31 March 2015

Lately...

In less than 2 days we are moving house!  The last month has been crazy busy with selling, buying and packing up to move.  In amongst it all there have been some lovely moments and so much to be thankful for.

Moments like finding cute letters like this while sorting and packing up our house - a letter (obviously written by Dad) by our oldest son when he was little to his Nana...



Making sure there is time for relaxing and fun during this busy season...



Enjoying the race to get the early morning boxes for packing from our local supermarket...



Not really enjoying packing - but looking forward to it all being over!!



Loved our recent Blogger gathering after our Cupcake Escape!   There were lots of laughs, delicious food and an awkward moment with a belly dancer...



Loving catching up with these awesome leadership mentors...



These are so cute - not sure if edible, but love mushrooms and toadstools!



So there are some of our random happenings - see you soon when we are in our new house!!


21 March 2015

The Cupcake Escape!



Yesterday I took part in an exciting cake decorating workshop with blogger friends from Auckland and Whangarei, organised by the lovely Simone from over at Greatfun4kids and Sandra from Kiwi Cakes.






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We had so much fun and learned so many great tips to do with making icing, decorating cakes and cupcakes, different types of ingredients, fondants and other great products available.  I have definitely been inspired after spending a few hours testing out the different products and also understanding why I previously have had different issues when it comes to icing cakes and cupcakes!




We had heaps of laughs too!  A massive thank you to Sandra from Kiwicakes for hosting us - she is a super generous person (you might remember her from here when she gifted me these awesome goodies!) and is full of baking wisdom!  Check them out online, or pop into their store in Kamo, Whangarei.  They do hold regular workshops as well so check them out on their website or on Facebook to see what's happening.

These are some of the cupcakes I made... I even made a special "golden torso" cupcake for my husband just for a laugh!




Such fun!



17 March 2015

Homemade Iced Frappuccino!



My husband has a slight obsession with Frappuccinos at the moment.  He's the sort of guy who, while others are ordering flat whites and double shot lattes, is quite happy to ask for a milkshake or frappe. He's truly just a big kid at heart.

So in honour of my guy, here is my easy homemade Frappe recipe!

Homemade Iced Frappuccino (makes 1)

Toss in a blender the following and blend until mixed (but not overmixed!):

6 cubes of ice
Half a cup of milk
Double shot of espresso coffee mixed with 1 tablespoon of condensed milk
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

Serve as is or poured over another scoop of ice cream.  Top with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle if you want to really live on the edge!

So good - but just for treats!


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