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Red Moon

2014 April 16
by emma

Spooky Mulder hey?!  I love this red moon/lunar eclipse business although I do wish I was out in the country somewhere or near the sea to take proper photos.

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    Chocolate Moments (Brisbane)

    2014 April 15

    Well we all have those don’t we?

    I received a lovely surprise for Easter recently; some gorgeous, handmade chocolates from Chocolate Moments, our only Belgian chocolatier in Brisbane.  Featuring flavoured truffles, fudge and the best salted caramel chocolate I’ve ever eaten, this chocolate paradise, owned by Gerrard Gosens, boasts 2 stores in our city as well as a specialist chocolate cooking school at Kangaroo Point (I’d love to try this one day!).

    This luscious, flavourful chocolate is well worth a trip into town (stores situated at Albert St and the Myer Centre) to stock up on Easter presents or even just something special for yourself!

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    * This post is a product review of my own choosing.

      Easter baking: no bake Caramel Tim Tam cheesecake with toffee

      2014 April 13

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      Tim Tams.  Are they available in lots of other countries other than Australia?  You’re missing out if they’re not!  Tim Tams have gotten me through many a break-up and Swotvac week in my teens and 20s and I’ll always be fond of them.  There are all sorts of fancy flavours these days but my favourite is the original chocolate.  That said, caramel Tim Tams were on sale at Woolies so I had to use those for my epic Easter cheesecake.

      I’ve made a Tim Tam baked cheesecake before, although not posted on here; the top cracked and it looked sort of hideous but was so amazingly sweet and delicious I thought I’d give it another go, but instead made it a classic no-bake affair to makes things simpler.  You can use low fat cream and cream cheese in this obvs, but really, what would be the point?  It’s so delicious and fattening, you may as well enjoy it

      And enjoy it you will.  An almost pure chocolate base, creamy, velvety filling with crunchy bits of caramel and chocolate biscuits throughout (you can really taste the Tim Tams).  Oh, and I did a fancy cheffy thing and made crunchy toffee shards for the top – they were really easy and look fabulous although I overcooked mine a bit as you can see.

      I really hope somebody makes this for Easter because I don’t think it’ll disappoint!

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        Easter at Biome

        2014 April 11
        by emma

        So it’s Easter soon!  Chocolate and bunnies and all things delicious can be found from my sponsor Biome and some of my favourites are below (not a sponsored post at all, just some lovely things I thought people might like).  Just a reminder also that Biome is an ethical alternative for Easter, offering vegan and environmentally sound treats.

        1. Chocolate gingerbread Easter bunny biscuit – egg free, all natural
        2. Animal Hats knitting book
        3. Banjo the Carob Bunny easter egg
        4. Silicone chocolate mold
        5. Loving Earth caramel raw vegan chocolate 100g
        6. Fair trade chocolate organic Easter Bunny – milk
        7. Fair trade Easter egg – organic milk chocolate
        8. Alpaca Easter chicks in hats

         

          Removable wallpaper (and a cool way to brighten up a kitchen splashback)

          2014 April 9
          by emma

          Quite a few design blogs have been featuring removable wallpapers recently and I love this idea.  For renters, short term home owners, kids rooms, nurseries, or people who might be a bit fickle with their home décor tastes, this trend is not only a gorgeous way to brighten up your home but is also really practical.

          Our two bedroom flat needs a new paint job yet neither of us can bring ourselves to do this just at the moment since we’re not planning on staying long-term.  Some pretty wallpaper might be just the thing, and might even be a selling point down the track.

          I also found a really clever idea; printed film for kitchen splashbacks – you adhere your chosen print to reinforced glass and have it placed over your original splashback.  Since we’re looking at doing up our small kitchen as cheaply as possible, this seems like a brilliant idea and I’m seriously considering it;  here’s a how-to video.

          Some of my favourite wallpapers I spotted around are as follows (click on the images to get to the original source):

          All images belong to the original sources which can be seen by clicking on the images.

            Fargo the series (FX)

            2014 April 7
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            by emma

            Oh this!  The new FX series Fargo, based on the awesome 1996 movie starring William H. Macy, Frances McDormand and Steve Buscemi, starts soon.  Cannot.wait.

            See here for heaps more brilliant trailers.

            Video belongs to:  FX Networks
            Image from: the movie Fargo, 1996, USA, Coen brothers, Working Title Films

              House of Cards S2 finale (knock knock)

              2014 April 6
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              by emma

              How about that last epic scene?!

              Image from: TV series House of Cards, USA, 2013-current, Netflix
              Video from: Danielius Dirmeitis

                Creamy lemon strawberry macadamia crumb bars

                2014 April 6
                by emma

                I spotted these lemon crème crumb bars from Cooking Classy via Pinterest the other day, and thought how delicious they looked (and sounded! There’s just something about the word crème).

                This slice is really gorgeous.  A creamy, decadent filling with crunchy, sweet topping and a base which is reminiscent of ANZAC bikkies and also, so so easy to make.  It’s very hard to stop eating actually!  If you’re dieting while making these, all good intentions will fly out the window.

                And as usual (#neverlearn) I took it out of the fridge before it was set properly because I didn’t want to wait before I took photos … or taste tested it.

                You don’t absolutely need the strawberries, the slice would be just as wonderful without them however I had some leftover in the freezer and thought I’d throw them in; they added a lovely, fresh flavour and strawberry and lemon make a great pair anyway.

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                  1980s playlist

                  2014 April 5
                  by emma

                  1980S PLAYLIST

                  The 80s!  The era of the power ballad, rock, girl bands, punk and pop music.  The era of sitting around endlessly discussing Morrissey, the Pixies and Joy Division with our mates but then going home and secretly dancing in our bedrooms to Wham! or pretending we were Whitney Houston or Madonna.  And who hasn’t sung along really super loudly to Bon Jovi while driving in the car?  Who’s with me people?!  Er, anyway, carry on.

                  And it wouldn’t be the 80s without our very own rockers Midnight Oil, ACA/DACA, Chrissy Amphlett and INXS.

                  Also, be aware that some songs might not be safe for work listening *cough*Violent Femmes, Dead Kennedys*cough*

                  See also my 1970s playlist!

                  About a Girl, Nirvana
                  Add it Up, Violent Femmes
                  Atmosphere, Joy Division
                  Baby I don’t Care, Transvision Vamp
                  Back in Black, ACDC
                  Beds are Burning, Midnight OIl
                  Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream), The Icicle Works
                  Blister in the Sun, Violent Femmes
                  Blue Monday, New Order
                  Boys Don’t Cry, The Cure
                  Boys in Town, Divinyls
                  Buffalo Stance, Neneh Cherry
                  Burning down the House, Talking Heads
                  Bust A Move, Young MC
                  Come on Eileen, Dexys Midnight Runners
                  Crazy for You, Madonna
                  Crimson and Clover, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
                  Cruel Summer, Bananarama
                  Dancing with Myself, Billy Idol

                  Debaser, Pixies
                  Don’t You (Forget aobut Me), Simple Minds
                  Don’t You Want Me, The Human League
                  Down Under, Men At Work
                  Epic, Faith No More
                  Eternal Flame (The Bangles)
                  Everywhere, Fleetwood Mac
                  Faith, George Michael
                  Fight For Your Right, Beastie Boys
                  Girlfriend In A Coma, The Smiths
                  Girls Just Want to have Fun, Cyndi Lauper
                  Glory Days, Bruce Springsteen
                  Hallelujah, Happy Mondays
                  Hazy Shade of Winter, The Bangles
                  Heaven Is A Place On Earth, Belinda Carlisle
                  Hey, Pixies
                  Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Pat Benatar
                  Holiday in Cambodia, Dead Kennedys
                  How Soon Is Now, The Smiths
                  I Melt With You, Modern English
                  I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me), Whitney Houston
                  I Want Candy, Bow Wow Wow
                  It’s the End of the World As We Know It, R.E.M.
                  Jack & Diane, John Mellencamp
                  Jessie’s Girl, Rick Springfield
                  Just Can’t Get Enough, Depeche Mode
                  Karma Chameleon, Culture Club
                  Khe Sanh, Cold Chisel
                  Kick, INXS
                  Let My Love Open the Door, Peter Townshend
                  Livin’ On A Prayer, Bon Jovi
                  Love Is A Battlefield, Pat Benatar
                  Love My Way, The Psychedelic Furs
                  Love Will Tear Us Apart, Joy Division
                  Material Girl, Madonna
                  Never Tear Us Apart, INXS
                  Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, Starship
                  Pictures of You, The Cure
                  Pretty in Pink, The Psychedelic Furs
                  Pump Up the Volume, MARRS
                  Purple Rain, Prince
                  Push it, Salt-N-Pepa
                  Rapture, Blondie
                  Relax, Frankie Goes to Hollywood
                  Seven Wonders, Fleetwood Mac
                  Sharp Dressed Man, ZZ Top
                  She Bangs the Drums, The Stone Roses
                  Should I stay or Should I go, The Clash
                   Sign of the Times, Madness
                  Smooth Criminal, Michael Jackson
                  Summer of ’69, Bryan Adams
                  Sunday Bloody Sunday, U2
                  Sweet Child O’Mine, Guns & Roses
                  Tainted Love, Soft Cell
                  Teen Age Riot, Sonic Youth
                  The Killing Moon, Echo and the Bunnymen
                  There is a light that Never Goes Out, The Smiths
                  Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper
                  Total Eclipse of the Heart, Bonnie Tyler
                  Twenty Four Hours, Joy Division
                  Under Pressure, Queen, David Bowie
                  Venus, Bananarama
                  Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Wham!
                  Walk this Way, RUN-DMC
                  Walking on Sunshine, Katrina & the Waves
                  We’re not Going to take It, Twisted Sister
                  When Doves Cry, Prince
                  Where is My Mind, Pixies
                  Whip It, Devo
                  Why Can’t this Be Love, Van Halen
                  With or Without You, U2
                  You Spin Me Round (Like a Record), Dead or Alive

                    Happy cuddly Friday

                    2014 April 4
                    by emma

                    My much loved, very old Pooh Bear and some of my other favourite things.  Have a cosy weekend!

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