Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Winter creations

I've been making lots of "fimo" or polymer clay creations this winter. Here are some of my favourite internet inspirations:


Love birds by Much love

I thought these were soo cute I decided to make my own version I'm going to try and make them out of icing for our engagement party next month.


Some of my new cupcakes and Mario brooches



On a completely unrelated note....



these are the clouds outside my window, which are especially beautiful today.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

JJ Heller- When I leave

I've been listening to lots of JJ Heller recently and wanted to share some of her beautiful song lyrics with you blog. Makes you think... What do you want to leave behind?





WHEN I LEAVE -JJ HELLER

Am I too busy chasing a temporary fortune
That my priorities get lost along the road
The seasons bring their moments
They linger for an instant
They never wait for you to pay the debts you owe

When I leave I want to leave a memory filled with love
The kind you don't forget
When I go I want to be known
As one who lived with no regrets

If life is like a flower
Am I doing all that's in my power
To leave a fragrance behind
It's time to count my blessings
Forget about my savings account for a while

I want them to say
What a glorious day
She had so much to gain
But she gave it away
And I want them to see something different in me
And that I'm going to be free

Some glad morning when this life is over
I'll fly away
To a home on God's celestial shore
I'll fly away
When I leave I want to leave a memory...

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Slow cooker baking

I've been using my slow cooker for everything but when I found a recipe in my slow food book for a baked slow cooker cake I was more than a little skeptic. I mean my slow cooker makes everything taste delicious but could it really bake cake? The simple answer is yes, yes it can. So here's my recipe for pineapple upside down cake (slow cooker style)

Note when its baking it does look pretty weird, in fact I think the more bubbly and strange it looks the better! just leave it! If your tempted to take the lid off and take a peek (like I did) it will slow down your cooking as it seals in all the heat.

The first hour or so it just looks like nothing is happening, but by the 3rd hour it suddenly reveals itself into fantastic cake! awesome! I know this because I went upstairs and forgot about it for 2 hours or more and when I came back I was greeted by a delicious sweet cakey aroma, like magic a cake had appeared! :D.

Pineapple upside down cake/pudding:




1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. milk
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 can pineapple slices in syrup
Glaced cheeries
1/4 cup coconut (optional)

Drain can of pineapple, saving the syrup.

Sprinkle brown sugar in your slow cooker, arrange whole pineapple slices and cherries (with cherries in centres of pineapple slices) over the brown sugar.

In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, softened butter, milk, egg, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of the pineapple syrup. Add the coconut if you prefer or leave it out if your not a fan- I added about 1/4 cup mmmm, then mix!

Pour batter into the pan being careful not to disturb the pineapples and cherries.
Put your slow cooker on to high and come back in 3-4 hours!

I won't turn out like a cake (even though I greased it before hand) so just scoop it out like a pudding. Serve while its still warm with yoghurt or ice cream.

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