Memories of convivial gatherings around the campfire at dusk, sharing laughter, exchanging stories and jokes are definitely happy memories for so many of us. Whether it was camping in the wild with family, or the nightly gatherings at summer camp, the smell of toasted marshmallows and being wrapped up in a warm rug, gatherings around […]
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Dough stuck on fabric is a nightmare situation. This is especially true if the sticky doughy surfaces were not dusted with flour. I found myself in this sticky situation when I went against my own better judgement and followed some instructions on a recipe to make your own buns. Typically I would have covered rising dough with […]
A tiered cake stand is the ultimate must have for any afternoon tea party. A tiered cake stand typically of 3 plates of gradually diminishing size. The largest at the bottom forms the base while the smallest at the top, either a small side plate or sometimes a cup and saucer forms the pinnacle.
I clearly remember the first time I baked a cake – It was a total disaster. Even though I knew my way around the kitchen very well, I couldn’t conquer the art of baking. The rock-hard chocolate fudge cake didn’t turn out to be the heavenly dessert I had pictured (and hoped) it to be.
The festive and merry season of Christmas is upon us and it is time to jot down your wish-list and send it off to Santa. You have dug out almost all the props and ornaments from the storeroom, and the tree stands proudly in the corner ready to be glamorized. Besides that, you are on […]
Lego, that simple brick building toy of all our childhoods, has undoubtedly gone beyond simple child’s play. As all of us have grown up, so has Lego right alongside us. And as we desperately introduce our old bricks or newer sets to our offspring, it is always secretly in hopes that we too get to […]
Over decades, ‘minimalism’ has transformed into being an art movement, to a well-celebrated design principle, to being a complete lifestyle. For now, let’s focus on the kind of minimalism that’s closely associated with Marie Kondo, and her magical ways of tidying up a home. If you’re thinking about re-imagining your home to include minimalist principles […]
Now that you’ve identified why you want to adapt a minimalist lifestyle and have reviewed the most important concepts when it comes to Kondo-Style minimalism, it’s time to ease into the shift.
Working from home often conjures up images of working at your desk in pyjamas, day time television on in the background, and basically the assumed freedom of being able to decide when you do, what you need to do. While the freedom is very real, being master of your own clock and learning to juggle […]
Japanese gardens are famed for their simplicity, peaceful tranquility and enveloping sense of calm for all who visit. It’s not difficult though to introduce and incorporate some of the elements that make a Japanese garden so original in to your own outdoor space.
For those of us who have been living life in the fast lane for ages, the thought of slowing down and slow living is a scary thing. All of us have been conditioned to believe that the only path to success is by hustling hard, being busy all the time, multitasking, and staying up all […]
In the midst of the world-wide lockdown, there’s a great risk of over-thinking, over worrying, and if you’ve been following the news closely it’s even easier to feel overwhelmed.
Not one for boiling and straining your rice in a saucepan on the stove or having the patience to learn the exact time and heat to apply. Overcook it and it burns, undercook it and you will have hard centred rice. With one of these automatic rice cookers, you will get fragrant, light and fluffy […]
Is the slouchy beanie still fashionable these days? I’m not exactly sure, but I certainly like the laid-back, ‘couldn’t care less’ appeal of it’s style, add that to my often crazy wind-blown hair, it’s a perfect combination.
Whether you love your popcorn caramel sweet, buttery, salty, with a generous mix of sugar and salt, or flavoured and spiced up with cinnamon, or coated and dripped with honey, a popcorn machine is the perfect addition to your household.
As you welcome your, ‘oh so cute’ new bouncy bundle of fur in to your home, as you arm yourself with puppy pads and training crates, chew toys and comfort blankets; as you do everything you can to help your new puppy smoothly transition from his familiar mum’s side in to your welcoming home you […]
Aching muscles, pent-up tension, taut shoulders, a stressful day, … when the pressures and demands of life start adding up, there are few things as soothing as a hot bath to ease your worries and concerns away. And with floating flower petals strewn amongst the bubbles, it’s enough to transport you to a different, more […]
Remember when your mum’s pressure cooker sat on the stove, and hissed and puffed for all it was worth? I remember how scary it seemed but also how amazing it was that things were cooked in a fraction of the time it would normally have taken.