving on….

My toddler has been throwing tantrums since he was about 10 months old, however they were only very occasional and mild. As he has gotten older, the tantrums have obviously increased, both in frequency & in volume, but still haven’t been too bad. Until today. Today I feel like I am living in tantrum city, where nothing is okay and everything is infuriating, except I don’t know what’s causing it or how to fix it & I really want to get back to Pleasantville ASAP. Hunter has decided that today anything and everything is infuriating & that nothing is good enough. His toys aren’t doing what he wants them to, the cat won’t let him punch it (actually the cat (and us) never let him punch it, but apparently today that isn’t acceptable to Hunter), he wants to drink out of a cup but not THAT cup, or that one, the one that I am placing in the dishwasher because it’s dirty, that’s the one he wants. He’s tired and wants to go to bed, but doesn’t want you to leave, then once you go back in there he doesn’t want you there. 

Obviously I knew this day was coming, but I’m going to be honest here…

We’ve all been there right? In the days before we had kids, while we were leisurely strolling through the aisles of the shopping centre buying whatever we wanted (and not having to budget because we didn’t have to allow for nappies, wipes & the endless amount of bananas toddlers need) we’d come across a toddler throwing a ridiculous tantrum & would think “MY child will NEVER throw tantrums like that”. Well, I was right. My toddler doesn’t throw tantrums like the one I saw in Woolies, my child throws even bigger ones! Hard to believe right? Seeing as I was going to be the perfect parent with the perfectly behaved child. As per usual, life has given me a giant smack in the face of reality in the form of a toddler who has inherited my short temper, thanks a lot genes. 

Kids are going to be kids. Toddlers are bound to throw tantrums. It’s the only way they can express such big feelings that they don’t quite understand yet. I totally get where they are coming from, when I’ve got PMS I throw tantrums that can easily rival my toddler’s. Last time I was PMS’ing I was so angry for no reason that I actually wanted to get away from myself. Side story – my husband was listening to a chick’s cover of Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself (while I had PMS), & this thought actually crossed my mind – I’m not even joking here, “I wonder if he’s messaging her, what if he’s cheating on me with her?!” Yep because my husband would TOTALLY cheat on me, NOT! & if he did it would definitely be with a famous Aussie musician. I’m a deadset idiot when hormones are coursing through me at peak levels. 

This is all part of the joy of motherhood, some days are a lot (a fuck load) harder than others & some days are so wonderful & fun you wish you could relive them over and over. 

So now I am left to try & work out what to do when my son throws a huge tantrum. What do you do? Do you walk away and ignore it? Do you do time outs? Cuddles or distraction? Leave a comment below or on my social media (links are down the bottom of the page) letting me know what works for you & your toddler. 

As always, feel free to send me a message on Facebook if you’re having a tough day or even just for a chat🙂 clearly I’m an open book haha

Have a lovely week! I’ll be back on Friday with another Easter DIY.

Kimberly Xo

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Easy Easter Crafts for Toddlers

Hello everyone! Long time no talk! Sorry I’ve been a little MIA lately, if you follow me on my social media, you’d know I’ve had a cold & my wisdom teeth pulled recently, hence why I’ve been absent. But, today I am back with some cute Easter crafts for your little ones. These were a lot of fun to make and turned out really cute. I’ll admit that the Carrots didn’t turn out as nicely as I’d hoped but that’s okay! Hunter doesn’t notice the difference so thats all that matters haha. These crafts are great for kids of any ages too, not just toddlers! Okay, lets get into it…

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Let’s start with the Footprint Easter Bunny:

 

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For this craft you will need the following;

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  • 2 pieces of white, grey, cream or brown cardstock card – we chose grey
  • Pink paint
  • Glitter (if you like, we decided not to use glitter in the end)
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Black & Pink markers/textas
  • Optional extra – bowl

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Step 1: Paint your little one’s feet with pink paint and press them onto one of the pieces of cardstock, ensuring you allow a good amount of space around them as these will make the bunny’s ears.

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Step 2: While the footprints are drying, grab your 2nd piece of cardstock and draw on a large circle (I used a bowl as a guide). Then cut out and add the bunny’s facial features (see below), don’t forget the whiskers! You could also use stick on eyes instead of drawing them on if you’d prefer.

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Step 3: Cut around the footprints into bunny ears and glue onto your bunny’s head. Set aside to dry & you’re done.

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You could also write a little message on the back of the Easter Bunny’s head & use it as a cute card – this would be a great card to give your little one’s teacher if they are in school.

Let’s move onto the Footprint Carrots…

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To make this craft you will need the following;

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  • 1 piece of cream or white cardstock card
  • Orange & Green paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors

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Step 1: Paint your little love’s feet with the orange paint and press them onto the piece of card, making sure you leave a decent gap between them, allow to dry.

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Step 2: Now you have 2 options here, you could use your child’s handprints for this (like we did) or you can just paint the tops of the carrots with a paintbrush. If you want to use your child’s hands, I suggest only painting their 4 fingers & not the thumb or palms of their hands as I believe that’s where we went wrong (live and learn right?!), then have them press their fingers onto the card, lining the bottom of their fingers up so they’re touching the toe prints. Allow to dry.

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Step 3: Once dry, cut around the footprints to make a carrot shape & you’re done!

As I previously mentioned, ours didn’t turn out perfectly, but I still think they’re really cute!

Please let me know if you decide to make these! You can either tag me on Instagram or send me photos on Snapchat or Facebook, all of my social media is listed at the bottom of the page.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend whatever you’re doing!

Kimberly Xo

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Valentine’s Day Crafts for Toddlers

Hello my lovelies!

With Valentine’s Day being tomorrow, I thought it would be the perfect time to do some crafting with my little toddler. Here is what we came up with.

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Hunter had so much fun creating this cute Love Canvas & Valentine’s Day Card for Daddy, so I thought I’d share how we made them in case you’re in the festive mood tomorrow with your little ones! These are great crafts to do just in general, but are a nice way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little loves.

  1. LOVE Handprint Canvas

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To create this craft you will need the following:

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  • A4 Artist Canvas
  • Paintbrushes (I recommend getting decent ones, the kids ones weren’t great for painting letters on)
  • Artist Palette for mixing colours (optional)
  • Non-Toxic Paint (we used the Crayola Washable Paint)
  • Glitter

Step 1. Select your desired colours and paint your toddler’s hand with a decent amount of paint, then press their hand onto the canvas randomly until all the paint on your little one’s hand is gone. Repeat with as many colours as you like. Set aside to dry.

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Step 2. Paint the letters LOVE (or any other word you’d like) onto the canvas with white paint. You could also just use PVA Glue instead. Then sprinkle with a good amount of glitter so the letters are completely coated. I suggest painting and adding glitter to one letter at a time to avoid the other letters drying before you get the glitter on them. Set aside to dry & you’re done!

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2. Footprint Heart Card

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To create this craft you will need:

  • White paper
  • Red paint
  • PVA Glue
  • Red Glitter
  • Black Marker Pen
  • 8×8 inch Cardstock in Red

Step 1. Paint your toddler’s left foot with red paint, then carefully press onto the middle of a piece of white paper, angling the toes towards the top left corner of the page. Repeat with the right foot, ensuring the heel of the foot overlaps the first footprint & the toes are pointing towards the top right corner of the page. (This process is a lot easier if you use an art book rather than a sheet of paper. Sit your toddler on a chair and press the book onto their foot in the position you want, rather than trying to get them to do it standing up). Allow to dry.

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Step 2. Once dry, write the following words around the footprints in a heart shape using a black marker pen.

“I love you from the bottom of my heart to the tips of my toes!”

Feel free to replace the little verse with something else if you prefer.

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Step 3. Carefully dot PVA glue onto each toe print and over the entire footprint, then sprinkle generously with glitter and allow to dry completely. (I suggest doing one footprint at a time, to avoid the PVA glue drying before you get a chance to put glitter onto it).

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Step 4. Once completely dry, cut around the words to form a love heart shape. Glue to your your cardstock and allow to dry.

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Step 5. Once dry, add your message to the back. Alternatively, you could frame it and wrap it up as a gift!

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I hope our crafts give you a little bit of inspiration for Valentine’s Day or your next crafting day with your little loves! If you decide to recreate any of these crafts, I’d love to see them! Feel free to tag me on any of the following social media accounts;

Instagram: KimberlyRose_xo

Facebook: Facebook.com/KimberlyRoseMU

or send them to me on Snapchat! My username is Kimberly_xoxx

Wishing you all a wonderful Valentine’s Day! If you don’t celebrate it then I hope you  have a wonderful weekend regardless!

Kimberly Xo

 

 

 

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When Women Support Each Other, Incredible Things Happen…

“When women support each other, incredible things happen.”
This quote popped up in my newsfeed this week and it inspired me to write this. Being a mother in this day and age is difficult – not only because being a wife and mother is difficult (sometimes) to begin with, but also because we have so much pressure put on us by social media. Whether it be influencers telling us how to raise our kids or what we are doing wrong or ‘experts’ telling us we should hug our kids more one week, then telling us to let them cry it out the next. On top of that we have Mum’s in the comment section of every ‘Mummy page’ tearing each other apart for their choices. It’s not just mothers either, it seems to be in every niche or hobby women seem to feel the need to tear each other down. Whether it be with fitness and eating healthy, to how someone looks or does their makeup, to what clothes they wear and what they choose to spend their money on. Why do we as women feel the need to constantly compete and tear each other down? Why can’t we be happy enough within ourselves to be able to live our lives how we want to live them without telling others who live theirs differently that they are wrong?
Recently I was watching one of my favourite YouTubers, Samantha from Batalash Beauty on periscope and she made a fantastic point about the fact that YouTubers, beauty bloggers and Instagram ‘stars’ constantly receive comments that all have the same theme; ‘She’s really pretty BUT…’ Or ‘She looks awesome BUT…’ Or ‘She’d be prettier if she…’ What follows on from those statements varies with things like ‘she needs to lose weight’, ‘that hair colour doesn’t suit her’, ‘her nose is too big’. The theme with all of these comments is the authors of them are already admitting that they like the person/thinks she’s pretty etc but feel like they can’t make a straight out nice comment like that without the need to add something negative to the end of it. 
Why is it that in this day and age we feel so threatened by others’ success/beauty/whatever it may be that we can’t give somebody a compliment without adding something rude or negative? The problem these days is that we are constantly flooded with images on social media of people who seem to be ‘perfect’. Whether it be on Insta, Snapchat, YouTube or Facebook, most of us follow successful people on one platform or another. Now, depending on the sort of person you are and how you view your self worth, you will either be inspired by greatness or knocked down by it. I know first hand that when you don’t have confidence/have low self esteem and don’t *cringe* love yourself (I know how cheesy that sounds but it’s true) it’s easy to feel jealous of other people’s success. But what I have learned and what you need to remember is that you don’t see anyone else’s whole lives, you don’t see their family troubles or the struggles they went through to get where they are today. You don’t know that they aren’t as confident as they seem. Everyone has flaws, but is how you view them that makes a person. If you look at yourself and point out everything that is wrong with you; maybe you have stretch marks from having Bub, maybe you have freckles that you don’t like or maybe you have an incredibly crooked nose (like myself), you won’t ever be happy. I have always been someone who lacks confidence and struggles with self-esteem and self image. I have anxiety because I’m scared of people judging me. However, I am learning to overcome those issues and forget about what I can’t change. I’m starting to focus on only the good things and what I like about myself. When we start seeing ourselves how our loved ones see us, we realise what incredible women we are. When we love ourselves, we appreciate others more and are confident enough within ourselves not to become jealous of others. I have never been one to comment nasty things on people’s photos/videos etc because I’ve always been one of those people who looks at things like ‘if i wouldn’t like it if someone said/did that to me, then I won’t do it to them.’ So although I have been jealous at times, I’ve never expressed it in a nasty way. 
Nobody became successful by being nasty to others and even if they did, would they really be happy? Chances are probably not. Learn to love yourself and you will be a much happier person all around. Ignore the flaws you can’t change and work to change the things you can. What also makes a big difference is who you follow on social media. If you’re following someone who constantly makes videos/writes blogs or shares photos that you don’t relate to or offend you, don’t follow them anymore. Even if some of the things they post are good/encouraging, there’s no point following someone who shares something that really upsets you. Follow people that you feel you either relate to or can be inspired by and cut out the rest. You will be a lot happier by doing so! You’d be surprised how much of what other people post can influence your mood and change how you feel about yourself. 
Finally, if you are inspired by somebody, appreciate their posts/pictures/videos or just genuinely really like them, tell them! You’d be surprised how far one nice comment goes. Like the quote says, ‘When women support each other, incredible things happen.’
Love yourself. Be kind to yourself & be kind to others.
Kimberly xo

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To the Mothers…

When did it become okay to tell other mothers how to or how not to express themselves? When did we all begin competing with each other and telling others that the way they parent is not okay? Why is it okay for someone to tell others not to voice their struggles because it comes across as ‘negative’ and we should only be spreading positivity? In a time where it is finally socially acceptable to say ‘hey, I’m having a hard day with my kids today send help & wine’ what makes someone want to put a muzzle on women who are already having a hard time?
As someone who has shared their struggles for over 3 years now on various social media platforms, I am baffled as to why anyone would want me to pretend like everything is fine because it’s ‘nicer and more positive to read’. This past week I read a blog from another ‘Mummy blogger’ who directed it at the ‘Online Mummy Community’ now I won’t link to the blog, because frankly I don’t want anyone else to feel the way I did after reading it. But it was basically about how disgusted the writer was about how the ‘trend’ & ‘cool thing’ to do these days was to complain about being a parent/mother and complain about our partners. She also went on to say how Mothers throw themselves ‘pity parties’ constantly by complaining online and that she thinks it’s ‘pathetic’ that women ‘speak awfully’ about motherhood. There were also parts of the blog that touched on parents calling their children names etc online which of course is not something I agree with either. I chose to comment on the blog, explaining that it isn’t ‘the trend or cool thing’ to share our struggles these days, but that we are seeing more and more of these types of posts because it is FINALLY accepted in the mummy community to not be perfect. Women are finally confident enough to say ‘I’m having a shit day with my kid today, he just smeared poop all over the floor’ and know that there will be other mothers putting their hands up saying ‘me too’ or sharing what they went through with their toddler that day. I also mentioned that it was disrespectful to tell mothers who are clearly already having a hard time with this whole being a mum thing that they are ‘pathetic’ and ‘having a pity party’ if they vent online. My comment was quickly removed & when I asked why she explained it was because I ‘steered the blog in a negative direction’. 
At the end of the day as bloggers we can write whatever the hell we want and that is the beauty of it. However, that can also be very damaging too. What we choose to put out there on social media affects the people who are reading it. The idea of a blog is to share your feelings/views in the hopes that it will reach people. The problem with calling women out in a blog is that it could really crush an already struggling mother. As someone who suffered severe PND I know this first hand. If I had read that while I had PND, I would be feeling incredibly alone and like I couldn’t ask for help for fear of being told I’m being pathetic or complaining. 
The final notes of the blog were that if we were to change our mind frame into a positive one our lives would be much better etc. Which I 100% agree with. However, it’s very difficult to take advice from someone who has just told you in previous paragraphs that what you are doing is wrong and that you are pathetic if you share your struggles online. 
Basically, what I’m trying to say is, if you have a blog/any social media platforms, please be kind and thoughtful in the way you are trying to deliver your messages. This blogger seemed to have good intentions in part of the message she was trying to get across, but unfortunately chose to drag other mothers through the dirt to make her point. 
To the mothers who spread positivity in everything you share, high 5 because you lift me up  when I need a boost. To the mothers that are honest and say they can’t parent today, I salute you – that is something that is hard to share. To the mothers saying I’m struggling – please tell me I’m not alone, I’m right there with you. To the mothers who have this parenting thing all figured out, I congratulate you – because that is where we all want to be. 
Don’t ever be afraid to share what you are going through. We live in a wonderful time where we have access to so many platforms where we can ask for help, share our struggles and take pride in our triumphs – use it. Take advantage of the fact that we can now bond with other mothers who share similar views. 
Finally, thank you to the forever amazing Queen Constance – for shedding light on the harder sides of being a mother and a woman – you rock!
Be kind to one another.
Kimberly Xo

  

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Rum Balls {Christmas Series #3}

Man is it hot or what?! I am seriously melting over here. It is currently 12pm and 39°C!!! That’s F%#@ing hot! You can definitely tell Summer starts tomorrow. Which means…..it’s Christmas month tomorrow! I am such a Christmas freak. We set up our Christmas tree on the weekend and will be setting up our Christmas lights this coming weekend. I can’t wait! Now, getting to today’s Christmas themed blog, this is something I think most Aussie’s make around Christmas time, but the recipes are all SO different. The recipe I’m about to share with you is one passed down from my Mum. I grew up eating these Rum balls and they are SO good. I have tried many a different recipe for them over the years but always come back to this one and I feel it is definitely the best (not like I’m biased or anything) and I have never found this exact recipe online {Fun Fact: Mum actually cut it from the side of the Cadbury Cocoa Powder box in the 80’s!}.

To make these Rum Balls you will need the following ingredients;

Ingredients

1 375g tin Sweetened Condensed Milk

2/3 packet of Arnott’s Milk Arrowroot Biscuits (if in the US you can use Graham Crackers)

3 tblsp Cadbury Cocoa powder (it is important you use Cadbury cocoa as different cocoa powder has a different taste, so if you want the best you need to use this one – not sponsored, I just really love this stuff!)

2/3 cup dessicated coconut, plus extra for rolling

About 2 tblsp rum – I use Bundaberg Spiced Rum as it has a sweeter taste than the plain rum (leave this out if you are making these for kiddies)

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Step 1: Smash the biscuits into a fine crumb. You can throw them into a food processor if you like (I don’t actually own one!) or you can put them into a large snaplock bag and take all your frustrations out on them with a rolling pin like I have😉

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This is how your biscuits should look once crushed.

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Step 2: Add in coconut & cocoa powder and mix through biscuits.

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Step 3: Add in condensed milk and rum (if using) and mix until fully combined.

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Step 4: Cover bowl with cling wrap and place into the fridge for at least 2 hours to set (if you skip this step you will end up with flat, misshaped rum balls)

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Step 5: Roll mixture into balls and roll in coconut.

Tip: I wear food safe gloves when doing this otherwise the mixture gets stuck under your nails and I find the coconut itches my skin in between my fingers otherwise. This is a good idea if you are making these for other people too, far more hygienic.

And you’re done!

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Store in an airtight container lined with baking paper in the refrigerator for up to 3 days (if they last that long!).

These are Soooo good! Seriously one of my favourite Christmas treats. Let me know if you try them out! Also, don’t forget I am running a giveaway! You can find entry details here. Entries close Wednesday at 12am and the winner will be announced in my blog on Wednesday. There will also be another Give away starting on Wednesday which will also be announced in that blog so keep your eyes peeled!

 

Kimberly Xo

Red Velvet Truffles

Red Velvet Truffles {Christmas Series #2}

Hi everyone! With the festive season fast approaching, I decided to test out a few Christmas party/school break-up friendly recipes. Now this one does take a fair bit of preparation, however it is 100% worth it!

To make these truffles, you will need the following ingredients;

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(Excuse the bicarb soda, I had another recipe in mind when setting up the ingredients)

125g unsalted butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup caster sugar

2 eggs, at room temperature

1 tblsp cocoa powder

1 tblsp red food colouring {my husband used 90% of my red food dye for his halloween costume without telling me so I only had 1/4 tsp, definitely don’t skimp on the food dye, as it will effect the christmas-y look of the truffles}

1/2 cup buttermilk {if you don’t want to purchase a carton of buttermilk just for this recipe, just squeeze 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice into regular milk and let it sit for 10 mins, it will have the same effect}

1 1/2 cups self-raising flour

150g cream cheese, chopped, at room temperature

2/3 cup Icing sugar

3x 375g bags white chocolate melts

Milk chocolate, melted for decoration

  1. Grease & line a cake tin of your choice. I used a 22cm round cake tin.
  2. Beat butter & caster sugar in a small bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until combined.butter sugarbeat eggs
  3. Add red food colouring & mix through thoroughly so the colour is even throughout the mixture. Beat sifted cocoa into wet mixture – it may curdle at this point, don’t panic, it will come back together once you add the rest of the ingredients.coco and red.jpg
  4. Stir in buttermilk & flour until combined {don’t overmix as it will result in tough cake}mix in flour.jpg
  5. Cook in a moderate oven (180C/365F or 160C fanforced) for about 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Stand for 15 minutes, then transfer to wire wrack to cool completely {this is important, make sure the cake is completely cooled throughout before continuing with the next step}.
  6. Beat cheese & icing sugar in small bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  7. Crumble cold cake into cream cheese mixture & stir to combine.truffle mix.jpg
  8. Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls & place on a lined tray {your truffles will probably resemble raw meatballs at this point}. Refrigerate until firm.roll into balls.jpg
  9. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water {ensure the bowl isn’t touching the water as this will cause the chocolate to burn}. Cool slightly, then dip truffles, one at a time into chocolate to coat evenly. Drain off any excess and place back onto lined tray. Refrigerate until set. dip in chocolate.jpg
  10. Drizzle set truffles with melted milk chocolate.

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Extra Step: Place them in a fancy glass, strategically take a bite out of one, set up some baubles and take a picture to post on Instagram to prove to everyone you’re capable of baking a new recipe without it failing completely. No? Just me then? haha

I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe, and as a gift for reading through the entire thing, here’s a little give away, it’s not much but something nice for the little ones (open to Australia & NZ residents only). Check out the details below on how to enter to win an inflatable pool for your little one (pictured). Entries close Wednesday, 2nd December!

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Image credit: Kmart (please note, balls are not included sorry!)

GIVEAWAY – HOW TO ENTER {You must do 1 & 2 to be entered in the give away, the rest are optional but will give you bonus entries into the giveaway. The amount of bonus entries will be listed in brackets beside it}

  1. Like KimberlyRose on Facebook!
  2. Leave a blog comment below with your favourite Christmas Treat!
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Cosmetic Bag

DIY Cosmetic/Makeup Bag {Christmas Series #1}

Can you believe Christmas is one month away, just one. ONE!!! Anyway moving on….

Seeing as it is getting so close to Christmas, I figured my first DIY gift should be the one that takes the most amount of time to make. Although, if you are good at sewing (unlike myself), you could whip this up in just a few hours once you have all of the materials.

Cosmetic Bag

Because I’m not so great at sewing (that’s an understatement..cough), I asked my fabulously talented sister-in-law Serena from All Things Cotton Fabric to write up a tutorial on how to make her Cosmetic Bags. If you don’t have the time/don’t wish to make one of these yourself but would still like to give one as a gift, head to her Facebook Page and place an order for one for just $18. I will also be including one of these beautiful Cosmetic Bags in my big Give Away in a few weeks time!

Click the following link to download a detailed tutorial (including pictures) on how to make this simple yet useful gift PDF Cosmetic Bag tutorial

That’s it from me for now! I’ll see you again on Friday for another Christmas-y blog {it’ll be a yummy one ;)}

Kimberly Xo

 

Hint: Friday’s blog will have a Give Away attached!