Monday, May 31, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday

Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth 
Today is cold! So when Elliott suggested a picnic, the answer was a resounding NO! But, we came to a good compromise.
So today, our muffin tin morning tea is being eaten at an inside picnic.


With bug placemats, and colourful muffin cases to brighten up the gloomy day.  (Its also not the healthiest of morning teas, but after being so well behaved over the weekend, i thought they deserved a treat)


 (Sultanas, white choc drops, choc, heart sprinkles, and a porridge muffin)

Friday, May 28, 2010

My Morning In Photos

My Morning In Photos
I had a little baking spree this morning, and while we were waiting for the cupcakes to finish, I pulled out the camera. I thought I'd share a few of my favourites. I especially love the first, because this is so often what Zoey does for the whole time the cakes are cooking. 


Monday, May 24, 2010

Playing Along - Photo Frenzy

We Play


This morning after trying to get a recording of my 9 month old saying, 'hello'. (yes, she does, i know, hard to believe!), my big girls wanted to have a turn of my camera.

As its an older camera, and fairly easy to operate, i let them, and this is some of what we got....




 By Elliott

By Zoey

Friday, May 21, 2010

Ten Cupcakes You Need To Try

Not Necessarily in any order...

Choc Peppermint Cupcakes.

1 cup SR Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
2tbls Cocoa
2 eggs
90g butter or marg
1/2 cup Chocolate (melted)
1 tsp Peppermint essence
2-3tbls milk

Mix all ingredients (except chocolate) with electric mixer until smooth.
Stir through melted chocolate.
Divide evenly between 12 cupcake cases.
Cook at 180 C (160 fan forced) for 20 mins

Makes 12
                                                                                                                  
White Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes

1 cup SR Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
2tbls Cocoa
2 eggs
90g butter or marg
1/2 cup  White Chocolate (melted)
2 tsp Strawberry essence
2-3tbls milk
Extra White Choc bits (optional)

Mix all ingredients (except chocolate) with electric mixer until smooth.
Stir through melted chocolate.
Stir through Choc bits (Optional)
Divide evenly between 12 cupcake cases.
Cook at 180 C (160 fan forced) for 20 mins

Makes 12

Variation: Add Fresh Strawberries, Chopped
                                                                                                                   
I like to use White Chocolate Ganche. Mostly because I am loving the taste of it at the moment!
You could also you Buttercream or any other icing recipe!
White Chocolate Ganche

 250g White chocolate, chopped
 1/3 cup cream

Combine chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
Stir with a metal spoon until smooth. Remove bowl from heat.
Set aside at room temperature to cool, stirring occasionally, until ganache is thick and spreadable.

For Mint: add 3-4 drops of peppermint essence, to taste, and 1-2 drops of green colouring

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I jump out of bed in the morning....

No before you ask, I haven't found a magic potion.
Its one of Elliott's favourite songs from Playschool, and it has always driven me bonkers, but i had the lyrics in my head as i sat down at the computer.

"I jump out of bed in the morning, 
I hope its a very nice day"

Today had 'Bad Day' written all over it before the sun was even up!
Take one baby waking every hour, and mix in a two yr old crying at 4.30, waking the 1yr old, and you've got a very good recipe for one grumpy mummy! And boy was I!
Bronte may be our best baby in some regards, but Shes also given us some of the most sleepless nights, especially in the last month or so.


BUT, I realised not so long ago that something my high school teacher said is so so true.
"Smile before you get out of bed, It sets the tune for your whole day" 
And that's exactly what i painfully forced myself to do today.
Now I don't think a smile alone is going to ungrumpy this mummy for a whole day, but that and half a dozen coffees have a lot better chance of doing so than a frown does!

Elliott (who was also very grumpy this morning) and I agreed to be happy today, and that's exactly what we're going to try to do! We always find this easier if we have a visitor or go on an outing.
Today, having my girls playing happily together, and finally capturing a photo of Bronte standing by herself definitely helped!


What helps you to you 'be happy' on one of those days?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Elliott Has Her Say...

Daddy picked Elliott up from school, and they were driving home:
Dad: Elliott, I kinda like you
E: I dont like you!
D:(sticks his bottom lip out sulking)
E, trying to console him: But i like you sometimes.

Thanks for that E, Sure he feels really loved!

And the winner is........

Anonymous (aka Spol!)
thanks to Random.org


So if you pass on your info to me, Your package will be on its way!! 
And I'll be trying one of those recipes today if i get a chance!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cupcake Giveaway

Cupcake Giveaway is ending tonight! 
Just a reminder, to post your favourite cupcakes on my blog to be  in it!
Winner will not only get to be part of my experiment, they will also receive this Cupcake Kit! 


Happy Commenting, and check back tomorrow for the winner!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Play Along - Row Your Boat.

We Play

This week, We've decided to play along with We Play, over at Childhood 101. And the girls presented a perfect oppurtunity for me to snap yesterday morning.
I always love seeing what the big girls come up with when left to their own devices.
An empty box becomes a lunch box, and starts a game of "going to work".
And an newly empty washing basket becomes a boat, to row, row, row.......



They even had a crocodile to scream at, and Bronte didnt mind playing the part. 


And all from their own tiny little minds! Organised play has its place, but its wonderful to see them coming up with their own ideas!

Why not pop over and see what others have been playing at this week?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Creating A Blog

 This is a blog about creating blogs, as since I posted my blog on Facebook, a couple of people have wanted to create their own, but have had trouble doing co. 
BTW, You dont have to be signed in to post a comment, just click the 'comment' button at the end of the post, and select anonymous. 


So here we go:

1.Creating a Blog

a) Go to:  https://www.blogger.com/start

b) Click the big organce button that says Create a blog.

c) Enter your details, and Pick Your Display Name.(Who do u want your post froms?)

d) Name your blog. and pick your (normally the same, if its available)

e) Choose a template: To start with, just pick one that looks ok to you. You can always change templates or personalise them later

f) Next, Write a post:
Anything really, perhaps start with an introduction of yourself, your family if u plan to include them in your posts (maybe nicknames if u prefer not to mention real names), and what you are all about...Hobbies, what you hope to blog about etc.

Thats it!


2. Navigating Your Way Around

The top right hand side of the screen has "Dashboard" link.
This is pretty much your homepage. This is where you can view posts, make new posts, edit your profile, etc

From there, its up to you.
You can edit your profile to include info about yourself and maybe a picture. These will be visible at the side of your Blog. (My profile picture is of my girls)



Writing a Post

On your dashboard, click New Post.

Title it,
and then write. Whatever you want to!!

When your ready, preview it, and click publish post.
Easy! And you can edit it later if you want, by clicking 'Edit Post' back at your dashboard.

Sharing Your Blog
When you're ready to start sharing your blog with the world, the URL that you typed in back in step 1d, Thats what you give people. 
It should be "titleofyourblog.blogspot.com"
If your not sure, comment on my blog when your signed in, and I'll tell you what it is. 
Any Questions??

A Blog worth Reading

A Blog i love to follow is "Its Almost Naptime". Missy writes very interesting, inspiring posts all about her life, her kids, and relying on God. I especially enjoy following her through her adoption of baby number 5.

At the moment, She is running a giveaway with Intials, Inc., so why not make a cuppa, and pop over to have a read.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cupcakes On My Mind! (+ Giveaway)

I have Cupcakes on my mind! Now and then, i get an urge to bake, and bake, and bake!
My favourite thing to bake is cupcakes. They're cute, yummy, and fun to decorate. However, i think i've run my standard vanilla, and chocolate recipes into the ground. So, I'm on the hunt for new yummy cupcake recipes, and i thought i'd throw the challenge out.


What are you're favourite cupcakes??

Now, I'm also interested in trying something i saw at CakeSpy, so to make this a little more fun, I'd like a volunteer to be on the receiving end of my experiment. That is, Posting a cupcake!
If you'd like to attempt to receive a yummy (maybe not so pretty??) cupcake in the mail, leave a comment telling me your favourite cupcake flavour/recipe.
I'll randomly choose one.
The lucky participant will also receive a 'Cupcake Kit', containing flag picks, cupcake cases and Cake Mate Frosting.(My secret weapon when it comes to icing!)

Happy Commenting!