Thursday, June 21, 2012

More Cupcakes! and update on us


Just can't get enough of these guys! They are so delish, the best recipe yet! These ones were for my husbands Grandma who has just come from Canada to live permanently in New Zealand! So they were her welcome home present :) - and again they are all gone..too good to leave sitting around ya know!

Here is another photo...from my phone - but these ones are purple!

YUM 

I realise all i have been posting is baking and a bit of drawing lately -  to be honest that's all i have been doing, aside from design for a few friends and epic cowboys and aliens themed invites and thank you's :P. Life has been a bit of a blah lately. I cant seem to recall anything amAsing happening..


So here i go: Be warned this may or may not be very looong...

However i did go see Snow white and the Huntsman with Elyse - my date hehe - we had a blast, was a much needed night out for me, and a much needed time away from baby for her, we are going to try and make it a monthly thing :) - which will use all my pocket money, but its worth it. The next movie we are going to see is Magic Mike - hehe - we are VERY excited about this one :P.


Lets see..what else..I have been helping my parents finish off the gardens, not that i CAN help much as i dont want to hurt my shoulders, i gave encouragement and got drinks :P The garden is looking awesome, and now there are raised beds where we can plant flowers and veges and all sorts of fun things! My mum is trying to make it easy for me to garden when hubby and i move into the house. Since im not a fabulous gardener like her, it needs to be simple and easy for me to do. I seriously can.not.wait to have my own garden..pots and planters and hanging baskets are only so good :D


On the husband front, lets see, he is good, working hard and being a man :P As they do. We are having some wonderful talks about our future lately and it has really encouraged me, and I'm excited for this next year. Which may or may not include; dogs (which breed to choose is another TOTAL  story), babies (maybe..), new home to live in (thats NOT a small pokey 2 bedroom, damp, noisey FLAT), new projects, and hopefully exciting things!  I LOVE my man, he's awesome, we just need to decide on this dog situation...

 This dog thing is WAY more complicated that i had initially thought, my idea of a dog, is something between knee and ankle height..reasonably quiet..well behaved, not scarey looking and not full of too much energy, as me..I'm pretty lazy on the whole moving around and having to exercise front :P
So breed wise I'm thinking maybe a Scottish Terrier, like this fellow here;

Scottish Terrier..
Or a Wire Hair Dachshund..

maybe this dude?

I don't know, we cant decide, one that we are kind of agreeing on (well used to agree on) was a Japanese Spitz (which are quite expensive..) But here is one in all its fluffy glory;

Fully grown Japanese Spitz
So where the problem comes in is Hubby would really like a Border Collie, as they are a lot cheaper to buy and dont need to be groomed..BUT there is a big but..they have a lot of energy and need training, lots of it. They love to learn new tricks and be challenged. So..Hubby does know about this, and is willing to train and do the running and exercise with the dog..but i just dont want a big energetic dog, i know they are lovely, but I'm just not convinced.

So what do you think? We will have a medium fenced yard, the dog will most likely sleep inside in a crate..or outside in summer. We will have kids, so it will need to get along..so i dont know, (oh and our friends are breeding their collie..so we do have a place to get a pup). Suggestions?


Sorry that was soo long, i warned you! :P
Coffee time.
xx


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Vanilla Cupcake Recipe & Spaceship Cake


Well its been a while since i did a post on here, life has been a bit busy lately..too much to do, and not much time to blog! So i have done some baking recently, and they were superb! I think they are now my favourite flavour of Cupcake - and its Vanilla! Who would have thought! (and they even get better with time..weird..

So i thought i would share with you the recipe, which i have changed a bit from the one i found, as i like to beat the crap out of the butter and sugar, as i have found it makes the cupcakes lighter and a nicer texture. I also added buttermilk, which is really a fancy word for sour milk, dont know why but it makes them taste sooo good, and again gives them a great texture and makes them light!

Here the recipe;


You should be able to click on it and download a version easy enough for you to read! :P

Now of course this is a Cupcake recipe, which means they are going to NEED to be frosted! If it doesn't have frosting, its not a cupcake, its just a muffin!


So here is an easy butter frosting recipe, which i used to frost my vanilla cupcakes;

Buttercream Frosting
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 3 cups icing sugar, sifted (or more if you are piping, as you need it fairly stiff)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ¼ cup milk warmed for ten seconds in microwave
     
    And any food colouring you wish  - just add a touch of colour, as pastels look really nice.
     
  • To make buttercream Frosting, cream the butter with an electric mixer until very pale, about 2-3 minutes.  Using low speed, mix in the icing sugar alternatively with the milk and vanilla.  Continue to beat until light and fluffy. Add colour if you wish.

    Pipe or swirl the buttercream Frosting onto cooled cupcakes.
     
Now here is a picture of mine - which was taken on my phone so its crappy quality, they were sooo yummy!






Well that's all from me for now - i will leave you with a pic of a 1st Birthday Cake my friend and I did for her son - a spaceship cake!




xx


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