Monday, December 27, 2010

Super Comments Award

Super Comments Award


Thank you Trish (A dream home for Trish)

A few months ago, Trish sent an award my way,  as a new blogger I'm very thrilled to receive this award. 



Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas


The shops are closed, the fridge is filled and all the presents are wrapped.  Thank you so much  for your great company and all your inpiration. I really love being part of this bloggy community.  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas.xxx

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Dressing Room

Another item for the christmas wish list

image from SouthernAccents.com

Hope your week isn't too hectic and all your christmas shopping is nearly finished.x





Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bonjovi and Christmas Cake


Oh what a night,

image from my camera

Lots of singing and dancing was had with Bonjovi at Rod Laver Arena on Friday night in Melbourne.


yes this one too.

and because this is christmas and I couldnt find any interior photos of Jon Bonjovi's home I have found this christmas cake recipe which I might try this week. I hope your shopping and christmas planning is going well.


image from taste.com.au

Preparation Time 30 minutes, Cooking Time 180 minutes.
Recipe from http://www.taste.com.au/.


Ingredients (serves 20)
510g (3 cups) sultanas
265g (1 1/2 cups) Sunbeam flame raisins
155g (1 cup) currants
150g (1 cup) pitted dates, finely chopped
1 x 100g pkt red glace cherries, quartered
75g (1/2 cup) Ocean Spray craisins
75g (1/2 cup) dried pineapple, finely chopped
50g (1/4 cup) mixed peel
185ml (3/4 cup) brandy
2 tsp finely grated orange rind
Melted butter, to grease
250g butter, at room temperature
200g (1 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
4 eggs
300g (2 cups) plain flour
2 tsp mixed spice
Blanched almonds, to decorate
Red glace cherries, extra, halved, to decorate
2 tbs brandy, extra


Method



Combine sultanas, raisins, currants, dates, cherries, craisins, pineapple, mixed peel, brandy and orange rind in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside, stirring occasionally, for 2 days to macerate.


Preheat oven to 150°C. Brush a round 22cm (base measurement) cake pan with melted butter to lightly grease. Line the base and side with 3 layers of non-stick baking paper.


Use an electric beater to beat butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well between each addition until just combined. Add butter mixture to fruit mixture and stir to combine. Add flour and mixed spice and stir until well combined. Spoon into prepared pan and smooth the surface. Lightly tap pan on benchtop to release any air bubbles. Arrange almonds and cherries on top of the cake.


Bake in oven, covered with foil, for 2 hours 40 minutes to 3 hours or until a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. Drizzle hot cake with extra brandy. Set aside to cool before turning out.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Tree

On Saturday we ventured out to the local Chrismas Tree farm to choose our tree.


We searched and searched


This is the one

And one of these too,





A bit of help from Charlie, he loves the tree


And here it is, lots of wrapping to do this weekend, and more shopping.x

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wednesday

Just enjoying my morning coffee and looking at everyones fabulous blogs, great inspiration (yes, i should be doing other things).  Our morning started off with swimming and will finish with basketball.


images from Countryliving.com

I'm looking at cameras at the moment, hoping Santa will drop one off to me.  I've been very good. Hope your all enjoy your day.x