Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dear Summer...


I love you so so much and I know you are going to leave meI just wish there was some way to make you stay. You make me so happy with your bright bright hotness. Your days at the lake, your edible bounty, your balmy evenings. I love the way you make getting dressed so easy and how you keep the butter just the right softness for baking. I love your ability to keep me in the moment, just living, enjoying, savouring, devouring- unlike winters waiting, planning and dreaming. If you stayed I'd be good to you, really I would. I'd make you cups of coffee in bed, I'd let you let you drink the last cider in the esky (chilly bin, cooler, ice box). I'd even give you a nice long massage with that coconut oil you like? Whattaya say summer? Will you stay with me?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Zen Mumma & Cake


I am zen mumma. Well, trying to be anyway. 
Wee Otis is is teething and not sleeping so well. He was awake form 3 - 5.30 last night. He requires lots of cuddles. Which in turns makes Charlie want more attention and more action. I'm tired. I'm a little on edge. So that's today's mantra, I am zen, I am zen, I am zen. I will not fall in heap. I am zen.

Anyway, what I like to do at times like this is bake. It comforts me and keeps the little people busy. So just in case you too need a school holiday baking rescue recipe, I give you...



Charlie's Banana Blueberry and Yoghurt Cake.

This is a recipe based on Stephanie Alexander's Simple Banana Cake, adapted by Charlie. It's very moist and needs no icing or decorating. It keeps really well if refrigerated in an airtight container. It also freezes really well, so you could make a double mixture and freeze one for an emergency.

125grams unsalted butter softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed ripe banana

1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
250grams plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice 
a smidge (technical I know) of freshly grated nutmeg 
1/2 cup buttermilk or 1/2 cup milk and 1 teaspoon lemon juice 
2 tablespoons yoghurt (we used vanilla Jalna) 
1 punnet blueberries

    Grease and line a large loaf tin or cake tine of your choice. Pre-heat oven to 180. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in eggs, banana and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients and add to mixture, alternating with buttermilk (or milk with lemon juice). Add yoghurt, mix, then add blueberries. Spoon into pan and bake for 45 mins or until cake tests clean. Cool cake in its pan on a wire rack for a few minutes before turning out.
    Yum :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A housie update...


Well things are moving along quite quickly now with the house. We are very nearly ready to actually start building... squeeeee!! Above is the final floor plan with a few changes. We are going to build the house in two stages now, adding the 'parents retreat', otherwise known as the East Wing, in a few years time when the kids are happy to be further away from us. So for now, we will divide their rumpus room (at the western end) into two rooms, one for us and a wee one for Otis. The East wing will attach to the other side of the entry vestibule and we will knock out the walls in their rumpus.

Now we are drawing the landscape plans which is such a lovely exciting part of the process because you get to imagine all those lovely bbq's and outdoor parties and just general warm weather relaxing time. Not to mention trying to plan the perfect garden. One of the joys of starting from scratch! We are also deep in research on how to build a natural swimming pond which is one of our must have items. Something like this...





So the last two permits permitting we are hoping to begin in the next couple of months. We really want to be living in here by Christmas. After all the very detailed planning we have done, we are hoping the build will run very smoothly... sound like Grand Designs much? What will go wrong I wonder... hmmmm, probably plenty of things, but I guess we will just have to wait and see!

PS- I'm taking names and numbers of people who want to help with some strawbale building... hint hint... :)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Inspired


Been very inspired over here in recent weeks! less blogging, more crafting ;) 
I recently found this amazing black heavy wool fabric, which was off-cuts from huge theatre curtains. It has inspired so many projects! I made the sweet cushion above for a friends engagement on the weekend, and they received it with such absolute joy I could've cried. So worth every second I spent making it and a million times more special than anything I could have bought. Go handmade!

So I've been crafting my little butt off in every spare second I have and trying to add the goodies into my Etsy store. You can check it out here. I will be adding lots more things in the coming weeks too including pot mitts, iphone cases and wall hangings so stay tuned!
Hope you are all feeling inspired by 2012 too my lovelies!