Sunday, 23 October 2016

La Kitchenette Souris: Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

So yes, these have 3 types of chocolate items~ but technically, they could have 4 if you tucked some chocolate cookies into the center before baking them. *heehee*
Just an idea, for all you chocoholics like myself. 

For now, I will do my best to give you a fairly accurate recipe for these treats.
I say "fairly accurate" because the icing, well I just go by taste & looks.
Makes it hard to give you a solid recipe!
But I will try. 

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

2 cups sugar
2/3 cups canola oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 2/3 cups flour

Beat above ingredients for 4 minutes.
Then add:

2/3 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups boiling water

Stir all together, just until smooth. 

Place muffin cups/liners in muffin tins. 
Fill approx 1/2 full.
(You will get around 2 to 2 1/2 dozen muffins)

Bake at 325F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

Chocolate Icing

1 cup margarine 
1/2 cup milk
2 cups icing sugar

Cream together.
Then, by hand, stir in more icing sugar, slowly, until icing is very stiff & will hold its shape when piped.
I think I added around another cup by the time I was done. 

Then simply place into your piping bag & pipe!
I went with a basic swirl, because it's easy & always looks amazing, but you really could do any design you want~ browse Youtube & check out other designs. So many to chose from!

I sprinkled chocolate sprinkles (the 3rd chocolate item) on top & a pinch of icing sugar to add some color. 

Friday, 21 October 2016

La Kitchenette Souris: Fresh Pasta w/ Chicken & Onion Cream Sauce

Finally got around to getting back in the kitchen & trying a new recipe!

I had been feeling like some fresh pasta for a while, so I went in search of ideas on what I wanted to top it with... 

The pasta turned out lovely & if you want to make the recipe I used this week:
Don't hesitate to add a wee bit more milk if your dough is still a bit dry.

So I found a recipe online, but of course, by the time I was done making it, I had made so many changes it was an entirely different recipe. *heehee*
So here is my version~ hope you enjoy! 

Chicken & Onion Cream Sauce

1 1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
6 Tablespoons butter
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
1 medium onion, finely chopped
6 spring onions, finely chopped
1 chicken bouillon cube
1/2 cup boiling water
3/4 cup double cream (I used whipping cream)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Dried Pasta (for around 6 average portions)
Fresh leaf parsley
Sea Salt & freshly ground Black Pepper, to taste

Place olive oil, butter, & garlic in thick bottomed frying pan & heat for 1 minute. Add chicken strips & cook for approx 10 minutes, 5 minutes on each side, or until they are done to the temperature you wish. 
Don't forget to season with some salt & pepper!
Once they are done, remove from the pan & set aside.

Boil water, place in cup, & add the chicken bouillon cube.
Leave to sit & dissolve.

Get water for pasta boiling & don't forget to put the pasta in, so everything is done at the same time!

Place white onions in pan & cook for a minute or two, just so they get a wee bit soft & brown. 
Add the spring onions and the bouillon cube water. Bring to a good simmer.
Then add the cream, parmesan cheese, & more salt & pepper.
Allow all this to simmer until the sauce starts to get thick~ stir constantly, otherwise it boils too hard & burns.

When everything is done, simply layer pasta with chicken & cream sauce, top with parsley & serve! 

Thursday, 8 September 2016

That Haunting Place Known As Stonehenge

One of the places I just knew I had to see when I visited the UK was Stonehenge! 

For those of us who love history & learning about the very beginnings of civilization, sites like this truly intrigue us & the air of mystery about them, call our names. 

I have always been interested in the stories behind these giant rocks & the idea of how they even constructed this circle is impressive.

Now I understand a lot of people are hesitant to visit a place like this, due to the fact they are often steeped in various forms of pagan worship & don't support the Creationist view (aka, "....these objects are millions of years old...")
However, there is a good amount of truth to the actual historical facts & someone had to assemble these rocks in such distinct patterns, not to mention the real human bones they have dug up in this area & other material items found alongside the bones are pretty awesome to see. 
I personally just ignore the information I don't agree with & store away the details I want to use for future creativeness. 

These photos were all taken & edited by me, with the intention of setting the mood of the location for those of you who have yet to visit Stonehenge. 

I hope you will enjoy my little mini tour of this stunning sight & if you want more information, please do go visit the official website at:
~Stonehenge: English Heritage~

The little huts with some information about the era when you first step outside to head towards the actual rocks. 

That classic view. 

Stepping back in time....

The crows that are swooping about sure do make it moody...

The natural lawnmowers that help keep grass down in the area.

One final glimpse of Stonehenge, before we headed back to the bus that took us to the main centre.

What an experience to remember! 

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Potash Corp Fireworks Festival

This Labor Day Weekend, there were several events in the city, among them was the Fireworks Festivals, put on by the Potash Corp~ they do quite fancy shows! 

So Dad & I went to the Friday evening display & it was very pretty!

It is hard to get good photos, but between my phone & Camille (my Canon camera), I got a couple lovely photos & lots of videos for you to view!

Enjoy & don't forget TURN YOUR VOLUME DOWN! *heehee* 

3 of the videos I posted onto Instagram~ just click on them to go view them:
~Video 1~

Our view, as captured on my phone.

The fireworks begin, also captured on my phone.

And a few snaps from my camera...

Saturday, 3 September 2016

A Feathered Visitor

I looked other the living room window the other day & saw a rather chunky looking bird on the back fence. 

So I ran to get my camera & scurried out to get a closer peek!

As I got a bit closer, I realized it was a Northern Flicker, perched just above the "Welcome" sign I painted, happily preening away. 

He didn't seem to disturbed by me being close to him & in fact, turned around so I could see his front side too! 
Almost like he decided to pose for me. *heehee*

I am sure happy he did because I got these beautiful snaps! ♥ 

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Thoughts Of Royal Mail...

Yesterday a little card from Kensington Palace arrived for me & it has me reminiscing about my travels in the UK, particularly the snail-mail related bits...

Here is my darling card from KP, with thanks for the birthday card I sent Prince George:

Isn't he just the cutest?! And growing up so fast..... 

This was my favorite photo that was released by KP for his birthday, so I was thrilled to see that was the one they chose for the thank you notes~ yes that swing does say "William & Catherine" on it, and if memory serves me right, was a gift from Charles! What a sweet gift idea. 

And then my thoughts wandered towards the mail I sent while in the UK~ 2 big parcels & dozens of postcards.... 

Every few days I was looking for those bright red mailboxes & happily tucking a few postcards in that were bound for home & the folks. 

I photographed so many of those classic, British red mail boxes & thought I would share a little edit I did of one of them with you all today. 

This particular charming old box was in the darling town of Lyme Regis~ that was one of the best days on my trip, I think. We had such perfect weather & everything was so "Jane Austen", which we Austenites truly appreciate. 

It was quite neat to arrive home & have a whole little pile of postcards with various Royal Mail stamps & postmarks on them~ like a unique souvenir in & of itself!

So if you ever travel to England, don't forget to buy a few postcards & stamps, & send yourself a couple postcards, because you will treasure the memories one day. ♥