Saturday, 23 March 2013

Easter Centrepiece

Easter is fast approaching and I have my 2 nieces coming over for Good Friday lunch so I thought I would do this Easter craft with them to get us all in the Easter mood.

Let's start with dyeing the eggs.

Now, I must confess that I did try the conventional way of piercing real eggs, blowing out the yolk and then dying them however the eggs shells were dark in colour and the dye didn't show up very well. So, in passing our local $2 shop I came across these eggs all ready for decorating!

What you will need for this activity is as follows:
  1. Eggs
  2. Egg carton for drying eggs
  3. Food colouring in various colours
  4. Plastic bowls
  5. 1/4 cup hot water per bowl
  6. 1 tsp white vinegar per bowl
  7. Scrap paper or cardboard to lay on bench 
  8. Mugs or tray to arrange your centrepiece on
  9. Shredded paper for decoration (if desired)



STEP 1

Lay the paper/cardboard out onto the bench to protect it. 


STEP 2

Pour 1/4 cup hot water into a plastic bowl and add 1 tsp of vinegar and food colouring. Stir well. I found that 20 drops of food colouring was sufficient. Repeat with remaining colours.




STEP 3

Dip each egg into the dye holding it on different angles to get varied effects. The eggs I bought have wired hooks at the top of the egg to hold onto however; if yours do not you can use tongs. 




STEP 4

When you are happy with the design on the egg place it in the egg carton to dry. If you have dyed the egg completely you may need to hold the egg to air dry for a few minutes prior to placing it in the egg carton. 




STEP 5

Once the eggs are dry, voila they're now complete. Get a bit creative and arrange with shredded paper on your favourite tray or mug.


                             
This one is my favourite



Would love to hear how yours turn out!


Antoinette xx




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Creativity Rules!
Colour board made at Von Haus Colour Workshop 
What colour would you pick?
Love this sea glass mason jar. Do you too?

Loving these paint samples from Resene 
XYZ Canvas from Wallstudio. My fav!!





Sunday, 17 March 2013

Parmesan Chicken & Waldorf Salad

I love the idea of Popcorn chicken although I don't like all the oil that comes along with it. So I decided to come up with my own version with a little parmesan twist. This is great to have as a light lunch or a hearty dinner. Enjoy!






INGREDIENTS

1 chicken breast
1 egg
1 cup panko breadcrumbs (can be found in the Asian aisle of the supermarket)
1/2 cup corn flour (can use tapioca flour)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
Olive oil spray
2 cups diced apple
1 cup chopped celery
2 Tbsp of plain yoghurt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Squeeze of lemon
Lemon wedges to serve

METHOD
  1. Dice the chicken breast into bite size pieces. 
  2. Crack the egg into a bowl and beat for a few seconds. 
  3. Place the breadcrumbs into a bowl and mix in parmesan cheese. 
  4. Place flour into a bowl.
  5. Coat chicken in flour, then dip in egg and roll in breadcrumb mixture.
  6. Spray a frying pan with olive oil spray and fry chicken until golden brown. Place on some kitchen paper to drain any excess oil. 
  7. For the waldorf salad combine the apple, celery, yoghurt, nuts and lemon in a bowl and stir well. 
  8. To serve place the chicken and salad on a plate and garnish with lemon wedges.

    Happy eating! 

Antoinette xx


Wednesday, 13 March 2013

"Down That Little Lane"


While I was on Pinterest I came across a pin and I tracked it back to a website called
"Down That Little Lane"

Down That Little Lane is an online store that supports product makers and suppliers all over the world in order to sell their items in one beautiful place. You can tell that the creators of Down That Little Lane have put a lot of thought into the products sold as each is unique in its own special way.

They have a wide range of beautiful bespoke products to glorious fashion accessories, geometric cushion covers, canvas prints and even children's handmade clothing.

I fell in love with these Bayside Vintage Aqua Ball Mason Jars (below) and they are only $26.00 each. They would look perfect on the floating shelves in our living room.




See below for other items I wish I would buy all at once!

Let me know if you love them all too and don't forget to follow us on Pinterest HERE

antoinette xx

The Family Tree Rattan Slouch Couch
Bubby Makes Three Handmade Singlet
Urban Road Oh Deer Canvas Print

Kith & Co Moroccan Leather Ottoman
Laurenskye Accessories Desert Flower Cushion
Urban Road Paisley Tree Cushion
Fawn Kids Personalised Name Print

Whiteport Bird Cage Room Art














































 

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Salmon Spaghetti

When I was young my mum taught me to cook at a very young age. She showed me how to make her famous spaghetti bolognese and I would make this for the family willingly most afternoons when I arrived home from school.

Nowadays I don't really use recipes for pasta sauces or savoury dishes in general and just throw things in as I go. This is a dish I came up with after I saw inspiration from a restaurant we visited last weekend.




INGREDIENTS

1 packet 100g Tassal smoked Tasmanian salmon
150 ml thickened cream (can use light cream if preferred)
2 hand fulls of snow peas
2 x 400g diced tinned tomatoes (can use fresh tomatoes if preferred)
1/2 cup water
250g spaghetti
1 red onion
2 x cloves of garlic
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp chicken stock (can use vegetable if preferred)
1 Tbsp mixed herbs (can use fresh oregano & basil if preferred)
Salt & pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese if desired

METHOD
  1. Fill up a saucepan with water and bring to the boil. 
  2. Once boiling, add in spaghetti and cook to instructions on packet. 
  3. Dice onion and garlic and put in a frying pan with a little olive oil. Fry until onions are soft and glossy.
  4. Pour in tinned tomatoes and water and stir. Turn heat down to a simmer.
  5. Add in snow peas, tomato paste, mixed herbs, chicken stock and salt and pepper. 
  6.  Simmer sauce until it thickens slightly. 
  7. Once thickened add in the cream and stir.
  8. Add in salmon at the very end as the salmon is already cooked so it just needs to warm through. 
  9. Mix through cooked spaghetti into sauce. 
  10. Finally garnish with parmesan cheese and basil pesto (as shown) if desired.
  11. Voila!


Would love to hear your thoughts!

Antoinette xx











Monday, 4 March 2013

The benefits of a Super King bed

So when buying a new bed I asked myself "Where do we start?"
 
With new technology being introduced into beds constantly my husband and I had to re-educate ourselves when purchasing our bed as we had not bought a bed for a fair few years. These days most beds have zoned areas and pocket springs to help eliminate partner disturbance and support each person individually. The pocket springs also help the bed to mould to the shape and contour of your body aiding in a comfy night's sleep.

So, some may be asking "Why purchase a Super King bed?" well in all honesty we did go looking for King sized bed as we did not know ourselves that a Super King size had been introduced. 

My husband (gotta love him) sleeps in a star fish position shown below.


As you can imagine with all your arms and legs spread out it does not leave any room for little ol' me to sleep beside him! In addition to this, as he did not have enough room to spread his arms whilst sleeping he used to sweat constantly meaning that I would be forever washing and changing our sheets. 

The new technology of the zoned areas and pocket springs also appealed to us as we now find that if either of us is having a restless night's sleep the other person is not disturbed. It's quite amazing technology!

We now both sleep like babies as the bed does in fact mould to your body shape and feels like you are sleeping on a cloud and to top it all off, my husband does not sweat in bed anymore, making me one happy camper! 

So, if you're anything like us and have the room for a Super King size bed, why not give it a try. You just might find it's the comfiest night's sleep you will ever had.

Would love to hear your thoughts if you do own a Super King sized bed :)

Antoinette