It's crafty Friday here today (ok I made that up by maybe I should make it a thing) and I have a seriously inexpensive Christmas decorating project to share. It all started on my morning walk in the last week in November.
At the end of our street there is a bit of bushland and then a little park that Will walks through to get to the bus and I walk through on my morning walk. On my way home I spotted this big stick part of a palm tree sitting in the … [Read More...]
On Saturday I was the luckiest mumma-to-be in town. In case you haven't guessed it yet, the theme for our nursery is yellow, grey and white (I'll share some pics in Jan when we're totally set up) and so it was the theme for my beautiful grey and yellow baby shower.
Mum did nearly everything herself with some help from my sis and a some lovely friends but didn't she do the most amazing job? In the lead up she kept saying to me 'don't get your hopes up … [Read More...]
I'm a little bit in love with my new dumpling maker. Check out this post if you missed it. I absolutely love dumplings but, even though I know it's not a big effort at all, I don't make them all that often, thinking they're too difficult. They're so worth the little bit of effort though and I think they look rather impressive served up as nibbles.
The filling is a cinch to make as long as you have my secret ingredient - shiitake mushrooms.
If … [Read More...]
It seems rather fitting that as I write this post, my last Nutella scroll is defrosting on the bench for my morning tea - fitting because it was the recipe I made up for last month's Secret Recipe Club.
My final assignment of the year was Crumb Blog - written by Isabelle - a bargain hunting, cookbook collecting, self-taught cook. Sounds like we would get along rather well don't you think?
For the first time, I didn't take me long to settle on a … [Read More...]
As I write this on Thursday afternoon it's just clearing up after a bit downpour but for the majority of the last week, this is what the sky has looked like. Yes it's starting to get rather warm but the weather is just so beautiful.
Last weekend I attended my very first mothers' event - Mummapalooza. It was a Christmas party organised by a mum for mum's who stay or work from home and thus miss out on the annual work Christmas party. I went along … [Read More...]
I'm a little bit anal about my Christmas tree. There is a theme to the colours and decorations and I like all the presents to be wrapped the same and preferably coordinate with the tree. Yes call me OCD if you like. As I'm not keen on spending a fortune on wrapping etc, each year I make my own complete with homemade Christmas gift tags. Last year I made salt dough gift tags which were a nice change and I assume biodegradable so environmentally-friendly … [Read More...]
Time for my last In My Kitchen post of the year can you believe it? Let's get straight into it... first up in my kitchen I have my first attempt at homemade chocolates. I followed Celia's instructions and was a little bit proud of my first go. I made them with the intention of gifting them but I've been enjoying one every night after dinner.
In my kitchen is a dumpling press that I got at the Good Food and Wine Show. I love dumplings but never make … [Read More...]
Today's prize comes with a bit of a back story. My dad loves cheese and I mean really loves cheese. He's not a dessert man, if there's cheese on the menu he'll always order that instead and that is exactly what he did while on an anniversary date with mum at Berado's in October.
There was a new cheese on the menu - from Blackall Country Cheese - and they loved it. So much so that mum Googled them the next day. She has a friend who is the biggest cheese … [Read More...]
Today you have the chance to win a $150 to Kitchenware Superstore, an online one-stop-shop for all things Christmas. The only bad thing about this prize is choosing which of their fabulous products to buy with it. I've put together a few snapshots of my favourite items under $150.
Of course I had to include these cookie presses when I saw them. They're just adorable. I absolutely love the coloured cutlery set we were given as a wedding present and this … [Read More...]
I know this sounds incredibly shallow and 2-year-old-like but it's just not Christmas around here without presents and why should you guys miss out? Every year I try to get together a few little goodies for you to win to thank you for being such wonderful readers throughout the year.
Without you, this little blog of mine would not exist and I am so very grateful for you stopping by whenever you can to say hello or try a recipe. I have three prizes … [Read More...]
I am Claire & I love food. Here you'll find my favourite recipes, tips, tricks, restaurants & plates full of frivolity with the odd crafty post. New inspiration posted daily.