White Chocolate Coconut Truffles

These are a lovely little treat I love to give as a gift. They’re simple to make but super delicious. I’m not generally a fan of white chocolate but love the combination of it with the coconut. You could however use milk or dark chocolate if that’s your preference.

You will need:
200g white chocolate
1/4 cup coconut cream
1/3 cup desicated coconut

  1. Place chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave. I put mine in for 60 seconds, give it a good stir, then pop it back in for another 60 seconds.
  2. Add coconut cream and mix well until combined.
  3. Stir in coconut.
  4. Refrigerate until firm.
  5. Roll into balls.
  6. Refrigerate again, just to harden them back up.

That’s it! Like I said they are very simple to make, the most time consuming part being waiting for the mixture to firm up. This usually takes about an hour but I have made the mix before bed and then rolled it into balls in the morning. You could also coat them in extra melted chocolate if you wanted to but that’s a bit too fiddly for my liking. If you give them a go I’d love to hear what you think!

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Father’s Day on a Budget

Father’s Day is coming up in Australia so this week I thought I would put together a list of budget friendly gift ideas. These are just little things that I think my husband or Dad would love to receive that don’t cost an absolute fortune.

Father's Day Gift Ideas 1An Awesome Mug – Coffee mugs are always a welcome gift in our house. We seem to go through quite a few of them. It may have something to do with the fact that I am incredibly clumsy and have a gift for breaking crockery. Maybe.

BBQ Tools – Father’s Day means Spring is here and as the weather warms up we will start to use the BBQ more again. A nice set of BBQ Tools (Kmart have some great ones) will set your Dad or partner up for the coming months (and maybe give you the night off from cooking dinner!).

A Gift Card – The trick with gift cards is to pick the right store for the recipient. Opa loves home improvement projects, so a Bunnings Gift Card always makes him happy. Similarly, if your Dad/partner is into games or cars, I’m sure he’d love one from EB Games or Autobarn.

Homemade Fudge – Fudge is a great treat that you can also personalise to cater to the preferences of whoever Father's Day Gift Ideas 2you are giving it to. My Dad loves Cherry Ripe chocolate bars, so I’ve been tweaking my recipe for Cherry Ripe fudge. I think I’ve just about perfected it (if you’d like the recipe let me know).

Breakfast in Bed – This is usually at the top of my Husband’s wish list for any special occasion. Who doesn’t love waking up to the smell of bacon being cooked just for them?

What are you gifting the Dad’s in your life this Father’s Day?

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Mother’s Day on a Budget

Mother’s Day is coming up in Australia so this week I thought I would put together a list of budget friendly gift ideas. These are just little things that I would love to receive that don’t cost an absolute fortune.

breakfast-1869599_640Coffee mug – I love a cute coffee mug, or tea cup, depending on what time of the day it is but my “Mum” mug from my son is my absolute favourite.  Kmart have some super cute ones this year. You could also include some of her favourite treats with it to make it extra special.

Chocolate – Lindt chocolates are my Mum’s favourite so my son likes to give her a box every year, and this year will be no different (sorry Mum if you’re reading this, but we both know you were expecting it anyway). It’s just a little something for him to show how much he loves her.

A Gift Voucher – I know some people think gift vouchers are impersonal, but to me a gift voucher to a shop I love but feel guilty spending money on myself at is a lovely gift idea. Two of my favourite places would have to be T2 and Lush.

slippers-795631_640Slippers – Winter is coming, so this is the perfect time to get Mum something to keep her tootsies snuggly and warm. My bunny slippers (a Mother’s Day gift from years gone by) are looking a little worse for wear so this is what I am hoping for this year (*hint hint* hubby if you’re reading this). I love these quirky ones from ASOS.

A break – Let’s be honest, as Mum’s this is what most of us are actually hoping for. A day (or even just a couple of hours) of peace to relax.

What are you hoping to receive for Mother’s Day this year?

 

5 Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

I know some people aren’t huge fans of Valentine’s Day, but I quite like it. A day dedicated to love filled with chocolate and hearts? Yes please! This is mine and my husband’s first Valentine’s Day as a married couple so I did buy him a little something, (I can’t tell you what though just in case he’s reading this, Hi baby!) but in the past we have had years I just couldn’t stretch the budget to include presents so I’ve had to be a little creative. I thought today I would share some of my favourite ideas.

  1. Cook their favourite meal. I think most people enjoy a good home cooked meal, but when you know someone has cooked something just for you I feel like that makes it that little bit more special. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just whatever you know they will enjoy. There’s a good chance we’ll be having lasagna this Valentine’s Day.
  2. A list of things you love about them. My son loves treasure hunts and hide and seek, so a few years ago I wrote little notes of things I love about him on brightly coloured post-it notes and hid them around our living room. He had an awesome time finding them all and loved reading all the wonderful things about himself. Afterwards I stapled them together to make a little book of love for him to keep.
  3. Bake them something. Who doesn’t love freshly baked cookies or muffins? That says love to me like nothing else. Similarly to cooking their favourite meal, bonus points if you make their  baked good of choice!
  4. A book of coupons. The key to this one is only making vouchers for things you can deliver on. There is no point in promising someone a 10 minute foot rub if you hate feet. You will only regret it later. Some better ideas might be an uninterrupted bath, a date night, an afternoon nap, or the last piece of cake. Whatever your significant other would appreciate that you are happy to bestow. If you haven’t had time to organise anything, even just an I.O.U or two for the other options on this list would be a great idea.
  5. Yourself, wrapped in a bow. Simple, yet effective 🙂

What’s the best Valentine’s Day gift you’ve ever received? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.