We had a fun time this weekend doing some target practice with our new friends Teviah and Old Gregg. We have a shooting range on our land with some yellow metal targets to shoot at which made it entertaining. We shot a rifle, a couple hand guns, and, for the finale a AR15. I left with a bruise on my shoulder and a little better aim. I gotta be prepared for the zombie apocalypse right?
Monday, 27 August 2012
Saturday, 25 August 2012
Now I can appreciate the phrase, "This ain't my first rodeo". It was quite the experience, my favorite part being when they asked all the little kids to come out into the arena and line up. Then they brought out two small cows and said go. Mayhem broke loose as the mob of children ran after these two poor cows. Winner was the first to touch a cow. I think it was a little boy with chaps, a cowboy hat, and spurs on. They start them young here in Texas.
Saturday, 11 August 2012
My lovely sister posed for some pictures. She's been rocking the cowboy boots ever since we got here. I clearly won't ever be as cool as her.
[Shirt] Forever21 [Skirt] Kohls [Boots] Nashvillian [Purse] Kate Spade [Bracelet] J Crew [Ring] Pandora
Friday, 10 August 2012
I've been obsessing over these ombre cakes for some time now and (with a little free time on my hands) I decided to try one out. I preface this by saying that Mummy helped me the whole way. I could barely finish or start one step before getting her approval. But, even without a clear recipe, it came out well and tastes even better than it looks.
Pink Ombre Cake
I used a simple sponge cake recipe which measures out equal parts of the ingredients by weight.
I used 4 small cake tins which was about 1 egg per tin.
Then I weighed the 4 eggs (8 1/4 oz) and weighed out that same weight in flour (self-rising if you have it), sugar, and butter.
Because we didn't have self rising flour, Mummy told me to add 1 tps of salt and 2 tps of baking powder.
After doing it wrong first (obviously), Mummy informed me the correct steps in mixing which is to mix butter and sugar together then slowly add eggs and flour. (Ooops)
After incorporating all ingredients then whip the batter together on high for about a minute until it looks really white and kinda like an icing consistency. Be sure not to over whip otherwise the cake will rise then collapse.
Now its the fun part:
Separate the batter into 4 equal bowls. (This step took me a while to weigh)
The next step is coloring the batter. I used basic red food coloring and I'm not ashamed to say I made it up as I went along. I know the first tin only had one drop, the second had two, the third had five maybe, and then forth had... I lost count...but I put in enough to make it a drastic color. Don't wimp on the coloring otherwise it won't have enough contrast.
Then each batter bowl went into a parchment and grease lined cake tin and in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes.
The icing was easy peasy.
Another Mummy recipe. 2 sticks of butter (8 oz) and double that for the powdered sugar (16 oz). Yikes. Mine was a little thick so I added about a tablespoon of milk, then it was perfect. Should you sift your powdered sugar?... yes. Is sifting anything the worst thing?...yes.
Cutting into the cake was exciting... but not as good as eating a slice with a cup of tea.
If you try this I'd love to see pictures of your ombre creation!
Saturday, 4 August 2012
Thursday, 2 August 2012
1. My all time favorite food has got to be Chipotle guacamole. Its embarrassing to what extents I'll go to get some.
2. Sun rays coming through trees.
3. Michael Kiwanuka. He was in the same year as Princess in primary school in London. Now he's making his own music and winning music awards in the UK. I was so happy when I saw this in Starbucks. He's got an amazing soothing voice.
4. Daisy. She's perfect.