Punch In The Pool

October 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

This weekend is forecast to be super hot in our neck of the woods, so Saturday’s plans involve a blow up kiddie pool and a refreshing batch of punch.

While searching for the perfect punch recipe I came across these pretty pictures…

How delicious do they all look?

Perfect for a hot Spring day in the sun -C x

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Monday Eye Candy

October 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

Have a great week everyone!

-C x

A day in the life 18/5

May 18, 2012 § 3 Comments

My day today looked a lot like this….

Uni is really kicking my butt at the moment so today I took it out into the sunshine, all in the name of hard work. There were apricot danishes, lots of coffee and a side serve of Foucault.

Some of my favourite foods are fresh fruits. Fresh fruits that are only available in summer or très ‘spensive this time of year. So lately I’ve been trying to track down some wintery fruits to satisfy my cravings. This was tonights dessert combo…

Kiwis and pear topped with organic vanilla yoghurt, deeelish!

In other news…

Some of my Mum’s beautiful roses chillin’ in the cool room.

Have a lovely weekend! -C x

Make. This. Now. Lemon Cream Cheese Cake

April 5, 2012 § 1 Comment

If I have one piece of advice for you all today, it’s make this cake. Now.

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It’s ridiculously easy and amazingly delicious. I found this recipe in the Women’s Weekly BBQ Cookbook of all places.

 125g cream cheese (at room temperature)
 250g (1 cup) unsalted butter (at room temperature)
 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind (about the rind of one lemon)
 320g (11⁄2 cups) caster sugar
 3 large eggs
 225g (11⁄2 cups) plain flour
 icing sugar (for serving)

1. Preheat oven to 175C
2. Beat the cream cheese, butter and lemon rind together until smooth, add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
2. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the flour in two batches, beat lightly until smooth. Spoon into a well greased 20cm cake tin
3. Bake the cake for 30 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 150C and bake for a further 20 – 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cool the cake in its tin for 10 minutes, before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely. Dust the cake with sifted icing sugar before serving.

As usual I couldn’t help myself and made a couple of small changes. I used extra lemon zest for a more lemony flavour and cooked mine in a loaf tin rather than a round cake tin. I also drizzled the finished cake with a simple icing sugar and lemon juice glaze instead of dusting with icing sugar.
The end result was one of the best cakes I’ve eaten in a long time. It. Was. Amazing. Dense, moist and intensely flavored. Yum.

Perfect for the Easter weekend! -C x

Cupcake Love

February 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today I spread the Valentines Day love to my workmates with these very cute and very delicious Valentine themed cupcakes.

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I used this recipe with a vanilla buttercream frosting instead of strawberry and little heart shaped decorations from here. I also bought the little boxes and the heart motif cases from the same shop.
They were so yummy and the girls at work loved them! -C x

Friday Fabulousness – A Day In The Life

February 3, 2012 § 1 Comment

The Magazine…

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March April INSIDE OUT features the incredible home of fashion designer, Marnie Skillings.

The Flowers…

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New pink Dahlias to brighten up the front door.

The Cafe…

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One of my very favorite cafes on the Gold Coast, Koncubine Espresso Bar in Chirn Park has delicious coffee and a mouth watering array of cakes and sandwiches. Love.

The Books…

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Beautiful new books, ‘Marie Claire Colour’ by Bridget Bodoano and ‘Leisurama Now’ by Paul Sahre. Both inspire serious “home envy”.

The Throw…

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This beautiful cotton throw from Ikea adds a bold shot of monochromatic goodness to a guest room that was starting to look a little pink. Not that anything could ever be too pink!

The Vintage Furniture…

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I uncovered a real gem today while browsing some of my favorite second-hand places. This solid timber meat safe was in need of a bit of work and was very well priced but I am trying not to shop so much so I left it behind. Tres tempted though… -C x

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