31 August 2012

Loving...

I wholeheartedly believe that no matter what is happening
in your life, there is always something that you can be thankful for... 
no matter how simple it is.  


Here are a few of the things I am loving at the moment (Instagram style)... 


Home made lattes - yum!



Peek-a-boo Boo...


Loving pistachio nuts - like, really really loving them...


Loving the little tongue that pops out when this wee girl is concentrating hard (she's playing a game with a controller)...


 Loving Boo and her popcorn envy...


Lastly, really loving this cute drawing from my 5 year old.  Love the lips and eyelashes!!



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27 August 2012

Quick Quiche





I'm always in for something quick and delicious to make for a meal - and this quiche is my most favourite quiche to make (and eat!).

The original recipe (found here) is super yum with it's blue vein cheese goodness, but if you're wanting a simple and very quick version of it, one that's perfect for adding leftover vegetables and other bits and bobs (the one in the photo has creamed corn as well!) then this the quiche for you!

Pastry
300ml flour
125 grms butter
1/2 beaten egg (the other half can go in the filling)
pinch or so of salt


Melt butter in saucepan and remove from heat. Stir in flour and salt, and once cooled, the egg. Roll into a ball and place in centre of flan dish. Press out to cover base and sides of flan dish. Bake for 10-15 minutes in pre-heated oven at 200degC, or until pastry cooked. I have never bothered with beans or pricking to kep the pastry flat.


Filling
Dot the cooked pastry with bits of cooked vegetables (about 1 cup) and any meat pieces or other tasty things like mushrooms, creamed corn etc.  Add approx. half to 1 cup of grated cheese. Pour egg and milk mixture over top and any garnish.


Bake in oven for 30-45 minutes at 200degC.


Egg & Milk Mixture
Mix 2-3 eggs and 1/2 cup milk (or cream) together. The mixture doesn't have to cover the ingredients.


Simple huh - and very delicious!

For more delicious recipes visit here.

My Soul Waits...



For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah

(Psalm 62:5-8 ESV)


Photo taken at Pataua South last weekend.
Love this Psalm.
p.s. Spot the 4 kids


25 August 2012

Midsummer Station



Loving the new Owl City album, Midsummer Station!




23 August 2012

Proud Mama...


 I'm one proud Mama - super proud of my kids today as they all ran in their school Cross Country.  

The girls both came 1st today in their races - woohoo!!



The boys both did really well too - both giving it lots of effort, which made Symon and I really proud.


Symon was the water bottle Dad...


Everyone is glad that the Cross Country is over for another year.  

Love my kids!



19 August 2012

Sparkling Fruit Powders!!

 

The lovely Sandra from Kiwicakes recently sent me some Nutrafresh freeze dried sparkling fruit powders to sample.


I was intrigued... especially when I started looking through the different flavours, including strawberry, blueberry, carrot and beetroot!  My mind started to go crazy with creative ideas and I've had heaps of fun so far with them!



Already I used some of the beetroot powders to make red velvet cupcakes, blueberry powder in a cheesecake, banana powder in a milkshake for the kids and also to experiment with banana and chocolate chip flavoured biscuits.  Delicious!  Fun flavours to add to my Easy Peasy Creamy Dessert as well.


Looking forward to experimenting with the other flavours, especially carrot.


Check out the Nutrafresh products here and their fab ideas for using these delicious fruit powders!

Thanks Sandra!!!



17 August 2012

Weekend!



Yay, it's the weekend!!!



15 August 2012

Instagram

I've finally joined the Instagram bandwagon (sorry Stephen, but I just couldn't resist) and thought I'd give you a sneak peek into my week since my blogging hasn't been too regular lately...


: : The blanket is still coming together
: : The Boo and the Barney are still pretty much sleeping their lives away
: : The 5 year old is now reading books with very big words (and she's proud of it)
: : Chocolate is my comfort food of choice this week
: : I still love the art in my loo

Are you on Instagram?
Find me @ PaisleyJade77


13 August 2012

Christmas Wish List...


No, I'm not one of those crazy people who have already done their Christmas shopping by the middle of the year.  Our wee 5 year old is seeming that way though, as she peers into the distant future (with Christmas only 4 months away), we've already been issued with her Christmas wish list, and we had to have a wee giggle at her cute demands requests.



So far, this is what she'd love:

$33 (yes, she'd love $33.  Apparently that's how much a Minecraft account costs?)

A lock up box (every 5 year old girl dreams of having their own lock up box...)

Lollys (no explanation needed here)

A different cover for my bed (new duvet cover)

A pet dog (apparently one dog isn't enough - she wants her own)

X-Box 360 for myself (cause each family member should have their very own one)

Water proof lip stick (she was obsessed with how the Synchronised swimmers lip stick stayed on during the Olympics)

Videos, Books, Toys, and a new Geta (her guitar only has 2 strings).


Cute - and sweet that she thinks we are rolling in $$$ to be able to afford so many things for Christmas.




06 August 2012

Lime Syrup Cupcakes...



I saw the recipe for these cupcakes while watching a television show (sorry, I can't remember what it was called!).  These delicious Lime Syrup cupcakes are baked in tea cups, drizzled with lime syrup (just as they've come out of the oven), and served on saucers with a generous dollop of freshly whipped cream.

Drooling yet?

Cupcake Ingredients
125g unsalted butter
3 eggs
200 mls milk
360 grams caster sugar
175 grams dessicated coconut
225 grams self-raising flour
Zest of 6 limes

Lime Syrup ingredients
Juice of 6 limes
140 grams caster sugar
Whipped cream to serve

Here's the how to...

Melt unsalted butter and combine in a large bowl with eggs, milk, caster sugar and coconut.  Stir well and mix in self-raising flour - but don't over mix!  Add finely grated zest of the limes and stir through.




Spoon batter into ceramic cups that have been lightly oiled, and bake at 170°C for 20-25 minutes (depending on the cup size).

To make the syrup: Juice the 6 limes, and boil with 140 grams of caster sugar.  
Pierce all over the cakes with a skewer when they are cooked, then ladle the hot syrup over them.
Serve cupcakes on a saucer, topped with whipped cream!




For more delicious recipes visit here.


03 August 2012

Loving...

I wholeheartedly believe that no matter what is happening
in your life, there is always something that you can be thankful for... no matter how simple it is.  


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

China cups that look like plastic cups!



Speaking of cups... loving having my russian-doll-mug twin over for a morning coffee...


Loving Mr Bean at the opening ceremony of the Olympics!



Loving mid-winter outdoor fires and a wee bit of marshmallow toasting...




Lastly, loving my happy cushion...


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01 August 2012

Inspiration...

Loving these inspiring quotes on facebook via Word for Today...




Good stuff right there!


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