Sunday, 30 December 2012

My Insta-Life

I have a confession..

I have an addiction.

It's not drugs or alcohol*

It's not even worthy of an episode of My Strange Addictions - I'm not eating couch cushions that's for sure..

It's just a little ol' app that I just can't get enough of.

Enter Instagram

Oh how I love thee.

I love that it still has the capacity to let me stalk people Facebook-style; without the meaningless status updates that I just don't care about.

I love that I can waste a considerable portion of my day searching random #hashtags

Hello #minischnauzer



And I love that I can document my random life.
Even if no one else cares to know where I am (usually at the beach) or what I'm eating (cupcakes).

Guess what??

This is the beginning of My Insta-Life.

A little blog post where I share my latest Instagram posts.. just for a little fun :)

Left > Right; Top > Bottom

Strange dolls on sale in Kmart (no wonder the youth of today are a little cray); 

Miss Emmy playing Sleepy Lions in the car;

My new toy - and the reason why I can blog to you from the comfort of my home again (after 6 months of being laptop-less and blogging at work... during scheduled breaks/lunchtime of course);

Lunch time wine - is there anything better?; 

Gingerbread House candy. Notice there's no photo of the completed house? Yeah... Let's move on;

Pancakes. Enough said;

The photographic evidence from our beach-themed Christmas Party. Here's a word of advice - Stay AWAY from the photo booth whilst intoxicated;

The photos from the beginning of the night were actually very cute. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the rest of the evening;

Gifts from clients. *Warm and Fuzzy*;

Jamie Oliver in The Advertiser - I heart him;

And there it is - The beach = BLISS;

And the seagulls.


Wasn't that fun?!

Follow me on Instagram (Andie_Cupcake) if you would like to see more exciting times in the life of a single girl.


*Note: Some might dispute the alcohol thing.... 

Friday, 28 December 2012

Gingerbread Cupcakes

Did you hear that??

Yup - That's the sound of a collective sigh as everyone celebrates making it through all the Christmas festivities without stabbing one of our relatives with a plastic fork*.

I don't know about you.. But for me, Christmas time can be a little trying.
Emotions are heightened after a long tiring year; we miss loved ones that are unable to join our celebrations - some are interstate and others no longer with us. And alcohol makes some family and friends merry, whilst others become melancholic.

And so when it is all over, we are relieved. And finally, we can relax.

But what I have learnt is that cupcakes are always a source of Christmas Cheer.

G I N G E R B R E A D   C U P C A K E S
Christmas Cupcakes

These are my gingerbread Cupcakes with Maple Frosting.

Gingerbread Cupcakes

1 + 1/2 cups plain flour
2 tablespoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 + 1/2 cups butter
1 + 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons golden syrup
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 180 degrees
In a large bowl, sift together flour and spices; set aside
In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar until light
Add golden syrup
Beat in eggs, one at a time
Add vanilla
Add flour, mix on low speed until combined
Fill cupcake liners
Bake for approximately 25 minutes
Allow to cool before frosting.

Maple Frosting
1/3 cup butter
28 grams cream cheese
1/4 cup brown sugar
pinch of salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup icing sugar

Cream the butter, cream cheese, brown sugar and salt until light and fluffy;
Beat in maple syrup and vanilla;
Gradually add icing sugar until combined.

*Note: Yes.. sadly we are the family who use plastic cutlery on Christmas Day. The table is covered with a plastic Christmas themed table cloth and we pop cheap bon-bons and wear the tacky paper hats. Don't judge us.


Thursday, 27 December 2012

New Tradition

I have started a new Christmas Tradition.

Inspired by myself; and dedicated to single ladies everywhere - I call it the Christmas Channing Marathon.

In previous years, Christmas Eve has involved watching the Carols by Candlelight, in actual candle light.

This year, I spent the night with Channing Tatum. Also in candlelight.

Hello Magic Mike and Dear John - Would you like to stay a while?




Images 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Buddy is it?!

Christmas is in 3 days.

How did that happen???

Sure, I've pinned a few Christmas-inspired projects on Pinterest; and I've got vague plans for the day - Breakfast with Dad, Lunch with Mum (the usual) and I've seen approximately one-thousand Elf on the Shelf references in various blogs.

I'm still not entirely prepared for Christmas Day.

And the Elf thing ?!  I don't get it.

What's the point in using a creepy little elf to stage various stunts around the house?
Wouldn't most kids get grounded for doing some of the things this Elf supposedly does? 

I have googled it; looked it up on Wiki and followed a few links on Pinterest.

Maybe it's a Mum thing which I won't understand until I have grown a tiny human and given birth?

The only scenario I found amusing were the 'snow angels' on the kitchen counter made from flour.
But realistically, this could be just as effective with my old friend - Barbie.

If the weird little elf made his way to my house this year, chances are you would capture him in a very similar situation as below.

He seems like he would be a very cooperative drinking buddy.


Image here

Friday, 14 December 2012

what's in a name?

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet."
- Romeo and Juliet

Having gone through the process of changing my name back to it's original form in the past 12 months ('maiden name' sounds old and stuffy) I was impressed beyond words at the gift I received from The Lady P for my birthday.

Gold Monogram Necklace

More than just a gift - this necklace is a symbol of my identity. 

Yep... I just went there. Gettin all emotional and stuff.

And even more exciting is that it is the same necklace that the ever flawless Bee wears on her blog which I stalk follow.

Look at that - This necklace works with practically any outfit.

Love love love it.


Images 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

books at the beach

Best way to spend a Saturday morning.


Beats lying around on the couch with a hangover feeling sorry for myself.

Meanwhile - I read this book in less than a week. I think this is quite the achievement particularly at this time of year between work, work functions, and time at the gym.

Now I'm on the hunt for a new sea-side read!


Friday, 7 December 2012

swoon for the weekend

Hooray! The weekend is here again!

Sometimes, I feel I am wishing my life away.. Working 5 days a week and silently (or often not so silently) willing the weekend to arrive as fast as it can.

It's the freedom of those two days in which I get to be outside rather than trapped within the walls of an office building. (Admittedly, I sometimes stay inside at home, on the couch for two entire days.. but the choice is entirely mine!)

This time of year is perfect for some casual frolicking along the beach - My favourite weekend activity.

Roll on 5pm.. I am ready to kick off my heals and enjoy the sunshine!


Thursday, 6 December 2012

High Tea for Me

It's been three weeks since my birthday and I'm only just writing a post about it..


I had a four day weekend which included delicious dinners; lunch in the sunshine; an Endota visit with my lovely sister who was in town for the occasion (ok.. for a wedding.. but it happened to coincide!)

And I got The Most Amazing Gift EVER.

Cristina Re High Tea Collection

You may remember this tea set from such things as - This post.

Miss Jodie spoilt me with a gorgeous glass cupcake cloche.

Anyone for High Tea?!


Tuesday, 4 December 2012

A Lazy Sunday

There's a lot to be said about a lazy Sunday afternoon.

But in this case - I think my photo says 1,000 words.

The company of an extraordinary friend; sunshine; bite to eat; cocktail or two.


And just what the doctor ordered.


Monday, 3 December 2012

An American Tradition

Sometimes I wish I lived in the United States...

Americans get to celebrate lots of fun holidays such as Thanksgiving and Halloween - complete with the festive foods and over-the-top decorations.

They also seem to celebrate other occasions such as Graduation and Valentine's Day.

I have just discovered a new reason for a gathering in the Festive Season - A Cookie Exchange.

Also known as a Cookie Swap or Cookie Party.

The general idea (from what I can gather) is that everyone makes a huge (6-10 dozen) batch of their cookie of choice and brings them to the party complete with recipe card.


A cookie swap is a social event with a practical side. 
For many, it marks the beginning of the holiday season and brings friends together for more than just cocktails and chit-chat.

WHY ? (I did some research...)

A cookie swap also…

Saves valuable time during the busiest season of the year. It is much faster to make multiple batches of the same cookie, than to track down ingredients for 7 or 8 different recipes and prepare each one.
Provides you with a wonderful selection of homemade baked goods to serve your guests over the holidays.
Introduces new types of cookies to your palate and unique recipes to your repertoire.
Provides a fun, casual social event that is easy to host – the guests bring the goodies!
Offers opportunities for a charitable outreach. Guests can be asked to bring non-perishable food items to donate to a local food bank.

I might be new to this trend.. but I am smitten with the idea! 

And the invitations!!!







It's not all fun and games though..

There are RULES!!


All cookies should be homemade, baked and main ingredient must be flour.

No plain chocolate chip cookies, cookie mixes, no-bakes, meringues or bars.

Each guest to bring 6 dozen total cookies.

The theme is "Christmas Cookies" (You can make any theme you like.)

Arrange cookies in a basket or platter and be creative!   

Bring a large container to carry away your cookie, 

Email a copy of your recipe before the party (or bring recipe to the party)

RSVP as soon as you can and let the host know what type of cookies you are planning on baking - no duplicate recipes allowed

If you don't have time to bake, or have burnt your cookies, but still want to attend, you must go to a real bakery and buy 6 dozen yummy cookies.

These can be found at the Official Cookie Exchange Website.

If anyone has ever participated in a Cookie Exchange - 
Please tell me alllll about it! I am dying to know what it's like!


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