Friday, December 4, 2009

HOHOHO!!! Dora's Christmas Cookies

I have this fabulously simple idiot-proof Christmas cookies recipe to share with you today and for the weekend. No photos yet, since I'm baking them today.

You'd need a cookie cutter, rolling pin and of course the household oven.
Baking temperature: 180°C.
Baking time: 10 min per batch

Ingredients:
150ml golden syrup
300g butter or magarine

2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp cloves (use ground spices!)

3 eggs
400g sugar

800g flour (regular, not self-raising)
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Method:
Melt on low heat butter and golden syrup in saucepan.

Mix in separate bowl the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt)

Remove from heat, stir in ground spices.

Set aside till hand warm temp (to cool faster, pour into your mixing bowl).

Stir in eggs (if your butter-syrup is too hot, the eggs will cook & looks like egg-drop soup!!! Then you'll have to start all over again).

Stir in sugar, mix well.

Stir in dry ingredients - use your mixer to mix ingredients till well-blended.

Leave to cool, covered, either overnight in fridge or in temperate countries like Germany with darn cold weather outdoors to cool.

Once the dough is cold, take it and roll out with rolling pin. Use cookie cutters to cut your cookies. Place on your cookie sheet, I line my cookie sheet with non-stick baking paper so I do not have to grease the sheet. Preheat your oven as usual, stick in your cookies and violĂ ! you will have yummilious cookies in no time!!! Once cooled, store your cookies in your cookie jar.

Enjoy and let me know how your cookies turned out!!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

'TIS THE SEASON TO BE GENTLE?

Last week as I was doing my usual routine around our home, I felt that it was loud when I let the trash-lid fall close. Hey, it's not like I chuck things down and they break all the time! In fact, after that 'awakening', I have been observing myself and am consciously being more 'gentle' with what I do. You know, this morning I realize that it is not being rough or gentle, it is that my mind is not with what I am doing. Before I have finished the task, I walk away and let it 'fall into place'. I now consciously remain standing/sitting still and wait till what I am doing is 100% finished and completed before going off to my next task. We are kept busy daily and are impatient. Have you notice that no matter how much you hurry to do anything, you may finish your task five minutes earlier and not more? Worse is, whatever you have rushed to achieve is not properly done and you have to start all over again. What's the hurry? Most of the time it's not a life-threatening situation, is it? My advice? Let your mind consciously be with what you do before you move on to the next and you will be more than satisfied when the task is completed.

Let's get to the crux of today's blog! Here are my beads made before the weekend, yeah, all large lentil beads (large is beautiful) -

Where's The Cat?

Where's The Cat?
Seriously, can you spot where the cat face bead is?

If not, here's the cat bead


The Flown Goose
Focal bead
Hot Off The Press!


Hot Off The Press!

Fourteen Faces Of The Moon
Ok, first impression you get is, it looks like the Where's The Cat? set, that's because I used the same stringer color and have similar motifs. The Cat set is made on ivory colored base though the Moon set has brown and ivory as well.

Fourteen Faces Of The Moon

News Flash!


Have a great week!