31 January 2012
So! If you'd like to try this pretty fabulous cake, I'd recommend cooler weather to start with. Otherwise it's pretty straightforward:
1. line a spring form (important!) cake tin with non-stick baking paper
2. melt chocolate for the base (either very carefully in the microwave, or in a bowl over simmering water, being careful that the water does not touch the bowl). I used Belgian Callebaut dark chocolate. Amazing!
3. pour the melted chocolate into the lined cake tin and freeze until set
4. soften 1 litre of ice cream and pour over chocolate base. Freeze until set. I used honey macadamia ice cream for the first layer.
5. soften another 1 litre of ice cream and pour over the ice cream base. Freeze until set. I used strawberry ice cream for the second layer.
6. melt chocolate for the top as per method above. Cool chocolate as much as possible while still maintaining runny consistency. Have candles and lighter ready as steps 7-9 will need to be quite quick to ensure your gorgeous cake doesn't melt too much.
7. Carefully release the springform tin, pull off the baking paper, and lift the cake off the base onto a board or stand.
8. Pour over the melted chocolate (don't worry if it drips down the sides) and place hulled strawberries on top.
9. Add candles, cut and serve before it melts!
It's a fabulous cake that requires no baking, but a careful hand with the topping. Enjoy!
PS - this cake would be amazing with the strawberry-themed printables party pack by the red thread.
Images: Steph Bond-Hutkin
27 January 2012
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23 January 2012
Personalised sticker company and Bondville sponsor Mooo from Melbourne makes super-cool labels and stickers, and they just happen to have a bumper Super Saver Pack available with 128 labels and fun designs.
With purchase of the Super Saver Pack you can also get 25% off the matching iron-on label combo, and 30% off 300ml stainless steel drink bottles.
Mooo's premium stickers are microwave and freezer-resistant. Get the kids to help choose their own colours and designs, and watch how you can create the text and preview on-screen.
You can find the Super Saver Pack in the Mooo online store.
terms: $29.95 pack price does not include shipping cost. Each name labels pack can only be personalised for 1 child. Super crazy value pack promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. For a limited time only. While stocks lasts.
20 January 2012
This month, I'm thrilled that fabulous children's clothing and maternity online store, Little Thing is offering a AUD $150.00 voucher. On the site you'll find gorgeous Mexican dresses (my current obsession, and my sister-in-law's too!), handmade, with colourful embroidery.
Oh, and Thank You. x
Images: Little Thing
18 January 2012
Images: Well Spotted
17 January 2012
It's truly hard to narrow the selection down to just a few to share with you. I'd love a whole series of Claire's beautiful work (first up, that magic bunny wall decal!).
You can find Schmooks in the Etsy store.
16 January 2012
Birthday: 5th Birthday Party adventure
Organised by: Birthday Boy Eti and his Mum Anni
Location: An adventure starting at Balmain East Ferry Wharf and ending with a treasure hunt and birthday picnic at Wendy Whiteley Secret Garden, Lavender Bay, NSW.
Theme: Adventure + Yellow Ducks
13 January 2012
Melbourne-based EYETRIBE owner Bec Bennet knows a lot about keeping eyes protected, having worked at Oakley and the Cancer Council. Now with two daughters, Bec launched her 100% UV protective sunglasses brand to provide both fashionable and functional eyewear for kids.
EYETRIBE's Frankie Ray label caters to the cool crew with fashion-forward designs for boys and girls, 2-12 years old. Those floral sunnies are amazing and I'd love some for myself.
The Squids and Mini Squids labels are aquatic sunglasses for 0-10 year olds that are flexible, float and wrap closely around a child's face to provide protection, particularly during water sports.
You can find EYETRIBE sunglasses in the online store and at retailers around the world.
Check out more stylish SunSmart ideas for kids here on Bondville. For more information on being safe in the sun, head over to the SunSmart Victoria website which has wealth of information that we all need to brush up on.
12 January 2012
Have you noticed eBay's Mum's Business in my side column? For the last 4 months I've been a contributing editor on this great site, which includes articles from a selection of Australian bloggers about kids, craft, food, small business and in the home.
It's been funn writing about topics that I might not normally cover here on Bondville, and I'm particularly happy with my current article "making jewellery with kids" - a fun little craft tutorial to make a cute brooch/hairclip and of course a macaroni necklace. My big girl had a great time making and modelling the jewellery, and hopefully it will inspire people to get creative with fabric scraps lying around the house.
Head over to Mum's Business to check out making jewellery with kids, as well as some of my other stories...
hosting a summer pool party
creating a pot plant kitchen garden
camping with the kids
make your own amazing flower bouquet
top 10 must-haves for a newborn
throwing a spooktacular kids party for halloween
Images: Steph Bond-Hutkin, pool party image by Encapture Photography
9 January 2012
Location: Sydney Park – the south end overlooking the lake. Liam and I regularly visit Sydney Park, and trialled a few different locations during the weeks before the party. We settled on a cluster of small trees – providing part-shade and perfect for hanging decorations from!
Theme: We had a red/purple/orange/yellow colour scheme, all done on a cheap and cheerful budget, and I thought it was perfect!
3 January 2012
Freight for Australian orders is $7.50 or free for orders over $200. While you are there, become an eeni meeni miini moh/e3-M VIP to receive a $10 eeni meeni miini moh/e3-M voucher for your child/ren on their birthday and receive advanced notice on new collections, competitions, special online offers, promotions, sales previews and more.
Head over to the online store now, and look out for the new Autumn/Winter 2012 collection arriving in February.