Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Why I love New Zealand...

Just a few photos from our beautiful summer. The weather over the past few months has been amazing and for the first time in a long time, Christmas day 2009 was a cracker! We all swam in the pool and celebrated our Kiwi Christmas in the best way possible. We tried to make the most of the best weather by getting out and about with the kids. I am usually itching to get back to work by mid-January, but this time, I enjoyed every minute and reminded myself why I love NZ so much!

Lemon Sour Cream Sprinkle Cupcakes

I had a lonely half used tub of sour cream sitting in my fridge just begging to be used. Add to that, a box of Dutch fruit sprinkles which I received as part of a large package of Dutch goodies from one of my students at the end of last year. I decided to make some lunchbox treats....cupcakes!

Google was my friend and I soon found this recipe which looked quick, simple and most importantly, used up my sour cream. I halved the recipe and they were a cinch to make. I used fresh lemon zest from our tree and instead of using the lemon icing in the original recipe, I put a few sprinkles on the top of each cupcake before placing them in the oven.

A few minutes later, they were done and my favourite baking tin was full! Give them a go, they are delicious.

Monday, March 22, 2010

A new blog direction?

It has been more than two months since I last blogged and I have missed the opportunity to write. I find blogging a relaxing way to get my thoughts down and I really just do it for myself. Bearing this in mind, I have decided to widen my horizons and blog about pretty much anything that I feel like. During term time I find it so hard to keep up with my sewing projects due to lack of time so for a while I think I might use my blog as a diary of sorts. A way of recording the day to day "regular" things we do as a family. I hope I can keep up with my goal of posting more often! :-)