Thursday, 31 October 2013

LEGO HEAD HALLOWEEN COSTUME

Ever since I have been a little girl dress up parties always gets me very excited. There is just something sooo exciting and happy about a dress up party. And I get to let out some creativity in the process. I need at least a week to plan and get my outfit ready. One of my all-time favorite outfits was when I made these 2 Lego heads a few years ago for a Halloween party.



I started by molding the top and bottom of the heads over plastic containers by using paper mache. Once  I finished this process (that took a week of layering every morning and evening) I added the stud on top of 1 of the halves of a head and covered it in a layer of paper mache.



I also cut a hole in the bottom half of the head big enough to fit my head through. The two halves where then attached to each other with a piece of cardboard and also covered it in a layer of paper mache so that the surface would smooth and that you would not be able to see joint between the top half, the cardboard and the bottom half . We googled all the dimensions of a Lego head in order to get the ratios to be precise for the heads to look as authentic as possible.  Find this image here: http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/Minifigure


We then spray painted it yellow, which didn't work as the yellow spray paint wouldn't cover the script on the newspaper. We then sprayed them white and retried the yellow… and tada!!




 We drew the detailing with permanent marker and stuck a piece of fabric on the inside for the mouth and eyes that we could still see through it.


What a night it was!! Although we were surprised by the amount of people who didn't realize we were Lego… Packman? Spondge bob? Really? Really? 

Definitely worth all the effort! Happy Halloween everyone!!


Sunday, 20 October 2013

JALAPENO POPPERS ON THE BRAAI

I have a great love for camping. It all started in my first year of varsity when a group of my friends always went camping in Tietiesbaai on the Westcoast. In the beginning we were poor students that really roughed it. I remember hiding half underneath the car just to get some shade.. sigh… the glory days.

8 years later it’s a different story. Before we use to cram as many people into 1 vehicle as possible, now everyone takes their own car and camping has taken on a life of it’s own. So many gadgets and tools…

In the beginning food was also more of a luxury than a necessity. Lately we are trying new recipes  and really having fun with new and old dishes. Braaing, Bacon and Chili Poppers... these are a few of my favorite things, so why not combine the 3? This is how:

What you will need:

Jalapeno Chilies
Streaky Bacon
Cheddar Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese
Cream Cheese
(The amount varies depending on how any Poppers you would like to make.)

Firstly you cut the Chilies and clean out all of the pips and rinse them under some water. Then you grate the Mozzarella and the Cheddar and mix it in the Cream cheese. Stuff the chili with as much cheese as possible.

Wrap the chili in Bacon, making sure that the bacon covers anywhere cheese could escape from when it's on the grill.

Place it on the grill and braai the poppers until the bacon is crispy and the cheese is melted. 

Besides the fact that we didn't have nearly enough milk to stop the burning, They turned out perfect!! I will definitely be making these again!