Posts in Category: Bake

Bee my honey?

Happy Valentine’s Day readers! Whether you make it a big event with a loved one, or just enjoy their company sitting on the couch watching television together, or you just take a moment to reflect on and love yourself, all’s fine!

I made these cookies today for my Jason, but if you are feeling lonely and want some cookies, I made them for you too! The “bee my honey” was his idea actually, I was only planning a “bee my valentine”. I thought his idea was much cuter.

I failed miserably at the honeycomb pattern on the plaque cookie. I blame it on the tiredness and the “winging it”. I handcut the bee cookie, while the others used cutters.

I’ve been struggling lately with the summer heat here. Supposedly we are having our hottest summer ever with ten recorded heat waves. Unfortunately our house is not air-conditioned and poorly insulated, so it’s quite unbearable. In such an environment my creativity and enthusiasm has plummeted. So you better feel lucky that there are cookies today, do you hear me? 🙂

I did play a little in my sewing room yesterday, had a cleanup and cut out some fabric for a new toy. It’s got so many pieces to it! But I think it’s going to be absolutely adorable. I should get back in there again tomorrow….

Until next time, have fun!

Lamingtons

Happy Australia Day to all of you! Pretty proud of today’s baking efforts, as I finally bit the bullet and made lamingtons.

That’s right, I have never made lamingtons in my life. Don’t know how I can even call myself an Aussie. I guess I just kept putting it off as it seemed time consuming and messy. I make enough mess in my kitchen without adding an inherently messy recipe. But this year is for making things I haven’t before, and today is a perfect day for a traditional Australian sweet.

Lamingtons are sponge cake squares covered in chocolate icing and coconut. I used this recipe from Australian Women’s Weekly.

So make your sponge cake first. I made mine the night before so it could cool completely. It’s still soft and spongy and delicious a day later. I didn’t chop it into pieces until I was ready to ice them though.

Make your icing (I will spare you a photo of that since someone hasn’t cleaned the stovetop this week….) and get the icing and coconut ready. I popped some baking paper under my cooling rack to catch any stray coconut or chocolate.

Dunk your sponge square in the chocolate icing and get it good and covered.

Pull it out with a fork and stare out the window while the excess icing drips off. You really do want to give it time to do this because if you don’t, your coconut and and icing will start to slide off the square while it sets. It took me about an hour to get the 20 squares iced and coconutted. I know that’s not a word, but it should be. The act of being covered in coconut. Or perhaps hit by a coconut. Oh, you got coconutted good!

Leave them to set on a wire rack. Then eat them all up!

One thing to note about the recipe, is that I thought 750 grams of icing sugar was too much. I reduced the icing ingredients to 2/3 of the amounts and it covered the 20 squares with no issue.

Until next time, have fun!

New Year’s Eve 2016

Once again, the earth has rotated around the sun and we come to the end of the year.  It’s been a bit of a meh year for us, Jason’s had a lot of change at work and I’m still looking for a great job after the last one was not the place for me. I’m positive 2017 is going to be good.  But blog wise….it’s been a great year for me. I challenged myself to do more, and in 2017 I want to do even more.

Here’s a few things I done or achieved during the last year (or rather since I got back into it in May)

  • I’ve made 45 posts in 2016!
  • My 100th post ever was on the 23rd of December with Gingerbread
  • I learned to knit which is something I had always wanted to do and I’m totally being awesome at it 😉
  • I pulled out the Epic Pokemon cross stitch again and my sewing machine
  • Started to learn a lot more about my camera and have been trying to improve my photography

So what are you doing for New Year’s Eve? I’m going to be watching some horror movies with the husband, eating homemade pizza and drinking bubbly until we get too tired. The classic evening for us!

But for now, let’s finish off 2016 with some cookies! A celebration in sugar!

I love fireworks. We are lucky enough to see our local ones from our balcony, so I always rush over to watch when I hear them exploding. They just feel me with awe at their beauty. These cookie fireworks are ALMOST as good.

We watch the clock for when it strikes midnight, and what is a New Year’s Eve without a glass of bubbly.

Until NEXT YEAR, have fun! I hope your 2016 ends wonderfully, and let’s all look forward to 2017 together.

Merry Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas everybody! I hope you have an absolutely excellent day today. I’m looking forward to seeing the family (Jason’s side) and a special shout out to my sister in South Australia.  There will be a good feed to be had today I’m sure! There’s cheesecake …. so I’m there 😉

For Christmas this year I was focusing on quick and easy cookies but that still made an impact. The Santa bellies from yesterday and these stylised Christmas tree wiggles with their 100’s and 1000’s that look like baubles and lights. You should have seen the first couple I did, went a little heavy on the sprinkles and you can’t even see the tree beneath. I just didn’t realise they would stick so much.

I also made some personalised cookies for my nieces and and nephew. Their names look so pretty in cookie form! I know they all like my cookies, so I hope they love these ones especially as they are just for them 🙂

And packaged.

That’s it for this Christmas, so however you celebrate, or even if you don’t, I hope you have a fabulous day.

Until next time, have fun!

Santa Bellies

We are almost there. At least here in Australia, it’s already Christmas Eve. I have chickens roasting in the oven to be ready for Christmas lunch with the extended family tomorrow. Unfortunately, I have a little oven and I bought big chickens so despite my best intentions, I have to roast them one at a time. Alas, poor little hot house!

I finished off the cookies yesterday, and feeling a little cookied out, so it’ll be nice to have a few days off. I might whip up some fun ones for New Year’s Eve though.

This year, Santa has had a bit too many cookies himself I think, and he’s popped right out of his clothes. (Credit to Funky Cookie Studio for the inspiration again).

Jason says Santa’s tum needs to get some sun as he’s a little pale. I say, he’s much too busy to go sunbake.  Let’s just eat them so we won’t have to worry about it.

Until TOMORROW, for our final Christmas post, have fun!