Thursday, 14 July 2011

Swirls and Sprinkles

Two posts. Two days. WOW. It's a miracle!

And what's warranted another post so soon? Well, I've been spending a lot of time over on Pinterest.com this last few weeks and I've been totally inspired by the awe worthy collection of cupcake images over there. Seriously, some of them are just TOO gorgeous looking.

Take these for example (one of my absolute faves):










What is not to love about those cupcakes, I ask you?

So, inspired by all the pinterest cupcake lovliness, and in response to a request from Mr K for baking for his co-workers I dutiful dusted off the muffin tins and cupcake papers and set to it.

Nothing ground breaking in terms of newness. Devil's food cupcakes from here (my go to recipe for chocolate cupcakes) and a test out of this frosting recipe from I am Baker. I used half shortening and half butter. I really, really, REALLY like this frosting recipe. I think I ate half of it from the bowl before it even got to the cakes! LOL. What I love about it most is that the shortening means its white (I find when I make butter cream with all butter it's always got a bit of a yellowish ting which I don't really like). This worked great, would have piped better if it wasn't so bloomin' hot here too.

Without futher ado then. Cupcakes, with swirls and sprinkes. Delicious and beautiful, what more can you want in a cupcake..... well.... calorie free maybe? Can't guarantee that though, sorry ;)



Spirls and Sprinkles Cupcakes



Don't they look lovely? Want one? Here you go....one just for you:

Enjoy :)



Swirls and sprinkles cupcakes



TTFN

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Back in the Scrapping Saddle

So, it's been a while. Of late though I've felt ticklings of scrapbooking mojo re-emerging. Lots to do with this lady, who inspires me greatly with her endless enthusiasm for all things scrappy.

Also to do with this lady, who has been endlessly cranking out great scrapbooking pages to keep me entertained while I've been out of the scrapping game.

I do have to confess that whilst my mojo is somewhat returned it has been greatly dependant on a helping hand of late (in the form of sketches, classes and scraplifts). I like to think of it as easing myself back in gently :)

As promised then, the latest layouts from Chez Cookie:


He loves me He loves me Not



He loves me He loves me not Title Close up



(This one is actually from a last year but I haven't posted it yet *slapped wrists*)



BeWILDer Wood LO



(This one is based on Shimelle's Sketch to scrapbook page from 29th June. Photos from our holiday in Norfolk in April)



A Spin on the Teacups LO



A Spin on the Teacups Title Close up



A Spin on the Teacups Embellie close up



(This is based on Shimelle's 4x6 photo love class for June. Random collection of photos of Gracie on the teacups. If you look closely at the other little lady accompanying Grace in the photo on the left you just might recognise her from here.)



And last but not least:



First Scalextric LO



(Based on this LO by Shannon Tidwell from the Products you love every which way class for June).



My new found scrapping led to a bit of a reprimand from Mr K in that I haven't scrapped any where near as many photos of Ewan as I have of Grace (second child syndrome I'm afraid *bad mummy slap*). So, my scrapping effort for the foreseeable future will involve all things boyish and lots of tales of the Eggman.



TTFN

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

The Joy of Discovery

There aren't many things in life (these days) as much fun as discovering a new blog.

I may well have died and gone to cake making heaven.

Be warned... you could put pounds on just looking at this blog!

It's here: I Am Baker.

Peruse at your calorific peril!

TTFN

P.S. Rumour has it there's been some scrapbooking action going on a Chez Cookie. No, really. There has. Pics to follow. Promise.