Saturday, 26 March 2016

Beetroot Red Velvet + Wild Orange Flavoured Coconut Cream

  • 2 Large grated beetroot (fresh, not from a tin)
  •  2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 4 tablespoons raw organic cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Organic Honey
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder

Coconut Cream

  •  270ml Can Ayam Coconut Cream. Leave in the fridge for 24 hours or Place in the freezer 30 mins before whipping
  •  Wild Orange Essential Oil (5 drops) (HERE)
  • 1 teaspoon gelatin


1. Preheat oven to 180ÂșC and line a cupcake tin with 12 cupcake cases (even if using a silicone tray, still use cupcake cases as it will stick)

2. Blend all ingredients (in a blender/Bellini/thermy, cannot mix this one by hand) until it’s a smooth batter, then divide between the 12 cases. I used my Bellini Intelli, Speed 5, Sharp blade 3 minutes.

3. Cook for 40 minutes.

4. Add cream, oil and gelatine together and whip, I used the belini, butterfly on, speed 3 for 2 mins.

5. Add a small amount of cream to each cupcake.

These cupcakes are Paleo and a great sometimes treat. The pair so well with doTERRA's wild orange. I hope you enjoy them, let me know if you make them :)

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Recipe: Three Ingredient Blackberry Jam

I found some blackberry’s at my local small supermarket today so The Boy and I got to work trying to make some Jam that doesn’t use the bucket loads of sugar that traditional jam making uses.

I thought of two ingredients that I know turn jelly like when liquid is added… Linseed's & Chia seeds. I didn’t think that the kids would appreciate linseed's to start with, so we stuck with the chia for the time being.

We had 300gm of fresh blackberries, put them in a saucepan on medium heat and stirred gently until the berries had ‘melted’.

We added not quite a tablespoon of honey, just to take a little of the sourness away that berries sometime have. Mix it straight into the saucepan of the warm berry mixture.

Then the magic ingredient... Two tablespoons of chia seeds. Stir through the berries, pop into a jar and you’re done. All up it took about 20 mins and now that it is cooled down it is very near the same consistency of normal Jam, and tastes just as good as well.

Please note, that this Jam will only last a week or two at max so only make enough for that time frame. Add a few more chia seeds if you find your consistency is too runny.

We will be experimenting with other fruits over the next few days, I feel like Jam might be on the menu more than it has been now we have a solution for the processed sugar.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

"I've Just Had Enough"

Children are like little sponges, soaking up their surroundings. But they soak up everything, the good and the bad.

Photo of the bush-fire smoke filled sky in our part of the universe, because "I've just had enough' of this as well ;)

We swear in our house, some mediocre words. Some that shouldn't be said. I never used to, even saying the odd 'S*!t' would make me sweat but now they flow easier on my tongue. I'm not quite sure how they evolved to be easier to use. But I guess we are lucky in the fact that the kids don't echo these words. Maybe I don't actually use them as much as I think that I do.

There is one phrase though that chilled me a little bit the other day, something that could be heard and not even given a second thought.

The poppet was playing in her bedroom which shares a joining door to our study. She was rocking on her rocking chair talking on a makeshift mobile phone made up from an old school game-boy.

Oh man was I giggling at the sentences she was coming up with, talking in her 'I think I sound like a grown up' voice. Until one sentence struck me...

'I've Just Had Enough!!'

I stopped what I was doing and sat there like a scene in a movie, you know the ones where you see a snippet of past occurrences fly by? That was me, it was probably a few seconds but felt like an eternity.

She was echoing me. I say that all the time. To be honest I don't know what I have actually had enough of, it is just my go to statement when things get a bit tough.

Kids are fighting, Bedrooms are messy, whole house looks like we have had a natural disaster inside. What ever it is that seems to be getting me a bit down, 'I've just Had Enough' is my go to sentence. It sounds so innocent reading it on a screen, but hearing it come from my 5 year olds mouth was a different story.

In the process of writing this post, my little poppet and I went to the shop together to get some milk, just before we left I interrupted the 5th squealing marathon for the day, I found myself standing in the supermarket talking to her about it and there I was again saying 'I've had enough' of the squealing. Even spoken calmly it was a tainted sentence for me.

I'm probably going to say it a thousand times more, at least I'm aware of it now. It's like my sub-conscious thinks that it will fix things, that that one statement will stop the screaming or clean the house or give me a little extra help around the house. But it won't. It's kind of like an empty promise to myself. Instead of echoing that empty promise I need to proactively make situations easier on myself, work out solutions rather than crying woe is me by saying that I have just had enough. Because if the time ever comes that I really am at a breaking point then it will almost be like the boy who cried wolf, hey?

It just got me thinking how our children are very much the echo of ourselves, the echo comes back a little weaker but still there. The same I guess could be said for our bad habits that we are most likely not on purpose teaching to our children even when we do have their very best interests at heart.

Friday, 15 January 2016

52 Weeks 16' | 2

A combined portrait for week 2. A new game with funny noises on the slide we claimed from the rubbish dump. I love how it is capturing the essence of the kidlets personalities.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Sunday Review | Be Fearless

How is it the second Sunday of a brand new year already? I guess it happens in the very same way that most of the things that I dream up or even try to accomplish slip past me. I've always had a fear of failure, a fear of failing to live up to people's expectations or the worst, a fear of failing myself. And sometimes, it really means a big full stop in many things that I set my mind, my heart and my soul to. So by stopping with the fear of failing, before even getting things really started the essence of failure has made me stumble.

It's easy to set goals, to put thought into accomplishing things but setting goals doesn't do the work for you. Pursuing, trying and sometimes even possibly having a mistake along the way are what gets things accomplished.

That is where this weeks quote gains momentum from. I found this a long time ago and it has always stuck in the back of my mind, Be Fearless, Be Fearless of myself.

My year , eight days in has a good momentum. I'm always holding back, so let this be the year of loosening my reins a little, not being such a harsh critic to my own soul, the year of really setting my soul on fire.

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Friday, 8 January 2016

52 Weeks 16' | 1


A portrait of each of my children, once a week, every week. 


Mister, Mister. With the weight of being a toddler on his little shoulders. I love you so very much my littlest mr. Even if a beautiful sunset and the impromptu trip to the lake brings your frown out.


Oh little poppet. The sun showing off your fiery glow. So sweet and so little yet a little cracker waiting to go.



My boy. The Boy. To fast, what can I say. If 9 feels like 19 then I hate to imagine what 19 feels like. Slow down my boy.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Introducing the Beginnings of Our Summer Line '15/16


Summer is well and truly in the air here in our little corner of the globe. We have been super busy wading through our fabric supplies to find some great prints for our summer line. Featuring lots of beautiful vintage fabrics we are excited at what is coming out of the little indie tribe studio at the minute. I don't know about you all but I know that my little poppet loves to dress pretty, but climbs the highest trees she can find, which can be a little difficult when in a long flowey dress. So I have kept this in mind while creating our girls pieces. Most of our items are very limited in stock, creating items from vintage fabrics means only a small selection, so when realised you will have to get in quick. It's so hard not to want to keep every item.




Ava 22 

ava 55 
Launching on the First of November.