Thursday, July 18, 2013

Cheese ball Recipe

Last week I had my 1950's party and one of the things I made which people loved was this cheese ball

I looked up a bunch of recipes and just sort of mashed ideas together to make this. A lot of cheese balls had gherkins and things in them but my sister in law has allergies so this one doesn't have them.

250g cream cheese (I use Philadelphia)
3 Tablespoons mayonaise
3 Tablespoons crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 red onion very finely diced
1/4 green capsicum, very finely diced
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/3 cup crushed walnuts

Mix everything except the nuts together. It got kind of runny, so I ended up trying to form a ball with it, placing it in glad wrap and putting it in the fridge to firm up a little before I put the nuts on.

One it was kind of firm I pressed the crushed walnuts on and placed it on the plate. I served it with celery and carrot sticks plus gluten free crackers. It was surprisingly good! You could add more Tabasco sauce if you want it spicier, but I knew I liked things spicier than my guests, so only did it mild.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Second hand bargains - Louboutins, Nike, Jimmy Choo and more!

On Saturday I went with Jac Lambert to Fash'n'Treasure (a fashion market here in Canberra) and Frock Up (a vintage fashion fair). Frock it up was mostly pretty expensive, but I scored some great bargains throughout the day of shopping.

Jac got there before me and scoped it out which meant by the time I got there, she knew where to go and what I would want. She scored an awesome cuff worth $70 from Helen Cross (a politician who also makes jewellery) for $10. Amazing thing is I was going to buy amethyst the day before but didn't know where to do it in Canberra. Check it out

I got a few other pieces of jewellery that I love, 3 necklaces and a pair of earrings, which I will show later when I wear them plus a peacock ring.

These shoes were being sold by an old friend of Jac's. Perfect colour because I have been looking for nude colour shoes.

They are Christian Louboutin's!!! I have always wanted a pair and now I have some. So excited.

Jac also spied these Nike heels. I ended up getting them for half the price the stall holder had on them and I know she wasn't happy about that. She had them at $80 originally Jac said, when we walked past they were $50 and I asked if she'd take $40. Whereas with the Louboutins I put them on and said "Yep, mine. How much?" They had a sticker on the bottom, but I hadn't looked and I knew I wanted them.

One of the final purchases of the day was this Jimmy Choo bag. I was over the moon to see it and the price tag was even better.

It is perfect for putting in my iPad, notepaper and things. It has 3 large compartments and a few smaller ones. I love it and the straps are adjustable.

I am trying to expand my shoe and bag collection but with quality items. I have an ok collection of bags but most are cheaper and you can feel it. They haven't lasted as well as my quality ones.

I also picked up 2 vinetage dresses, one I will making into a top and the other I am wearing on Thursday night for my 1950's housewarming. I also picked up 2 skirts, one vinetage and one hot pink Cue skirt.

It was a fantastic day and just what I needed. I am so excited about the stuff Jac got too. She picked up an amazing jacket which actually came from Vegas in the 80's and suits her perfectly.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

1950's housewarming party

The other week my sister messaged asking if we could do a Tupperware party at my new house, which I had not even moved in to yet. I agreed and she came up with the brilliant idea of doing a Rockin' 1950's House Warming party combined with the Tupperware party because she is awesome like that. I love the 1950's, the style, the glamour, the family lifestyles, the whole housewife thing. Love it.

It's next week and I have been trying to think about what to serve, what to wear, what to do etc. I told the Tupperware lady we want 1950's theme and picked a pear tart recipe for her to make. I already have a few 1950's outfits. I actually picked up the most perfect little jacket at an op shop the other week which means I can wear my summer dresses year round now.

I'm hopefully getting my hair and make up done at a salon here in Canberra that specialises in that look. I know how to do it myself, but want to be pampered and my sister wanted to check it out too. We're hoping she can get a half day so we can go together.

I've been looking up recipes and have come up with:
Devilled eggs (hoping my step mum comes because she makes the BEST devilled eggs ever!)
Cheeseball with crackers and vegie sticks
Pastry snails
Pigs in blankets
Little pies/tarts
Things on tooth picks (onions, cabanossi, cheese etc)
Mini meatballs or mini meatloaves

Things like that. Do you have any great suggestions?