October 20, 2014

Weekend Baking - Blondies

The boys pleaded I make something chocolatey this weekend.
They wanted Brownies which is definetely a family favourite but since I had lots of white chocolate in the pantry I thought I'd give 'Blondies' a go...
When it was time to cut them, I thought it looked like a vanilla cake but suprisingly it was very moist,  although the center was not as gooey as the recipe promised - still very yummy though!

Blondies
150g white chocolate
225g butter
2 cups Self Raising Flour
1/2 cup caster sugar
4 eggs beaten
75g chopped walnuts
( or pistachio nuts)
100g dark chocolate chopped

Melt the chocolate and butter  in a heatproof bowl over saucepan of simmering water.  Leave to cool slightly.  Sift the flour in a mixing bowl and add caster sugar.  Stir in the beaten eggs and then the melted chocolate mixture, beat well.  Stir in the nuts and chopped chocolate.  Pour into your pan.  Bake in preheated oven 180 degrees celsius for 30-35 minutes.  Leave to cool and then cut into large squares.



October 8, 2014

a charmed life...

I'm so glad its Wednesday...mid-week, I'm feeling a little tired already and longing for Friday, my day off.
I have a sick boy at home and so thankful my mum took care of him today because work is full on right now.
Both boys are now asleep, they wanted to check out the lunar eclipse tonight but there's too many clouds in the way.  Its a shame as I was keen to see it too...
They need rest...and this girl needs a cup of tea, cheesy TV and Pinterest (multi-tasking)!

I found these images on Pinterest - pretty florals, hedges and lawns...dreamy...they take me to another place, (Pinterest does that a lot ...)


October 7, 2014

Pulling colours....

On Saturday we headed to Newtown for a quiet Vietnamese dinner...I love walking along King St with its interesting store fronts and window displays.  The Gorman shop had their Summer 2014 catalogue on their front door so I'm glad I took a copy because I spent some relaxing time yesterday pulling colours from their bright clothing range!
I asked my Neo to help me sharpen my pencils and I got 'whats in it for me mum?'  little bugger...I told him a hug and 'favourite son' of the day...he smiled.
I keep saying I want to experiment with colour, crafting ...even drawing...its just finding that time or setting aside the time because there will always be something else that needs to be done right?
so yes, I think I need to slot some time each week just for creative play and see what comes of it...

Pulling colours from the prints and patterns of the Fashion images created a few nice colour combinations - perfect for future crafting adventures!
To see Gorman's latest looks head on over to their 'Summer 2014' page - gorgeous!
They even have a cool competition happening right now so take a look!




October 3, 2014

Is it Summer yet?

it sure feels that way...
I've had a little extended blogging break, it seems to get like that during the boys school holidays especially since I also headed back at work after a wonderful week off.
Today is Friday - the start of a long weekend!  Bliss
I had some lovely plans for today ...sadly a eye infection (mine) stopped all the fun in its tracks and we've been spending a leisurely day at home.  We did manage a quick brunch catch-up at a local cafe this morning...

So back to last week.
It was just lovely.  We didn't have perfect weather everyday but that was fine too.  When it got chilly we snuggled indoors and played cards, hung out on the couch, feet up watching movies enjoying each others company.
I took these images during a visit to Byron Bay which ended in a downpour that came from absolutely no where (what do you expect from tropical weather...?) but it sure didn't dampen our spirits...




September 19, 2014

off to the beach...and a little Q&A

Tomorrow morning we are off on a long drive to Queensland for a week of 'chill out' time - I cant wait and Im hoping for warm days to relax by the pool and enjoy a little vacation!

The lovely Amanda from Kaleidoscope blog tagged me for a fun Q&A so here are my answers - lets go!
What is your favourite smell?
 I love fresh floral scents, the smell of Jasmine and Honeysuckle stirs up Summer memories. I also love the smell of baked goods – bread, cakes, pastries…the waft of sugar, cinnamon and vanilla in the air – perfect!

Would you rather live on the coast or in the countryside? Why? 
 Can I have both please?! An airy coastal home decorated in pale, soothing, watery tones and furnishings is a dreamy interior inspiration but If I had to choose between the two Id say the Countryside.  As a little girl I was obsessed with ‘Milly Molly Mandy’ and Enid Blyton books so I’ve always had a soft spot for the English countryside - a little character filled cottage on a lonely road with a distant forest, rolling hills and an adorable village down the road - how delightful.

What is your go-to routine to unwind?
Hello Pinterest! This is my go-to for time wasting and stress free activity…I also enjoy reading – books, blogs, online and print articles on many different subjects. I have to include another favourite- enjoying a quick (or leisurely) coffee in a Café is a perfect ‘time out’ for me too…

Indoor or Outdoor? 
I'm an indoor person for sure! I do love the outdoors but only in small doses…being at home is a real treat and I lavish weekends where we have no set plans and I can ponder amongst my things, hang out in my kitchen and organise my home.
What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for you?
I'm such an optimist! I always see the good in people, some see that as naïve but that’s just the way I'm wired…I have kind things happen to me all the time I'm sure everyone does but sometimes we need to pay attention a little more to see it!

Most prized object (not people)? 
That’s a tricky one – Id have to say our Family photos, so many moments captured - family history, memories, nostalgia…smiles and happy times!

Are you an early bird or a night owl?
I'm a night owl trying to become an early bird – the tables have turned as my work has relocated and I'm now commuting by train, a long commute so I'm in bed earlier and up earlier but I’m really enjoying the early mornings – I feel SO alive!

What do you love most about blogging? 
Feeling connected and inspired…noticing things I would not normally notice in my day and being aware of how amazing life is! I guess for me its my 'happy place' where I can share my inspirations!

If you were to change your name, what would you new name be? Id go for some fancy name like Clémentine (sweet) or Veronique...(sultry)

What is one piece of advice or value that you want to pass on to the next generation? (children, nieces, nephews, friend’s kids) 
Go out and explore - travel far and wide -  I love this 'Never get so busy making a living that your forget to have a life!'

See you in a week friends! i'll still be on Instagram though (cant resist!) so you can follow my adventures there ...

* Image via WithLovefromKat


September 18, 2014

Americana: Choc Chip Cookies

My Kids love choc chip cookies...I bake them often as they never last long in the pantry.  If you do a search online there are SO many different variations and recipes to try.
The recipe I used here was a classic 'Chocolate Chip Cookie' but I added a large tablespoon of Nutella and one of crunchy Peanut Butter into the mix - these two flavours are perfect together!
a twist on a classic.
Next time I'll try a salted chocolate cookie...
Ruth Wakefield who ran The Toll House Inn with her husband,  first created the cookie during the 1930s to serve with tea in the lodge -  it quickly became popular known as 'The Toll House' cookie. She later gave Nestle the rights to her recipe and the name and you can see the original Nestle recipe here 



 



September 16, 2014

Bobby Pin Pretty...


Hello Pinterest for a little inspiration tonight...

how pretty is this!?
and simple too
The good old fashioned bobby pin in metallic gold (or silver) to decorate your casual updo...
I like it!

Did you know most peeps, me included, use the bobby pin the wrong way?  the longer end should be on top - the shorter end with the grip on the bottom...

more bobby pin tricks
here

* image via Pinterest via Allure.com