Workspace Wednesday 68.

February 6, 2013 | Workspace Wednesday

So it appears that I somehow managed to forget Workspace Wednesday last week! I even had the post ready to go the night before, and then just clean forgot to post it. Sorry ’bout that. So today you’re going to get a double dose of W.W.

First – this was what I was up to last week.. making some little men for a dear friend :)

Aaaannd this week.. I’m being slightly less productive in the crafting department, and much more productive in the stuffing-my-face department. It’s Chinese New Year time again, which of course means these delectable pineapple tarts are back on the shelves. Last year I made my own, but this year I decided to try buying them from a recommended baker down the road.. they’re delicious!


Recipe: Jam Drops

September 25, 2012 | Recipe

A good classic recipe, Jam Drops. I used to love these as a kid… some things never change.

Here’s the recipe (from Donna Hay Modern Classics Book 2)

180g (6 oz) softened butter
1 cup caster (superfine) sugar
1 egg
2 cups plain flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
jam (jelly)

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Place butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and creamy. Add the egg and beat well. Stir through the flour and baking powder and mix to a dough.

Roll 2 teaspoonfuls of the mixture into balls. Place on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper, allowing room for the biscuits to spread, and flatten slightly. Press a finger into the middle of the dough to make an indent. Fill the hole with jam. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire racks.

Mmmm yummy!

 Go give them a try! :)

Recipe: White Chocolate Cranberry Biscuits

August 13, 2012 | Recipe

Morning guys! I hope you had a lovely weekend :)

I thought starting off the week with a yummy biscuit recipe would be a great idea, seeing as nobody likes Monday’s and biscuits make everything better. I know I only did a biscuit recipe not too long ago, but these babies are waaaay too good not to share. Even better than the choc chip ones. The combination of delicious white chocolate, chewy cranberries, and crunchy biscuit is perfect. I got this recipe from my lovely friend Aude years and years ago.. and am embarrassed to say I only just found it again and thought to give it a try! Now I wish I hadn’t waited so long.. these are going straight to the top of my favourite biscuit recipes :)

White Chocolate and Cranberry Biscuits

125g butter softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tbs brandy (I used Amarula because we had it)
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup white choc chips (I put in 1/2 cup)
1 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F). In large bowl, cream both sugars and butter together until smooth. Beat in egg and brandy. Combine flour and baking soda, stir into butter mixture. Mix in white chocolate chips and cranberries. Put heaped spoonfuls onto baking trays lined with baking paper. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes.

Recipe: Choc Chip Cookies

July 30, 2012 | Recipe

It’s one of the baking basics around here.. Chocolate Chip Cookies always go down a treat. I ended up baking this batch at about 10pm the other night because I had a craving and didn’t have any cookies in the house (I’m very disciplined when I’m at the supermarket.. not so much once I get home!). Do you have a favourite go-to cookie recipe? I also really love Jam Drops (Thumbprints?).. mmmm maybe they’ll be next on the list for late-night baking :)

This recipe is adapted from Donna Hay Modern Classics Book 2.

Loving… Cookie Splashes

March 16, 2012 | Loving...

Hi all, Donaville from Discover Paper here!

One of my favorite photographers whom I happened upon via flickr a few years ago is a fellow named Siebe Warmoeskerken. Siebe is a self-taught photographer, who began his photography career on flickr in 2006 and he currently resides in the Netherlands. To say he works wonders with his photography skills would be the understatement of the year. One look at his portfolio and flickr stream and I can bet you’ll easily lose track of time gazing at his masterful photos.

My favorite series of his is entitled Cookie Splashes, all photographed in 2009 by his nikon D700 SLR.

I might try my hand at creating a beautiful cookie splash mess with my kids as I’m sure they’d enjoy it!