Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The world of Vintage Homespun!

Comfort, joy, inspiration and love

Fruits of our labour after berry picking in the Yarra Valley

What the caterpillar perceives is the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning.

A tribute to my love of Christmas and cooking

Cath Kidston inspired home comforts add color and happiness to any space

Vintage and retro kitchenalia adds warmth & a country feel to an urban kitchen

Chocolate tart with raspberries -Yum Yum!
1 x packet of dark chocolate shortcrust careme pastry
400 ml thickened cream
2.5  x 180g dark Nestle Plaistowe chocolate (can use a combination of dark & milk chocolate if you prefer)
1 x tsp caster sugar
1 x pinch of salt
20 g butter
1 x punnet of fresh raspberries

Pre-heat oven 180 degrees C

  1. Spray loose base tart tray with canola oil
  2. Line tart tray with ready rolled chocolate pastry
  3. Blind bake for 10 -12min at 180 degrees in a fan forced oven
  4. Place cream & chocolate into a double boiler & stir until chocolate has melted. Add sugar & salt to chocolate mixture, stir until combined & smooth
  5. Take off heat & add butter
  6. Remove pastry base from oven once cooked & allow to cool
  7. Pour ganache mixture into tart case & refrigerate overnight for best result
  8. Decorate with fresh raspberries & serve with cream
Wicked but Yummy!

An interesting terrarium display with a scientific edge

My mantra for sanity when life gets tough

"St Therese,The Little Flower, please pick me a Rose from the Heavenly Garden and send it to me with a message of Love.  Ask God to grant me the Favor I Thee implore and tell Him I will Love Him each day More and More."

An Alice in Wonderland vignette

A sampling of some of my favorite things that bring joy to my heart and gratitude.