Saturday, 21 March 2015

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring!


My morning face!

Yesterday was the official start of Spring, there was a New Moon and there was also a a solar eclipse; unfortunately the clouds came out just in time to obscure everything so I didn't see it! I hear it was pretty cool.





Yesterday was also the day that I did something that I've been talking about doing for the last 5-7 years. I couldn't sleep the night before and when I finally did it I had a sense of relief, happiness, and a sadness for how long it had taken me.








I'm excited about this new phase in my life and the possibilities,so this morning, I woke up and made glitter lollipops with edible flowers (as you do!).

  

Recipe 

(makes 6 large lollipops in a mould)

250g granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
100ml water
1 tsp strawberry flavouring
6 edible flowers (I got mine from eat my flowers this time but you can use violas, pansies or roses. They can be found at a garden centre or B&Q)
Lollipop moulds
6 lollipop sticks (you may have to cut them in half to fit the moulds)
Sugar thermometer 
Edible glitter, for decorating



Prepare the moulds by liberally greasing with vegetable oil and then lightly dusting with icing sugar.

Put the sugar and cream of tartar into a saucepan with the water. Gently stir and heat until the sugar has completely melted. Stop stirring & put the sugar thermometer into the pan (if you haven't done so already), and increase the heat, boiling the mixture until it reaches the ‘hard crack’ stage, or a small spoonful dropped into cold water sets hard.  You will  also need to watch it closely so that it doesn't burn or turn into caramel. It will be helpful to have a small cup of cold water nearby to keep testing the mixture.

Remove from heat immediately and swirl in strawberry flavouring. It is best to add the glitter to the warm mixture so that it spreads evenly, rather than once it is in the mould.

One mould at a time, carefully fill to halfway then place a flower in. Fill to the top, covering the flower with the warm mixture and place a lollipop stick in. Leave to cool for approximately 15 minutes until the lollipop comes out of the mould easily!

Clean your utensils and pots by soaking them in warm water.


This is relatively easy but you will need to keep an eye on the sugar so that it doesn't burn. You also don't need a mould or the sugar thermometer, but they do make things a little easier!

Here's to love, lollipops & Spring.




Peace & Love
xx
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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Curate Your Space



Curate2
kjʊ(ə)ˈreɪt/
verb
verb: curate; 3rd person present: curates; past tense: curated; past participle: curated; gerund or present participle: curating
  1. select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition).
    "both exhibitions are curated by the Centre's director"
    • select the performers or performances that will feature in (an arts event or programme).
      "in past years the festival has been curated by the likes of David Bowie"
    • select, organize, and present (online content, merchandise, information, etc.), typically using professional or expert knowledge.


This week I had an enlightening conversation with a university friend. We were catching up on life, self-discovery and "curating your space". I thought it was a brilliant concept. Each of us, taking the time to select, organise & look after the items in our space. And by space I don't just mean our physical space. We also need to select what we let into our minds and who we let into our hearts.




As for me, I am working to surround myself with books, beautiful energies & art. One of the artists that I'm currently in love with is Michelle Robinson from CREATE.TURE. I'm not sure how I stumbled across her on Instagram, but I now have a wall covered with her prints and am hoping one day to have an original piece of her work. 




I love the detailed backgrounds, the colours and the strength and sensuality of the women that she paints. 

Dai by Michelle Robinson

I was inspired to make a cake, using the two images above. The cake itself has two layers of white chocolate sponge (click here for the recipe) and one red velvet layer (click here for a recipe), with caramel buttercream icing (click here for a recipe).



I recreated the painting using fondant shapes, cut individually. To say it took a while would be an understatement, but it was worth it to have the woman herself show her appreciation on Instagram. Maybe one day I'll get to bake for her in person!


Take the time to surround yourself with beautiful things that you love and that inspire you - curate your space;





Peace & Love
xx




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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Just chilling...



This weekend I had the luxury of staying at home, baking and generally pottering around enjoying my new surroundings. 

I'm not sure if it's the fact that I'm getting kinda old but staying in is the new going out!


I promised that I would fill you in on my new adventures for 2015 & decorating my home is one of them. I got a pet cat last year & after realising that I am not a danger to living things, I decided to try my hands at plants. Now I'm not one to do anything by half so I probably have about 14 & I intend to get many more.


I'm going for a bohemian meets eclectic meets Scandinavia type look. Basically I'm making it up as I go along, taking everything that I like along with me!

Have a look at some of my pics, let me know what you think....















Peace & love
xx










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