21 Jul 2014

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Ahh school holidays, you were fun. You made our mornings lazy and nights relaxed. You gave us endless hours of outside play with bare feet and unruly hair. That's how we like it. Bonds were formed when cousins who we rarely get to see blessed us with a week of their company. It was this that was most special to me these holidays. Witnessing the friendship and close ties the kids made with their cousins made my heart glad. Ahh school holidays, even though you came and went quicker than a truffle in my fridge, you were the cool change that we needed.

Raw & Nourishing Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies:

Blend 220 g cashews in a food processor until fine. Add 240g desiccated coconut, and 10 medjool dates. Blend until dates are incorporated. Add 100g cacao (or cooca), 1/4 cup honey and 4 tablespoons chia seeds. Blend together. The mixture should be able to hold shape, if not add the tiniest amount of water until it can. Form into balls and place straight into an air tight container. Gently press down each cookie and make an indent in the top of each one using your thumb or the end of a utensil. Refridgerate the cookies while you make the chocolate to fill them. To do this, place 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup honey (feel free to increase this up to 1/2 a cup depending on your preferred sweetness level!) and 1/2 cup cacao (or cocoa) in a food processor and blend until thick and smooth. Spoon portions of this mixture into the indents of the cookies to fill them, and then place in the fridge to set. Store these in the fridge.

These are very sweet and oh so delicious. A perfect school holiday treat.

I love to hear from people who make my recipes! If you make these, I'd love you to leave me a comment and let me know how you went!

Enjoy xx

16 Jun 2014

Stills : Not a party

Miss Seven was not supposed to have a party this year.
Yet just like last year somehow we ended up with

Image 1 // party decor
Image 2 // grandparents and friends over
Image 3 // party food
Image 4 // presents, like this handmade cuddle quilt from Granny
Image 5 // birthday cake and candles (that was going to happen anyway of course)

So much for not having a party this year. 
Just quietly, I think she has us worked out!

We were always going to make her birthday special of course! She requested a unicorn cake which I fumblingly produced (and then decided to never work with butter cream icing again). But it was worth it for her, our gorgeous first born who we adore to bits. She is funny and quirky and unique and lovable beyond words.  

We couldn't be more proud of you darling Goosey xx   


12 Jun 2014

Raw halva truffles

These didn't last long in the fridge. And by didn't last long I mean the husband took some to work and the kids took one each in their lunchbox, but when they came from school asking for another, they were gone! Gone I tell you! Now we could do the sums and work out who exactly was home to have possibly consumed them all while the rest of the family were out, but I won't because I've never been good at math. Yes, that's why. Stay tuned for my next post called I checked into Truffles Anonymous.

Anyway, this is how I made these moreish Raw Halva Truffles.

1/2 cup raw pitted dates
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup raisins or sultanas
1/4 cup dried coconut (desiccated or shredded, it doesn't really matter)
1/4 cup cocoa or cacao powder
1/4 cup tahini
2 tbsp black chia seeds
extra cocoa for dusting

Place dates, oats, sultanas and coconut in a food processor and process until fine.
Add cocoa, tahini and chia seeds and process until the mixture comes together. You may need to add a little (as in teeny tiny) bit of water if you find your mixture can't hold it's shape.
Roll into balls and dust the truffles with extra cocoa.
Keep chilled in the fridge.

The kids loved these and had no idea they are free of refined sugar. I hope they last longer in your house. Just don't invite me over.

3 Jun 2014

Stills: all outdoors

This time of year is glorious up here. The wet season is over and we can all venture outside again. We live and breath and soak up the outdoors without fear of getting wet, muddy, sweaty or catching dengue. Sorry, just keeping it real.

1 // painting salt dough creations
2 // it's a snake / and it's a cup
3 // mixing colours is essential
4 // hand picked / they never last long on the bush
5 // the king checking his garden / the crowns live on
6 // hopeful seedlings
7 // yup that one's a weed / unlike the other six baby lettuces you just pulled!

joining Em over at the Beetle Shack

2 Jun 2014

Displaying Instagrams

When I joined Instagram in 2012, I knew from the beginning that I wanted them on the wall. A year of tiny memories is way too much fun to keep only on my phone.

And finally they're up! 
I couldn't be more happy with the quality, the team at Social Print Studio did a fabulous job. Here's where I managed to source everything to suit my tiny budget:

Instagram Poster : Printstagram
Frame : The Reject Shop
Custom Mat : Online Frame Shop

Every now and then I catch the kids huddled around it mulling over the tiny pics and talking about the memories they trigger. It's perfect. 


19 May 2014

Origami Crowns

We made a few of these over the weekend. Initially I made one because I needed a King's costume for my kids church class. I made it out of gold card and it looked amazing. It didn't look so amazing post 12 children's eager hands all over it (it was a hit which was fabulous). 

So naturally my kids wanted to make one for themselves when we got home. These are them, made with paper of their choosing. After they were made I had about 3.5 seconds to style and snap pictures before they were whisked away for play. 

They are in fact quite easy. That said like with most origami precision is key so I did have to go over a few of the kids folds to ensure all the pieces would fit together when it was time for construction. Instructions can be found here.    

Beware, these are a little bit addictive! 


I shared an origami dress here
and a different play crown here

15 May 2014

Photo frame ledges, made at home.

These were really fun to make and only cost about five dollars each. I love that I can change pictures and frames around really easily now that they are not all individually hung onto the wall.

Of course you could pop down to your local Ikea and buy some.... or Freedom for that matter (slightly dearer though). But when you don't have an Ikea in your town and you want to keep to a tiny budget (and love the satisfaction that comes with doing it yourself) then this is the perfect project.

This next photo will tell you pretty much all you need to know, it is so self explanatory really...

Ha! Clear as mud? You can always follow Ana White's step-by-step tutorial.

I was so happy with how these turned out that I made another one which I painted white and made twice as long. It hangs in the play room and holds an array of kids pictures that can be easily changed with each masterpiece that comes home.

I'm a big fan of displaying photos throughout the home, can you ever really have too many?

I'm hooked on these.