Friday, 17 March 2017

Chocolate cookies for Dom

Today before I walk my son to school I promised him cookies. Had crazy, bit hectic day, but... my son have his cookies  😊.


After school he checked them and... wanted more then just one allowed before dinner 😊.

Want to make them?

Here recipe (I modified recipe found in 'Cookies!' by Pippa Cuthbert and Lindley Cameron Wilson):
Ingredients
250 g dark chocolate (70% min), 60 g cocoa powder, 100 g unsalted butter, 3 eggs, 100 g soft brown sugar, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 75 g plain flour, 1/4 tsp baking powder.

Place chocolate, butter and cocoa powder in metal bowl and place over a pan of simmering water and stir occasionally until melted, set aside to cool. Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla extract until nicely combined, add chocolate mixture, mix, add flour and baking powder and mix until just combined. Cover the dough and chill (2-3 hours). Preheat oven to 200 C. Roll dough quickly into small balls, place on baking sheets and bake about 10 minutes. 
Allow to cool and enjoy 😊.

Till next post!

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Midterm break

Last week was a little break from school for Dom. I can say that was very interesting time - first time only me, Dom and Tula (Daddy was working).

We had little bit of chocolate fudge I made around weekend


As inspiration for this fudge I had recipe found through pinterest: http://theprettybee.com/2015/11/3-ingredient-dairy-free-fudge.html.
My version contained: 550 g dark chocolate, 1 can of coconut milk and around 3 tbsp of icing sugar :)


We had fun making cookies from Dr Oetker book from 1930.


Dom helped me with finishing this nice card - details you can find here: http://tobicards.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/february-challenge-at-conie-fong-art-fb.html


He also had his time with card making - I received my crafting mag with stepper cards kit as free gift and Dom decided he wants to use it :) He made 4 nice stepper cards with minimum of my help.


Beautiful work isn't it?

We also read a lot and Dom painted 3 new 'masterpieces', we bought some new books and colouring books and spent a little bit of time in Whitley Bay where we had a stop for drink and cake :). We had fun watching Tula running wild in the garden, making new chewing toy for her and trying to explain her that Dom's sleepers are not for chewing (no luck).

Overall - very nice time together :)



Sunday, 12 February 2017

Pyramid cookies

Today finally I found a time to check one of the recipes I found in book Mum sent me few weeks ago. This little book unfortunately is not complete - few pages missing. It is Dr Oetker's recipe book from 1930.

I decided to bake cookies which I'm calling Pyramid shortbread cookies.

To make them you need:

60 g sugar, 150 g butter, 180 g flour, 50 g ground almonds, pinch of cinnamon and about 1.5 tsp baking powder.
Preheat oven to 200 C. 'Knead' all ingredients together for nice elastic dough, then roll, cut and bake around 10 minutes (until golden).


Ball of dough before rolling


I used star cookie cutter, but you can use any kind you want.


Cooling down :)


Use jam or chocolate cream between cookies, place on each other as shown above and sprinkle with icing sugar.


Enjoy with tea or coffee!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Tula, baking and watercolour pencils

Shame on me!!!

Wasn't writing for so long here. Dealing with 4 yo boy, puppy, house works, crafting etc is not easy - I can tell it for sure :).
Tula is 12.5 weeks old now and had her 2 jabs done. On pic below our little cutie in her new coat ready for her first walk :)


Isn't she look cute in it?

I have some watercolour pencils from my friend plus received bigger box of them from my man for Christmas... I thought why not learn something new... 
Just one think - I am not good with drawing things ( maybe trees :) ). 

Below pic of my first try with these pencils on Digi stamp from Poolkadoodles.



Last Sunday I decided to try something new - scones :) Savory scones... Actually
Bacon and cheese scones!


Before landing in oven


Cooling down!

To make these scrumptious beauties you need (in my version):

First preheat your oven to 200 C.

Fry 200 g bacon lardons, put them aside to cool down a bit, in bowl mix together 275 g self-raising flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, pinch of salt, then add 100 g butter and rub it until form breadcrumbs. in other bowl mix together 150 ml milk, 50 ml oil and 1 egg. Then add milk mixture to the dry ingredients, add 2-3 nicely chopped spring onions (can be more if you wish) and fried lardons and mix it together. 

Divide dough between 12 muffin cases and bake for about 20 minutes, until golden/brown and then...
depends from you :) wait for little cool down or just eat them hot ;)

To be honest with you I was very surprised to see my 4yo fussy eater munching on it and asking for 'cupcakes' next day!

Enjoy!!!

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Bit of baking

Christmas time is definitely time for lots of sweets :) All these biscuits and cakes we love since childhood. Or for trying new recipes :)

Few days before Christmas Day we had some fun with Dom making chocolate biscuits.
Recipe I found on Pinterest, but modified it for our taste :) If you are interested in original recipe, go: http://nurturestore.co.uk/easy-christmas-biscuit-recipe.

For our cookie dough I melted: 85g unsalted butter, 2 tbsp of honey and 60g cane sugar. Then added 200g plain flour, 2tsp cinnamon and 2 tsp cocoa plus 1 tsp baking soda mix with 1 tbsp water. Then rolled it


Dom helped with cutting it and then placed on baking sheets and baked in preheated to 190 C oven for max 10 minutes.


After little cooling we checked them and Dom approved them :)

Yesterday I decided to try recipe for Sour Cream Coffeecake I have from instagram - made some research before, cause recipe is American and as a European I'm not familiar with measuring system used in it.


Original recipe from mixandmeasure (65 years in family):
cream 1 stick margarine and 1 cup sugar, add 2 eggs, sift 2 cups flour, 1/4 tsp salt, 1tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda plus 1/2 pint sour cream and  tsp vanilla. Mix well, put in large angel food greased pan. sprinkle top with mix of sugar and cinnamon. Bake 50 minutes in 350 F.


My version
cream together 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup sugar (I used only 3/4 cup of sugar), add 2 eggs, 2 cups flour, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 cup sour cream. Mix well. pour half of batter into greased angel pan, then sprinkle with 2/3 of mix of 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup or more chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts) and 1 tsp cinnamon, add rest of cake batter and sprinkle with rest of cinnamon mix. Bake 50 minutes in 180 C. Cool down and decorate with glaze of your choice (mine: icing sugar mixed with lemon juice).

Choose your version, bake it and enjoy!!!



Saturday, 24 December 2016

Meet Tula :).

When we saw Tula first time about 3 weeks ago she was so small that I could keep her in one hand.


                                          Yesterday she became a part of our little family :).


She's bigger since we saw her last time but still small as any chipin is :).
She loves her food, her toys and definitely she's a playful little creature :).


Tula is checking cardboard :)


Playing with Dom's allosaurus :)

She loves cuddles and Dom loves to cuddle her :). He can do that all the time if we allow him :)


Plus she's kind of nocturnal for now :). I never have to woke up that many times when Dom was an infant :).
Sorry if pics are not clear enough, but my phone not cooperating with me when is bit darker in the room.





Monday, 12 December 2016

December, December...

Winter started... I should say 'raining season' started :)

Luckily for us not everyday is cold and wet, just bit of drizzling from time to time, some chilly mornings... But sometimes we have chance for day like this:


Or sky like this:


We can still enjoy nice walks during weekend :)

From other life fronts... I'm reading book 5 of Dark Tower by Stephen King.


Colouring new digi images


Making new cards


Dom is creating new masterpieces :)



And we all are waiting for new member of our little family - Tula :)


She's a chipin and Dom recognize her every time we see her with no problems :)

That's all for today friends :)