Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a happy,

healthy and successful

2010 !

Monday, December 28, 2009

Kikki K !!!

We all took adrive out to Bondi junction today and bot was it bust people everyewhere. I think as the weather was overcast and raining everyone decided to go shopping. I spent at my 2 favourite places Country Road and Kikki K. I love bargains! The sales were fabulous.

Mmmm Lazy Sunday Brunch!

Nothing like bacon, eggs and hashbrowns all on a crunchy toasted roll for a lazy Sunday Brunch with juice and a latte to follow.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Swarovski Christmas!!

My daughters were delighted to receive these beautiful swarovski crystal pendants for christmas.

My daughters also received cameras to inspire their photograph taking.

storage baskets

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas!!

Hoping you all had a wonderful and bright christmas day full of yummy food and lots of joy, fun and laughter with family and friends.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

To Wish List ~ Homemade Happiness!!

Take a look at this fabulous site and blog.

Look at this fabulous idea on etsy....
Free to wish LIST
Write your five most important wishes or goals for the coming year. Then hang the poster someplace where you will see it often. Achieved a goal or a wish came true. Make a note on the poster.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Kreative Blogger Award

I was honoured to recieve the Kreative Blogger award this morning from the lovely and creative Maryanne from Little Bird Decor

Now that I have been given the award there are rules that I need to follow to share the love.
1. Copy the award picture and post on your blog
2. Thank the person and link to their blog
3. Write 7 things about yourself that we do not know
    ~ I look forward to my latte in the morning
    ~ I am an early riser
    ~ I love cooking Donna Hay is my favourite
    ~ I enjoy reading magazines
    ~ I love handmade
    ~ I love reading blogs
    ~ Love quality time with family and shopping, going on picnics and holidays
4. Choose 7 other blogs to send the award to
5. Link to those 7 other blogs 
      ~ Little Pinwheel
     ~  Style Me Gorgeous
      ~ Mama Loves to Shop
      ~ Bloesum Kids
      ~ Babyccinokids
      ~ The Cupcake Wrapper Company     

6. Let those bloggers know


Monday, December 21, 2009

Mmmmmm nana's christmas cake ~ by Donna Hay.

nana's christmas cake

nanna's christmas cake

  • 3⅓ cups (500g) raisins
  • 250g sultanas
  • 125g currants
  • ¾ cup (125g) candied mixed peel
  • 125g slivered almonds
  • 125g chopped dates
  • ¾ cup (185ml) brandy or sweet sherry
  • 250g butter
  • 1¼ cups (220g) brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2¼ cups (335g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of (baking) soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • brandy, extra, for splashing
Place raisins, sultanas, currants, mixed peel, almonds and dates in a bowl and pour over brandy. Cover and allow to soak for at least 8 hours and up to 2 days. 
   Preheat oven to 140°C (285ºF). Beat the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until light and creamy. Add eggs one at a time and beat well. Combine butter mixture, soaked fruit mixture, flour, bicarbonate, cinnamon and allspice in a large bowl. Spoon into a 20cm-square cake tin double-lined with non-stick baking paper and bake for 2 hours. While still hot, splash cake with a capful of brandy. Allow to cool before serving. Serves 8–10.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Children's Book ~ Treasury of Dick and Jane!

Do you remember growing up with Dick and Jane?
I bought this book for my girls a few years ago and I just love having it and remembering what I learnt to read when 
I was in primary school.
The treasury of Dick and Jane and Friends. Remember Dick and Jane (and Sally ad Spot too!). Little stories with 
simple vocabulary which were read in the 1950's and 1960's.
Short upbeat stories for children with colourful characters and large easy to read with Century Schoolbook typeface. 
Fun adventues in Dick and Jane's world.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Lovely Dress from Seduce!

I love shopping and I love fashion.
One of the latest purchases I have made was this beautiful dress from Seduce.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Cookies ~ Donna Hay

oh, christmas tree...A fun alternative to a traditional tree is to outline one in nails on a board, then run string or wool around the shape and decorate it with these spiced cookies. Full of Christmas flavours – cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice – and sparkling with a dusting of sugar, they make a delicious change from the usual decorations. Roll the dough a little thicker than normal, pierce a hole at the top with a skewer (to loop with strong thread or pretty ribbon) and cook for a little longer than usual at a lower temperature to make sure the cookies fully dry out.

spiced brown sugar cookies
185g butter, chopped
1 cup (175g) brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon mixed spice
2½ cups (375g) plain (all-purpose) flour
2 eggs, 1 separated
1 tablespoon water
raw sugar, to coat

Preheat oven to 160ºC (325ºF). Place the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and mixed spice in a food processor and process until smooth. Add the flour, whole egg, egg yolk and water and process again to form a smooth dough. Knead lightly, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.Roll out the dough between sheets of non-stick baking paper to 5mm thick. Using Christmas cookie cutters, cut out shapes. Make small holes in the top of each cookie for string to be looped through. Place on baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire racks.Brush cookies with the eggwhite and press the brushed side into the sugar to coat. Place on baking trays and return to the oven for 10 minutes to set the sugar. Cool on wire racks. Makes 45.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Rudy and the dodo!!

Go back to your childhood and find something special at Rudy and the dodo....terribly fabulous stuff for little individuals. I received my order during the week and cannot wait to see the delight when the kids see their special gifts. 


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