Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Just life......

Evening all.....

How's your week been treating you?? Seems...as always...to be in an awful rush don'tcha think??

Just sharing a few snaps from out and about the house...nothing out of the ordinary...just life...you know...

Like way too many cuppas...

                                                                             

...and way too many pretty mags....

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Clocks....new clocks....new timber clocks....

                                                                                 

Uuuhhh huh!!
 Actually I've been in a slight clock purchasing frenzy of late...not sure what that's all about...apart from the fact that it's pretty ironic as I tend to err on the late-ish side of things more often than not....

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Kitty cats....always kitty cats....

                                                                             

Even naughty stinky kitty cats who poop on the kitchen floor after stealing food from other kitty cats....

                                                                               

....hhhmmmmm.....

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Pretty kitchen greenery basking in the late afternoon sunshine.......

                                                                                 

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And quirky thrift shop finds that I absolutely love.....like this timber dressmakers ruler that's kind of missing pieces.....

                                                                               


....at least I'm presuming that's what it is....

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Aaaannnd of course a crafty project thrown in for good measure...coz what's life without a few hundred  craft projects....

                                                                               
 

.....I mean really.....

....more on these babies a little later down the track...love!!

And that's a wrap from me guys......

As you were....


                                                                                               Janelle  xx                          

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Thumbprint Sprinkle Biscuits

So Good Afternoon lovely people!!

                                                                             


It's Sunday arvo here...we had a late start to the day..after a late - for me - end to yesterday...so it seems we've kind of been playing catch up all day...and the day is now almost over!!?! Anyone else always dream/promise themselves that Sunday WILL be the day of rest..the day for snuggling in front of the fire..on the sofa...pjs still firmly on...cuppa even more firmly in hands..indulging in endless piles of books, mags, craft, sleeps...just moving only when absolutely necessary and then only as far as the kitchen to grab more snacks..and cuppas...possibly wine??!?

AND YET!!! This NEVER seems to happen!!! Well...certainly not around this house anyway....

However...I'm honestly not complaining...well...not very much at least...we usually do get to all hang out together as a fam and...noise, arguments, whining etc etc aside..generally do take things at a slightly slower pace..amongst catching up on washing..organising for the coming week...trying to find some floor space amongst the chaos.....you know...the usual usual....

                                                                                 

Aaaaannnyway.....the main reason I have popped in here today is to share a quick easy TASTY..of course ;)...cookie recipe with you guys. The original source of these little babies is a fab Donna Hay cookbook for kids "Cool Kids Cook" which my kids' pulled out and flicked through whilst on their recent school hols. There I was...busy in the lounge sweating grunting gasping for air in front of the TV trying to keep up with a Ricky Martin sounding Brazilian who has promised to make my butt look better than I can ever imagine...???!!!....yep......when they decided to start chatting to me about what they might feel like baking....to which my barely audible response was something along the lines of ANYTHING!!!

So. Before I know it I have an extremely sore buttocks and they have finished baking a batch of Thumbprint Cookies. Apparently there was a little miscommunication regarding the amounts and types of flours used but all credit due...they turned out really tasty biscuits!! Which is when...once the blood had been restored back to my brain...I thought of you lovely folks and that maybe you could do with what is a fantastic plain basic easy-as cookie recipe to have up your sleeves.

Of course I couldn't leave things too simple so I have adjusted the original recipe and added, subtracted, messed about with measurements and ingredients and as of our last batch things are tasting pretty damn GOOOOOOD!!!!

Goodness...this has all been a little long-winded hasn't it?! If you've actually gotten this far into the post then you pretty much deserve to have these baked and served up to you...but hows about I just start by giving you the recipe?? Yep? Ok......let's go.....

                                                                                     


 Yep....had to mess about with the name too.....

                                      
                                                            Thumbprint Sprinkles

Ingredients

180 grams butter - softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup Pl flour - sifted
3/4 cup SR flour - sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla
Sprinkles - lots of

Method

1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees - probs more like 160 degrees if fan-forced

2. Beat together the butter and sugar until all pale and creamy

3. Throw in the egg and vanilla and continue to beat for abit

4. Now stir in your sifted flours and the mixture turns into a dough.

5. Grab your lined baking trays and roll dough into balls - roughly a good tablspn size - flatten slightly with your hand and then poke your thumb in the centre - don't go right through the bottom though

6. Fill the hole with sprinkles

7. Ignore sprinkles that are quite likely rolling all about your benchtop and floor

8. Pop in the oven for approx 10-12 minutes

9. Once cooked take them out of the oven and let cool slightly on their trays before popping them onto your cooling rack to cool completely

10. Although I must recommend scoffing a few whilst they're still warm...DELISH!!

                                                                               


So there we have it...biscuits, sprinkles, scoffing....what more could we ask for late on a Sunday afternoon...or any afternoon really...even if that afternoon was morning...just go into your kitchen now and whip up a batch...then you'll catch my drift....

Hope you all have a fab week...let me know if you try these...or even send me a pic on Instagram (awhitestyle over there) I love seeing pics of my recipes baked up...the BEST!!!

                                                                             

Happy Baking...and catch ya soon....


                                                                                                     Janelle xx


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Good To Be Back......

Well Hey Hey!!

                                                                   


Long time no see, I know I know...a little glitch with computers and a bigger glitch with my techno challenged brain has kept us all apart for WAY too long but things seem to be under control now...not sure that actually applies to my brain buuuutttt......
                                                                       
So...how has everyone been?? We have been enjoying our quiet little life around here...especially the past few weeks with the kids being on school holidays....read that as NO SCHOOL LUNCHES TO MAKE.....and I've been doing my usual playing in the kitchen and starting a few hundred craft projects...a couple of DIY projects on the go too which I'll catch you up with over the next few weeks...
                                                                   
Meanwhile...these gorgeous woolly girls have been keeping us busy and entertained for the past 6 or so weeks....

                                                                     

Meet Mabel and her twin sister Olive...unfortunately their mummy died when they were born so we have happily stepped up and adopted them into our fam!!

                                                                     

SO pretty yes??!!!?

                                                                         

We love them. Even though they are constantly nibbling at all the plants in the garden and pooping on the deck. Their favourite place to sleep during the day is in the sunny patch snuggled right up against the living room glass doors...probs not the comfiest of spots for them but it makes for a pretty cute view for us!!!
                                                                       
Ok...I am off to bed...hoping to be back in the next couple of days to share a fab cookie recipe with you...just in time for the weekend!!

Stay happy folks.....

                                                                         


                                                                                         
                                                                                                Janelle xx


Friday, May 29, 2015

Orange Cake

Hey Hey!!

I appear to have been MIA of late...let's rectify all that with a good dose of cake yes?!?

                                                                               

                                                                             
I have posted the recipe to this before...but that's so not going to stop me from doing so yet again...this recipe is ridiculously tasty and absurdly easy it really does need to be shared amongst all...and frequently at that.....


                                                                                   


It's a good old fashioned orange cake...I love it because it's actually not TOO orangey..if you get me..although by all means throw in as much of that orange goodness as your little heart desires...even be so bold as to use the WHOLE orange..not just the suggested half..we can be crazy and daring like that around here.....

Ok...business time...

                                                                             
                                                                                 
                                     

                                                                                   
                                                                           Orange Cake

Ingredients

1 cup SR flour - sifted
1/2 cup sugar
Rind of 1/2 orange - finely grated /zest
90 grams butter - melted
2 eggs
Juice of 1/2 orange
1/4 cup milk

Method

1. Preheat your oven to about 160 degrees

2. Melt your butter

3. In a mixing bowl throw in your sifted flour, sugar and orange zest

4. Now in a jug-type-vessel pour in the melted butter, orange juice, 2 eggs and milk then give a super quick mix with a fork or whisk - if you can't stand the thought of all this hard work just bung all ingredients into the mixing bowl from the start

5. Add your liquidy ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with your mixer (funnily enough...) for a few minutes

6. Pour cake mix into a greased/lined loaf tin (or whatever shape tin you have laying about in your tin cupboard)

7. Pop in the oven for approx 30 minutes

8. Leave in tin for a few mins once out of the oven then tip out onto a cooling rack to let cool completely

9. Smother in vanilla icing..cream cheese icing..or leave and scoff plain...I promise ALL is good!!!

                                                                               


Let me know how you go please...

Oh, and I have substituted the orange for a lemon and that is just as delish!!

Oh Oh!! ...and toss in a teaspn or so of poppyseeds too if you like...works wonderfully!!

                                                                                   

Now please go and have a fab weekend...

Happy Baking.....


                                                                               Janelle  xx






Friday, May 1, 2015

Peanut Butter Protein Balls...

Well look at this will you...it's Friday...again!!!

                                                                                   
                                                                               

So have we all had a fabulous productive/relaxing week?? Honestly I usually get to the end of the week and may be asked by someone "so...hows your week been? What have you got up to?" And I'll stand there...mouth half open...wondering to myself...just what the heck HAVE I actually been up to??? Time flies and I never seem to sit until the evening yet I often feel I haven't accomplished nearly enough!! I'm working on this...alot...hopefully changes to come soon...:))

What I have managed to accomplish this week...as usual...is to whip up a few treats in the kitchen!! I'm currently on the look out and wanting to test run some new healthier "clean" treats for myself and the fam bam...although still baking the usual good old fashioned favourites coz hey...what's a life without cake right...

                                                                                   

Anyway...back to these little beauties...I originally saw this recipe in that little freebie food ideas mag that you can grab whilst grocery shopping at Woolworths...the ingredients looked quite "normal" as in I had everything in my pantry...and they seemed ridiculously easy to make...and sounded kind of delicious...always a bonus...

I've tweaked it a bit...of course...and really it could be switched and swapped and added to as much as one would like...but here's what I whipped up and may I say...Mmmmmm mmmmmmm!!!!!!

                                                                                 

                                                       Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Ingredients

1 cup peanut butter - crunchy or smooth
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup chocolate protein powder
3/4 cup dessicated coconut
1/2 cup oats
1 tablspn cocoa
Vanilla - optional
Extra coconut

Method

Mix together your peanut butter and honey - lick any spoons that are spare

Throw all your other ingredients into another bowl and mix together

Add the peanut butter/honey  and mix all together - I mostly use my hands for this - it kind of needs kneading together

Now roll your mixture into small balls then roll around in the extra coconut - the balls - roll the balls - not yourself

Pop in the fridge...I also like to freeze some

Try not to eat them all in one sitting

                                                                           

These are just perfect to enjoy with a cuppa...especially in the evening when you (or is it just me??) are searching for something sweetish to enjoy...

Okay...I believe the weekend has officially arrived...let's go and do this shall we......

Happy Baking!!!


                                                                                    Janelle xx





Monday, April 27, 2015

Easy-as Muesli Bars

Hey there folks!!

                                                                                     



Screaming through here today throwing a favourite recipe at you as I go.....

                                                                             

I whipped up these easy-as muesli bars yesterday arvo for my kids to pop in their lunchboxes this week. Then posted a pic on Instagram (I'm awhitestyle over there...just sayin...;)) ) ...as you do...and was asked by a few lovelies for the recipe...

                                                                                   

So...here tis......

                                                                       Muesli Bars

Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup SR flour
1/2 cup coconut
1/3 cup raw sugar
120 grams butter
1 tblspn honey OR golden syrup

Method

Preheat your oven to about 160 degrees

In a medium sized bowl combine all your dry ingredients

In a small saucepan melt the butter and honey/gold syrup

Now mix the butter mix into the dry mix until all gooey and combined

Press out evenly into a greased/lined slice tin

Bake for approx 15 minutes

When it's cooked pull it out of the oven and now is when you want to cut your slices...then leave it to completely cool

Once it's cold you can pull the pre-cut slices out of the slice tin

                                                                             


I love making this...it is so quick and easy...you can also add pretty much whatever you like to it too.....sultanas...choc chips...dried fruit...apricots...whatever you can think of and stomach really.....
                                                                               
Let me know how you go...I think you may love me forever for this one...?!!?

                                                                                   

Happy Baking peeps....


                                                                 Janelle xx

Friday, April 17, 2015

Cosy Friday Evening.......

Hello and Good Evening!!

                                                                           


Popping in for a quick Friday evening chat .... nope ... no food involved ;))

Tonight we have needles, yarn and lots and lots of snuggliness!!!

                                                                                 

So recently I was very kindly asked by the fabulous crafty of craft store Lincraft to try out a few of their new patterns along with some of their gorgeous new yarn. Errmm....well ok....yes...yes please!!! The pattern book I recieved is full of fab and funky yet achievable projects that I think if you have mastered the basic purl and plain you will have no trouble in whipping up.

                                                                                   


 Now as soon as I opened the page to see this cosy pair of goodness I knew this was what I wanted to click up first!! I have never attempted to knit a sock before...let alone two....but these were honestly one of the quickest, easiest, therefore very enjoyable projects I have knitted in a long time...gotta love that!!

And the yarn...oh yes...the yarn...

It's neutral...it's chunky...it's soft as...and knits up beautifully...

                                                                                     

This particular one is named Equador and is 40% wool 40% acrylic 20% alpaca ... which seems to add up to a strong yet soft product...

And of course most importantly and what we all ultimately dream of as we click clack click away is that the end result looks good...and these socks most definitely are looking...and feeling...damn G.O.O.D. !!!

                                                                               

Whatcha think peeps???

I know what I think...I think I'm trotting off to bed now in my new cosy socks and, to be quite honest, loving myself sick!!!?!

                                                                                 

Have a great weekend folks....
                                                                           
Talk soon....

                                                                                Janelle xx