Friday, 22 February 2013

I choose happiness

This is what I wake up to each morning. How could I ever have a bad day when the morning welcomes me so wonderfully into the new day.
Sometimes, all it really takes is the willingness to look for beauty and the good in situations, to take your day from average to absolutely incredible.

It really is just up to us. And I decided to have a great week. So I did.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Vanilla Berry Cupcakes

I have always loved Valentines day. Yes it may be commercial, and yes it may just be some money making scheme blah blah, but I adore that we have dedicated a day to expressing our love for one another.  

In our overly busy lives we can sometimes get caught up with the chaos and forget to stop, breath, and remind those very special people in our lives that it is because of them that we are who we are.

So, in the wise words of Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite "Build her a cake or something" and get romance tasting as good as it should!

Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes
Recipe by Glorious Treats
Yields- 15-16 cupcakes

1 1/4 cups cake flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 180 C
  • In a medium bowl, add cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Stir together with whisk, and set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, add eggs and beat 10-20 seconds.  Add sugar and continue to beat on medium speed about 30 seconds.  Add vanilla and oil, beat.
  • Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add about half of the flour mixture.  Add half of the milk, then the rest of the flour and the rest of the milk.  Beat until just combined.
  • The batter will be thin.  Pour batter into a muffin pan prepared with paper liners.  Fill liners about 2/3 full.
  • Bake cupcakes in pre-heated oven for 12-14 minutes.
  • Cool in pan 1-2 minutes, then remove cupcakes from pan (carefully) and finish cooling on a wire rack.
  • Once cool ice with your favourite icing – I used the vanilla cream cheese with berry.
I topped my cupcakes with fondant roses, sugar crystals and a little glitter.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

½ cup butter (set at room temp about 10 minutes, but should still be cool)
200g cream cheese (directly from fridge)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 – 5 cups icing sugar
2 tablespoons good quality raspberry jam


  • Place butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Add cream cheese and blend until fully combined and smooth, about 30 seconds.
  • Add vanilla extract and icing sugar and blend on low speed until combined. Increase to medium speed and beat until it begins to get fluffy.
  • Add in the raspberry jam. Depending on your local weather you may need to add more icing sugar. Start with 4 cups, but as I stay in very humid Durban I usually have to use 5 cups of icing sugar as the butter and cream cheese get quite melty…
  • If you like, add a few drops of pink food colouring to emphasize the look of the berry icing.  
  • Beat until fluffy (about 1 minute). Use at once or keep refrigerated. (This frosting will keep well in the refrigerator for several days, but you may need to re-beat it for the best texture.)


Friday, 8 February 2013

Happy Weekend!

Jacket - Gifted, Gloves - A very lucky find in a boutique in Livigno, Bag - Jimmy Choo, Jeans - Jay Jays,

Happy Friday and here's to an awesome weekend ahead.
Being our first weekend back from holiday, The Boyfriend and I have a few things we have to do:
1) Relax and hit the beach
2) Washing up
3) Getting to all those things I meant to do but put off because we were going on holiday (like spray painting my photos frames)

This pic was taken outside our spot in Livigno. It really was so cold (-19 degrees) that layering was no longer about trending, but necessity! On this evening I really did not have enough layers on! (I was however excited to bring out my oxblood jeans - in SA it is so not cold enough yet so this was just the opportunity!)

Monday, 4 February 2013

I'm Back!

What a trip! I have just come back from an incredible break, learning to snowboard in Livigno, Italy. 
Will tell you all about it, but first, time to unpack, tidy and slip back into the real world!

There really is nothing like a getaway with your loved one to get you refreshed and ready to take on the world again!