Wednesday, July 21, 2010

the yellow party!

Soon it will be time to celebrate the little man turning three years old! The theme this year is yellow - chosen by the birthday boy himself. Everything must be yellow! I browsed Etsy to find a selection of items to inspire me with my party planning and gift shopping. Enjoy!

1. Giggleberry bunting
2. Sweet Estelle cupcake liners
3. Billy Mac t-shirt
4. Paper By Forget Me Not goodie bags
5. Pocket Carnival art print
6. John W Golden art print
7. Paper By Forget Me Not bee notelets

Sunday, July 11, 2010

how sweet it is!

This is what we made today. The little guy helped with the mixing, spooning the mix onto the tray, and the eating. They taste as good as they look! I can highly recommend the recipe (yes, I followed the recipe and yes, it worked!) that I found over on Taste here. Buttery choc chip deliciousness, they beat store bought cookies hands down. Now I'm tempted to add other things next time round, like some rolled oats? Mmmm, choc chip oatmeal cookies! Or maybe I should just follow a recipe!

What are you up to this Sunday afternoon?

Friday, July 2, 2010

sweet sets

Sometimes I just want a simple little earring, just a cute little drop, preferably in sterling silver so it won't irritate my ears. After a recent custom order of exactly the same sort of thing I got to thinking perhaps I'm not the only one! I also love matching sets - so I had the idea of listing sweet little sets of earrings, I think they are fun, I hope you think so too! The first set is available now in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Recipe schmecipe

Well I just can't help myself, I hate following a pattern, working on someone else's design, or concentrating on a recipe beyond the general ingredients. Although I must admit that following a recipe or a pattern can give you the most excellent results! I must have the concentration span of a small highly excitable dog or something. So back to the kitchen, with strawberries and a list of ingredients for a 'basic cake'. Back to the computer to find a basic cake recipe with only one egg... then back to the kitchen with a new list... rifle through the pantry to discover flaked almonds - awesome! And we get this.

Looking good! I quatered the strawberries and covered the top of the cake mix, sprinkled the flakes almonds and some of that yummy sugar meant for putting in your coffee. A little while later and out popped this, smelling like warm strawberry jam!
Needless to say the first half was eaten before it even cooled down. I highly recommend this approach.
Now just in case you feel the urge to bake this sweetie yourself I did make a note of the ingredients. Imagine this with blueberries! YUM!

1/4 cup of butter (or butter-like substance)
1/2 cup of sugar - I don't think it matters what kind
1 tsp of vanilla essence
1 egg
1.5 cups of self raising flour
1/2 cup of milk - I ended up adding more at the end when I thought the mix wasn't fluid enough

I put all the ingredients in a bowl and used the electric beater til it was smooth, added the extra milk to get a nice dropping consistency, then into the pan lined with baking paper. Add your choice of toppings! Then bake, and sorry for the vague-ness here, but I think about 180 degrees, until it is done.

Do you like to wing it in the kitchen?


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