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Last night I took my sister out for a wine and dessert after we had some yummy home-made pizzas for dinner. It’s her birthday on Monday and unfortunately I wont be down with her still, so we celebrated a little early!

My lovely mama gave me some money so I could take her out as the ever frustrating Studylink has mucked up yet another persons pay…me!! But thats a whole other rant…

We went to gorgeous restaurant and cafe called Waimea which is in Waikanae. Its a converted house, so it has a very relaxing feeling as soon as you walk in, just like you’ve gone round to a mates place for dinner. Its got a funky retro decor and beautiful palm trees in it which give a cool beach vibe. Not to sound weird tho, my favourite room was the toilet. I’ll show you why…

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Hows that for kiwi ingenuity!! I LOVE this sink idea! Probably wouldnt work too well in a house situation, imagine trying to fill that bucket up and wash your face! It is done so well though, theres a drain that emptys the bucket and runs through the cinder blocks. And the toilet roll holder…well, that speaks for itself!

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This was the Whittakers Chocolate Ganache slice with white chocolate and strawberries soaked in Pinot Noir that I had for pudding. It. Was. Heavenly. All the components worked so well together, rich decadent  chocolate with fresh moist strawberries that have a deep wine after taste…amazing.

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If your in the area, Id definitely recommend you pop in for a meal! Happy Mothers Day to all the mamas out there. Hope you’ve had a great weekend, until next time.

Peace
xo

Fish! You either love it or hate it. Luckily for me I love it, and thank goodness seeing as the two favourite men in my life  (Dad and Kieran) are both great fishermen!!
Kieran caught this snapper in weekend and I was out the night he cooked it up, so being the lovely boy he is, he saved me some.

Im always a bit skeptical about trying something new with fish, just because I love the natural basic flavour of it so much and I kinda think if something aint broke, dont fix it, right?! But…

Some times things do get a bit boring however, and because I love Asian flavours so much I thought Id do a new take on the fish for a change!

And am bouy am I glad I did!! (See what I did there?!?) Check out this sexy piece if fish… (if fish could be sexy, this is what naughty fish mens magazines would look like)

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Damn good meal that, and super easy!! Check out the recipe here, and let me know what you think. Go on, I dare ya – I bet you’ll be hooked!! (Te he he…) 

Peace

xo

One thing I love about food is how it can bring back memorable moments or happy times when you might have eaten it previously. The breakfast I made this morning did just that for me, and I was transported back to my good friend Lucys wedding, where she had a morning wedding and these delicious treats were served (actually, hers were ALOT better as they were made from Brioche and just deeeevine!!)

I found the recipe among one of my many blog trawls on another really really cool blog called Sugar and Charm – check it out!

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Banana Breakfast Sammys

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Hope you all have a great weekend! Tune in soon to see what I’ve been doing with my creative craft energy… shouldnt be long now before thats done!!

Peace
xo

The weekend just gone was certainly one full of two things I love – friends and freebies!! My good friend Lucy and I attended the Urbis Design Day on Saturday just gone, and because we were both Design Day virgins, we both had no idea what to expect. I had been offered some work for the same day in the afternoon and thought surely 2 hours would be enough to get around and explore all that this day had to offer…. luckily the work was cancelled because boy, it took aloooot longer than anticipated, and I certainly wouldnt want to have rushed it!!

We started off the eventful day at the Mini Cooper shop in Newmarket, and was greeted with a free sandwich and drink (darn, wish I hadnt just bought that muffin and coffee!). We explored their creative displays which showcased their minis and brought new light to why each mini is special, and how you might see yourself in them. A great start to the day.

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We then got shuttled off to the next exhibit at ECC lighting and furniture, where I was in lighting heaven. More pretty, unusual and ginormous lighting than you could shake a stick at! Here they had free Nespresso coffee on offer and the most delicious organic NZ icecream you could ask for – oob!! (I’ll take an extra one for later thanks…)

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Lighting

Now I was all jacked up on my second coffee of the day, off to the next place! We visited a bathroom show room, which aside from the free cheese didnt really standout and offer us anything too exciting, so into the shuttle and onto the next stop – Bo Concept.

This place was fuuuun! They had free wine, George fm cranking live and get this: a section that had a rack of top-of-the-line designer clothes, models, shoes and accessories and you got to design your own photo shoot where a professional photographer then took shots in a little photoshoot and gave you a copy of it!! Heaven!! Aside from the rather pushy stylist that was there (trying) to give direction, it was awesome, and such a brilliant idea.

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After this one, we went up to Parnell and saw some of David Trubridge’s stunning lighting fixtures, which are always a pleasure to look at. He hails from one of my favourite places in my beautiful country, Havelock North. I love how his designs have such a natural look about them, yet have a really sophisticated and modern effect when dangling from the ceiling. After viewing these at Backhouse, we then jumped on the shuttle again which took us to our next destination where we went through a little maze to figure out what type of font we would be.

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What font are you?

After so many eye catching and creative displays around, my eyes needed a wee rest after they had been so deliciously stimulated all day! Lucy and I had a wonderful day out together and were both thoroughly surprised at how amazingly well thought out and put together this event was. We would totally recommend it for next year!

Peace

xo

P.S. check out Urbis Magazine here, well worth a look!

There is really nothing like stepping outside your door to pick fresh herbs and veges from your own garden to add to your dinner. I love being able to do this and am lucky that my partner let my dad build me one! I love watching plants grow, there something so satisfying about helping something grow – and then eating it all!!

Hopefully we have a few sunny days around the corner so I can pick some of the lettuce and basil and make a delicious salad!

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Grow your own!

A recipe I had the pleasure of trying over Christmas was a parsley dressing. We had this over chicken and it was amaaaazing!! I found a similar recipe on this neat blog I just came across called veggieful.com. I havnt tried it yet but looks goooood. Even if your not a vegan, check out their website, looks like there are oodles of delicious recipes there that you could use as side dishes to go along with a meat main.

I love exploring the web and finding neat blogs, and I love it even more when cool blogs share links for other cool blogs. I am definitely going to try and incorporate this into my blogging from now on. Through one of the many links I clicked on while blog-surfing, I came across, get this, a restaurant alllll about mac n’ cheese!! Can you believe it! What an awesome place!

Trust America, but seriously, these two clever ladies have created this funky little place that has taken mac n’ cheese to a whole. nutha’. level.

I am so excited about going to Canada in October as while Im there I hope to make many trips down south into America and visit the West Coast and some of these neat places Im finding online.  Kieran and I are just going with the flow once we get to Canada and don’t really have any set plans, but this is one thing I definitely want to look into. Any places you can recommend to visit or where to stay on a budget?

I get so excited in anticipation of things to come that I sometimes forget to live in the now, and with all our travel plans now booked Im definitely getting that way again. I still have alot of exciting things that will happen before then, like graduating university, my nieces 2nd birthday and probably many other things Im not even aware of yet!
I just need to keep telling myself to sloooooow down and breathe. Enjoy what you have while you have it and dont wish the time away!

Have a great Tuesday! Before you know it, itll be Friday again… 😉

Peace

xo

Nothin like a delicious warm bicky fresh out of the oven and a cuppa tea after a long hard day!

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This was a super easy recipe that I just found through google, but modified it to 1) save me dishes because we dont have a dishwasher, and 2) I dont have golden syrup.
Instead, I substituted the golden syrup for a teaspoon(ish) of brown sugar. And because I like brown sugar more than white (not that I’m a hater), I used 1/2 cup of brown and 1/2 cup of white, instead of a whole cup of white, just to switch things up a bit.

Heres my Rhi-vamped version:

○1 cup all purpose flour
○1 cup oats
○1 cup of sugar
○75g butter
○1 tablespoon milk
○little bit extra of brown sugar

What to do:
Pre heat oven to 180ºC
Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the oats and sugar. Now melt the butter in the microwave for 20 seconds, take it out, add the milk and sugar and melt for another 10-15seconds.

Mix. Pour the butter mix into the dry ingrediants and stir well.
Line a baking tray, I used a re-usable silicon baking mat but you can also use baking paper, and then spoon out the mix, roll into balls and place on the tray.

Bake for 10-15mins or until slightly golden.
Try and resist eating them for at least 5mins while they cool…. then scoff them all!!

The reason I wanted needed a little sweet treat tonight with my tea was because I worked hard all afternoon making roman blinds for my bedroom, only took me 4months to get around to doing! I hate to think how well our neighbours know us…

Heres a sneak peek:

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I’ll be posting a tutorial on how to make them, so y’all come back now, ya hear!

Peace
xo

Tomorrow is my best friend Antonia’s birthday. I’m going to take her out for brunch in Mt. Eden tomorrow morning, although we have already started celebrating! She had a birthday dinner in town last night at an amazing restaurant called Monsoon Poon. They do amazing south east asian food, and it is always good!

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Antonia (although I normally refer to her as Fay, see why here) has been my bestfriend for hmmm…. the last, 5 years I think, although we met when we were 16.

This is us on the bus on the way to the restaurant… can you believe she just turned 26…?? We are so mature.

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BFFs

She currently works at a prestige clothing store called Witchery, so her wardrobe is full of beautiful garments! Plus she has a bit of an addiction/obsession with handbags and gorgeous shoes, so whenever I’m in need of a glam outfit, I shop at The House of Fay. I looove the outfit I wore last night, the colours, the sparkle…ohh, so pretty!! And with my new ‘white-witch’ hair colour, I feel like when I wear colours they have even more pop than usual! What do you think?

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Its always fun getting dressed up with your home-girl and having a night out on the town!  BOOM!!

Peace
xo