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Plants which help bees

2014 October 1
by emma

As most people know, honeybees are becoming very scarce to the point of extinction in certain parts of the world, due to climate change, pollution and loss of natural habitats (as with a lot of animal, vegetation and insect life – devastating and so scary).  As you can imagine, this means far less healthy fruit and vegies, flowers and no more honey (!) , as these beautiful, industrious and essential insects die out.

So, inspired by Biome’s latest newsletter, I thought I’d link this beautiful print below by Hannah Rosengren.  We can’t change things overnight however there is something we can do as individuals, whether you have a huge lush garden (so jealous if you do) or a small deck balcony with a few pots and things on it; grow things!

And more importantly, grow these plants which attract honey bees.

 

Print by: Hannah Rosengren

    No bake lime strawberry cheesecake jars

    2014 September 28
    by emma

    lime strawberry baby cheesecakes

    I love eating little things; tiny packs of cheese, fun-size choccie bars, small packs of chips, that type of thing.  Naturally I end up eating way more than I should (instead of you know, eating one big packet) but there’s something about smaller portioned food.  So I had some cream cheese in the fridge to use the other day and thought how cute teensy tiny cheesecakes would be in some of my old jars.  Probably seems a bit hipster, what with the jars and all, but never fear, no hipsters in this house.

    So if you feel like some easy cheesecake action with the charm of a childhood dessert, these creamy, sweet, lime flavoured puddings on a spicy biscuit base with luscious strawberry topping will do the trick.  They are kind of fabulous if I do say so myself.

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    strawberry cheesecake jars

    strawberry lime cheesecake

    strawberry cheesecake jars

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      Cocktail Fridays: lime tropical punch (non-alcoholic)

      2014 September 26
      by emma

      Punch always reminds me of kids’ parties growing up and I still love it!  I made this punch with sweet, classic juices like pineapple, apple and cranberry but added mint and lime juice to make it a bit less sweet for an adult palate.

      Happy Friday.

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        Transvision Vamp: Baby I Don’t Care

        2014 September 24
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        by emma

        She’s a bit sexy isn’t she?  I found this 80s gem recently.

        Happy Wednesday!

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          Atlantic salmon, baby potato & watercress salad with creamy lemon dressing

          2014 September 21

          Watercress is one of those elusive things in Australia but I love the fresh little peppery leaves and how well it goes in salads so always grab a bunch when I see it.  I remember my mum growing it near a creek at the bottom of our garden when I was little and we’d walk down and pick some in the afternoons to have with dinner.  It’s supposed to be super healthy too!

          As it’s spring, this salad is light and full of delicious contrasts; luscious, rich salmon, hearty potato and some crisp salady things .. but then the dressing!  Creamy, yet with a full on zesty lemon flavour.

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            Cocktail Fridays: the strawberry Limoncello

            2014 September 19
            by emma

            I’ve decided to start a fresh new thing on this here blog: a new cocktail, either alcoholic or non-alcoholic, for Friday night drinks!  I probably won’t be able to commit to a post every Friday but I’ll give it a go hey?  I might add in a snack suggestion every now and again too.

            This lovely little number is an ode to spring; bright lemon flavours, some fizziness and a fresh strawberry you can pop into your mouth after you’ve finished your cocktail.

            Happy Friday!

            strawberry limoncello recipe

             

            strawberry limoncello

              An old cemetery visit

              2014 September 17
              by emma

              I love historic cemeteries, they’re fascinating, poignant and peaceful all at the same time.  Lafayette Cemetery in New Orleans is on my wish list (I’m weird, I know!) and when I backpacked around Europe years ago, like a lot of gen-Xers, I visited Jim Morrison’s grave at Père Lachaise Cemetery which was sort of touristy yet the cemetery itself was romantic; ornate and full of history.

              We visited an old, local cemetery recently and Ant and I spent an hour or so there, wandering around in the late afternoon sun looking at the beautifully aged headstones and graves, a lot of them crumbling and broken (which was fairly distressing to see at first, why can’t they be looked after better by the council?!).  There’s a gorgeous, massive old tree there and I spotted tiny yellow leaves falling down and dappled sunlight across the headstones.  As we were walking out though, we saw one with a new photograph attached of a middle aged bloke with a huge grin, hugging an older lady who looked like his mum and I became suddenly very sad.

              Anyway, if you want a strangely peaceful afternoon and a healthy dose of perspective, a lovely old cemetery’s the place.





              There’s always one!


                Cinnamon roll cakes

                2014 September 14
                by emma

                cinnamon roll cakes

                These are exactly like cinnamon rolls except in soft, fluffy cake form.  They really are decadent.  And oh the cream!  It makes for such a gorgeous cake.  And aren’t saturated fats good for us now or something?  Hah.

                They’re at their best warm out of the oven with the icing slightly soft and drizzly, however I froze the remainder and heated them in the microwave for breakfasts and they were still deliciously soft.

                As you can imagine, these cakes are ideal with a cup of coffee and I sat out on our deck while I ate one in the morning sun.  Bliss!

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                cinnamon roll cakes
                cinnamon roll cakes
                cinnamon roll cakes
                cinnamon roll cakes

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                  Happy Friday

                  2014 September 12
                  by emma

                  Isn’t this the cutest cake stand?  From Hunt & Style, a local store.  I plan on always having baked treats in it.

                  Have a wonderful weekend all.


                    1990s playlist

                    2014 September 10
                    by emma

                    1990s playlist

                     Oh yeah the 90s!  Talk about overdosing on nostalgia.

                    My uni days; an era in music which personified alternative/indie, boy bands, grunge, angry chick songs and dance music, this will always be my favourite decade because, well, let’s face it, it was the last true iconic, or at least, easily recognisable era.  So if you want to check out my mega epic awesome playlist (130 songs and counting!), click on the widget.  For more playlists, click here.

                     

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