30 January 2010

Chocolate Caramel Slice



This would have to be one of my favourite cafĂ© slices... but for some strange reason I've never actually tried to make it myself.  I found this great recipe the other day - and after giving it a go was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out.

Chocolate Caramel Slice (makes 24)

Base
1½  cups flour
½  tsp baking powder
½  cup brown sugar
125g butter, melted

Filling
395g can sweetened condensed milk
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tbsp butter

Topping
200g cooking chocolate, broken into pieces
50g butter

Preheat the oven to 180°C.  Grease the base and sides of a 27cm x 18cm slice tin. 

Prepare the base. Combine flour, baking powder, and brown sugar in a medium bowl.  Stir in melted butter. Press the mixture into tin.  Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.

While the base is cooking, prepare the filling. Combine the condensed milk, golden syrup and butter in a small sauce pin. Cook over a low heat, stirring constantly, until boiling.  Continue to cook for 5 minutes.  Stir constantly.  Spread the filling mixture over the base, then return to oven for a further 10 minutes. Place on a rack to cool.

Prepare the topping.  Melt chocolate following packet instructions, stir in butter.  Stir while the chocolate and butter melt.  Spread chocolate over filling.  Chill until chocolate is set, then cut into bars or squares using a warm knife.


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29 January 2010

Favourite things Friday - Family version

I'm totally loving these things at the moment... 

The secret stash of pistachio nuts in my bag...


That someone was thoughtful and brought home a little chocolate rose yesterday (and then ate half of it)...


That same someone tried to teach my boys how to put spagetti up their noses to pull out of their mouths last week (maybe I don't love this thing that much)...


Kids getting creative with paints (and me not freaking out about the mess)...



More beach trips (even though it's been rather overcast)...



The many uses for boxes...  




28 January 2010

Fabric bunting update...



From the sounds of it, quite a few people have never heard of fabric bunting before (mentioned in my recent 'makings' post), so here is a sneak peak at some of the finished bunting.

It's super quick and easy to make and a great way to use up scrap fabric and recycle items rather than buying plastic deocrations for gatherings/parties etc. I can totally imagine a garden or room full of white or light pink buting (recycled sheets?) for a beautiful outdoor function.

I think I got a bit too carried away cutting out triangles with the pinking shears though... so much so that there may be bunting in the shop soon!

I'm off to iron my bunting with my hair straightener...

27 January 2010

My candy arrived!!!





Woohooo - was I excited when my much awaited package full of candy arrived from Canada today!!!

Awhile back I joned in on The Great Candy Exchange which was the ingenius idea of Gail from Delightfylly Diva-ish.  I was paired up with the lovely Carmen from {FRESH}photo in Canada (do check out her amazing photos - she is one very clever girl).

Hubby knew what was in the box and promptly selected a couple of things for himself to sneak off with... and after a few tastes the box has been hidden away from any nosey kids until a more opportune time to sample it's delecacies!

Along with the sweets was a lovely card from Carmen and a beautiful drawing from her daughter.

Thank you  so much Carmen and also Gail for organising such a yummy idea.

26 January 2010

Makings...

Putting together some fabric bunting for a certain Miss 2's up coming birthday...





And have finally finished stitching together more felt donuts for the shop...



Hopefully will have the fabric bunting finished to show you soon (inspired by this).



25 January 2010

Growing up...

Sometimes it just hits you (and old photo's help) how much they have grown...









24 January 2010

Beach traditions...

With each different beach we visit, there are often different traditions...

Like collecting little books to read imaginary stories from (mangrove seeds)...



Swimming with Daddy (and practically drowning him whenever possible)...



Jumping off the bridge (first time ever for the boys this year).  Of course someone always has to show off a bit...


 


Finding special treasures on the sand...



Collecting and eating fresh cockles (sea water clams).  My favourite way to eat them is steamed on a piece of white buttered bread with a good splashing of vinegar.



What beach traditions do you have?

23 January 2010

Shortbread Buttons




I couldn't resist trying these Shortbread Buttons out - how cute are they?

These are the genius idea of Nikole Herriot from forty-sixth at grace. There is even a very cool hand-drawn printable recipe too for you to print and glue into your own recipe book!

I can't stop thinking of the perfect occasion for such cute button biscuits... a tea party with your nana, a crafters afternoon tea, perfect for a pretty girly birthday party or even coloured black or brown for a boys pirate party... the ideas are endless.

Thanks Nikole for the cutest idea!





For more delicious recipes visit here.

22 January 2010

Granny Square Blanket - finished!!








Finally my Giant Granny Square blanket is finished (aka the fruit salad blanket).

It's been sitting around waiting for some edging, and after finding this edging on Attic24,  I got it sorted (thanks Lucy).

Just as well it's finished to keep me warm in the middle of our SUMMER here in New Zealand.



21 January 2010

Things I'm loving Thursday...

Here are a few things I am loving at the moment...

These things that my darling bought for me while on our trip away...





My two special boys and two darling girls...







The new deck (and the many happy times ahead to be spent on it)...



Another lovely gift from him.  Go here to read my reviews of her other books on Flannelgraph.



The fact that Miss 2 had the courage to sit nicely for the dental nurse yesterday despite being rather scared after previous medical fears (I think the cool glasses they gave her to wear helped!).



And the fact that the giant granny square blanket is actually finished! (will post about it soon)...





What are you loving??

20 January 2010

Happy Birthday Barney Baloo...



Today is Barney Baloo's birthday... and while we normally don't make a big fuss on our pet's birthdays (because we have about 100 of them if you include the sea monkeys) I decided that Barney needed a little special pressy for his birthday this year... one of the reasons being that he is now a big 5 year old (which I think in cat years means he is in his mid thirties) and also because he is a big fluffy and hairy pain!

Big fluffy cat = big fluffy cat hairs everywhere.

Ever since we renovated our bedroom (with my special secret hideaway bench-seat) this big fluffy cat has decided that his favourite place to sleep is right on the black fabric of the bench seat cushion.

Every morning when I pull the curtains back I either find a fluffy mass sleeping on my favourite seat or  a big pile of cat fur intermingled with flea eggs and other night-exploration matter.

Well, thanks to my ingenious birthday gift - "the matching everything else paisley cat bed ", I can now learn to love Barney once again.  And I think he likes it too.





Happy Birthday Barney Baloo... I do love you, even if you look like you don't love me in this photo...



See Barney's birthday last year here.
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