July 24, 2014

How to Organise your Kitchenaid Accessories



One thing I have been looking forward to is organising my kitchen - it is my happy place and I knew exactly how I wanted it.

With a recent move I am lucky enough to have a cupboard dedicated to Pearl the KitchenAid and Poppy the Thermomix with their second bowls, attachments and accessories, but this cupboard needs to be organised. 

I am currently working on a pantry printable and organisation cheat sheet but at today I was to share How to Organise your KitchenAid accessories. 

I have 4 attachments for Pearl

 - Dough Hook
- Flat Beater
- Flex Edge Beater 
and Whisk

Easiest way to keep your attachments organised and also accessible and neat all the time? 
Attach them to the door directly where all your accessories live, also with the machine located directly above this cupboard it is easier

I brought 4 x 3M Hooks and measured my door compared to the ensure and room once the door has been shut


Clever Storage and extra space on the kitchen bench and within in cupboard is always better so why not adapt this to create more room in your kitchen


July 23, 2014

Book Blast - Flight of the Mite by Grayson Smith

Flight of the Mite

Title: Flight of the Mite | Author: Grayson Smith | Illustrator: Alana Kyle | Publication Date: 2013 | Publisher: Peppermint Toast Publishing: Independent | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 | Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son) Information About The Book: A tale of wonder and imagination, Flight of the Mite is a children's read-aloud picture book, written by Grayson Smith and illustrated by Alana Kyle. As a tiny mite stares in wonder at the nighttime stars, she becomes certain that if she were only able to travel to them, she would meet a world of wondrous creatures. She determines to build a flying contraption, and through persistence, ingenuity, and wise counsel, journeys to the nearest star. There she encounters the Others of her dreams and finds herself on an adventure where she learns that her imagination is her most important tool! This story of imagination, courage, and determination is perfect for the little mite in your life! Flight of the Mite is the first book published by the independent small press, Peppermint Toast Publishing, out of New Westminster, British Columbia. Peppermint Toast Publishing strives to work with emerging authors and artists towards the high-quality and environmentally-friendly publication of children's picture books and literature, in profit-sharing partnership with local charitable organizations.  

Purchase

Peppermint Toast Publishing is happy to be contributing $3 from the sales for each copy of Flight of the Mite sold, going to help sick kids get better at BC Children’s Hospital. Visit their Online Store to purchase your copy!

Peppermint Toast Publishing | Amazon (Canada)

The Buzz About the Book

Mother and Son Review by MDBR: "Flight of the Mite is a delightful, rhyming picture book featuring an adorable little mite who dreams big as the main character; a magical story underscoring the importance of imagination in children's development; and absolutely gorgeous and whimsical illustrations. I highly recommend this book to children ages 3 to 8 and I think it would be a great choice for reading aloud to children in a classroom or library setting."
"This is our new favourite story to read and will be a book that we will be keeping to pass down to future member of our family." ~ Raincity Parent
"This wonderful piece of children’s literature is well crafted and appropriate for children and adults, the message is clear, embrace diversity, ones weakness may actually be strength. The most interesting and entertaining part is that there is a consistent rhythm and rhyme to the story, keeping the powerful message light and playful." ~ Active Lee Dadding
" I have read the sweetest story!...The combination of these two talents [i.e., the author and illustrator] working together has left us with a sweet rhyming story about a little mites big imagination." ~ Moments in Mommyland
"I recently received a new children’s book to review called Flight of the Mite. So of course I went to the best critic in the house – my 4 year old son[...]. We sat down to read the story together and discovered a delightful tale about imagination and discovery... The illustrations are delightful and [my son] insisted that we stop to discuss some of them along the way. There was more than one “wow!” over a picture of the mite climbing a dandelion." ~ Prenatal to Parenting
 

About the Author: Grayson Smith

Grayson Smith

Grayson Smith was born in Alberta, but attended a boarding school in Germany for 11 years. After high school, he attended SFU, where he obtained a degree in Criminology and met his beautiful wife, Linda. Throughout university, Grayson wrote stories when he should have been paying attention in class. After completing his degree, he became a police officer, and still enjoys that job thoroughly. As of 2012, Grayson gets to re-envision the world through the eyes of his baby son, Josiah. Writing is a wonderful way for Grayson to express the silliness and vagary that simmers beneath his well-practiced outer layer of respectability and professionalism.    

About the Illustrator: Alana Kyle

Alana Kyle, Illustrator

Alana Kyle was born and raised in the Lower Mainland. As a small child, she was sweet, quiet, and frequently lost inside her own head. Ever since she was young, she was motivated by her love of artistic creativity and attention to detail, and remains captivated by storybooks and imagination. Alana attended and graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and also obtained a three-year diploma of Illustration and Design from Capilano University. She works as an illustrator and graphic designer, and lives in Coquitlam.  

Links to More Information

Peppermint Toast Publishing | Twitter | Goodreads

Facebook (Peppermint Toast Publishing) | Facebook (Flight of the Mite)

 

* $25 Book Blast Giveaway *

Amazon 25 gift card 

  Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice) Contest ends: August 19, 11:59 pm, 2014 Open: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Grayson Smith and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.


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July 22, 2014

New Home for Poppy and Pearl



Things have been a little bit quiet and that was for two major reasons 

1. A broken bone which slowed me down alot, and is still slowing me down
2. A major move into our first home 

Unfortunately Poppy and Pearl have also not been used much by me due to unable to stand for too long, but they are getting some love from my Husband. 

One thing they like is the fact they both have new homes!





They are now features in my kitchen and even have their own spotlights 

I can not wait to share all the new recipes I have written down ready to test from while I was out of action

Do you have your loved kitchen appliances on show in your kitchen?



July 21, 2014

Book Review - Macaron Murder by Harper Lin


Let's face it Macarons are very popular these days so the title grabbed me immediately one night when I was looking for something different to read whilst recovering in bed with a recent broken foot. In one hour I was done and the best thing about Macaron Murder is the fact it is book one in the Patisserie Mystery series by Harper Lin

Clemence has never really fit in to the life of hometown Paris but being the heiress to one of the country's most popular dessert and pastry chains can sometimes have it's perks in life. After travelling she is settling down into one of her father's pastry chains and moving into one of her parents apartments while they are away trying to establish their pastry chain in a new country.

Trying to be the nice new girl in the apartment building, Clemence decides to bring some macarons from her families pastry shop for the Caretaker of the building as she is a massive fan of her father work. One thing Clemence did not count on was the fact that the next morning a half eaten box of macarons is found next to the body of the Caretaker and she is now the prime suspect in the murder. 

Macaron Murder will follow Clemence's journey to prove she did not have any involvement with the murders and someone else in the building had committed the crime and framed Clemence.

Macaron Murder was a fun book to read and as I mentioned in the beginning I was hooked from the minute I started and finished the book in one hour. Harper Lin takes the reader on a fun journey and also has recipes at the back of the book to be able to make your own macarons to go with the journey.

There could have been more character development with the residence of the apartments but we got to know enough of each suspect and a bit of their background and their possible involvement in the crime

Who would have done this?

Who knew gifting macarons could be a fatal crime! 

I am interested to see where Harper goes with Book Two in the Patisserie series






July 20, 2014

Thermomix Lasagna



Winter has finally hit Sydney so it is time to bring out the classic winter dinners, and Lasagna is one of our favourites here at Sweet Little Pretties

Lasagna is so quick and easy in the Thermomix it does not take forever so can also be a simple meal during the week

Ingredients

Bolognese Sauce

1 x Brown Onion
3 x Cloves Garlic
50 grams Extra Virgin Olive Oil
500 grams Premium Beef Mince
1 x Large Tomato, diced
50 grams Water
400 grams Organic canned tomato 
280 grams Tomato paste

Bechamel Sauce

200mL Light Milk
30 grams Plain Flour
Grating of Parmesan Cheese

To Assemble

Lasanga Pasta Sheets
Parmesan Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese

Method

1. Place 100 grams of Parmesan Cheese into the Thermomix Bowl - place on speed 4 for 30 seconds to grate (This can be adapted to how fine you would like your parmesan cheese)
2. Saute onion and garlic in the extra virgin olive for 3 minutes - 90 degrees speed 3 reseverse
3. Add Premium Beef Mince to the bowl and cook for 10 minutes - 100 degrees speed 4 reverse
4. Scrape down the sides and add water, fresh tomato, tomato paste and diced tomatoes to the bowl - 100 degrees speed 4 reverse.
5. Take a large baking dish and take a small spoonful of the Bolognese mixture to slightly cover the bottom
6.  Layer one Lasanga Sheet and cover with Bolognese mixture and then cover with parmesan cheese (repeat until you have run out of mixture and ready for your top layer)
7. One your Bolognese mixture has been added to the baking dish add milk, plain flour and some parmesan to the Thermomix Bowl and heat to 60 degrees for 4 minutes
8. Pour mixture ontop of your Lasanga and add Mozzarella Cheese to the top
9. Bake at 200 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until golden






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