Monday, October 8, 2012

Blogtober Day 8 - Prettiness

I have been attempting to clean up the study/craft space/storage area/general dumping ground.

I won't call myself a hoarder, in fact I am pretty particular about where things go and the way things are in the rest of the house, but for some reason this room is my dirty little hoarder's cave.

I am keeping my eye on the end product, as I know that this can and will be a fabulous space once I'm done. I can't wait to share my space once I'm finished.

In the meantime, during my tidying, I came across some tear sheets that I had obviously torn out of magazines for inspiration, and they ended up at the bottom of a pile of paperwork. So inspiring, huh? But the pictures are still beautiful to me, and I thought I'd share.

This first two are from a Domayne ad, but I just loved the way that the tables were displayed and the colours that were used. They just make me smile.

This next one is Natalia Vodianova in Alexander McQueen S/S 03-04. Isn't that dress just AMAZING!!!

Lastly, Mia Wasikowska in Louis Vuitton.

She is a beautiful girl, and that dress just makes me go weak at the knees.

Enough sharing. Back to purging.
Kirst x

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Blogtober Day 7 - Failed at "Never Fail"

I enjoy cooking, and I think I'm actually an okay cook. However, if I was to be specific, I especially love to bake. I love the process of creaming butter and sugar, I love playing around with recipes, I love the eating part. I can often be heard singing "Baked goods are my weakness" to the tune of 'Young boys are my weakness". Yes it's true, my knees go weak around cake.

My speciality is cupcakes. That sounds a bit cliched. I mean, EVERYONE does cupcakes these days. I feel so 2008!!!
Seriously though, they are quick, simple, fun to decorate and the perfect serving size. What's not to love about a cupcake?

I have had my standard cupcake recipe for some time.......8oz each of butter, sugar and self raising flour, 4 eggs, baking powder and vanilla. Simple. Light and fluffy. YUMMY!

The problem I have had with my yummy, scrummy old faithful recipe, is that it is so light, that it can flop in the middle during the cooling process. Kind of like a souffle. Then to decorate, I an restricted to using frosting to fill this hole. And if it does keep its shape, it's so light that it can be destroyed with anything more than light frosting. Limited!!! Don't like these limitations.

So I've been on the hunt for a denser cupcake recipe. One that would have more chance keeping its shape in my dodgy oven, and hold it's shape so that it can be decorated by my kids' loving (but certainly not gentle) hands.

During Blogtober I have been reading Blogs that I have never visited before. I stumbled across Debbie Does Handmade, and her recipe for "Never Fail Cupcakes" and thought I'd give them a go. The recipe was for a Thermomix, but I thought that there's no reason that they couldn't be made "Kirsten-mix".
I can't believe it! They failed!!!!!

They sunk in the middle and were gooey and not cooked inside.

They tasted good, but no good for decorating.

So I tweaked a little in the oven temperature and time to bake department, and didn't add the milk. A very basic and simple recipe.

And out they came!!! Check out these absolutely perfect cupcakes!!!

I mean, is this not the most perfect cupcake you've ever seen?

And because they were so perfect and round, they were iced with a sweet, runny icing glaze.

Just in time for afternoon tea.

Couldn't get a photo of the kids eating them, as they basically inhaled them. Too quick for me and my camera.
Thank you Deb, you have supplied me with my NEW 'go to, no fail' cupcake recipe, and my family and I are thankful.

Kirst x

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Blogtober Day 6 - Guilty Pleasure

I'll admit to my guilty pleasure, if you admit to yours. Everyone has guilty pleasures. Something that they don't want anyone else to know about. It may be embarrassing, taboo, or just a little bit naughty.
But I have a theory.

I think that nearly everyone has a guilty pleasure to do with reality TV. There is some reality TV show out there that you enjoy to watch, but don't really like to admit to. What is it????

Big Brother?
X Factor?
Dancing with the Stars?

You have one, don't you? C'mon.....share.

Could it be a design show? 60 Minute Makeover?
Real Estate? Selling Houses??
Child Rearing? Supernanny???

Everyone has one.
Even my dear husband, who says that ALL reality TV sucks, loves to sit and partake in a little bit of Deadliest Catch of an evening.
I think he's in complete denial that it's reality TV.

I do like some reality TV, mainly design-type shows, but I believe that this one really hits the mark as a true "guilty pleasure".
You'd better leave a comment and tell me yours.

Mine is Beauty and the Geek.

What can I say?
The girls are SOOOOO dumb naive. The boys are so sweet and completely unaware of how geeky they really are. The challenges. The makeovers. The romances. I love it all!!!!! Australia? USA? Who cares. Gimme! Gimme!!!!!

I am a little embarassed that I've let it out of the bag. Whatever will the school mums say???? Oh well. Sharing a little isn't such a bad thing. Is it???

So now you must share yours. Include a link so that we can all enjoy your guilty pleasure too. The more obscure, the better!!
I look forward to hearing about it.

Kirst xx

Friday, October 5, 2012

Blogtober - Day 5

BUGGER!!! It's Day 5 and I've already failed. Miserably.

I have in front of me a list, a planned list of blog posts. Day 2 contains photos that I have half edited, Day 3 is half-written in my drafts, and Day 4 notes are in front of my ready to be typed.

Procrastinate much?

This is not meant to be my post for Day 5, but here it is.

K x

Monday, October 1, 2012

Blogtober - Day 1

Well it's October. The start of the reinvention of my weeks to come. 

I baked, I cleaned, I read new blogs, I gymmed, I played with my kids, I menu planned, I did the groceries, I kind of made a rough plan for the week - I'm actually pretty darn happy with myself. 
The only thing I didn't do was plan a really interesting and memorable Blog post for the first day of Blogtoberfest.

Well at least I'm here, and I'm typing.
Hopefully I'll do better tomorrow. 

Kirst xx