Sunday, January 26, 2014

oh lordy its 2014 and i've said nothing to you

Hello Peoples.

So I have been 7 weeks away from my computer, 7 weeks away from blogging. I left the city behind me and relocated to my parents while the whole family gathered at home because lets face it, that is way more fun than being at my house. There has been amazing food, delicious wine and great company. 

I have been bbq-ing with new friends and reacquainting myself with the sea. It has been glorious!

Right now i'm curled up on the couch watching About Time and drinking my millionth cup of tea. 

No idea when i'll next post. 

x





Sunday, December 29, 2013

At the moment there is sunshine, much good food and a bit of music making going on. 

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I'll be back. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tea, rugby and movies.

This week I have been hanging out with this guy.


I love it when Sim comes home. There are extra adventures to have and much more movie watching. Tonight we have revisted Road to El Dorado and Pirates of the Caribbean. Good viewing.

On monday I headed to touch rugby with the brothers in tow. We lost dismally in our first game (I did get 2 tries fyi) and then Sim and I played a second game to boost the numbers for a team in the grade above us. It's true, you run off adrenaline when you're afraid.

Sim stayed the night which meant I got a cup of tea in bed the next morning (my Dad trained the boys in our family well). Sim then commandeered my car to get to work. Tonight he is back on my couch and i'm about to convince him that he should fix my overlocker... heh heh.

I think everyone should have brothers.

x
J


Friday, December 6, 2013

Recipe: Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting


Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time50 minutes

These pumpkin cupcakes are super light and moist, topped with a fluffy cinnamon cream cheese frosting, leaving these to be the best pumpkin cupcakes ever!
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (1tsp ginger, cloves, nutmeg)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (I used 1 tbsp)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • FOR THE CINNAMON CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 (250g package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  • In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, sugars, vegetable oil and eggs.
  • Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist.
  • Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin tray. Place into oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a tester inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (I used a hand held beater), beat butter and cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy, approximately 2-3 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add confectioners' sugar, beating just until incorporated. Add vanilla and cinnamon until well combined. Increase speed to medium high and beat until frosting is light and fluffy, approximately 1-2 minutes.
  • Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes as desired

So I have been totally obsessed with these cupcakes. They are very light and have a sponge like texture. I, of course, put in more of the spices than the recipe recommends because I love these flavours. I would suggest making half the icing mixture just because I ended up with so much left over that I had to make a second batch of cupcakes to use it all up. 

I served these in cute cupcake wrappers that I got for my birthday and dusted some baking glitter on top. Fun. 




Monday, December 2, 2013

Movie Favourites - Animation

So here we are for the next installment of my all time fav movies - the animation edition. If you missed my previous post listing my favourite classics, you can find it here.


Monsters Inc 1& 2
This movie is just too funny. Its witty, quirky and full of monsters. What else does one need? I love the character development with a range of likable characters, villains and talkative sidekicks. It is well balanced with just the right dash of heart warming. The sequel, Monsters University is surprisingly great. I was seriously dubious because so often sequels (in this case prequel) crash and burn but this one is a goodie. Well worth giving it a whirl.

The Emperors New Groove
This is a fantastic movie if you are looking for something with a good lesson in it. Take a douche bag emperor, a well meaning llama-herd (is that a word?) and throw in a scary-beyond-all-reason pissed off   ex employee (who dabbles in magic). Seriously hilarious... like i'm laughing about it as I type this because i'm thinking of some of my favourite parts.

Madagascar 1 & 2
If you are looking for an animation with an excellent core cast then this one will be right up your alley. Plus this one comes with additional penguins *bonus*. David Schwimmer is in fine form and in my opinion each of the character's is perfectly voiced. The second movie (escape to africa) is just as, if not more, funny than the first movie. Best watched back to back for optimal laughs.


Shrek 1 & 2
I have watched Shrek 1 more than 100 times (of this I can be sure) but I have to confess that my preference is Shrek 2. The introduction of Charming and the Fairy Godmother totally won me over. Oh and puss in boots? genius.

The Lion King
I cry every time I watch this movie. Seriously, you'd think i'd be over Mufasa's death by now. Nope, still devoed. The music is legendary, the cinematography phenomenal and the characters well developed. I still think the hyena's are scary.

Other's worth mentioning
The Polar Express - this is just darling
Beatrix Potter - The tailor of gloucester - my favourite Beatrix Potter story
Kung Fu Panda
Nemo - Dory... too funny
Anastaisa - the music siiighhhh
Road to El Dorado
Ice Age 
Robots
Horton Hears a Who
The Lorax