Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Abs of What?

 I've just started doing Lillian Michael's 30 Day Shred workout DVD.
You're supposed to have small hand weights. But you know me. Why would I own those? Cookbook holding-weights anyone? So I'm using cans of sweetened condensed milk. Does anyone else see the irony?

Monday, December 10, 2012

Lemon Cookies

 Today is a snowy, stay-inside sort of day so Sophia and I made cookies.
Pinterest was my inspiration and we tried this lemon cookie design.
 We used Martha Stewart's Sugar Cookie Cutout recipe.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.
  2. Put butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Divide dough in half; flatten each half into a disk. Wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees with racks in upper and lower thirds. Let one disk of dough stand at room temperature just until soft enough to roll, about 10 minutes. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out cookies with cookie cutters. Transfer baking sheet to freezer, freeze until very firm, about 15 minutes. Remove baking sheet from freezer and transfer shapes to baking sheets lined with nonstick baking mats. Roll out scraps, and repeat. Repeat with remaining disk of dough.
  4. Bake, switching positions of sheets and rotating halfway through, until edges turn golden, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.


Icing
1c confectioners sugar
2 tsp light corn syrup
1 tbs milk
1 tsp lemon extract
Yellow food colouring as needed
 
 Happy Baking


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sunflower Cake


I made a sunflower cake last week for a birthday.

I didn't take any pictures of the process, but it was a three layer chocolate cake with strawberry cream and strawberry jam layers, liberally sprinkled with rum simple syrup and covered in chocolate ganache. The petals were marshmallow fondant coloured with liquid food colouring.


 
It looks a little like a chrysanthemum that lost it's way.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

3 Years Old

Sophia turned three this week. I can't believe she's three already. I know I'm supposed to say that, but it's true. She's three!
Unwrapping presents
 Apple Cupcakes
 Blowing out the candles
 Playing with Halley one of the children from These are the Days
 New shoes from Nana
 People
 Sophia and Great Nana blowing bubbles

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Saint Andrews Part 1

A few weeks ago we went on a little mini-vacation to Saint Andrews.
While we were there we went to the Fundy Discovery Aquarium.
The whole experience was a smashing success with Sophia, except for the "touch pool".  She wasn't up for touching anything slimy. Neither was I, but I did. Because we were on vacation, and I didn't want to miss any great experiences even if they were slimy.

Sophia admiring the Wolf Fish
This was a huge tank to show how much the tides change.
Lilly followed these around for a long time.
The Skate Fish were my favourite. Aren't they funny looking?
Pretty catfish
After we left the aquarium we went out for fish and chips. Just to help Sophia keep things in perspective.

Friday, July 27, 2012

New Camera #Fail

I got a new camera and took loads of lovely pictures, but can I upload them? Nooooooo. So you'll just have to use your imagination.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

It's the Little Things That Make You Smile

Do you remember coloured marshmallows? Not that they're a product of yesteryear. I just haven't bought them in...ever actually.
I got some today. And just ate a large handful. They're a pretty fascinating "food".

Sugar crash coming later.

Do you remember a treat that was so special when you were younger, but you haven't had it in ages?
Was it sweet or savoury, something completely normal or a little odd like salted peanut butter on celery?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

I miss the place where they make these.
Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons.
Photo: I posted a new cookie, now here is an old standby.  Our famous Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons.  They contain no flour.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Accessorize with Firmoo Glasses


You all know me.
I love hats, shoes, pretty hair ribbons, belts, scarves, flowers. Basically anything that makes a little big statement is my kind of style. This occasionally has been the despair of my sisters and my husband.
Much to my delight I've discovered a new way to accessorize. Glasses! I have to wear them because if I don't I can not be held responsible for my fashion choices. And then we would all be sorry.
But at least I can wear exciting ones.
 Recently I had an opportunity to try a pair of glasses from Firmoo. I spent at least two days choosing them. There are so many cool pairs to choose from.
I thought these were pretty great, but I know that my husband would call me nerd-girl everytime I wore them. (Hey, that might just work.)
 
Then I thought these would be lovely. 
 
In the end this was my choice.
What do you think?
Now my glasses match my lipgloss. 

Firmoo says:
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  • Prescription sunglasses for as low as $40.00
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Find out for yourself how great shopping for glasses with Firmoo can be.

Have you ever bought glasses online? If you haven't would you buy glasses online?

Disclosure: I was provided with the above mentioned product for reviewing purposes, all opinions are my own.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Brown Butter Tart

This is the perfect pie for with Sunday afternoon coffee.
It's sweet but not too sweet, having that rich, nutty, butter flavour.


Browned Butter Tart
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

1 10" unbaked tart shell
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup butter
Fresh berries optional
Whipped Cream optional

Preheat oven to 350*.
For the filling, mix together the sugar and flour;
add eggs and vanilla whisk until smooth; set aside.
In a medium heavy saucepan cook butter over medium heat until the butter turns the colour of light brown sugar.
Remove from heat. Slowly add browned butter to the egg mixture, stirring until combined, Pour filling into tart shell.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is crisp and golden. Cool.
Add fresh berries and cream to serve if you like.



Thursday, May 17, 2012

New glasses

Sophia is turning out to be quite the little lady. She's really into playing dress up, raiding my scarf drawer, wearing my shoes, and my sunglasses. She's turning into me! That's just a teeny bit scary.


The pose however, is her very own.
I'm getting some new glasses that she may not borrow from Firmoo. It's an online glasses company that makes prescription glasses an accessible fashion statement.
Like these
I'm not getting that pair. I wanted to, but they have an online glasses-try-on program and I look like a wise little owl with those.
I'll post pictures of my new ones when they come.
Tell me, would you wear those super glamorous sunglasses? Or would you go for something more understated.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cake Decorating, Or Things That Look Better In Your Head

Sometimes there are certain things that you really want. Sometimes even really, really want. But can't quite justify squeezing them into the grocery budget because they're just for you. They're just toys, things to play with. So you hope and hint that you'd like them for your birthday.
I felt that way about a cake decorating set.
After many a few years of admiring them. This set came in my mail in January and I've spent many happy hours playing with it.
I always start out with big plans. I'm going decorate something beautiful, a work of art. Something like this.
And this is what it ends up looking like.
It really did look better in my head.

Ps. Can you spot the dinosaur? 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Beautiful Sunny Days

It's been so lovely and warm here.
We've been stomping in puddles and playing outside all day.
The inside of my house looks like no one has done any cleaning for a few days, but I know the snow will come back so we're enjoying it while we can.

Baby toes, because they're just so cute!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

I've become one of those.

It all started on Saturday afternoon. Jeremy came home from town with a deepfryer.
I've never wanted a deepfryer, and whenever offered one I've always refused on the premises that deepfried food is bad for you and should be a treat. Something that should require great amounts of effort to do. And should never be taken lightly.
Plus actually owning a deepfryer smacks of boxed suppers, yard cars, misspelled tattoos and duct tape.
So far my deepfrying efforts have consisted of Chinese chicken balls and onion strings about twice a year; fried in a pan on the stove.
But now I have this THING, sitting on my counter. Seeing as he had made the effort and actually bought it. I thought I'd better show some appreciation and made homemade french fries for supper. They were pretty great, and surprisingly my kitchen didn't smell too bad. But I wasn't going to admit it.
Then came Monday, and right there in my facebook newsfeed was a recipe for donuts. Coincidence?
I made the donuts.

And they were perfectly light and fluffy, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

So I have succumbed.

Redneck







 

"The glorious absence of sophistication"
-Jeff Foxworthy

Saturday, February 4, 2012

My very first DIY success!

  I received a very encouraging page of a magazine in the mail last week. One side was of a very well organized closet and the other was a picture of a redone old cabinet filled with fabulous shoes.
With the magazine came one of those inspirational moments. "I WILL be that fabulous, and make something that cool!" You know, the kind of inspiration that lasts all day. You're going to start just as soon as the dishes are done, laundry's in the machine, lunch made, babies settled for their nap, internet surfed for some good ideas.
 I looked through my house for something to redo. Immediately Jeremy's tool shelf came to mind. It's one of those white melamine constructions with cupboard doors on the bottom and shelves on the top. And it definitely was ugly. It could use some beautifying. There were a few small issues with it though. I could never fit it up my stairs, and Jeremy's tool's were all on it. Small details, small details. I started planning it out in my head. Then my brain kicked in. I would never finish such a huge project. I should choose something smaller.
I checked my wardrobe doors to see if I could make cool belt hangers on the insides. But it was pretty cramped in there already.  Then I saw it; an old mirror of Jeremy's that had been sitting in the corner of our room for at least 6 months. I would make a pretty frame for it.
I cleared the kitchen table and started out.
This is what it looked like before I started it.

As the frame wasn't wide enough to cover I was going to have to make a larger frame overtop of it.
I cut long strips of cardboard and glued them together.

I chose 3 colours for my ribbon weave pattern.

Ready to start the lattice work on the sides.

At about 80% into it and 2 hours of work into it I hit a small snag. All the short ribbons were cut and threaded onto it, but it was proving harder to glue than I expected.
I was a bit discouraged, but I had put so much effort into it already. I had to keep going.
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TaaaDah!
The finished project.




Bet you didn't expect that.