Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Bach Beauty Therapy!

(apologies about the mental coloured writing on this - Blogger seems to be misbehaving .. or more likely I don't know how to work it properly!)

This year I think .. no wait .. I KNOW I have won more stuff than any other year in my life. I have taken on the 'you've gotta be in it to win it' mentality and it seems to have paid off. I guess when I think of how many things I have entered it's not surprising to have won SOMETHING but I think I have been extra blessed this year (and able to bless others by it which is awesome). 

One of the very best things I have won though is a voucher for The Bach Beauty Therapy. I was SO stoked it was SUPER generous of the lovely Olivia (The Bach owner) and Jackie over at Jacksta B who ran the competition.

I redeemed part of my voucher today and got a full body massage. OH.MY.HEAVENLY!! I so super recommend this place!! It was super relaxing and it doesn't just stop there. 
She does waxing, manicures, pedicures, facials and more!! 
She's got her own special little room with an off-street park and it has been done up BEAUTIFULLY!  Here is the price list
 (hopefully you can click on it to zoom in?)

So if you're stuck for Christmas presents this year she's even got a special offer on for December: 
Give and you shall receive! For every $50 spent on a Gift voucher from now until Christmas, you will receive $10 credit for yourself.
Remember to spread the word!
Recommend someone to The Bach, and get pampered with a complimentary hand or foot treatment!

What a deal! So book your place in now and get all waxed and ready for the beach and grab a massage while you're there - they really are divine! 
Here are the contact details:

The Bach Beauty Therapy - FB link HERE
2 Edward Road, Whangarei Heads 
(09) 945 4899, txt 0226081253

Sima J

*This is in no way sponsored by The Bach Beauty Therapy and is completely my own opinion*

Friday, November 22, 2013

Finished Heart Quilt

So I just realised that whilst I did post pics on FB, I forgot to blog about the quilt I finished! (I'm pretty good at not blogging about things .. oops!)

Anyway here is the end result. I am pretty stoked with it (and tempted to keep it hehe .. don't worry, I won't!) 
I think actually the reason why I am so happy is because my Mum said the quilting was 'Beautiful' and that she has been trying for years to be able to quilt like this :-) Well she can sure take most the credit since pretty much everything about quilting I learned from her! (and the internet hehe)

Sima J

Friday, November 15, 2013

Chocolate and Apricot Mud Cake

It's been a while! So to take my mind off the fact that I'm melting in a heap with hayfever today I thought I'd do a quick blurb about this cake I made yesterday!

There wasn't any birthday to have the excuse to make a cake and I really felt like eating chocolate cake so I made one 'just because'.
It turned out DELICIOUS! :-) Yusss (waaaay better than the disgusting peanut butter slice/cake thing I made the other day, half of which is still sitting in the pantry and really needs to go in the compost now!)

Here's the nice cake anyway ...

I had a recipe for a mud cake from my Mum's friend which you can either cook as one cake, or 2, and then put filling in the middle. I wasn't sure what to put in the middle but thought some jam would be nice. Unfortunately we didn't have enough jam so I concocted my own jam/conserve/jellyish stuff and it turned out really nice! All I did was put 1 can of apricots (including the juice) and one cup of white sugar in a pot. I brought this to a boil and then turned it down to simmer (whilst stirring occasionally). Near the end it does need to be stirred pretty much constantly so it doesn't catch on the bottom and burn. You know when it's done when you drop a drip onto a plate and when you tip the plate, it doesn't dribble down the plate.
Anyway, here is the mud cake recipe and you can choose to do whatever filling you like! (I'm assuming it would probably work with peaches or other fruit too??)

Chocolate Mud Cake Recipe:

2c sugar
1 3/4c flour
3/4c cocoa
1 1/2tsp Baking Powder
1 1/2tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp salt

MIX (separately):
2 eggs
1/2c oil (I used coconut, but you can use any)
3tsp vanilla essence
1c milk

COMBINE the 2 mixtures together with 1c boiling water.

Cook : 2 tins for 35min@ 160 Celsius 
or: 1 tin for 1hr@ 160 Celsius

I made simple butter icing for the top. (softened butter/icing sugar/drops of water to mix)


Sima J