Rose Melting Moments.

I love melting moments, an ultimate indulgence. So buttery with a hint of sweetness.

For todays little bake session I decided to add a little twist and add rosewater and oh my! they taste yummo.

As always the kids are in helping out, their piping skills are a little poor but they lacquered on some tasty icing. I couldnt help having a lots of little tastes on the way.

One of the funniest bits about making these morsels is the vintage rosewater that still exists in my mothers pantry. I remember this bottle being in the cupboard when I was very young. Age doesnt matter in this case as it is still packed with the delicious rose flavour.
 

I had to take a photo of the existing price tag on the bottle. I wonder how much a bottle of this cost now as I am so getting some to have at my place.

So what do you do to add that little spark to your next melting moments. Get yourself the recipe (mine came from the old Womens Weekly biscuits and slices book), add  3 tsp of good rosewater to the biscuit batter and a tsp to the icing. I also adding pink colouring.

As for the tasty treats above I am sure the lucky birthday girl who will be getting these tmrw will enjoy them thoroughly.

Happy baking people!

Its that time of year again (well almost)

Winter is slowly approaching here in Perth, Australia. For some reason though the weather has reverted back to above 30, an annoyance as I dearly like to get to wearing my jeans and winter woolies. I have pulled everthing out of storage, clothes, doonas, snuggly flannel sheets and also started making the next season of lupin heatpacks and cold packs.

This time round I decided to do things a little differently. I thought I would make ‘ranges’ of different fabric combination that included the Boo Bears, rectangular heatpacks and cute wee cold packs that are stored in the freezer all ready to be pulled out to soothe a sore bump. You can buy matching heat and cold packs, perfect presents for that special little person in your life and also for yourself. Thats right, these cuties are not exclusive to the kids, adults alike have enjoyed the warmth of these lupin heatpacks.

They are all available from my Madeit Store and Etsy Store. Due to the bags containing seeds I cant send overseas, although I can send unfilled.

The first fabric collection I worked on is from ‘Meet the Gang’. I am in love with this fabric as it lends itself to be perfect for both girls and boys.

The new cold packs that I have made are the right size to fit into wee hands. They also have a removable cover that can be machine washed, perfect to clean any little blood that comes often with scrapes and bonks. Having two babes myself we are forever getting the cold packs out and it really helps with clearing up the tears quicker. Due to being made using the seeds they do not go super cold which means that you can place straight onto skin.

This set was quickly followed by:

The Bears are perfect to take to bed with or to soothe a sore tummy. I have yet to hear of any child receiving one of these cuties and not loving them so. My daughter sleeps with hers all year round, heated or not.

I am sure that as the chill sets in more of these ‘ranges’ will be popping up. I only make 4 of each bear so there are limited amounts available. If you would like a little more info on the benefits of using lupins over wheat head here.

Till next time……stay warm.

Easter tutorials

Only three weeks to go before easter. Time goes way to quick. I have yet to start organising the chocolates and decorations.

Here is some tutorial inspiration I found. Click on the links.

1. Quick Sock bunny (gotta love the quick part, and too cute)

2. Fabric eggs.

3.  Garland

4. Embroidery Easter eggs

DIY Easter Eggs

5. Carrots 

6. One for the kids from I love crafts: The chicken or egg

7. Egg tree

Sushi, my way!

Sushi, I love sushi.

I remember saying to myself before my first was born that they will learn to love sushi. Thankfully there wasnt a problem with that. Aside for the inability in the beginning to cut the nori with her front teeth she loves it. Every week I get the “Can we have sushi tonight?”

Here is my method of making teriyaki chicken sushi. Is it the right way??? Its the way that works best for me and it tastes great.

Makes 10 rolls (dinner, lunch and dinner again)

What you need:

  • 4 cups medium grain rice
  • 1/2c Rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp white sugar
  • 1/2c soy sauce
  • 1 tbl mirin
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tbl brown sugar
  • 750g Chicken thighs (taste the best)
  • kewpie mayonaise (dont subsitute with regular mayo)
  • 10 sheet nori
  • 2 lebanese cucumbers

1. Marinate the chicken. Mix soy, mirin, brown sugar, garlic and sugar together. I put it into a plastic bag and leave for a couple of hours.

2. Put the 4 cups of rice with 6 cups of water into a rice cooker (or your preferred method). Whilst cooking put together the vinegar, white sugar and salt together and heat in the microwave to help dissolve the granules. When the rice is cooked pour the vinegar mixture into the rice and stir in well.

I dont fan at this stage, I just put a tea towel over the rice and leave to cool. I usually marinate and cook the rice in the morning and make the sushi 1 hour before dinner.

2. Cooking the chicken. Place the entire bag into a pan, sauce and all. You are basically broiling the chicken for approx 10-15 min depending on the thickness of your chicken. You can place the lid on top so the liquid does not fully evaporate. For me this method is the key and the easiest to clean up afterwards.

3. Once the chicken is cooked and cooles, slice into finger chunks. Assemble your area. Have a bowl of water to wet your hands in, tea towel, mayo, cut up cucumber, bamboo mat , rice and plate.

4. Assembling the sushi.

    • Get a sheet and place it on the bamboo mat. Wet your hands and grab a handfull or rice (wet hands stops the rice sticking to your fingers) and pat it down onto the nori until flat and a 1 inch gap at one end. Dont make too thick.
    • Wash hands in bowl, dry with tea towel.
    • Squeeze a strip of mayo across one end of nori (see pic, under the cucumber)
    • lay out the chicken and the cucumber.
    • Dab water on the exposed edge of the nori (this will help make the nori stick once rolled up.

5 Rolling.  Grab the bottom on the mat (closest to the chicken) roll and tuck the bottom edge of the nori under the chicken as tight as possible. Move the bamboo slightly and then roll the rest of the way, patting the wet edge of the roll to stick.

 

Perfect rolling is not a requirment. Its how it tastes that matters the most.

Place each roll onto the plate to rest. This will soften the nori slightly. Put any uneaten sushi in the fridge straight away. When you want to eat it next it is best to pull out 1/2 hr before hand to warm slightly. Sushi does not taste its best when coming straight from the fridge.

**Alternative to chicken. Can of tuna drained and mix with the kewpie mayonaise.

 Cut up and eat!!

Lunch box ideas

With my daughter starting full time school this year me thinks I will have to be a little more organised with planning her lunch box. The main aim is to keep it healthy and no packets. You have more control over what enters your childs body if you make most* of what goes into their lunch box. It seams that a lot of foods targeted at children i.e yoghurts, muesli bars, cheese packs, crisps are all heavily laden in sugar, fats, salts and preservatives/additives. I was told a few years back that if it has a cartoon character on the packet dont buy it, too true.

One way to check is to quickly glance at the nutrition panel per 100g  on the packet. This column is what you use to compare with other products. So products that have:

  • less than 5g fat per 100g
  • less than 10g sugar per 100g
  • less than 120mg of salt per 100g
  • more than 3g of fibre

Are perfect for kids.

Now in my travels scouring the isles in the store there are little products that have all of these going for it. So in the end use your judgment and compare products to find one with the least amount or think about making it yourself. Cooking it yourself you can see how much fat, sugar and salt you are adding and best of all no ADDITIVES and PRESERVATIVES. Find recipes that freeze well and make things in bulk, make up extra vegies at dinner time and set some aside to puree (i.e. pumpkin, carrot, spinach). These are great to add to loaf cakes or muffins.

So with all that said I have found a get list of lunch box ideas that are grouped into categories.

This website has some great recipes.

A really fantastic planner for the week. I really like how it has a ‘what to prep on sunday box’ (click on pic for link).

 

 

 

 

The above planner does not allow you to wipe the writing to make up your own planner. So here is my version  Lunch Box Planner

Great ways of making your kids lunches exciting from Lunch Boxes with Love.

So my plan is to print out the list, cross out ones I know the kids wont eat and add some others,  think about how well it will freeze to make stocks up and print out some of the planners. Lets cross fingers I can stick to the plan.

In the coming weeks I will add my favourite recipes and if you have any ones put a comment below with a link and I will added it to the page.

Skort Tutorial

The ‘Back to School Skorts’.

My little miss is not a fan of wearing shorts, yet as with most little girls they have yet to learn to sit like a lady. I had a search at other tutorials on the net but I was yet to find the right skort I had in mind. So off to the the drawing board and after a few failed attempts I ended with a working pattern.

Skort Tutorial pdf

I would love to see your end results or a review of the pattern so leave a link/comment below.

Happy Sewing!!

* I found that doubling your hem stops it from rolling up.

Back in Business!!

After a lovely break with my family over christmas I have reopened my Mellebug Store on Madeit. I have decided that I will predominantly sell my handmade wares through Madeit and have occasional Market Nights on my facebook page. Me thinks it will be a little easier to keep track of items and perhaps less time tapping away at the computer (in which my kidlets would be more than happy for).

I have added some more gorgeous reversible and adjustable hats to end the summer season and look forward to starting creating some Boo Bear Lupin Heatpacks this winter.

Some Mellebug products can also be purchased from Aster&Ruby in Mandurah and Story Boutique in Floreat,  Western Australia.