Monday, June 27, 2011

yum, yum and yum!

I had to share this great cookie recipe with you, thanks to the lovely nigella.  It has been a while since I have baked and I now remember why...... I eat too much of my own creations.

This is how mine turned out......

 Recipe: Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 125g salt free butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Measure out the flour, baking powder, salt and rolled oats into a bowl.
Put the butter and sugars into another bowl and beat together until creamy — this is obviously easier with an electric mixer of some kind, but you just need to put some muscle into otherwise — then beat in the egg and vanilla.
Beat in the flour, baking powder, salt and oat mixture and then fold in the cranberries, chopped pecans and chocolate chips.
Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into a ball with your hands, and then place them on a lined or greased baking sheet and squish the dough balls down with a fork. You may need two baking sheets or be prepared to make these in two batches.
Cook for 15 minutes; when ready, the cookies will be tinged a pale gold, but be too soft to lift immediately off the tray, so leave the tray on a cool surface and let them harden for about 5 minutes. Remove with a spatula or whatever to cool fully on a wire rack.
Serving Size
Makes 30

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The next Olsen twins...

I watched from a far, amused at my little girls performing what I believe could be the beginning of a fabulous career!

Isla, who true to form was in charge and predictably bossy was using a pink ribbon for a tape measure to take the measurements of her twin sister's waist.

My budding seamstress was efficient and calculating and extremely passionate about the task at hand, perhaps the next Olsen twins ? One will tell!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

dress revival

This is Ivy, she is funny.  She loves cuddles and sunsets and barbie and the colour red.  Sometimes she is dramatic and difficult but mostly just lovely.  She has suddenly decided that wearing a dress all year round is the way to go. This dress, I made for her from a light denim about a year ago.

This dress has come in handy with the sudden change of fashion interests however it was a little too close to her undies in the length department, so we added a ruffle to the bottom and ta da we have another year out of it! Normally she wears tights and boots with it. If you are a mad scooter rider you generally take your shoes and tights off!

This is Ivy - she is fun! oh and a great model. x