Sunday, 24 June 2012

Winter style inspiration

As the weather gets colder, my creativity in the style department seems a little quashed. My main objective is to be warm, not to look like a supermodel. I notice a lot of young girls still dressing in shorts in the winter, despite shivering and saying they're cold! That's not me. 

I prefer to layer and add some sweet little crocheted or knitted bits, just to keep me toasty. And yet, I feel sometimes that I am stuck in a bit of a winter style rut.

Here's some inspiration I've found over the last few days. Hopefully this is the solution to my motivation woes!

I'm really loving this school girl look from Raspberry and Red. I think I can fish around in my wardrobe and find a shirt and jumper to try out this look. 

I have a gorgeous red beret but haven't been able to figure out a great outfit to add it to. I think I can use this idea from Don Juan's Reckless Daughter.

I just love Veronika's style at Tick Tock Vintage. She's great for inspiration. How adorable is this outfit?

I also love the pinks/greys. She does it well. I think I could have a go at this one.

Only one more week until I'm on holidays. I'm looking forward to it. Hope you have a great week! 

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Egg and Bacon Toast Cups

On the weekends, I love a good cooked breakfast. During the week, I'm more of a fruit-on-the-go kind of gal. I get time to stop and appreciate brekkie on a Saturday morning though.

I saw this recipe on the Martha Stewart site and thought it was a cool idea. I kind of made it up along the way though, because it was just so easy!

I was pretty keen to eat them, and I think that is why my photos are so blurry. You can see the excitement!

Here are some changes I made, mostly because I was having a lazy morning:
  • Instead of cutting the bread into circles, I cut them in triangles in half. I was feeling lazy, so I didn’t use a rolling pin either. To flatten the bread a bit I just squashed it down with the bacon.
  • Some of the eggs were large, and so there was egg white left over. I ran out of silicone patty pans so I put some baking paper squares in the last few. I just added the leftover whites into them, as the paper allowed me to fit more in.
  • I cooked them at 180 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes. If you wanted the eggs a little gooey, then perhaps shave off a few minutes.
  • I made some (you can see them in the bottom picture) without bread. They worked out pretty well too. 

They turned out really cute and were pretty easy to do. Next time I think I will add some spinach and parmesan cheese. Yum!

Hope you're having a good week,

Sunday, 17 June 2012

3 Recipe Books I Love

There are some recipe books that have pretty photos. There are some with exotic sounding ingredients (and you spend hours trying to source them from obscure stores!)

And then there are some that you keep going back to because they just make sense. They're easy and the recipes are good.

Here are three recipe books I regularly use and love.

Stephanie Alexander's, The Cook's Companion

This book was given to us as a wedding present. It's a great reference book as well as a good recipe book. 

When I encounter a new ingredient I want to try out, this is the first place I go to. Stephanie has done her homework, and you can tell she has tried and tested each dish. 

Our favourite recipe is the Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Pie and her Pumpkin Scones are pretty great too.

Weekly: Cookies

The Australian Women's Weekly have some fantastic, easy recipes. I was given this book by my best friend. For a year, I tried a new recipe almost weekly, having friends over for baking parties.

Some of the cookies are novelty cookies (e.g. 'Domino' Choc Wheatens) and that is what I love about them!

This book is apparently out of print, but I have noticed quite a few of the recipes appear in their cupcake and cookies book, and the mini version of the book.

Cookery the Australian Way

I grew up with this book being used every time we baked. I learned how to make pancakes using this cookbook- my first independently cooked dish.

The banana cake recipe is just delicious. And the batter tastes almost better than the cake itself! The title is so popular that it is now in it's eighth edition. Now that's impressive!

You can get the Kindle version here.

This is what my Mum's version of the book looks like. You can tell that these recipes are great, just because they are so well used!

Do you have a recipe book you just couldn't do without? What are your favourites?

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

To Daylesford for a Quilt Show

Last weekend I went for a drive to the lovely town of Daylesford with my Mama (I do realise this post is a little late...I have been swamped with writing reports!)

While we were there we did a spot of Op Shopping and had a stroll at the lake, but the reason we went was to see the annual Spa Quilters Quilt Show. One of my good friends was part of the group before she moved to my town, so she had invited us to come check it out. 

I'm glad we went because there's so much to be inspired by at these shows. If I never saw other people's excellent quilts, I don't think I would ever be motivated to finish my first! And some of these ladies had entered upwards of five quilts in this show alone. Talk about committed!

I really liked the overall effect of quilting in this semi circle pattern. I will keep this in mind for my next project (more about that in the coming months!)

My Mum was taken by the chook quilts. Dad loves his chooks on the farm and Mum commented to me on the weekend that she'd love to make a quilt for Dad one day. She hasn't made a quilt before, so it will be a fun adventure for us both. I love my Mum. She's always thinking of someone else.

The level of detail on this one was amazing. The rooster and chooks were appliqued on, but each animal was made up of heaps of different fabrics. They had been so well considered...they looked a bit lifelike I think!

After the show we went to a little cafe called 'Breakfast and Beer.' My corn fritters were yummy and they looked great, but I think the design on the plate was just beautiful. 

I left Daylesford feeling really inspired. Tonight I will take all my new motivation and go to my quilting group. Bring on the hand-quilting!

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Nana & Coconut Ice

A few days ago would have been my Nana's birthday. About this time of year, I always start thinking of all the things that remind me of her. I find myself buying boxes of TeeVee snacks, or her favourite sort of ice cream (vanilla with choc chips...yum!)

This time around, I felt the need to make some Coconut Ice. It was one of the few recipes I asked her to write down for me when I was younger.

So I went looking for the recipe during the week. I must have left it at my parents' house, because I couldn't locate it anywhere. Instead, I settled for the next best thing; Stephanie Alexander. She always knows what to do.

I whizzed it up in the Thermomix and was surprised with just how quick it is to make. The only thing I wasn't happy with was the colour. Last night I thought it was too pink and today it looks apricot!

I took it outside and enjoyed the little bit of sunshine there was today. I love picnics, even when they are all by yourself. It was a nice quiet break from all my correction.

Hope you had a nice weekend.