Bake: Pear, Raspberry & Yoghurt Trifle

I got this healthy(ish) dessert idea from my new Super Food Ideas app on the Ipad. It is actually in the ‘Kids Cook’ section of the app, with the sub-heading ‘Snacks for Active Kids’. So I thought…that’s me!

– SFI app for Ipad –

I was initially attracted to the combination of flavours; pear and raspberry, then I read further and discovered it was a lovely, healthy(ish) dessert consisting mainly of fruit and yoghurt. I didn’t end up following the recipe, as I got a bit lazy when it came to the food-processing of the crumble components and then the baking of the crumble components. So I ended up simply layering the pear (tinned, of course), the defrosted (frozen) raspberries and the vanilla yoghurt, with a little honey, and crumbled some Anzac biscuits on top (this is all I had in the cupboard).

Here’s how it looked…

– First layer of yoghurt was with the low fat natural-style, with a drizzle of honey to sweeten it –

– Evie helped –

– Helping by poking –

– Still helping –

– OOOhhhh….helping –

– Cheeky –

– Looks good enough to eat –

– Yum –

So, not technically a bake recipe, but very yummy – and there was a lot less guilt involved after ingesting it for dessert that evening!

What are your favourite healthy(ish) desserts?

Alison

Something Beautiful 31.05.2012 #photoadaymay

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Love: Question of the Week

The other day, I was walking back from the park with Evie and that morning, I had enjoyed a lot of water and a coffee, and I was beginning to feel the need to do a wee. I was still about 20 minutes from home and all I had between me and the comfort (and relief) of my own toilet, were other people’s houses (no public toilets). At this point, it occurred to me that this actually meant that there were probably about 300 toilets I was passing, just in the twenty-minute walk home. This lead me to this week’s question…

If you were really in need of a toilet stop, and only had residential houses around you, would you knock on a stranger’s door, asking, oh so politely, to use their toilet?

And I mean REALLY busting…..

Alison

Sew: Bird Inspiration

I love bird fabrics and designs. Any piece of fabric or hand-made item that has birds on it tends to catch my eye. Here are some that have inspired me…

1.

– Butter Brickle Baby (Etsy Shop) Birds Baby Blanket with Turquoise Minky Dot ($US29)

2.

– Lisa Jordan’s Little Bird Garland Handmade project

3.

– Such Pretty Colours (Etsy Shop) Autumn Leaves Birds Pillow Cover ($US13) –

4.

– Clothesworks textiles ‘Love’ quilt free pattern

5.

– Gingercake Patterns and Design Katie Bird Pillow PDF Pattern ($US6) –

These are all so cute and inspirational.

Do you like bird things? Have you made any thing with bird fabric?

Alison

A Number 29.05.2012 #photoadaymay

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Love: Strangeland – Keane

– The new Keane album: Strangeland –

It would be an understatement to say that I really love the band Keane. Ever since I heard their song, ‘Everybody’s Changing’ all those years ago from their first album, ‘Hopes and Fears’, I have been a huge fan. A few years ago, they toured Australia, for the first time since I have been a fan, and I was so excited to see them live at Melbourne’s Palace Theatre (the old Metro night club at the top of Bourke Street). They lived up to my dream, and ever since then, I have loved them more. The band consists of four british 30-something guys who formed in 1997 and I find rather attractive; Tom Chaplin (main vocals), Richard Hughes (drums), Tim Rice-Oxley (piano) and Jesse Quin (bass – and a much later addition to the band in 2007). There’s something really hot about them (and by hot, I mean HOT!), they seem have a really clever publicity crew who make sure their image is well-designed, with a really clever website, which has blog-style entries by the band members themselves (this is quite unusual). With each album, they have had a different theme; colours, typefaces, imagery and style.

– “Hopes and Fears‘, released in 2004 was their first album. Darker visuals and a simpler style –

– ‘Under the Iron Sea‘ released in 2006; had a fairy-tail-ish theme, lots of blues in the designs –

– ‘Perfect Symmetry‘ released in 2008; bold shapes and colours that match the bold sounds from the album (They toured Australia following this album) –

– ‘Night Train’ and EP released in 2010; a bit eclectic, with lots of ‘guest artists’ –

– ‘Strangeland’ released in 2012; a sea-side, vast, open-spaces style of visuals and a chilled-out, relaxed sound in the music –

I have owned this album for just over a week (I purchased the deluxe edition) and I am truly in love with its sound. Keane have once again impressed me and I really feel like their music style has evolved once again and even matured (as they are).

My favourite songs (so far) are ‘The Starting Line’, ‘Strangeland’ and ‘Watch How You Go’. I’ve always really loved the melodies of Keane’s music, but I especially love the lyrics. They’re like poetry and it feels like the words always hit me right at certain times in my life, when I need them to hit me…

Drag your heart up to the starting line,

forget the ghosts that make you old before your time.

It’s too easy to get left behind.

I know you’ve been kicked around,

but tie up your thoughts and lay them down on me.

From ‘The Starting Line’.

Or

You drove across the border,
As the winter rains ran dry
And, only fit for birdsong, filled the sky
You threw your head back
Screaming as we raced across wet sand
And leapt into the waters of the Strangeland

From ‘Strangeland’.

I would also like to share their first music video clip released, from the album…

LOVE LOVE LOVE! This is my new favourite album and I’m hoping they tour again soon – I will be first in line to buy the tickets…who’s coming with me?

What are your thoughts on Keane? Have you heard this new album? If, what are your thoughts?

Alison

The Weather Today 28.05.2012 #photoadaymay

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Love: Photo of the Week

This week’s photo was taken out of pure excitement and awe. A beautiful colleague (and friend) was so excited to share how wonderful her lunch was on Tuesday of this week, that I simply had to get a photo of it – I felt I had to capture the momentous occasion. When she spoke it up, I was skeptical, but when I actually saw the lunch she had prepared, I was also amazed and impressed with her school-day lunch efforts. The other great thing about this lunch, was that it was ONLY 300 calories – IMPRESSIVE!! I probably would have stolen some of it from her had I liked prawns….ewwww!!

– A week-day lunch made by Martine –

PS. Look at those HOT red nails!!!

Alison

Something Sweet 27.05.2012 #photoadaymay

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Love: Gloves

A Melbourne winter requires a good set of gloves. The question is, how many pairs is too many? What colours are necessary? What colours will get you through the freezing, cold mornings??

1.

– Forever New Gemma Bow Leather Glove in Cream ($39.99) –

2.

– Portmans Piped Button Glove in black ($19.95) –

3.

– ASOS Ugg Short Leather Shearling Cuff Gloves in Chestnut ($170) –

4.

– Country Road Contrast Gloves in Berry ($39.95) –

5.

– Indy C Crochet Knit Gloves in White ($29.95) –

Makes my digits feel warmer just by looking at them.

What are your thoughts on the glove for winter? Do you have more than one pair? Do you upgrade each year?

Alison

Unusual 26.05.2012 #photoadaymay

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