30 Jun 2015

TAKING STOCK - JUNE 2015



Ahh June, you have been a handful. Throwing things at us from all angles, making us unsure what to expect next. Usually you glide by, barely being noticed, maybe that's why you decided to show yourself, to let us know that you are still here.

Things go wrong so
That you appreciate 
Them when they're right

Marilyn Monroe 


I read my very first "taking stock" post a little while a go over at the fabulous Meet me at Mikes
Since then, I have become quietly obsessed with these posts. Searching and following other bloggers that take part.

Since June threw us a few curve balls, I decided to use the "Taking Stock" inspiration to look back over the month, to recall the best that the month had to offer.

Making : Lots of cakes and hearty Winter meals for my family
Happy : The weather has found a happy medium
Excited : That my eldest son started his new job and is LOVING it
Trying : To see the good in ALL outcomes


Reading : Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Watching : River Cottage Australia and LOTS of reality TV
Discovering : Lots of amazing new blogs to read and follow
Ready : To rock the month of July

I hope that June has been kind to you and your family, and I look forward to linking up with IBOT and all you blogging lovelies next month.

beck xx

29 Jun 2015

MONDAY MUNCHIES


ORANGE CAKE WITH ORANGE ICING

Its school holidays, and mums all around the Country are cheering for lazy mornings and slow routines, however I don't know about you, but my time in the kitchen doubles over the school break.
Sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and plates of fruit, hour upon hour. Where on earth do they put it ?

This week we had an abundance of oranges, so besides enjoying the fruit on its own with all its juicy goodness, I decided to make this light and delicious cake....



INGREDIENTS

*125 g soft butter
*1/4 cup milk
*1/4 cup orange juice
*2 eggs
*3/4 cup caster sugar
*1 1/2 cups of self raising flour




Combine all ingredients together and beat on medium speed for 3 minutes.
Pour mixture into a lined loaf tin and bake for 30 - 40 minutes at 160



ORANGE ICING

*1/3 cup soft butter
*1 1/2 cup icing sugar
*2 tbs orange juice *or to taste

Beat all the ingredients together and ice cake once cool.



My boys love this cake, its easy, delicious and I guess I should have baked two today.

beck xx






26 Jun 2015

ITS EASY



The days here have been stunning. It seems that after all the rain, we have settled into a comfortable Winter cycle. Cool mornings and evenings, pleasant sunny days with a fresh breeze. It's quickly becoming my favourite time of year as I gain more appreciation for the cooler weather.


The Winter flowers are in bloom, brightening up the flower beds, putting on a glorious show. Masses of colour and happiness to enjoy.


My fur babies are constantly in search for the perfect spot to sun themselves.


It's school holiday time again, and that means NO lunch boxes, lazy mornings and quiet evenings. It's funny, because when the boys were little and needed constant supervision and entertaining, the school holidays seemed to drag on forever. Now they go by in a flash.

I'm still trying to settle on paint colours for the house, it seems to be taking me longer this time to decide on the perfect shades. I guess some things can't be rushed.

I finally made the Milo cake I have been wanting to bake. All I can say is YUMO !
An overload of fudgie goodness that is the perfect accompaniment to a steaming hot cup of tea. You can find the recipe HERE

I've read a couple of books that have really "sucked me in" lately.
The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne & Before I Go by Colleen Oakley
The Ice Twins kept me on the edge of my seat trying to guess the ending. It was recommended to me as a book to read if you enjoyed The Girl On The Train. It's a definite page turner.
Before I go was a sweet read that had me in tears at times. A heartfelt first novel by the author.

Are your gardens full of Wintery blooms ?
Are you for school break ?
What have you been reading lately ?

Happily linking up for this weeks FYBF

beck xx

22 Jun 2015

MONDAY MUNCHIES


MILO CAKE

5 mins
Prep time
30 - 40 mins
Cook time
Verdict
DELICIOUS





I've been wanting to give this cake a whirl for a while now, but every time I tried to do so, the Milo tin was empty. Finally this weekend I grabbed hold of the tin before the last of its contents were devoured.


INGREDIENTS

* 80 grams butter
* 1/2 cup caster sugar
* 1 cup of Milo
* 2 cups of self raising flour
* 1 cup of milk
* 2 eggs



Beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
Add the eggs and the Milo and beat until just mixed through.
Add the flour and the milk and beat on medium speed for four minutes.
Pour mixture into a lined cake tin and bake at 150 degrees for 30 - 40 minutes until cooked through.
Let the cake cool and top with your favourite icing.



Enjoy

beck xx