Friday, December 23, 2011

Orange Bread

This recipe comes from the book titled "Just Deserts and Other Treats for Kids to Make," by Marilyn Linton.

1/3 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
rind of 1 orange, grated
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 cup orange juice

1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup orange juice

Heat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a loaf pan. In a large bown cream the butter and sugar. Stir in the orange rind and beat in the eggs one by one with a wire whisk or wooden spoon. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder into antoher bowl. Mix the dry ingredients and the orange juice into the egg mixture bit by bit. For best results, begin and end with the dry ingedients. Pour the batter into a loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
For the glaze:
Put the sugar and orange juice into a small saucepan and cook, stirring, over low heat until the sugar dissolves and the glaze is hot. Pour the orange glaze over the loaf while it is still hot or warm. Allow it to cool before removing from the pan and slicing. Makes one loaf.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fun Tips for Making Life a Little Easier from

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Posted on November 01, 2011 in Bed, Bath & Kitchen, Decor & Furniture, Organise & Personalise by Simone

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Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.

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Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band.

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Overhaul your linen cupboard – store bedlinen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match.

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Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.

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Add this item to your beach bag. Baby powder gets sand off your skin easily – who knew?!

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Look up! Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the floor.

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Use egg cartons to separate and store your Christmas decorations.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cranberry Cinnamon Chip Bars from Our Best Bites

1/2 C (1 stick) real butter, melted
1 1/2 C graham cracker crumbs
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/4 C shredded coconut
1 C cinnamon chips
1 C white chocolate chips
1/2 C chopped pecans
1/2 C dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour butter into a 9×13″ pan and spread with spatula to cover the entire bottom of pan. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over butter and spread into an even layer. Press down gently with fingertips. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over graham cracker crumbs. Continue with the remaining ingredients: coconut, cinnamon chips, white chips, pecans, and cranberries, sprinkling each in an even layer. Press down gently with fingertips over entire pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until bubbly and slightly golden on top. Let cool completely before cutting.