Monday, February 27, 2012

on the high street

My idea of shopping is either online (notonthehighstreet) or at the market these days. However, there are always a couple of golden finds to be had on the high street and here are my latest two;

I love this spotty range of plastic loveliness that Coles have in at the moment. And so cheap! These cups were only AU$2.50 each and they make the copious amounts of 'undrunken' drinks left around our house seem so much more bearable.
Also just acquired these gorgeous crochet thingymajigs from the ever faithful Ikea. They are actually sold as embellishments in the fabric section (how fun is slicing up your own material at Ikea by the way) but I have been using them as coasters.

Very happy with my little finds. It's the simple things in life.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

i love birthday parties...

...and wish I could dedicate every single morsel of my time into organising them. To get paid to do that would be fabulous. The reality is me running around like a headless chicken the day before in between the demands of 4 children resulting in a slightly thrown together attempt at an organised 10 year old themed (must always be a theme) party.
The theme was 'around the world' for Zoe's 10th birthday this year. Food is a huge priority in my life so I always like to insert a bit of energy into getting it right. Much to the disappointment of my 10 year old guests who look slightly ripped off by the lack of lollies and chips on offer.
I wanted to make a punch and would have sworn I would be using a Hawaiian recipe but I discovered that punch is a pivotal part of German kids party. Kinderbowle is Grape juice mixed with sparkling water, maraschino cherries and mixed fruit apparently? The kids loved it.
Fairy bread has fascinated me ever since I moved over here. I always wonder where and how it came about. In fact I might google that one right now. The only explanation I can find is that it originated from this poem by Robert Louis Stevenson. Now I'm even more bemused. I'm pretty sure Robert's 'fairy bread' was not 100's and 1000's sprinkled onto white bread and butter? Or maybe it was? If not who was the first person to make this and how did it become such an Australian/New Zealand phenomenon? Any ideas?
Always have to feature a bit of British so in with the jelly and ice cream. It turned out to be a great party with lots of fabulous dress ups, my favourite being the French tart.
And completely off the party chat I had to share this picture of Kitty and Spike I was lucky enough to capture last week. Isn't it the sweetest?