Golden Gaytime Balls are SCRUMPTIOUS and even better they only require 3 ingredients for the win!
This recipe comes about both due to being addicted to Gaytimes (best ice-creams ever in my opinion) and after making a batch of honeycomb last week that needed to be used. Don’t sweat it though, no honeycomb needs to be made for this recipe, I tried it with store bought Crunchie bars and it’s just as good.
I was going to try this recipe with caramel top n fill or slow cooked sweetened condensed milk but I didn’t have either, but by all means you can experiment with those. I had a tub of Coles Caramel icing in the pantry and it worked beautifully and has the same caramel/toffee like flavour a Golden Gaytime does.
These are by no means healthy, they aren’t a bliss ball (although they bring me ALL the bliss) so best for desserts and parties and perhaps not the school lunch box lol.
Ingredients – 1 packet of Milk Arrowroot Biscuits
1 tub of Coles Caramel Icing (sold in the baking aisle)
1 small fun size Crunchie bar
2 tablespoons of water
In a food processor blitz 2 milk arrowroots and the crunchie bar together and then set aside on a plate.
Blitz the remaining biscuits until there are no large chunks. Heat the icing either in the tub or transfer to a heat proof bowl and microwave for 45 seconds.
Stir and pour into the food processor and blitz with the biscuits. You may need to scrape down the sides, and if the mixture isn’t wet enough add the water (mine required 2 tablespoons) and blitz until well combined.
Roll into balls and then into the biscuit and honeycomb mixture and place in an airtight container.
They are as simple as that. I found they were even better the next day as the biscuit crumb softened much like a traditional Gaytime.
Our School station is a hero in our house, so much so, I can’t even begin to imagine life without it now.
If you have a little one starting school or day care this year, or you have older children and would like to create a space to help keep everything neat and organised, I highly recommend trying one out.
School Stations – We implemented ours early last year, and it has been the best thing I have ever done for organising our mornings and afternoons. It is basically just a space where everything can be stored, and it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to create.
It can house school, lunch, and library bags, notes and hats etc. There is no right or wrong way to create one, so you can store whatever your heart desires.
I don’t have a family board where I add all our activities and important dates too, as I store all these details in my planner, but they are an organisation asset, ok, more like a god send to a school station.
There are loads of clever ideas on Pinterest if you are needing a little inspiration, you can even buy them pre-made online, but I found them to be quite expensive, so here’s how I created ours.
I purchased a white hall table for only $30 from Kmart, and although it’s not fancy, it gets the job done. It’s also nice and compact which is great if you don’t have a heap of space. Ours lives in a hallway by our back door which works well as it’s close to our kitchen, and doesn’t take up too much space.
We store shoes down the bottom, and bags and lunch packs on the bottom shelf. This has helped alleviate the constant drop and run, and I’m so pleased, as I can’t tell you how much I loathed dumped lunch boxes and backpacks all over the house.
On the table top we store –
A tin and a small metal basket for each child.
Excursion money jar.
A caddy for notes
If notes, permission slips and excursion forms come home, I sign them, add the money and pop them in their baskets. I also add their reusable pouches of snacks to these baskets too. It helps lure them to the basket and ensures the notes are spotted and returned to school.
I also have a money jar we use as an excursion jar. Any spare change I have goes in this jar. I’m infamous for always using card and never really have cash on me, so I make the effort to place it here as it’s so handy for excursions.
Our school station has evolved over time, and I think it’s a good idea to play around and decide over time what works well for you and your family. This was ours last year.
We also had this caddy for notes screwed to the side of the table, and you could add one to the wall above. You could also add a small rack above to hang school hats or library bags. Floating shelves above to create more storage would also look great.
Most importantly, have fun. This is suppose to make your life easier, so don’t be too concerned if it doesn’t look Pinterest worthy, if it helps keep your family organised then that’s the main thing.
‘Do it yourself’ or as my Husband calls it “Done In Yard”, because that is where you will find me on weekends transforming things ha ha ha.
I thought I would take this opportunity to share a little about how my love for DIY came about.
From a very young age I have always loved craft and making things pretty, and I was that weird child who would spend hours in my bedroom organising and colour coding my things and making sure everything was neat and had a place.
At least every second weekend my parents would take us to local garage sales and I grew up with many of my things being bought at op shops and I loved it. This taught me to appreciate everything I had and to learn that one persons trash really was another’s treasure. Although we lived in quite an affluent suburb, they saved money by buying second hand and we lived a very humble and recycle friendly lifestyle. If I was bought a brand new pair of sneakers, I treasured them and looked after them because most of my clothing was always second hand.
Being the Daughter of a mechanic, as a tot I loved to sit and watch cars and motor bikes being repaired, pass the tools, and loved nothing more than to see something old and broken be restored and given a new lease on life.
I moved out of home as soon as I finished high school and secured my first full-time job, and at 18 I had champagne taste on beer wages. I was earning good money but it wasn’t enough to furnish an apartment. I spent good money where I needed to, on a quality brand new couch and fridge etc, but went back to my roots and sourced many items from op shops and garage sales. I would find things and paint them, learnt though much trial and error how to spray paint correctly, and even better, how to make many items suit my home and on a budget. I was happy and surrounded by things I had transformed myself.
Fast forward to me at 32, a wife and mother to two little treasures and I am still exactly the same. Although we have many beautiful and expensive pieces in our home, I am no stranger to Diy and the thrill of a good bargain. I still love to visit op shops and garage sales and have found so many wonderful things I have transformed with a little elbow grease and a lot of love. Over the years I have also found many bargains on Ebay, Gumtree and my local Buy swap and sell pages on Facebook. They are hidden treasure troves and well worth a look.
I think as a society we have become very comfortable with throwing things away and if something is broken or we don’t think we can use an item in any other way than the intended use, we must toss it and this is sad. I am in no way saying we should all become hoarders, but to instead, think carefully before making purchases and to recycle or restore when we can, rather than calling for a council pick up.
Our parents and grandparents generations would always treasure their items and try and repair them, and I think it’s important to teach our children that our possessions are important and should be looked after, but this is just my humble opinion.
Here are a few ways in which I recommend giving your items a change before you consider throwing them
Chalk Paint –
For furniture, I understand we often want to change our look or theme throughout our homes, but big pieces are very expensive so changing the colour is a far cheaper option. If you have timber or laminate furniture, a good option is chalk paint. Most independent paints stores stock Annie Sloan or Porters chalk paint and this is a brilliant way to makeover your furniture. There are many tutorials on Youtube and there are even Facebook pages that have a ton of before and after pics and provide tips and tricks and inspiration.
This transformation was done by Lauren Hardy using chalk paint and she has a wonderful Facebook page Revamped where she shares her amazing work. This hall table is absolutely stunning and it’s come up like new. Thank you Lauren for kindly allowing me to share your images.
Spray Paint –
This would have to be my favourite way to quickly transform items to any colour and in little time. Quite often I find things in Kmart and op shops and after a quick clean and a spray, they come up like new and there are a variety of colours to choose from so you can customize things to suit your home. My preferred spray is Rust-Oleum as it has an inbuilt primer, gives great coverage and in my opinion is the best quality on the market.
Here are a few items I have sprayed over the past few months. You can also find lots of before and after pics, tips and tricks and a video on my Facebook page.
Paint – Another way to freshen up items is by painting them. This is the best way to change the colour of wooden items and I personally find painting so therapeutic. The blue book rack pictured below in the bottom left was a spice rack I picked up for only a few dollars from my local Op-shop, and after a coat of paint it now holds books in my childrens playroom. I head to Bunnings Warehouse and buy the $6.95 sample pots and have quite a few colours on hand ready to give things a make-over.
So next time you see something you fancy but perhaps you aren’t fond of the colour, consider giving it a spray. If you have items around your house you no longer have use for of course sell them off or donate them to charity but also consider if it can be used effectively somewhere else in your home.
Christmas gifts four ways, using one $2 item from Kmart!
I have created four super easy DIY gifts that all cost under $2 each to make, and they have all been created using one item, this silicone Christmas ice-cube tray.
I have made Crayons, Old fashioned toffees, candle melts and chocolates, and each gift was made in 20 minutes or less.
DIY Crayons – I have seen DIY crayons a gazillion times on Pinterest and thought they would be perfect as little Christmas trees.
I removed the paper, broke up the crayons and placed one crayon per mould and baked them at 150c for ten minutes. I let them cool slightly, placed them in the freezer until firm and then popped them out of the mould.
I have placed them inside a Kmart gift card tin and they make the cutest and most practical little gift.
Toffees – I have made a batch of old fashioned toffees in the moulds and you can find my recipe here. So cheap and easy to make and they look great wrapped in cellophane and tied off with ribbon or twine.
Candle Melts – To create these I added 2 cups of water to a saucepan, added store bought candle/oil burner melts to a heatproof bowl and melted over medium heat.
I then poured the melts into the Christmas mould, let them set, popped them out and placed them in a cello bag with ribbon.
I melted white chocolate using a double boiler (in the microwave is fine) and let the chocolate set in the mould. I then added them to a cello bag with a gift tag for a quick and pretty gift.
Christmas is often a very expensive time of year so I hope one, or even all of these budget friendly homemade gifts come in handy for you this festive season.
We all have phones and tablets, and rely quite heavily on them for work and school which means they require frequent charging.
If you’re anything like me you despise cords as they look messy.
I searched high and low for a white charging station to keep everything neat an tidy but to no avail, so I decided to make my own.
I purchased these two bamboo trays from Kmart, you can find the small tray here and the medium here.
My Husband drilled two small holes (but wide enough to fit the charger cord through), into the back of the small tray, and one large hole in the back of the medium tray to feed multiple cords.
I then gave the trays a light sand and two coats of Rust-Oleum gloss white spray paint.
I added washi tape to the smaller one but you could add a chalk or vinyl label which would look great.
You could do this with any wooden box or crate you like.