Thursday, June 14, 2018

Memory Lane

Last night I finished off a layout for one of Mystical Scrapbooks June challenges.

I'm in love with this range from Kaisercraft, called Memory Lane , it's a perfect match with Kraft card....which I also love :)
Early morning photo doesn't catch the warmth of this cardstock!

I've used Kaisercraft flowers, mini bloom and paper blooms - Honey.

Nuvo Drops - Neptune and Green Tara Leaves

Thank you for visiting
Donna

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Swan Lake Ballet

I have finally seen Swan Lake!  and it was beautiful beyond words!


While my friend Sue is recovering from surgery, I needed someone else to come with me, and by sheer luck my cousin just happened to be in town!

We had such a wonderful day, we had lunch before the ballet, then took the ferry over to south Perth and had dinner and drinks at the Windsor.  We were so busy having such a great day, either one of us thought to take a photo!!

Monday, June 4, 2018

La Sylphide

Our first ballet for the 2018 season, sadly my friend is recovering from an operation, so Mum and I went.
Cast;
Saturday 2 June, 7:30pm
The Sylph: Carina Roberts
James: Stefano Russiello
Madge: Ludovico Di Ubaldo
Effy: Phebe Sleeman
Gurn: Liam Green
Nancy: Meg Parry
Anna: Brooke Widdison-Jacobs
Lead Forest Sylph: Nikki Blain

We has such a lovely day, found this super cute place for lunch Homes & Co, tucked away in and ally, food was delish!  and good coffee too....


I suck at selfies!..... it's not your eyes, we are blurry..lol.. Such a beautiful old theatre, I love every visit.  Mum tells me they have a small museum, so I will have to find it one day.






Friday, June 1, 2018

Being a long time...

Finally I can get back to scrapping...

Doing a wedding album for a friend.... Mystical Scrapbooks June sketch challenge.




Had so much fun creating again.  I love this range of papers from Carta Belle called  Rustic Elegance, and I've used a lovely wide lace as a layer, with Green Tara Flower and leaves.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Short Bread...

Hubby loves shortbread.... and I very rarely make it.  The reason, creaming butter and sugar with a electric hand beater was just too hard!! LOL...

Now with my new toy it's a treat! so I've made it twice now... both in the same week, not good for the waistline!!

Lemon Melting Moments

250g butter
1/3 cup icing sugar
1 1/2 cups of plain flour
1/2 cup of cornflour

Lemon Cream
60g butter
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/2 cup icing sugar
3 teaspoons of lemon juice



Beat butter and sifted icing sugar until light and fully.  Stir in sifted flours in 2 batches.

Place mixture into a large piping bag fitted with a fluted tube, and pipe swirls about 3cm apart.

Bake in a moderate (180°Coven for about 10 mins, or  unlit lightly browned.  Let stand for a few minutes before lifting onto a wire rake to cool completely.

Lemon Cream - Combine butter, rind, sifted icing sugar, beat until light and fluffy, add juice and beat till well combined.

Tip 1
I found 3 teaspoon of lemon too strong, 2 was more then enough.  I suggest adding a little and tasting as you go.
Tip 2
When I made it this time it the filling was too runny, adding extra icing sugar/mixture and beat well did the trick!

When cool,  join biscuits with lemon cream and enjoy!!


Shortbread

150g castor Sugar
300g Salted Butter - room temp
400g Plain Flour
50g Cornflour

Preheat oven to 160°C - Line baking trays

Beat butter and sifted icing sugar until light and fully. Add sifted flours and mix to form a stiff dough.

Tip the dough onto a floured worktop and gently knead until smooth.

Roll to about 1cm and cut into your desired shapes.  Transfer to trays and prick each one with a fork if desired.

Bake for 15-20 mins or until edges are golden.

Remove from over and sprinkle a little sugar over each shortbread, leave to cool on the tray for 10 mins then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


These where truly delicious!!

And then a walk up to our local waterfall to work some of that sugar and butter off!







Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Mum's Birthday Cake

I'm way behind in posting this..... such is my life, way behind in all things!!

So here is the cake I made for Mum a few weeks back....  just to recap, I found the recipe here...  Matters of the Belly 

The cake turned out a bit drier then were used to, not sure if I over baked it or not.  Flavor was lovely, and I was happy with the look..... but I'm not a big fan of Buttercream icing, so having it's "naked" so to speak was a big bonus for me.



Of course it's not a birthday cake until it has a candle ❤



Baking this cake got me thinking that I would really like a stand mixer!!... something I've thought about off and on for quite a while..... a couple of weeks after look what came on special!




“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”– Dennis P. Kimbro


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Birthday Cake time

Mum's birthday is coming up this weekend... So I've spent the last week searching blogs and recipe sties for a cake to make.

Found this amazing cake on this blog,  Matters of the Belly , this photo just jumped out to me!!   I hope I can do it justice.

Salted Honey and Orange Blossom Naked Cake

I have everything on hand except Orange Blossom Water!... but I have a few days to find it :)

No scrapping to show yet... and as for the garden. it's time to prune the roses, so of course they are in bloom...


















Except my Spice Coffee rose.....and they would go perfect for Mum's cake!!