> m.e: July 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I know I said I wasn't...

...but how could I not after all the ooohh, soo very subtle requests and now this arrives in the mail*!

Vic, you win!!  I'm over here, this situation is gonna need tea, lots of tea!
* yep she did, she really did send me a tweet towel!
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Grateful for...

....these two

 their creativity


their love for each other

their energy

their adventures

their mate ship

the quiet times

 the cute bits

the yummy bits

and the sweet bits

I know it's one of those kids posts, but these last couple of weeks, these two have made me smile, made me laugh, made me cry but most importantly they have made me LOVE being their mum...thanks you two ♥

You know what I mean don't you?

Hope you have had a good week filled with lots of grateful moments.  
More gratefulness round at Beth's  ♥
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

boys and cars

This week has been all about cakes, first there was hoot

and then there was a request for cars, or aeroplanes or flying bikes or blueberries or pilots or pirates

so we settled for cars and a sparkly name on the cake

 chocolate with chocolate butter cream

 and finished off with a white chocolate butter cream icing

and now I have another little boy who is looking forward to his birthday cake soon but he has given me an even bigger list with puppies or dogs or cars or trucks....(just leave it up to mummy Aidan..)

What about you, how's your creativity going this week?

Happy day to you and happy birthday to a gorgeous friend
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Semolina Lemon Syrup Cake

It's funny when the Mr walks around in the evening searching for yumminess in the fridge and in the pantry but nothing is there..well except for chocolate.

So this one was a quick in between kinder drop off and school pick-up surprise for the big boy...and yep, he and the kids loved it!

Semolina Lemon Syrup Cake

  • 250g butter, room temperature
  • 200g caster sugar
  • finely grated zest of a lemon
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 150g fine semolina
  • 200g sour cream
lemon syrup

  • 200g sugar
  • 80ml fresh lemon juice

  • preheat oven to 180C/160C fan, grease a 20cm bundt cake tin
  • beat butter, sugar and zest until light and fluffy, add egg yolks one at a time beating well after each addition
  • mix in sour cream then add flour and semolina an mix until just combined
  • beat egg whites until soft peak stage
  • carefully fold egg whites into cake mixture half at a time
  • spoon into prepared tin and bake for about 50minutes until lightly golden and tested with a skewer
  • to make lemon syrup, place sugar and lemon juice into a small saucepan over a low heat and allow to dissolve and come to the boil without stirring, take off heat once it has reached boil
  • take cake out of oven, pierce cake with skewer all over and pour lemon syrup over hot cake
  • allow to cool and remove from tin

So what do you make when the sweet cravings hit? or do you just head to the chockie stash?

Happy day to you lovely friends, enjoy ♥

This cake has been brought to you by the yummy lemons of Miss Curlypops...thank you Miss C, I wish you lived round the corner! ♥
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Friday, July 15, 2011

Happy Friday

Last day of school holidays, it's a beautiful winter's day, we are drawing, painting and baking.

Hope you are having a fabulous day, I am going to have a cup of tea and continue the baking for a hoot cake for a little one year old girl.

Pop round to Brenda's for some birthday giveaways and wish her a happy birthday too

also Happy birthday Beky!
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

All about kites

Today was all about kites as we headed to a gorgeous little boy's 3rd birthday.

It was perfect kite weather in Melbourne just wishing the wind wasn't so icy though.

 made some kite cupcakes for the little man

and his present also included some gingerbread kite cookies and a gorgeous bunting card from a lovely friend

I also got a sweet thank you gift which I'll show you next time

kite making was a huge hit

I'm sure you'll see more on the party over at Emma's soon...she is like a paparazzi at parties!

We are up to our second week of holidays and we have had a great week so far.

sneaky pose all his own, gorgeous beanie made by the wonderful Amanda

I will tell you all about it soon, my blogging mojo has deserted me for now so until it returns, have a great week lovely friends ♥
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Friday, July 8, 2011

Pear Muffins

Week one of school holidays has come to an end and I am still here, haven't gone crazy yet but hey, there's still time!

We have done a few things together this week and these muffins were a good outdoor treat for the little ones.

It's a quick recipe if you have people coming over and smell absolutely delicious coming out of the oven.

If you don't have sour cream in the fridge, just use yoghurt instead. 

Pear Muffins

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makes about 20 medium muffins

  • 125ml milk
  • 180ml vegetable oil
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 65g sour cream
  • 375g self raising flour
  • 1  tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 30g rolled oats
  • 1 large sweet pear, grated
  • raw sugar & rolled oats for topping
  • preheat oven to 180C/160C fan, grease muffin tins
  • place milk, oil, sugars, eggs and sour cream into a bowl and mix until smooth
  • sift flour and spices in another bowl, add oats and mix to combine
  • add wet mixture and grated pear to dry mixture and only mix until just combined
  • spoon into well greased muffins tins and sprinkle with raw sugar and rolled oats
  • bake for about 20 minutes or until golden and tested with a skewer
Wind in the Willows tin from our local oppie

How's your week been? Hope it's been a happy one, tell me what you have been upto I'd love some ideas for next week.

Have you also noticed blogger has upgraded their posting page, wow, love it so far.


Enjoy your weekend whatever you are doing, I'll hopefully make it back for a grateful post ♥
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Friday, July 1, 2011

Just a few things

July, Friday, end of school term

holidays, sleeping in, spending time with  my little school girl everyday and all day

end of school discos, parent teacher interviews, magic 200 word certificates

playing with food colour pens, hiding them in my lovely new surprise pencil case (you are awesome Cat!)

beautiful winters days, walking to school and holding hands, walking to school and chatting away

baking cupcakes, decorating cupcakes, sending them off to school as an end of term treat

hottie exhibitionFriday night celebrations and yay for the weekend with the boy home

How's your day been?  

Hope it gets even better lovely friends! (BIG hi to new friends joining along)

Happy July ♥
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