Posts Tagged ‘Cooking’

I love gingerbread. The kids love decorating gingerbread. Win/Win as far I I am concerned 😀

Today we baked gingerbread using THIS recipe from Exclusively Food, YUM!, and this is what we created.

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Last year, we made trees
gingerbread trees

2 years ago we decorated a kit house

and 3 years ago we made…..trees….

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Do you make and decorate gingerbread? Made a house?

Here are some from Pinterest to inspire you. Enjoy.

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Yep, I know, FOOD!

I really enjoy giving food as gifts, especially when I get to make it myself. Over the years I have made gingerbread trees, rum balls, coconut ice, white christmas, cookies, fudge etc etc.
Cowgirl Cookies, and more granny love!

gingerbread trees

Here are also some idea I found on Pinterest and can’t wait to try 😀

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P is for Pumpkin. I LOVE pumpkin. I love it’s versatility, but I also love it’s simplicity. I love it roasted, steamed, or mashed. I like it in salads, or on pizzas. I love the stuff. Here are some examples of ways to cook pumpkin…I bet there are a few you haven’t tried? (like I haven’t!)

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Here is this week’s meal plan. We are already 5 days in 😀

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Friday- Crispy Chinese Style Pork Belly, Garlic Noodles, Bok Choy, Asian meatballs, Korean Beef

Saturday- Rissoles and Veg

Sunday- Coconut Chicken and Coconut Rice

Monday- Tuna Patties and veg

Tuesday- Slow Cooker Devilled Sausages

Wednesday- Mongolian Lamb and Fried Rice

Thursday- Slow Cooker Bacon Wrapped chicken, with BBQ Apple Sauce



The Organised Housewife

Chocolate. I LOVE chocolate. I absolutely ADORE chocolate! Dark Chocolate. White Chocolate. Milk Chocolate. Flavoured Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate. CHOCOLATE!!! In just about any form!

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I have made the above White Chocolate Mudcake recipe, and I must say, it is AMAZING!

I also LOVE to cook, as you can probably tell from many of the other posts on my blog. These first four images are of what i will be cooking for tomorrow nights dinner! The rest just look amazing, and are things I will eventually get to trying out.

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Don’t these look so yummy? mmmm

 

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These little Rainbow Cookies are so gorgeous, and I plan to make the for my Daughter’s Rainbow High Tea birthday party next month. Too cute!!

The last thing for today, is vegetable and herb gardens. I LOVE vegetable gardens! I cannot wait for the day that we have our own place, and I can get a really big veggie patch happening. Not only is it nice to eat something you have grown yourself, but I found that the few times we have successfully grown vegetables in pots, the kids have been much more inclined to actually eat their vegetables. It is something about the novelty of growing, looking after, picking, then eating their own foods that gets them interested! Here are some great little veggie gardens.

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And check out this Rainbow Garden idea! My kids would love this, and I can just see my girls getting excited about eating rainbows for dinner.

A sneak peak

Posted: March 17, 2012 in From My Kitchen, Uncategorized
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Of what I’ve been up to today 🙂

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Some recipe details will be up later tonight.

In the lead up to Christmas, I had a bit of fun experimenting with artisan bread, in particular, the no-knead variety. I stumbled across the concept on Pinterest, and decided to give it a go.
I followed the recipe and directions from The Italian Dish, and I must say, it really was super easy!
I decided to use my Tupperware Fridge Mate container as it has the air vents in it, and I assumed these would be enough to let the gases escape.
The dough was SUPER sticky, but I was quite pleased with how it turned out, even before baking!
The smell in my kitchen during baking was AMAZING! My mouth was watering, and I was super excited to try my bread. It must have been good, because I think it was gone within an hour or two of baking. The whole family enjoyed it, and the girls couldn’t wait for me to make the next loaf 😀
So, where I can, I really like to try to give hand made gifts. I don’t do it for everyone, as I often wonder if they are truly appreciated. Sometimes, I think some people interpret my hand made gifts as me trying to be “cheap”, when in reality the time, and often money invested/value of materials, is way more than what I would have spent in store.
Anyway, in my regular group over on Ravelry there has been quite the fascination with Cowgirl Cookies by Bakerella for quite some time, and in the lead up to Christmas it was revealed by one member that IGA supermarkets were stocking the pink and white m&m’s. To say we all went a little crazy would be an understatement! We basically had our own black market trading happening, as people stocked up, and shipped m&m’s off around the country, even across the ditch to NZ!!……quite amusing really!
I decided the concept was great for gifts, so I also went to my local store and purchased every packet they had left in stock…may have been a bit OTT, but hey, they are awesome!
I gave the recipe a whirl, and was quite impressed!
Not only was the cookie dough super yummy, but the cooked version was amzing! (I made a double batch, rolled all the balls, then froze some. They were super good for whacking in the oven at the last minute for snacks, school lunches etc).
Anyway, after having successfully made the cookies, I was SO keen to gift the mix in the jar, just like on the Bakerella site. The opportunity arose when Miss C was invited to Miss A’s 5th birthday party.
Miss A loves to bake, and has her own cute little apron and chef’s hat etc, so I knew they would be perfect! I did have to play around with quantities to get the mix to fit in the jar, but I got there in the end.
I made some labels, and grabbed some fabric and leather ties from Lincraft to pretty it all up, and was super happy with the result. My girls also LOVED the concept, and have suggested I give them to all their friends for their birthdays! I thought it needed a little extra to go with it though, so got my craft on to make some cute little clips, and a mini crochet hand bag.
The clips are just fabric yo yo’s with buttons sew on, then hot glued to the clips. I also added a yo yo to the hand bag, which I thought finished it off nicely.
I used Family Roots Kona Worsted in “Camilla” with a 5mm hook, and the pattern is Granny Stripe Boutique bag, which I found over at Ravelry.