Friday, December 30, 2011

What are you doing New Years Eve?


Zooey Descahnel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Spanakopita Snacks! Spinach never tasted so good!

Spanakopita Cups

These are a variation of the traditional Spanakopita Triangles. I had intended on taking them to my MIL's for Boxing Day but there was so much food left over from Christmas that they were never made. I was also going to make them in mini muffin pans but as we had them for dinner I made them in the Texas muffin pans. They are delicious with a dab of plum sauce!


1 x Small onion chopped
1 x Pack frozen spinach (if using fresh then you'll need 2 bunches)
1 x Pack feta cheese (crumbled)
1 x Cup cottage cheese
1 x Egg
50g Butter melted
8 Sheets Filo Pastry


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius
2. Thaw the spinach (in a saucepan or the microwave) and drain as much water out as possible. If using fresh - cut all the white stalk off and shred the spinach. Saute in a pan until quite wilted.
* At this point you can choose to saute your onion to soften it or leave it raw. I leave it raw as it cooks a little in the oven later and has a great little crunch.
3. Combine the spinach, feta cheese, cottage cheese, onion and egg.
4. Lay out 4 of the filo pastry sheets. Using a pastry brush, brush each layer with butter and stack on top of each other. Cut into 4 equal parts.
5. Brush a little butter inside each of the muffin wells of the pan.
6. Place each section of stacked filo into each of the wells. Gently pushing in so there isn't too much overhang outside of the well.
7. Repeat step 4-6 with the other 4 filo sheets and muffin pan.
8. Spoon the spinach mix into the filo cups.
9. Bake in the oven for 20-25 mins.
10. When cooked, let sit in the muffin pan for a minute or two, then gently lift out and place on a plate for immediate devouring! Alternatively set on a cooling rack before packing into a container to take on that picnic or to your friends house!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Starry Starry Night ... Starry White Christmas

Starry White Christmas


500g White Chocolate
1/3 cup Pistachios
1/3 cup Glace Cherries
150g Mini Marshmallows
1/4 Shredded Coconut


1. In a heatproof bowl melt the chocolate over a saucepan of simmering water. Do not let the bowl sit in the water. Use a metal spoon as a wooden spoon may have too much moisture in it.
2. Roughly chop the Pistachio's. 
3. Cut the Glace Cherries in half.
4. Mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
5. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
6. Pour the chocolate mix into the tray and press with the back of a spoon.
7. Refrigerate for a few hours
8. When chilled cut into shapes with a star cookie cutter.

Christmas Chocolate Bark - Cranberry and Pistachio

Cranberry and Pistachio Chocolate Bark


500g Milk or Dark Chocolate
300g White Chocolate
1/2 cup  Pistachios
1/2 cup Dried Cranberries (Craisins)


1. In separate heat proof bowls melt the milk and white chocolates over simmering water. Do not let the bowls touch the water, use a metal spoon to stir the chocolate (wooden spoons may contain moisture)
2. Roughly chop the Cranberries and Pistachios.
3. Line a baking tray with baking paper or foil.
4. Spread the milk chocolate over the tray. Drizzle the white chocolate over the milk chocolate in parts and around the edges.
5. Using a knife or skewer drag the chocolates into each other to create a marble effect.
6. Sprinkle the Cranberries and Pistachio's over the chocolate and lightly press.
7. Refrigerate for at least 1 1/12 hours. Cut or break into thin strips to eat!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Soft Tree Softies ... Intres ... Moments

O ... M ... G. These beautiful trees were found as I searched google for Christmas Trees.

Maria is a Spanish artist who creates these magic works of art and she has an etsy store here.

Her working name 'Intres' means moments in Spanish. If you think the Trees are gorgeous, wait till you see the houses and towers and people and critters!



These are so beautiful ...

Monday, November 28, 2011

DIY Ribbon Bow Tutorial ...

I found this on Pinterest and had to share.

The images below belong to Stitched By Janay. Her blog with the original tutorial is here.

Janay remembered an awesome tutorial she had found via Pinterest

It utilizes a fork to tie a tiny bow (for wedding invitations and the like). 

Janay was using wider ribbon and needed a bigger bow, so she went hunting for something larger with four prongs, and found her potato masher. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tutorial: Christmas Feather Wreath

Christmas Feather Wreath

  •  Small embroidery hoop 
  • Cream grosgrain ribbon
  •  Satin ribbon 25cm – 50cm wide 
  • Pearl buttons 
  • Cream Turkey Feathers 
  • Hot-glue gun and hot  glue sticks

1.     Wrap the embroidery hoop with the grosgrain ribbon leaving a tail at the top to form a loop to hang the wreath.

2.     Using the hot glue attach the feathers to the ribbon wrapped hoop

3.     Cut the ribbon into strips and using a running stitch gather them into small flower shapes


4.    Hot-glue the flower shapes to the feathers and attach the pearl the middle of the flowers

Monday, November 21, 2011

Calling Owl Lovers everywhere ...

Owl Lover 2012 Calendar
Click Here to Download your own Owl Lover Calendar 2012

Shivani is the author of the blog My Owl Barn.

Owl Lover 2012 calendar project is the encore of our last year's "Owl Lover" calendar project - a collaborative project between My Owl Barn and 30 international artists.

Again, "My Owl Barn", and this time 45 artists (likes of Suzy Ultman, Jo James, Juliette Crane and Night Owl Paper Goods) from all over the world are proud to present you our "Owl Lover 2012 calendar".

Like before, you can select the images you love the most and create your own free calendar or you can simply download the pre-made version.


Monday, November 14, 2011

TUTORIAL: Recycled Paper Christmas Tree Decoration

Hi! Welcome to the beginning of "Christmas with Kitty Boo Boo". I love a handmade Christmas with all the making and creating and I love sharing the joy of making and creating too. From  now through to Christmas I will be sharing some of my Christmas decoration ideas. I hope you find something you like to make and I'd love to hear your feedback and see your versions! Please feel free to link back to my blog!

Note: All instructions and photographs are my own and copyrighted. If you choose to use them please credit them back to me. Thanks

Recycled Christmas Trees with Glitter


* Small magazine or book
* Gold Spray Paint
* Glitter
* Scissors
    1.    Fold the spine of the magazine so that it is broken

    2.    Fold the pages of the magazine in towards the spine one at a time. Then fold them all in again so the fold is smaller.


     3.    Use scissors to cut the irregular shape from the bottom of the pages. You could leave this attached but if the paper of the magazine is soft or thin the tree will be unstable
    4.    Spray the small tree with the gold paint and dust with glitter

     Now you have a gorgeous table centerpiece.
    Other ideas:

    Spray with adhesive glue (so you can still see the text) and then sprinkle with glitter

    Friday, November 4, 2011

    Halloween at the House of Boo

    I choose to recognise Halloween today. (31 Oct 2011)
    I know that it is an American tradition.
    I know that I am not American.
    I know that it is the wrong season for my hemisphere.
    I choose to relish my kids having fun dressing up. 
    I choose to treat my neighbourhood's kids if they go to the trouble to dress up because their little faces are so happy to get a measly piece of chocolate. 
    I choose it because I love an excuse to dress up and have FUN.
    Traditionally the feast or holiday of Halloween (a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve, is a yearly holiday observed on October 31, the night before All Saints' Day. Much like Day of the Dead celebrations, the Christian feast of All Hallows' Eve, according to some scholars, incorporates traditions from pagan harvest festivals and festivals honouring the dead, particularly the Celtic Samhain; other scholars maintain that the feast originated entirely independently of Samhain.



    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    Kitty Boo Boo at Street Candy's Twisted Candy at the Basement

    Sadly I was unable to attend this event but judging by the blog post and gallery photos it was a night to remember!

    Please drop over to Street Candy and check out all the info on the first event Street Candy have hosted - Twisted Candy at The Basement.

    Kitty Boo Boo had the pleasure of being one of the fashion highlights along with Emetic, Dead End Dames, Beserk Clothing,and Scarlette Menagerie.

    Friday, September 23, 2011

    Turning Kids Art into Mini Quilts!

    Pirate Sam and I decided we needed to make something fun and different. Sam has had a unit at Prep based around Pirates so he has been drawing maps like crazy. Pirate Island, Treasure Smeasure, Feather Island and Skull Island to name a few.

    I am not the world's best quilter, I don't seem to have that certain amount of patience that is required. But mini quilts, they are my thing!

    So Sam and I decided to turn a Treasure map into a mini quilt that he can use and we can wash if it gets dirty. (He gets a bit sad when paper tears)

    To start we needed a Treasure Map. Once you have a map you can work out what you need to create it's 3D counterpart.

    You'll need:
    1 x piece of fabric for your island
    1 x piece of fabric for your front
    1 x piece of fabric for the back
    1 x piece of wadding ( I chose a piece of Thermolan as it will wash well)
    1 x embroidery hoop (not really needed but helps keep stitches regular)
    embroidery thread
    transfer pen or pencil for fabric (mine is air soluble)
    tracing paper if you like
    ribbon for tying map scroll together
    sewing machine
    iron or press

    1. Trace your image onto your island fabric

    2. Embroider the line work using simple stitches like back stitch or chain stitch. Try not to change any part of the kids work. The imperfections bring the charm!

    3. Press the island piece using an iron and then cut out the island. Pin it to your front piece.

    4. Applique the island to the front piece using a zig zag stitch

    5. We'll be stitching our quilting stitches in a grid to represent the longitude and latitude lines of a map. Pin the front piece to the wadding and stitch evenly spaced lines in one direction, either vertical or horizontal.

     6. Pin this piece to the backing piece and then stitch the lines in the opposite direction to the lines you just stitched. Completing the grid effect on the front but leaving only one direction of lines on the back.

     7. Now use quilt binding around the edge to border the quilt. Whilst binding the quilt attach the ribbon at one side so the map can be tied like a scroll.