Friday, 30 September 2011

Ginger Cookies

These cookies are so easy and wonderful with a cup of tea, a good book and a roaring fire.  The aroma of ginger lingers in the home and reminds you of Autumn. (Unless there is someone in the house that can eat a dozen before you finish cleaning up)

Ginger Cookies
3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil (or Melted Margarine/Butter)
1 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
2 Cups Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Ginger
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
1 teaspoon Cinnamon

Bake at 350 (F) for 10 minutes

For my own twist on things I add crystallized ginger in and on top of the cookie, I also don't use a full cup of sugar and add a bit more cinnamon.  This recipe is easy enough to add your own twist or strength of flavours.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Zebra Cake

Even you don't bake from scratch this is easy to do from a white cake mix.  It does take a little practice - this was my first attempt and I think the next time I would divide the batter in half and place them in two glass measuring cups.  I think pouring them quickly will get a better pattern. 
You start with your round pan and pour a small amount of the chocolate in the middle and quickly pour the white and so on.  Don't stop and don't let it settle, work quickly and in even amounts.
Bake as usual and see the pattern you get when you cut into it!

About me

I was reading one of the many blogs that I follow and came across one that introduced herself and I found it so nice and really connected more with her blog and what she wrote.  It was really nice in this day and age that an introduction like that was refreshing!  So without getting really personal here I go.
I was born in Edmonton - but don't really like to admit to that :) I did all my high school at an International School in Tokyo, Japan - we were there for 5 years and I loved it!  I have a very strong connection to Japan and all my friends there. 
We have lived here in Victoria since 1986, married 32 years this month and have 2 wonderful adult children and one very wonderful but stubborn cross dachshund named Libby. (She has her own cupcake squeeky toy)  I have passed the big 50 which is a great and wonderful thing - because the alternative is that one doesn't make it.  I almost didn't make it - 9 years ago this November  (2012)I was diagnosed with CML (chronic myologenous leukemia) and had to have a bone marrow transplant. A big Thank you to my doctors and donor and all those that donate to the blood bank!  I had two other small businesses and had to stop them both in order to fight through the CML and transplant.  I never dreamed I would ever feel good enough to live life again ... never mind run a business again.  So here I am, almost 8 years later and starting again.  Life is good - a lot of changes and adjustments to get here!  While I was slowly getting better I was confined to the house a lot and had to cook a different way and adjust to the way things were.I started cooking and baking from scratch.  Following blogs and stores - when I realized I was feeling good enough to do something and it was right there in front of me - so SweetArt Supplies was started.

I search for unique items and bring in some of the regular supplies for cake decoraters and the home baker. 
 I enjoy meeting and talking to my customers and learning from them - always learning! Laughing and still enjoying all that life has to offer!  So when you email me or call me - just say hi Gwen!
Looking forward to hearing from you.....