Goonies Never Say Die!

One of my favourite movies growing up was The Goonies. We had a video of it taped from the TV and we watched it every school holidays! My sisters and I knew the movie inside out, and when every advert was so we were ready to fast forward! We knew Michelle's Labyrinthwhat the truffle shuffle was (poor Chunk); loved Data’s inventions; laughed at Mouth’s loose translation of Mikey’s Mum’s instructions to Rosa; wanted an attic like Mikey’s, and also wanted an older brother just like Brandon… okay, maybe that was just me wanting Josh Brolin!
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The Easter Bunny visited me in the U.S. so I could give some Reece’s Pieces to my niece and nephew and also my friend’s kids. When my friend’s kids heard the Easter Bunny had given me some treats, a request was put in that they come to my house for a treasure hunt in my media room and also to watch a movie. My friend and I decided on The Goonies this time, we are trying to introduce some of our old faves to them. Last holidays it was Bedknobs and Broomsticks!

So what do The GooniesMichelle's Labyrinth and a Easter Egg hunt have in common? A treasure map!

 

 

 

 

So here is the map I made the kids! My friend had to read it out to them, and I was very impressed she got the rhythm that was in my head!

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Hear ye, hear ye!
The U.S. Easter bunny is very tricky.
Follow some clues
To find some treats of goo!
Take four paces as if ones tall,
To find four red golden balls.

Marshmallow eggs the Easter bunny has hidden,
Is there something long black and wooden?
Open the doors to find what is there,
There may be boobie traps so beware!

Fancy some Easter jelly beans?
Hope you’ve been good and your bedroom is clean?
Turn over the treasure map,
For clues on your next step.

Now for Reece’s Pieces and a pirate movie called The Goonies.
Be good and not act like loonies!
Carefully use the buttons to raise the middle chairs,
Now look under to find the last Easter treasures!!

The first section of theMichelle's Labyrinth map was stuck to the media room door, and the next quarter was with the first lot of goodies and the next section was with the next lot of goodies and so on. The red golden balls were Lindt Milk Chocolate balls. The boobie traps were DVDs leaning against the doors of the TV cabinet so when the doors were opened they fell out. My friend asked the kids what in the room goes “Grrr!” and Scott pointed to my Chewbacca! Sure enough the jelly beans were under him! The kids seemed to enjoyed the treasure hunt, and even more so enjoyed the goodies while watching The Goonies.

 

I do love the movie very much and I love how the musical score just sucks you into the adventure and how it expresses the emotions so well. Starting with the Fratelli Chase filled with excitement to get you revved up. The sparking romantic section when they are taking a pee break (and sneaking a kiss in the tunnel), which is followed by “They’re here!” and the Skull Cave Race when the tempo has increased, heart is racing, danger looming! I just love it! Dave Grusin did an amazing job composing this score.

But I cannot leave out Cyndi Lauper’s song “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough“… brilliant in the movie.Michelle's Labyrinth

And lastly, just to prove I am such a Goonie, here is the T-shirt I wore today (courtesy of my lovely hubbie who bought it for me when he was in the U.S.) “Goonies Never Say DIE!”  :)

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Sisters are Blossoms

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Sisters are blossoms in the garden in life ~Author Unknown; and I am lucky enough to have two younger ones :-) So I thought I would share the birthday cakes I have made them. There are only three cakes, which doesn’t seem a lot, so it is something (the number of cakes!) I will have to improve upon :-)

 

 

August 2010

My youngest sister loves mushrooms. I loveMichelle's Labyrinth mushrooms too, but not as much as her. When I think of mushrooms I think of fairy rings; fairies or goblins sitting on them; or them popping up in clearings in forests. I rang my sister to see why she loved them so much and she said they are just magical, it is amazing how they grow and survive underground and then just pop up over night. She loves how there are so many varieties and how some can grow on the side of trees. And of course she agrees she thinks of fairies and all sorts of magical creatures when she thinks of mushrooms. Here is a print by Brian Froud (our favourite artist). I think this encapsulates exactly how we see mushrooms!

I have fed my sisters love of mushrooms by wherever we travel I take pictures of mushrooms for her. For her birthday in 2010 I made her a botany scrapbook of flowers and mushrooms from all over the world. My favourite mushroom has to be the red one with white dots. I saw this type of mushroom in New Zealand and here is a photo I took. Michelle's Labyrinth

And here are two pages of the scrapbook I made her. One the left are photos from Margaret River, Western Australia and on the right are photos from Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada.

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And to go with her scrapbook I made her a mushroom cake!

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December 2011

My middle sister is the one with the two kids – my niece and nephew!! With her birthday being in December it is always hard catching up, with all the Christmas functions. So I have only made her one cake :( So I tried to make it as special as possible!

My sister loves Twilight (as do I!) and has devoured the books more than once! I was heading to the UK for Christmas that year, so we caught up with my family for Christmas right before my sisters birthday. So I decided she was getting a cake! Unfortunately I was working 7 days a week at that time – just so I could get 2.5 weeks off! So I wasn’t able to make the cake as well as I think I could have and my pawn is a bit cracked :( So here is my Twilight cake!

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Inspiration of the cake came from the book covers (especially Book 1 – Twilight and Book 4 – Breaking Dawn).

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Here is my nephew with his seal of approval of his Mum’s cake! And also a scary look with a black mouth from the icing of the chess board!

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August 2012

Back to my youngest sister who not onlyMichelle's Labyrinth loves mushrooms and flowers, but has a degree in Botany! She has her honours and is currently doing her PhD in the restoration of banksia woodland. She actually did put in a little request this year for a willy wagtail (after seeing a bird I made for my mother-in-law), so I thought about what else I could do and of course I came up with a banksia flower! (Willy wagtail photo source: http://purpliciouspassionpath.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/williewagtail.jpg)

I’m not sure how many of my readers are overseas and know what a banksia flower looks like, but here are a couple of photos I took in Bold Park in Mt Claremont. So I hadn’t set myself an easy task!

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But I was pretty happy with how the cake turned out and my sister seemed happy too! Michelle's Labyrinth

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Actually my nephew seemed pretty happy with the cake too! And from memory it was a fruit cake and he actually tried it and liked it! Although he hasn’t told me that I make the best cakes in the world like his sister has, actions speak louder than words! I better do a blog on the cakes I have made him!!

So I’ll end my blog with some more sister quotes!

If you don’t understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want
to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child. 
~Linda Sunshine

Sisters never quite forgive each other for what happened when they were five. 
~Pam Brown

Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.  ~Author Unknown

It was nice growing up with someone like you – someone to lean on, someone to
count on… someone to tell on!  ~Author Unknown

In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips.  ~Author Unknown

 

I hope you are lucky enough to have a sister :-)

 

 

 

Afternoon Tea at Michelle’s

I had afternoon tea and a Stampin’ Up party today and it was a great deal of fun! I thought it would be a great opportunity to make a cake and a pie! So I wanted to share what I prepared for some of my friends and family today :-)

First of all I thought I would make peppermint slice. I haven’t had it since primary school days. Do you remember when once or twice a year they would do a fundraising drive selling caramel slice, hedgehog slice and of course peppermint slice – my favourite!!? Every now and then I think of peppermint slice, I even remember around 5 years ago I was having someone over for a morning or afternoon tea and I wanted some peppermint slice. I remember bumping into an Aunty at the shops and she asked what I was doing, and after I told her she said “Why don’t you just make it?”.

Well, after making all the goodies yesterday and this morning, I know why I didn’t make my own peppermint slice; I just didn’t have the time! I spent over 10 hours cooking, loading/emptying dishwasher and decorating a cake. And I had to cook 2 cakes (tell you more later), but when I was working I just wouldn’t have been able to do any of the cooking at all. So today Aunty, you had some of my cooking!!! I bet you don’t remember mentioning that to me years ago! :-)

The blue ‘white chocolate’ is my little touch, the recipe said to colour it green – but I love blue! And I just had my first slice to test it for my blog and YUM!!! I’m glad I have a fair bit left (sent off ‘doggie bags’ of the leftover cake below), I am definitely going to munch on a square every day for the next week or so :)

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Next I wanted to make a pie, but I thought with the number of people I was having over, it would be easier making individual pies. I love Google – I decided on cherry pies, so I just Googled ‘cherry pie muffin size’ and all these recipes came up. I chose a very simple recipe (almost too simple) and the ingredients were store bought pastry and canned cherry pie filling. From what I know canned pie filling is more an American thing and I didn’t trust being able to buy it if I looked for it yesterday, so I decided to use my Cherry Cobbler recipe (http://michelleslabyrinth.tumblr.com/post/43494942351/cherry-cobbler-recipe) to make the filling. They turned out very nice! Especially with a dollop of cream :-)

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I also wanted to make some savouryMichelle's Labyrinth goodies. I considered making my own sausage rolls, but thankfully I didn’t set the bar too high for myself and just bought party sausage rolls. But I did want to make something, and I thought of how you can buy mini quiches and they always seem to go down well. So I made my own mini quiches. Everyone seemed to like them; I only had one leftover!

And of course I wanted to make aMichelle's Labyrinth cake. After some encouragement from Coxie’s Cakes on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Coxies.cakes) I bought a cake pop mould during the week (bumped into the same Aunty at the shop when I was buying the cake pop mould!). I followed a tutorial from another cake expert on Facebook to make a spotty cake (http://www.facebook.com/rosieoriginals/photos_stream#!/media/set/?set=a.407901802618343.96142.366448136763710&type=3) and was also inspired by Coxie’s Cakes to make a ladybug! (Check out this one http://www.facebook.com/Coxies.cakes#!/photo.php?fbid=549884155056500&set=pb.305399936171591.-2207520000.1365949457&type=3&theater ).

My first freak yesterday was when I was tookMichelle's Labyrinth the cake pops out of the oven the first time. I wasn’t sure how to tell if they were cooked through… so I lifted the lid gently on one side and there were cake balls!! I was excited! I then lifted the lid all the way off and the middle size balls were all mush! So I thought the best thing to do was to close the lid and shove it all back in the oven and see what happens in 5 more minutes! I was fairly happy with the outcome :)

Michelle's LabyrinthSo I layered the cake balls per the tutorial and just hoped all would turn out okay! I was trying a Madeira cake recipe, because it is a more dense cake and apparently the balls are less likely to rise or sink. However, for my second freak of the day I had my first CAKE FAIL! I tested the cake with a skewer, and after the fourth test the skewer came out clean. I cooled the cake in the tin for a while, and then took it out of the tin and got an awful surprise! It collapsed! All I can think is that I entereMichelle's Labyrinthd the skewer in a cake ball… I still had plenty of cake balls left, so I made another cake – this time using my trusted Vanilla Cake recipe!

I doubled my Vanilla Cake recipeMichelle's Labyrinth because I wanted to make sure I had enough to cover the cake balls, but the mixture ended up being way too much for the cake tin I used and rose above the top of the cake tin and almost overflowed the edge. It took a lot longer for actual cake to cook (I used a knife to check it and not a skewer!!!) so the top and edges were very brown. So I trimmed them! I wanted a ladybug shape anyway. I was a little bummed that a black ball was showing on the side of the cake, but there was nothing I could do at the last stage. So I covered it with icing and the ladybug looked pretty cute!!

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And the dots looked pretty cute to me :-)

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So I really enjoyed my afternoon tea and I hope my family and friends that came did too! And the bonus of afternoon tea was that we made a very pretty card! And my puppies Hamlet and Macbeth were very well behaved and they also slept very well afterwards!

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