23 June 2012

Guest Post: Chic & Gorgeous Treats

Disclaimer: All Pictures and recipes in this post are by Joanna from Chic Gorgeous.
Jo from Chic & Gorgeous Treats is here for our very first guest post! 

One of the first blogs I followed when I started blogging was Chic & Gorgeous Treats. After I found her Amanda's Pink Rainbow Cake, it was a one-sided admiration. And her recent Earl Grey ice Cream post changed this admiration to jealousy. Thus, the post was dedicated to me (coughs*).

Through our exchange of emails where I feel like the pauper and she's the queen, we realized our equal love for baking. We talked about food for hours and after several rounds of begging, I was promised 100 Jo-baked-cookies each month for immunity fees. Please do visit her site for some awesomeness!
Hi there fellow Pencil & Skirt peeps! Gosh, I am lost for words at the moment..LOL. That's usually not the case as Jes and my other friends can assure you that I am a chatty person in life. Right now, I suddenly feel like a sense of pressure on my shoulders. That's maybe because I am trying to win some hearts here too.. [I'm only joking!] I think it's best I share with you how I feel, since it's only appropriate, you know just like the Oscars? To be honest, I am thrilled and feel really honoured that Jes asked me to guest blog for her. Plus I am No# 1..yeayy!!! Not to mention she "loves" my treats over at my blog [You do right Jes?..coughs]. So that says a lot and sure got to mean something right? I have to say after getting to know her, I felt like I found another fellow new buddy. We both are so deeply passionate about baking that it isn't funny one bit. Who knows? We might collaborate and work on bigger projects one day. To kick start the guest posting on her blog, I have decided to make a simple decadent light and healthy treat. Perfect to kick off those hot sunny days and quench the thirst. Hope that you will enjoy it as I much I did preparing these Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt pops for you. If only I could hand out to you all for samplling.. I would ;). ENJOY and do pop over to Chic & Gorgeous Treats to give me a holler. Cheers~
Me: How did you realize your love for baking?
Jo: This is a good question. When I was back in high-school, we had Home Economics as one of our subjects. We had to cook and of course baking was involved. I can still remember that very day. We attempted to bake Chocolate Cake. Guess what, my baking failed. The cake came out hard as rock. 
(nods) I feel you, sista'. My first cake was used as punishment "if you lose the game, you have to eat".
I will let you in on a secret. "We actually used instant cake mix". Now, not sure where it went wrong, but I swore then that I will never bake again. 
Kind of like the time I swore "I will never eat m&ms again". 
So how'd you start baking again.
It started maybe around 4 years ago, when I used to throw my friends parties and had cookout sessions. 
I always love to end the meal with something sweet and delectable. That's when I started to get my hands dirty and give it another shot in baking. Of course there were flops, but somehow I persevered and continue to experiment. The more I practice, the better I became in a way.
(relieved) I'd thought God was unfair and made you a genius.
So here I am, obsessed with making sweet treats, and continue to strive to do better. 
What's your goal?
My aim is to become a pro in cake decorating and continue to make really good old classic cakes. Hopefully that dream will come true.
Talking about Classics, what's your most unbelievable fetish when it comes to baking?
I am not sure if I have a fetish in baking. Does making anything pink counts? Or any sweet pastel colour counts? I suppose in terms of fetish in baking, I really love the colour PINK, shabby chic, and glamorous designs. To be honest, I am pretty anal (laughs at word "anal"), I like to have everything I make in perfection.. So I tend to dream of designs, which I never seem to follow anyways as it tends to be dependent on how I feel that day.(laughs)
Ah yes, the good old mister-mood
What would you hate to happen whilst baking?
The thing I fear most, is when the cake falls apart while transferring from the cooling rack to a cake base. 
(shudders) We all hate that..
Maybe I am not gentle enough.. or maybe because the cake was too moist.. Also the humidity that constantly ruins the frosting. It just makes it harder to pipe designs on our cake. Which means I will have to constantly work with the air-condition on in order to bring down the level of humidity.
Precisely! Thank you, Asia!
Okay, lastly, how do you deal with harsh criticisms, if you have any.

I think everyone will have their own opinions. So the best is just learn to let go and take it with a pinch of salt. I am no saint and it isn't always easy to just laugh it off. But it's part of our life growth. However, I stay by this motto as much I can "If you have nothing nice to say, best to hold in peace"
That's what a saint will say, Jo. For me, its "Let me at em, just let me at em!"
For Pencil Kitchen, Jo made Ice cream yoghurt pops. And it is in pink. Looking at these, I know I feel remorse. There's always that time when you wish you were somewhere else, in this case, Jo's house.
To Jo: Thank you for being our first guest over at Pencil Kitchen. Thank you for not killing me. I enjoyed so much having conversed with you. The higher people will one day hear our whines and pleads for berries to be cheaper, for craft materials to be accessible and for winter to appear. I hope to come up with trickier questions next time. 

Lastly, I would like to invite those of you who would like to join in Pencil Kitchen's Guest posting. But beware, I bite. Look forward to our next guest, the cheekiest monkey of all time.
"J" is the best alphabet!
Jes & Jo

29 comments:

  1. OHlala its winter here but im SOOOO saving the recipe for summer :D Its great to do this kind of icecream when you dont own an icecrema machine (i want one so bad too) :D :D :D

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    1. Hi Noelia, I agree with you too.. I don't own an ice-cream maker, so I tend to try to make ice-creams which are easy for anyone to try ;). Well i hope you will try this popsicle when the weather becomes hotter again.. till then, do pop over Chic & Gorgeous Treats too. Always love to hear from another foodie. Cheers,

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  2. very cute :) i would kill right now for those pops!

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  3. Fun post! Great recipe, great pictures, great interview. Really, really enjoyable read. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Kitchen Riffs! Thanks for the sweet remarks. Really puts a smile on my face. Do come back and buzz Jes and me over at my blog anytime.. It will be nice to hear from a new foodie friend. Cheers,

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  4. Sweet guest post! The pops are yummy and easy. Very inspiring to see how you became blogging friends.

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    1. Hi Paula! I will be hopping over to you blog to buzz you too.. These are indeed really easy to make, and won't burn a hole in the pocket. Plus point, it really cools down a hot sunny day too ;).. cheers

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  5. Summer over here so it's a perfect recipe. I'm usually very lazy and freeze my leftover-about to expire yogurt in the freezer - in the little tubs. Then my daughters just squeeze the frozen yogurt out of the tubs and munch on it. I'll stick the sticks in them the next time - might be less messy!

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    1. What a great idea. Never thought of that but I will start freezing left over yogurt now.I do agree, by sticking some sticks in it, makes it less messier too. A healthy snack for little ones, and I can't wait for my own niece to try these and snack on them.

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  6. A wonderful guest post my friend :D
    Chic and Gorgeous is one of my favoruite blogs!
    These look so tasty!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Hello there Guru Uru! THANKS so much for being an awesome supporter. I too heart your chocolat-ey blog. Always calling out to me..

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  7. I wish I had some yogurt pops in my freezer today! What a great summer treat.

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    1. Thanks Lisa! This is super light and healthy too, come to think of it, it could be one of the healthier treats I make in my blog..

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  8. Yoghurt pops are the best summery snack... if only it wasn't winter here.

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    1. Well, I do hope you make them when the weather gets hotter.. In the meantime, I think it would be the perfect time for hot pies and hot chocolate, since it's winter. It's just way too hot for those here right now :(

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  9. Wow, the yogurt pops look amazing, I wish I had one right now!

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    1. Thanks Kat! ;)..will be buzzing you over at your blog too.

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  10. @ Noelia: I love ice cream in winter (secret ;D) and I'm still waiting for my mom to realize how much i want an ice cream maker. You know it!

    @ Mrs F: We are very much known for our murderous activities. The government has warned us.

    @ Kitchen Riffs: I'll try to be an even bigger troll.

    @ Paula: I die of loneliness, would you be my friend?

    @ Wok and Spoon: Hello?! I want those tubes, please. I promise I won't be messy. :D

    @ Guru Uru: Thank you! Guest posts are really fun!

    @ Lisa: Me too! Unfortunately Jo is an hour flight away and these pops would have melted.

    @ Tania: Winter is not complete without a crazy challenge like eating ice cream in your bikini :D

    @ Rita: Just like Jo and you.

    @ Kat: Me too. Jo tempted me to finish a tub of ice cream...

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  11. These look amazing, I love the swirls!

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    1. Hi Laura! Thanks for the sweet sweet remark. It seems I have tempted Jes to finish a tub of ice-cream. Yeayy!! As corny as it may sound, I gotta utter those words.. "Mission Accomplished"..muahahahah. Cheerios!!

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  12. Hi Jes! TGIF.. woo hoo!!! Can't believe a week passed by again. I hope this is not too late, but I still want to leave a comment for you. THANKS for having me here over at your blog. I was told by another blogger friend that I made a tiny mistake. I should not be posting the recipe on my blog. LOL.. I AM SORRY for that, it's really a first time for me.. do forgive me? Hope you had a great time in Johor, eating mostly? Till then, chat with you real soon. Huggssss

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    1. Jo: Don't worry :D I'm new at this too! And this recipe should NOT be hidden!! I am very honoured to have you here with Pencil Kitchen!

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  13. So fun to find your blog via Jo! What a wonderful friendship you've developed! Hope you get to meet up soon :)

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  14. Hi Jes! I came here from Joanna's blog and nice to meet you! I love the interview very much. This is the only way to get to know bloggers unless I meet in person..which luckily I did meet her in person in SF! =) Delicious pops with nice presentation!

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    1. @ Lizzy: Thank you! :D

      @ Nami: She has mentioned it to me.. I wish I could go on a trip to meet various bloggers too! Love your webbie :D

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