Tuesday, May 24, 2011

{Sour Cream & Lemon Cake}

I have to give all credit for this lovely cake to Rhiannon, there's a lemon and yogurt cake on my blog which is one of my all time favourites so this appealed to me instantly, replace the yogurt with sourcream, genius, how could I refuse, it's an awesomely delicious cake, one of those cakes that is better the next day as the sugary lemon topping soaks into the lush dense lemon cake. 

I made it on Saturday when lovely Aaron visited and brought with him a gorgeous lunch including an amazing salad with rocket, pear, dates and candied walnuts, candied walnuts I tell you! what a cool day, eating, drinking then chilling out with the kids in front of the open fire watching Tangled, nice one, love a long lazy lunchtime catchup.

...the cake
185g softened butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 tsp lemon zest
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup sour cream

...the glaze
juice of 1 lemon
3/4 cup sugar

Preheat the oven to 160. I used a lined 20cm cake tin but Rhiannon used a bundt, you choose your fav. Cream the butter and sugar then add the eggs and lemon zest and mix to combine. Stir the flour and baking powder together then add half of it and half the sourcream into the butter, mix gently then add the rest of the flour and the sourcream and mix till combined.

Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake until a knife comes out clean (mine took just over an hour). Once cooked, remove from the oven wait a couple of minutes then pour the glaze over the cake and allow to cool.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

{Tie Dyed Crayons}

This morning the wee peas and me had a bit of fun recycling all their old manky bits of crayon, its free, quick, easy and we have agreed that crayons are actually more fun this way, and oh so pretty.

..tie dyed crayons
muffin tin (I used silicone)
old bits of crayon

Preheat the oven to 125. Peel off all the paper from the old bits of crayon and put them into your muffin tin holes. Pop it into the oven for 25 minutes or until they are all melted. 

Take them out of the oven and let them cool completely before popping them out and having lots of fun drawing with them (we put them into the fridge because we were impatient), so cool.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

{Natural Spray & Wipe}

Something I have been wanting to do for ages is make some of my own natural cleaners, I started with something I use everyday which is spray and wipe and it was so easy, I had everything at home except for the borax which I picked up at the supermarket (its a naturally occurring non toxic mineral) in the laundry section. 

I have been using it for about a month now and I can say its just as good as a bought one, in fact its better because its cheap, its minus the chemicals which are bad for my little family and our planet and its all natural. I found the recipe here, next on the list is a hand wash for the bathroom and a glass cleaner, for someone who doesn't much like to clean, it somehow makes it a little bit more fun.

...natural spray and wipe
500ml water
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp borax (mineral)
10 drops of eucalyptus, lemon or tea tree oil

Combine everything in a spray bottle give it a shake and its done.

Monday, May 9, 2011

{Feijoa Crumble Cake}

I know, I know, I left it on the carrot cake for weeks and now I turn up with another cake, but its now or never with this one, well that's a bit dramatic as you could make it at this time of any year but what I mean is its now feijoa time so this lovely little cake is perfect for those feijoas you have sitting in the fruit bowl, I bet you have all the other ingredients in your pantry too, its not got anything fancy in it.

I found the recipe online and tweaked it, I just had that slice in the photo with a cup of tea and I'm a happy little hausfrau, now I am ready to take on the late afternoon toy tidy up, the getting in and folding of the washing and all those other jobs that I have been putting off all day ...

...the cake
125g butter, melted
1 cup chopped feijoas
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp all spice

...the crumble
1 1/2 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup brown sugar

Add the feijoas, sugar and egg to the melted butter. Stir well, then fold in the sifted dry ingredients. Pour mixture into a lined cake tin (I used a 20cm tin).

Combine the crumble ingredients and sprinkle over the cake then bake at 180 for 50-60 minutes, until the centre springs back when pressed lightly, cool in tin for ten minutes then remove and transfer to a rack.