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Frosty the Snowman Marshmallows

INGREDIENTS ToothpicksDark chocolate, meltedOrange candy melts, meltedHot chocolate, for serving DIRECTIONS Use a toothpick dipped into melted dark chocolate and melted orange candy melts to dab on eyes, a mouth and of course, a carrot nose. Serve in your favourite hot chocolate and drink quickly before they disappear.

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Finance approvals for investor housing moderating

The Real Estate Institute of Australia says finance approvals for investor housing are moderating, which could threaten economic growth through reduced construction activity if left unchecked. Finance approvals for investor housing Australia-wide have been slightly declining, an indicator that finance approvals for investor housing are moderating. President of the Real Estate Institute o...

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Gluten Free Stained Glass Christmas Cookies

Prep Time:  20 minutesCook Time:  14 minutesTotal Time:  34 minutesTotal Carbs:  39 gProtein:  2 gServings:  24 cookies INGREDIENTS 1.5 sticks dairy free margarine, or butter , 175g1 cup sugar , 200g2 large eggs3.5 cups all purpose gluten free flour blend , 450g1 tsp xanthan gum , omit if included in your flour blend1 tsp gluten free baking powder1/2 tsp vanilla ...

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4 rules to generate more referral business

With the popularity of websites such as Zomato, TripAdvisor and Product Review there’s no doubt that consumers these days are taking a lot of stock in other people’s opinions and recommendations. Quick stats: Research shows 90% of consumers search for reviews before using a product or service. Word-of-mouth is the most trusted form of marketing, trusted by 84% of...

7 thrifty mistakes that could spell bad news for landlords

No one likes to spend any more than they have to, but you always get exactly what you pay for. An insurance comparison expert has said that investors looking to cut corners financially could set themselves up for financial ruin in the future. Abigail Koch, spokesperson at Compare The Market, said that investors need to keep in mind that, while a property is seen as an asset for them, for tenan...

10 recruitment trends for 2018

Recruitment fuelled by data science and digital technology, VR that enhances a jobseeker’s profile and upskilling as a benefit are three of the top recruitment trends to watch out for in 2018, says recruiting experts Hays. The managing director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand, Nick Deligiannis, said that technology is changing historic norms in recruitment. “From using data s...

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Cookie Presents

INGREDIENTS FOR THE COOKIESSquare and rectangular cookiesMelted white chocolate or red candy melts FOR THE RED ROYAL ICING3 large egg whites1/2 tsp. cream of tartar1 lb. confectioners’ sugarred food colouring DIRECTIONS Stack square and rectangular cookies and place on a wire rack set over parchment paper. Pour melted white chocolate or red candy melts over cookies; let set. Using wh...

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Snowman Cupcakes

MAKES:  8 PREP TIME:  1 hour 35 mins TOTAL TIME:  2 hours 10 mins INGREDIENTS 1 batch basic gingerbread cupcakes1 batch vanilla buttercreamFinely shredded coconutmini chocolate chipsOrange Tic TacsSour candy stripsChocolate jelly rings DIRECTIONS Make 1 batch basic gingerbread cupcakes as directed, lining 8 holes of the muffin pan with red paper liners and lightly coating t...

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Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Truffles

Eggless Sugar Cookies INGREDIENTS1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour1 tsp. baking powder1/4 tsp. salt1/2 c. unsalted butter1/2 c. granulated sugar1 tbsp. sour cream1 tsp. vanilla extract DIRECTIONSIn a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 4 to 5...

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Candy Cane Brownie Trifle

Serves Serves 16 INGREDIENTS1 9×13 inch pan of baked brownies6 ounces (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips3 tablespoons butter1 and 1/4 cup half and half or cream3/4 sugar3 tablespoons light-coloured corn syrup1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract2 cups whipping cream1/4 cup powdered sugar1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract1 cup crushed candy canes (about 12 candy canes) INSTRUCTIONS Start ...

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Mini Mince Tarts with Cheddar Crusts

MAKES:  16PREP TIME:  30 minsTOTAL TIME:  2 hours INGREDIENTS 2 c. all-purpose flourc. finely ground cornmeal1/2 tsp. kosher salt1 c. unsalted butter4 oz. extra-sharp white Cheddar2 egg yolks1 egg2 tbsp. ice water1 navel orange1 lemon4 c. mixed dried fruit (cranberries, golden and dark raisins, plus apricots, quartered)1 1/2 c. fresh cranberries1/2 c. brandy1/2 c. packed brown ...

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

PREP TIME:     1 hour 0 minsTOTAL TIME:  2 hours 0 mins INGREDIENTS 2 c. all-purpose flour1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa1 tsp. baking soda1/2 tsp. baking powder1/2 tsp. kosher salt1 1/2 c. granulated sugar1 tbsp. liquid red food colour2 tsp. white vinegar2 tsp. pure vanilla extract1 1/4 c. unsalted butter2 large eggs1 c. buttermilk2 package cream cheese1 1/2 c. confectioners’ s...

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Red Velvet Truffles

PREP TIME: 1 hour COOK TIME:  22 minutes TOTAL TIME:  1 hour 22 minutes INGREDIENTS 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder1/8 teaspoon baking soda1/8 teaspoon salt1/4 cup canola oil1/4 cup sugar2 tablespoons buttermilk1 egg white1 teaspoon red food colouring1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract1/8 teaspoon white vinegarFor the rest:3 ounces cream cheese, soften...

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Christmas Ornament Cupcakes

Makes: 24 CUPCAKES PREP TIME:  1 hr 30 min TOTAL TIME:  02 hrs 20 min   INGREDIENTS CUPCAKES 1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package white cake mix 1 cup Land O Lakes® Half & Half 1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted 4 large Land O Lakes® Eggs 2 tablespoons red, green and/or white decorator sprinkles FROSTING 5 cups powdered sugar 1/2 cup Land O Lakes® B...

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Melted Snowman Oreo Balls

INGREDIENTS 1 (8 oz.) pkg. ]ream cheese softened36 OREO Cookies (regular size), finely crushed16 oz . vanilla candy coating , melted (like Candiquick or almond bark)48 Mini OREO Bite Size Cookiesdecorations: decorating icing or gel; multi-coloured sprinkles INSTRUCTIONS Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until well blended. I like to crush the Oreos in a food processor and then add the cream...

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Christmas Trees with Chocolate Orange Cream

CHOCOLATE ORANGE CREAM Fills approximately 10-12 small glasses INGREDIENTS 300ml heavy pouring cream200ml milk70g caster sugar6 egg yolks200g good quality dark chocolate, roughly choppedFinley grated zest of one orange HOW TO MAKE Heat the milk and cream together in a saucepan over a low heat to just below boiling point. Remove from the heat. Whisk the sugar and egg yolks together in a bo...

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Christmas Ornament Cupcakes

INGREDIENTS CUPCAKES 1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package white cake mix 1 cup Land O Lakes® Half & Half 1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted 4 large Land O Lakes® Eggs 2 tablespoons red, green and/or white decorator sprinkles FROSTING 5 cups powdered sugar 1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened 2 teaspoons vanilla 5 to 6 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Half & Half ...

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Raspberry and Vanilla Cream Napoleons

SERVES:  8PREP TIME:  20 minsTOTAL TIME:  20 mins INGREDIENTS1 c. heavy cream2 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting1 tsp. pure vanilla extract24 waffle cookies6 oz. raspberries DIRECTIONSUsing an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, beat heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar and pure vanilla extract in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Transfer to a ...