29 March 2016

A little eye candy

After the long holiday weekend, I thought you might like some eye candy--and some blueberry cheesecake, just because it looks so gorgeous.

Have a lovely week!

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19 March 2016

Happy Weekend!

Are you feeling lovely? I hope you are. Wishing you a weekend filled with love, beauty, and amazingness...

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15 March 2016

My Easter Menu 2016

Today I'm sharing my Easter menu with you. We will be hosting lunch on Easter Sunday again this year. I've been planning the menu for a few weeks. I enjoy the planning part as much as I enjoy the cooking, baking, and--of course, the eating parts of entertaining. I just love having family and friends gathered around our table for a good meal, whether it's for a special occasion or no reason at all.

To me, the main event is always dessert. Because I love baking cakes, this is what I started with, for this year's Easter celebration. I will be making a layered raspberry-lemon cake with lemon buttercream frosting, and decorating it with a handful of Cadbury mini eggs and a little chocolate bunny. (Note: Originally, I was planning to make a carrot cake, until Glen reminded me how much he hates carrot cake. So, I had to come up with a Plan B. I included the carrot cake recipe, below, anyway, because I know it's a traditional favorite at Easter.)

For the rest of the food, I'm going with a pretty traditional American menu, overall, but the main dish is definitely more of an Australian choice--roast lamb, made in the slow cooker. I've made it a few times for Easter. I guess it has become a family tradition. I'll be doing a few easy make-ahead appetizers and classic sides, including scalloped potatoes (because we definitely need some creamy cheesy goodness on special occasions!) and a couple veggies. I'm also going to bake some funfetti cookies, for Levi's play group's Easter party. If I'm feeling especially ambitious, I might also make some homemade chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs.

In case you're looking for menu ideas, or you're always on the hunt for great recipes, here is what I'm planning to make for Easter this year. 

13 March 2016

Easter Inspiration

Since Easter is almost here, I'd like to share some of the loveliness which is inspiring me for the holiday. I'm planning to get crafty and make bunny bunting and a paper nest, and paint and decorate Easter eggs with the kids. Even though it's autumn here in the land of Oz, I cannot help but embrace the pretty pastels of spring at Easter. And, of course, my favourite part of the celebration is chocolate! I hope you will be inspired today. 

Happy Easter!

For more Easter inspiration, visit my Easter Pinterest board.

09 March 2016

pink loves blue and green

If you know me at all... By now, you've seen how much I love pink... especially pink with blue, and pink with aqua. Tonight, I've been finding some rooms and such with pink, blue, and green together, which means, of course, that I'm in love with them all. I'm especially into pink with deep blue and leafy greens. It looks so fresh. These rooms are making me want to do this look in my lounge now. I hope it won't clash with the million-and-one toys in here!

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