Monthly Archives: October 2011

New In Store

Handmade Afternoon Tea Napkins or to use when you have friends over for a drink and serve some delicious cheeses and breads or watercrackers.  Hand sewn by me I think they look very bright and colourful which is just the boost we need for Spring/Summer.  The napkins are $14 for a set of four or you can buy a set of four packaged with a vintage cake server…makes a beautiful gift with some character from the past……(just imagine how many afternoon teas from the past these cake servers have seen…when afternoon tea was a real tradition).

Click on the link below to visit my store to purchase these napkins or some beautiful shaped serving bowls, ceramic platters or salad servers (only two salad servers left).

http://www.farmhousehome.bigcartel.com/product/afternoon-tea-napkins

Catherine 

Fun Food Labelling

Last week I came across Allergy Riders a company that wants to put the fun back into parties and social occasions for people with allergies to nuts, dairy, eggs and the like.  They have come up with this unique food labelling system using brightly coloured cupcake baking cups and food flags.

I can’t imagine how challenging it must be for people with these allergies when they are at a party or someones house for dinner, this system takes the stress out of it for them.  Perfect for childrens parties!  You can see the full range and purchase this great product on the Allergy Riders website.

Mood Board

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you had a good weekend.  I’m doing the Holly Becker Blogging Your Way e-course at the moment and we had to create a mood board of images we’d like our blog to look like.

That’s mine above, I really enjoyed the process of creating a mood board.  In the past my ideas have been scattered and with this I found it helped me consolidate them all in one place and spoke to me about  where my interests really lie.

Why not have a go at creating one yourself?  For instance if you have a birthday party coming up or even for Christmas you can create a mood board of how you’d like to style your table or decorate your room.  It really helps to visualise ideas in this way.  I’m going to be creating more, you can lay it all out on a manilla folder and fold it up to refer back to later.  Enjoy!

Images  from Mood Board:  Donna Hay Magazine, The Age Good Weekend Magazine, The Herald Sun

Catherine

Boutique Markets

I thought I’d share a little bit about Boutique Markets today.  On Sunday 30th October I will have my very first market stall there selling lovely homewares…placemats, mezze napkins for your Spring Carnival and Christmas entertaining, ceramic bowls for salads, trifle, tiramisu, candles and little gifts for the teacher or kris kringle.

It’s on the Melbourne Cup long weekend from 9am to 1pm so hope to see a big crowd there.  Come and say hello it will be a great morning out and a chance to get some early Christmas presents, there will be some great stallholders so don’t forget to mark it in your diary.

Catherine  x

Farmers Market

On Saturday I went to my local Farmers Market. Lots of people from around the area were there with their market bags and trolleys, it’s a great way to start your weekend buying beautiful farm grown produce having a snack of dumplings or a scone and a coffee and bumping into people you haven’t seen for a while and having a chat.

I can’t believe how much our Market has grown…it is held in the local high school and the amount of stallholders has tripled from when it first started. That night I made a Mushroom Risotto for dinner with swiss brown mushrooms I’d bought and a salad with roasted beetroot, beetroot leaves and persian fetta with a dijon mustard, honey, red wine vinegar and olive oil salad dressing,it was delicious!

My Crunchie Cake

I remember my Aunt making this cake when I was little and I couldn’t wait to eat it.
It is great as a childs birthday cake and very easy to make.

You can make a sponge cake or buy a store bought one like I did here (Woolworths – two sponge cakes in a pack $3) if you are short of time.

Simply whip 600mls cream with some vanilla and about 1/2 tsp caster sugar.

Cut each sponge in half horizontally, spread the first layer with some whipped cream and sprinkle with some crunchie you have bashed with a rolling pin (I used two 50g bars in total).  Place second layer on top and repeat this until you have used all the layers.  Top with cream and more Crunchie.

I hope you enjoy this…what other recipes would you like to see?

Catherine

Prunella

As you all know on Saturday I did the “Flowers Not Football” Workshop at Prunella in Kyneton.
Well the afternoon was beautiful with nibbles, champagne and flower arranging. I hope you enjoy these photos I took of our finished arrangements and some of the gorgeous Prunella Shop.

If you haven’t been to Kyneton before you really must visit Piper Street in Kyneton it’s the most creative little town with beautiful cafes and you will leave feeling very inspired.

Catherine