Sunday, 31 October 2010

Trick or Treat?

I'm so definitely a treat girl!.....Wishing everyone a Happy Halloween... I caught up with my brother & family yesterday along with a Halloween party last night, so lots of cupcakes all round!.... this years treats were chocolate cupcakes with glitter & pumpkin sprinkles! and this years trick is the fantastic hot chocolate mix that when you add the milk or water it turns orange, but still tastes of chocolate!
Along with cupcakes & hot chocolate I have a witches brew soup, and a few decorations around the fire.....
Have a fun filled halloween, filled with tricks & treats!.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

It's all about Pumpkins!......

I love this time of year.... the trees have turned to beautiful reds & browns, the sun (when it shines) hangs low in the sky and the leaves leave that crunch under your feet. I am an Autumn girl... crisp enough to get the gloves and scarf on but warm enough to walk and enjoy the late sunshine. Today has been one of those days.... and on top of that we get Pumpkins!... I love pumpkins... they are so versatile as well as being great fun for Halloween.
I got very excited when this popped up on my starbucks app, but alas I was on the american version!
However I have devoured all this months glossies.. I am a sucker for a food mag with a pumpkin on the front... and have some pumpkin goodies which have travelled across the pond from new york last year...
i will share the tried & tested Pumpkin recipe from Lolas which is just delicious....
Pumpkin Cupcakes:
Ingredients:
450g of plain flour
3 eggs
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice or ginger
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
400g of caster sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons pure vanilla
400g shredded fresh pumpkin
100g of white chocolate curls
For the cream cheese icing:
250g of unsalted butter
1000g of icing sugar
2 teaspoons of pure vanilla paste/extract
500g Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Method:
Slice open the pumpkin, remove the seeds and chop the pumpkin into smaller chunks. Then grate 400g of pumpkin chunks
Sift together the plain flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and allspice. Add the walnuts now too as this will stop them sinking to the bottom of the cupcake.

Measure the sugar, oil and vanilla into a large size bowl and stir to combine. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking after each addition. This is the wet mixture.
Add the majority of the dry mixture to the wet and stir until just combined. Add the remaining dry mixture very slowly until all incorporated. This will result in a very thick batter. Do not overbeat!
Fold the pumpkin and white chocolate curls into the batter with a large wooden spoon.
Pipe or spoon the mixture into cupcake cases about 3/4 full.Bake at 350/160 degrees, until the cupcakes are golden and a toothpick comes out clean, which should take between 20 and 25 minutes.
Finish the cooled cupcakes with generous helpings of cream cheese icing, dusted with cocoa powder and decorated with chocolate shreds or a pecan nut.
Enjoy!

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Cupcakes & Coffee...

Ladies I know I'm a little late in posting this... but have had Internet problems at home!.. and I'm not that technical with the iPhone to blog from yet!.... Thankyou for the donations and comments that you have left for my virtual cupcake & coffee morning. I have collected a host of goodies and will be giving them to one lucky person on the 7th November. ( i'm leaving it to run a little bit longer as everyone will be halloween'd next week!)
There is still time to donate.... just think of it as a raffle!!!..... there's been some great posts for Breast Cancer awareness month... Claires made me chuckle even with such a serious topic.
I will hopefully get all the goodies photographed this week and posted on blog....
Here is the link to original post.....
if you would like to be entered into my cupcakes for causes giveaway, please leave a comment... thankyou Tx

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Lady that Lunches...

with celebrity cake designer Mich Turner ( Little Venice Cake Company) and Sainsbury's.
Today I had a day off work!!!!! hoorah... and spent it in Knightsbridge at the beautiful 30 Pavillion Road having lunch!
This was the first lunch event that the Sainsbury magazine has hosted for some time. Myself and 60 other ladies went along to the beautiful Pavillion Road venue, (which is part of the Searcys group.) and were treated to a delightful lunch, wine & fizz and a mini masterclass from Mich!
For those of you not familiar with Mich, she helped Kirstie in Homemade home ice the miniature cakes and make glitter roses!.. she also supplies Harvey Nicks, Fortnum & Mason & Sainsbury with cakes.
Here are a few pics from the day, Mich was great very open & honest, and even for someone who has been making cakes for many years I still picked up some great hints & tips.

A great day, much recommended ... look out for more events in the magazine... and check out the goodie bag!.... baking goodies from Sainsbury.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Just call me....

a social butterfly!... usually I am known to start the hermit phase at this time of year... but the last couple of weeks I've been a busy bee ( and with more to come!)
Over the last 2 weeks I have:
  1. Been to see the best musical in town (again!!) Alf (from home & away) has now joined the cast of Priscilla.. this musical still manages to make be laugh until I hurt every time I see it.
  2. Spent the evening in the company of John Barrowman at the Royal Albert Hall. this is my oldest friends guilty pleasure!... 3 hours of pure entertainment, he certainly knows his target audience of gays & grannies! (we didn't fit into either category, but had a fab evening)
  3. Movie night with the girls... Made in Dagenham. growing up in the shadow of Fords, this film was always going to be a must, a real feel good film.... we owe those 187 women a great deal!
  4. Sunday Roast ~ a rare treat for me, spent a lovely Sunday evening at friends, with a home cooked dinner & Downton Abbey... can a Sunday evening get any better!
  5. Trip to the theatre to see Country Girl ~ a little bit of culture amongst my froth!... Martin Shaw & Jenny Seagrove star in this play, found it a little hard going in places but still enjoyed the overall play and Martin Shaw is great, a very different character from his usual TV work.
The social butterfly is cocooned in tonight... with the dilemma of Rupert or Richard?... aka Whitechapel or Spooks!.... so thankful for Iplayer!....

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Can I mention......

the C word?..... yes of course I am referring to Christmas...
with 78 days to go, how excited was I to run through Boots this morning and find that this had been launched!... Hooray the countdown has begun... the gift guide is here!
I'm liking these;
loving the Sex & the City stuff! and the vintage inspired baking bits!

Next's Christmas book hit my doorstep at the weekend, so 2 guides to make lists from now!!!!
How fantastic are these Christmas bits from Next!

 
The countdown has begun!.... What's on your list?

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Saturday Night...

not at the movies, But with the gorgeous, talented ever so dapper Mr Michael Buble!....
my guilty pleasure has been outed!...

MB kicked off his sell out event at Wembley Arena last night and was spectacular. My seat was fantastic adjacent to stage 6 rows up, so the binoculars stayed in the bag!.
He started with this Cry Me A River , which just set the tone for the evening including fireworks! (apologies for screaming on the video!...not me I hasten to add!!!)... followed by Everything.

His audience interaction was great, he had pictures took and then walked into the crowd... where the whole place went wild when he sung Home ( this always makes me cry as it soo reminds me of my nan.)
this was followed by Some Kind of Wonderful accompanied by the amazing Naturally 7.
Back on stage to Feeling Good... the stage was pitched and very shiny... giving Mr Buble the opportunity to slide everywhere, so very well demonstrated in this clip!


He finished the evening with the beautifully written & sung Song for You....this gave me goosebumps.. I urge you all to watch until the end...

Friday, 1 October 2010

Cupcakes for Cancer

... calling all Ladies!... Show you care by joining my virtual Coffee & Cupcake morning on Saturday 16th October....please pledge the price of a cupcake for cancer (£1). (pledges can be made anytime during October.
This month is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I would like to create a virtual cupcake & coffee morning!... you can sit & sup a coffee and know that you have contributed to a worthy cause, alternatively get  the girls together for a coffee, cupcake & gossip!.
As a thankyou to you all that give, I will be giving away a cupcake & causes parcel at the end of the month.
I have created a pledge page here (link at side also)... all monies pledged will go to Breast Cancer Care.

It would be great if you could link this on your blogs, lets see how far the virtual coffee morning can go!
huge cupcake thanks for donations given... Tx

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Trick or Treat?

I'm so definitely a treat girl!.....Wishing everyone a Happy Halloween... I caught up with my brother & family yesterday along with a Halloween party last night, so lots of cupcakes all round!.... this years treats were chocolate cupcakes with glitter & pumpkin sprinkles! and this years trick is the fantastic hot chocolate mix that when you add the milk or water it turns orange, but still tastes of chocolate!
Along with cupcakes & hot chocolate I have a witches brew soup, and a few decorations around the fire.....
Have a fun filled halloween, filled with tricks & treats!.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

It's all about Pumpkins!......

I love this time of year.... the trees have turned to beautiful reds & browns, the sun (when it shines) hangs low in the sky and the leaves leave that crunch under your feet. I am an Autumn girl... crisp enough to get the gloves and scarf on but warm enough to walk and enjoy the late sunshine. Today has been one of those days.... and on top of that we get Pumpkins!... I love pumpkins... they are so versatile as well as being great fun for Halloween.
I got very excited when this popped up on my starbucks app, but alas I was on the american version!
However I have devoured all this months glossies.. I am a sucker for a food mag with a pumpkin on the front... and have some pumpkin goodies which have travelled across the pond from new york last year...
i will share the tried & tested Pumpkin recipe from Lolas which is just delicious....
Pumpkin Cupcakes:
Ingredients:
450g of plain flour
3 eggs
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice or ginger
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
400g of caster sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons pure vanilla
400g shredded fresh pumpkin
100g of white chocolate curls
For the cream cheese icing:
250g of unsalted butter
1000g of icing sugar
2 teaspoons of pure vanilla paste/extract
500g Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Method:
Slice open the pumpkin, remove the seeds and chop the pumpkin into smaller chunks. Then grate 400g of pumpkin chunks
Sift together the plain flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and allspice. Add the walnuts now too as this will stop them sinking to the bottom of the cupcake.

Measure the sugar, oil and vanilla into a large size bowl and stir to combine. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking after each addition. This is the wet mixture.
Add the majority of the dry mixture to the wet and stir until just combined. Add the remaining dry mixture very slowly until all incorporated. This will result in a very thick batter. Do not overbeat!
Fold the pumpkin and white chocolate curls into the batter with a large wooden spoon.
Pipe or spoon the mixture into cupcake cases about 3/4 full.Bake at 350/160 degrees, until the cupcakes are golden and a toothpick comes out clean, which should take between 20 and 25 minutes.
Finish the cooled cupcakes with generous helpings of cream cheese icing, dusted with cocoa powder and decorated with chocolate shreds or a pecan nut.
Enjoy!

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Cupcakes & Coffee...

Ladies I know I'm a little late in posting this... but have had Internet problems at home!.. and I'm not that technical with the iPhone to blog from yet!.... Thankyou for the donations and comments that you have left for my virtual cupcake & coffee morning. I have collected a host of goodies and will be giving them to one lucky person on the 7th November. ( i'm leaving it to run a little bit longer as everyone will be halloween'd next week!)
There is still time to donate.... just think of it as a raffle!!!..... there's been some great posts for Breast Cancer awareness month... Claires made me chuckle even with such a serious topic.
I will hopefully get all the goodies photographed this week and posted on blog....
Here is the link to original post.....
if you would like to be entered into my cupcakes for causes giveaway, please leave a comment... thankyou Tx

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Lady that Lunches...

with celebrity cake designer Mich Turner ( Little Venice Cake Company) and Sainsbury's.
Today I had a day off work!!!!! hoorah... and spent it in Knightsbridge at the beautiful 30 Pavillion Road having lunch!
This was the first lunch event that the Sainsbury magazine has hosted for some time. Myself and 60 other ladies went along to the beautiful Pavillion Road venue, (which is part of the Searcys group.) and were treated to a delightful lunch, wine & fizz and a mini masterclass from Mich!
For those of you not familiar with Mich, she helped Kirstie in Homemade home ice the miniature cakes and make glitter roses!.. she also supplies Harvey Nicks, Fortnum & Mason & Sainsbury with cakes.
Here are a few pics from the day, Mich was great very open & honest, and even for someone who has been making cakes for many years I still picked up some great hints & tips.

A great day, much recommended ... look out for more events in the magazine... and check out the goodie bag!.... baking goodies from Sainsbury.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Just call me....

a social butterfly!... usually I am known to start the hermit phase at this time of year... but the last couple of weeks I've been a busy bee ( and with more to come!)
Over the last 2 weeks I have:
  1. Been to see the best musical in town (again!!) Alf (from home & away) has now joined the cast of Priscilla.. this musical still manages to make be laugh until I hurt every time I see it.
  2. Spent the evening in the company of John Barrowman at the Royal Albert Hall. this is my oldest friends guilty pleasure!... 3 hours of pure entertainment, he certainly knows his target audience of gays & grannies! (we didn't fit into either category, but had a fab evening)
  3. Movie night with the girls... Made in Dagenham. growing up in the shadow of Fords, this film was always going to be a must, a real feel good film.... we owe those 187 women a great deal!
  4. Sunday Roast ~ a rare treat for me, spent a lovely Sunday evening at friends, with a home cooked dinner & Downton Abbey... can a Sunday evening get any better!
  5. Trip to the theatre to see Country Girl ~ a little bit of culture amongst my froth!... Martin Shaw & Jenny Seagrove star in this play, found it a little hard going in places but still enjoyed the overall play and Martin Shaw is great, a very different character from his usual TV work.
The social butterfly is cocooned in tonight... with the dilemma of Rupert or Richard?... aka Whitechapel or Spooks!.... so thankful for Iplayer!....

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Can I mention......

the C word?..... yes of course I am referring to Christmas...
with 78 days to go, how excited was I to run through Boots this morning and find that this had been launched!... Hooray the countdown has begun... the gift guide is here!
I'm liking these;
loving the Sex & the City stuff! and the vintage inspired baking bits!

Next's Christmas book hit my doorstep at the weekend, so 2 guides to make lists from now!!!!
How fantastic are these Christmas bits from Next!

 
The countdown has begun!.... What's on your list?

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Saturday Night...

not at the movies, But with the gorgeous, talented ever so dapper Mr Michael Buble!....
my guilty pleasure has been outed!...

MB kicked off his sell out event at Wembley Arena last night and was spectacular. My seat was fantastic adjacent to stage 6 rows up, so the binoculars stayed in the bag!.
He started with this Cry Me A River , which just set the tone for the evening including fireworks! (apologies for screaming on the video!...not me I hasten to add!!!)... followed by Everything.

His audience interaction was great, he had pictures took and then walked into the crowd... where the whole place went wild when he sung Home ( this always makes me cry as it soo reminds me of my nan.)
this was followed by Some Kind of Wonderful accompanied by the amazing Naturally 7.
Back on stage to Feeling Good... the stage was pitched and very shiny... giving Mr Buble the opportunity to slide everywhere, so very well demonstrated in this clip!


He finished the evening with the beautifully written & sung Song for You....this gave me goosebumps.. I urge you all to watch until the end...

Friday, 1 October 2010

Cupcakes for Cancer

... calling all Ladies!... Show you care by joining my virtual Coffee & Cupcake morning on Saturday 16th October....please pledge the price of a cupcake for cancer (£1). (pledges can be made anytime during October.
This month is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I would like to create a virtual cupcake & coffee morning!... you can sit & sup a coffee and know that you have contributed to a worthy cause, alternatively get  the girls together for a coffee, cupcake & gossip!.
As a thankyou to you all that give, I will be giving away a cupcake & causes parcel at the end of the month.
I have created a pledge page here (link at side also)... all monies pledged will go to Breast Cancer Care.

It would be great if you could link this on your blogs, lets see how far the virtual coffee morning can go!
huge cupcake thanks for donations given... Tx