Some Of My Favourite Things..at the moment

I thought I’d share a few things with you today that’ve been inspiring me lately.  Around three weeks ago I did a floral arranging class and met the lovely Corinna from Hunter and Ivy.  Corinna is an Interior Stylist and Designer, her work is beautiful, she kindly did a shout out for my blog on her Facebook Page.  Corinna commented that she’d frame this picture any day of the week!  It’s a picture I took at my brothers place in the country for My Easter Saturday post.

It was timely as I’d been thinking of framing this picture for a while, so got two copies made, one for Corinna and one for myself which I framed yesterday.  I have to say I love it.  If anybody would like to buy a copy of this 12 x 8 inch glossy print (note: print for sale only, does not include the frame), simply click on my Farm Store link above and I’ll happily post it anywhere worldwide.

The second thing that’s been inspiring me lately is vintage silver.  I love visiting charity/vintage stores to see if they have any on their shelves and get very excited when they do.  I’ve set myself a limit though of $5 for a small piece and $10 for a bigger, grander piece..it’s a fun challenge.  Arranging flowers in my silver finds feeds my soul and enjoying the flowers brings me so much peace.

A while ago, I promised I’d do a review of Gwyneth Paltrow’s book “It’s All Good”.  I figure everyone’s got the book by now so will say a few things about it.  I’ve tried a few of the recipes..the chocolate brownies, thai style chicken burgers, japanese chicken meatballs but so far the recipe I’ve made the most is the fresh ginger tea.  It’s winter here in Australia, so have had my moments of feeling unwell, like this morning woke up with a slight sore throat.  When I feel like that I make this ginger tea and it gets me back on track, it’s really good.  I keep all the ingredients on hand now, so I can make it when I feel like it.  It’s the tea equivalent of a big warm hug!

“It’s All Good” is beautifully photographed, I found the brownies dense, I had to have a drink of water after taking a bite to help me swallow.  For me this kind of eating is a gradual thing I filter into my cooking.  My husband doesn’t mind eating healthy but is still embracing it so I don’t cook from this book every day.  Having said that I’m going to choose a recipe from it to make tonight and think it’s a wonderful book you should have in your cookbook collection, it will change our eating life.

Fresh Ginger Tea
I used a microplane grater to grate the ginger.
The best way to peel ginger is with a teaspoon, this quick video will show you how it’s done.

1 tsp very finely grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp honey or good quality maple syrup
1 cup boiling water

Place all ingredients in a jug, stir and strain into a teacup.

Catherine x

11 Comments

  1. tina @ colourliving

    How wonderful you framed that photo. What an excellent idea to have it for sale…

    The flowers and little silver finds are gorgeous and I love that it feeds your soul!

    Yes, the GP ginger tea is fab and I've been drinking it for years. Best remedy when you feel a cold coming up. BUT, I had never heard of peeling with a spoon. Genius!!!!!
    Thank you so much for

  2. leah // sang the bird

    I love all of these things! Your photo is gorgeous, I remember when you posted it on IG.
    The vintage silver challenge sounds fun and highly addictive.
    'It's all good' is on my wish list…. I know if you recommend a cookbook I will love it.

    and well…. the ginger peeling trick, who knew it could be so simple?

    Happy weekend gorgeous xx

  3. di

    Hi Catherine, What an inspiring post! I too collect vintage silver (amongst many other collections!) and I love seeing them used as vases.
    I have lots of silver trays, I place around the house and stack my ever growing magazine collection.
    Love to catch up soon x

  4. noreen

    hello there! i love the silver, and the restrictions on what you put on what you'll spend when shopping. a smart challenge. i looked at that cookbook, and didn't buy it this time. please let us know if other recipes are delicious. happy weekend!

  5. Catherine Bedson

    Leah // Sang The Bird: Thank you Leah, I'm flattered you trust my cookbook judgement. You would love "It's All Good" x

    @Mel: Thank you Mel, need to fill the shop up with a few more goodies.

    @Di: Oh you collect vintage silver as well, I'm like you I just love it! Would love to catch up soon, maybe when school holidays have finished.

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