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1  COOKING / Dessert / Swirly Cookies on: August 18, 2011 06:04:55 PM
I've been on a baking bender lately!
I saw these cute cookies over on sprinkle bakes (http://www.sprinklebakes.com/2010/01/colorful-spiral-cookies.html) and was desperate to try making them. I printed off the recipe and saw another I couldn't resist (http://www.sprinklebakes.com/)
So here we go!
My strawberry and vanilla swirl cookies...

And they taste pretty darn good!
The hardest part was choosing which sprinkles to roll them in  Cheesy


Then I made the mocha swirl cookies...


But next time I will put a shot of espresso in instead of instant. I'm not a huge fan of the flavour of instant coffee, it's sitting in our kitchen for emergencies only (If we have barely any milk or if, God forbid, the coffee machine explodes)

Thanks for looking!
 Grin
2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: I love rainbows and I love cake on: August 15, 2011 02:51:21 PM
it really is beautiful. Did you use white cake mix or yellow?

Thank you Cheesy
I used a butter cake mix.
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Pecan & Caramel Bars - Sticky Deliciousness! (Recipe) on: August 11, 2011 03:50:14 PM
Thank you! Cheesy
I can't wait to try out the rest of the recipes in this book... They look just as good!

I've entered this in a competition on Facebook if anyone would like to vote for me (pretty, pretty pleeeeease) here's the link:
https://baked.facebookadmin.com.au/?p=1246
All you need to do is "like" my photo.

 Cheesy
4  COOKING / Dessert / Pecan & Caramel Bars - Sticky Deliciousness! (Recipe) on: August 10, 2011 06:29:51 PM
This morning I did a little baking, as usual, but tried a recipe from a new cookbook I was given for my birthday.
And I have to say I am impressed! It was so good I was fighting the urge for seconds...... and thirds....... I will not tell you how much I ate.... It's a little naughty  Wink
When I popped my first piece out it was still warm. I ignored the recipe telling me to wait until cool. It was a sticky, gooey mess. But so warm and delicious.



So I thought I'd share the tasty treat love and put the recipe up for all to try. I would probably make this more often if pecans weren't so expensive. On sale last night they were $6 for 150g. Not even enough for the recipe! But it's ok, it was still nutty enough.

I'll be attempting more recipes from the book Cheesy
5  COOKING / Dessert / Re: I love rainbows and I love cake on: August 10, 2011 05:47:04 PM
Thank you so much for such lovely comments!  Cheesy
I always wanted to do it with flavours in every layer but it was a spur of the moment late night start and I just used what I already had (who doesn't have boxes of cake mix on standby in their cupboard?)  Tongue
I did make some neopolitan flavoured cupcakes a few days ago and they turned out pretty damn yummy too!
(Lots of food porn pics on my blog )  Wink
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Oh How I Love To Cook! ......... And eat! (Quiche and sweet bubble bars recipes) on: August 09, 2011 05:58:51 PM
I love sweet things.
I love pretty sweet things.
I saw this recipe and had to try it...

They look like a popular kiddy treat but taste a thousand times better. Cheesy
I used the recipe found here:
http://www.frillsinthehills.com/2011/06/easy-made-treat-homemade-lcms-ready-to.html

And of course what else do you do with block shaped food?

Build an imaginary house which doesn't really look like a house until you scribble all over it Cheesy

But I do make more healthy, savoury foods too.... I swear!  Wink
I have an awesome vegetarian cookbook I was given when I first went vegetarian.
I haven't had a bad meal from it yet!
One of our favourites is this mushroom quiche with parsley pastry...

Of course I have to inject it with a little extra vege content than the recipe states.
I added sweet potato, pumpkin, asparagus and spinach. Which meant I had to agg another egg or two to fill it up.



(Yes I am too lazy/time restricted to type the recipe up)

I also love to experiment whenever I can.
The other morning I made these wholemeal raspberry dark choc chip pancakes.... *Drools* They were so good.
I was thinking of making them again and writing up the recipe to put on my blog.... Yes? Should I?
Just say yes so I have an excuse to make these (*ahem* EAT these!) again!  Wink



Thanks for looking!

Not sure if I'll get a spanking for mentioning this but I have a cute stationary giveaway on my blog you should all go enter.... All I can say is pop art and sausage dog!  Tongue
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: A little girl named Olivia on: July 04, 2011 07:49:28 PM
So beautiful! My daughter would love a pretty little doll like her  Cheesy
8  COOKING / Dessert / Re: I love rainbows and I love cake on: July 04, 2011 07:47:23 PM
Thanks all you lovely people!  Grin
Aaah excuse me while I drool.....ok finished Grin Haha that looks great! I dont know if I could pull it off...Id been thinking about doing cupcakes with the colored batter so we'll see! Great job!
It is so easy you should try it! I didn't follow the recipes at all, I cheated and used cake mixes for mine and just regular liquid food dye (in packet cake mixes they come out so well!) and just did buttercream frosting.  Cheesy

I'm looking forward to sending my hubby off to work with some to give to his friends. He is a labourer at Caltex oil refinery so I'm sure the guys out there could do with some energy food  Wink
9  COOKING / Dessert / I love rainbows and I love cake on: July 04, 2011 03:29:23 PM
I have been drooling over this cake for ages:
http://www.whisk-kid.com/2009/08/say-it-with-cake.html
I have never made a layer cake before so I thought, "What the hey, I'll try this one out!"
Two late night baking sessions later.....


My lovely hubby was concerned when he saw the huge bowl of buttercream frosting and the giant spoonfuls I was throwing on in-between layers.
"Stop honey, that's TOO much!!"
Bah, no one comes in the way of me and sugar!
So I kept piling it on.....
As I cleaned up the outside I did wonder if there was going to be thicker frosting than cake....



But I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

Anyone want to come over for cake?  Cheesy


*ADDED CAKE APPRECIATION PHOTOS*

10  COOKING / Dessert / Re: I've been busy in the kitchen... on: May 23, 2011 01:52:15 AM
It all looks amazing...What type of dough did you use for the pesto cheese scrolls?


I used this basic dough recipe:
http://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/2007/06/bread-making-for-beginners.html

It is so versatile and makes a great plain loaf too:
http://bloginessiness.blogspot.com/2010/04/breadmaking-fun.html

I am trying to use up my bread flour before the dreaded weevils get to it all!!  Grin
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