Baked donuts

Here’s another recipe I found online that I enjoy using.
Preheat the oven to 350F/170C

1 cup butter or margarine (250gm)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
3 cups plain flour
4 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Blend 130gm butter with 1 cup sugar (the remaining butter is used to coat roll the donuts before rollingn the donuts in the cinnamon sugar mix)
2. Add the eggs and mix well.
3. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.
4. Add the butter and sugar mixture in.
5. Blend in the milk and mix thoroughly.
6. Place the mixture into a zip-lock bag, seal and snip off a corner so you can pour the batter into the tin.
7. Fill the donut tray 2/3 full.
8. Bak for 15 – 20 minutes of until golden brown.
9. While donuts are warm, roll them in melted butter and then in the cinnamon/sugar mix.

I’ll try these again with stronger flour but these still tasted great with custard.

Bliss balls

Unlike the earlier protein balls, there are 2 bliss ball recipes I’ve made to try.

Dr Tara Sunshine has an easy Cashew Coconut Quinoa bliss ball recipe.
I didn’t have any quinoa but they still taste good.

1 cup roasted unsalted cashews
1/2 cup gluten-free puffed quinoa
1/2 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
2 Tablespoons gluten-free flaxseed meal
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
1 Tablespoon maca powder (optional)
12 pitted Medjool dates
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 Put cashews, quinoa, coconut, flaxseed meal, chia seeds and maca into a blender. Blend until well-chopped.
2. Add the dates, coconut oil and vanilla. Blend until a uniform paste is created. Scrap the sides and bottom of the boal with a rubber spatula as needed.
3. Scrape mixture onto a plate. Roll into balls.
4. Roll them in coconut.

Chocolate Coffee and Pistachio bliss balls.
This recipe came from

16 dates
2 shots espresso
2 Tablespoon coco powder
1/2 cup coconut
2 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 cup almonds
1 cup almond meal
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup pistachio

1. Place all ingredients except for the pistachio and sunflower seeds into the blender and blend until smooth.
2. Add in sunflower seeds and pulse lightly, leaving them whole or half size for texture.
3. Remove mixture from food processor.
4. Without washing the food processor, place the pistachios in and pulse a few times until chopped.
5. Set aside on a plate.
6. Take a large scoop of the mixture with a teaspoon and roll the mixture into balls.
7. Roll the balls into the pistachio mix until the ball is coated with pistachios.

That last part will take some practice on my part.

Protein balls

Last month I was introduced to these morsels of taste that I now love. These are the 3 recipes I now use.

Here’s a cranberry recipe I found online that tastes yummy.


  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds or almond meal
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (unsweetened if you want them to be paleo)
  • 1/2 cup chopped medjool dates, about 6-7 dates
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. In a high speed blender or food processor add the cashews and almonds and pulse until they are finely ground, careful not to turn them into nut butter.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients and blend or pulse until everything starts to come together.
  3. Scrape down the sides several times and add up to 2 tablespoons of water.
  4. You may need to remove the mixture and place it into a bowl and mash it together with your hands or a spatula.
  5. Form into approximately 20 balls about 2 teaspoons each.
  6. Store the energy bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.

This almond and cocoa protein ball recipe was given to me by my sister.
16 dates 
1 1/2 cups of almond meal
1/4 cup protein powder
1 tablespoon of vanilla
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon tahini or coconut oil
Coconut for rolling
Blend these all until they form a dough.
Form into balls and roll in coconut.
Lastly I found this Lemon Tumeric protein ball recipe


  • 12 Medjool dates
  • 1 cup rolled oats gluten free
  • ½ cup almonds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder ground
  • ½ cup shredded coconut for dusting


  1. Remove the pits from dates and soak them in hot water for several minutes. When the dates are softened, drain them and place in food processor. Save the water.
  2. Add the other ingredients to a food processor and blend until mixture turns into a dough-like consistency. Add 1 tablespoon of water in which you have soaked the dates if the mixture is too dry.
  3. With the small spoon scoop the mixture and roll into balls. Roll the balls in shredded coconut and place on the baking sheet.
  4. Store energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator until serving
    And the best part about this post is I can find these recipes quickly:)

A bit of glam

Every week there’s a red carpet event somewhere in the world so there’s always lots of dress inspiration out there. Hence this month’s little black dress using Minerva Crafts fabrics with a touch of Prym’s notions.
When I began planning this dress I had grand ideas of creating another Vivienne Westwood couture dress worn by Helena Bonham-Carter but I held back this month.
My pattern choice is New Look 6531 as it has lots of variations. The neckline variations and skirt styling made this choice ideal for my dream red carpet dress.

I chose this Prada Self Lined Stretch Crepe Suiting  from Minerva Crafts. It’s amazing to sew and wear. There’s plenty of weight to this fabric but it still has drape and movement.
I ordered the covered boning but didn’t use it this time around. I like structure to my evening dresses but this fabric didn’t need any more help.
I tried a test version and found the neckline straps where too heavy for me to wear.
The test version had a lot of gathering at my sway back so I pinched out some of the excess fabric out of the pattern.
The back of the dress still has some drag lines but these might lay flatter if I release the back darts.
The straps are angled toward the centre back so they don’t slide off my shoulders.
Prym have some gorgeous bra straps that are too pretty to hide so I used these on the dress.
It took me a while to test out the best way of adding these straps.
I added the front band across the back neckline. This allowed me to sew ribbon onto the necklines and secure the bra straps in place. I can remove them but I like these for now.
This is as accurate as my cutting was while I tried to balance the dress side seams. It’s not couture sewing but I gave myself 5cm seams so I had plenty of room to play with.
I also didn’t fuss with the hem and kept it at midi length.
So with the test dress complete, this final dress took a day to make. 
Once I have an event to go to, I may fuss over this dress a bit more, but at this stage, I’m happy with this result.
Thank you Minerva Crafts and Prym!

Romero by Pauline Alice

There are so many amazing clothes I see many sewists create using African wax prints. I bought a few pieces when I visited the LA fabric district a few years ago. Since then I’ve dabbled on a few projects to see how I can incorporate these prints into clothes for my size and shape. I did buy one piece in NY during the same visit.

So far I’ve used these fabrics for a top, a dress or two and more recently a skirt.

This time I’ve used this fabric for the latest pants pattern by Pauline Alice patterns.

When I’ve bought African wax prints they come in 6 yard lengths. 6 yards is just under 5.5 metres. That’s a lot of fabric for me to use as I tend to make fitted clothes.
With this print, I made a top using New Look 6000.

I’ve worn this top quite a bit because it’s so striking.

Without getting too caught up in the print, this fabric works really well using the Romero pants pattern.

The pattern requires lots of big buttons and again I’ve used buttons from my stash.

The pant leg width is fairly wide for my size but they’re not overly wide.

That’s the beauty of Pauline’s designs. She understands what works for her size and that’s fairly similar to what works for me too. Everyone’s pattern base is different and that’s something I’ve very thankful for.

While I thought this outfit would be very loud, I love how it’s cohesive and doesn’t quite swallow me.

The fun part about this pattern is that when my waist increases or decreases, I’ll simply resew the buttons to fit.

Technically, I’ve done a sway back adjustment and lowered the centre back seam so that it follows my curves. I’ve also lowered the centre front seam because that works for me.

I’ve left the pockets as they were designed. They work just fine.

PS: I only need to undo 3 buttons on these trouser when I dress myself.

I have pattern tested for Pauline Alice patterns from time to time and I’ve enjoyed her designs and the effort she puts into her instructions.

You have to see what Pauline has just launched on her Instagram and website.

Cheers for now.