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.
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!
* This post is a product review of my own choosing.
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!
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
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.
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
How about that last epic scene?!
Image from: TV series House of Cards, USA, 2013-current, Netflix
Video from: Danielius Dirmeitis
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
My much loved, very old Pooh Bear and some of my other favourite things. Have a cosy weekend!