Classic Custard Squares

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These are such a pretty treat! I got this recipe off this great blog. Only to check in the Edmonds cook book (where she got the recipe!) that every New Zealander owns, and I found I had had the custard square recipe sitting on my shelf the whole time! I got a much better version to use, as the blogger who goes by the name of Mrs Cake had detailed descriptions and helpful hints and pictures.

So, even though I know these have been very well blogged by Mrs Cake, I thought I would put up pictures of my custard squares.

They are too pretty to just delete.

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My custard came out rather orange…

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But they taste SO delicious, and I actually really like the custard. It doesn’t taste “eggy”. I think I will use the same custard recipe for a custard tart. The only thing I changed from the recipe is I didn’t put coconut on top. No one in my family wanted it with coconut. We had the lemon icing though. It was delicious.

So if you want to make these (and they are REALLY easy) the recipe is here.

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Lemony Lemon ‘Brownies’

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Creamy, sweet, and perfectly tart. This delicious, light, lemony “Brownie” is perfect for a spring picnic. (I say, as the days get colder and more wet and bleak here where I live…Winter is well on it’s way.) Have this as a nice change to chocolate brownie. (I know, Lemon “brownie” doesn’t make any sense, but what the name means is that it has a brownie type of texture, without chocolate. Try it! You will love it, I am sure.) Maybe this would be a lovely mothers day treat?

Lemony Lemon Brownies

Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

3/4 cup granulated sugar

   3/4 cup flour

2 eggs, large
2 tbsps lemon zest
2 tbsps lemon juice

For the tart lemon glaze:
2 tbsps lemon juice
4 tsps lemon zest
1 cup icing sugar

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 (180C) degrees.
2. Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish with butter and set aside.
3. Zest and juice two lemons and set aside.
4. In the bowl of an electric mixture fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the flour, sugar, salt, and softened butter until combined.

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5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice until combined.

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6. Pour it into the flour mixture and beat for 2 mins at medium speed until smooth and creamy.

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7. Pour into baking dish and bake for 23-25 mins, should turn golden around the edges.
8. Allow to cool completely before glazing. Do not overbake, or the bars will dry.
9. Filter the powdered sugar and whisk with lemon zest and juice. Add more icing sugar if it is too runny. You want it thick enough to not soak into the brownies and make it soggy. (That’s what happened to mine! I have halved the amount of lemon juice so it is a thicker icing now.)
10. Spread the glaze over the brownies with a rubber spatula and let glaze set.
11. Cut into bars and serve.

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I have slightly adapted this great recipe from here.

these are mild, creamy, sweet

D.I.Y Yummy Lip Scrub (3 ways)

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Lips scrubs take five minutes to make, and they make your lips feel sooo soft. You’ll be surprised.

I found a recipe in a magazine a while ago, and that made me want to make up a couple of my own.

Version 1: Chocolate, Brown Sugar, & Honey

(this is most similar to the magazine version)

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder

1-2 teaspoons honey

or you could try

Version 2: Coconut, Brown Sugar, & Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon coconut

1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

honey to mix

or you could try

Version 3: Orange, Lemon, & White Sugar

1 teaspoon White Sugar

1 orange Vitamin C Tablet ( this is optional, but it tastes & looks good!)

fresh lemon juice to mix

-Mix the ingredients together until they are a stiff, sticky paste.

The honey scrubs last, the lemon one wont last. The sugar will dissolve with that lemon juice. –

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Put into a cute little pot, tie with a ribbon, and there’s a lovely gift.

These are so yummy, I tend to eat more of the lip scrub than I use. 🙂 Enjoy.

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My favourite things for Autumn

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1. my new glasses! Only about $25 dollars inc. shipping. I am so happy. 2. Avon’s Slip Into perfume. I got this for my birthday. It’s so sweet and violetty. 3.  Baggy pants. These are so so comfy, and, er, stylish…if you wear them right! I got mine from Supre. Perfectly cozy for autumn. 4. Maybelline Baby lips glow in pink blast. It adjusts colour to suit you!! At first I thought it went too pink, but now I love it, especially for photos, it comes out looking perfectly pink, pretty, and natural. 5. Warm water and lemon juice! Read more on my Rant about Lemons.   6. Forget Me Not rose face and hand cream. This is the most lovely, sweet smelling, natural and rich facial moisturizer ever. It says it is for hands too. I just use it for my face, it seems too nice for my hands!

These are some my favorite things at the moment. The list could go on a lot longer.

A Rant About Lemons

We have 2 very productive lemon trees in out garden. Every year we get so many lemons, we don’t even use half of them.

SO, I’ve been looking at ways of using lemons in natural remedies, from cosmetic to health.

I thought I would share with you how good lemons are, in one long blurb.

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One of the best things is to have a cup of warm water with a squeeze of lemon juice. This is what I often do.

This is a great detox, and it really works fast. It is good for all sorts of things.

-It boosts your immune system. All that vitamin C!

-They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.

Lemon Juice balances PH. (this means its great for rinsing your hair with too, and washing your face, along with baking soda)

– Lemon juice can help with weight loss.

– Lemon juice really helps clear up skin.

– It can freshen breath…but as it actually is TERRIBLE for your teeth I would try chewing parsley instead. It works very well.

– It can help coughs and colds and sore throats.

-You can even highlight your hair with lemon. Squeeze a lemon onto your hair and sit in the sun for an hour or two.

Well, there are so many things lemons can help with, I’m actually wondering why they even have that “if life gives you lemons…” saying.

Because lemons are good!

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Here are a few little recipes and remedies I found on pinterest/collected from somewhere:

(Oh, and putting lemon juice on your face COULD be a bit harsh for your skin. doing it only now and then is ok though.)

-For blackheads- Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of granulated brown sugar in a cup. Stir until the ingredients are evenly blended, and then apply the scrub to damp, just-cleansed skin. Massage the skin gently with your fingers, concentrating on dry patches or problem areas. Let the mask soak in for 10 minutes, and then rinse with lukewarm water. Read more here.

-Baking Soda Lemon Exfoliating Face Cleanser Ingredients: Lemon juice Baking Soda Instructions: In a small bowl, add about 2 tbs baking soda. Slowly apply lemon juice. The mixture will foam and fizz. Apply enough juice to make a thin, loose paste. Apply to skin in a circular motion for a minute or 2. Rinse with a warm cloth and water. Smooth, clear skin! Read more here.

-Oh, and try a Sugar and lemon juice gardeners hand scrub. I didn’t get this off pinterest, I don’t know how I learned this, but it works AMAZINGLY! (even if you aren’t a gardener.)

Just squeeze a lemon onto your hands, and sprinkle lots of white sugar over, and scrub your hands thoroughly.

Afterwards your hands feel sooo silky.

I did this on my sisters and myself, who don’t garden (if we can help it lol), and our hands felt amazingly different. I also did it on my mum, who does a lot of gardening and her hands get very dry. She was so pleased with the result!! You wouldn’t think that 2 simple ingredients would work so much better than a commercial hand scrub.

But they did!

-MINT TO SHRINK A PIMPLE Peppermint contains menthol & menthone compounds that reduce redness+inflammation, and it also acts as an astringent, clearing away pimple-causing oil. Pulse a handful of leaves in a food processor + 1 tsp lemon juice. (The acidic juice temporarily changes the pH of your skin, preventing bacteria growth.) Cover the blemish for 15 min, then rinse. Repeat 2x a day until the spot is gone.

-Lemon Honey drinks for when you have a cold. I really don’t like lemon & honey drinks, but i force them down because they are so good. Some people love them, though. I looked on pinterest at recipes and there are so, so many. I will have to try some.

But what we usually do is very simple. A mug of hot water with a lemon squeezed in, and a couple of teaspoons of honey.

-Have an itchy, flaky scalp? Squeeze lemon juice over the crown of your head. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse. The acidity from the lemon juice will naturally exfoliate your skin and clear up any dandruff. Read more here

Have a look up about lemons, because they seem to be great for every little ailment. 🙂

Thanks for reading this Rant about Lemons!