Monthly Archives: August 2010

TomKat Studio Giveaway

To celebrate reaching 8,000 facebook fans Tomkat Studio are sharing these free Happy Birthday Crown Mini Notecards. Pop on over there now and download a free pdf file. My daughter has a combined birthday party (three girls) coming up in a few weeks so I will print off a card in each colour….so exciting.

Happy Daffodil Day

Today is Daffodil Day, when the Cancer Council raise money for cancer research by selling daffodil related merchandise.

The colour yellow makes me look forward to spring…wearing brighter coloured clothes, pretty sandles and admiring peoples gardens as their daffodil bulbs start popping up out of the ground.

I found this gorgeous daffodil, yellow inspiration board at Bliss Event Group. Credits for pictures available there. Hope it inspires you and puts some sunshine into your day.

French Vintage Basket

Called into Villa Maison yesterday the store is so beautiful and cosy on a cold day, there were people walking around with glasses of wine taking in the beautiful atmosphere and french inspired homewares.

I couldn’t resist this french vintage basket and was inspired straight away to put these little bottles in it with some tulips when I got home. Of course you could also use it to display knives,forks and napkins if you were having visitors over for lunch or dinner or displaying rolls of string, candles etc.

I’m looking forward to watching the tulips opening and bending in towards the sun in the days ahead. Catherine x

Unforgettable Lemon Tarts

Delicious Lemon Tarts in six easy steps!
1. Visit Magnolia Square (next market October 21, 22 and 23rd Malvern Town Hall)
2. Seek out the Unforgettable Products Stand
3. Buy a packet of pastry cases

4. a jar of delicious lemon curd (also available in passionfruit curd)

5. a packet of petite meringues

and 6. assemble…couldn’t be easier. I made them for my family last night and they loved them. The lemon curd is seriously delish. So easy if you are having people over for dinner and are short of time.

Itchy Bird – Magnolia Square

Images Magnolia Square Snippets

Have you been to Magnolia Square? I attended the last pop up market they held at Malvern Town Hall last week and it was bursting with creativity, style and passion.One stand in particular I loved was Itchy Bird. Carol Hitchen makes the most gorgeous paper bird kits that you make yourself (very easy, detailed instructions included).

The weekend is the perfect time to take a moment, pour yourself a glass of wine, relax and enjoy the process of hand crafting….great for a birthday present with paper in maps of paris and other cities and wonderful musical note paper…beautiful propped on top of your piano or a present for your childs music teacher.
Carol also sells kits to make your own peg doll and beautiful ready made resin necklaces with motivational sayings on the back.The next dates for Magnolia Square are October 21, 22 & 23 at Malvern Town Hall.


Today is RSPCA Cupcake Day and I have been busy all weekend testing my cupcake and icing recipes and then baking the final ones yesterday. So much work making sure the cupcakes taste perfect!

All worth it though for a cause that my daughter Hayley and our family are very passionate about. My husband set up some displays for me in his office tearooms and the company have generously offered to match us dollar for dollar.

Hopefully we’ll sell out by the end of the day and have a nice size cheque to pass on to the RSPCA for all creatures great and small who need their help.

Zoe’s 9th Birthday Cupcakes

Today I had the pleasure of making some chocolate cupcakes for my neighbour Zoe who was having a bowling party for her 9th Birthday…the only request Zoe gave me was they had to be chocolate!

Happy Birthday Zoe!

Lemon Butter Cake Love

As soon as I saw the story on high tea with a recipe for this lemon butter cake recipe in this months issue of Country Style Magazine I just had to make it….can’t wait to have a piece!

Lemon Butter Cake

160g butter at room temperature
2/3 cup caster sugar
1 large lemon, finely grated rind and juice
(you will need 1/3 cup juice)
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1/4 cup milk
1 cup icing sugar
extra 10g butter, melted

Preheat oven to 180C.  Grease and line a 20cm square or round cake pan with baking paper.  Using an electric beater, beat butter, sugar and lemon rind for 3 minutes or until light and creamy.

Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Transfer mixture to a large bowl.  Sift flour over butter mixture.  Add milk and 2 tablespoons lemon juice.  Gently fold flour into batter using a large metal spoon.

Spoon mixture into prepared cake pan.  Smooth top of cake with the back of a wet spoon.  Bake for 40-50 minutes or until  a skewer inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.  Stand for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.

Sift icing sugar into a bowl.  Add melted butter and remaining lemon juice, a teaspoon at a time, stirring until it reaches desired consistency.  Spoon icing onto cold cake, allowing it to run down the sides.  Transfer to a serving plate.