Raspberry & Pistachio Friands

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30 January, 2015

Raspberry and Pistachio Friands
Sometimes I become obsessed with certain foods. Earlier this year my friend held a high tea and one item on the menu that I took a particular fancy to were her raspberry and pistachio friands. Then I was about all of the raspberry and pistachio friands, all of the time, until I would eventually collapse into a sugar-induced coma. The version she made were gluten-free, however, these ones I made were adapted from a Donna Hay recipe as I didn't have any gluten-free flour mix on hand. While the original recipe called for the raspberries to be folded through the friand mix, I opted to place the raspberries in each individual friand - about 5/6 raspberries layered through each friand - as I was worried about the raspberries breaking up and bleeding through the mix (I was using frozen raspberries). Sidenote: how fantastic are these hand-painted napkins by Fazeek? If you answered with "pretty darn fantastic" then you would be 100% correct.

2015

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27 January, 2015

2015 Wall Calendar 2015 Wall Calendar
Hello! I've been a bit quiet on the blog front over the past month, mainly due to a lack of internet at home (thanks a lot Telstra!) While frustrating, it has allowed me to have a nice break from the blog and think about the direction I want to take this year. I'm rubbish with goal setting so instead I'm  finding great satisfaction in filling out calendars for the year ahead as it's making me feel a lot more organised than I probably am. Here's to a productive 2015!

Vessel and Vine Cone Planter

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22 December, 2014

Vessel + Vine cone planter
Ever wanted to show off your indoor plants in a way that resembles an ice cream cone? Yes? Then say hello to the cement cone planter from Vessel and Vine. I picked up this pretty cone planter at the last Finders Keepers Markets in Brisbane and finally got around to finding a suitable place to hang it. Yes, those are antlers suspended by fishing wire. Vessel and Vine make a range of handmade homewares, planters, and jewellery, and if you're in Brisbane you can usually find them at the BrisStyle markets (their Etsy shop seems to be empty right now). I hastily put this little succulent in my cone planter but the end goal is to replace it with something that looks a bit more like a scoop of ice cream. Any ideas?

Adventure Kit

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07 December, 2014

Adventure Kit Adventure Kit
This summer I've resolved to spend more time being active in the great outdoors. It all started when I was in Indonesia, hiking up a mountain and thinking "why don't I do this more often at home?" It's not that there's nothing around, there are plenty of scenic spots basically right on my doorstep. Maybe it's just that I've become complacent. Anyway, in light of my summer resolution, these are just a few of my essentials: a good backpack, sensible walking shoes, shades, and something to capture all your adventures on. Other things like hats, water bottles, sunscreen, and insect repellent just don't photograph as well ;)

- MiPac backpack c/o Debenhams
- ASOS classic retro sunglasses
- Lomography Holga 135BC camera
- Nike Free 5.0 sneakers

Two Thousand & Fifteen

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04 December, 2014

I'm a sucker for a good calendar. Every year I have a wish list of several calendars but choosing just one or two is painful as I'm horrible at decision making. Plus, if you have nine different wall calendars scattered throughout your house then you'll probably (definitely) come across as a bit of a time-obsessed weirdo. While my inner stationery nerd enjoys calendar shopping, I do not enjoy the accompanying realisation that another year has gone by in the blink of an eye. Some people view the New Year as an opportunity for #newbeginnings and #resolutions but I'm more of the panicky where-did-the-time-go-why-hasn't-anyone-invented-time-machines-yet kind. Unlike previous New Years, however, this year I actually have plans (helloooo Falls Festival Byron Bay) so there is something to look forward to when the clock strikes midnight on December 31. Other than breaking out a fresh new calendar, of course. These are just some of my picks for the year ahead. Scroll down or click on an image for the source.