> m.e: September 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

My Creative Space...

Creating some butterfly cupcakes for an order, they are gluten free & dairy free and you know what I love about the blog community, if you need some advice, there is always some sweet someone who is more than happy to help. Merci Sandrine x

I have to drop these off and will be back for some more baking, hopefully some baby cupcakes...I am soooo excited, my sis is in hospital right now and we are anxiously awaiting a new creation.

Have fun creating, will pop by and visit you later and may see you tonight at the NCB .

I am sooo excited!!!

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Allowing kids to create



more wordless fun here
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Monday, September 27, 2010

little things that make me smile

Just because those moments are so precious.

Happy week & wishing you lots of precious moments ♥
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Today I am grateful for...

spring flowers
 drawings of me (even though I would never wear orange & red)
 drawings of the chickens and cute pegs


Happy grateful weekend to you and to you
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

My Creative Space...


I could just decorate the whole house with this stuff!

Got it from here and it was soo quick to arrive. 
Love that.

What have you used it for?

Hope you have an amazingly creative day.


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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday

 Rounded edges using picnik under the frames section
We are just slowly plodding along today, it's a little dreary outside so we are making play dough  

Keep smiling & I hope your day is a happy one



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Monday, September 20, 2010

Carrot & Zucchini Muffins/Cupcakes

It's kinder holidays for us for the next two weeks so wish me luck as I try to find some adventures to keep these little beings amused.

This is a good recipe to try with little ones* as you can do all the mixing by hand.


Carrot & Zucchini Muffins/Cupcakes
makes 12 
conversions

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ingredients
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 160g combined grated zucchini & grated carrot (smallish carrot & zucchini)
  • raw sugar for sprinkling
method
  • preheat oven to 160C/180C fan, line tins with cupcake papers
  • sift flour, spices, baking powder and bicarb soda together in a small bowl and set aside
  • mix oil, egg, brown sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth, add dry ingredients and stir to combine
  • add grated zucchini and carrot and stir just until combined
  • spoon into cupcake papers and sprinkle with some raw sugar
  • bake for 25min, test with a skewer, skewer should come out clean

    I didn't ice them so they feel like they are healthy to eat but if you wanted to dress them up a little, you can try a cream cheese icing.

    You could also add a handful of sultanas or nuts as well into the batter.


    Remember the fondant characters I was making last week, pop over here to have a look where they landed.

    We are off to the crazy land known as IKEA now, have a great day ♥





    i made these without the kids and they loved them, then Amelie asked.."what's the green in there, is it avocado?" I asked her if they were nice, she said yes, then I told her that it was zucchini she scrunched her face up.. so if they are fussy, don't tell them what's in there until they try them. 

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    Saturday, September 18, 2010

    Today I am grateful for...

    balloons
    sweet blog friends who send me lovely books because they know I would love it
    beautiful flowers in spring
    and just sweet versatile blog friends in general

    I am also grateful that you visit and say hello every so often, it does make me smile each and every time.

    I hope you have alot to be grateful for, I know someone who is grateful for warm hugs (I do love hugs as well)

    Happy end of weekend and warm squishy hugs ♥
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    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    My Creative Space...


    I don't think you need any words.


    I'll be back to check out your creative awesomeness later.

    Amelie and I are off on a kinder excursion to Werribee Zoo.

    Yay! I don't know who's more excited :)

    Happy creating


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    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    Bubble wrap


    Thank you all for your helpful advice regarding packaging those little fondant characters.

    I bubble wrapped them all individually and then bubble wrapped the box as well. I left the legs and propeller off to avoid breakage and for easy packing.

    I went for a tight fit box to minimise movement and hopefully damage.

    I have been told that they arrived safely and in one piece. Yay!!

    Characters were from the book above.

    I've got some cupcakes baking, if you like, I'll share them with you tomorrow.

    Happy day ♥
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    Monday, September 13, 2010

    Monday at our place

    It's been a bit of a hectic weekend so I am glad that today has started off slowly.

    We popped into a wonderful market yesterday, said a few hellos and came home to finish off these little figurine cake toppers for a little boys birthday.

    Now the hard part is how do I pack them to post them off later today! Any ideas??
    Hope your Monday is the start of a great week.

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    Saturday, September 11, 2010

    Smile

    I hope you did.

    Do you use photoshop or Picnik

    Which other programme do you use?
    If you need any tips on editing pics let me know, I'd love to help if I can.

    Go on do it...smile
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    Wednesday, September 8, 2010

    Afternoon delight

    more wordless fun here 
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    Monday, September 6, 2010

    Rose Cupcakes


    As I promised here are the rose cupcakes which I made for my chef boys' birthday. 

    My family love the addition of rosewater, gives vanilla cupcakes a different flavour sensation and makes them a little special.

    I normally decorate them with dried roses but seeing we have a birthday we had to go some celebration bunting (you know I love bunting)!

    Rose Cupcakes
    makes 12-15

    ingredients
    • 115g butter, room temperature
    • 225g caster sugar
    • 2 eggs, room temperature
    • 150g self raising flour, sifted
    • 125 plain flour, sifted
    • 125ml milk, room temperature
    • 1 teaspoon rosewater *
    method
    • preheat oven to 180 C/160 C fan, line cupcake trays with papers
    • beat butter and sugar until mixture is pale and fluffy, add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition
    • sift flours together in a separate bowl, add rosewater to milk
    • add flour to butter mixture in 3 batches alternating with the milk and ending with flour until all added and mixed well
    • spoon into cupcake papers

    • bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden
    • test with a skewer, it should come out clean
    • remove from oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack
      Rose Butter Cream Icing
      ingredients
      • 125g butter, room temperature
      • 60ml milk, room temperature
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla
      • 1 teaspoon rosewater
      • 500g icing sugar
      method
      • beat butter for about a minute, add vanilla, rosewater, milk and a cup of icing sugar and continue beating for a few minutes until smooth
      • add remainder of icing sugar and continue for another few minutes until light and fluffy
      * rosewater can be found at middle eastern shops
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