A jolly good idea

These past few years have caused many to become resourceful with gift ideas. Irritations like fuel hikes, recessions and costs of necessities, have rocketed into unknown space and require us to approach birthdays with an extra creativity. Many blogs are now filled with DIY ideas, one of which is “Gift Jars”.

So whether you are creative or not, the free printable labels, soap recipes and baking kits advised to us can make even the left-brainer among us appear to be brilliantly inventive when it comes to making a gift for their friend. I love making gifts like these…something personal, something unique and creative….something that shows an extra effort and care.

More and more I receive orders for gift jars filled with yummy cookies….for dad, for mom, for the cousin about to have a baby. And even when I’m in doubt of what to gift a friend when it’s nearing month end…I can always bake up a storm and present them with a gift of tasty decorated biscuits.

Over the next few months I’ll be showing you the biscuits that have filled recent jars….bright ones, pastel ones, girly ones….

I love this gift and I love packaging and preparing them…and seeing the look on the face of the lucky recipient.


ice-creams for winter

I’m loving the collection of cookie cutters I am starting to build up in my baking cupboard. These ice-cream cones are among my favourite. I also started adding some sprinkles to the ones I made after I took this photograph. I just love that even when its freezing cold and wintery, we can still enjoy this “summery” looking biscuit. My husband even commented that the cone tasted like real cones…haha!

These cookies would be especially fun for a kids party or even a summery colourful wedding favour. Image

Biscuits for a celebration.

I recently learnt how to ice biscuits beautifully by doing 
a class taught by the talented Roxanne Floquet. Her biscuits 
are beautiful to say the least, they are her art, delicate, 
intricate and exciting. I am nowhere near her level of skill, 
these biscuits take a lot of time and practice to get them 
to the level of perfection that she can achieve. 

Now that I know how to ice these biscuits, I take great joy 
in presenting them to friends as gifts in a classic Consol
jar, laced with ribbon and a label. They are loved and also
super tasty.

These biscuits in the photographs were made with lots of love
for my friend, Inez, who recently got married. 

If you are interested in ordering some fun cookies for your 
next event or even just for your home, dont hesitate to 
contact me, my husband will love to eat the leftovers ;) 
He has dubbed them "the best zoo biscuits ever". 

The pretty photo under the heading is from the wedding, 
taken by my talented husband, Sean Kelland.

Market day

2 weeks ago I was asked to partake in a small market that a friend was organising. She had seen my blog and envisioned a small tea garden with a few sweet treats that would draw people to the market and create an environment that all ladies would love…cake, coffee, tea and more cake 🙂 So after much planning, late nights of baking (which I loved) and a few too many dirty dishes the market day arrived. With my mom beside me for help and moral support, we carefully packed the car with all our treats.

The drive to Kenilworth was filled with my mom’s lovely voice, sharing memories of her ouma and how she was a master baker. She shared stories of a house smelling of cakes, boxes and boxes of flowers made with icing. This great-Ouma of mine was the best baker in town and any wedding demanded her baking attention if they wanted the best cake. So after the inspirational family history we eventually arrived at the venue, unpacked the cakes and began to sell them, piece by piece.

The vibe was lovely, people sat drinking wine and eating strawberry cake. The espresso streusel cake sold out first and many bags of fennel and lemon cookies were taken home for the hubbies. I loved every minute, serving my cakes, receiving compliments and encouragement. It feels good to do something you love.

Thank you to everyone who showed their faces and bought my cake. You have fed the dream and I look forward to seeing you all again with new cakes and inspiration.

Fennel & Lemon cookies

Fresh out the oven…Fennel & lemon cookies! so yummo. The fennel adds such a subtle but great flavor.  These cookies don’t last very long in our house. They are perfect with that hourly cup of tea…hmmm….good idea…I think it’s time for tea and cookies.

Thanks to my Sean for the photography skills.