Saturday, 30 June 2012

Easy Cupcakes...

easy...for some....
 my cupcake attempt...




For this recipe visit: http://www.kidspot.co.nz/recipes-for+1842+20+Cakes-&-Baking+Basic-vanilla-cupcakes.htm


Basic vanilla cupcakes

Serving Size:

Makes 12 muffin size or 24 small cupcake size

Ingredients:


  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup (185mL) milk

Icing
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Sprinkles or lollies (e.g. mini marshmallows or jaffas) to decorate


Method:

Preheat oven to 180°C. Place muffin papers in one 12-hole muffin tray or cupcake papers in two 12-hole cupcake trays. In an electric mixer, beat butter for 2 minutes until pale in colour and creamy. Add sugar one third at a time, beating well between each addition. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for about a minute between each addition. Add the vanilla essence and beat until combined.
Sift flour and baking powder and add half to butter mixture with half the milk, mix until well combined. Repeat with remaining flour and milk.
Fill cupcake papers ¾ full (an icecream scoop is perfect for this). Bake muffin size cupcakes for 20-25 minutes and small cupcakes for about 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Transfer to wire racks and allow to cool completely.
Icing
Cream butter until pale and smooth. Add the milk and half the sifted icing sugar. Beat until well combined. Add the remaining icing sugar and beat until mixture is light and fluffy. The mixture should be a spreadable paste; if it is too dry add some more milk, if too wet add more icing sugar.
When cakes are cold, spread generously with icing and dip into sprinkles or decorate with small lollies.




here are my cupcakes:



Yum!!! EnJOY


Thursday, 28 June 2012

Down Time...





This afternoon I was at the library, just starting some work that I should have started a few weeks ago. As I was getting some books, this guy came up to me and said "don't put the books back, we just want you to leave them there" as he pointed to a gap in the shelves. He was a librarian who seemed to be taking his job very seriously. I could not quite make sense of leaving the books out, and having the library staff put them away. I saw where I was getting the books from on the shelf, so it wasn't like I was going to forget and put them in a completely different place. It just got to me how serious he was and the angry look I got from him. I decided to do as he asked, but also randomly pull out extra books, just for the hell of it, and leave them out (he asked for it). This childish behaviour of mine made me feel slightly better. This week my moods have been so up and down. I find myself doing heaps during the day, creating jobs to be done, then crashing at night. Each day I am out and about. I have forgotten the last day I just stayed home. Tomorrow, I have decided will be a stay home, relax and rejuvenate day. Here are the key essentials to a girly relaxing day of pampering...


 Yay! The new issue of Cosmo...July issue...a great read when soaking in the tub


 I got a few of these cute little candles from the warehouse, which go around the bath...very romantic


Winter weather is so drying on the skin. I have been using tonnes of this yummy smelling baby oil in the bath, with bodywash. You come out of the bath looking like a greasy seal, but when the oil has soaked in, its lovely! Don't jump into bed to early though, or your sheets will cop the effects of the oil, and so will your significant other ;) 



This argania hair oil is perfect for distressed hair, caused by constant straightening and curling. I leave it in my hair overnight, and wash it out the next morning. It also smells delicious.


 I got these ugg boots a few weeks ago. I love them..they are super cosy for keeping my feet warm with this winter weather . They are fantastic to put on after a day in heels or boots.


This is my new favourite chocolate. Its a new product from Cadbury. The best way to describe it is a combination of Cadbury's black forest chocolate (minus the biscuit bits) and Cadbury's crunchie chocolate. It is so yum!!! I love the little jelly berry bits, and this block is filled with them. You are basically getting the best of both types of chocolate..in one!!! 




No no no wine this weekend...its going to be all about hot lemon drinks (for a good detox)


Treat yourself to a girly day...
 and EnJoy
xox








Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Winter in Dunedin...

It has been freezing here lately. I have been rugging up to the point where I  can't move my arms due to all my layers. Most days have managed to get up to about 3 degrees max!!! Bbbbrrrr!
 I find my coffee intake has exceeded my usual 2 a day, to about 4, just to keep warm. We have only had hilltop snow, which is unusual considering how cold it is. Check out the wintery photos below...








Monday, 25 June 2012

Ridiculous Retail...

This morning after grabbing a coffee I decided that I needed to go and buy this dress that I have been looking at for about two weeks. I grabbed my size and headed for the changing rooms. As I patiently waited, I listened to a retail assistant advising a lady on some jewellery. The retail lady was about 40-50  years old, and the customer was around the same age. The customer was wearing an outfit consisting of black pants underneath a long black dress top (with blue/green/purple patterns) with a black jersey. The retail assistant was holding up a pearl necklace next to the lady's neck. In my head I just kept thinking...oooh that is so wrong. The customer then looked at me and asked "what do you think?".I stood there feeling awkward and thinking, shit how do I get out of this one. I decided that I might as well be honest seeing that she asked for my opinion. In the most polite of voices I said " I'm...um...not sure that looks quite right. The detailing on the top is enough, with the patterning, so you would need to keep the jewellery simple". In other words " you might as well head down to the pet department and get a dog collar, that would probably look better than what this shocking retail assistant is trying to sell you!!!!". The pearls on this necklace were the size of golf balls. This poor woman, the customer, was just standing there looking so unsure of how and what to buy, and what would look good. I mean come on, we have all been there, when you are in a shop, feeling overwhelmed and the retail assistant says "oh that looks fantastic" and you think "yay, really? thank you"! Then you get home and think "what the f#@* did I just buy?". All because the retail assistant cunningly picked up on an insecurity you had at the time, and filled you with all the right ideas. I feel for woman who are older, and are not too sure of what looks good, or what is "in fashion" or how to correctly dress to their body shape. I am not saying that I get it right, we all have our hits, and our misses. But this poor woman just wanted someone to help her out and genuinely care that she left the store, looking and feeling a million bucks. Instead the retail assistant wanted her to buy the most expensive items, and not give a toss whether she felt great or not. I advised the lady on getting some jewellery that was much finer as she had a very slim neckline that would have been overpowered by some heavy necklace. After trying on my dress and heading to the counter to pay for it, I saw the lady standing there with the jewellery that she had chosen. She ended up getting a finer pearly necklace and some earrings. I asked her (in a concerned voice) if she was happy with it and she said yes. I just wanted to just tell her to put everything down and take her shopping, which I could not have really done seeing that I did not know her. I just kept thinking, if any retail assistant had treated my mum that way, they would have received a few words (to say the least). I have an issue with some retail assistants and how nasty they can be sometimes. A word of advice when you are next out shopping, take on board what a retail assistant says...then let it go like a dress that doesn't fit.

Friday, 22 June 2012

A morning to be treasured...

Friday 22nd June, 2012
This morning was one of the best mornings I have ever had.
It was a morning filled with so much love, happiness and sadness all wrapped in one.
I have have not felt so appreciated and loved like I did this morning, for a long time. It was a morning that I will treasure for the rest of my life. 
These are the beautiful flowers I was given :). This morning was filled with many beautiful memories that will last for a lifetime.

Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us.  ~Oscar Wilde




Peace Pilgrim: “Pure love is a willingness to give without a thought of receiving anything in return. 





Saturday, 9 June 2012

Hilltop Hoods

I love it...this song is great. I haven't heard it in ages until last night, so I needed to put it up. 
EnJOY 


Something for a Sunday...

The sun has come out today and managed to warm Dunedin up a little. I opened up all the house, hoping to filter in some warmth. It has been a mixed bag this week with the weather, we even had some snow. I had to drive up a very steep road earlier in the week which was covered in snow. I basically went up thinking, bugger this, I have no idea if I am going to get to the top or not. Thankfully I did, but I don't recommend taking to many risks in the snow. I had a brakes failure last year driving in the snow and I think that has put me off a bit. One morning the frost was so bad that it had frosted my car door shut. I am not a winter girl so I find the frosty mornings and rainy days a bit shit, to be blunt. Today is fantastic though, I have my laptop on my lap, by the window with the sun streaming in. I should be doing work, as it is piled up on my desk next to me, but I just wanted to put a little something up on my blog.

I came across this quote which I really like...so I thought I would share it...
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, 4 June 2012

Colbie Feat Common

Good...good..good song. Colbie is fantastic...not only is she a great singer and super pretty... her name is the same as my favourite cheese for toasties...well not quite, but almost!
Turn it up...and enjoy


Hurt me tomorrow

Loving this song! I just wanted to put it up and keep the post short and sweet. The benefits of putting music up, is having all my favourite songs in on place when I am online...
This is K'naan...



EnJOY

Friday, 1 June 2012

SKRILLEX.....

I just had to put this song up...
I am a huge Skrillex fan right now...just love it!