Monthly Archives: March 2013

Happy St Patrick’s Day

If you like to wear green or drink Irish liquor, hope you are having a great St Patrick’s Day today.

The remainder of the Chocolate Guinness Cookie dough was made into this selection of highly clichéd St Patrick’s Day stereotypes. But they do taste yum!

St Patricks Day Cookies

St Patricks Day Cookies Closeup

This little leprechaun guy was made by doing a royal icing transfer, first piping him out onto wax paper and then placing it on a wet iced cookie. Unfortunately the yellow was so very wet it ran off the sides of the cookie (which if you recall from my last post these cookies weren’t flat) and it made his colours run just a bit. And his legs broke off…but I still think he looks good.

Leprechaun Closeup

Until next time, have fun.

Pint of Guinness

As a warm up to St Patrick’s Day, I have whipped up some Chocolate Guinness Cookies. And made them into little pints of Guinness!

I found the recipe here, I took the cookie recipe and added an extra 1/4 cup of cocoa because I wanted them quite chocolaty. I suggest if you do make these, just follow the recipe and don’t try to make them into roll-out cookies. I had to put the dough in the fridge to harden up to make it manageable and then again in between each rolling. The other problem is because they aren’t roll-out cookies, they rise and spread. Thankfully once the cookies cooled they weren’t so puffy which allowed me to add the royal icing.

Pint of Guinness Cookies

The cookies also don’t last weeks like my usual sugar cookies, so they are required to be scoffed down in a few days. Usually not a problem for anyone I think.

This makes me miss having a really good Irish pub nearby. I love Guinness on tap! Bottles of it work fine in cookies and cakes but for drinking, it just doesn’t appeal to me.

Until next time, have fun.

Happy Birthday Me 2013

So today, at 11:01am, I officially got a year older! Happy Birthday to me!

It hasn’t been the most fantastic day, with spending all morning at the doctor’s surgery waiting for an appointment as my back got worse last Friday and I have a lovely headache to go along with it now. Also, I’m hot. My husband promised me a birthday cake but he’s delayed that to NEXT weekend because he couldn’t drag himself away from playing the new SimCity all weekend. Typical! And I didn’t (or haven’t yet) got my special birthday dinner he also promised. He says because I didn’t end up going to some training at work on Saturday (good excuse, couldn’t walk?) but you know it’s for the exact same reason as above – SimCity!

This cake I made as St Patrick’s Day is coming up in less than a week but it’s now doubling as my birthday cake. I’ve made a Chocolate Guinness cake in the past and loved it but couldn’t find that recipe so I found a new one.

Guinness Chocolate Cake

It’s actually the first Nigella Lawson recipe I’ve ever made. How is that even possible? If you would like to try out the recipe just go here.

Guinness Chocolate Cake 2

I didn’t make the cream cheese icing from her recipe because I’ve had some leftover lemon cream cheese buttercream sitting in the freezer since Jason’s birthday last November. I just tinted it green and piped it on using my largest petal tip in round circles heading towards the centre. Shoddy job. Good news is the lemon flavour goes pretty well with this deliciously moist cake. You should really try this cake if you prefer a chocolate cake that’s deep and mellow rather than really rich and sweet because that’s what the Guinness does to it. Or just try it anyway.

Guinness Chocolate Cake Slice

Tonight should be better though, for birthday dinner we are having Herb Rubbed Lamb Steaks with Pea and Feta Salad (from my Delicious Simply the Best cookbook). I have to cook most of it since Mister is working late but he has agreed to bbq the steaks! Then we are going to pop open a bottle of Brown Brothers Prosecco, eat some cheese and play some of my birthday present together – Lego Lord of the Rings. (I’m also getting a clay extruder for using with sugarpaste but he hasn’t gotten around to buying it for me yet.)

Oh! I almost forgot. must have known it was my birthday because they sent me an email that their Mad Hatter cake tins are half price until Friday. I just couldn’t resist and have bought six of them. I never see these on sale anywhere! Should be fun to try them out.

Until next time, have fun!

Epic Pokemon – Eevee

I’ve been told this little Pokemon is called Eevee and can actually be evolved into quite a few other Pokemon, some of those were Vaporean and Jolteon I completed earlier.

 Eevee Cross Stitch

I thought I would throw in a comparison picture this time, what’s up with the gaping red maw in the cross stitch?


Until next time, have fun.

Epic Pokemon Cross-stitch Update

I mentioned in my last post that I was suffering from a herniated disc in my lower back. Wow, I can tell you it’s really not fun and I never want to go through this again. Due to that, I’ve been off work for a couple of weeks and with not being able to do too much around the house I’ve had a lot of time to focus on the Pokemon cross-stitch.

I’ve gotten SIX more done since I first showed you how it was going! Nerd pride moment – I actually knew who Mew was! For those interested they are named as follows moving from left to right and downwards: Mewtwo, Mew, Snorlax, Articuno, Vaporeon and Jolteon. Vaporeon is my favourite out of those, he’s just so darn cute!

Pokemon Update 6-3-13

It’s going well, that’s the top right corner completed. I’ll continue moving along the top to the left and when we hit the centre line I think that means I have done a quarter of it!

As a bit of a spoiler into what’s coming up, I made some cookie dough today, Guinness Chocolate Spice to be exact. I wonder how it is going to taste? Hopefully my back will let me play with some St Patrick’s Day designs over the next few days!

Until next time, have fun!