Thursday, 11 June 2015

Prettify Your Presentation with Pack Queen, A Sweet Little Truffle Recipe and A Giveaway #SLHFeaturedThursdays


*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Pack Queen.

This role of Mothering is so often about making and baking and that's a truth whether you're a stay at home Mum or a working one. You will be regularly roped into the whole 'kitchen creations' thing either willingly or kicking and screaming against your will. (And I have met plenty of Mums from both sides of the kitchen bench so to speak.)

Kids can cost an absolute fortune if you spend regularly on lunchbox treats so I tend to avoid doing that as much as I can by being a bit of a baking queen at home. It's hit and miss for sure where the kids are concerned but luckily for me personally, it's usually fun too, so I persist...

Bah! What choice do I have really?!

Whatever side of the proverbial bench you find yourself on, it's fairly safe to say, you will bake either by choice or necessity as a Mum, especially once you start out in the wider-world of children's parties, playgroups, kinder, school fetes and other similar groups where community spirit and fundraising unite solidly with your children's activities.


It's in these instances, when you find you will need to pop on your communal apron and get on-board with the baking brigade to produce some pretty and tasty treats for the never-ending barrage of fundraisers, Christmas presents for teachers, thank you gifts for school helpers, the kids' friends and so on...

For around twenty years or so!

Oh boy, I almost don't need to tell you that it's quite competitive too! Those quaint cake stalls we all know and love are, behind the scenes, awash with snooping home-bakers who are eyeing the competitors' creations closely and the comparison stakes can be high.

How will your own baking and presentation skills measure up under all this public pressure and scrutiny?

Yes, how will YOU measure up?

Whatever your skill level, we're all capable of baking something sweet to gift or sell for such occasions. Here's a pretty little truffle recipe to try that makes a perfect gift or event treat. It's so easy to make, the kids can do it for you. (An added bonus if you will. :D)


Apricot Truffles

1 cup of plain sweet biscuits crushed
1 cup of rice puffs
Half a cup of desiccated coconut
1 tin of condensed milk
1/4 of a cup of warmed apricot jam
350gm of melted white chocolate
1/2 a cup each of coloured sprinkles and coconut for coating.

To Make:

Place the crushed biscuit crumbs, coconut and rice puffs in a large mixing bowl.

Make a well in the centre and pour in both the condensed milk and jam, stirring gently with a wooden spoon until the mixture is well combined and comes together.

Roll tablespoon sized serves of the mixture into balls and place on a plate lined with baking paper.

Melt white chocolate according to instructions. (In a microwave this is usually in 1 minute increments at 50% power. Constantly stir and check to avoid over-heating.)

Coat each ball in chocolate and then finish off with a sprinkle of either the coconut or sprinkles.

Allow the truffles to set at room temperature.

Recipe makes approx. 15 plus truffles and takes around 20 minutes to prepare.


Which brings us to the presentation part.

Presentation of your baking treasures can be a little trickier than the making part. That's when you've really got to put your creative thinking cap on. You can spend literally hours on Pinterest hunting down suitable ideas (and let's face it, who can be bothered?) or you can pop on over to Pack Queen for some simple and easy to assemble boxes to finish your projects off with that coveted polished and uniform look bakers (and crafters) crave.

How cute are these little mini noodle boxes which are ideal for presenting small gifts or even party favours?

 
 
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52 comments:

  1. I'd use the little packs instead of lolly bags, for my daughter's forthcoming birthday party! (Effie Bakkalis)

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  2. I would love to use these for homemade Christmas treats - knowing my abilities in the kitchen - I better start now - Cheers Rebecca

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  3. I think we should always get the kids involved if the baking is for them, especially because if it doesn't work out we can blame it on them ;)

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  4. With Father's Day is coming up and the pre-schoolers I teach enjoy making baked goodies as gifts for their Dads.Little packs would make the presentation so much more appealing.

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  5. Sour Cream Chocolate Muffins with Nutella Frosting and topped with Maltesers. The hardest part will be not eating all the mixture while I'm making them!

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  6. my 8yr old daughter is really into baking by herself at the moment, nothing better than encouraging them to get into the kitchen and learn how to make good food.

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  7. They make them look great - perfect for those homemade xmas gifts (or even lolly bags at parties)

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  9. There's always leftover cupcakes and sweet treats at our parties...these would be perfect for little 'doggy bags' for the party guests! Jenny Newstead

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  10. I would love to package little truffles like this! Actually - this would be a cute idea for my sister's birthday which is coming up!

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  11. Oh those boxes are just so gorgeous! I love the bright pink one! The apricot truffles sound amazing!!

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  12. I'd be well prepared at Christmas when baking up a royal storm, making rumballs, apricot balls and Christmas cookies.

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  13. You definitely get a 10 for presentation. Yum!

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  14. Tracey Ralph: presentation is everything! These adorable boxes would take it a whole new level!

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  15. With a husband who comes from a family of 16 siblings (!!!!!) we often try to make gifts as much as possible. These would really fancy up the deal. :)

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  16. These gorgeous boxes would be wonderful for my two girls birthdays as take home gifts, each child could decorate their own unique cupcake and take it home to enjoy.

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  17. These would be awesome for gift making- I'm a massive fan of home cooked gifts and we have a bunch of birthdays coming up! (Amy Ahearn)

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  18. I'm always giving away my baking but it's let down by a random paper plate or plastic takeaway container. I should fix that! (Lucy Leland)

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  19. I would make little cupcakes for all the ladies to take home at my bests baby shower!

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  20. I would make some chocolate brownies for my neighbour, she recently lost her husband and never had sweets around when he was alive. Now she can't get enough.

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  21. How good do they look all packaged up? Definitely pleasing. I don't bake nearly enough. I often get the guilts about it actually. One of these days, I'm going to get enough time. Right?

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  22. When my grandchildren come to visit we like to get into the kitchen and cook up a storm! The especially love helping me make afternoon tea goodies for the residents in my retirement village, and these would be so handy

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  23. I would love to bake some little chocolate and rumballs. Giving them to friends as pressies. What a great idea.

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  24. Oh these are wonderful. Definitely gifts for my clients!!

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  25. My kids love to show of their baking skills to friends, so these would be great to make the presentation a bit more special. Diana

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  26. My kids love to show of their baking skills to friends, so these would be great to make the presentation a bit more special. Diana

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  28. I would love to make some delicious chocolate brownies to share with family and friends. Christine A. (I am learning how to leave comments).

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  29. These would be perfect for party bags

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  30. My daughter and I love organising and every year we love getting ready for her birthday party, even if she is only having 2 or 3 friends over. I would get her to look at all e goodies available and pick some aweome things for her birthday party soon. Kim maree maxwell

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  31. Our fete is coming up. These boxes would give my sugary treats the Zumbo effect - Ingrid Robertson

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  32. These would absolutely be for our end of year preschool, dancing, soccer, and school teacher presents! With FIFTEEN gifts to produce for the wonderful people who nurture and develop my kids through the year, I like to get my bake on and give gooey brownie, delectable cupcakes, or possibly, now that I've seen how pretty yours look, truffles! These gift bags and boxes from the Pack Queen would put the finishing touches on my gifts (eliseellabban@hotmail.com)

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  33. I'd actually give these to my BFF who bakes cakes from home (you can check out her work at Barbara's Cakes ob FB). She works from home as she has two young children, and she is very very talented. She doesn't make much profit for all the effort and time she puts into things, so this would be a great help for her. Thanks for the opportunity. Michelle Vamvas

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  34. I'd make my work team,
    Butterfly Cupcakes with cream!
    It's coming up to busy time,
    So the boost will suit them fine.

    Laura Scriven

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  35. these would be great for the kids fathers day stall - i would make chocolate truffles <3

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  36. I'm a little bit obsessed with cup cakes at the moment, so I would definitely make lots and lots of them with this pack.

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  37. I've been thinking about doing a Home Made Christmas for a while now, but I was hesitating as I didn't want it to look too lame or cheap. This packaging is my perfect motivator. Jenny Watson.

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  38. Christmas gifts for family and friends

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  39. How cute! Thanks for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays x

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  40. These would be perfect when I bake for school fundraisers, it would set everything I make off to perfection.

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  41. I just spied your recipe for Apple, Date and Walnut Cake, and I think that this I shall bake, as I believe it would be perfect for afternoon tea at the office.

    Elizabeth Davey

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  42. In the coming months I have both my girls bdays coming up, they love taking in birthday treats to school to share with their friends. Love them.

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  43. Sorry forgot to add name Kristina

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  45. (Joselle Griffin) forgot to add!

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  46. These would be perfect for my sons upcoming birthday

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