Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Paint paint.....

Well Hey There!! Slightly longer pause between posts than I anticipated but that is life around here really...nothing is quite as planned. Ever. Anyhoo, we have had a couple of weeks of noise school holidays but the kids are now back in normal routine and I have a spare 5 minutes bit of time to do a few extra things...kind of.
So, there have been quite a few projects going on around here...nothing overly major, just my usual half-started half-finished kind of stuff, over ambitious plans and the odd adopting of a stray lamb etc...yep, just the usual. I thought I'd show you one of my more recent projects and this one I can proudly tell you is finished!! It's a painting project. A dark painting project. A flippin fantastic I love it so much painting project that I am sensing will soon be repeated elsewhere in the house...

Ok, so here is a before shot. It's one I've dragged out of the blog archives as I was, of course, too excited to think of snapping one before I started...

                                                                                 
                                                                                   
Oh gosh this is such a poor pic to show you and indeed it is nowhere near Easter time but let's all just look past the eggs and focus on the WALL. Yep, we are about to attack this unsuspecting greigey coloured wall...ready??
Sneak peek.....

                                                                                 


And ta da.........

                                                                                 


You like? I luuurrve!! It has totally warmed the room up and spunked things up abit too...always a good thing I say. I used the colour Stormy Destiny (hhhmmm hope that doesn't lead to anything......) by Accent. It's not quite black, more a yummy dark charcoal shade.

                                                                                   


Yep, these guys are pretty impressed with my painting too I think...
I'm thinking the kitchen chimney may be next on my list of prey...it runs adjacent to the living room one and I think it will pull the two areas together nicely. Plus I just want to slap some more of that lovely paint about....

                                                                                 

Well that's it from us today....obviously exhausting work this blogging caper...

See you next time lovelies.....


                                                                                           Janelle  xx
                                                                                                                                                                   

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thursday catch-up.......

Well Hey There!!! Goodness it feels like aaaaages since I was last rambling on around here...sometimes a little break can be just the thing...but I've kind of missed it I must say. In the meantime I haven't exactly been napping...life has been ticking along...children have been..well, children-y-ing on...and for the past week or two I have been coughing along....BUT...
I have also managed, from my sick bed couch, to keep the creatives juices flowing...

                                                                                       


A little crochet always helps any ailment I've found (?!)...unfortunately I spent last night unravelling this beauty after realising I'd made a mistake...all is good though...I have started again and as with all things crochet, it is growing quite fast....

                                                                                   


DIYing...also good for one's health. I picked up this cute little plantholder last week for a couple of $$s ...it was in it's raw original state which really wasn't too bad but it did seem to be begging for a small spruce up which I was happy to do...with a can of white spray paint...of course...now to pick a plant...an indoor plant...a plant that I can keep alive....hhmmmm.....

                                                                                 


Cookie anyone?? Of course the baking must continue...these biscuits I kind of made up as I went along...basically a choc chip recipe I had and which I added cocoa powder to and skipped on the choc chip part...despite their odd appearance they actually tasted pretty darn good....

                                                                                 


I bought a new cushion. Because there obviously just aren't enough of them around here...

                                                                               


And after a small break from the knitting needles I have recently picked them up again and am loooooving the clickety click click in the evenings....so relaxing....

Riveting stuff yes???!!

So happy to be back...and see you again soon.....


                                                                       Janelle  xx                                                                            

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Lately.......

Hey there!! Flying through this chilly Wednesday...much to do...never enough time right?!!
So on top of all the usual house-y, children-y, meeting with friends for coffee  and all round general life stuff, I have been busy working on a few crafty creations to hopefully share with the world by way of a
shop-y type scenario in the not too distant future whilst also, of course, learning new skills...and throw in a little bit of DIY on top of all that too...
Speaking of DIY, and who wouldn't be, this is my latest project...watcha think??

                                                                                   

I did a little trading with my sister...one wardrobe swapped for a set of drawers...win - win!! These are now currently sitting disassembled and part-sanded on the outside deck patiently waiting for their first coat of primer. I haven't completely made up my mind on the final colour...half thinking white but leaning closer towards black at the mo. New handles will be added too. Stay tuned!! The suspense is well and truly building!!!!

Now out into the hallway and we have a new hall runner. Well...three new hall runners to be exact.... (excuse the thong that has obviously been flung off at the front door.....still working on that child training thing...)

                                                                           

These are called rag runners and apparently are made up of second hand clothing which has been sent to India and cleverly been made up into these beauties!! Love it...recycling at it's very best!! They are obviously seperrated here but I now have them butted up together...I will actually sew them together when I, you know, have time!!?!
And see that little yellow chair sitting there? Yep...she was sitting pretty at the dining table until one day, I looked over and decided I could no longer live with that much colour, especially such a yellow colour in my kitchen. I"m still quite fond of her, just not all day every day in my kitchen! Not sure she actually belongs here in the hall either but she is staying there for now. Meanwhile I have dragged this black number over to the dining table....

                                                                                 


Aaaahhhhhh....much better yes??!?

Another super quick paint job I completed a few weeks back was this toy box of my son's. It was white...nothing offensive or horrid...but I felt his room needed a little oomph added to it. Sooooo.....

                                                                                 

Here's the oomph...better yes? I was first thinking black but then decided this charcoal would probs work better in his room...I love how it adds some colour and depth to the feel of the room. Lizzie the plastic lizard in the fishbowl loves it too.....

And lastly...it had to be done...Yes. It. Did. After conquering knitting, then crochet I have now set my sights on learning the good old fashioned crafters skill of.....

                                                                                 

Yep. Macrame!!! Yay!!!!! I obviously haven't gotten  too far along with it here but I have so many ideas floating around in my head I am determined to get this!! Seriously...get yourself on pinterest and search macrame...there is some fantastic work out there!! Gone are the days of the boring old pot hangers.....well actually there are quite a few pot hangers still about but think neon pinks and yellows and chunky twine etc...
Yep...I am just a tad excited about this new craft!!

Oh and must mention...the lovely Kylie from Townmouse Countrymouse  featured a little pic of some White Farm bunnies that hopped over to her place...go and check them out! I also had a little chat with Kylie last week, pop on over here to read along....she is really sweet and will make you feel very welcome!!

Ok...so that's just a bit of what I've been up to of late...

How's about you? DIYing? Shuffling random chairs about the house?? Dare I ask it...working on some macrame?????

Take care...


                                                                                     Janelle  xx                                                                                

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Yoghurt Simplicity Cake

Hey Hello there!! It's Wednesday so I'm guessing we should be in the kitchen baking something? Yep..thought as much...

                                                                                     

So today I'm kind of re-sharing an old recipe but adding a little extra zing to it. Actually make that A.L.O.T. of extra zing...this kind of rocks!!!

                                                                               

                                                                                     
We are going back to my very very VERY favourite cake recipe...the all in one butter cake which is so ridiculously easy and honestly never fails. Ever. And to make it pop even more so and bring it up to a whole new butter-cake-level I have simply added...yoghurt. Yep. "Just" yoghurt. Honestly you can pick and choose whatever yoghurt you fancy or, of course, whatever may be lurking about there in your fridge however...and this is a capital letter HOWEVER...if you want extra fruity extra tasty extra everything kind of cake please treat yourself to this new discovery of mine.....Rachel's gourmet low fat yoghurt...it is serious stuff...very serious...and when you have wild strawberry and rhubarb involved....mmmmmmm.....

                                                                               

Okay...so onto the important part yes?

Recipe time.....

Let's christen this one...

                                                                             
                                                   Yoghurt Simplicity Cake

Ingredients

60 grams butter - melted
1 cup self raising flour - sifted
1/3 cup sugar - I use raw but use what you please
2 eggs
1 tablespoon cornflour
1 tablespoon custard powder
1/2 cup yoghurt - for this I used Rachel's Wild Strawberry and Rhubarb - make sure you give it a little stir up first coz all the fruity goodness bits are sitting at the bottom of the tub BUT don't mix them all in completely...you will need some of that fruity pink puree at the end.... (sorry to sound so bossy...but we're getting serious here...)

Method

1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees

2. Melt the butter first to give it time to cool abit

3. In a large-ish mixing bowl throw in all ingredients

4. Beat with a mixer for 3 or 4 minutes

5. Pour mixture into a greased and lined cake tin

6. Now if you are using Rachel's yoghurt dig your spoon right down to the bottom of the tub and scoop out some of that delicious fruity puree, plop it onto your mixture in the cake tin and using a knife swirl it gently through the the mix. Not too much though as we want the pretty fruity swirls to still be intact once the cake is cooked

7. Now pop that cake into your preheated oven and bake for approx 40-45 minutes

8. Now how good does that cake look?! And smell?!!?! Because the yoghurt does make the texture of the cake extra moist it's best you leave your cake to sit in it's tin for at least a good 5 minutes before tipping it out onto a cooling rack, it will firm up as it cools down

9. Dust with icing sugar when cool


                                                                             

10. Slice. Eat. Enjoy.

                                                                                 
                                   
We ate ours served with fresh strawberries and a dollop of yoghurt on the side....I think that's almost verging on the side of Health Food...probably the more you eat the better?

                                                                               
                                                                             
Let me know if you try this...I love hearing when people try my recipes...even more so when they enjoy them!!?!

                                                                                 


Happy Baking guys......

See you soon.......


                                                                      Janelle xx

                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                   

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

DIY Lamp Makeover......

Hello there!! How's your Tuesday treating you?? Mine is pretty good, thankyou very much....

                                                                                 

So we have a little 'before and after' happening here today. The unsuspecting participant being this lamp...

I give you -

Before...

                                                                                   

Bla for Bland.....

During.....

                                                                             


And....Ta Da....

After....

                                                                               


Do we like??

                                                                             

I do believe I love...isn't it amazing what a tight budget, a hot glue gun, some twine and a bargain lamp shade can do??

                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                 
Yep. I really do love!!

                                                                               


Enjoy the rest of your day folks...............


                                                                                                  Janelle xx

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Pizza Scrolls......

Hey there...how's things this fine Wednesday?? I am enjoying quite a bit of Autumn-ish sunshine this week...it is beautiful!! I also seem to be enjoying food as I have another recipe to share with you guys...and seriously...you really need this one. Especially if you have kids...ever hungry "I am going to die if I don't eat every 5 minutes" type kids...surely I'm not the only parent with these in the house?????

So...we are talking savoury for a bit of a change up around here...pizza roll ups...pinwheels...scrolls...whatever you may choose to name them in your household I have an easy-as quick no-fuss how-to guide for you right here.....

*Insert pretty picture of ready made food item......oh yummmm.......

                                                                                   


So, have we decided what to call these babies?? Hhmmm....let's go with pizza scrolls because I think anything with the word "pizza" in it will appeal to pretty much any child, or adult, out there.....

                                                                  Pizza Scrolls                                                              

Ingredients  

(Dough/base)

2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
30grams cold butter - chopped into small pieces
1 cup milk

(Toppings)

Whatever you please.

For these ones I used....

Tomatoe paste - enough to give a good spread around
Dried basil
Cheddar cheese - grated
Shredded ham

Method

1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees

2. Throw your flour into a large-ish bowl then add your chopped up butter. Rub the butter into the flour with your finger tips. Add milk and mix until just combined.
OR
Toss into a food processor and wizz away.
I do have a processor but honestly..it takes no time at all to rub in the butter and mix in the milk and my hands are alot quicker and easier to wash than the processor parts!?!

                                                                                     

3. Ok..roll out your dough into a rectangle...roughly 30 - 40 cm...I've never actually measured...guess away I say...

                                                                                 

4. Now spread on your tomatoe paste, sprinkle on that basil, ham then cheese.

                                                                                 

5. Roll up your dough into a log shape and cut your scrolls...I make mine about 2cm (1 inch) thick.

                                                                                   

6. Pop them onto a lined baking tray and throw into the oven for approx 15-20 minutes.

And that...is that.

How quick and easy? And tasty?? The possibilities here for fillings are pretty much endless. We started off making them with vegemite and cheese in them but as all three kiddos like the pizza ones I have stuck with them for now. Next time I will be adding pineapple and olives. Maybe sundried toms and feta? A smart mummy on Instagram said she sneeks vegies into hers - brilliant!

And the absolute best thing that I reeeeally love about these, aside from the fact they are delicious and my children all happily eat them, is once they have cooled down I simply wrap them separately in clingfilm and throw them into the freezer and there is the school lunches...well part of them anyway....done and dusted...always a good thing!!

                                                                                   

Ok...that's it from me today...happy baking...would love to hear any further suggestions for fillings....always up for fresh new food ideas!!

See you next time.....


                                                       Janelle  xx    

Monday, May 12, 2014

Your pathway to a French Teacake......

Hello hello!!

Popping in very quickly this evening to spread the love and more importantly...spread a recipe...A G.O.O.D. recipe at that!!
So I posted this little pic on my instagram feed today after baking...apparently a few people would like the recipe. Smart people follow me on Instagram ;))

It is truly one of my all time favourites to bake...hence me baking it at least once a week!!

                                                                                 

It's a French Teacake and here is the link...

I don't always put apple in it...you choose...it's pretty damn tasty either way!!

Now go and enjoy the rest of your evening...get a good night's sleep...and hit that kitchen tomorrow!!!

.......                      

                                                                Janelle  xx