Personalised wedding presents are one of the most sentimental ways to gift your spouse for the big day.
Rather than shelling out hundreds of dollars for the same mass-produced item, why not get a little creative and personalise an existing product? There are hundreds of sellers on Etsy who are available to provide these types of services, and they also ship around the world!
Something every woman loves in her life is a good pair of heels. Why not take her wedding heels and have something personal scribed on the sole? This could be the form of a removable sticker, or something a little more permanent like getting it engraved.
Nothing beats a unique piece of jewellery, are we right? You could achieve ultimate brownie points by customised a standard silver bracelet with the latitude and longitude of your wedding location. You can have almost anything engraved by an Etsy seller, which is totally handmade!
Create your own wine label which will commemorate your wedding day, and taste super-sweet! You could also hand this out to guests as a gift to your wedding, which will have the date and occasion of your wedding.
Make your very own ideas into a reality by collaborating with a personalised artist on Etsy. This could be anything from a picture which represents the happy couple, the date you were hitched, or even a fun little quote.
Images via Jimmy Choo, Not On The High Street, Etsy
Basil Pesto is the tasty green condiment often found in Italian cuisine. You can make it into a delicious pasta sauce, drizzle over pizza, eat with cheese and crostini, or have it with eggs – pesto is versatile, healthy and delicious. Fortunately, it is also easy to make at home!
1/2 cup pine nuts
3-4 cloves garlic (I think the more, the merrier!)
3 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Put pine nuts, basil, garlic and parmesan into a food processor and blend on a slow speed. Gradually add the oil, while the ingredients are mixing. Blend well.
- Taste and add salt and pepper if preferred, and stir to ensure the taste is consistent.
- Transfer mixture into jars and refrigerate.
We all love to indulge in a little something sweet every now and then, especially if there’s a splash of lemonade involved! These yummy cocktails are perfect for a warm summer afternoon by the pool, and are easy to whip-up if you’re out of time. If vodka isn’t your drink of choice, add a splash of tequila instead!
1.5 cups of ice
1/2 punnet strawberries
180ml lemonade concentrate
- Place all the ingredients into a blender, and mix until everything has combined.
- Garnish with a cherry or extra strawberries, and serve immediately!
Image and Recipe via Budget Savvy Diva, Saylers
A serve of baked beans is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with good fiber, protein, iron and calcium. They are low GI, which means they slowly release carbohydrates, keeping you energized and full for longer, unlike artificial sugars. These baked beans are a great vegan breakfast treat, and are cheap to make in bulk so you’ll be able to feed the whole family! We recommend you eat with eggs and toast, seasoned with fresh coriander.
Splash of coconut oil (olive or vegetable oil is also fine)
1 small brown onion, peeled and diced
1 cup crushed or sieved tomatoes (from a tin/jar)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
¼ cup semi-dried tomatoes (or more cherry tomatoes)
14oz can Borlotti beans (or your favourite beans), drained and rinsed
1 tsp dried cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
½ tsp dried cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to season
Bread, toasted (to serve)
- Heat oil in a pan over medium heat
- Cook onions first, stirring until translucent.
- Add tomatoes and simmer for a few minutes
- Add beans, herbs and spices and continue to simmer for 10 more minutes.
- Taste and season with salt and freshly cracked pepper, if desired.
- Serve on toast or fresh crusty bread. Enjoy!
Image and recipe via vegansparkles.com
Fish fingers are incredible popular with children and an easy win at the dinner table. The problem with store-bought fish fingers is they are often high in sodium and can contain up to 25 ingredients. In this homemade recipe there are just six.
400g fish, cut into 2cm chunks or strips
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 cup milk
2 cups breadcrumbs
Olive oil spray
- Roll fish strips in flour.
- Mix egg and milk together and dip fish in it. Then roll fish in breadcrumbs.
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
- lay fish in lined baking tray and spray with oil.
- Cook for 15 minutes.
Recipe via The Healthy Mummy
Whether it’s made from red, white or even rosé it seems that everyone loves a little bit of sangria. Not only is this drink refreshing, but is filled with many tasty summer fruits which makes it seem good for you, right? Making your own sangria doesn’t have to be difficult – all you need is a punch bowl, some wine and add in your favourite fruits.
Red wine sangria recipe
2 (750ml) bottles of dry red wine (cabernet sauvignon or merlot are good options)
1 cup brandy
1/3 cup sugar
¼ cup orange liqueur
Handful of strawberries, hulled and halved
3 oranges, thinly sliced
3 limes, thinly sliced
4 cups fresh arugula
1 can (375ml) lemon-lime soda
- Combine the wine, brandy, sugar plus the orange liqueur into a large punch bowl.
- Keep stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved, then add the arugula. Arugula is purely optional, so if you aren’t a fan of the flavour, then skip this step.
- Then just add in the strawberries, lime, thinly sliced lemon and orange pieces to the mixture. Make sure to lightly mull the fruit, this will allow the fruits natural juices to infuse the wine.
- Cover up the punch bowl with plastic wrap and pop it into the fridge for 2-3 hours. This will allow the flavours to completely mix together, then add ice before drinking.
White wine sangria recipe
White wine sangria isn’t uncommon; however it isn’t nearly as popular as its red counterpart. A refreshing beverage which is light and tasty when mixed with sweet summer fruits.
1.5L white wine
¾ cup peach pucker
1 lemon, thinly sliced
Handful of strawberries, sliced
1 green apple
1 can (375ml) lemonade
½ cup of ice
- Firstly pour the wine and the peach pucker into a glass pitcher. Mix until they have completely combined.
- Chop up the apple (making sure to remove the core) and add it into the mixture together with the strawberries, and lemon slices.
- Look at the label of the white wine, and try to stay in the same family of fruits. In this case, not many fruits were used so you can still taste the wine in its mostly original state.
- Pour in the lemonade – this will make the sangria sweet, and will also mesh well against the fruits. Pop the pitcher into the fridge for 2-2.5hrs.
- Add half a cup of ice before stirring with a wooden spoon, then serve.
Recipes and image via Gimme Some Oven, Mac and Molly