A Gastronomical Backlog

When Robin and I spend time together, it almost always means we’re cooking up something in the kitchen. Weekends, especially. Going through my photos from the past month or two, it is evident that I survive pretty much on bacon, eggs and bread or similar spreads.

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“Brinner” = Brunch + Dinner.

Scrambled eggs topped with sautéed tomatoes, bacon and cheese on a toasted english muffin.

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Breakfast.

Omelette with tomatoes and bacon. Robin battled jet lag from his flight back from Germany to whip this up for me in the morning, I’m the luckiest girl in the world. ♥

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How do YOU like your eggs?

Left, how I cook my eggs. Right, how Robin cooks his eggs.
Unless it’s a poached egg with smoked salmon and hollandaise, scrambled please. Although I occasionally do throw a sunny side up (with half cooked yolk) into a Spam sandwich…

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Fluffy scrambled eggs any day for me.

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Lazy dinner.

A cold platter spread with meat that Robin flew back from Germany, yes even the bread. Absolutely no cooking involved, just a little cutting and tossing the bread into the oven.

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Dessert.

Robin’s favourite Blueberry Cream Cheese Cupcakes. We took a batch of these to a bbq and they were quite a hit. If you missed my previous post with the recipe for these incredibly yummy cupcakes, here it is :

Blueberry Cream Cheese Cupcakes Recipe

Most of these photos were taken on SaVeri‘s concrete table. If you’re reading this post from Germany and have some time to spare, check out spoga gafa 2014!

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I owe everyone my sincerest apologies for all the inconveniences caused due to the store move.

To cut a long story short, there was some misunderstanding/miscommunication with Yahoo with regards to the domain cancellation and re-registration process. Not only are they holding on to my domain (jeaninegabrielle.com), they have since completely ignored all my emails and emails that the Shopify gurus have sent them! (How’s that for professionalism, huh?) According to a domain check, they are not letting it go until 2015. I am just going to stick with the Shopify URL to avoid yet another URL change, until I get my domain back, or not.

Please update your bookmarks to jeanine-gabrielle.myshopify.com
For enquires, feel free to email me at jeaninegabrielle@gmail.com

No more store URL changes for the next year, promise! I hope you girls will enjoy the new cart system, you can also create a user account to keep track of your purchases. :)

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I’ve always wanted to create an “Apartment” line for everything and anything that’ll add fun to your homes, so I did! It’s a humble selection but watch it grow with time! For now, snag Check these super cute upcycled cupcake containers and handmade ring boxes. Feel free to suggest items you’d like to see in this section, I always value your inputs!

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Goodbye 2012, a year of hits and misses.

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As yet another year comes to an end, I believe all of us go through the same motions. Was it a good year? A horrible year? A not so bad, I got through it kind of year? Perhaps after you’ve established that the year practically flew by without you accomplishing very much you start asking why, and what-if you did something differently. By the time you’re done with all that, you realise how much time you just wasted thinking about it cause there’s really nothing you can do to change the past year.

Well, 2012 was a real roller coaster year for me.

You know how you begin the year thinking your life is as close to perfect as it can get? Like everything has finally fallen into place, and you have everything you could possibly ask for, and you just can’t wait to wake up every morning with an idiotic smile on your face. Sure, everyone goes through rough waters, but at some point all that pain is finally justified, and it’s all worth it, you know? :)

But as with any roller coaster ride, there are tons of ups and downs, and it’s the down points that really kill you. I always say, there’s a way to get around anything, as long as you want to, I still want to believe that, but this year life has thrown me more curved balls than I can possibly deal with. I’m usually someone who hangs on and tries until the end cause I hate giving up and I hate losing a fight, but for me to reach a point where I actually give up and walk away, is totally new to me. 2012 definitely saw a record number of misunderstandings. Being misunderstood is one thing, but being misunderstood and put down before you’ve had any chance to say anything, that takes a hell lot of calm to deal with. I guess at some point I just lost that calm. After all I’m one person who cannot stand being misunderstood and called things I’m not. And amidst all the tears, you realise you’re actually fighting for what you want, and it should be something worth fighting for, but what if self defense kicks in and you unknowingly start fighting against it?

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We go into every new year telling ourselves it’s the best time to leave the past where it belongs, to bury grudges, to forgive people who have wronged us, to reconcile with family and the people we love; but is that possible for everyone? Don’t we forgive others in the hope they do not do us wrong a second time? Do we keep forgiving? Or do we draw a line somewhere? It’s true what they say that holding onto grudges hurts the one holding the grudge more than the one who caused the grudge to be. But why is it so hard to let certain things go? I wish grudges and all the bitterness that comes with it could magically disappear at the stroke of midnight, like some new year magic with fairy dust. Obviously fairies don’t exist, I guess that’s what life is all about, putting us through tough times to learn how to love and to forgive. And until we can untie all the knots in our hearts, we will forever be a tangled mess, completely incapable of loving someone else, or so I was told.

 Amidst all the drama, I’m happy that I got to experience love again, the feeling of loving and being loved, knowing that you could mean the world to just one person. It feels like a privilege, but it’s a birth right. It’s just a feeling that nothing else can replace. At least I know I AM capable of feeling despite how hard I try not to, and that my heart is not dead. But I guess you simply can’t hold on to something that isn’t meant to be yours, or force something to work out, and learning to let go is a part of life, nothing lasts forever, anyway.

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Perhaps a part of me died when Baileys passed. My bunny of over 2 years, I still miss him everyday, and talk to him as if he’s right next to me when I’m feeling frustrated. He was always there to listen to me, make me smile, no talking back, no dissing, just a patient listener; even though he threw bunny tantrums at times he was still the cutest bunny ever. I’m glad I had him for that short time, and I’m sure he’ll be patiently waiting on the other side. :)

No, I’m not going to sit in a pool of tears and cry, I’ve done more than enough of that. Despite all the pits I’ve gotten stuck in over the past year, I’m determined to get out of them in due time, but right now,

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Life is a gift and it’s a fragile one, every day lives are taken against their will, every day people are struggling to survive. There are so many people less fortunate than we are. Somewhere out there, a teen has probably never used a mobile phone, much less a laptop or iPad. We are so lucky to have what we have, we are lucky to be where we are. While we complain about fighting with a partner, somewhere in the world someone is all alone just hoping for a warm embrace. While we are deciding which steak house to dine at, so many children out there are rummaging through garbage looking for something that will fill their stomaches. 2012 has made me realise that there’s so much more to life than just what we see. We set goals, we plan for years ahead,

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We plan the future, we spend every other day talking and worrying about the future. What if something happens tomorrow? Can we keep leaving everything for tomorrow? Why not now? We try to live our lives so fast that it just flies by, year after year, the same cycle over and over again, it’s almost as if we are living our lives on auto-pilot. Something’s missing, we’re not making the most out of this life, or are we? That’s for you to decide!

As for me, I’m going to take some time out to rethink this life and what really matters before I attempt to make any resolutions at all.

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cupcake image courtesy of http://muffin-fluffy.tumblr.com

It’s going to be a countdown with the parents this year, since I’ve spent the past few new year’s out of home, I guess it’s time to hit home ground. :)

See you all in 2013! xx

In a cupcake.

In the past week, Robin has out-blogged me! Time for updates! :)  I’ll blog about my twenty seventh birthday proper in a later post, but here are some snippets!

Our all time favourite cupcakes! I’ve been baking these ever since I first laid hands on the recipe, they turn out amazing every time. I decided to bake two batches this time, the usual blueberry cream cheese & a strawberry variation with more cream cheese & a surprise jam centre.

I’m so proud of these, but they were Robin’s idea.

DIY-ed moustache straws! Best part is, the moustaches are reusable & make a great take home gift for your friends! Cutting them individually and making them look cute does take a bit of time & effort but trust me, it was well worth it!

A sneak peek at what’s coming up at jeaninegabrielle.com!

A french toast wearing a moustache? How cute is that? Plus new moustache earstuds! See them in store soon!

Don’t forget to “like” my Facebook Page >>> here <<< to stay updated with the latest design updates! xx

Cupcakes, Macaroons and Tiny Critters

if you can’t get enough of all the yummy sweets in Alice in Wonderland, then you’re gonna love these new pieces! most of them are OOAK (one of a kind) so, you know what that means… no remakes! so if you like it, grab it. otherwise, it’s gone when it’s gone.

if you don’t see OOAK in front of an item name, remakes will be available upon request once sold, but as with all remakes, they will vary slightly from piece to piece. :)

OOAK cuppy cupcakes! $20

this one has 2 cupcakes and a pretty pinkish-purplish flower and a vintage rhinestone set on a metal filigree that measures approximately 2.3cm

OOAK Beary Sweets $20

this one has a cupcake, bear shaped biscuit, coral flower and a pretty pink heart set on a metal filigree that measures approximately 2.3cm

Macaroons $20

Perfect for the macaroon lover, these will satisfy your sweet tooth cravings without the guilt! these itsy bitsy macaroons are individually needle-felted, they’re set on a metal filigree measuring 2.3cm and topped with a pretty fimo flower.

lola the white bunny $22

a great gift for a bunny lover, lola was carefully needle-felted with lots of love. she measures approximately 2.4cm long and 2cm tall (including ears)

left : candy hearts (salmon pink) $18

this lil cutie measures approximately 2.2cm x 1.5cm and is set on an adjustable silver ring base.

right : pacman ghost (salmon pink) $18

this fuzzy friend measures approximately 1.5cm x 1.8cm and is set on an adjustable silver ring base. other colors available upon request at the moment are yellow, orange, green, baby blue and teal.

left : cubic love $15

a needle-felted cube measuring 1.4cm square with a white heart in the centre. great for the simple girl who wants to add a touch of quirky to her day! :)

right : OOAK zip zip $12

the zipper ring is back! each piece is handsewn into form. this one measures aproximately 3cm and has a faux pearl centre.

ps : these are not on the site yet so leave a comment/drop me an email at jeanine@jeaninegabrielle.com to purchase.

love, jean

So what if it's Friday?

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i found this really awesome site that let’s you upload photos and go crazy with photo effects!

go check it out : BeFunky.com

Warning : It’s highly addictive, so only visit the site when you have time to spare. don’t say i didn’t warn you! i will not be responsible for time wasted.

anyway yesterday i had dinner with my good old friend, Alvin… seen here attacking my leaning tower of fries…

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and i had a special order of…

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McSpicy!

minus the greens and with a non sesame seed infested bun! it’s my new found love by the way… before this i was all about cheeseburgers and mcwings..

alvin travels alot, and he recently got back from Washington. see what he got me?

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i think the keyring is really pretty! it’s very girly indeed. and the shawl was something else he picked up when he was in New Delhi! i love the color! thanks alvin! :)

i also had to pass him his cousin’s 21st birthday gift…

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he got the bottlecap and the vegas chip rings.. and…

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the freedom necklace that isn’t on the website yet… i love this piece, there’s just something so subtly peaceful about it… in total contrast with my emo black nails… that’s what ben calls them! i was carving more stamps yesterday…

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what do you girls think?

i hand-carve the designs using normal erasers… i’m gonna be using these to stamp on gift tags! i’ll tell you girls more about that soon enough, definitely in time for christmas gift-giving and tagging!

gosh i wish i had more time, but i hate that ben isn’t booking out this weekend. and i just got free passes to go to FOAMO at Zirca later… monday please come soon! but not before i finish answering the massive list of interview questions for PENNY’S DAY BOOK november feature!

i know i said i was gonna put up the new hair accessories yesterday, but i haven’t! can’t remember what distracted me but hopefully, friday. otherwise, over the weekend.

…34 days to POP!

xoxo

yumm yumm fill my tummmm!

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i jsut made the tiny s’more last night! it’s a little handphone charm! i’m gonna make another and put it on my camera! lol!

if you don’t know what a s’more is….

it’s 2 graham crackers, chocolate and melted marshmallows! everyone’s favourite camping snack!

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this is what an actual smore looks like…

and look what i found! S’more Cupcakes!

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here’s the recipe for those who wanna give this yummy treat a go! this is straight off someone’s blog, so everything you read in italic isn’t said by me!

The cupcake part can be any chocolate cake you like (such as Martha’s One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes, which is pretty much my standby). Edit: Just so you know, I always get far more than 24 cupcakes from this recipe for some reason. (That’s good, since the frosting recipe makes a ton.) Here’s how to make the frosting:

1/2-3/4 lb. (2 or 3 sticks) butter, room temperature
1 lb. (2 cups) confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
16 oz. tub of marshmallow cream (I recommend
Fluff)

Cream the butter (I love my Kitchenaid!) on high until it’s light and fluffy. Add the confectioner’s sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, and beat until fluffy each time. Beat in the vanilla until incorporated. Then dump in the Fluff and mix it up ’til it’s all creamy. Transfer to pastry bag (if desired) and pipe onto cupcakes! (You can also cut the corner off a Ziploc bag and use that instead.)

The tops are dusted with graham cracker crumbs, and each cupcake is topped with a square of Hershey’s chocolate. Yes, there are fancier chocolate bars out there—but for that authentic retro campfire taste, I say you oughta stick with the classic.

Eat and enjoy!

before i go… i just got this in the mail! along with a whole lot of other uber cute goodies!

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how am i ever going to bring myself to use these cupcake band aids? they’re just too adorable to use and throw away! i’m gonna keep them just like that! hahaha