Monday, October 31, 2011

I'd lose my head if it wasn't taped on!

Trick or Treat?

Happy Halloween dollfaces!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

a slice of cake and a scoop of icecream

Do you believe in magic? Me too!! I'm not quite sure if this counts as witchcraft, but I think I may have been spellbound by the root vegetable family? Everywhere I look there's a beet, here a beet, everywhere a beet, beet... Take this recipe for Beetroot Ice cream from Love and Olive Oil as an example?!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

a stick of butter and a cup of beets

Holly homemakers, a sneaky peak at my post for a scrummy beetroot cake video recipe soon to be featured on the a connected life site! And just in time for the weekend! Who could ask for anything more? Now, now no fighting over whom it is who licks the beaters!

Jessie xx

Sunday, October 23, 2011

it's a man's world

Little ladies,

Let me introduce you to some boys who blog...

Meet Reuben, the Mr. of House of Humble, a crafty thing making, yummy thing baking and picture taking blog. Wave hello to Robert and his blogosphere, KnitXcorE built by him, inspired by his grandma (a note to all my man fans - girls like guys who like craft). Give a warm welcome to Colby Kern, he likes tea and cookies AND tulips! And last but not least, cheer a girlie greeting to Dane, the man behind Tornadoes and Tigers an archive of creative findings and inspirations.

Scrumpets crumpets! Isn't it nice to play with boys who don't pull your hair, throw gum nuts and call you nasty names!

Jessie x x

Saturday, October 22, 2011

a different neck of the woods

A dear friend gave me a little word of advice, "If you don't like where you are, change it.
You are not a tree". And so my tummy giggled when I found this. A new month, a new leaf! And now to decide, will I be a sweet peach or a sour plum this coming November?
Jessie x x 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

When the cuckoo clock strikes three times and the afternoon is nearing

Weetbix slice

From the pantry:

Breakfast for dessert base
3 weet bix
1 cup coconut
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup SR flour
2 tbs cocoa
150g butter
2 tsp vanilla essence

Icing on the cake
1 1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tbs cocoa
2 tbs hot water

Aprons on:

1. Preheat oven to 180c and line a tray with bake paper
2. Break bix into crumbs and combine with coconut and sugar in a bowl
3. Sift in flour and cocoa and give a good stirring
4. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Once runny, pour over dry ingredients. 
4.5 Add vanilla and (once more) give a good stirring
5. Spoon mixture into the bake tray, pressing down firm so that it is level
6. Bake for 15 minutes
7. To make the icing, sift the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the water and give ... (a good stirring)
8. Ice the slice whilst still warm
9. Allow to cool in the refrigerator before cutting into squares
10. Serve with a glass of Mmmmilo!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fast-food Flowerings

Would you like flowers with that?

Monday, October 10, 2011

the house we never owned,

but will always call home.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

a sticky beak, sneaky peak

Oooo, I just love ribbons and trims!

This is a little looksee at my how-to-make-any-gift-cute wrapping guide soon to be posted on the a connected life site. As I was tying ties and folding folds, I managed to be snapping snaps! I must say, making friends with some adorable sticky tape helped! Be sure to keep one eye open for my pretty-up-your-pressies pictorial won't you! Oooo, please! Until then,

Jessie x x

Friday, October 7, 2011

first letter, c - - - -


how we like to lie around, girls with tans of golden brown

They'll never, never, never take the summer from me,

 They can't make, make, make me forget the weather,

If I never, never, never wash the sand from my feet!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Inspired by a little project with a lot of heart and fueled by my fixation with the idea of making a little special something out of paper, I thought it nice to spread about a little bit of heART-i-ness! And so, yesterday on my travels here and there and to nowhere in particular, I stuck signs of my love all over!! Poof! Just like that, L.O.V.E was in the air. Did any blow your way? I was wishing it in your direction...

She asked her mother for 50 cents,

to...jump over the fence,

A love letter addressed to the postie himself,

 I already had a basket full,

 Can you feel the buzz?

For those others who want to 'wear their heart on their sleeve', here's how-to:

1. Cut out a paper heart (s)
2. Write a message or leave blank (a heart says a thousands words)
3. Hide them in places that tickle your ticker

Note: lingering around the corner like a cat who spotted a pigeon is optional, but highly recommended. The glee of the unsuspecting 'loved-up' citizen is contagious!

Jessie xx

Sunday, October 2, 2011


This day, the last of the week (or is it the first?) was spent under the trees down the lane with my head beneath my 'tie-at-the-neck' sunhat and in between the pages of a few lazy-daisy reads. I don't know the meaning of half of those long words writers write, and don't for a second believe you to do so either! What is the use of a book without pictures? I've read this in some lazy-daisy read before, but I don't remember where? Anyway. I've decided I'm asking the sun to stick around for good. His glow just makes lazy-daisy outings so much more enjoyable! Monday will tell if he loves me not?

Goodbye last week (or is it hello next week?),

Jessie xx

Music to my eyes!

After many rehearsals, 'bring-your-own' instrument tram trips (one involving the mistaken identity of a double bass for a giant tennis racket?) and a collective case of square eyes caused from some serious screen squinting, 3 Shades Black a group of classical musicians craftily composed Moving Scores, as a part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Intended to engage both the ear and eye, the heart and mind, cinematic art put together by independent film makers was cleverly constructed as exploratory music. With the choice of interpretation being completely up to the performers, and in turn the audience, images of Beijing architecture, hard rubbish piles, seahorses and the rising moon took on sounds never heard before.

Shamefully, I haven't practiced a musical instrument since tooting 'hot cross buns' on the recorder! Thankfully, I can nonetheless appreciate melodies that recite like music to my eyes!

Sharpen your pencils and snack your lunchbox

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