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Home made vanilla brown sugar body scrub

2014 September 3
by emma

brown sugar body scrub

Years and years ago, I ordered some vanilla brown sugar body scrub from an online fancy cosmetic store for about $40.  Clearly I had more money than sense at the time …. when I used it (and it was lovely) I noted it only had a few ingredients in it and thought how easy it would be to make at home.  Not being particularly housewifely, it’s taken me this long to actually do it.

This made my skin feel soft and smooth, however, because it has oils in it, be careful while using in terms of slipping over in the bath and make sure you don’t have any skin conditions.  Be mindful also that this is quite a coarse scrub (which I really like, grrr) so you need to be gentle.

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    Berry yoghurt cake

    2014 August 31
    by emma

    This cake doesn’t rise much but the crumb is so soft and rich (I guess this is what happens when you throw in an extra egg and more butter).  It’s one of those every-day, not overly sweet cakes you can make from ingredients you’d have around, like frozen berries and Greek yoghurt.  It’s super easy to whip up as there’s no icing or waiting for the cake to cool completely.  I served this with some Greek yoghurt and smashed berries and the yoghurt’s sourness was a nice foil for the berry-sweet cake.






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      Salinger

      2014 August 29
      by emma

      salinger

      the catcher in the rye

      I always feel like a cliché saying The Catcher in the Rye is one of my favourite novels as a gen Xer, however I truly did love this novel when I read it at school and the several times I read it until I was around 20.  I tried reading it a few years ago and while I still consider it one of my favourite books, it wasn’t quite the same as the first time I read it.  I’ve always thought you had to be an adolescent to appreciate the moody, sort of angry character of Holden Caulfield, unlike Franny and Zooey, which is still relatable.  Like a lot of kids, reading Catcher made me feel like somebody else understood how hard it all was.

      Anyway, nostalgia aside, the other day I watched Salinger, a documentary on JD Salinger’s life and relationships.  Peppered with anecdotes and recollections from over a hundred subjects including Salinger’s friends, colleagues, acquaintances and even actors including Ed Norton and John Cusack, it’s a dark and really interesting look at a man I’d never really thought much about, despite loving his books so much.  I always knew he was reclusive but had no idea of his personality, his life experiences or what drove him.  I’ve read previously that Salinger always said the only person who could play Holden Caulfield was himself.

      It’s true that the movie has a sort of tabloid appeal; yes it’s a documentary but it was also released after Salinger’s death and he’s not here to defend himself from the more negative, quite invasive commentary (he would have hated all the fuss, no doubt about it, but then who wouldn’t!).  Still, it’s a fascinating look at an interesting person in a different time.

      Disturbing trivia uncovered in this; three well-known violent crimes are discussed which supposedly have a connection with the novel.  That made me really think about the book’s content and Holden’s depression; I guess being a young adult in the 80s/90s I didn’t question it too much and I’ve never really thought movies and books lead to violent crime anyway.  And how odd that this novel was likely not even intended as a book for young adults or teens and yet has such a huge following from several generations’ school curriculum.

      Five new Salinger works are apparently being released from 2015-2020.

       

      Video from: Salinger Official Trailer

        Flickr love – Laura U

        2014 August 27
        by emma

        These dreamy film photos caught my eye the other day on Flickr; simplicity in photography is something I really appreciate.  Go to Laura’s stream to check out more.

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        All images belong to: Laura U

          Roast pumpkin, herb & walnut pasta bake

          2014 August 24
          by emma

          A pasta bake’s always a welcome, comforting dish.  I made a pumpkin pasta & walnut bake a few weeks ago, threw in some fresh herbs and roasted the vegies beforehand to give them that sweet, caramelised taste.  The roast pumpkin slightly breaks down into the pasta and cream, making this dish super creamy and delicious with garlic and onion flavours.

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            For the love of books (and places in Brisbane you can read them)

            2014 August 23
            by emma

            I’m always heartened to see so many folks loving books as I do.   Two lovely places to go in Brisbane are pictured below:

            The Clarence Corner Book Shop and Café in Woolloongabba; and
            The Annerley Community Book Shop and Neighbourhood Centre

            So turn off your devices and visit them for a bit if you enjoy a read.  Happy weekend all!

             

            (1) Juliette Tang, Flickr

            (2) All you need are books and tea print (Etsy)

            (3) Annerley Community Book Shop Neighbourhood Centre

            (4) Beach Baby Blues vintage books (Etsy)

            (5) Clarence Corner Book Shop & Café, Woolloongabba



             

            Images belong to/via:

            (1) Flickr, Juliette Tang (used with permission)
            (2) My Retro Nest, Etsy
            (3) Annerley Community Book Shop
            (4) Beach Baby Blues, Etsy
            (5) Clarence Corner Book Shop
            (lower 3 photos are mine)

              Father Rabbit (New Zealand)

              2014 August 21
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              by emma

              I just wanted to feature my enamel milk pan and porcelain ice cream bowl with spoon I purchased recently (I really am the worst spontaneous shopper but have been wanting a milk/porridge pan for ages) from Father Rabbit, a beautiful online homewares store from New Zealand.

              Their products are simple yet aesthetically very pleasing and practical, they have speedy delivery (3 days from NZ to Brisbane), they ship to most countries and everything’s wrapped nicely and tied up with string.

              (not a sponsored post or anything, just my own thoughts)

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                Oh Deer vintage boutique

                2014 August 18
                by emma

                How sweet are these dresses!  So nice and flirty for our impending spring I think, with some adorable shades to go with.

                Spotted via Daydream Lily and more can be seen online at their vintage boutique store; they are true vintage though, so there’s only one of each.  Click on the images to get to the original source/page.

                 

                All images from: Oh Deer Boutique

                  Jerk chicken with spicy rice

                  2014 August 17

                  This is a spicy and flavourful Jamaican dish which is a combination of a fresh and dry rub over hearty chicken legs.  If you buy chicken with the skin on, you’ll get a crispy skin thing happening however I prefer not to eat chicken skin.  I also roasted it in the oven; I have eaten Jerk chicken barbecued or cooked on a skillet previously and it was pretty awesome, so cook it as you wish, just make sure the chicken is cooked completely.

                  The marinade is spicy, obviously, but also slightly sweet and fragrant with a fresh herb flavour coming through.  I paired this with a quick fried rice, a squeeze of lime and watercress.

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                    Bowies Flat Wetland, Coorparoo

                    2014 August 15

                    This man-made wetland down the road from us is a lovely little calm hideaway right in the middle of our suburb.  With friendly quacking ducks, birds, butterflies and greenery and featuring a boardwalk, I love wondering down there, taking photos and just sitting in the sun.  If anyone lives near me, it’s a sweet little place!  Although contrary to what it says online, you can’t feed the ducks (sadly).  Understandable I guess, since they really should know how to find their own lunch for survival.

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