Cupcakes, compost and a bit of knitting..

Cupcakes were happening here this week. With three 'tween end of netball season parties to get through, a meal tree gift for a friend in need and some sweet snacks for our own pleasure, I figured it was just best to jump right in and do a bulk bake. Do you ever do this?

The cupcakes were iced en masse and then divided up for their respective places.

The recipe I use is an old standby and makes a light, moist cupcake. The 12yo who is nearly as big a sweet tooth as I am proudly announced that she likes the actual cake part too, not just the icing which is usually the case when we have one out as a treat!  A true testament to the recipe (included at end of post).

Elsewhere, while rummaging through the craft room I came across a vest I had started knitting absolutely yonks ago! I remember knitting it while on holiday four years ago. It only needed the side seams sewn together and the armhole edging knitted up..an hour of clacking, tops! Do you do this? Leave projects aside, abandoned and forgotten when so ridiculously close to finishing them?

Absurd, isn't it!


I'm still getting over the morning tea our weekly veggie group were treated to on Friday at Lise's. Her table always looks so beautiful, and this day was no exception...


Gosh, that layer cake she whipped out at the back of the picture was four enormous layers high of chocolate, coffee, pecan, strawberry cream indulgence! Oh my! Let my thighs get to work after that one, please! It was a glorious morning to catch some sun too..and good company of course ;)

Inspired after spending time in Lise's garden, I actually got outside and turned the compost at home! This heap was started about 3 months ago - the last time veggie group was at my place. I've been filling the heap steadily with layers of manure, straw, garden prunings and veggie scraps and decided it was time to commence a new heap so this one can 'mature' in time for spring/summer plantings.


It's amazing how quickly the layers compact down. I was pleased to catch sight of some worms in the mix too!

With spring flirting a brief appearance here, I also had a chance on the weekend to get outside (in the sun!) and start working on a crude tunnel for our hatchy mamas. I figure rather than go the tractor route right now I'll extend their hutch with an enclosed chooky, chicky and fox proof (fingers crossed) enclosure.
Once again, tip scrounged irrigation pipe came to the rescue!

Broccoli is making it's way inside! Yay!!
Along with some Olympic supporting, high jumping goats but we won't go into that. 

I'm thinking of a pork/noodle stir fry for dinner tonight with some leftover roast pork.
What's making it's way to your table? 

Thanks for your linkies to your Slow Living Posts. I'm looking forward to getting around and visiting you very soon!


Easy Cupcakes (recipe can easily be doubled...or tripled!)
Place two eggs into a 1 cup measuring cup and fill to the top with cream. Place into a bowl and beat with an electric mixer for a minute or so.

Add 1 tsp vanilla extract and 3/4 cup sugar. Beat for 3-5 minutes.

Gently fold in 1 cup self raising flour and divide mixture between twelve cupcake cases. Bake at 180c in center of oven for 15-18 minutes or until lightly golden and center springs back when touched.

Cool on wire racks and ice as desired.

These cakes are THE birthday cupcakes in our house! Enjoy x.

Comments

  1. Lovely lady, you have been busy! I blinked, turned around and there is all kinds of loveliness going around these parts at the moment. Your shop looks amazing, your cupcakes- very teeth sinkable, and your knitting...oh, one day, one day I might be able to.
    That vegie group table looks so lovely. I really do envy you for that wonderful weekly get together you do. Love it.
    Have a great week Christine.
    xxx

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    1. Brydie, sweet girl, I hope your time in Tassie was superb! Nice to see you around the traps again :)

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  2. Mouth is watering now lol would love your icing recipe it looks so lovely and smooth.

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    1. ooh, now, let's see, I think I threw in to the mixing bowl a handsome knob of butter, a couple of cups of icing sugar and a drizzle of milk. It was beaten until it was the right consistancy, adding more milk as required. Vanilla and colouring were added towards the end. Simple :)

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  3. Gorgeous post. Your compost looks well on it's way and I ALWAYS love to see what you have scrounged up at the tip! You and I could get into some serious trouble there together if we had a huge truck to bring our finds home in, LOL!

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    1. Ha, could you imagine the trouble, Sherri! I would gladly take you as my tip buddy any day, if only an ocean didn't separate our scrounging grounds, lol! x

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  4. Beautiful cupcakes! We've just got broccoli ready to eat too! I love the vest - tell me - did you knit the design in, or has it ended up that way from the dye of the wool? It's very gorgeous...

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    1. Hi Celia! Meh, the vest, it's probably not the yarn I would choose now but never one to waste things I couldn't let it sit there unfinished. The pattern on the vest actually came out that way from the variations in the yarn..nothing to do with me. ;)

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  5. Your cup cake recipe sounds so quick and easy. I'll give it a shot. And btw I'm joining your veggie group! I wouldn't mind traveling for that cake!! Lol

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    1. Oh, now, that cake, Linda. It was really something! Hey, just a thought - maybe you should start up a veggie (cake!) group in your area? That would be really cool!! :)

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  6. What a dear little cupcake recipe! Thank you.

    The vest looks good Chris, I have a sock that needs the same attention, you have inspired me.

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  7. I adore your vest, the only thing I enjoy about the colder months is the ability to curl up in warm sweaters. Sweaters have always been my version of the blankie for a child. They make me feel safe and comforted.

    Your compost is looking good as well as your broccoli. I sure wish I had planted more veggies this year, there is always next year.

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  8. YUM!! Thanks for the recipe : ) The vest is great. I have many a crochet project that are so close, but just that little to far, from finished. You've inspired me to pick one up and just do it!

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  9. Just popped over to your veggi group blog, you gals look like you have a lot of fun! that morning tea table looks so beautiful and tasty!
    It's raining here so i'm off to try your cup cake recipe with my little 3 yr old.
    I love your vest, the yarn has such a pretty pattern.

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    1. Thanks for popping by, ladies! The cupcake recipe is super easy, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. :)

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  10. I have just typed up your cupcake recipe to give it a try....sounds great. I wondered if you could post your version of "icing" as I never know what to do in that dept without going the whole buttercream icing or is that what you have? I have just popped over to your veggie blog and I just LOVE IT.... what a great way to make friends, be social and enjoy some cake. I love the community you have created and all the families are growing healthy food too. I think having the community come to your garden is such a great idea too....I love reading these inspiring stories. Regards, Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  11. just copied that cupcake recipe down too, quite different to any I've tried before and they look so perfect.

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  12. Great, Kathy and Kirsty! They're nice'n'light, moist too.

    Kathy I briefly posted how I made the icing up top to Aussiemumbec. Nice to hear you enjoyed the veggie blog - it's very inspiring seeing everyone's gardens evolve. :)

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  13. Hi Christine, I often pop back to this post for the cup cake recipe. I have the bowl in my lap as I type, so that I can scoop out the mixture. Yummm! I tend to only use 1/2cup of sugar and we love this recipe. It is so quick and easy. I have trouble finding it each time though. I don't think it's on your index. Thanks again for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Linda, will put a link in. ;) Good idea to use less sugar, too!

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