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Frosty the Snowman Marshmallows

December 13, 2018

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INGREDIENTS Toothpicks Dark chocolate, melted Orange candy melts, melted Hot chocolate, for serving DIRECTIONS Use a toothpick dipped into melted dark chocolate and melted orange candy melts to dab on eyes, a mouth and of course, a carrot nose. Serve in your favourite hot chocolate and drink quickly before they disappear.

Cookie Presents

December 13, 2018

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INGREDIENTS FOR THE COOKIES Square and rectangular cookies Melted white chocolate or red candy melts FOR THE RED ROYAL ICING 3 large egg whites 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar 1 lb. confectioners’ sugar red food colouring DIRECTIONS Stack square and rectangular cookies and place on a wire rack set over parchment paper. Pour melted white […]

Snowman Cupcakes

December 13, 2018

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MAKES:  8 PREP TIME:  1 hour 35 mins TOTAL TIME:  2 hours 10 mins INGREDIENTS 1 batch basic gingerbread cupcakes 1 batch vanilla buttercream Finely shredded coconut mini chocolate chips Orange Tic Tacs Sour candy strips Chocolate jelly rings DIRECTIONS Make 1 batch basic gingerbread cupcakes as directed, lining 8 holes of the muffin pan […]

Mini Mince Tarts with Cheddar Crusts

December 12, 2018

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MAKES:  16 PREP TIME:  30 mins TOTAL TIME:  2 hours INGREDIENTS 2 c. all-purpose flour c. finely ground cornmeal 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1 c. unsalted butter 4 oz. extra-sharp white Cheddar 2 egg yolks 1 egg 2 tbsp. ice water 1 navel orange 1 lemon 4 c. mixed dried fruit (cranberries, golden and dark […]

Christmas Trees with Chocolate Orange Cream

December 12, 2018

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CHOCOLATE ORANGE CREAM Fills approximately 10-12 small glasses INGREDIENTS 300ml heavy pouring cream 200ml milk 70g caster sugar 6 egg yolks 200g good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped Finley grated zest of one orange HOW TO MAKE Heat the milk and cream together in a saucepan over a low heat to just below boiling point. […]

Red Velvet Truffles

December 12, 2018

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PREP TIME: 1 hour COOK TIME:  22 minutes TOTAL TIME:  1 hour 22 minutes INGREDIENTS 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1/8 teaspoon baking soda 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup canola oil 1/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons buttermilk 1 egg white 1 teaspoon red food colouring 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract […]

Raspberry and Vanilla Cream Napoleons

December 12, 2018

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SERVES:  8 PREP TIME:  20 mins TOTAL TIME:  20 mins INGREDIENTS 1 c. heavy cream 2 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 24 waffle cookies 6 oz. raspberries DIRECTIONS Using an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, beat heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar and pure vanilla extract in a large […]

Candy Cane Brownie Trifle

December 12, 2018

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Serves Serves 16 INGREDIENTS 1 9×13 inch pan of baked brownies 6 ounces (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips 3 tablespoons butter 1 and 1/4 cup half and half or cream 3/4 sugar 3 tablespoons light-coloured corn syrup 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract 2 cups whipping cream 1/4 cup powdered sugar 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract […]

Gluten Free Stained Glass Christmas Cookies

December 12, 2018

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Prep Time:  20 minutes Cook Time:  14 minutes Total Time:  34 minutes Total Carbs:  39 g Protein:  2 g Servings:  24 cookies INGREDIENTS 1.5 sticks dairy free margarine, or butter , 175g 1 cup sugar , 200g 2 large eggs 3.5 cups all purpose gluten free flour blend , 450g 1 tsp xanthan gum , […]

Christmas Ornament Cupcakes

December 12, 2018

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Makes: 24 CUPCAKES PREP TIME:  1 hr 30 min TOTAL TIME:  02 hrs 20 min   INGREDIENTS CUPCAKES 1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package white cake mix 1 cup Land O Lakes® Half & Half 1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted 4 large Land O Lakes® Eggs 2 tablespoons red, green and/or white decorator sprinkles […]

Melted Snowman Oreo Balls

December 12, 2018

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INGREDIENTS 1 (8 oz.) pkg. ]ream cheese softened 36 OREO Cookies (regular size), finely crushed 16 oz . vanilla candy coating , melted (like Candiquick or almond bark) 48 Mini OREO Bite Size Cookies decorations: decorating icing or gel; multi-coloured sprinkles INSTRUCTIONS Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until well blended. I like to crush […]

Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Truffles

December 12, 2018

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Eggless Sugar Cookies INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 c. unsalted butter 1/2 c. granulated sugar 1 tbsp. sour cream 1 tsp. vanilla extract DIRECTIONS In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the […]

Red Velvet Cupcakes

December 12, 2018

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PREP TIME:     1 hour 0 mins TOTAL TIME:  2 hours 0 mins INGREDIENTS 2 c. all-purpose flour 1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar 1 tbsp. liquid red food colour 2 tsp. white vinegar 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract […]

Christmas Ornament Cupcakes

December 12, 2018

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INGREDIENTS CUPCAKES 1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package white cake mix 1 cup Land O Lakes® Half & Half 1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted 4 large Land O Lakes® Eggs 2 tablespoons red, green and/or white decorator sprinkles FROSTING 5 cups powdered sugar 1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened 2 teaspoons vanilla 5 […]

10 recruitment trends for 2018

August 7, 2018

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Recruitment fuelled by data science and digital technology, VR that enhances a jobseeker’s profile and upskilling as a benefit are three of the top recruitment trends to watch out for in 2018, says recruiting experts Hays. The managing director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand, Nick Deligiannis, said that technology is changing historic norms […]

Finance approvals for investor housing moderating

August 7, 2018

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The Real Estate Institute of Australia says finance approvals for investor housing are moderating, which could threaten economic growth through reduced construction activity if left unchecked. Finance approvals for investor housing Australia-wide have been slightly declining, an indicator that finance approvals for investor housing are moderating. President of the Real Estate Institute of Australia, Malcom Gunning, […]

4 rules to generate more referral business

May 29, 2018

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With the popularity of websites such as Zomato, TripAdvisor and Product Review there’s no doubt that consumers these days are taking a lot of stock in other people’s opinions and recommendations. Quick stats: Research shows 90% of consumers search for reviews before using a product or service. Word-of-mouth is the most trusted form of marketing, trusted […]

7 thrifty mistakes that could spell bad news for landlords

May 29, 2018

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No one likes to spend any more than they have to, but you always get exactly what you pay for. An insurance comparison expert has said that investors looking to cut corners financially could set themselves up for financial ruin in the future. Abigail Koch, spokesperson at Compare The Market, said that investors need to […]