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Ban.do Sticker iPhone Case

Sometimes you see something and you just have to have it. Case in point: this ban.do iPhone case. Pale pink with a bunch of cute stickers? You had me at fries before guys. However, the combination of cost/shipping/exchange rate would have left me well out of pocket if I ordered straight off the ban.do website. I tried to find this case in stores but came up empty handed, although I’m now well versed on where you can buy ban.do totes and tumblers around Brisbane. But then, THEN, the online shopping stars aligned in the form of Shopbop’s Friends & Family sale (which is finished, unfortunately). Now I have my super kawaii case and can use my phone in public with the knowledge that I’ll probably get mistaken for a tweenager.

A Posy Full of Natives

Native flowers will always hold a special place in my botanical-loving heart. As much as I love a bunch of fragrant peonies or David Austin roses, there’s a quiet majesty in native Australian flowers. I may not get patriotic about a lot of things, but I’ll bloody well get patriotic about native Australian flora. While I’d like to say that I artfully created this arrangement, the truth of the matter is I picked it up from Coles on a whim. Who could resist the autumnal combination of the warm red protea (yes I do know that proteas are also South African), golden banksias, and silvery green eucalyptus? For #research purposes I tried to figure out exactly what kind of banksias these were. I narrowed it down to either the acorn banksia or woolly orange banksia but couldn’t differentiate between the two, so we’re just going to stick with a generalised banksia for now. Trying to name the greenery was beyond me as well and I could only pick out assorted eucalyptus and gum leaves. I also played around with my macro lens for my iPhone which resulted in some pretty trippy shots, which you can check out below and on VSCO.



Baked Doughnut Recipes To Try

The other week I bought a doughnut pan and it has quickly become my favourite baking accessory. I’ve tried making baked doughnuts the hard way before, with a recipe that required yeast and without a doughnut pan (those chocolate glazed doughnuts pictured above), and that turned out to be an epic fail. The doughnuts ended up resembling another failed attempt I had at making pretzels i.e. not at all like they were meant to. So it would seem that any recipe that involves yeast is my downfall. That’s why when making baked doughnuts I now opt for yeast-free recipes. The doughnuts end up more cake-like in their texture but I’m totally down with that. I’m not really here for discussions on what does and doesn’t constitute a doughnut. I’m just here for the noms. So far I’ve stuck to the basics and only made baked cinnamon* and vanilla bean doughnuts. The following is a quick round up of baked doughnut recipes I’m keen to try out. 

1. Baked Brown Butter and Pistachio Doughnuts from Joy the Baker

2. Persian Love Cake Doughnuts from Twigg Studios

3. Glazed Chocolate Cake Doughnuts from Pastry Affair

4. Baked Red Velvet Doughnuts from Ashley Marie’s Kitchen

5. Sticky Date Doughnut Sundae from Nodo Donuts

If you have any tried and tested baked doughnut recipes feel free to share them in the comments section!

*I used this recipe for the baked cinnamon doughnuts however next time I would make several tweaks to it, like reducing the spices in the doughnuts by a pinch, not dipping the doughnuts in butter to coat them, and reducing the quantities for the cinnamon sugar because I had A LOT left over.

The Galentine’s Posy

It’s no secret that I love a good bunch of flowers. When the season’s particularly good (hello spring with all your beautiful poppies and peonies and what-have-you) it’s entirely possible for me to spend a large chunk of my monthly budget on assorted flora. Responsible adult-ing? I highly doubt it. Anyway, I’m thinking of starting a series where I share my latest floral fancies. The current edition is courtesy of a Galentine’s Day posy from a friend. Consisting of Geraldton wax, sea holly (yes I did just google image search “spiky flowers” to find out what they were called) and eucalyptus leaves, this is a dry-ish assortment that will last a fair while. Which is a major plus because there’s nothing worse than buying a fresh bunch of flowers only for them to wilt away after a day or so. Also, everything looks better in a Lovestar sparkle heart vase.

Creamy Popsicle Recipes To Try

The other day I bought myself a popsicle mould and I am obsessed. This summer is going to be the summer of pops. I can already envision myself subsisting on a steady diet of frozen treats when the temperature rises so high that eating anything hot is just plain ridiculous. Right now my repertoire mainly involves simple recipes like freezing some brewed coffee or fruit juice but when I am ready to move beyond that and flex my popsicle making skills, these are the popsicle recipes that I’d like to try out.

1. Mini Chocolate and Coconut Popsicles from Posh Little Designs
2. Dairy-free Chocolate Ice Cream Pops from Vanelja
3. Roasted Blueberries and Cream Matcha Popsicles from With Food and Love
4. Chai Spiced Coconut Fig Popsicles from Tasty Yummies

If you have any favourite popsicle recipes, feel free to mention them in the comments. I’m all ears!

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