Friday, December 24, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Festive fruit cakes
Christmas is coming, but it's still early enough to bake some fabulous gifts for your loved ones - like these colourful fruit cakes.
- 1/2 cup blanched almonds
- 1 cup pecan nuts
- 1/2 cup blanched brazil nuts
- 100g glace pineapple
- 1 cup pitted dried dates
- 1 cup (200g) red and green glace cherries
- 90g butter, softened
- 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon brandy or rum
- 1/4 cup plain flour
- 1/4 cup self-raising flour
- 1/4 cup apricot jam
Glace fruit and nut topping
- 100g glace apricots, chopped
- 100g glace pineapple, chopped
- 1/2 cup red and green glace cherries
- 1/2 cup pecan nuts
- 1/2 cup blanched almonds
- Preheat oven to 150°C. Grease eight 3/4-cup capacity pudding moulds or texas muffin holes. Roughly chop almonds, pecans, brazil nuts, pineapple, dates and cherries. Place in a large bowl.
- Using electric beaters, beat butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add brandy and mix well. Add butter mixture to fruit mixture and stir to combine. Sift over flours. Stir until well combined. Divide mixture among moulds.
- Make glace fruit and nut topping: Combine glace fruit and nuts in a bowl. Spoon evenly over cake mixture, gently pressing down on topping.
- Bake cakes for 30 minutes. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool cakes in moulds for 2 hours. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Spoon jam into a small, heatproof, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH (100%) for 30 seconds or until warm. Brush jam over cakes. Allow to set.
- Store cakes in a single layer in airtight containers until ready to package.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
|Photo's by Kez|
YESTERDAY WILL GO DOWN AS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING DAYS EVER!!
OPRAH ARRIVED IN MELBOURNE TO BE GREETED IN FED SQUARE TO 10,000 OR MORE EXCITED FANS.
SAMMI AND I STOOD FOR 3 HOURS JUST TO SEE THE GREAT 'O' IN PERSON, AND IT WAS WORTH EVERY MINUTE JUST TO SEE AND HEAR HER VOICE.
NEVER WOULD I HAVE IMAGINED THAT I COULD HAVE GOT SO CLOSE TO THE GREAT WOMAN, BUT TO GET THESE PIC'S AS WELL WAS AN EVEN BIGGER BONUS.
I DIDN'T GET TICKETS TO THE SHOW IN SYDNEY, BUT I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER WITH THE WHOLE 10 MINS I GOT TO BE IN HER PRESENCE.
'O' WHAT A GREAT DAY! :))))))
Friday, December 10, 2010
|A Puppy's Christmas - A Poem|
It's the day before Christmas
And all through the house
The puppies are squeaking
An old rubber mouse.
The wreath which had merrily
Hung on the door
Is scattered in pieces
All over the floor.
The stockings that hung
In a neat little row
Now boast a hole in
Each one of the toes.
The tree was subjected
To bright-eyed whims,
And now, although splendid,
It's missing some limbs.
I catch them and hold them.
"Be good", I insist.
They lick me, then run off
To see what they've missed.
And now as I watch them
The thought comes to me,
That their's is the spirit
That Christmas should be.
Should children and puppies
Yet show us the way,
And teach us the joy
That should come with this day?
Could they bring the message
That's written above,
And tell us that, most of all
Christmas is love.
Dedicated to my darling Lily. Miss you everyday my beautiful girl
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
OMG!!!! ITS ONLY 20 DAYS UNTIL XMAS.... ( DO YOU LOOK AS WORRIED AS OUR FRIENDS???... IF NOT YOU SHOULD! )
HARD TO BELIEVE THAT ANOTHER YEAR IS COMING TO AN END AND THE DREADED XMAS SHOPPING IS ALREADY APON US.
TIME TO SEND OUT THE CHRISSY CARDS, AND TIME TO HIT THE SHOPS!
ITS NOW OR NEVER, SO GET CRACKING AND START SHOPPING AND REMEMBER...BE NICE TO YOUR FELLO SHOPPER, AS THEY TOO FEEL AS STRESSED AS YOU DO
GOOD LUCK!! :)
Friday, December 3, 2010
If you haven't already heard ......MEREWYN IS GOING TO OPRAH IN SYDNEY!!!!
Im SOOOOOOOOO excited that someone l know got tickets, and most of all it couldn't have happened to a better person.
Min entered an American Express comp, which you had to nominate a worthy cause, so that they could win $100,000. She nominated Inga and the Street Doctor Service that she works for, and they have now become 1 of 7 finalists in the country. The winner will be announced on the OPRAH show in Sydney this month.
The Street Doctor Service is an organisation in Perth that drives around the streets, and gives FREE health care to homeless and disadvantaged people. If they won the $100,000 it could be used for another van and a years worth of medication.
The most votes will win, so go to the American Express link and VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!
Send the email on, so we can get as many votes as possible before the12th.
THANKS EVERYONE WHO VOTED FOR THIS WORTHY CAUSE :)
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES FOR DECEMBER!
THREE OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE CELEBRATE THEIR BIRTHDAY'S THIS MONTH.
MEREWYN on the 4th , CACKA on the 13th and SAMMI on the 16th
3 CAKES FOR 3 BEAUTIFUL GIRLS!! HAVE THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER MY FRIENDS
THANKS FOR ALL THE YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP XXX :)