Monday, May 14, 2012

Winter With Queen Bee

As the weather is getting cooler it can be harder for mums-to-be to keep warm and feel stylish. Queen Bee has a fantastic range of maternity clothes to accommodate those growing bellies and keep you looking stylish and fashionable.Here are our favourite picks for winter…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Afternoon Dress by HATCH

Whether you're going to a work meeting or lunch with your friends, the Afternoon Dress by HATCH is a sophisticated solution to day dressing. With an a-line cut, the shape glides right over that growing belly to flatter with style. In ultimate comfy ponte or lighter pebble poly with a sheen, it's an easy staple as you grow.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Cookie Monster Cupcakes

We came across this great recipe for cookie monster cupcakes on Kidspot. These chocolate flavoured cupcakes will delight your Sesame Street loving pre-schooler's and are perfect to take to school for birthdays or even just to delight your little guests at the next birthday party. 
1 quantity chocolate cupcakes
200g butter, softened
2 ½ cups icing mixture
2 tsp vanilla extract
blue food colouring
1 tbsp milk
1 pkt white marshmallows
1 tube black writing icing
12 chocolate chip cookies (1/2 per Monster with a few for breakage) 
1. Using an electric mixer, whip the butter until it is pale. This will take at least 5 minutes on high. 
2. Gradually add in the icing mixture and vanilla until well combined. 
3. With the mixer running, add in food colouring until you get to the Cookie Monster colour. This may be a lot if you are using liquid food colouring or a little if using gel food colouring. 
4. Add in the milk and mix until the frosting puffs up. 
5. Fill a piping bag with a fluted nozzle and pipe on icing. 
6. With the writing icing, place black spots on the marshmallows for pupils. Place on each cupcake. 
7. Cut cookies in half and place in mouth.  

• You can use your favourite cupcake recipe for these. Just go with what your kids love best!
• There is quite a bit of food colouring in these cupcakes for the blue icing. If this concerns you, you can use a natural food colouring.
• If you don’t have time to use a piping bag for the icing you can swirl a very thick coating on the cupcake and use the flat blade of a knife to create the Cookie Monsters fur.
• It is really important that you whip the butter in this recipe until it is very pale and almost white, as the icing will take on a green hue from the yellow in the butter. If your icing takes on a green light, you can add some lilac to cancel out the colour.
• If you can’t get black writing icing, you can stick on brown mini M&M’s for the pupils.

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