> m.e: November 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Another Birthday


As each year passes I collect bagfuls of memories and pile them in my heart, so when I am sad or in need of a smile, I think about the little things that happen throughout the year and I smile and am grateful that I got to live it and enjoy it.


We create these stand out memories and live these moments because that is what makes us smile, that is what we live for.


Sure they aren't always great or perfect or enjoyable or even wanted, but without all these moments and experiences throughout the year we wouldn't be who we are.


Some of these moments are splashed with colour whilst others are just colourless and no fun at all.


As long as there is love in each of those moments then it hopefully makes it even the tinniest bit brighter.

So as I ponder yet another year, I look around me and ignore the toys, the folding, the mud pies, the messy bits and enjoy the smiles, the giggles and those squishy, squishy cuddles.....ahhhhh that's what a birthday is all about.


Enjoy some cake* my friends and keep on creating those special moments, I know I sure will  
 

* white chocolate mud baked by me and lovingly decorated by my two gorgeous beings with the most amazing natural food colours, will add recipe later * 
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Just making & baking


It's been hot in Melbourne, definitely ice-cream kind of weather.  

I'd been thinking alot about ice-cream and dreaming about an ice-cream related craft after chatting to a lovely friend so once again with a team collaboration I now have my own personalised bag designed by Amelie and sewn by me.

Now I am totally NOT a pattern kind of girl, they confuse me, no matter how easy they seem. How are you with patterns?

So with guidance from an excellent book I made myself a bag.


and you know what, I am really proud and can't wait to show my mum!


and whilst the sewing machine was out I also made a brooch for a sweet friend, I hope she likes it


and you know I baked aswell, I have actually been baking quite a bit lately and also have a bit to bake over the next couple of days. 

 aeroplane cupcakes
 red wagon cupcakes

If you are on facebook, I'd love you to pop round here, my little assistant adds all my pics there.


So whilst we're busy creating round at ours what have you been creating?  
We'd love to see.

Happy end of week friends ♥
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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Wishing you a happy weekend ♥


Enjoy every bit of today, pretend you are four, giggle, smile, be a little bit silly, forget about the not so good stuff, just enjoy it.

That is all I wish for you today ♥ 

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Apple Streusel Cake



I cannot believe it's November already! It feels like it has come by so quickly and as it's my birthday month I was wishing it wasn't here just yet.

The weather is changing, getting better but we are still having some November rain, which I secretly love.

We had a great long weekend visiting nanny and enjoying some sleep ins and some beautiful sunshine.

I will share some pics of our weekend, but AS this blog of mine is supposed to be a food blog, I thought I'd share with you this amazing Apple Streusel Cake recipe.

Now seriously, this has become a new family favourite and I can tell you that I have made it three times in the last week.


There are a few steps to this recipe but really it's not difficult at all.

Apple Streusel Cake


ingredients

streusel mix
  • 50g plain flour
  • 30g self raising flour
  • 75g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 75g butter, chopped
  • 20g rolled oats
cake
  • 200g butter, room temperature
  • 150g caster sugar
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g self raising flour
  • 75g plain flour
  • 100ml milk, room temperature
  • 4 granny smith apples
  • 1tblsp butter
  • 75g brown sugar

method
  • preheat oven to 180C/160C, grease and line a 23cm spring form cake tin with baking paper
  • start off by making streusel mixture, put flours, brown sugar, spices and butter into a food processor and process until combined, add oats and pulse a few times just until combined
  • put streusel ,mixture into a bowl and place in the freezer
  • to make cake, beat butter, sugar and lemon zest until light and fluffy
  • add eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition
  • sift flours into a bowl and add to cake mixture in two batches alternating with milk, do not over beat
  • spread mixture into prepared cake tin and bake for 25min
  • whilst cake is in oven, prepare apples by peeling, coring and slicing into thin slices
  • place butter into a pan over a medium heat, add apples once butter has melted and cook for a few minutes until apples have softened
  • add brown sugar and cook for another few minutes until sugar has dissolved and apple mixture has thickened
  • take cake out of oven after 25minutes and carefully add apple mixture on top of cake
  • then crumble streusel mixture on top of apples and bake for a further 25min
  • enjoy the smell and definitely the taste
 

 


And just before I go, I have to add these pics of my amazing skirt, made by me at the ever so talented and really lovely too, Nicole Mallalieu's skirt class (fabric for the panel by the sweet Miss Posie)

Now if I can make a skirt with Nikki's guidance...anyone can, so check out her classes for some inspiration (you are awesome Nikki!)

 I made that little boy too


Happy November lovely friends, hope it's a wonderful month for you and for me ♥
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