Archives for the month of: August, 2012

To start with I’m not the kind of girl who goes fancy places.

I don’t go to balls or anything that really requires a non-casual dress code. Most of the time I am ok with this. Really I am pretty happy with my lifestyle, but man, sometimes I just wish I had a reason to wear a pretty dress and fancy gowns tend to be the most stunning. Here are some to look at. I’m just going to go dream about dancing and twirling around in one of these bad boys

1.www.gypsy-in-love.tumblr.com

2. Keira Knightly in Atonement

3. Alicia Lawhon on closetvisit.com

4. Karla from Karla’s Kloset in the Josephine dress designed by Shareen’s Vintage

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On Saturday 150 refugee activists got on a bus and headed to the new Northam Prison Detention Centre to protest against Australia’s inhumane policy of mandatory detention and the government decision to re-instate the pacific solution passing off it’s international obligations.

This was a special day because it was the first time that my boyfriend joined me at a protest. It’s lovely to share a passion with someone you love. I would urge everyone who knows someone involved in the campaign to  come along to a protest and see what it is about. If you have a feeling that this just isn’t right or if you are disgusted with the current policy join up with RRAN to make you voice heard

Here are some snaps.

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Balloons and kites were flown high in the sky to communicate a message of hope to those locked inside who were in the rec area. You know you do what you can to show support for innocent people locked away without trial or a chance. Crazy huh!

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The lovely ladies of Langham st and I shared a delicious crumble on Monday night and it was oh so easy to prepare.

Normally I would make an apple crumble but I happened to have just bought strawberries (Yes I am the kind of person that buys strawberries when I don’t even need them because they have a label that says free chance to win a Kitchen Aid).

So strawberry and apple crumble it was.

I started out by chopping up 2 apples and a punnet of strawberries and dividing them equally amongst 4 little ramekins (just because it’s cuter). they then got mixed up with some cinnamon and ginger to spice things up a bit.

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then to the good stuff the crumble. 100g of butter was mixed with 100g of desiccated coconut, 2 heaped table spoons of brown sugar and 1 1/2 cups of oats. I used my hands to smoosh it all together until it was combined pretty well and break up the butter into pebble sized bits.

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then I spooned it on top of the ramekins and put it into a pre-heated oven 180’c for approx 20 mins (note my oven is slow yours may cook faster) until the tops were crispy golden brown goodness mmmm.

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And then it got better with macadamia caramel ice-cream (thanks lauren!).

It was enjoyed by all whilst watching old ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ episodes.

I have had a CRAZY weekend. I’ve been looking after my brothers kids last week whilst he was on holiday. I love my two nieces but looking after a 3 and 5 year old was a shock to the system. Fitting that in with my thesis work and testing participants was really hard and I have so much respect for all the parents studying and working out there it ain’t easy props to you especially to the ladies and fellas doing it on their own I am in awe of you!

Here are some pics from the weekend it wasn’t all work we had fun making a fairy house, cupcakes and on the Saturday night their granddad looked after them so I went to the Flyby night club to see the Beautiful Girls play their last ever tour…great night, morning after a little rough.

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Hope you had a good weekend

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ok this is way late.

This post is about last Saturdays activities slack I know its now Friday!

But I have had crazy week deadlines looking after nieces (props to full time mum and dads I’m whipped from trying work and look after two little girls for just 4 days, utmost respect for you!)

so am I now excused for my slackness?

Good I’ll continue,

Last saturday there was equal marriage rights rally across Australia, to mark 8 years since the Howard government revoked same sex marriage rights.

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ImageNow this is something I’m quite passionate about. Our society does still value the institute of marriage so denying anyone access to marriage immediately says we classify them as second rate. I have LGBT friends and I can tell you they are anything but second rate. They are wonderful people with warm loving relationships and I want them to be able to celebrate their love, if they choose, the same way the rest of their friends can. It is SO dangerous to tell anyone but especially teenage LGBT people that their love is second rate. How DARE the government. It is time for change and it’s time for straight people to stand up and demand this change as well, If you have a conscious and don’t think it’s right than Holla, make your voice heard guys.

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ImageThe march on Saturday had 800+ ppl march the streets of Perth CBD and for marriage equality. Come on Australia hear our pleas.

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On the weekend I hosted a birthday brunch for my Dads 65th.

It was a lovely morning but whoa it was quite a bit of work!

We had a yummy spread of breakfast foods; scones with jam and cream, fresh fruit with yoghurt and muesli, asparagus and gruyere tarts (a joy the baker recipe) and a foot ball shaped ice-cream cake (not really a breakfast food and kind of odd for a 65 yr old man I know, but it makes more sense if you know Bob). The food that got the most compliments were these blue cheese and mushroom mini quiche. How good is it when you make something to take over to a brunch/lunch/dinner ect and people love it…best feeling! The time spent in the kitchen making them instead of doing the many other things on your to-do list seems validated, great feeling. So I thought I would share them with you so you can make them too.

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Amazing football shaped hokey pokey icecream cake that made dads day- thanks Sharon!

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Blowing out the candles

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Blue cheese and mushroom mini quiche

(roughly adapted and vegetarian-ized from Italian food forever)

Ingredients:

Puff pastry (store bought)

Olive oil

1 Large Onion, Peeled And Chopped

1 cups of chopped mushrooms

60g Gorgonzola Cheese

100g Grated Parmesan Cheese

1 Cup Heavy Cream

1/2 Cup Whole Milk

4 Large Egg Yolks

5 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Parsley

2 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Rosemary

Cracked Black Pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 180’c.

Defrost pastry

Then cut out circles to line 10 mini quiche pans.

Prick the base of the tart bottoms and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Bake for 5 minutes, then cool on a large baking sheet.

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Melt the butter in a heavy frying pan and then add the chopped onions.

Cook over low heat, stirring often until onions are very soft and lightly browned, about 15 minutes. After 10 minutes add chopped mushrooms coat in lots of oil and let them brown with the onions.

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Divide the onions and mushroom mixture into the bottom of the quiche pans.

Crumble the Gorgonzola cheese and divide this into the 8 pans,

Sprinkle the parsley evenly over the onions and cheese.

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In a bowl, beat together the cream and egg yolks until light.

Add the chopped rosemary and cracked pepper + half of the parmesan.

Pour the egg and cream mixture evenly into each mini quiche leaving just a little room to expand.

Sprinkle remaining grated Parmesan cheese on top.

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Bake in the preheat oven for about 40 minutes or until lightly browned and set (Please not that my oven runs notoriously cold and always takes about 15 minutes longer than recipes suggest please check at 20 and 30 mins to make sure yours aren’t done early).

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Cool to room temperature before serving.

Enjoy 🙂

So last night I had dinner with some great friends

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we were at a friends house and she had just done some furniture shifting, moving the dinning room table from the kitchen to its own nook. It was cozy and intimate and we had a lovely time eating, drinking and talking of future plans.

It got me thinking how a good dinning layout sets the tone for a lovely dinner party. I am sad to say that I currently have a too big ikea table that makes the area squishy. It’s so not ideal but at least it is somewhere to sit and somewhere we can share food with friends, but I’m thinkng to the future and what I could have to improve my set up.

This is what I want need.

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http://amberinteriordesign.blogspot.com.au/

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http://rikshawdesign.blogspot.com.au/

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http://miluccia.tumblr.com

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sfgirlbybay.com

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dreambookdesign.com

so the essentials seem to be heavy wooden table, some kick ass chairs and a patterned rug.

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So birthdays are kind of a big deal in our house.

I love it! It really shows how much we care about our housemates and makes everyone feel that child like infectious excitement. I mean if there gonna be a birthday in these parts we are going to do it proud.

So yesterday was my lovely housemate Jess’s 21st birthday. As the baby of the house and my last friend turning 21 I was really looking forward to her birthday and her amazing party this Saturday. It did not disappoint.

There was balloons, delicious breakfast out, presents present PRESENTS; and still one more to come ;), lady like afternoon tea and CHOCOLATE cake. My housemate really did that chocolate cake recipe proud.

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(The birthday girl)

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I love my housemates and the living space we have created. With traditions like Langham birthdays and spoiling each other how could I not cherish these ladies 🙂

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