Friday, 21 November 2014

stocking stuffers for bakers

It's no secret that I love to bake, so all these things would be suitable to find under my tree on Christmas Day, but my guess is that any baker would love to find something from this list, too.
  1. Baker's Secret fluted tube from Matchbox
  2. Cake Boss mini alphabet cutters from Kitchen Style
  3. Cake Boss offset spatula from Kitchen Style
  4. OXO angled measuring jug from Kitchenware Direct
  5. Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds from Booktopia
  6. AWW Children's Birthday Cake book  from Booktopia
Other ideas include cake stands, ceramic mixing bowls, spoonulas, balloon whisks, piping bags, measuring spoons, cookie trays, fresh spices and a microplane, sifter, magazine subscription.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

stocking stuffers for the men in your life

If the man in your life is anything like mine, he has no idea what he wants when you ask, because he always buys what he needs when he needs it. It makes gift-buying very hard! So as I've been browsing to create my other lists, I've kept a sharp eye out for suitable items for him.

it's my mug from Maxwell & Williams

whiskey stones from Atticus Fox

man candle in sawdust from Atticus Fox

Stanely vacuum flask from Kitchenware Direct

Rubber mallet from Bunnings

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

today you are thirteen

Dear Douglas

today you are thirteen

Is being a thirteen year old boy different to being a thirteen year old girl?

I guess we'll find out in the next couple of months 

- although it probably can't get any worse than twelve has been

You've discovered tinkering - currently, you're trying to build a usable scooter from two rusty ones

And since we started saying "yes" the crappy outbursts aren't as common


You've gotten taller in the last couple of months, and thinner, if that's ossible

but you've hit the hungry-boy stage, I think

You told the hairdresser you wanted a "Justin Beiber" haircut

{yep, I hate it! but you like it, and it's just hair}

and we invested in face cleanser on the weekend, and I've been showing you how to use it

but I can't let this day pass without saying thank you to your mum,

she did the sleepless nights when you were little.

it's been almost ten years since she passed, so you probably don't remember her well now

but she'd be proud of you - a great big brother to all the kids,

respected by your peers at school

a good friend and scout

and {except for a few small glitches} a good kid all round

Happy thirteen, Douglas

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

pumpkin zucchini & feta damper

You know when you land on an idea that you love, and you finally launch it into the world, and then you get performance anxiety? That's what happened to me this week - I love the idea of Cook the Magazine, it's exciting, and something I haven't seen before. But I spent hours and hours pouring over my magazines in the last week, trying to decide what to cook next, and I couldn't.

I really struggle to make craft without a purpose, and I think that's why I was frozen - cooking without a purpose is kind-of wasteful in my book. Inspiration struck last night when I stumbled on this recipe - it's got veggies in it, so I can pretend that Natalie and Riley will eat it; it's got cheese, and who doesn't love cheese; and it was easy to make.

1.5 cups grated pumpkin
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 cups self raising flour
75g cold butter
2 zucchini, grated
100g feta
3/4 cup milk

- cook pumpkin and garlic 3 minutes over medium heat. set aside to cool
- rub butter into flour until it resembles breadcrumbs
- squeeze liquid from zucchini
- add zucchini and pumpkin mix to flour, combine
- pour milk into a well in the middle, combine with a flat-bladed knife
- turn out of bowl and knead gently
- place dough onto lined baking tray
- bake 40min, 190ÂșC

Note - I forgot the feta.

My fussy children hate it. I knew they would. I've eaten 3 slices just today (and no chocolate), it's just hit the spot with a good burst of sweetness from the pumpkin and garlic. Steve and Douglas liked it, too. But I'll have to make it again soon, so I can see how much better it would have been if I'd remembered the feta.

{linking up with Create//Bake//Make for Fabulous Foodie Friday}

Monday, 17 November 2014

stocking stuffers for bloggers

kimono mug from Maxwell & Williams

Cocoon Grid-It Accessory Organiser from Apple

Muku Shuttr from Kogan

WD My Passport Ultra 1TB external hard drive from Officeworks

Vision board kit from Kikki K

Other ideas include a wall calendar, pens and highlighters, cloud storage, USB drive, diary, notebook
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