Thursday, 21 July 2011

House hunting and staying up too late

Uggghhh house hunting!!

We are looking to buy a house which is not as horrible as looking for a house to rent but it is pretty close. At least with buying you feel better about spending a little extra money because it will be YOUR HOUSE, with renting you are spending a ridiculous amount of money to live somewhere generally shitty only to have some uptight bitch threaten you with eviction because there was a tiny speck on the back of the bottom shelf of the laundry cupboard. Or because the lawn is dead because you can't water it because it's the middle of summer in Australia and everyone is on a partial sprinkler ban.

Anyway, we have found a place and today found out we have a good chance we will be able to get enough finance for it but now Dad has put seeds of doubt in my head about whether we should go for it. Steve and I both love it and it is on a big block and is cheap and has a very cool 70's vibe to it, however it has that vibe because it is a 70's house.... also, it is the first house we looked at, and Dad's argument is that we should have a better look around before we decide.I am concerned however that if we keep looking and find nothing, and somebody else gets this house, then we would have lost a house we both loved, that was in the area we want, and that was a bargain.

Any advice in that respect would be much appreciated.

I have been staying up way too late recently. You would think that staying up late would equate with more time being spent on my blogs but no. I have been wasting time on stupid things like YouTube clips and playing games. My theory is that I am staying late because I genuinely adore my alone time and lately I have not been getting any unless I stay up till every one else has gone to sleep. However, staying up late has been making me sleepy all the time and making my skin break out and that sucks. So I am going to attempt to put myself in a strict 10pm (it is already 11.43pm as I write this so it has been going really well) bedtime followed by a 6am wake up. I don't want to sleep more than 9 hours a night, I read somewhere that sleeping longer than that is bad. I also read that it is better for you to sleep in short sections. I bet if I looked I would be able to find somewhere that says you should only sleep on your stomach with one leg out of the bed, one arm raised at a 65 degree angle and you would wear flippers. Just because you read something on the Internet or in the back of Zoo Weekly, doesn't mean it's true.

I have also been making things. Making things is hard when you currently share a house with someone who moves everything you own if you leave it in one spot for more than 30 seconds. I love my Mother but holy hell I am constantly searching for my stuff. Anyway I made a bunch of bows and today I made Dad some West Coast Eagles coloured pillowcases for his birthday and I made Bayley a little monster pillowcase just because he wanted to watch me using the sewing machine. Here are some pictures of the bows I made...

I have partially set up an Etsy store to sell the things that I make but for now it is going on the back burner until we get our own house and I have a dedicated space to make things because at the moment it is like I am working in a shoebox and that doesn't go very well with creativity.

Wish us luck people!

Love Carrie xoxo xxxx

p.s. When we get our own house I will also be able to set up my worm farm and I am so excited for that!

p.p.s. one of our friends wants to try make Yagerbomb jelly shots. I think Yagerbombs are revolting but am so intrigued as to how they will taste in jelly form. I am betting on them being even worse. I told him that I'd make them for him. If it goes ahead I will post photos and let you know how they tasted. 

p.p.p.s. oh my god, arranging those stupid pictures so they published properly was so painful.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Jelly Shots!

Cointreau, Banana Liqueur, Midori, Blue Curçao and Vodka Rainbow Jelly Shot

I know I know, two cooking posts in a row. Don't worry, as much as I do love to cook this isn't going to turn into a cooking blog...or should it.... No it shouldn't.

Anyway so I made some jelly shots over Easter and a few friends were like whoaa! Then I made some more for a friends going away party recently and a few more people were like "hey how the hell did you do that?" and I may or may not have promised to give them the recipe I used and then I may or may not have completely forgotten to do that for like two weeks. Luckily I am a big beleiver in better late than never so here you go guys!!

It all started when I was reading Regretsy one day and came across this post and was amazed and then clicked through to Jelly Shot Test Kitchen and almost died of joy! Do yourself a favour and look through that blog. It is amazing. After visiting it I did intend on trying out a recipe or two but they looked complicated and I never really go around to it. 

Then Mummy dearest bought the My Kitchen Rules cookbook and on page 87 found a recipe for some cake with Frangelico jelly!! Yeah!! It was the easiest recipe ever so I got out every bottle of liquor I could find (exaggeration for dramatic effect) and got to work! 

There is an important thing you need to know about me and recipes and cooking. When I am cooking I say a lot of things like "that'll do" and "pffft as if that's enough garlic" and "this'll be way better if I add this and this". For me, a recipe is more of a 'this is how you can make it if you want' rather than a strict set of when I altered the jelly recipe for the layers I wasn't exact and didn't bother looking up anything about about much gelatin will set how much liquid. As if I could be bothered. I just halved, doubled or kept it as is.

Now here is the recipe...

125ml cold water
60g Castor sugar
8g powdered gelatin
80ml booze
vegetable oil spray
I also add food colouring so they look pretty.

  • Spray your jelly tin with oil. The recipe says to use a 12 x 12 tin. I just used whatever was in the cupboard.
  • Stir water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat till the sugar dissolves.
  • Bring to the boil and sprinkle over gelatine and whisk the shit out of it till it dissolves. Don't be put off by how revolting it smells. It stinks right now but it will go away when you add the alcohol.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the alcohol and food colouring. 
  • Pour into your tin and whack it in the fridge, wait for it to set, time will depend on what size tin you used, when it's ready turn it out and cut it up.

Liquorice Allsorts Jelly Shots with Baileys and Cointreau. I didn't use Black Sambuca because I wasn't sure my friends would like it. Would have been deelish though!

Allsorts before the cut, you can see where the black bled a little into the middle layer, I think I poured it a little too hot.

These should have had a red layer too but that layer didn't work out unfortunately. That is how I learnt that you shouldn't put paper on the bottom of the container...

Baileys, Cointreau, Glitter Jelly Shot and Rainbow Jelly Shot
Now if you want to get fancy and do layers it is pretty easy but a bit time consuming. First you have to figure out how much jelly to make for each layer then it is just a matter of timing. The Rainbow shots took.for.ever. because I made each batch separately, but for the Allsorts I kind of doubled up a little. I made a big batch for the Cointreau layers (the black ones), poured half then kept the other half aside for later. Much easier!

The layers don't have to be completely set before you pour the next lot, it just has to be firm enough to be able to hold up the next layer. I think it took about 15 minutes or so. It will depend on how big your container is though and how deep the layers are. You'll figure it out! You also have to make sure the jelly mix isn't too hot when you pour it or it will just melt the bottom layer and will look crappy. It should be just warm.

I have heaps of cool ideas for the next time I make shots but if anyone has any ideas for me to try or if you make your own after reading this then please let me know how you go in the comments! Also if you have any questions leave them in the comments too.

Till next time have fun and enjoy your jelly shots!

Love Carrie xoxo xxxx

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Today we made cake...

Today Bayley and I decided it would be fun to make a cake. However, me being me, we couldn't make any old cake, it had to be some crazy coloured monster cake! It was fun and messy and after it eventually finished baking, tasted pretty ok too. Enjoy the photos!

Bayley sifted the sugar and the flour. I beat the eggs then Bayley gradually added the sugar and flour. He is master of the gradual add!

We split the batter into four and coloured each batch then layered them in the pans. We did a regular size one plus a mini one using Bayley's mini loaf tin that he got with his CSR baking kit. He also got the chef hat and apron with it in case you couldn't tell :) After we finished Bayley licked the spoon and the bowl.

After a ridiculously long time in the oven (we used double the ingredients and it took forever to cook the large cake) it was time to decorate! I made butter frosting with lemon and orange. It was pretty deelish! Then Bayley went crazy with the sprinkles! Messy and fantastic!

The finished products and Bayley gives it the first taste test. Honestly, the cake didn't smell so great when I took it out the oven but it tasted pretty good! The layers didn't work the way that I originally planned but after pouring the second batch of batter I knew it wouldn't work out right. The finished look was a bit tie dye though so we loved it all the same!

Hope you enjoyed it!

Love Carrie and Bayley xoxo xxxx

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

30 Day Song Challenge - I am stuck!

So day 9 of the 30 Day Song Challenge is meant to be a song that you can dance to and I am stuck! I don't know what to choose because I don't really go out and dance anymore.

However it occurred to me that I do have two songs picked out in my head that if I was ever to do a routine for Polercise (not likely), I would do it to one of two songs. So I will use them...

First one is ....

E.T. - Katy Perry

This video is the Kanye West version which I don't like so I would use the regular version but go ahead and watch the video so you can fawn over how hot alien Katy Perry is. This song would kick arse to do a pole routine too. I even have an idea of what I would wear. If only I was better at Polercise!!

and second song...get ready to be revolted in me...I already am...

Blow - Ke$ha

It is no secret that I don't like Ke$ha, buuuuut this song would be kinda cool ok? Right? Are you with me? No? Oh dear, I need to go have a shower, I feel so dirty after watching that and writing this.

Love Carrie xoxo xxxx