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Chit Chat / Costco Information
« on: April 09, 2013, 08:58:23 pm »
I posted about Costco savings  in the Shopping thread but thought people who don't look at that thread might be interested in my experience.

I'm sure the coupons are available wherever Costco has stores - I know they do in the UK because on another forum people post about super good deals.  This is the UK website.

I live alone but do entertain from time to time and I have "shopping buddies" with whom I share items that are a significant savings at Costco.
Many items are sold in very large amounts - meats, frozen bulk foods, etc., but I have a vacuum sealer and my friends and I have a routine where we divide meats, frozen chicken, frozen fruits (that come in huge bags), into smaller portions, vacuum seal them and weigh them and they pay me for the portions they take.

This is the mailer I got a few days ago, the cover and a random grocery page.

Chit Chat / Something just for Maddy!
« on: March 25, 2013, 11:30:36 pm »
I got this in an email today and immediately thought of Maddy...

Quilted cookies.

Chit Chat / A choc cake with pink piggies.
« on: February 21, 2013, 01:40:35 am »
I'm posting this link for the folks who like new ideas for  decorating cakes.

I think this one is just adorable and I am so sorry that I can't eat chocolate.

Piggies in a mud bath cake.

I think the sides of the "pool" are Kit-Kat bars or something similar. 

Chit Chat / Williams-Sonoma to open first store in Australia
« on: August 22, 2012, 09:38:44 pm »
The Exchange Building in Sydney at Bondi Junction will be the site of the first

Williams-Sonoma store in OZ

You can sign up for email updates or like them on Facebook.

Chit Chat / Pyrex measures are a-changin' and not for the better!
« on: June 30, 2012, 09:31:31 pm »
I noticed this a few days ago in the local kitchen store and intended to post about it but forgot until I was reminded by today's America's Test Kitchen segment.

Pyrex has changed the shape of the glass measures and it makes no sense to me.
They have also added solid red paint around half of the outside, which makes it more difficult to read the levels.

It's not so bad on the larger measures - the 8 cup or 4 cup but for the smaller  1 and 2 cup measures to me they are awkward to use.

They still make a 2 cup that is the traditional shape with straighter sides and red spots to indicate the graduated measurement levels.

I already have a large supply of every size of the traditional Pyrex measures, which I intend to keep using.

If anyone has only one and like the way it works, see if local stores have any of the "old" style still on hand and buy at least one backup.
Otherwise, watch yard sales and thrift stores and pick up what you may need in the future.

Chit Chat / Another fun cake decorating technique. Bubbles!
« on: May 08, 2012, 08:05:38 pm »
Here is another cute  Cake Central tutorial.

Bubble cake decor.

Chit Chat / Just for Maddy, Pink piggy canisters
« on: May 04, 2012, 07:32:28 pm »
I know these are just available in the US but since they are so darn cute, I thought I would post this link to

Cakes / Half price online cake instrustion for Topys-Turvy cakes
« on: April 28, 2012, 07:40:35 pm »
One of my friends who does a small amount of catering just signed up for this online course which is half price right now.
($29.99 instead of 59.99)

It gives permanent access to the course so you can go back and review it over and over if needed.

I know there are a few "experimental" cake bakers here on this forum so thought I would post this for anyone who might be interested.

For a stay-at-home mom, this might be a way to earn some extra  $$$  and it looks like fun.  Unique cakes certainly bring premium prices.

Non Thermomix Recipes / Kaiser hard rolls
« on: April 22, 2012, 04:22:59 am »
Crusty Kaiser Hard Rolls

Yield: 20 Rolls

Temperature: 425 degrees F

Time: 15 to 20 minutes; 2 minutes

2 cups warm water (115 degrees F) 
1 envelope dry yeast 
1 tablespoon sugar 
2 teaspoons salt 
6 cups flour (approximately)
Soft shortening 
1 egg white, lightly beaten 

1.Measure water into large bowl; sprinkle yeast over it, stirring until dissolved. 
   (I use Kitchenaid mixer with flat beater)

2.Add sugar, salt, and 3 cups flour.
Stir to mix; beat until smooth. 

3.Stir in remaining 3 cups of flour, 1/2 cup at a time.  (If mixer strains, knead last cup in by hand.)

4.Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). 

5.Place in large, greased bowl, and brush top with soft shortening.
 Cover and let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk (about 1 hour). 

6.Punch down; turn onto lightly floured surface.

Divide dough in half; form each into roll about 10 inches long.
Cover and let rest 5 minutes. 

7.Cut each roll into 10 equal pieces, and form into small balls.
Place about 3 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet.

Cover and let rise until doubled. 

8. Press with a Kaiser roll stamp or flatten with palm and score with razor blade across the full width of the roll.

9.Bake at 425F for 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove from oven; brush each roll with egg white, and return to oven for 2 minutes.

I think these are just too cool for words.  Kudu Magnets

If you have an old or unattractive fridge, one of these magnets would be the ideal way to dress it up.

I don't know if they are available in Oz as yet, but something this innovative should be soon.

Chit Chat / Tasting Australia 2012
« on: April 06, 2012, 11:07:22 pm »
Is anyone in the Adelaide  planning on attending  Tasting Australia 2012?

I have been reading about it on the Lambs' Ears and Honey blog.

It sounds like a lot of fun - makes me wish I could visit Oz.

Non Thermomix Recipes / Easter sweets
« on: March 21, 2012, 09:32:41 pm »
Posting a link to recipes that I think some forum members may find interesting and fun to do.

Easter Recipes

Tutorial for the Cadbury Cream Cookie Cups

Non Thermomix Recipes / Upside-Dow Hot Chocolate Pudding
« on: March 17, 2012, 04:16:53 am »
This showed up in my email a few minutes ago and I'm passing it along for the forum chocoholics to play with.

Upside-Down Hot Chocolate Pudding

Chit Chat / New kitchen (and household) stuff on the horizon!
« on: March 17, 2012, 01:50:43 am »
None of these things are yet available to buy, but they are being evaluated and hopefully will be in production in the not-too-distant future.
I am particularly intrigued by the "RIBBON"  free-form cake "pan."


Things already on the market: I have the PowerCurl for my MacBook Pro power supply.

Chit Chat / A 6-strand braid Method, not recipe.
« on: March 14, 2012, 09:34:05 pm »
I did a search but couldn't find a specific "braiding" topic for breads (or whatever)  This came into my email inbox a couple of days ago and I am passing it on because the photos show the process so well that anyone should be able to create breads with this braiding method.

I did make a comment - at one time this type of braid was done in quite lengthy pieces and formed into a ring to make a "crown" ring.
It was difficult to get an even "crown" and was frustrating. 

In any event I'm posting this just in case someone might find a use for it. 

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