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Where oh where

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Did my rocky road post go? Can you see it? Cos it’s not listed.. And I posted it today, I know I did! Bugger.

Well, until I work it out.. A friend of mine who works in agriculture showed me this picture from a work book he got from a seminar.. Apparently there really is a difference between normal water and holy water, molecularly speaking.

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Rocky Road, Yo!

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So it has been non stop raining all week, just in time for school holidays. Awesome. To compensate for the lack of amazingness occurring due to the weather, M has been bundled off to the farm for a few days, where even though it is raining, there is always something exciting happening. Animals need to be fed, babies are being born, fences need fixing, cows need moving, rain hail or shine.
While he has been away I have been incredibly bored, watching non stop cartoons and eating spaghetti on toast.
This morning we woke up and there was a bit of blue sky peeking out from behind the clouds, so we decided to head down to the shops just to get out of the house. And for some reason, we ended up back at home with all the ingredients for rocky road.

Rocky Road
500g melting chocolate
1/2 cup chopped glace cherries, halved
250g milk coffee biscuits, roughly chopped
2/3 cup of baking marshmallows, halved

Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl in the microwave. Cook on med for 3 mins, stirring every minute.

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Stir through the biscuits, cherries and marshmallows until well combined.

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Press mixture into a small slice tray that is either greased or lined with baking paper.

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Place in refrigerator for around 2 hours or until set. Slice into small squares.

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Yum yum. Just had to test out a piece of course. I wish I had put in some peanuts, maybe even some coconut. Oh well, next time.

A-Z of Me

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I came across this post tonight on another blog and thought it would be fun, and a nice little time waster for myself. I would love to see some other people’s answers, too. If you do this, tag me or comment to me or something so I can check it out!

 

A- Make a list of 5 things that are in reach: My mobile phone (or cell for you yanks :p), TV remote, 2 sofa cushions stuffed behind my back, laptop charger

B- What is your favourite holiday? Don’t know if I could pick just one, I have great memories from every one. But one recent trip to spend time with my oldest sister in Vegas definitely stands out.

C- What is your fashion style? I don’t think I have a ‘style’, I mostly wear jeans and tops, or shorts/skirts in summer. I don’t wear much makeup unless I’m going out, and any day I bother to brush my hair is ‘schmick’ day, haha. I wish I could afford to have a style, though! It would be inspired by the inside of Penny’s apartment on Big Bang. It’s so colorful and pretty!

D- Whats your occupation? Right now I’m an at home mumma. Before that I was a destitute student/waitress, before that an international playgirl and before that I worked in admin.

E- What do you hear right now? The ceiling fan making an annoying click, and background music from a movie on TV

F- Who was the last person you hugged? K, who I just put back to sleep. Before that, M, when I put him to sleep.

G- What random song just popped into your head just now? Regina Spektor’s cover of ‘Real Love’ by The Beatles. It’s so beautiful, it’s running on The Biggest Loser ads, which has the potential to kill the song for me 😦

H- What did you do today? Laundry, vacuuming, dishes, cleaned my bedroom, took the boys for a swim, chatted to my mom briefly on skype. Pretty much what I do every day.

I- What was the last text message you received? From one of my best mates, Scotty: ‘I wonder if deaf schizophrenic people still hear voices in their head?’ Hang on he just replied to my reply (‘bahaha wtf where do u come up with this shit!’): ‘Haha a mate sent it to me I laughed so hard, sent it to heaps of people got funny as replies! Yep they still hear voices but they sound funny like deaf people talk, n nah they dont, they just see furious hand signals haha’

J- What websites do you always visit when you go online? CrackBook (of course), GalaDarling, FatMumSlim, Daily Nibbles, PostSecret, Letters of Note, my email account.

K- What is your next big, planned purchase? New front tyres for the Meh-Mobile. Exciting, ya?

L- If you could afford to go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Um, everywhere!! If I had to pick one, it would be to visit my sisters in Hawaii. If it had to be a new somewhere, I think I would go somewhere like the Maldives or Rome or New York, somewhere really luxe and expensive 😀

M- Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Hopefully I will have a degree under my belt, working at a job I love. M will be 13 and K will be 6, so probably still here in Currumbin because M wants to go to PBC High School.

N- Where’s your tattoo/where do you want one? On my left shoulder, it covers my whole shoulder blade.

O- What are you doing this weekend? My friend Jo may possibly be coming to stay, so depending on the weather, probably beaching it with the kiddies.

P- If you could play any instrument, which one would it be? Hmm, never really thought about this, although the other day I momentarily wished I could play guitar.

Q- Whats the one thing you need the most right now? Some money! Ha ha. So I could spend it on tyres, school shoes, uniforms, and a car service. Exciting.

R- Are you a creeper? I have no idea! Like, as in on FB? No, couldn’t be bothered. I’m a blog creeper, I guess.

S- What is your dream job? I would love to be a travel writer or presenter. Doesn’t really gel with my family and lifestyle though, I couldn’t leave the boys constantly. But I would love to be paid to travel.

T- What’s the last good movie you saw? Hmm… Not sure? I saw Happy Feet 2 a few weeks ago, which was not as good as the first. I guess one recent movie I have seen that I enjoyed was watching Bridesmaids with my little sister last year, we laughed our asses off.

U- What’s your favourite quote? Not sure that I have a favourite, but one I read last week has stuck with me: ‘Live in the present and make it so damn beautiful that it will be worth remembering’ and another one that is sort of similar that I do like but not sure if I would say is my favourite: ‘And above all, be a love letter to the universe’.

V- What is your favourite color? I don’t really have a favourite color, but most of my house is sort of done in a red/yellow/deep brownish maroon color. Starting to think it’s time for a change up though, and if I do change up, was thinking maybe tan/blue or tan/green.. Hmm.. What do you think?

W- Give us 3 styling tips that work for you: Haha. Styling. Ok: Shower every day, Wear deoderant, brush ya teeth.

X- What do you love to do when it is drizzling? It would be my idea of heaven to kick back with a good book and some yummy food and maybe a movie after that, but more than likely I’m kid wrangling.

Y- What inspires you? I love GalaDarling, she is very inspiring, so is Sarah Wilson. Steve Pavlina is also great, he always makes me think (He recently posted on FB: If your website attracts anything less than 1000 hits a day, then my brown rice article gains more traffic than your entire page’ haha). If you want to be inspired, go to YouTube and Look up ‘Seth Godin Purple Cow Moment’. That’s not the actual name of the video but that will fo’sho find it for you.

Z- Why the hell isn’t there a Z? Damn, maybe I skipped one! Oh well. Ya get that.

 

Regina Spektor Live JTV XL Real Love

 

Christmas Snaps

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Christmas Pretties

 

Well Christmas has come and gone again, leaving scraps of wrapping paper, metal twisty ties, and cookie crumbs everywhere. Rather than write a post, I’m just going to dump a whole heap of photos..

 

Oof in the ball-pit he got for his birthday

 

The kitchen during my 4-day baking blitz

Once again, I went mental with the christmas cookies, and left it all up to the last minute.

Christmassy 'Whatever Floats Your Boat' Brownies, with Cherries floating this articular boat

I also made Chocolate Brownies and handed them out with the cookies. I thought the decorations were a cute, random, last minute idea.

Dipping fresh cherries in milk chocolate... yummmmm

I made some Chocolate dipped cherries to decorate the Black Forest Trifle I was making.

 

Making Gingerbread Men

 

 

 

The Kitchen after baking about a billion different things

I think I did about 40 loads of dishes during the baking blitz.

The Gingerbread dough resting in the fridge overnight, it was too sticky to use straight away

 

Cutting out dozens of little men made of ginger

 

White Chocolate & Macadamia Shortbread Trees, dipped in more White Chocolate and decorated with cachous

 

K's X-Mas present from Jo

My friend Jo popped up for a visit on Christmas Eve.

I almost told her not to because I had so much to do, but then decided her daughter could help me decorate the baked goods.

The finished cookie jar gifts

Jo decorated the jars for me while I made dinner – Vege Sausages, Potato Bake, Peas and Corn, with lots of butter, salt, pepper, and bbq sauce!

 

The white-milk choc marble tart I made for Christmas Eve dessert

Since I actually had some ingredients left over, Tyrin (Jo’s daughter) helped me make this tart for dessert.

 

I don't know what I would have done without Jo!

Jo wrapped all my presents for me while I wigged out in the kitchen, trying to finish all my baking, cooking dinner, dessert, feeding the kids, bathing them, putting them to bed and cleaning the house. Without her help I probably would have still been up at 3am trying to wrap presents.

 

Finally, everything finished, and it's only 1am!!

Finally, the moment I had been waiting for…

 

The boys waking up to their stockings

 

M teaching K to drive

 

A small portion of the loot

After we finished opening presents, I had intended to make pancakes for the boys for breakfast, but (wouldn’t you know it), my stove top blew up or shorted or something… I had just finished making the batter, too! I tried ‘bush mechanic’ some pancakes by using the electric wok, but it sooooo did not work out. It was a good thing that Jo had given K a banana for his gift, because he ended up having that for breakfast, while M had cookies!

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By the time we got to Ferny, the pizza production was well underway, the house was covered in rubbish, and everyone was in a good mood.

 

Waiting for yummy pizza

 

Paul the Pizza Man (close relly of Con the Fruiterer)

Paul cooked some fabulous pizza’s, with lovely, fluffy bases. Special shout out to Mark for rolling the bases out using a jar of Capers, since no-one seemed to realise that the rolling pin was missing, until the critical moment.

P & Boy

P just made good friends with the silver chicken.

And to finish it all off, Black Forest Trifle for dessert..

 

I was a little nervous about making the trifle, since I have never made black forest trifle, and I was not really following a recipe, but made it up. It turned out really nicely though, and made a huge bowl. We finished off on Boxing Day. And don’t worry, recipes will come, I promise!

 

So how was your Christmas? What did you eat?

 

 

Birthdays, Beaches, Boardgames, and Bikes

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Well it’s been a few weeks since the last update, and there has been a heap on to report about. Unfortunately though, my camera battery has stopped charging, so I have been unable to take any pictures to show, which has played a fair part in my not bothering to post.

M’s class had a Christmas party to celebrate the end of the year, and we made some gingerbread men and heated up some cheese and spinach triangles to send in. He came home very happy and excited about the party food and activities they did. And because I’m a selfish mummy I can’t remember any of them and couldn’t be bothered asking M because that means he will stop doing whatever has him so entertained and quiet, and will come and bother me instead. Unfortunately, the camera won’t work, so no pictures of the gingerbread men.

M is on school holidays now, and by 1.13 on Saturday, around lunchtime, I was already ready to strangle him. Can you say ‘Attitude’? The 2 boys who live near us and play with M every day, both went away on holidays with their families for Christmas, so M is going to be driving me crazy for the next 3 weeks, when one of them gets back. Lucky boy, he has gone to Fiji with his family. I was hoping maybe they would take M too, haha.

The other day the 3 of us went over to D’s house to play Cranium with Tanah, D’s son. He is M’s age and in the same school and grade so they play together a lot. We also made some gingerbread men for D and her kids, and wrote their names on them as well as decorated them with buttons and socks and smiley faces and hair. After we played, Tanah had a Muay Thai class to go to, and D offered to take M along and have a tester lesson. Within the hour there were photos of the boys doing sit ups, push-ups, kicks, blocks and more, on Facebook. M had a great time and wants to join the gym now, but at $15 a lesson or $100 a month for a membership, I think it’s a bit steep for me. I will re-assess after New Year though.

Like most other families, we put our tree up on December 1st. We bought a new tree, a little bigger than our last one. For some reason, the last tree we had was a white one, 1.2 meters high, and I hated it. We decided to replace it this year with a regular green one, and are very happy with it. It’ is now dripping in baubles which have come from mum’s collection, almost more than the tree can handle. Sadly though, I can’t find my little angel ornaments, which I thought she had.  Again, the stupid camera won’t work so no pictures. L

Yesterday was a special day for us, as K turned 1!! We had a nice, low-key day planned out, depending on certain mini-people and their moods. The weather lately has been far from summery, with the last week raining solidly. The last few days have started to clear slightly, with warmish, cloudy mornings and rainy afternoons. We got up early in the morning and let K play with the balloons I had blown up the night before, and left in the lounge room for him to discover, while I did a quick 1-2 on the house. We got our beach gear together and headed to the creek, hoping we would manage a few hours before the weather turned on us. Stupid camera wouldn’t work, so no pictures. L

We splashed about in the warm water for a few hours, even though it was very overcast, and menacing grey clouds were moving closer and closer. A few days ago we met up with D at a new spot along the creek we hadn’t been before. There is a little shop right on the water, hidden from the road. There are a few tables and chairs, built all crazy, into the trees which overhang the water. There are 3 swings tied into the trees where the kids can launch themselves into the water, and the shop sells everything from hot chips, pies and coffee, to sunscreen, bread and sunnies. They also hire out paddleboards and kayaks. Maybe one day…. Hmmm… We decided to go back to that spot again, and M had a few swings, while K enjoyed floating about in the new floatie he got for his birthday, and watching his brother from the water. We were just about to order some chips for lunch when the first heavy drops started plopping down on us and in the water, so instead we gathered our gear up and quickly headed home. Stooooooopid camera. No pictures. L

When we got home K was fast asleep, mouth open and snoring, so I popped him down for his nap, M disappeared with his 2 friends, and I got started making K’s birthday cake. I found a fairly decent, easy chocolate cake recipe, and while that was in the oven I made a chocolate ganache. I was unsure if I wanted to do a chocolate cake with chocolate icing or a plain butter cake with buttercream frosting, but in the end I decided since it was his birthday, I may as well make something really nice. The ganache sat on the kitchen bench cooling and setting, next to the cake that was cooling down, when K woke up. I got him and M a little lunch and then got them both cleaned up and we went to the Pines to get them a Santa photo. I have never taken them to get one before, and this year I thought I might make it a little tradition on K’s birthday. M hated Santa when I took him as a toddler. He was more interested in standing and sussing out Santa from a distance. Sta-hooopid camera. L

After we got back from the photo (which might I add, I was sort of disappointed in, but I guess for the price of a Santa photo you can’t really expect them to sit there and take 50 pictures, waiting for the silly birthday boy to smile or even look at the camera), I iced the cake and decorated the top with sliced strawberries and some sprinkles shaped like love hearts, and plopped a big 1 candle in the middle (stupid dumb camera!! L). I had bought party hats for us to wear but I actually forgot to pull them out; silly me. We sang Happy Birthday, and enjoyed a slice of cake, watching K spread it all over his face, hair, in his eyes, in his ears, and all over his shirt (cameraaaaa! L).

After K’s first hit of sugar, M disappeared with his friends again while I tried to keep the sugared up, rowdy, newly crawling monster baby under control. Unfortunately the rain had set in so no outside play, instead we played with his new ball pit, and romped about in the balloons. He was being such a spaz, laughing randomly at his foot, then throwing all the balls from the pit all over the house, then just making heaps and heaps of noise. We finished off the day with his favorite dinner of pesto pasta, and then a biiiiig, loooong bath to clean all the sand, chocolate and basil out of his cracks and holes. After I finally got K then M to bed, I set up camp on the lounge with the rest of the cake (hahahahaha, it’s good to be big and growned up), the remote, and a glass of milk, and didn’t move until I rolled my ass into bed.

It was a really nice day though, weather and all, and I also enjoyed the chance to finally wear the new swimsuit I bought myself, the first new swimsuit I have gotten in 4 years. Quite exciting! I bought them last week and naturally it rained for a week solid after I did. I am also forcing myself to wear the bikinis without any board shorts or a tee to hide in (thank god the camera doesn’t work hahaha), thinking that this may subliminally encourage me to continue with the healthy eating/exercising I am trying to make part of my routine. Not that I don’t eat healthy most of the time, it’s just that this time of year is very hard, with 6 packs of fruity mince pies on sale at Coles for $1.30, until the end of Christmas. So cheap and so yummy warmed up with a little ice cream or cream. Plus all the other yummy bits and pieces that come with Christmas. But in an act of good faith, I have finally moved my exercise bike from the garage into the lounge room, which I find very encouraging and useful. I end up using it much more regularly when I get the boys to bed, if it’s sitting right there. I can ride for 20-30 mins and watch TV, and for some reason this boosts me to get on it to start with.

Sooooo what else has been happening… finally finished my Christmas shopping, and was feeling very pleased that I wouldn’t have to brave the madhouse that is the week before Christmas at any mall across the western hemisphere, when the camera decided to shit itself. Now I need to get to the Sony Center before Boxing Day, to see if they will repair it, if it’s still under warranty. I bought it on Boxing Day last year, so I’m hoping it should be ok. If I get my ass in gear and get to Robina.

This Friday there is a free movie playing along the beachfront, I was thinking of taking the boys but I don’t think K will enjoy it too much, plus there have been heaps of mozzies out after the rain and they really really love his fresh, young, 52 week old blood. They smash him. He gets really bad bites too, they go all hard and red and welt up, and we have had some issues with them over the last few weeks. Plus the weather might not be very friendly towards a movie under the stars night. We’ll see… PLUS the movie is High School Musical (which M actually loves). Sounding less and less likely.

Anyway that’s about it for now; I have a whiney baby trying to climb up my legs. I will hopefully have a working camera and lots of pictures for my next installment.

 

Birthdays, Beaches and B*tches

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Last week marked the celebration of Octoberfest in my family. For some silly reason, everyone got randy in the same week or so of February, and therefore one week in October is chock a block with birthdays. 2 of my older sisters start it off, on the 22nd and 23rd. My nephew is on the 24th. Another sister has a fake birthday on the 25th (scorpio wannabe much?). My Gramma is the 27th, and I’m the 28th. There are more birthdays – cousins, etc, but thats just the immediate fams. So we do Octoberfest and hit them all at once. One stone. Of course, since we are scattered globally, its not easy to do. Sad face.

For my birthday I had lunch with friends, then went to the local pub for a few drinks. My first proper night out! It turned into madness and left a really sour taste, but thats another story. The next day, a good friend of mine, Jo, came to visit me for only the second time in 2 years. It was only for about 2 hours, but totally awesome. Then, the next day she called and said she was going to the beach, and did I want to come? Yes! I even managed to talk her into going to Currumbin Beach. After the beach, we came back to my place with her daughter, brother, and bro’s friend to chill for a few hours before they left.

The next day (monday) was Halloween, and my friend Jade came over with her 2 year old son Tayne, and we took the boys trick-or-treating in the complex where I live. It was so cute, Tayne was dressed up as batman, and was totally uninterested in the whole event until he realised people were giving him candy. Then he was waaayyyyy into it! M was dressed as Dracula, and I put K in a little Superman suit. The boys scored, I was surprised at how much candy they got, considering Australia technically does not celebrate Halloween. There were heaps of other kids out doing it too.

Tuesday (yesterday), a friend of mine from my old old work, came down from Brisbane to stay the night with her boyfriend Clint. I am directly responsible for them being together, and they are such a cute couple. Think hipster, hippy, scientist, biochemical engineering, rock-climbing doofers. Thats Tara and Clint. Tara made a spinach and fetta lasagna and carrot cake, and brought it down with her for dinner. I  put on salad and fresh crusty bread, which we dipped in oil and vinegar. Our other friend from ye olde work, Nat, came with her husband and son, with garlic bread, guacamole, and cornchips. Not ‘The Best Guacamole’, but still okish… I’m a little spoiled now, I guess. We sat around on anything that was the right height, eating with whatever utensils we could find, drinking wine out of plastic cups, and laughed til our cheeks hurt. We laughed so loud that my drunken neighbour walked in my side gate, OPENED MY SIDE DOOR, and tried to join us. I was shocked, my friends thought I knew him, and it was a little confusing and scary until the guys almost forcibly got rid of him. Freaky. I think that since it was Melbourne Cup, he was getting on it all day, then probably came home and heard us laughing so loud and hard that he thought there was a party or something. Anyway.

After Nat and her family left, and I got the kids off to bed, Tara Clint and I sat up and chatted for a few more hours then hit the sack. This morning dawned so bright and warm that once I got M off to school, I convinced them to forget about driving home to study for exams, and come to the creek with K and I. It was so beautiful; not too windy, high tide, water was the perfect temp, and crystal clear. We splashed about for about 2 hours, then stopped to get some chips and head home.

After we polished them off, the crazy kooky scientists packed up and headed back to the big smoke, and I trundled off to get M  from school.

 

The most social I have been in months, maybe even years! All packed into 1 week. I had such a good time. I have some really, really awesome friends. I have some shitty ones too, but some make me smile so hard my skull falls out.

 

Photo’s to come 🙂

 

Oh! Here is a present from Tara and Clint. It’s great.

 

ok so I don’t know if that video will work, I don’t think it’s showing up, in which case go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIYvD9DI1ZA bloody stupid kiwi stuff.

I Kill (Eat) Cupcakes for Breakfast!

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Today was a beautiful day, after a few days of stormy skies, lightning, thunder, and quick but heavy downpours. We decided to enjoy it by spending the morning at the creek.

 

The eerie color of the sky during the storm

 

Unfortunately, so did everyone else in Currumbin. The place was packed. Luckily though, I managed to get a carpark reasonably close to the waterfront, although it was not the best part of the creek for a dip. Better for people who are kayaking or paddleboarding. At one point I counted 11 paddleboards and 6 kayaks! Oh well. It’s a beautiful creek, and it’s nice that everyone is able to enjoy it too.

Chillaxin at the creek

 

It's COLDD!

When we got home, one of the kids who lives nearby came over looking for M, so he disappeared outside to play. K was having a nap, so I decided to make some Vanilla Cupcakes. I have had a hankering to make cupcakes for a week or so, for some reason, and decided that it was the perfect day to do so.

Halfway through making them, I decided to mix it up a bit and make them lemon-vanilla. Easy enough. They turned out beautifully light, fluffy, and just a subtle hint of lemon, which is just the way I like it. I was really happy with them.

If you make them, let me know how they turn out for you!

 

Lemon-Vanilla Cupcakes

(well actually this is the recipe for vanilla cupcakes, but I popped in when I added the lemon etc)

Ingredients:

125g butter, softened

150g (2/3 cup) caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 large eggs

188g (1 1/4 cup) self-raising flour

125g (1/5 cup) milk

 

Icing:

1 1/4 cup icing sugar

1 Tbspn butter

1 Tbspn boiling water

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 180c, and line a 12 cup muffin tray with liners.

Beat butter, sugar and vanilla together in a large bowl. If using electric mixer, start on low then turn up to high after a minute. I did it the old fashioned way, with elbow grease. Keep mixing until it gets light and creamy.

 

 

Add one egg to the bowl and continue to mix for a minute longer, then add the other egg.

Sift in about 1/2 the flour (around 2/3 cup) over the butter mix, and stir with a spoon or on low, until just incorporated.

Add about half the milk (around 1/4 cup) and mix in gently, until just combined. At this point, the mix will probably look a wee bit funky.

 

How funky is your chicken, how funky is your chicken, how loose is your goose? Your goose is totally loose!

 

Repeat with the remaining flour and milk. Do not overmix the batter.

It was at this point I decided to make mine lemon, so I quickly grated in the rind of the 2/3rds of a lemon I had left over, after making Renovale some pancakes yesterday.

Divide the batter between the liners. I used my 1/4 cup scoop, which turned out to be quite the perfect size.

 

 

Bake for about 20 mins, or until they are a light golden color, and the tops spring back. Obvs everyone know the rules to the knife/toothpick test. This is no different.

 

 

Allow them to cool a little before transferring to a wire cooling rack, then leave them to finish cooling before icing them.

Icing:

Mix together the glace ingredients. I added a squeeze of about 1/4 of a lemon, just a normal wedge. If the icing starts to set while you are still mixing or icing, add a few drops of boiled water to make it workable again.

Now eat those suckers!!

 

 

 

After I finished icing them, M wandereed back inside, so he and I both ate one. The he went back out to play and reappeared with 3 other friends. Since the cupcakes were still sitting on the bench (mocking me, daring me to eat another. I’m sure of it.), I offered them all a cupcake. Then after dinner M and I had one for dessert. I know, I’m a fat shit. Swear jar. They were just so good!

Brooownies, Talkin Bout Some Broooowniiiiiessss

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Today I made ‘Whatever Floats Ya Boat Brownies’. So yummy! I am having to continually talk myself out of finishing the rest of the batch right now, reminding myself that it is heading into summer and I would like to try lose some of my spare tyre. Of course, I should probably just stop baking things like brownies and honeycomb (which I made yesterday) if I am really serious about this, but I thought it would be a nice treat for M to take to school in his lunchbox. And since when did logic ever count for much?

Before they were even cooked, I tasted a bit of the batter. Big Mistake! I was very close to blowing off baking them, and eating the friggin batter as is! And once they were cooked, phwoar!!

Warning: If you decide to bake these, make sure you have plenty of milk handy to wash it down with.

 

 

Whatever Floats Ya Boat Brownies

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

1-2 cups ‘Whatever Floats Your Boat’!

 

Preheat oven to 180 c, and grease or line a slice pan.

Combine butter and cocoa together and stir until cocoa is dissolved.

Add sugar and mix well.

Add eggs one at a time and stir well until combined.

Stir in vanilla, flour and salt, stir until you don’t see any flour but don’t over mix.

Fold in ‘Whatever Floats Your Boat’, eg mashmallows, chopped nuts, choc-chips, cherries, lollies, whatever!

Spread in pan and bake for approx 25 minutes.

Cool completely before cutting into squares.

 

 

Do not overbake or they will come out dry. I baked mine for 25 mins and pulled them out and let them cool while I cruised around doing laundry and feeding K his lunch. When I tasted one over an hour later, I wished I had let them cook for 3-4 minutes more. So adjust the time and temp according to your oven if you know it well enough.

I used 10 hazelnuts that I picked out of my trail mix and chopped up, and about 1/3 cup of choc chips that I found lurking in the back of the pantry. Seriously, they must have been about 2 years old!

 

 

 

 

Which one looks better, with flash or without?

Oh and FYI, while I was typing this I broke down and ate another one. And if anyone out there watches Rush, OMG!!! I was totally crying, I can’t believe that just happened!!

Push The Little Daisies and Make Them Come Up!

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Today we sat in the backyard, warming up in the sun. K had some nappy-free time. While he was trying to eat leaves, I taught M how to make daisy chains. He very quickly bored of that and asked to go play with some of the other kids that live nearby. While he was away I took some pics of K wearing his crown of daisies. Aren’t they funny?!