Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Recipe - Blueberry Cinnamon Muffins

On Sunday as part of #sundaybakingsunday by I Give You the Verbs, I decided to try out a new recipe idea - blueberry and cinnamon muffins.

I adapted my favourite Strawberry muffin recipe and changed a few things around and added this and that, and I've come up with a great yummy muffin recipe.

Blueberry & Cinnamon Muffins

3 cups plain flour
1/2 cup castor sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 & 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon (or more if you like)
130g butter (melted and cooled slightly)
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 punnet of blueberries (washed)

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line your cupcake/muffin tin with paper liners.

In a large bowl sift together flour, sugars, baking powder and cinnamon.

In another bowl mix together butter, eggs and milk (I find beating each egg before adding it to the mixture helps incorporate the eggs better)

Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, folding through to just combined and then fold in the blueberries. At this point you can taste the mixture and more cinnamon if you like.

Spoon the batter in the cupcake/muffin tin (I filled them about 1/2 way) and bake for 20 mins or until golden brown and cooked through.

Eat and enjoy.

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Messages of Hope - What is Hope?

Today I want to share a poem I found at Poemhunter about Hope.

What Hope means

Hope is bright shining light which keeps darkness at the bay
Hope is gentle cold breeze on a hot summer day

Hope is to remain positive when going gets tough
Hope is seeking more when others think you had enough

What Hope means

Hope is dreaming of tommorow
Hope is simmering under sorrow

Hope is sparkles when tears in our eyes
Hope is a beautiful thing & beutiful things never dies

What Hope means

Hope is as light as a feather
Hope keeps all of us together

Hope is ubiquitous and free of cost
hope is the last thing ever lost.....

Have a good week everyone. 

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Pinterest Friday!!!!

How's your week been?

Mine's been up and down this week but today was great, I got to spend some time with the psycho twins (aka my niece (2) and nephew (5)) and play at the park and then watch movies and eat homemade pizza. I love spending time those two crazy nuts as it's get me out of my daily life and into a land of make believe.

Here are some great ideas for you to enjoy this weekend to get you out of your daily life and into a land of fun.

Enjoy - remember you can find more fun/creative things over on my Pinterest page.

Have a fun weekend.

Dream Catcher DIY

Original page here

What a great idea for a sprinkles birthday party!  Quick and easy sprinkle-edged oreos.

Not sure of original source - if anyone knows please alert me and I'll update.

String Wall Art

Original Post here

Star Wars shower

Original Post here

Pom Pom Hedgehogs - a favourite on MollyMoo since last fall | MollyMooCrafts.com

Original Post here 

Olaf for Alyssa's birthday

Original Post here

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Taking Stock - September

Sometimes in life you just need to slow down, stop and take stock of what's going on in life. 

It was a quiet day here at work today so while no one was looking I decided to reflect on my life. 
Making : Trying to teach myself to crochet - I'm testing my skills with a granny square
Cooking : Just basic meals (meat and steamed vegies) but this week I'm going to make a dish I haven't cooked in ages Pumpkin and Rice Macaroni casserole. 
Drinking : Good Ol H20
Reading: I'm a serial multiple book reader - "Allegiant" by Veronica Roth and "You'll get through this" by Max Lucado
Wanting: A new digital SLR camera as mine is broken (my birthday is coming up soon)
Looking: For purpose
Playing: The Simpsons Tapped Out 
Deciding: What needs to go on the weekly grocery shopping list
Wishing: MJ's studying was already over (not for another month) 
Enjoying: Planning our combined 30th party that's happening next month (yeah excited)
Waiting: For mangos to come into season
Liking: Seeing the sun more
Wondering: Who decided the order of the alphabet 
Loving: Specials on Strawberries at the shops (oh so sweet and good)
Pondering: Why do people act the way they do 
Considering: Cutting my hair to something completely different 
Watching: Reign on Fox8 
Hoping: For some beach time this summer
Marvelling: about the beautiful blue tongue in our backyard that scared me the other week 
Needing: A good nights sleep - no more nightmares please 
Smelling: Toast cooking (from the office kitchen)
Wearing: Work clothes (flower patterned pants, dusty pink top and a light white cardigan) 
Following: Inked In Colour's life project entitled "Nothing New" 
Noticing: Peoples moods changing with the weather 
Knowing: Every time I build a couch fort my husband will come and destroy it like an evil traitor 
Thinking: About all the sad and scary news that's happening at the moment 
Admiring: Emma Watson and the amazing speech she gave at the HeforShe event 
Sorting: My nutrition assignment out ready to submit 
Buying: A fun summer dress with BMO all over it (Adventure Time)
Getting: pretty overseas presents from my parents (I love my new Holland necklace) 
Bookmarking: Recipes from Raspberri Cupcakes 
Disliking: All this sad scary news
Opening: Penpal letters from the US, UK and AUS
Giggling: with my partner in crime at work pulling harmless office pranks 
Feeling: Mute - neither happy nor sad at this present moment 
Snacking: I'm loving prosciutto this week  
Coveting: I'd love to own a Macro lens but I need a new camera first 
Helping: Convincing MJ to participate in Movember to help raise money for prostate cancer
Hearing:  Mouse clicking and distance radio (work noises), I've also dragged out my Ipod for the car and listening to some good classics and one hit wonders 
What does your list look like? Leave me a link below if you've done this yourself. 
This idea is a Pip Lincolne original idea- check her out she's ace! 

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Hope lessons from a 2 year old!

This weeks Messages of Hope #findingeverydayhope is bought you to by a 2 year old.

Back in February this year my gorgeous little niece taught me a very powerful lesson in hope.

It was February 13th and I'd just arrived back at my parents house after finding out I had miscarried at 9.5 weeks. My older brother and my mother were hugging me as I cried. Little did I know that my 2 year old niece was watching (I had forgotten she was there).

I went to cupboard later to get something to eat and was crouching down to look at the bottom shelf when my niece came over to me. Crouching down I was at her height, she looked me square in the eyes, brushed my hair to the side and said "Aunty Tine you ok?" Trying to smile I said "Yes little one, I'm ok" She then brushed my hair again away from my eyes and gave me a kiss on the cheek and a hug.

In that little moment she showed me how much she loves me and that there is hope in the future.

Thank you little one for that moment, I love you too.

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

What happens at camp.....

I got to spend a lovely weekend in the Blue Mountains at craft camp. I love going to craft camp and catching up with all the ladies there and getting some UFO projects finished. 

This camp I wanted to work on 3 card kits that I had and I'm impressed I finished all of them. I didn't make all of them exactly like the picture in the kit but I'm happy with the outcome. 

Every camp there is a dress up dinner on the Saturday night - this time it was 'Spring Fever'. I finally had a reason to go out and buy a tutu (even though I really didn't need a reason to buy one). 

We all got a lucky door prize and I was lucky to receive some brand new stamps and fabric strips. 

I did come home early on Sunday morning so I could head into the city with MJ and his cousin for Comic Con - which was so much fun!!! Yes we did have a little fan moment when we saw William Shanter in the distance - ha ha!!! Next Comic Con I'm so getting dressed up in some kind of costume. 

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Messages of Hope - Beautiful Flowers

This weekend I got to spend sometimes up in the lovely Blue Mountains and I found some #findingeverydayhope in some beautiful flowers. 

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Friday Pinterest Picks

It's Friday again - yeah!!! One sleep till the weekend.

At the moment I'm heading off to a craft camp for the weekend to get my creative on!

Speaking of getting creative, here are some great little finds I found on Pinterest, that can keep you busy over the weekend.

Enjoy - have a good one.

Home made Vegan Crispy Twix Bars - Tried and tested and very good.

Original post here

Ice cream balloons -- love this easy, inexpensive idea for kids birthday parties! | Lets get crafty, cheap!

Original post here

Spoon Ring Tutorial

Original post here

DIY Lumpy Space Princess backpack tutorial.... How to make your own Adventure Time bag via Talking Trash & Wasting Time:

Original post here

Vow Renewal - DIY doily lanterns. I can see these hanging from the ceiling, OR stacked in a corner like a big pile of snowballs, OR coming up topiary-style out of a pretty birch vase!

Original post here

Crochet Donuts Pattern

Original post here

Homemade Soap via A Beautiful Mess (click through for simple tutorial)

Original post here

Thursday, 11 September 2014

In Society No One Wins.

Society today is a fickle creature, always changing it's mind, never straight forward, it changes shape every day. One day it's your best friend and the next your mortal enemy. You could be the best thing ever today and a total loser tomorrow - society always has the final say. 
In society no one wins!!!!
You might be supporting the ice bucket challenge today raising funds for charity and then tomorrow you are condemned for wasting water. Today you could be wearing a mini-skirt and be told you are empowering women to wear what they want and then tomorrow you could be told you are degrading yourself by showing too much skin. 
You can never win!!!!
I was reading some articles the other day and one was entitled "15 Stars who refuse to take it off for the cameras"  - one of the quotes from the article was "these famous ladies don't have the courage to (or may they're too polite?)" but then on the flipside this article about Miley Cryus, she is being looked down on for going topless. So how does that work? How can you condemn someone for not going topless and then condemn them for going topless?
"Be proud of who you are" - but not too much or you're a stuck up bitch. "Speak your mind" - but not too much or you'll be too opinionated and told to shut up or asked if you are having your periods. "Celebrate your differences" - but only as long as no one else has a problem with it. "As a man you should be more gentle and caring" - but don't show too much emotion or you'll be considered a sissy. "Men should look after themselves more" - but be careful or your sexuality will be questioned. 
It's just madness that a society like this has been created and exists - but who created it??? who controls it???? 
It's a mystery - some say it's us but when we stand up against society it's others that try to stamp us out. 
I'm not saying society is totally evil or immoral or anything of the like, it does have it's place but it does need to be a bit more loving and accepting. 
So lets start showing society how to be loving and accepting, lets show society that it will not break us.  
"Cause the players are going to play, the haters are going to hate, heartbreakers are going to break, fakers are going to fake - but I'm just going to shake it off" Taylor Swift 

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

DIY - Paint Splattered Heart Canvas

Last week I shared a DIY for paint splattered notepaper - this week I wanted to continue the theme but with a twist.

I bought a little canvas at the local cheap store for $1 and cut out a heart shape from a piece of clear contact paper. I peeled off the backing paper of the heart and centred it in the middle of the canvas making sure it was fully stuck down. Then using different coloured poster paints I just splashed paint all over the canvas, as seen in the picture below.

Once the paint is dry using a toothpick carefully peel off the contact heart and you should have a beautiful little white heart in the middle. 

I love this - so quick and simple to make plus so much fun getting all messy with paint. 

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Messages of Hope - Rainbows

Last Sunday I started a new series called "Messages of Hope - Finding everyday hope in an uncertain world" (see last week's post here).

This week I wanted to share what I believe is a very powerful symbol of hope - a rainbow.

Rainbows appear after the storm has lifted and the rain has stopped. Rainbows show that there is sunshine and life beyond the rain.

It's a symbol of hope and life - there are always going to be storms and rain but there is also always going to be a rainbow.

One of my favourite quotes is by Dolly Parton: "If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."

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Friday, 5 September 2014

Friday Pinterest Picks

Hi, hope you all are having a great week and are all geared up for the weekend!!!! Yeah!!!!!

Every Friday I'm going to share my favourite Pinterest Pins of the week to help you get inspired for the weekend ahead.


DIY Petal Cake. I would do this with different shades of one color or just two or three coordinating colors instead of rainbow though.
(original page here)

Best Card EVER!

(original page here)

Use a pencil eraser and gold paint to DIY these patterned napkins.

(original page here)

Gummy bear ice lollies!

(original page here)

Bloomin' Gooey Cheese Bread..

(original page here)

Can anyone say french fry nails? Don't think I will ever actually do this, but it is too funny not to post.

(original page here)

Don't forget to head over to my Pinterest page for some more interesting finds.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

DIY - Paint Splattered Penpal Stationery

After weeks of heavy on/off rain here in Sydney, Sunday's amazing warm sun was such a welcome change and it was inviting me to come outside and play. 
I've got a few penpals now and I'm loving this snailmail revival that's going on. It's refreshing to connect without technology and go back to pen and paper. 
I wanted to send my penpals something special and unique so I thought I would create my own stationery. 
All you need is some paint (I'm using poster paint), paintbrushes, writing paper and envelopes. Set yourself up somewhere you can be messy. I laid out towels and plastic bags on the grass in our backyard.

Pick the colours you would like to paint with, dip in a paint brush and getting flicking. It's as simple as that. You can even get more creative and use an old toothbrush which gives a whole different effect again. 

The end result is fantastic, something different and it's differently one of a kind each piece of notepaper. 

I even had some fun painting scenes onto envelopes. I'd love to know what the postman thinks when he see this. 

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