Monday, June 23, 2014

Hundreds and Thousands Magazine.

Hello lovely ones,

It's a bit cold and miserable here in melbourne. Our electricity has been out, so the oven has been our heater. This is not great. But I did not come here to make you feel even more cold (thats's if your going through winter), I came to tell you issue two of my magazine is out now!

For more info and pretty pics, head to the blog, and to purchase it, go here.

I would love to know if you have read any of the other issues.

See you soon,


Saturday, June 21, 2014

My new winter coat.

So I made myself a coat. It's been something I have wanted to do for a while now, and after making Percy's coat, I knew I needed to try making mine finally!

Im pretty happy with this. It's not perfect. But its a handmade coat!!! Made by me!!! Two needles snapped...blankets are hard to sew with.
I used a $1 woolen blanket and lined it with some very pretty opshopped quilted material for extra warmth. The buttons were opshopped too, I think they were once on a couch. Here's some pics...

Here's Percy in his new coat. It fits perfectly.

It feels pretty good ticking sewing goals off my list. Anything you've tried making that has been a goal of yours for a while?

See you soon,


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Percy's new winter coat.

I've just finished sewing Percy this winter coat, and am pretty happy with it. I've been doing a bit of sewing lately for the Handmade Kids Clothing Swap 2014, and while making clothes for Alyna kids, I felt Percy needed something too! So I decided a winter coat would be a good idea. I snapped one sewing needle, and had a small moment of panic that my machine was dead, but I ended up sorting myself out, and getting it finished. I plan to work on one for myself now. Here's some pics..

I used a opshopped vintage woolen blanket and lined it with some very cute retro kids fabric. The buttons were from a cardi of mine I chucked out ages ago. 

How are you keeping warm this winter???

See you soon, hopefully with a pic of Percy in his new coat.

Taz xx

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Weekend Baking:Coconut and Jam Slice

Hi there,

As it is now the weekend, if you are anything like me, my head goes straight to the eating side of things. The weekend brings opportunitues to make and share food, so I thought I would share a recipe perfect for afternoon tea. Or morning tea. Or breakfast. Lunch. Or dinner.

The original recipe was for Raspberry and Coconut Slice, taken from my Womens Weekly Baking Day cookbook(I LOVE this book). But I changed it. And I used homemade chia seed jam.

The jam was a recipe from Petite Kitchen Cookbook. Its so quick and easy, and perfect for baking with.

For the jam, you will need:
250gm berries of your choice
60ml water
2tbs honey/rice malt syrup
1/4 cup chia seeds

In a blender or food processor, blend the berries, water and honey. Stir in the chia seeds then put in glass jars, and set in fridge for an hour. The jam will keep 2-3 weeks refrigerated.

For the slice you will need:
90 gm butter, softened
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup self raising flour
2/3 cup spelt flour
1/2-3/4 cup chia seed jam

Coconut topping:
2 eggs
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup almond meal

Preheat oven to 180C and line a 19x29 cm slice tin with baking paper.
In a bowl, beat butter, egg and coconut sugar until light and fluffy.
Stir in the flours in two batches.
Spread mixture over base of tin. Spread jam evenly over the top.
Make the coconut topping by beating the eggs, then adding the coconut and coconut sugar. Spread on top of jam.
Bake for 30min. Cool in pan, then slice into 18 slices.

Store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Enjoy, with tea!

Are you doing any baking this weekend? If you make this, i'd love to know! Tomorrow, I plan to bake my mum's Orange Cake. The recipe was featured in the starter issue of Hundreds and Thousands Magazine, (a magazine I make) and the recipe is available on the blog here.

Hope your all having a great weekend so far,

Taz xx