Chai-licious slice

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Sorry about the chai-eesy name of this post. I can’t help myself. This recipe was simply delish. My coworkers and I polished it off in a couple of hours and while that’s no mean feat for me, the others are usually a bit more controlled in their consumption of baked goods. Me, well, I have on occasion gone back for more pieces of cake than I care to number, but my coworkers – they can show restraint.

Not with this chai semolina slice, however.

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Lemon & berry yoghurt loaf

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I have made this delicious recipe quite a few times because it always gets rave reviews. This latest bake was for LL to take to his work for morning tea, and, according to him, it was a great success. He said it was the first cake to be finished and he received several requests for the recipe. Now I don’t know if he’s just embellishing to flatter my ego, but having eaten this cake myself, I’m inclined to say it’s just a great recipe that is both easy and guarantees mouth-watering results every time. Give it a go! Continue reading

Leftovers skirt – FINISHED

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Calling this the “Leftovers skirt” combines many of my loves – sewing (duh), food (or connotations of it at least), and resourcefulness. I hate waste! I have been known to refuse to grocery shop for three weeks purely to use up all the food in the fridge/freezer and veggie patch. In fact, I could probably go SIX weeks (my pantry is chockers), but running out of cheese will without fail drive me to do groceries. I have a minimum of six to eight kinds of cheese on hand at all times, so running out is a BIG effort. But I digress! Where were we? Oh yes, sewing! Continue reading

the week in pictures

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I don’t plan on making a habit of these weekly “what’s happening in boring Lauren land” posts, but for some reason the past week has represented itself in my phone pics and I feel like sharing it with you, blogosphere. Of course, it is very loosely related to baking and sewing, but unfortunately my hobbies take up about 5 per cent of my waking life and farm life/work life/boring stuff takes up the other 95 per cent. But, so what? I’m going to share anyways! Continue reading

elisalex the third – FINISHED

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ANOTHER Elisalex, you say? Damn straight! After two muslins I wasn’t going to just make this baby once!

My charcoal ponte Elisalex is SUCH a great wardrobe staple for winter. It is comfy, and because I shaved those princess seams down to fit me perfectly (plus the magic of stretch fabrics), it shows off my curves without being skin tight in the wrong places. It made perfect sense for me to make this in another colour, and I do love red! Continue reading

I love me some carrot cake.

Carrot cake. Moist, crumbly, cinnamonny goodness with flecks of walnuts and HEAVENLY cream cheese icing. I love me some carrot cake. Especially that cream cheese icing. Come to think of it, I could probably just eat a plate of cream cheese icing, but with carrot cake on the side. Yum.

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I whipped up this little baby a couple of weeks ago (bit slow on the blogging – sorry!) for when LL and I had visitors. I think they ate maybe one piece each. LL and I ate the rest. Sure, I could’ve taken the cake into work and my co-workers would have demolished it tut sweet (they love a bit of cream cheese icing themselves), but I took the selfish route and cut the cake up into slices and individually wrapped each slice and kept them in the freezer. Of course, there’s no chance of cake going stale before I get my greedy mitts on it, but keeping it in the freezer prevents the occasional *ahem*often*ahem* binge cake eating. Moving along… Continue reading