Archive for July, 2013

  • Jul
  • 31
  • 2013

Guest Post on My Halal Kitchen!

The wait is over! Alhamdulillah my Salted Caramel Macadamia Cheesecake is now published on My Halal Kitchen.For the full recipe and more photos, please visit My Halal Kitchen Guest Post by Iva Izman.

To download my FREE DIY Eid Printables for the cakes such as cake flags, cupcake wrapper and cupcake flags, click here.




  • Jul
  • 25
  • 2013

Freebie #3 – Printable DIY Eid Bunting Flags

Our third week FREE DIY Printable is for the home!
*You may download this printable at the end of post* 
 

Freebie #1 – Printable DIY Eid Bunting Flags

 

What is a celebration without a welcome banner right? So for week #3, we have a bunting flag template that you can just simply print, cut and decorate!
Materials needed for this project:
1. This printable template
2. A4/8×12” White paper (200gsm/110 lb +)
3. Ruler
4. Cutter and scissors
5. Hole punch
6. Ribbon or string
Cut the flag template using a cutter/scissors and ruler.
Don’t be lazy like me and cut all 6 pages together in one go! Thank God I got them all right- be sure to align the pages properly if you’re using this lazy method!
Use a hole puncher to make 2 holes on each flag.
Again, the lazy me…punching all the holes together. Woohoo I got it right the first go! (if you stuff up, you start again from scratch!)

Arrange them to make “EID MUBARAK”.

Cut your string to the desired length (measure where you want to hang them first). Thread the string/ribbon through. The first letter, you need to put the string from the top (see pic above).

And then just add all the letters, making sure the string/ribbon is behind the flag so you cant see it.

And now decorate! I chose to hang them at my old unused fireplace as mantel piece decoration. Absolutely love it! And the best part is, the colors go extremely well with my living room decor!


  • Jul
  • 23
  • 2013

{in my kitchen} beef black pepper

I love a quick and easy stir fry for a mid week dinner! Being at work-at-home-mum to a mother of 2 under 3, leaves me very little time for everything else. You might plan ahead what you had in mind for dinner, but things happen and now you’re left with under an hour to prepare dinner? Just put on a pot of rice and make this simply beef black pepper stir fry. All done in about 30 minutes!

 

RECIPE FOR CHINESE BEEF BLACK PEPPER

Adapted from Rasa Malaysia with slight modifications

Serves: 2
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 20 mins

 

Ingredients

250 g beef tenderloin or flank steak, cut into thin pieces
2 ½ tablespoons cooking oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2.5 cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1/2 carrot, sliced diagonally
½ small green capsicum, cut into pieces
½ small red capsicum, cut into pieces
1 small onion, cut into quarters
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Salt, to taste

 

Sauces to marinade

1 tsp vegetable stock powder
½ teaspoons soy sauce
½ teaspoon dark soy sauce
1 teaspoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon cornstarch
½ teaspoon sesame oil
½ teaspoon sugar (optional)

 

 

Method

1. Marinate the beef with all the sauce ingredients, about 15 minutes ( I didn’t let it sit to marinate because it was a last minute decision to make this & it still turned out tasty!)

2. Heat oil in a wok over high heat. Stir-fry the beef until the beef has just turned brown, then add the garlic and ginger. Stir fry until aromatic.

3. Add the capsicums, carrots, onions and black pepper. Stir-fry for 5 minutes until the vegetables soften (but make sure it doesn’t go soggy)

4. Transfer the beef back into the wok or skillet. Stir-fry until the beef is cooked through and the center of the meat is no longer pink, about 1-2 minutes. Dish out and serve immediately with steamed rice.

5. Serve immediately with warm rice.


  • Jul
  • 22
  • 2013

{guest post} Gold 4 Glamour Party

 

I have always admired her DIY creations, and when this one came up, I said to myself I have to feature this on my blog! This party was styled by my friend Elcin from Jellybean in My Closet for her dear sister. Delectable mouth watering desserts were made by Eda and photography by Sibella .

She has named her event Gold 4 Glamour. The colours Elcin has chosen for this event are simply glamorous, vibrant and exciting! What I am impressed most about this party styling is that Elcin pretty much DIYed most of the items on the dessert table herself, from things that she found from second hand shops such as a napkin ring- she turned them into dessert cups. Such an innovative idea!

 

 

Since Eid is coming up, I thought I’d let her share some of her DIY tips and How To’s. Below are her 5 top tips on creating a successful DIY Tea Party.

 

1. Keep it simple.

When it comes to party décor, you’re either making a statement piece (wall art, centrepiece etc) or multiples of something (drink bottles, hanging décor etc). For this reason, I recommend keeping the process of making it simple. If there is an easier way of doing something, go for it!

 

2. Google!

Whenever I have a DIY idea, I get onto Google or Pinterest, because 9 times out of 10, somebody else has already thought of the same idea. You can pick up some great tips and things to avoid when attempting your DIY.

 

3. Think outside the square.

Look at pieces from a different angle. When I saw the napkin rings & the candle holder at the op shop, I fell in love. I knew I didn’t need them for the purpose they’ve been made but began to think of how else I could use them. The napkin rings made a fantastic dessert cup and the candle holder a pretty vase!

 

4. Plan it.

Once you have done step 1-3, now you can plan it! Choose your theme. Once I have a theme in mind, I look around my house to see what items will work with my theme. You’ll be surprised as to what you have! Time is imporant. If you are planning an event 3 months down the track, plan for it 3 months ahead. The planning and preparing won’t take you 3 months, (the gold party prep took no more than 1 week) but at least you will be giving yourself plenty of time for shopping and creating to avoid last minute stress.

 

5. Spend less.

You don’t need to spend big. It’s amazing how much money you can save by making your own party ware. All of my party ware was purchased from op shops which I simply spray painted gold.

 

 

Below are her some of her DIY How to’s

Cake Stand

You will need: A glass plate, a glass that is able to hold the plate, spray paint & super glue.

I’ve seen these made online using porcelain plates. Which would mean you would either need to leave the upside of the plate unpainted or risk the spray paint chipping during use/washing. I thought it would be much easier to use a glass plate, meaning I’d only need to spray paint the bottom of the plate and the colour would show through the top. Once both the glass and plate have been sprayed and dried, use a strong super glue to join the two. Place some weight on top and allow the glue to set and wa-laa, you have yourself a cake stand in the colour of your choice! I made 4 glass cake stands for the day which cost approximately $25! Candle holders are also great to use for this in place of a glass.

Napkin Rings

I found 8 of these gorgeous napkin rings at an op shop and wanted to use them on the table to serve food. I was first going to make paper cones to sit inside, but then a friend suggested I sit shot glasses inside. I sprayed the rings gold, and found perfectly fitting glasses – too easy!

Vase

This is actually a tall candle holder found in an op shop for a few dollars. I simply spray painted the black metal that sits inside the glass.

 

 

 

Event stylist: Jellybean in my closet
Event Photography: Sibella
Cake/desserts: Eda


  • Jul
  • 19
  • 2013

[giveaway] in collaboration with Andirun Designs

 

We have reached 2000 likes on facebook *woohoo* Alhamdullilah. So as promised, our Ramadan giveaway will be in collaboration with Andirun Designs or better known on Fb as ILoveElhassan, run by the lovely sister Nye from US. She even made a little video review mashallah. Check it out here: In my studio video review by Nye

This giveaway is valued at nearly $50. One fan will receive 3 Islamic Wall Art Prints 6×8″  and Nye’s famous buttons and modesty mirror.

This giveaway is open to everyone around the world, postage paid.

 

Rules to win!

1. Like both pages on Facebook- In My Studio & ILoveElhassan

2. Write a comment and then say “In my studio sent me”.

3. And that is all! In Sha Allah you win!

 

 

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