Thursday, June 30, 2011

Recipe - Pink Rhubarb Cupcakes

A wee while ago I made Rhubarb Crumble Muffins, one of my favourite muffin flavours. Since then I’ve had half a bag of rhubarb sitting in my freezer waiting to be turned into some kind of tasty baking! After trawling through my collection of recipe books, I settled on cupcakes. With pretty pink icing of course!

My go-to recipe book for baking is usually The Edmonds Cookbook, one that most New Zealand households have! I added stewed rhubarb to the cupcake mixture, as well as a bit of lemon juice.
Pink Rhubarb Cupcakes

125g Butter, softened
1 t Lemon Juice
½ C Castor Sugar
2 Eggs
1 C Plain Flour
2 t Baking Powder
¼ C Milk (I used a little bit less to allow for the stewed fruit)
¾ C Stewed Rhubarb (bring to the boil with sugar and lemon juice, when soft, drain excess liquid)

58g Unsalted Butter
30ml Milk
1 t Lemon Juice
250g Icing Sugar
Colouring (I used a drop of red colouring)

Heat oven to 190C and set up mini muffin tins with cupcake papers. Cream butter, lemon juice and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. Sift flour and baking powder together. Fold into the creamed mixture. Stir in the milk and rhubarb. Spoon mixture evenly into cupcake cases. Bake for 10-15 mins or until the cakes spring back when lightly touched. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. (I trimmed off the little mounds to make a flat surface to pipe on to.)

Cream butter, sugar, milk, lemon juice and ½ the icing sugar for the frosting. Add the remaining icing sugar and beat until combined. Add the colouring and beat through. Fill a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe on top of cupcakes.

I decorated mine with a sprinkling of pink sugar. I added a drop of colouring to some castor sugar, then squished it through with my fingers until the sugar was coloured. Alternatively you can purchase coloured sugar to sprinkle over.

As the bf is away at the moment (he’s the usual food vacuum cleaner) I’ve had to find other people to feed, my parents, grandma and workmates were all fed fresh little pink cupcakes! My 2 manly workmates didn’t even seem to mind the pink icing and had 2 each, they must have been good!

What do you think of my cupcakes? Do you have a favourite flavour of cupcake I could try out? I’m always looking for new recipes!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Outfit Post - Lace and the Little Brown Satchel

Lace T-Shirt - Mosgiel Salvation Army, Black Skirt - Recycle Boutique,  
Girl Guides Belt - Shop on Taieri, Black Tights -  Kmart, Boots - The Warehouse,  
Brown Satchel - Mosgiel Salvation Army, "Love" Ring - Lovisa,  
Bow Earrings - Diva

A great start to the week here in Dunedin! Two sun-shiny days in a row, a successful visit to the Mosgiel Salvation Army Store and an outfit post with some of my new purchases today.

I hadn't been to check out the op shop in a while, I didn't really feel like going outside last week when I was sick, so it was usually a quick visit to the supermarket to get something for lunch then I would scurry back to the heater and my computer! Luckily that meant when I had a look yesterday there were lots of new goodies waiting for me!! 

I picked up the lace top I'm wearing for $4 I think, there wasn't a label on it but I love the creamy white colour. Ideally I'd like to wear a black bra underneath, but for work I decided to go with the black singlet. I think it'll be great to layer up in winter and wear over a bikini and shorts in summer. 

I found the little brown satchel in a corner along with a little black one. Neither have long shoulder straps (I think they originally did) but it doesn't really bother me, I still love them!

Well better go, heading to see the new X-Men movie shortly! Happy Tuesday! 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Cake Decorating Class - Clematis

I'm so proud of myself - I did my homework for a change! I made a Clematis this week. We're getting into the more complex flowers at class now, including Gerbera's, orchids and Lilies. I need to make sure I get on top of all my homework as I'll be moving down to Invercargill soon and away from my weekly classes. Luckily the teacher is awesome and is promising to send me class notes so I can continue by myself down there! Pretty cool.

I mentioned in my last post I was going down to Invercargill to review the Stravinsky Selection. Unfortunately I wasn't feeling well enough to drive all the way down there, watch the ballet, write the review and head home again the next morning, so I had to cancel. I wish I had been able to! A bit of bad timing. Oh well, I'm looking forward to Sleeping Beauty at the end of the year!

I hope everyone has had a fun weekend, I went to check out Dunedin's new stadium, a bird show where my Grandad had a couple of birds entered and went out for dinner with some friends. Bring on the new week! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

What I packed - Queens Birthday Weekend

I got back yesterday from a little road trip over the long weekend. The bf and I had an event to attend in Invercargill then we headed through to Cromwell to check out the new house his parents have just built up there. There was a bit of travelling around and I've spent the last couple of days sniffling away with a cold but I'm gradually getting better thank goodness! 

These are some of the things I took with me this weekend. I needed something dressy for the event I was going to, then comfortable clothes for lounging around in Cromwell and travelling. 

1. Leopard Print Bag - Cotton On. I use this bag as my gym bag usually, but it's the perfect size for a weekend bag. 
2. Studded High Tops - The Warehouse. Perfect for a casual outfit with jeans.

3. Grey Leopard Bag - Strandbags. I used this when going to the event on Saturday night - its great not having to find somewhere to leave my bag as I can just wear it the whole time if need be.
4. Purple Check Shirt - Farmers. Just right for a casual weekend outfit with jeans.

5. Velvet Dress - Shop on Taieri. What I wore to the event on Saturday. You can see it here.
6. Lace Bodysuit - Shop on Taieri. To wear under my velvet dress

7. Grey Leopard Circle Scarf - Trendz. Snugly and warm and could also be worn as a hat.

8. Black Ankle Boots - The Warehouse. My go to boots when I want something dressy but easy to walk in!

9. Grey Merino Jersey - Mosgiel Salvation Army. A perfect layering piece for cold weather. 

10. Purple Leopard Scarf - 1,2,3 Dollar Shop - Adds a pop of colour to mainly grey and black basics

11. "The Girl Who kicked the Hornets Nest" - Borrowed from the bf for the weekend. I loved the movies!

12. Sequin Cardy - Valley Girl - great for layering over a t-shirt and under a jacket. 

I topped up these items with black jeans, my coat seen here and different earrings (dangly ones for night, studs for during the day) It was great for a change to have a whole bunch of items that could create different outfits depending on what the weather was like or what I got up to. I used purple as my accent colour with my shirt and scarf both in this shade. 

It was a pretty fun weekend, meeting new people, watching a couple of pretty entertaining soccer games and relaxing in a brand new house! It was fun checking out where I'll be moving to in a month or so! The bf has a job lined up so I will be following him down to Invercargill soon. I'm glad it's only a couple of hours from Dunedin and not too far to go to catch up with all my family. I'll have to start packing soon!

Hope everyone has enjoyed their weekends. I cant believe we're in June!!