Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Keepin' things simple......

Hello out there lovely people!!

Just a few simple pics today........

                                                                                 
                           


of a few simple blossoms......


                                                                               


 propped up in my little simple kitchen...

                                                                               


I kind of like simplicity...can you tell?! ;))

Tell you what else I DO like....and that's a polkadot or ten...and if we're talking black and white polkadots...which we indeed are...then I think we might be heading into LOVE territory...


                                                                                   


Yeeeeppppp.......


                                                                               


So I hope you are having a good week this week...we are pottering along nicely here on this end...could do with a few extra hours here and there...and everywhere...but that's always gonna be the case really isn't it?! I'm also determined to do some de-cluttering...and by some I mean culling the crap out of every nook and cranny in the house...it's quite daunting though really isn't it? Though I KNOW the satisfaction and benefits will so so SO be worth it...who's in with me?? My plan of attack at this point is to start at one end of the house and just steamroll my way through to the other...and pray I don't run out of steam half way through!!!


                                                                                     


Ok...with that in depth plan...and my simple blooms...I shall be off...

Garbage bags...and strong coffee...in hand...

                                                                                 


Take care pretty peeps...


                                                                            Janelle xx






Thursday, August 20, 2015

Chat Sesh........

Hey Hey!!

                                                                                 

So another week is slowly...in a ridiculously fast kind of way...rolling on...hope it's been kind to you...

                                                                                   

Things have been pretty good around here...I seem to be FINALLY kicking this man-flu type cold/virus thing I think I've had for about 2 months now...honestly...it's been bad... as in I could not seem to shake it and...worse still...simply could not stop whinging about it...to everyone...anyone I came into contact with...friends...family...the lovely lady serving me coffee in the mornings...whoever was standing in front of me for long enough...ie 2.5 seconds...I was whinging..snivelling...coughing up phlem to...I KNOW!!!!!!! So when it got to the point of my husband telling me in no uncertain terms to shut the heck up maybe refrain from mentioning said illness every 5 or so minutes of the day  I realised it was time to man up (HA!!!) and just quietly let this all pass graciously...

                                                                                 

Fingers crossed that time has come.......

                                                                               

Aaanndd if you follow along on Instagram (awhitestyle over there!!) you will have notice over the past few days I cannot stop banging on about the sunshine...yep...if it's not my niggly throat and aching limbs it's the weather...oh yes.....I am a R.I.O.T...

                                                                                 

No in all honesty it has been soooo nice this week to experience a little sunshine here...whilst it may still be chilly the sun shining is most definitely welcome and so therapeutic...isn't it amazing how much better the world seems when the sun is doing it's magic thing?? Just shining and all that?? LOVE IT!!

                                                                                 

So just a few pics today of some sunny spots around about our little home...I swear I'm like the cats...just keep wandering from one sunny nook to  another...soaking it all up.....

                                                                               

And will continue to do so as long as this Spring-ish weather continues...

                                                                                   

I hope you all have a fab weekend...
                                                         
I have a new cookie recipe I'm itching to try out...fingers crossed for that to work...also have a kitchen chair or two to paint...a desk to finish DIYing...and a bedroom to paint...which I have to somehow figure out a way to execute without the long-suffering-from-too-many-past-paint-projects husb cottoning on to...which may prove a tad tricky...as it's our bedroom I'm honing in on...

Wish me luck PLEASE!!!

And I'll happily wish you a fantastic fun and somehow relaxing weekend!!!


                                                                               

Kiss kiss...cough cough...and all that.........


                                                                         
                                                                                            Janelle xx


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

DIY Knitted Wall Hanging

Hey Guys!!

Just enjoying a quiet Tuesday evening cosied up next to the fire... in front of the TV ... clicking away on a new knitting project...because we all know how much I need yet another project in my life...

Anyway...

Here's a little project I've been working on over the past week...you like?? I think I really really do!!

                                                                                     

If you fancy having a go at whipping up one of these little beauties yourself then you'll be wanting to head on over to my friends at Lincraft where I'm hanging out and throwing instructions at you all....

Love to see you over there!!

And would love even more to see any Wall Hangings you may be inclined to knit up!!!


                                                                               


Happy clicking.....


                                                                   
                                                                                 Janelle xx

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Banana Choc Chip Muffins

Hello there!

Thanks for stopping by again...feeling hungry??

                                                                             
         

I'm always hungry. And always baking apparently. At least I'm sharing right??!!?

                                                                                 

I seem to be in a chop chip obsessed phase at the moment...I tend to blow through life in phases...kind of all in...then just as quickly all out...we could be talking all things coconut...or strawberry...or , and more than likely, chocolate by this time next week...who knows.....

Anyway...

Today we are talking easy peasy quick-as and really really tasty Banana CHOC CHIP Muffns...as in throw all ingredients into the bowl...whisk...scoop...and bake. Done.

                                                                             

Ready??......

                                                 Banana Choc Chip Muffins

Ingredients

2 cups SR Flour - sifted
1/4 cup raw sugar
1 egg - whisked - if you can be bothered - I couldn't
1/4 cup oil - I used olive oil - use vegetable..rice...whatever you like
1 cup milk
2 smashed (over ripe is best) bananas
All important Choc Chips - however many you like

Method

1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees

2. Throw all ingredients into a mixing bowl. And mix. I use a hand whisk.

3. Scoop mixture into a muffin tray...either grease your tray or line with muffin liners - I just make my own from baking paper - or use cupcake papers

4. Bake for around 20-25 minutes

5. Once cooked allow them to cool on cooling rack

6. You know what I'm going to say don't you...yep...you really must try these while still warm...the chocolate is still all warm and gooey...just way too good to wait around for....

                                                                               


I hope you like these...would love to hear if you try them...

Meanwhile....

                                                                               

Happy Baking!!!



                                                                                             Janelle xx

Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Feels...........

Hey you!

How's Friday been treating you?? It's been the usual rush rush around here...until 3.30 ish and things get very quickly turned down a notch or six. Hopefully anyway.

                                                                                       



So just a few pics of my current fave things, moments, happy places......etc....etc......

Baking...cookies...ginger cookies.....with vanilla icing in the middle...'nough said I think......

                                                                             


Cosy knitted socks and good reads...

                                                                               


I have a friend who literally forced this book - Gone Girl - upon me and strongly suggested I put aside all my current reads to focus on this one......I usually do as I'm told.....and needless to say she was right...as per usual...you know "those" friends??...yep...we all need them...anyways...fab read...can't wait to jump into bed and continue reading.....LOVE that!!

Aaaannd of course in between baking cookies and getting lost in un-put-downable (yep....totally a real word) books there will always be my old faithful knitting needles and beloved chunky wool...make it a deliciously dark charcoal coloured wool and I am happy AS......

                                                                                 
                                                                                       

It's always the simple things in life right??

Yep.

On that note I'm off to jump between the pages and enjoy what's left of this Friday evening..........

Have a FAB weekend please peeps...whatever you may be up to......

.................

                                                                                                  Janelle xx

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Hey!! What's news? What's up?? More importantly...what's cooking????

It's cupcakes on this side of the screen...it's very often cupcakes on this side of the screen...and rightly so I say...quick...easy...tasty...no other reason needed right?!?

                                                                                   


So, this afternoon, with school pickup looming in on me, and after school activities rearing their ugly head up too, it seemed we were lacking a few items in the pantry...namely food. How the heck this is constantly happening I have absolutely no idea as I'm pretty much a full time tenant in the local supermarkets these days yet are way too frequently told "THERE'S NOTHING TO EAT!!!"

Anyhoo...where was I???

                                                                                 

Cupcakes. So.....with not much time to spare I called on my tried and tested never-fail-me cupcake recipe...quick and easy at the best of times but I have recently been cutting back on time and effort even more and pretty much just standing in the kitchen, flinging the ingredients in the mixing bowl, scooping said mixed ingredients into pretty papers and tossing in the oven. All up I think it takes me around 5 minutes. When I have the luxury of time and feel rather goddess-baker-in-the-kitchen type thing I will still abide by the rules and cream my butter and sugar, fold in my flour, and pamper my mixture but really...the old bang it all in and throw towards the stove pretty much does the same thing.

                                                                               

Today I made the executive decision to add in some dark choc chips just before spooning mixture into the papers...my main reason being I wasn't going to have time to ice these babies before racing in to pick my other babies up from school so I figured the added treat of chocolate would more than make up for any lack-of-icing type disappointment.

Apparently it did.

Thought I may as well share this basic recipe with you guys...think I may have before....waaaaay before....but one can never have enough cake recipes on repeat within one's blog I find...don't you??

Right...let's go.......

                                                                                 


                                                  Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Ingredients

115grams butter - almost melted
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
teasp vanilla
1 3/4 cups SR flour - sifted
1/2 (a big 1/2) cup milk
choc chips - however much you like!!

Method

1. Preheat your oven to 170-180 degrees

2. In your mixing bowl throw in all your ingredients - except the choc chips - and beat for a couple of minutes until your mixture is all delicious and pale and creamy

3. Stir through the choc chips

4. Scoop up a finger full of mixture, making sure to grab some choc chips, and lick

5. Wash hands

6. Scoop spoonfuls of  mixture into your papers

7. Bake for approx 12-15 minutes

8. Allow to cool on cooling racks

9. Or eat whilst still warm and chocolate is still mouth watering gooey

                                                                               


Aaaannndd that's it from me for now.

Let me know how you go if you try these...or better yet let me know what other fab things we should be adding to our humble cupcakes...love to hear!!!

                                                                                 

Happy happy baking peeps!!!


                                                                            Janelle  xx

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Just life......

Evening all.....

How's your week been treating you?? Seems...as always...to be in an awful rush don'tcha think??

Just sharing a few snaps from out and about the house...nothing out of the ordinary...just life...you know...

Like way too many cuppas...

                                                                             

...and way too many pretty mags....

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Clocks....new clocks....new timber clocks....

                                                                                 

Uuuhhh huh!!
 Actually I've been in a slight clock purchasing frenzy of late...not sure what that's all about...apart from the fact that it's pretty ironic as I tend to err on the late-ish side of things more often than not....

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Kitty cats....always kitty cats....

                                                                             

Even naughty stinky kitty cats who poop on the kitchen floor after stealing food from other kitty cats....

                                                                               

....hhhmmmmm.....

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Pretty kitchen greenery basking in the late afternoon sunshine.......

                                                                                 

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And quirky thrift shop finds that I absolutely love.....like this timber dressmakers ruler that's kind of missing pieces.....

                                                                               


....at least I'm presuming that's what it is....

.......

Aaaannnd of course a crafty project thrown in for good measure...coz what's life without a few hundred  craft projects....

                                                                               
 

.....I mean really.....

....more on these babies a little later down the track...love!!

And that's a wrap from me guys......

As you were....


                                                                                               Janelle  xx