Saturday, April 28, 2012

Recent happenings


So i havent done much of an update on us lately, so i thought i would make this post a bit more about hubby and i, than about baking and general stuff :)

So i just popped into town to drop Si off at work for the day, what a lovely man working on his weekend so we can save more money! He's a champ. Well last night i had a lovely family dinner (bar Mum, as she is currently in Myanmar, doing some missionary work, teaching english and what not) So it was a little different without her, but non the less it was great! Dad cooked a fabulous corned silverside, and daniel (my big brother) cooked the veges and made a delicious mustard sauce. 

He has just come home from hospital, he had three operations to remove hernias, they ended up finding more than they thought, which is good they are gone, and he can now heal up and start to feel more normal again. I have lost count at how many operations he has had, ever since i was little he has been having them for various reasons, we just hope that he doesn't have to have anymore!

Well me and Hubby are doing well, we are trying our best to save hard for a house, because we want to be able to build, or at least by a relatively nice one as our first home. So we are trying to save for a $30,000.00 deposit on a mortgage..so heres hoping that we are going to be able to save that much. Knowing us something normally goes wrong, be i so hope it doesn't, and in about 5 years we can have our own home! :D

On the cat front, we had to take him to the vet yesterday because he was limping really bad on the leg he had his operation on - so we took him in and they gave him a pain killer injection to make it less painful for him. then on monday we have to take him in to have an Xray (which thankfully they are heavily discounting for us, since its a follow up from his hip operation) So yeah we are just praying that he only bruised it, or just made it sore by doing something silly, and not something that requires more surgery - as i don't think we will be able to afford much :( Poor we bubba, he has the worst of luck ( if we had more money i wouldn't flinch at getting him fixed, but when you end up spending more on a cat than you do on your own health, its not good)

Well on a good note, Si and i went to a friends 30th last weekend, and they had a cool photobooth with frames, here are some pics;

Hubby and me <3

The ladies in Red xx

Earlier that day my mother and law and i went for a walk around the Taitua Aboretum - which was super lovely, here are some pics from that;

At the beginning of the walk

Hen

Chicken

Beautiful light through the trees

Black Swan

Maria and I

View from almost the end of the walk

Baby chikies by the car park :P

That was such a lovely walk that we are going to go back today, if the weather stays nice, apparently its ment to rain :( We are going again, but my friend and her bubba are going to come too! :) Its going to be fun if we do end up going, the bubba can see all the chikies and ducks, and feed them, ooh its going to be cool :)


I better go and get dressed if im going to get anything done today, cant put the washing out, but i can tudy up our bomb shell of a house! we have been so lazy all week its a tip..oh dear i think its going to take me a while to tidy it up, how dumb - must need another coffee!


Laters
xx



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies


So today is was Anzac Day in New Zealand, were most have the day of work, and of course to remember the soldiers that died in Gallipoli. Well my day consisted of going to bed at 3am! Wow..no wasn't out partying, hubby and I went to go see the midnight screening of the Avengers - and it was awesome! Im not that into comics, so i wasn't too worried if it was boring, but i was pleasantly surprised how good it was. Hubby is a huge Marvel comics fan, so he was pumped to go :P The movie was packed! there were 3 Cinemas open, and there were soo many people, it was craaazy!

Well since we ended up going to bed at 3am, hubby and i stayed in bed until like 11am, man were we tired! So it was a slow morning, then at lunchtime i had to go drop hubby off at work. So it was a me day today, i showered and watched some TV, then decided to watch a movie, called ' Like Crazy' - it was really good, and romantic one, but pleasantly well done, and the cinematography was impressive.

So once that finished i thought i should be a bit productive, so i made some Oatmean cookies, i really wanted to do a Healthy option, so i used Wholemeal flour, Mollases and Honey for the Sweetening. I think they are really yummy, hubby thinks they need a but more sweet..i could add in a bit more honey next time. But i really wanted them to be crunchy, and they were more soft chewy..so i might have a look around for another recipe that uses wholemeal flour and oatmeal.


Well here are some of the progress images, and the recipe below;







Healthy Oatmeal Cookies (with Honey)

Ingredients:
Dry ingredients
               1 1/2 wholemeal flour
               1 1/2 cups of Flake Rolled Oats
               1/2 tsp baking soda
               1/2 tsp baking powder
               1/2 tsp salt
               3 Tbsp Cinnamon
               1/2 tsp Nutmeg (optional)

Wet ingredients
               1/2 cup honey
               1/2 cup oil (rice bran or neutral oil)
               1 Tablespoon Molasses
               1 egg (beat with 1 Tbsp Water)
               1 tsp Vanilla

Yummy ingredients
               1 cup raisins (and or walnuts)


Preparation:

1.            In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.
2.            In a medium bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together. Hint: when measuring out the honey, spray the measuring cup with oil or baking spray--your honey won't stick).
3.            Mix the wet stuff with the dry stuff. Add the raisins and walnuts and mix. If the mixture seems too wet, add a bit of flour. If it isn't binding together very well, you may wish to add an egg white.
4.            COOL the mix for 20 minutes in the fridge.
5.            Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
6.            Drop by teaspoonfuls onto your baking sheet (I recommend lining the baking sheet with parchment paper). Press down with a fork to ensure even cooking.
7.             
Bake for about 15 - 20 minutes or until golden on the bottom of the cookie. The cookies freeze very well and make a great snack! Enjoy.






Saturday, April 14, 2012

Hummingbird Cake


We have three Feijoa trees at our house, so we have ALOT of feijoas..so i had to find a way to use some of them up as well as some very very ripe bananas :P So i found a recipe for a 'Hummingbird Cake' which is typically made with Bananas and Pineapple, but i thought it would be quite tasty with feijoas instead :P So here are some process pictures, and the recipe;






Here is the recipe;

Hummingbird Cake

Ingredients
Cake 
340g Feijoas - mashed 
1 1/2 cups plain flour 
1 1/2 tsp baking soda 
1 tsp cinnamon 
1 tsp ground ginger 
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar 
1/2 cup desiccated coconut 
3  over ripe bananas - mashed 
2 large eggs at room temp lightly beaten 
3/4 cup vegetable oil ( i used Rice Bran Oil)
Cream cheese icing 

60g softened cream cheese 
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 Tbsp Lemon juice 
Zest of 1 lemon

Method
Cake 

Preheat oven to 180degC 
Grease and line a cake tin with baking paper.
Drain pineapple over a medium bowl, reserve 1/4 cup syrup. 
Or/ get ready your feijoas and mash them.
Into a large bowl, add sifted flour, soda, spice then stir in sugar. 
Add Fruits, coconut, eggs and oil. 
Pour into baking tin and cook around 50 minutes.

Icing Beat together cream cheese and Icing Sugar until light and fluffy. 
Add in Lemon juice and Zest until combined.
Spread over top of cold cake and decorate with zest of Lemon and Coconut.



Hope you all enjoy it, its easy and tastes sooo yummy :)
xx



Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tummy Bug

So this week/last weekend was Easter, so it was a long weekend, and i also had 1 week off as well :) which i had planned some real nice things to do in, but alas, that hasn't happened. On easter Monday i went out to lunch with friend and her bubs to the mall, to get Sushi..anyway, short version - Mon night i ended up loosing all my food and other nasty things, was up till 6am. Then yesterday i thought i was getting better, but then about 11am i had real sharp pains in my stomach and i couldn't move, so Mum came round and took me to the Doctor. 

Ended up being either a tummy bug or food poisoning, both quite similar - so i got few meds to help with the symptoms and nausea.


So now i am feeling so much better, mainly because i am now re-hydrated and have been able to keep some food down :) Yay, had some honey toast this morning! I even dropped hubby off at work, and i may even get dressed! I had my breakfast with Harvey this morning;


Well i think im off to do a small tidy of this house, man its amazing how messy it can get when your sick! But hubby has done such a good job at looking after me, he did the dishes and put soup in the crock pot last night, isn't he great!

Off to do a little clean up xx




Sunday, April 1, 2012

Update: Inside of Oreo Cho Chip Cookie + Recipe


Here is the Inside of the Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie;


And here is the recipe from Picky Palate.com:

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 sticks softened butter
3/4 Cup packed light brown sugar
1 Cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
3 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
10 oz bag chocolate chips
1 bag Oreo Cookies 

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.   In a stand or electric mixer cream butter and sugars until well combined.  Add in eggs and vanilla until well combined.

2.  In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt and baking soda.  Slowly add to wet ingredients along with chocolate chips until just combined.  Using a cookie scoop take one scoop of cookie dough and place on top of an Oreo Cookie.  Take another scoop of dough and place on bottom of Oreo Cookie.  Seal edges together by pressing and cupping in hand until Oreo Cookie is enclosed with dough.  Place onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet and bake cookies 9-13 minutes or until cookies are baked to your liking.  Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.  Serve with a tall glass of milk, enjoy!

Makes about 2 dozen VERY LARGE Cookies :)





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