Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mango, Raspberry & Passionfruit Trifle

This yummy summer dessert will be sure to satisfy the family…

Preparation Time – 2
0 minutes

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 300g fresh or frozen raspberries, thawed in juice
  • 2 tbs icing sugar, sifted
  • 300g madeira cake, cut into 5cm squares 1cm thick
  • 150ml sweet sherry
  • 2 large mangoes, cheeks removed, flesh cut into 2cm cubes
  • 1 x 1kg ctn Dairy Farmers Thick Custard
  • 1 x 300ml ctn Dairy Farmers Thickened Cream
  • 2 passionfruit, halved, pulp removed
  • 120g fresh raspberries, extra, to serve 
  1. Place the raspberries and icing sugar in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Strain into a bowl through a fine sieve. Discard the seeds.
  2. Place the cake in the base of a serving bowl and drizzle with sherry. Spoon over the raspberry puree and top with half the mango. Pour the custard evenly over the mango.
  3. Use an electric beater to whisk the cream in a bowl until soft peaks form. Strain the passionfruit pulp into a bowl through a fine sieve. Discard seeds. Add passionfruit pulp to cream and gently fold until just combined. Spoon cream mixture over the custard. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 1 hour to chill.
  4. Top with the remaining mango and extra raspberries to serve.
Visit Taste for more fabulous summer recipes…

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Holiday Reading…

Treasure Yourself: Power Thoughts For My Generation by Miranda Kerr

In Treasure Yourself, international supermodel Miranda Kerr offers her own view on how her generation and those following can achieve greater health and happiness. Miranda believes that one of the most powerful tools to facilitate change is positive affirmation and she has collected over 100 affirmations from some of the world's most inspirational authors, including Louise L. Hay, Wayne W. Dyer, Deepak Chopra and many more.The book begins with a lovely parable that teaches that sometimes, challenges and struggles are exactly what we need in our lives; that we should not see every struggle and challenge as a negative because just as a caterpillar has to struggle out of its cocoon, it can then open its wings and fly… I wish to share my inspiration with you, so that you will treasure and believe in yourself, have faith in your abilities, accept who you are and uncover your own unique gifts. We all have wings, but it is up to each one of us to have the courage to fly. My hope is that these words and the affirmations included will help empower you to reach for your dreams even in difficult times. With action, anything in life is possible

Available from Borders

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Summer = Swimming!

Most of us are probably on Christmas holidays now, and it's the perfect time of the year to head to the beach. Seafolly has a great range of swimwear for all shapes and sizes to keep you looking good this summer… Head to the Seafolly website to view the collection online.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, December 27, 2010

Polka Dot Vase

These gorgeous vases from Sharnell Dollar Designs are just so sweet – perfect for a pretty garden reception! 

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!…

The Bride's Diary Team extends our very best wishes for the Festive Season, to all our members and clients. We truly hope you have a merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year celebration.

We have absolutely loved working on our website and publications throughout 2010. It has been great to keep in touch with our members through the bridal buzz message boards and to receive your fantastic feedback. The blogs have also been successful, and we have enjoyed keeping you up to date with all the latest in weddings, fashion, home, parenting, travel and lifestyle inspiration…

Thank you for the many wonderful compliments we have received for our fabulous 2011 editions of The Bride's Diary. We love them all too!

We look forward to a wonderful 2011, and can't wait to bring you more exciting new additions to our publications and online features!

Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in The Bride's Diary.

Once again, have a wonderful festive season.

Warm regards, The Bride's Diary Team

Friday, December 24, 2010

Only one more sleep!

Only one more sleep until Santa comes! Hopefully you are all ready to enjoy a wonderful day together with family and friends tomorrow…

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Last Minute Shopping

Westfield Parramatta will be open around the clock for 32 hours non-stop from 9.00am today until 5.30pm Christmas Eve, so if you haven't finished your Christmas shopping yet, don't despair – there is still time! Read on below for a few last minute gift ideas from Westfield Parramatta…

 For Her:

Bvlgari Sunglasses  | $500.00 | Sunglasses Hut

Nine West Handbag | $ 139.00 | Nine West 

Joico K-PAK Hair Miracle Pack | $49.95 | Price Attack

 For Him:

Leatherman Kick | $79.95 | Mister Mint

Havanna Cufflinks | $140.00 | Swarovski

Apple TV | $129.00 | Apple

Visit Westfield Parramatta

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

BD Christmas Party 2010

Well, we all had a great time yesterday at the annual BD Christmas party – tenpin bowling was a very fun activity indeed! Some of us excelled at bowling while others were not so athletically blessed, and there were a few rather unorthodox techniques on display, but we all had a great time and we shared plenty of laughs! We'd like to say a big thank you to the team at Highlands Tenpin, it was a great afternoon and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! 

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

We are all very excited in the office this morning as we have our annual BD Christmas party, and this year, the BD team will be trying their hand at ten-pin bowling! We have had such a busy year producing 6 fabulous editions of The Bride's Diary, so an afternoon of good food, good company and good laughs is just what we need!

Have a good day!… Anna

Monday, December 20, 2010

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden's Magical Day

We were so excited to see Nicole Richie and Joel Madden finally marry, and in true Nicole Richie style the wedding was the event of a lifetime! From a French-themed marquee reception to the elephant that welcomed her 155 guests to the black-tie event, the wedding was everything the happy couple had dreamed of. The beautiful bride wowed her guests with three different Marchesa creations, but the gown that stole the show was the Grace-Kelly inspired dress that featured a ball-gown skirt crafted from more than 100 yards of hand-draped silk organza and tulle petals.

For more details, visit Who 

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, December 16, 2010

RSPCA NSW adoption costs halved in the lead up to Christmas

RSPCA NSW Shelters state-wide have hit capacity and are desperate to find homes for the influx of animals in their care. From 16th – 19th December, the not-for-profit animal welfare organisation is cutting adoption fees in half in an attempt to rehome as many animals as possible before Christmas. 

“Every year, we experience the same thing,” said RSPCA NSW Animal Wellbeing Executive Manager Susan Hill. “We become inundated with thousands of extra animals during the warm summer months. This puts us in a terribly distressing situation whereby we end up euthanasing healthy animals because we’ve run out of space.” 

In hopes of finding loving homes for as many animals as possible during this particularly busy time, RSPCA NSW has launched their ‘4days4life’ initiative. For four days only, animals at RSPCA NSW Shelters or the RSPCA Care Centre at Rouse Hill will be available for half the normal adoption fee. 
This applies to animals who are at least 4 months of age or who have been in the RSPCA’s care for at least 4 months. 

“Animals are a long-term commitment and should be considered carefully,” said Ms Hill. “But if people are ready to adopt an animal, we hope this initiative will encourage their decision to come to the RSPCA before going anywhere else.” 

For more information, visit  

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, December 10, 2010

Chain Gang Swarovski Crystal Necklace

Chain Gang Swarovski crystal necklace | £617.02
It's that time of year again with office Christmas parties and end of year functions… Accessorise your favourite party dress with a gorgeous necklace such as this stunning creation by Erickson Beamon. I just love the layers of gold and gunmetal-tone metal chains! Erickson Beamon's Swarovski crystal-encrusted necklace is sure to transform every ensemble – layer this statement style over an LBD to stand out in the spotlight at your next do!

Available from Net-a-Porter

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Chocolate, Raisin & Hazelnut Pudding

Try this tasty twist on a traditional Christmas classic!…

  • 375g Sunbeam Raisins
  • 160g Sunbeam Sultanas
  • 90ml rum
  • 250g butter, softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup plain fl our
  • ½ cup self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 120g Sunbeam Dry Roasted Hazelnuts
  • 200g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 170ºC.
  2. Place raisins, sultanas and rum in a bowl and set to one side.
  3. Prepare 8 pudding basins – grease well and line base with baking paper circles.
  4. Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Sift flours, mixed spice and cinnamon.
  6. Add breadcrumbs, finely chopped hazelnuts, chocolate, buttermilk, rum soaked fruit and butter mixture and mix well to combine.
  7. Evenly divide mixture between prepared pudding basins. Place basins into the
  8. baking dish and pour in enough boiling water to ½ fill the baking dish, cover with foil. Steam bake for 1 hour. Remove foil and bake for a further 20 minutes. Serve cooked puddings in their basins with ice cream and a chocolate curl if desired.
Enjoy and have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas with Royal Doulton

Whether it's a treat for yourself or a gift for someone special, make a lasting impression this Christmas with Royal Doulton… Below is a selection from the Royal Doulton Christmas Collection – be sure to visit Royal Doulton to view the full range…

Santa Sugar and Cream
All the joy, excitement and fun of Christmas are crammed into this exuberant range of Christmas characterware from Royal Albert. It manifests a sense of tradition that is bound to be guaranteed a presence at many Christmases to come.

These Royal Doulton Glass Christmas Decorations are perfect for making your Christmas tree that extra bit special.

Father Christmas 2010
The Holiday Traditions Father Christmas makes a festive addition to any Holiday Ornament collection. Hand-painted and beautifully sculpted from fine china, it's the perfect reminder to stay off the 'naughty' list as Christmas Eve approaches!

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, December 3, 2010

All I want for Christmas…

I am making my Christmas wish list at the moment, and I simply had to add this stunning Mimco creation to it! The Pearly Princess Neck is a fresh and modern classic, featuring a long profile necklace that can be adjusted by the satin ribbon. Layers of elegant pearls and Czech glass beads create simple, everyday glamour and style…
Visit Mimco for more details.
Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Oh Joy!…

Paper divas Oh Joy have added a new collection – Nature Wedding – to their already fabulous range of wedding stationery. This stunning selection of Oh Joy Designs wedding stationery features a wealth of sweet and delicate designs to accent the captivating style of your upcoming nuptials. If you are looking for charming designs full of style and grace, Oh Joy Designs wedding stationery is sure to please! 

Visit Oh Joy!

Have a lovely day!… Anna