Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Shake Loving!

Any day that involves milkshakes or floats is a happy one for our family so on a recent trip to Vancouver when we came across this fun soda fountain shop we had to pay it a visit. Here are my mum & sister enjoying their drinks and there are more pictures behind the cover one. DSCN0565 DSCN0572 I also bought this jar stamp at a Papersource shop on a day trip to Seattle. I had been wanting to use it for ages and thought it fit well with this theme of our love of shakes and with the sketch from Scrap 365 which includes a tag! I covered it in a layer of vellum and put sequins behind and on top of the vellum. DSCN0570 Because we love shakes so much, I repeated the word love 3 times! I am linking this up for the December Scrap 365 Sketch layout.
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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Pucker Up!

This is a page I did using pictures from last December when me, my sister and mum spent a fun festive weekend in London.  In Covent Garden they had an interactive feature where if you went and kissed under the mistletoe it would make all the lights twinkle on the giant tree!  Well we had to try it so me and my sister shared some sisterly love under the Mistletoe!

I painted the corrugated title letters with some green paint but kept it quite rough and distressed looking.  I am linking this page for Scrap365 magazines sketch challenge.  I liked the idea from the sketch of having a notice board for the journalling and 'pinned' mine with a heart and the idea of having a bow like a present.

Happy New Year!

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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Chanterelle chocolate chip cookies

I bought a new baking book from a charity shop last weekend and thought it would be perfect to use for Cupcake Crazy Gem's United bakes of America challenge (any excuse to buy a new recipe book!)http://cupcakecrazygem.blogspot.co.uk/

It is by Kate Zuckerman who was the pastry chef at New York restuarant Chanterelle. It is a few years old but I think it is the type of book that will never age and the recipes are classics. It has lots of useful hints and tips on baking techniques as well.

I chose to make the crisp chewy chocolate chip cookies and as the recipe says they were crispy and chewy! It's good because you can make the dough and then refrigerate it and bake the cookies as you need them, they are best eaten warm 20 minutes after coming out the oven. They also smell amazing! I took them to a friends house when they were still warm and they scented the whole room with a sweet baked aroma. i didn't realize it was the cookies at first and thought they were burning a scented candle! It definitely makes them hard to resist. They are pretty moreish and the nuts give a nice added texture.

Makes 48 cookies (I made mine quite big and the recipe made about 30) Pre-heat oven to 350F.

8oz butter (room temp)
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 egg
1 egg white
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups plain flour
200g semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts.

Place the butter in the bowl of a mixer, beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Add the sugar and beat on medium-high speed until the mixture becomes fluffy and light in colour, 6-8 minutes. Add the egg and egg white and continue to beat until they are fully incorporated and the batter looks smooth and glossy. 1-2 minutes.

In a dry bowl, whisk together the bicarbonate of soda, salt and flour. Add the dry mixture to the butter mixture. Uisng a rubber spatula fold together for a few turns, with the mixer on slow speed, mix the dough until thoroughly combined, 1 minute.

Add the chocolate chips, vanilla and walnuts and mix for another 30 seconds. The batter can be made up to this point and refrigerated, well wrapped, for up to 4 days. Using two teaspoons scoop the dough into mounds, arranged 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.

Bake the cookies until they are a light golden brown with darker colouring at the edges, 12-15 minutes. For even browning, rotate the sheets from front to back at least once.

Resist them as long as you can!
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Sunday, 18 December 2011

Cupcakes and pom poms!

So here is my second cupcake layout of our California trip. We visited alot of cupcakeries and this was definitely a favourite of mine - Yummy cupcakes in Santa Monica, we tried popcorn cupcakes, chocolate & coconut cupcakes and rootbeer frosting shots - my favourite flavours and they tasted spot on! They had so many flavours to choose from and even sold cupcakes made in a jar!

I think the page still needs something in the top right hand corner and my journalling was done in a light green pen which doesn't really show up so might change this!

I've also spent this weekend wrapping presents and I couldn't wait to make some pom poms following the simple tutorial video on this blog


All you need is some wool, sharp scissors and your hand! I love how easy they are to make and they look really effective as a decorative touch on christmas presents - my favourite part is when you have to give them a haircut!!
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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Road trip!

So Mel was right one of the highlights of Arne's trip was when we filled up with petrol and he got the squidgee out to clean the windows - look at that pure enjoyment on his face! This was the number plate on our hire car, I got lots of pics of number plates and that's another story! (and page..)
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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Cali dreamin'!

I made this page to show a selection of the places, activities & food that we enjoyed (or in the case of the apples talked about enjoying but never actually did!) In the middle I stitched the square in place and inside I am going to have little journalling cards about what's in each square... coming next a road trip page and the highlight of Arne's trip!
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Sunday, 11 December 2011

Double jelly belly fun!

This double layout about our trip to jelly belly factory took quite a while, I wanted the mural to run all along the bottom but my pics didn't quite match/line up so I had to do a bit of chopping and piecing together!

The other layout is my version of our santa monica pier pics on the forrest gump bench!

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