Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Little butter biscuits

Well the biscuit tin was empty again so I thought I should do some baking. I much prefer my boys to be eating homemade biccies because at least I know what is in them when I make them myself. I rarely buy supermarket biscuits....although my hubby is rather partial to the Double Coat Timtams......

So I made some butter biscuits. This recipe is very simple and you can use it for a plain shortbready biscuit or decorate it with lollies or make jam drops (my favourite!)

Butter Biscuits

  • 125g butter

  • 1/3 cup caster sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 2 tsp milk

    1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
    2. Beat the butter, caster sugar and vanilla essence in a medium mixing bowl with electric beaters until pale and creamy. Sift the plain flour and baking powder together. Use a wooden spoon to mix the dry ingredients and milk into the butter mixture. Mix to a soft dough.
    3. Roll small balls of biscuit mixture with lightly floured hands and place on the prepared baking try about 5cm apart. Flatten each ball and decorate as you wish
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through. Stand on the baking tray for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

    Smartie butter biscuits waiting for the oven

    Choc bud biccies

    Monday, September 27, 2010

    Ahoy there!

    Last weekend we were invited to a Pirate Birthday party for a gorgeous little boy who was turning 1. I was going through my fabrics and discovered that I still had some lovely red pirate cotton that I had used on one of B's quilts. I decided to make a pair of shorts for the birthday boy

    And I came up with a pirate ship design for a matching tee -

    And for Master T I whipped up a singlet for him to wear to the party. Ben was sorted with his Captain Feathersword outfit!

    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    homemade muesli goodness

    My house smells like cinnamon! Have just been making a batch of homemade muesli and now there is this gorgeous smell wafting down the hall. Yum
    Trays cooling after some gentle roasting in the oven.
    The recipe I use is basically this one from Bountifully. I have found apple juice just as good to use as pear and I add some currants instead of pepitas. It is just lovely with some natural yoghurt and fruit for brekky.

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

    pretty girly things

    I am having great fun trying my sewing hand at girly things. Today I was able to finish two lovely pieces.

    1. Lots of Lollies twirly skirt for Frances

    My beautiful friend Fiona gave me the fabric last weekend and asked me to see what I could make for her daughter Frances. This is what I came up with. I still have more of this and think there may be enough for a dress as well.

    2. Vintage Daisies ribbon tie dress

    I scored a bag of remnants at the Bishop Druitt Fair on Saturday and this big piece of vintage fabric was in it. Lots of pinks and thinking it is a 70's piece for sure. I love that I am able to give the fabric new life by making it into a lovely summer dress.

    I am having lots of fun with this....will see what tomorrow brings!

    Monday, September 13, 2010

    Little tunic dress

    My project for today....reversible tunic dress! I am still trying to perfect this pattern so I was playing around with it a bit. And because I was sans children this morning I was able to actually cut it out and finish it in one sitting!!

    This dress was made using maroon corduroy and a contrasting cotton with purple flowers. I like sewing little birdees on as a contrast so that the corduroy is broken up a little and then doesn't feel as heavy.

    Sunday, September 12, 2010

    A fresh start

    I have decided to start blogging again after a years hiatus. My last blog "A year in Rowlands Flat" was about my life in beautiful South Australia. Unfortunately we no longer live there and have made the move to the North coast of NSW for DH's work so my previous blog title is no longer relevant!
    I still love to bake...nothing has changed there! Cooking for others is something that gives me immense pleasure, and there is nothing better than enjoying a meal or a cuppa with good friends.
    I am also crafty. I enjoy quilting and am now starting to venture into unique pieces of childrens clothing....appliqued tees and dresses and skirts for girls.
    I am also a wife and mother. DH and I have been together for 12 years and married for 11. We have 2 beautiful boys who are 5 and 3. I enjoy being a mum and am very thankful to be able to be at home with my boys.
    I am looking forward to sharing my journeys with you.