Merry Christmas

December 26th, 2014, Posted in Life by Alexandra | No Comments

Sorry we haven’t done a post in  a little while. We have been busy with the decorating of the bathroom and hallway. We have a few finishing touches left to do of the hallway which includes putting up the blinds we have ordered. Hopefully we will put up a post soon so you can see how we have got on.

We have also been busy with Christmas. We enjoyed decorating our house for the first time, it has looked very festive. Unfortunately i was poorly on Christmas day, but Gavin enjoyed my portion of Christmas morning breakfast at his parents, then Christmas dinner at my parents. I saved mine for boxing day.

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We received some lovely gifts for Christmas, especially bits for the house which will come in useful such as bathroom scales and oven ware, we also received a  few decorative bits such as the tea light house and a decorative birdcage which is handmade. Below is some of the gifts we received.

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We hope you had a lovely Christmas too and received everything you asked for.

Christmas Cookies

November 16th, 2014, Posted in Life, Recipes by Alexandra | No Comments

I’m feeling really festive early this year. Maybe it’s because I can’t wait to put up our Christmas tree and decorate the house or because my sister and I have been crafty and making some bits for Christmas. Anyway I woke up this morning and decided to make some Christmas cookies and here they are below.IMG_5985.JPG

 Ingredients needed to make the cookies:

100g unsalted butter

100g caster sugar

100g plain flour

1 egg

1tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients needed to make the icing:

400g icing sugar

3-4tbsp water

2-3 drops food colouring

sprinkles if preferred

How to make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale, light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, a little at a time, until well combined.
  4. Stir in the flour until the mixture comes together as a dough.
  5. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1cm/½in.
  6. Using biscuit cutters  cut biscuits out of the dough and carefully place onto the baking tray.
  7. Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to harden for 5 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
  8. For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir in enough water to create a smooth mixture. Stir in the food colouring.
  9. Carefully spread the icing onto the biscuits using a knife. Set aside until the icing hardens. You can also add sprinkles to your biscuits to make them a little more festive.

 

I hope you enjoy!

Halloween Spooky Cupcake Recipe

October 31st, 2014, Posted in Recipes by Gavin | 2 Comments

This is a fantastic  idea for Halloween and to help keep the kids at bay during their week off, making and eating them of-course! Cooking time is 20-25mins. I over-cooked mine by about 2minutes so for me it should of been 20mins.

This recipe was incredibly easy to make, the only difficult bit is trying to whisk the butter into the mixture. I didn’t let mine reach room temp so had to use a bit of elbow grease.

Ingredients will cover roughly 9 cupcakes

Ingredients for Cupcakes

  • 125g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 50g butter
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 8 tbsp milk

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Icing

 

  • 50g cream cheese (I used Philedelphia Full Fat)
  • 25g butter
  • 125g icing sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla essence

 

Ingredients for Chocolate Icing

  • 50g icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tbsp water

What you’ll need to make the spooky cupcakes

  • several cocktail sticks for making the web pattern
  • glass mixing bowl
  • whisk
  • cupcake cases
  • cupcake baking tray
  • scales

The Halloween Spooky Web Cupcake Recipe

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Get your cupcake baking tin/tray ready and line with the cupcake cases
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a bowl. Add the sugar and butter and beat the mixture until well combined. You should see the mixture will turn a powdery brown colour.
  3. Whisk the egg and add the 8 tbsp of milk as you go along, you’ll start to feel the mixture get sticky and thick. This is good.
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  4. Now with the mixture in a silky thick state, split the mixture into the cupcake cases equally. Place in the over for 20-25minutes. bring out from the oven when they are springy/light to touch and you can insert a fork or skewer and pulls out clean. – Set aside to cool on a metal rack
  5. For the cream cheese icing, add all the ingredients together and whisk until nice and thick.
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  6. Carefully spoon the icing on top of the cupcakes leaving a small border around the edge.
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  7. Now for the chocolate icing (keep kids away!) sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder into a bowl. Stir in the tablespoons ( just do 1 at a time and stop at desired thickness) of water to form a smooth, thick icing.
  8. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag or make do with a sandwich bag and snip the end off with scissors to make a small hole. (really small)
  9. Carefully pipe 3 circles on each cupcake leaving good sized gaps between each circle. I started from outside in. Then run a cocktail/toothpick stick through the icing circles to make a web effect. 6-7 lines should be enough.
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  10. Leave cupcakes to stand for 20-30mins for icing to set a little. Enjoy!
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Woilla! Enjoy your Spooky Halloween treat!

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