Sex Cookies!!!

Okay, so it’s not what you think…

I have been making these cookies for 6-7 years now, and they have been universally loved… none more than when I made them for my besties, one of whom exclaimed they were ‘better than sex!’ Thus, sex cookies were born.  They are not #cleaneating or #vegan (not that there’s anything wrong with those things, whatever floats your goat) and they are mostly just butter & sugar. But that is precisely why they taste so dang good!

Ingredients

  1. 250g butter
  2. 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 2 cups brown sugar
  5. 1 & 1/2 cups plain flour
  6. 1 cup SR flour
  7. 4 tbsp cocoa
  8. 250g White choc bits
  9. 250g dark choc bits

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C & grease & line baking trays.
  2. Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla together.
  3. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  4. Sift in flours & cocoa.
  5. Add choc bits & mix until well combined.
  6. Roll mixture into balls & place on prepared trays, at least 3cm apart in all directions.
  7. Bake for 12-15min until cookies are just firm to touch.
  8. Cool on tray for 5min before transferring to a wire rack.

Makes about 30, depending on how big your balls are (sorry, couldn’t resist!)

From this…


To this!


Happy baking (and eating some of the dough, you know you want to!) x

Dyeing, Vixen style

So I am a bit of a grot sometimes, and somehow always end up staining my white clothes.  I seriously don’t even know why I buy white things any more… but I have found a solution other than wearing a bib or throwing out stained clothes- dye!

The inevitable happened to my white Sweet Sweater from Heart of Haute (buy your own here, https://www.heartofhaute.com/collections/sweaters/products/sweet-sweater-white  if you can keep it clean lol!) but despite using pre-wash stain removers, and even bleaching it a few times, this stain would not budge.  I did not want to get rid of it, so I decided to dye it… and while I was at it I decided to dye my white Vixen top (https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/462289823/in-stock-vixen-top-in-white-by-vixen-by?ref=shop_home_active_45) too, as I kept getting make-up on the collar!

I went down to my local Spotlight and bought some fabric dye- Jacquard iDye in Purple and iDye Poly in Violet.

IMG_2367  I needed both types of dye as both tops were a blend of cotton and lycra.  The lycra content also meant that I had to use the stovetop method, so I  bought a big, cheap pot, and a cheap ladle- as equipment that has been used to dye fabric cannot be used afterwards for food preparation.

I followed the instructions on the packs which are very clear, and also had the websites FAQ open and on hand- these are very clear so I won’t rehash them here, I’ll just highlight the main points.

I filled the pot with water, just enough to cover the clothing yet allow it move freely- constant agitation is the key to achieving a uniform colour so the fabric needs to be able to move around in the water.

Once the water, dissolved dye packets, and clothing were at a rolling boil, I stood at the stove for 45 min, constantly stirring the entire time!!! Definitely felt like Hermoine Granger in a Potions class! https://goo.gl/photos/N1Q5Urkouerpa9do9

I used rubber gloves to take the clothes out of the pot once they had cooled, as I didn’t really fancy purple palms.  I squeezed out as much excess liquid as I could before putting the tops in the wash on a gentle cycle, but some purple bubbles still managed to seep up out of the floor drain- much to my husbands’ horror!! Nothing an old towel couldn’t mop up though.

And now the moment you have been waiting for- the final outcome!

I could not be happier with how it turned out- exactly the colour I wanted, not patchy, and no blindingly white thread!  There was a slight transfer of the dye onto the inside waistband of my skirt, but only minor and should come out in the wash!

Happy DIY dyeing x

Best, most simple scone recipe!

So I thought I would start off the recipe portion of my blog with an old favourite- scones!

This recipe comes from my nana, and has never failed me.  Some people might be shocked at the lack of lemonade or other carbonated beverage but trust me- they will still come out beautifully light!

Ingredients

4 cups SR flour
300mL cream
300mL milk

… that’s it! 3 ingredients that you likely have on hand right now!

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced).  Line a tray with baking paper.
  2. Put flour into a large bowl and make a well in the centre (you can sift it in if you like, but I’ve never had an issue with lumps).
  3. Add cream into the well, then milk (I usually just use a 300mL container of cream, then fill that up with milk to save on washing up!).
  4. ‘Cut’ the mixture with a butter knife to mix until dough comes away from the sides.
  5. Lightly flour a flat surface and empty out dough, knead until pliable.
  6. Roll out with a rolling pin until dough is 1-2cm thick.
  7. Using a cookie-cutter, cut scones out of dough and place on lined tray, at least 3 cm apart.
  8. Knead the dough scraps together and roll out, cut more scones.  Repeat until all dough is used.
  9. Brush scones with milk and place in the oven for 12-15min or until light golden-brown.  Cooked scones will sound hollow when you tap them with a knife.

Keep cooked scones warm by placing them in a bowl or container lined with a clean tea-towel. This mixture will make 24-30 scones, depending on how big your cookie-cutter is.  Scones will keep for about 3 days in an airtight container.

My personal preference for serving is straight out of the oven with real butter… YUM! Though jam & cream is always popular too.

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waiting to go in the oven!

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cooked!

These ones I used a half/half mixture of white and wholemeal SR flour because I ran out of white! Still turned out fab.

Happy baking x

Intro

So I have decided to start a blog, as I wanted somewhere to capture my thoughts and social media didn’t quite feel like the right place for that!

If you have made your way here and you don’t know me IRL- welcome! My name is Erin and I live in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia.

I have been getting into the world of pinup/ rockabilly for the past three or so years, but still consider myself very much a newbie! I love quirky/ kitschy accessories and clothing patterns, and love supporting small businesses run by amazing women.  I have a few posts in mind to celebrate some of the women I have ‘met’ and showcase their fabulous creations.

I love to bake, so also plan on including quite a few food posts on here- mostly sweet things, but also some of my fave vegetarian recipes.

I work in clinical research, and am extremely passionate about science.  One of my main dislikes is people who don’t ‘believe’ in science i.e anti-vaxxers and climate change deniers.

I am also a staunch feminist and fight for equality for all women, and am continually learning how to be a better intersectional feminist and supporter of women who face additional challenges that I am privileged enough to not have to deal with.

My other big passion is the environment and animal welfare- we adopted a 9-year old dog just before Christmas and it was the best decision we have made!

That’s just a short intro to what I have planned for this blog, thanks for stopping by!

Erin x

PS If you get the play on words that is my blog title- you go Glen Coco!!!IMG_0804