Friday, 29 April 2011

Miss J. Hawkins stalking...

Hey loves!!
If you are on my Facebook or follow me on Twitter (if you don't, do it NOW! Oh & you can also LIKE this blog on Facebook now, so do it!!) you would've read me update about former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins visiting Toowoomba Myer. Now I was keen to go meet her with Mum. But argh, 4am this morning I was up & I was sick :( I've been pretty cranky & just sick all day. So YAY, how fun. NOT.
But I still went. I wore a top I have had for like 6 years from Just Jeans with a little purple singlet underneath, white jeans (Just Jeans) & Tony Bianco heels.
Compared to Miss Jen Hawkins I look so average (& to make things worse I felt crappy!!), but I had to get a photo or 2 with her!!
Anyway guys even bigger news then getting a photo with Jen was I got a photo with Yogi Bear & Boo Boo!! How damn awesome!! And Myer was giving out free fairy floss!! So it was a pretty fabulous day!
So here are some photos of our exciting day!!
Enjoy...
Yogi Bear & Boo Boo & I!! WOO HOO!!!
My shoes!!
My pretty Mum
I LOVE this photo of Mum & I
Waiting for Jen.
Myer Fashion Show.
Myer Representatives introducing Jen...
Jennifer Hawkins...
Mum & Jen...
Jen Hawkins & I... Yes I am very short!!
FAIRY FLOSS time with Humpty & Big Ted!!!

Sorry this blog is up late!! I've been watching the Royal Wedding - how lucky is Kate?! & Prince William looked so smart in his uniform (as did Harry!!)  Kate's dress is beautiful & so very Grace Kelly & elegant!! I love weddings!!!
Did you watch it it!?
Let me know what you think of the Royal Wedding & what 'famous people' have you had your photo taken with or met?
XoXo.
B.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

A girly Easter weekend ending with some gun shots!!

Hello lovelies!!
How was your Easter? What did Mr. E. Bunny bring you!?

My Easter weekend was lovely, I spent it with my Mummy... As Trent, Dad & the boys were out hunting until Sunday!
Well Friday we set off for Ipswich, every year we have fish & chips for dinner on Good Friday with my Nin (Nan). During the day we caught up with some other relatives in the Ipswich area, it was great!! :)
On Saturday Mum & I did what we do best... SHOP!! We hit all the shops Toowoomba has to offer (& dude, there is a lot!!). That night we headed out to a local 'hot spot' in town - 'Fitzys' (or Fibbers Mcgee) which not only is a cool pub that Trent & I like to visit but they also do a good feed in their fancy restaurant area. (Thumbs up to Mum & Dad for finding that out!!)... When we were finished our dinner & heading to leave Toowoomba got smashed by rain, like we had minor flash flooding AGAIN! What the fudge, I swear T-bar has the worst drainage in QLD. Easter Fest was cancelled as we were leaving so there were a bunch of young people all over the roads, crazy rain & the streets looked like rivers!!
So we got home safe, had our showers, we popped on a girly movie (Steel Magnolias), did face masks, did our nails & just hung out. It was lovely!! Then we did a present exchange for Easter as by then it was midnight!! (I got Mum a big stone ware gravy jug she wanted, some Lindt chocolate goodies, a breast cancer thing plastic air freshener she wanted & a little 'Mammy Doll' - or "Golly wog" to match her other 2 larger ones)....
On Sunday we were up early & headed into the markets in town & then to the ones just out of town! It was about mid-afternoon when the guys got back tired & smelly from being out hunting all weekend!! We all had a yummy roast chicken for dinner (lovingly prepared by my Mum - her roast chicken is the best!!) & Dad & I shared a bottle of wine.
It was a fantastic Easter weekend, I spent it with all the people I love & Mum & I got to have a really nice weekend together!! Thank you Mum for such a lovely weekend! I love spending time with you!!
My beautiful Mumma...
Spending the weekend at my parents = spending the weekend with their house cat/wild Australian bush tiger. This cat is the most mentally unstable & scary thing I've ever met, I love & fear him.
All ready for dinner!!
Then the Easter Bunny stopped by....
Easter Loot; cutting board, massive Tupperware bowl (perfect for rising dough!!), some stone ware accessories (a used tea bag holder & a sink caddy!!), a BIG pink heart sugar egg, a Gold Lindt Bunny (all from my parents!) A the chocolate Bilby is from my lovely little brother Lachlan!! xx
Seriously out of all the Easter loot photos snapped with me in it, this is the only half  decent & isn't dark & grainy. Argh never mind I look special... But YAY Easter shirt & sugar egg!!!
Locky & I...
Tristan & I...
My T-rex & I... I was so happy to see him! I missed him!!

And now for some GUN SHOTS!!!
So after coming back from hunting all the weapons must be safely stored away, well before they got stored away I 'borrowed' them for an impromptu photo shoot!! Yes I was surprised as you all that they let me handle the guns!!
** ALL GUNS ARE UN-LOADED & ARE OWNED BY A LICENSED OWNER, THEY ARE NOT MINE** & when using guns always use common sense, use them under the supervision & instruction of a license holder & behave in a safe fashion. Accidents with guns are cannot be reversed & often can't be fixed!! I was holding these all under my Dads supervision & they were NOT loaded. I do NOT condone irresponsible play with guns or misuse of them. Guns are a serious weapon & are to be used only by responsible people.... Once again the guns were not loaded.
And the compound bow does have an arrow with a tip on it but the string part was so tight I was only holding the arrow out straight (I couldn't pull the string back at all!) So it was of no threat to the person (Trent) taking the photos or anyone else around!! All these photos were taken in the privacy of my parents shed & away from the public!!
Once again they weren't loaded, I do not use them. I just wanted some photos with them!! (If I did use them I would more than likely break my shoulder, I would love to do target 'clay' shooting, but the gun shop guy & everyone else has said I was too little!) LOL
The Easter Bunny hunting bunnies? Lol
With the guns!! Once again both were unloaded. I wasn't even allowed to test the trigger!
My little 'bigger' brothers & I... Hurt these 2 & I may learn how to use this thing!!!
The compound bow & I. Once again, this thing is so hard to use the arrow is just sitting there, so I couldn't fire it even if I wanted to. I do not have the strength to... I wish I could use it, it would be fun!!

Anyway my loves, that was my Easter weekend. What did you do? What did Mr.E Bunny bring you??
Let me know!!
Love you all...
XoXo.
B.


Friday, 22 April 2011

Hot cross buns recipe...

Hey guys!!
Well Friday marks the start of the 'Easter long weekend' - I think everyone was looking forward to this 'extra long weekend' (as in Australia Anzac day falls on the Monday so we get an extra public holiday on Tuesday - WOO HOO!!) Anyway I hope ya'll planning to pop down to your local fish & chip shop for some Good Friday sea food (remember no red meat!!) Anyway, today (Friday) at some very early hour (about 6:20am) Trent, my Dad & 2 little brothers headed out west (to Tara) to go pig hunting... Well that just leaves me & Mum. And I thought I would be a nice fiance'/daughter/sister & make the boys some yummy baked goods to take on their 'adventure'... (Seriously though how spoilt are they!! Baked goods on a hunting trip!) So I made some chocolate choc-chip muffins, shortbread & I also attempted to make from scratch hot cross buns!!
I thought as an Easter gift to all of you I would share the recipe I used (it's no big secret or anything I just found it on Google, but I will add in notes etc.)


Hot Cross Buns...
From this recipe I got 17 buns. But I could have made smaller ones & got more!


Ingredients


  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 2 x 7g sachets dried yeast
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups currants *I used sultanas, because I like them better. But you could use anything really - even chocolate chips!!*
  • 40g butter
  • 300ml milk *I totally read this as 30ml of milk, I realised my mistake when I noticed the mixture was a bit dry... LOL BLONDE moment!!*
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
Lets get started :)  - By the end of the day this BLACK shirt was white & disgusting from baking LOL. I felt just like a baker!!
Flour paste


  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons water
Glaze
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
Method


Mix flour, yeast, sugar, mixed spice, salt and currants in a large bowl.
All the dry ingredients together....

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add milk. Heat for 1 minute, or until lukewarm.
Milk and butter on the stove top...

Lightly whisk 2 eggs together.
Add warm milk mixture and eggs to currant mixture.
Add the wet stuff to the dry stuff :)
 Use a flat-bladed knife to mix until dough almost comes together.
Use clean hands to finish mixing to form a soft dough. *Beware it is super sticky!!!*
You have to knead & work the dough for like 10 minutes. It's very tiring!!
Mixture in the bowl!
My hand looking diseased!!!
Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes, or until dough is smooth. Place into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until dough doubles in size.
Stage 1
Stage 2... Getting bigger!!
Stage 3.... After 1 1/2 hours!
Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
Punch dough down to its original size.
Punch the dough!! I just  pretended it was someone I didn't really like!!
Flattened out!!
Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth.*By now it really isn't that stick, it's kind of like working with cookie dough!!*
I like to put grease proof paper down & flour it so it protects my kitchen table & it's a little more hygienic!
Work the dough until it is smooth...
 Divide into even portions. Shape each portion into a ball.
Place balls onto lined tray, about 1cm apart.
I could've made even more smaller ones because they get pretty big!!!
Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 30 minutes, or until buns double in size.
Preheat oven to 190°C.


Make flour paste:
Mix flour and water together in a small bowl until smooth, adding a little more water if paste is too thick.
Make the flour paste!

Spoon into a small snap-lock bag. Snip off 1 corner of bag.

When the hot cross buns have increased in size or have been sitting for 30 minutes, unwrap them.
Pipe flour paste over tops of buns to form crosses.
Mine are a bit messy!!!
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until buns are cooked through.
In the oven for 20 - 25 minutes... They smell really really good!!

Make glaze:
Place water and sugar into a small saucepan over low heat.
 Stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Boil for 5 minutes.
Take buns out of oven when they are done. (should be brown/golden color!)
An intelligent thing to do here is to place grease proof paper under the cooling rack so when you glaze them it doesn't go all over your stove top/bench.... I was not this smart LOL
Brush warm glaze over warm hot cross buns.
Yummy....

Serve warm or at room temperature.
Enjoy...
I was honestly skeptical whether or not they would taste any good - they are brilliant. I am such a pig I ate 2 with butter straight out of the oven...YUMMY...
These are the 3 things I baked. 17 hot cross buns, 15 chocolate choc chip muffins & about 50 shortbread stars!! All for the guys to go out hunting!!
Shortbread stars - that recipe can be found HERE
Yummm double chocolate muffins!!!
All packed up to go out hunting...  ** Note - I did keep one box of hot cross buns for Mum & me! LOL


** I know these photos are dodgy, but I'm having some computer issues & my big lovely camera takes photos that take up waaayyy to much room on my PC so I used my iPhone & my little camera!! Sorry & I ran out of time to write 'Bella In Bindyland...' on them but please do not copy. All work is my own! :)

Ok guys, well this recipe worked for me (well they aren't perfect looking - but they taste amazing, so soft & yummy on the inside!! First attempt & not a bad result!!). And if you happen to be bored on Good Friday or Easter Saturday, give this recipe a go & let me know how it works for you. It's not that hard, just a little time consuming (waiting for the dough to rise etc.) But it's fun, a bit messy, but pretty darn simple!! And if you are visiting family or friends on Easter Sunday they will be impressed by your cooking abilities!!
So let me know how you go with them!!
Good luck & I wish you all a happy, safe & gorgeous Easter long weekend!!
I love you all...
XoXo.
B.
Happy Easter. hehehehe... I loovee chocolate bunnies!