Friday, July 31, 2009

One of my favorite op shop finds

Applique doll on cushion
Originally uploaded by happydacks

A very cute doll appliqued on a red cushion, this makes me happy everytime I see it. She used to have an apron but the material came off.

Prune and Apricot Cake

This cake is one of family's favorite treats, perfect anytime, but especially this time of the year warmed and served with cream. It came from a magazine...? It was an article by Bill Granger but it was not Bill's recipe... I think it was from a Melbourne favorite cafe?

3/4 cup prunes, pitted
3/4 cup dried Apricot halves
2 cups strong tea
500g plain flour (+extra 1 tbls)
2tsp baking powder
175g brown sugar
1tbls ground cinnamon (I use heaps more)
185g unsalted butter (extra needed for cake tin and for drizzling as assembling)
185g white castor sugar
200ml milk
1tsp vanilla extract

*Pre heat oven 160- Grease a 22cm spring form cake pan- Chop roughly apricots and prunes + soak in strong tea for 10 min- drain and put aside.
Sift flour, baking powder + pinch salt.
In a separate bowl combine brown sugar, cinnamon and 1tbls flour.
In a separate bowl cream 185g of the butter and white sugar- when light and fluffy add to this gradually the flour alternating with the milk (with the vanilla extract)
Then gently 'just' fold in the fruit.
Place 1/3 in cake tin, sprinkle with 1/3 of brown sugar mix - drizzle with 1tbls of melted butter!
Cook for 1 hour + check cake it cooked with a skewer. Cool before turning out. Well worth the effort!

Maeve's room

Maeve's room
Originally uploaded by happydacks

I have been trying to remove clutter lately, can you tell?

Monday, July 27, 2009

More photos of our day at Petty's Orchard

We had some great walks through the orchard.

Kelly was with us desperatley waiting for someone, anyone to throw the ball.

Maeve in her favorite climbing tree....

and in her second favorite.

Maeve and Fiann in the young tea tree forest.

A very low dam at the orchard.

Exploring the Orchard

Fiann, Trish, Wednesday, Sharon and Maeve
Originally uploaded by happydacks

We enjoyed a cold but sunny day with good friends in Petty's Orchard last weekend. Here are Fiann, Trish, Wednesday, Sharon and Maeve walking down the long rows of lichen covered dormant apple trees.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Too Good

We went on a extra week of holidays after school holidays officially finished! Lovely place to stay (Hisha - Slovakian for 'Home') and we found many great things to do around Daylesford. Sovereign Hill, in Ballarat, was fantastic, and the kids loved it.
When can/will we go back? I love some modern architecture - the house was remote enough to have floor to ceiling windows and feel private, allowing us to enjoy the bush, and the many kangaroos that that made the hills around Hisha their home. An absolutely luxurious setting, the house allowed you to enjoy the surrounding countryside, even if you are stuck indoors due to poor weather.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

One of my softie wheat bag friends

Softie wheat bag friends from Pip's book -'Meet me at Mike's - 26 crafty projects and things to make' I waited a little while to get this from the library, it ended up coming from Mildura, (outrageous) we are in the Yarra Valley! Very pleased that my local IS getting it's own copy! YAY I really want to make the Vintage Obi and Skirt next. I have just the right old table cloth for that one.