Friday, October 30, 2009

Calico Bag


The calico shopper I ordered from the Etsy store Little Glowing Lights arrived last week. It was so beautifully wrapped - felt like opening a birthday present! I am very pleased with how the colours turned out. Thanks so much Catherine!




Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Kitchen Cuteness


Currently on my wish list are these gorgeous Bird Measuring Spoons. I can picture them perched on the tiles above my cooktop. Check out Beehive Kitchenware for more kitchen cuteness.



Image from here

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Photo Help!!


It's almost been 2 weeks now since I started up this blog and while I am happy with how things are going, there's one thing bugging me - the quality of my images. I find that when I post photos from my computer, they appear blurry on my blog, despite being crystal clear in the original images. Does anyone have any idea how to fix this? Yesterday, I ordered Blogging For Bliss so I am hoping that when that arrives, it may provide me with the answer... I have tried resizing the original of the photo below to see if that makes a difference at all...



Iceberg roses I picked this morning from our garden

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pink Ribbon Morning Tea


My Pink Ribbon morning tea was a success – we all had a great time and have collected some money to contribute towards a wonderful cause. It was a busy morning preparing things but once everyone arrived it was wonderful to sit down and relax with a cuppa and enjoy some yummy goodies. Thankyou to my wonderful husband for getting the backyard and garden looking so neat and tidy and to everyone who helped me on the day.

The table centrepieces...


Some of the food...


Me and my little pink cherub...



Thursday, October 22, 2009

Morning Tea Preparation



Things are coming together nicely for my Pink Ribbon Morning Tea this coming Saturday. I have had a busy morning sewing and baking and finalised the menu:
  • Finger sandwiches (chicken & aioli, curried egg & lettuce, cucumber & cream cheese)
  • Sausage rolls
  • Mini-quiches (thanks Mum for making these)
  • Cupcakes
  • Powder Puffs
  • Mini Raspberry Melting Moments
  • Hazelnut Chocolate Slice (thanks Kylie)
  • Coconut & Cherry Slice (thanks Allison)
  • Jelly Cheesecake
  • Fruit Platter (thanks Julie)
Off to do more cooking...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Garden Gnomes


I have never been a huge fan of garden gnomes. However this one in a catalogue that arrived yesterday I could quite happily have in my garden...


Image from here

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Apple & Bee


Thought I’d share a recent purchase – I spotted this cute toiletries bag a little while ago and decided to treat myself. It’s made by Apple and Bee, who are 100% Australian owned. They have a huge focus on being eco-friendly and are a carbon-neutral company with a portion of their profits being donated to environmental organizations. Check out their collection here.




Sunday, October 18, 2009

Citrus Coconut Cake


Made this delicious cake this morning. It's even better with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting on top...


Citrus Coconut Cake

125g softened butter
1 cup caster sugar
1 tbsp finely grated lemon rind
1 tbsp finely grated lime rind
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup self raising flour, sifted
3/4 cup dessicated coconut
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Cream butter and sugar. Add lemon and lime rind. Add eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition. Fold flour and coconut into the mixture, alternating with milk. Spoon into greased loaf pan and bake for 45 mins. Dust with icing sugar (or add cream cheese frosting as I did).


Friday, October 16, 2009

Pink Ribbon Day Fundraiser


Next weekend, I am hosting a Pink Ribbon Day morning tea. I have had so much fun gathering ideas for what to cook and how to decorate things. Here is what I’ve come up with so far…

These are the invites I made in keeping with the pink theme…


I made these Mini Raspberry Melting Moments as a trial for the day. They definitely passed the test and have made it onto my ‘menu’. I love that the icing is naturally coloured by the raspberries!



I am hoping to have a main table decorated mainly in pink and white to display all the food. Amy Atlas’s dessert tables have provided lots of inspiration for this. I’ll post some pictures of what up come up with after next weekend.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Welcome!


Hi and welcome to my blog! I love spending time browsing others’ blogs – seeing their creative ideas and things that inspire them so I have decided now is the time to start my own. This is where I will record all the inspiring finds I come across and where I will share the recipes I try out, decorating projects I attempt and other homely touches I add to our house… happy reading!!