> m.e: June 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It's Tuesday and I can't wait.....

......To enjoy a yummy hot chocolate with the littlies after an exhausting shopping expedition..

It's very easy to make, just add about a handful of good chocolate (pieces or bits) to about a cup of milk, heat it up in a saucepan, then pour into your favourite cup (makes it more special).

Pour some whipping cream, about 1/4 of a cup into a bowl with a teaspoon of icing sugar & whisk till it slightly thickens.
Then pour over your hot chocolate & sprinkle on some cocoa powder if you like.

Head on over to see who else can't wait!
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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Check out Taste Spotting :)

Giraffe Cupcakes are featured on Tastespotting.com
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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Giraffe Cupcakes ♥

We were invited to celebrate a special little boys 1st Birthday and we made him these cute little giraffe cupcakes.
The giraffe was made out of white fondant & chocolate fondant and the cupcakes were lemon with a lemon butter icing.

I thought I'd add a few pics of how to make them just in case someone needs to make them for their special little birthday boy or girl.

Lemon Cupcakes

225g butter

225g caster sugar

225g self-raising flour

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla essence
zest of one lemon

Lemon Butter Icing

250g butter

1 cup icing sugar

zest of one lemon

Preheat oven to 175

Place all cupcake ingredients in a large bowl and beat with an electric whisk until smooth and pale, about 2-3 minutes. Spoon the batter into cases.
Bake for 20 minutes. Remove and cool on rack.

For butter icing, whisk ingredients until smooth and pale and pipe onto cool cupcakes.

For the fondant giraffes, r
oll out fondant and cut out shapes.
Glue shapes together with a little bit of water. Leave to dry and place onto cupcakes.

If anyone tries them I'd love to see them.


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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Little things that make me smile :)

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Double Chocolate Cookies

Ok ladies, we promised a recipe and here is one we made today. I have noted the requests sent and will be on each one in the coming weeks.
Today we decided on another cookie recipe...a double chocolate chip one.
Now as I didn't have white chocolate at home I just used milk chocolate. You can use chocolate chips or broken chocolate bits if you like.
First of all, we put on our gorgeous new apron from the lovely Ms Curlypops and then we got started.

Double Chocolate Cookies
250g butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

cup sugar
3 eggs

¼ cup plain flour, sifted
cup cocoa powder, sifted
1 tsp baking powder

140g dark chocolate chips
or pieces
140g white chocolate chips or pieces ( we used milk chocolate chips this time)

Preheat oven to 150 Celsius.
Place butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 8-10 min or until light and creamy.
Add the eggs and beat well.
Add the flour, cocoa, baking powder and chocolate and mix well.

Roll tablespoons of the mixture into rounds (we didn't today, we just left them unrolled).
Place on baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper, allowing room for the cookies to spread, and flatten slightly.

shhh...secretly licking your fingers is optional

Bake for 20 min or until dark on the bottom. Cool on wire racks.
Makes about 24

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Roadworks yet again

Are my children sabotaging the road outside of our driveway??!!
Yesterday I mentioned that they were finishing off the roadworks, yet last night the road start leaking water again so the roadworks are back for another day.

Now...are my children behind this? Well, since they are 3 and nearly 2.....I kind of doubt it, but this indeed is like a dream come true for them.

Amelie wasn't very impressed yesterday but today seems more excited about it.

Aidan wanted to put his earmuffs on as it was very noisy.
Good boy, need to protect your little ears :)

The nice construction guys even asked if they wanted a photo inside the digger but they were a little shy & scared so declined the kind offer.

Ok, I promise no more roadworks stories...I hope :)
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

It's Tuesday and I can't wait.....

......For the road works to finish in front of our driveway.
The road has needed repair since the burst water main incident and today they are finally finishing it.

It's been a great day for my almost 2 year old, how many different kinds of trucks can he see in front of his house in one day.
Lucky boy!!
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Sunday, June 21, 2009

A cold Market day in Northcote

Yes it was another one of those fantastic Melbourne days when you wish you were somewhere else having a nice hot cup of tea instead of standing outside in the wind and the potential for rain.

Despite the cold and lack of clientele, I had a great day with the other girls, Miss
Pepperberry, Curlypops, Finki, Polly Pratt as well as a few visitors.
I managed to forget to take a single photo of my stall, just got a pic of the leftovers at home, but have some of the great stalls of the other ladies.
I was very happy to meet the lovely
Nikki and also Jen aka Jasperboy and to see Nikki & her gorgeous wee one again.

Pepperberry & Co.
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Friday, June 19, 2009

Northern Exposure 09 - Northcote, VIC

As you may have read on little Miss Pebberberry's & Curlypops' blog there is a bit of commotion happening in Northcote as part of Northern Exposure 09.
So if you're in the area and want some fantastic craftiness pop by the
Uniting Church, 251 High St, the above mentioned girls will be there as well as Finki.
And if you get hungry, I will be there with some muffins, bread, cupcakes and of course gingerbread men!
Pop by and say hi, the market is on from 10am - 4 pm Saturday the 20th June.Pin It

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Child's Eyes

Wouldn't it be good to see the world through a child's eyes :)Pin It

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

It's Tuesday and I can't wait.....

Sad but true, I am looking forward to the finale tonight.

I know there has been ALOT of Gordon Ramsay hype of late, all pretty bad I guess, but he does make for good viewing and as they say "There is no such thing as bad publicity".

Gordon Ramsay happened to go for lunch at Mr m.e's work last week when the Good Food & Wine Show was on and he did not swear or send food back or draw any attention to himself other than the fact that he had a few security on stand by.

So, why does he cause this comotion whenever he opens his mouth?

Like him or not, he does make for "interesting" viewing.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

We ♥ our Chickens :)

There once were 3 little chickens called Maisy, Lulu and Pepper.

They lived with a family who absolutely loved them and they had lots of adventures together.

Every morning they waited by the back door

for the little children to come and visit them and give them some yummy left overs.

In return for this yummy food, Maisy, Lulu and Pepper left the children some beautiful free range eggs which the children loved to eat as they knew that they were presents from their friends the chickens.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

My Carrot Cupcakes are on Tastespotting.com

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Carrot Cupcakes with Sour Cream Frosting

We had a cake order to do for tomorrow so I thought I'd make some carrot cupcakes while I was at it...any excuse to bake & take photos I guess.

carrot cupcakes
  • 1¼ cups (220g) brown sugar
  • ¾ cup (185ml) vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups (225g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking powder)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2½ cups grated carrot (about 5 carrots)
  • ½ cup (60g) chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup (80g) sultanas
sour cream frosting
  • 115g butter, softened
  • 250g icing (confectioner’s) sugar, sifted
  • 50ml sour cream
Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
Place the sugar and oil in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 2–3 minutes.
Add the eggs gradually and beat well.
Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger over the sugar mixture. Add the carrot, walnuts and sultanas and mix until just combined.
Pour into a greased 22cm-round cake tin lined with non-stick baking paper and bake for 55–60 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.

Cool in tin.
For the sour cream frosting, beat butter and icing sugar in a mixer til smooth, then add sour cream.
Spread on cooled cupcakes.
Makes about 12 cupcakes.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Words and Pictures - Sweet

Theme today at Meet Me at Mikes is Sweet.

I thought I'd play along as my beautiful children picked these little daisies for me today on our walk.

They're a little wilted but sweet nonetheless.Pin It

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

It's Tuesday and I can't wait.....

I popped over to Curlypops for my morning read and realised I had won her beautiful brooch in the Sewn Giveaway.

Yay me, so It's Tuesday and I can't wait for my gorgeous brooch to adorn my ever staple black wears!

Thanks Curlypops.

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Oaty Biscuit Recipe

Ok, so I promised the kids we could bake some cookies today together, so I basically got the simplest and yummiest recipe I could think of and voila, here it is.

Now again it's very easy to do, even a 3 yr old can do it, except for the hot bit of course.

Oat Biscuits

Makes about 28.

1 cup rolled oats

1cup plain flour

2/3 cup sugar

¾ cup desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons golden syrup

125g butter

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

2 tablespoons hot water

Preheat the oven to 160C.

Mix the oats, flour, sugar
and coconut in a bowl.
Place the golden syrup and butter in a saucepan over low heat and melt.

Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the water and add to the butter mixture.

Pour the butter mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well.

Spoon tablespoons of the mixture onto baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper and flatten to about 7cm in diameter, leaving space between each for spreading.

Bake for 10 minutes or until a golden brown.

Cool on baking trays for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

mmmm, I can smell them now, think they are done.

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

So the cleaning begins :(

Bundoora Market is over for the day and now I need to get back to basics, cleaning our house!

I do enjoy the good bits about baking and going to markets, but the never ending dirty baking trays, bowls, utensils and FLOUR everywhere I could live without.

We've had a big baking week and I feel like my sink and I have become somewhat of an inseparable pair.

Anyway, what am I still doing sitting here blogging when I should be getting back to cleaning.

......My 3 yr old has just asked if we can make little biscuits...."nooooooooooo.....
maybe tomorrow sweety :)"
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Friday, June 5, 2009

All Baked out...

Hard day baking for Saturday's Bundoora Farmer's Market.

All that "roll, roll, roll" wore the little fella out..

If you're in the area and wanting some fresh produce from local producers stop on by and say hello.

Have a great long weekend :)Pin It

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Rainy Day Dressups

We love rainy days!

Since yesterday was a rainy day, the kids decided to play dressups.
Our dressups really only include "girlie" things so Aidan looked very handsome in his sparkly pink skirt and red fluffy slippers.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Handcarved Stamping along :)

Ever since printmaking at TAFE I have not really got back to it until....a tutorial came along from Two Cheese Please, to refresh & re-inspire.

I had my first attempt last night for a simple, yet cute Cupcake.

Looking forward to some more free time tonight to try some more.
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