A wife of noble character who can find?...She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue...Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Proverbs 31:10, 26 & 28

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Some changes coming up

One thing I hate about the New Year is that our rent inspection is usually in the second week. In 2010 I was very pregnant and managed to put it off for a few weeks but this year I didn't have that excuse and it was yesterday. We were only offered a 6 month renewal of our lease last year and since then I've feared that the owner was going to turf us out and I was right. We've been given our 90 day notice to vacate the premises. I'm taking it better than I expected but I suspected this was coming. The real estate agent is very happy with us as tenants and is quite happy to have us rent through them again, except that they don't have any properties out this way so she will give us a glowing reference.

So over the next 3 months I'm going to be a bit distracted with looking for a place to live, packing and moving. Hopefully with our glowing reference it won't be as hard to find a place to live as it was before, even though we have another child. To get the house we're in now we offered extra bond but that hasn't turned out so well and we won't be doing it again.

I have 2 little girls birthdays coming up in the next couple of weeks and I can't wait to make their birthday cakes and post some pics.

9/4/2011: I just realised that I haven't updated on the fact that the owners of our house offered us one more six month lease so we're here until the beginning of October now. This will be our last lease and even if the owners decided that they wanted us to stay we would not.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas Baking 3

Cheeky Little Boy

Christmas Baking 2



I also made Caramel Fudge this Christmas. I use the ingredients list from one recipe but the method from another but I'll put them together in this blog.





Ingredients:

2 x 395g cans sweetened condensed milk
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
250g butter, chopped
1/3 cup liquid glucose
1/4 cup golden syrup
400g good-quality white cooking chocolate, chopped.

Method:

Line a 28cm x 18cm x 3cm pan with foil or baking paper. Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add brown sugar, golden syrup and condensed milk; stir over a medium heat until boiling. Lower heat and cook, stirring for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add chocolate; stir until smooth. The fudge will start to set quite quickly, so immediately pour into prepared pan, then spread evenly with the back of a spoon. Allow to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes, then refrigerate until firm. Cut into small pieces.

Christmas Baking

I know these posts are a bit late but I was madly baking for Christmas. I had a very good year baking and everything turned out perfect. The first thing I made was marshmallows. The recipe I use is from my very favourite cookbook The Commonsense Cookery Book.











Ingredients:

3 tablespoons gelatine Vanilla or lemon essence to taste
1 cup cold water Icing sugar
4 cups sugar Cornflour
1 1/2 cups hot water

Method:
  1. Soak gelatine in cold water.
  2. Bring sugar and hot water to boiling point.
  3. Add soaked gelatine.
  4. Boil gently 20 minutes.
  5. Pour into a large mixing bowl. Cool and add essence.
  6. Beat until thick.
  7. Pour into a swiss roll tin lined with baking paper.
  8. When cold, cut into squares and toss in a mixture of icing sugar and cornflour (I have used only cornflour when I've run out of icing sugar and it was still fantastic).
This time I coloured half the mixture pink and I wrapped them up in cellophane.



I Love Sunday

I love my baths and I usually take a cup of tea, a glass of water, something to eat and a book and stay in there for hours. Unfortunately I've only had 2 since Emily was born but I plan to rectify that situation.