> m.e: July 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

My Creative Space...



I love winter, love the rain, the cosiness, the puddles BUT I don't like the fact that there isn't any sunshine and most of the time it feels muddy and gloomy outside.

It has been a little flat in the m.e household of late and I'm sorry that I haven't been round to say hi to you like I normally would and have just been doing a catchup on google reader. 

You know about my love of bunting, well after seeing a friend had made a birthday bunting for her family, I thought I'd start a new tradition for us as well and make one in time for my little boy who will be 3 soon.

After some great advice and the necessary stuff to stick my letters on it's nearly there and all that is needed now is to sew it all together.



On our shopping trip, Aidan spotted the truck fabric and was squealing with delight, I had to get it and with a little help from mum will make him a quilt. If I tell you that he has been hugging the fabric since would you believe me!

Happy creating friends, I will pop round to the land of creativity after I have put my cakes in the oven for a cake order.

In the meantime, happy day to you.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


 more fun here
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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Saturday


Hope you have a sweet day ♥
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Creative Space...

We've had some chaotic creativity today that involved rain, car problems, kinder, cakes and cupcakes.

I have a cake order and some cupcakes to finish so I need to hurry up and get it sorted before I head off to an exciting exhibition.

Last night I transformed a thrifted dress into an apron but there is absolutely not a second to spare for photographs and the rain outside isn't helping at all so all I have is the before pic.

Hope you're having a day full of creativity.

I promise to visit tomorrow as right now, I am slowly working myself up to a little bit of a panic attack.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Banana bread


Thank you for being thankful and sharing your thoughts with me, it made me teary just reading some of them and made me think about what I have as opposed to what i don't and to appreciate those who make me smile and not worry about those who don't.

This is the second time I have made banana bread, first time was not so good, this time....success.
Let me know if you try it, it's somewhat healthier than usual.


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Banana Bread
ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 250g (1 cup + 1 tablespoon) caster sugar
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 1 cup mashed banana (3 medium overripe bananas)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • dash of milk or cream
  • 100g crushed* walnuts
  • 270g (1 3/4 cups) self raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
topping
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 50g (1/2 cup) crushed* walnuts



method
  • preheat oven to 160C, grease and line a loaf tin, I used 26cm, with baking paper
  • beat the sugar and eggs on high until pale and thick, reduce speed and gradually add the vegetable oil
  • add a dash of milk or cream to the sour cream to thin it and add to the egg mixture along with the mashed bananas and  beat until just combined
  • sift in the flour, bicarb soda and spices and add the walnuts and beat only until combined
  • pour into prepared pan
  • make topping by mixing crushed nuts and brown sugar together then sprinkle on top of batter
  • bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean
Happy Monday friends ♥

* I just slightly crush them with my hands
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Saturday, July 17, 2010

It's the littlest of things


Underneath all the sparkle, baking and fun, there are times when life just gets a little hard, things get emotional and motivation begins to drift off.  

That's when true friends step in and open their arms and show me that they care and they are there for me.
Nothing makes me smile more than a sweet word, a warm hug and the simplest of gestures.
Opening up my messages to find that you have tried a recipe and loved it or that my images make you smile.

I am thankful for my real life friends that do care and do go out of their way to come and see me when they know I am down and to my virtual friends for the daily encouragement that makes life just...good.
I'd love to send you a photo card in the mail, to put a stamp on an envelope and write you a note and make you smile.
Leave me a sweet word and I'll pick a few names from out of the virtual pot. 
Is there anything you are thankful for?
I'll give you a week.
Thank you
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Thursday, July 15, 2010

My Creative Space...

Today is all about amusing the little people around here while I get some baking done for the Made n Thornbury winter market tomorrow.  

Looking forward to it and hope you can pop by for some handmade goodness and support the wonderful talents of many women. 
Also a BIG thank you to the amazing woman behind this fabulous market, Justine, who is leaving the neighbourhood house at the end of the week. You'll definitely be missed Justine!


So today we are creatively baking, food colour painting, dressing up and of course thanks to a sweet gift from a super sweet lady they look super good whilst doing that!

Hope you are happily creating, I wonder what the beret wearing Ms Kirsty is up to today.

Happy day ♥
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Monday, July 12, 2010

Back to kinder

Back to kinder today and a healthy snack is needed, so this is an easy one to make the night before.


Fruit and Nut Slice 

ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats with fruit
  • 1/2 cup sultanas
  • 1 cup flaked almonds
  • 1/2 cup (180g) honey
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter 

method

  • Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C (fan). Lightly grease a 20cm x 30cm cake tin (or a square tin if you like). Line with baking paper, allowing paper to hang over the sides
  • place oats, nuts and sultanas into a bowl and stir to combine
  • heat honey, vegetable oil and peanut butter in a small saucepan until melted and smooth
  • add to oat mixture and stir to combine
  • press into tin and smooth the top
  • bake for 20 minutes covered loosely with a piece of foil to prevent sultanas burning, remove foil and bake for a further 10 minutes or until slightly golden and firm to touch
  • allow to cool in tin, once cool, remove and cut into pieces
I used a rolled oat mixture, but you can use plain oats and add a fruit medley to it. Good thing about this is you can add whatever you like, apricots, dates, dried apple, different nuts.


Enjoy the serenity mums with kids going back to school & kinder today.
Little man and I are going to enjoy some alone time.

Hugs to my new friends following my adventures, hope you can leave a sweet word to say hello.


Happy week friends

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

My Creative Space...

You can never have too much bunting around the house can you?
These vintage hankies were in the letterbox when I got home, so I knew that they were destined for a new life.

And how could I possibly NOT try this recipe, and as my 4 year old would say "easy peasey lemon squeezey" and it really is.


Off to bake some cakes, have a wonderfully creative day sweet friends

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

A day at the snow









We surprised the little ones today with a trip to the snow, their first one and as you can imagine, they absolutely LOVED it!

It 's amazing to see something that 18 months ago was ash is now slowly developing and regenerating.

For those who live in luscious snow countries, it is a different type of beautiful, one I absolutely love and wanted to share with you.

I had to use my weekly thrift store finds and addition to the family of ever growing bag/suitcases.

Hope you had a great day, happy week and check out some more treasures here.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

My Creative Space...



It's cold and if you live in Victoria you'd know that.

We were talking about wheat yesterday and I knew I had all the right ingredients at home to make a little person wheat bag.
Sure, it's not as flash as some amazing ones, but it's re purposed, apart from the chicken material pocket, and I made it, which makes me just smile looking at it.
Now I hope the chickens don't mind sharing their wheat.

I'm off to visit some amazingness over here and if you have a minute, why don't you pop round to a lovely friend's place and say hello, but don't talk to her about Man vs Wild, someone drove her crazy with it yesterday.


Are you going to Daylesford on the weekend
I am and so very looking forward to it.


Happy day friends, I'll see some of you tonight at NCB

Pop round here also for a sound charm giveaway
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