Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cinnamon Scrolls!

I love cooking (as you can probably tell from my previous post for cookies)! So Today I am going to share with you guys one of my favourite recipes for cinnamon buns/scrolls these are so good and are great warm and with ice cream believe me once you start eating these you can not stop! Unlike other recipes the dough is a scone dough rather than a bread dough so you really get the cinnamon flavour infusing the dough.

you will need:
For the dough:
2 cups self raising flour(plus extra for flouring the surface!)
pinch salt
90grm butter chopped
2/3 cup milk

For the filling
120grams butter softened (I use margarine as you can't tell and you don't need to leave it out to soften)
4 tablespoons soft brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon (3 if you like cinnamon)

For the icing
1 cup icing sugar
1 tablespoon hot water
1 teaspoon vanilla essence (optional)
Dash of maple syrup (this really makes it!)

What to do:
preheat over to 210 degrees celsius
sift flour and salt in a bowl and rub the chopped the butter into the flour with you finger tips (till about the consistency of wet sand)
make a well in the center and add most of the milk, mix lightly with a flat bladed knife to a soft. Add all the milk if needed until it forms a soft ball of dough.
knead dough on a lightly (generous) floured surface
Roll out dough to a 25 x 40cm rectangle of 5mm thickness

To Make Filling:
cream butter (or margarine), brown sugar and the cinnamon with electric beaters (or a wooden spoon) until light and fluffy
spread on the dough evenly
roll up dough on the long side and cut into 3cm pieces.
place scroll on to a greased tray cut side up. cook for 15 minutes or until golden.

mix the icing ingredients and drizzle over the scrolls (while still in the pan).
Serve immediately while still warm.

These are best eaten on the day you make them but they can keep for a few days in an air tight container.
You can also refrigerate the scrolls uncooked until you need them cover in plastic wrap.
These are amazing warm for dessert on a winters night served with ice cream (and warm caramel sauce if you're feeling really crazy!)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A confession :)

Now I have a confession to make! Now I really really like choc chip cookies ok screw that, I really really really really LOVE choc chip cookies which is why on this post I will share with you my most awsomest choc chip cookie recipe with an opional twist!

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies!
You will need:
125 grms butter or magarine
1 cup brown sugar
3/4cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ( I use 2 because I LOVE it!) vanilla essence
1 egg
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
3/4 cup choc chips (or extra, I normally just pour in any amount until it looks yummy!)

What to do:
preheat over to 180 degrees
cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy (use electric beaters of a wooden spoon)add in vanilla and egg and beat till combined
stir in flour till combined.
mix in choc chips!
place teaspoons of mixture on greased baking tray and bake in oven for 10-15 or until lighty brown.
leave to cool for a few minutes and eat!
these can be stored in an air tight container for up to a week or frozen for about a month.
Optional: in a seperate bowl mix half a cup of peanut butter (crunchy is fine) with half a cup of white sugar and 1 egg. Then in step 5 place half a teaspoon full on the choc chip cookie dough and bake according to instructions! These are extra yummy and must to be eaten asap!

Ok so now you know my addiction (and weakness) so please enjoy these cookies (with friends or alone!)!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Living with a sister with Down Syndrome

Don't you wish Megan didn't have Down Syndrome? How do you put up with Megan? These are just 2 of the questions I have to ask alot when meeting new people for the first time and they realise I have a sister with Down Syndrome.

To me having a sister with Down Syndrome is just normal to me and I love her to bits she can be a joy (her middle name is joy) at times, a terror at times and a challenge all the time! When I was little we didn't do alot of the things and average family would do. We couldn't go to the zoo when she was little as she would take off, we always had to think twice before we went any where to make sure it was 'Megan proof' for years just doing simple things such as grocery shopping was hard but we coped. When we moved up to perth it was 4 years be for we even considered going to adventure world and another year before we went. To me and my other sister, Jocelyn this was the normal and sure we felt like we were getting the raw end of the deal alot of the time but we still did it. It was and still is hard on our parents as they have to often re think things before they do them when dad first got offered the job in perth we went u for day looking at schools not for me and Jocelyn but for Megan.

Jocelyn and I realise how tough it is on our parents so more times than not if we 'loose' her aka she runs off and we can't find her we have to look for her on numerouse occansions we have lost for a period of time and we watch Mum stress and panic until she finds her we do it too. Though there have only be a few times when we really got worried such as in myer,garden city and at Heath Coat (aka the pirate ship park) it still is hard. Megan has gotten better at not getting lost in these past years which is a relief.

Megan has affected my life dramaticly but would I have any other way? No way! Megan is a very special part of my life and because of her I one day hope to work with children with disabilities just like Megan.

Friday, April 9, 2010

6 year olds acting as teenagers

The other day I was at my friends and we were watching music videos on foxtel and we began discussing how girls as young as 6 were dressing like teenagers and acting like them ( I have heard of alot of 8 year old girls who have mobile phones as well!). The conversation then turned toward the music video we were watching which was 'Rude Boy' by Rhianna and how it was such a catchy song but how the lyrics were bad ie 'Tonight I'm goanna let you be the rider' seriously I'll give u one guess as to what that meant SEX!!!!! Seriously though people blame the stores and the parents for supplying the clothes and allowing girls to dress like that but they are only doing it because of the demand for the clothes if any one should be to blame it should be the music and movie industry.

The amount of music that features sex as the topic is huge! The lyrics are crap but the actual music is catchy which equals as top music hit which is really crap most people just listen to music with out listening to the lyrics. Movies are the exact same in the fact they make hidden references to sex in general which very few people pick up. Take the hit movie 'Avartar' for example its a great movie but there is still refernce to sex to become partners they must sleep before Eywa the forest's god though they don't show much of the actual scene you can still tell it happens. This for many wrecks the story line and for others makes it.

Parents are not as aware of all the 'sex refernces' in the media and have become immune to it alot. Parents aren't fussed with what their children read or watch and many young girls have read the 'twilight' books and seen the movies. The books (and movies) have many sexual references in the last book bella gets pregant (what I want to know is how seeing as edward has no flowing blood I don't see how he can get an erection). Seriously though the twilight books are aimed at teenagers and girls as young as 8 have read them! The whole reason why the twilight books are popular is because they have hot vampire and a hunk a spunk werewolf and invole alot of romance I know many girls who belive Edward Cullen is a real person and so is Jacob (which is seriously pathetic!).

Many people have proven that to be successful you do not need any sex refernces and only a bit of romance here and there. Take Taylor Swift for example yes there is alot of romance in her songs but no sex refernces, same with the Jonas Bros these are artists that have their limits and are really sucessful. Their music videos are good too as there is no revealing clothing but still good. What about Miley Cyrus you may ask? Well after seeing her video clip for the 'party in the USA' which can only be defined as pathetic and she dresses like a stripper in the clip. Miley has also done various photo shoots in one she only wore a sheet!

If people were more aware of what is happening we wouldn't have this '6 year olds looking (and acting) as teenagers'. I have made my point!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Anger Management!

I can get angery over lots of things some little and some not! But when I do I have 2 types of anger the 'not so bad' anger aka being in a grumpy mood and can/will snap out of in about 10 minutes-1 hour and the bad anger aka slaming doors and getting yelled at by parents. The latter is one I really hate! Because of this anger I have broken many things, almost had by door taken off the hinges and screamed into my pillow! I have tried many ways of stopping this anger these include:

  • screaming into my pillow it sort of worked but I found my voice hoarse at the end of each 'session'
  • slamming doors this annoyed my parents alot to point that my dad was threatening to take the door off the hinges.
  • chucking things this is what I am currently useing and after getting yelled at by my dad and breaking: pens, lipbalm lids ect I am figuiring that I need to move onto to more suitible method.

So here are my aims for controlling my anger:

  • Listening to music on my ipod.
  • reading MLIA ( aka www.mylifeisaverage.com ).
  • taking time out aka read a book.
  • taking deep breathes or going for a walk around the block.
  • and praying to go to help me calm down.

I can only hope these new methods will help me cope with my anger I will update this blog post after I tryed these methods!