Winter Skies

We’re pretty much saying to goodbye to winter where I am, and these few days over twenty degrees have reminded me of the hot weather I dread. Can’t say I’m not looking forward to getting out the dresses I haven’t worn for seven months or warm evenings with ice cream. But the glory of summer wears off once it hits over 30 degrees. So here are a few images I took in the winter months which remind me of what I’m already starting to miss.

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PHOTOS BY Maya Pearson

Rosewater & Lychee Icy Poles

Rosewater and Lychee Icy Poles

Rosewater and Lychee Icy Poles

I was inspired to make these simply by the recent hot weather. Enjoy!

Makes four Icy Poles
Ingredients
1 cup of Lychee Juice (this will depend on the size of your icy pole moulds and how much fruit and petals you put in)
1/2 teaspoon of rosewater
Handful of red rose petals
Halved strawberries

– Icy poles moulds

Method
In a jug mix the rosewater and lychee juice together. Place the rose petals and strawberries in your empty icy pole moulds, don’t be too fussy about this because they will change when you add the juice mix. Pour in the lychee and rosewater mix, the rose petals and strawberries will float to the top. To stop this happening add more fruit.
Put in icy pole sticks and place in the freezer until frozen.

Rosewater and Lychee Icy Poles

Rosewater and Lychee Icy Poles

Origami Bird Mobile

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Materials
Embroidery ring (Inside ring)
Embroidery thread
Scissors
Needle
Assorted origami birds – I found out how to make these birds here, here and here.

Instructions
Step One:
Cut three pieces of embroidery thread, long enough to meet in the middle of the circle, about 25 cm (depending on the size of your embroidery ring.) This will be the top of the mobile where you hang it up.
Step Two: Work out the positioning of the origami birds – where you want them to hang.
Step Three: Measure how far you want the birds to hang down. Mine vary in length, the longest is about 25 cm.
Step Four: Attach birds to embroidery thread by making a small hole with your needle in their wings (somewhere the knot will be hidden.)

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Shell Statement Necklace

Sea Shell Necklace

I was at the beach earlier this week and it inspired me to make this simple shell statement necklace.

Sea Shell Necklace

Materials:
String
Necklace Clasp
Three or more shells

Sea Shell Necklace

Measure the length of your string by putting it around your neck and deciding where you what it to sit. Take into consideration the you will need extra to tie the string onto the clasp.

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Thread the string through the shell’s hole. I was lucky enough to find shells that had natural holes in them. If you didn’t happen to find any like this then maybe you could drill a hole? I’m not sure how shells would cope with that though.
– Let me know in the comments below what you would do to create the hole.

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Now attach your clasp. The clasp is optional, you might like to tie a knot at the back, but I prefer to be able to take it off more easily. Tie a double knot on each ring and cut the excess off.

Sea Shell Necklace

Sweet, simple and complete.

Nectarine Tart

Nectarine Tart

It’s stone fruit season! You can vary this recipe to the fruit you would like to use – plum, apricot, peach, cherry.

Ingredients
1 2/3 cups of self-raising flour
1/4 cup of brown sugar
150 g butter, softened
2 eggs lightly beaten
100 g almond meal
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of cardamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 apple peeled and grated
12 ripe nectarines, halved
Optional: few flaked almonds, sifted icing sugar and double cream to serve

Method
Preheat oven to 180°. Grease a 25 cm ceramic flan dish. Place all ingredients except the nectarines in a mixing bowl and beat with electric beaters for 3 to 4 minutes until the mixture becomes pale. Spread in the dish and place the nectarine halves over the top, cut-side up. Bake in the oven until golden brown. Approx. 45 mins. Cool.

Optional: dust with icing sugar and serve with double cream.

Nectarine Tart


Summer Smoothie Challenge

It’s weather for smoothies!! This Summer Smoothie Challenge was a lot of fun, (drinking and photographing.) You might be thinking, spinach! Yuck! I had no idea what spinach smoothies would be like, but surprisingly I didn’t taste the spinach. It’s really worth trying. Spinach is high in Vitamin A, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Half a cup of spinach will give you the same amount of iron as three ounces of beef. Au revoir meat!

Summer Smoothie Challenge_Day One

Day One – This was amazing! My favourite smoothie.

Two cups of blackberries
One small banana
Two big handfuls of spinach
One cup of water.
Two tablespoons of natural plain yoghurt

Blend in a blender! Top with mint leaves.

Summer Smoothie Challenge_Day Two

Day Two – Tasted like really sour apple juice. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Two granny smith apples
Two big handfuls of spinach
One cup of water
Half a cup of ice

Blend it!

Summer Smoothie Challenge_Day Three

Day Three – Intensely tangy and delicious.

One cup of raspberries
1/3 cup of coconut flakes
Two big handfuls of spinach
One cup of water

Blend! Top with shaved coconut.

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 Day Four – This was rather strange. It was like drinking muesli; a bit sweet for me – my least favourite smoothie.

One and a half cups of sliced peach
Two big handfuls of spinach
One tablespoon of honey
1/4 cup of raw oats
One cup of water

Blend that smoothie!! Top with ice blocks.

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I decided to do something completely different for the last smoothie. I used blackberries I picked from near the beach which made it extra special!

Day Five – In love with the combination of ginger and berries.

Half a cup of blackberries
Half a cup of raspberries
Chunk of ginger to taste
Three tablespoons of natural plain yoghurt
Half a cup of ice blocks
Half a cup of milk or water

Blend and enjoy!

Paper Doily Garland

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This craft project is easy, cheap and will look great at your summer party.

Materials:
Paper doilies (three different sizes)
Scissors
String
Glue

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Cut the size of the string (depending on how long you want your paper garland)
First you will need to decide on what pattern you would like the doilies to be in.
My Pattern: (big, medium, small, medium, big)

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Lay out your string and position the doilies.
To attach them to the string, fold the doilies in half and put a little glue on the bottom of each one.

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