Thursday, 8 January 2015

these days

These days, things have been pretty relaxed and slow here. We eat, rest, take walks, watch movies, play with newly gifted toys and gadgets, take the odd outing and then rest some more. It's fairly safe to say we're loving school hoildays.

I'm excited the year ahead, although I'm not sure what it will bring for us.

Happy new year to you and thanks for stopping by this little space of mine. xx

Friday, 12 December 2014

round here

This post could also have been titled ten on ten, but I'm not going to lie these were taken over the span of the week.

Round here days are busy and filled with general end of year crazy, you know what I'm talking about. Christmas is creeping in to our home, the kids decorated our tree and are making cards to send off to distant family and friends. The sun is shining so we're spending more time outside in the garden, plus we've got a fence now which makes it even better (that's a whole other story). I'm making lists, planning and shopping. The kids are exhausted but aren't sleeping well, their little minds are in overdrive with all the activities and festivity. We've still got one week of school left, so we're scheduling down time in between the chaos and counting down to the big day.

Are your days hectic too?
What's on your to-do list?

Friday, 14 November 2014

christmas decorating / with target


I like to set a really special table at Christmas so I couldn't resist when Target asked me to create a festive tablescape. The home wares range is brimming with delightfully festive pieces and the Curtis Stone collection hit the mark with style and quality, I couldn't not have those glasses. The Colin and Friends Christmas range - including those cute little bowl/containers also adds an Australian edge the kids will just love. Oh and how can I forget to mention the sweet deer? (available in-store)

Christmas decorating is sorted this year with Targets wide range of tableware, decorations and accessories bound to suit any taste. I love the textured white ceramics paired with touches of red and luxurious gold and glitter accents, can one ever have enough glitter?

Do you set a special Christmas table? Do you like to stick to a theme?

Monday, 10 November 2014

ten on ten / november

Ten photos, over ten hours on the tenth day of the month. Gratitude for the simplest moments of our day captured.

Gosh, the tenth keeps rolling around so quickly. And it always seems to be a fairly regular home day here. We've nothing exciting or new to report. I guess that's the point though, right? Capturing the seemingly mundane. 

I hope you have a great week! xx

You can find out how to join in here.

Monday, 3 November 2014

taking stock

Making : decisions 
Cooking : on the barbecue as often as possible
Drinking : beer, when the evenings are warm
Reading: just finished gone girl, still not sure how I feel about it
Wanting: birkenstocks 
Looking: dinner inspiration
Playing: I'm addicted to a kids game I'm too embarrassed to name
Deciding: what to plant in our greenhouse
Wishing: I had more time each day
Enjoying: the long weekend
Waiting: in the sun while my boys kayaked today
Liking: slow days with my people
Wondering: what I should do with more time on my hands next year, ideas anyone?
Loving: tea in my new swatch mug
Pondering: christmas
Considering: an upcoming camping trip
Watching: Brooklyn 99, you should too, it's hilarious. 
Hoping: I can find someone to dog sit
Marveling: at how untidy we are
Needing: a cleaner
Smelling: banana bread baking
Wearing: have cracked out my saltwater sandals
Noticing: how white my legs are
Knowing: the end of the year will be here before we know it
Thinking: always thinking
Sorting: out all the kids toys
Buying: a new dress to wear to a friends wedding
Getting: more chickens, soon hopefully
Bookmarking: fig and rose muesli biscuits
Disliking: bills
Opening: a new book
Giggling: funny stories from the weekend
Feeling: relieved
Snacking: on gingerbread skeletons
Coveting : an overseas holiday
Wishing: I was motivated to exercise more often
Hearing: this, on repeat

Seemed like a good time to take stock! You can find Pip's blank list here if you want to take stock too. 

Have a happy week!! x

Thursday, 16 October 2014

poppy seed, lemon and raspberry muffins

Today, for the first time in a long time we had no plans. We spent the entire day at home pottering about, it was just what we needed, but it was also the perfect opportunity to get back in the kitchen and do some baking. We made this delicious chocolate cake - perfect for the school lunchboxes and then decided to make some muffins, we had had some very similar ones at a cafe recently and I had really been wanting to recreate them. These turned out just how we had remembered them, even better perhaps. 

220 g self-raising flour
1/2 cup castor sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
3/4 cup rice bran or vegetable oil
1 tbs poppy seeds
1 lemon - rind grated + 1 tbs juice
1 cup frozen raspberries

Preheat oven to 175 degrees and grease or place paper cases into muffin tin. 
Mix dry ingredients - flour, sugar and poppy seeds. 
Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl - milk, egg, oil. Whisk lightly. 
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, pour in liquid. 
Add lemon juice and rind. Mix lightly to just combine. 
Fold raspberries in gently. 
Spoon mixture into prepared muffin tin and bake for 20 mins or until golden. 
Allow to cool on a wire rack. 

Serve warm with a nice cup of tea and freeze remaining for another (if they make it that far..)

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