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We are sharing a chocolate cake recipe today.  This one is from my childhood and a sentimental favourite.  When I moved out of home all those years ago my beautiful Mum gave me a handwritten recipe book filled with my favourite home cooked meals and sweets.  It has been very well-loved and treasured.  So much so that it is beginning to fall apart and I am now rewriting all the recipes into a new little book.  One I hope my three girls will one day take with them when they venture out into the world.

This cake takes me all the way back to my childhood kitchen, you really should give it a try.


You will need……

2 eggs

2 tablespoons of cocoa

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 cup of castor sugar

125 grams of butter or margarine

1/2 teaspoon carb soda

1 1/2 cups of self-raising flour

How to make it……

Put the water, sugar, butter/margarine, cocoa and soda in a saucepan.  Stir over a low heat until the butter melts.  Bring to boil and simmer for five minutes.  Let it cool and then mix in the eggs, vanilla and flour.  Pour into a 7″ cake tin.  Cook in a moderate oven  for one hour or until cooked.


Home 387: Bake - Local Cafe





There’s a whole lot of terrarium love around here at the moment.   My two big girls were delighted to be given one each for their birthday, handmade by my gorgeous Sis {I’ve talked about how thoughtful and clever my Sis is here before}.  They take this terrarium care oh so seriously, each armed with their water spray bottle carefully distributing just the right amount of moisture.  When all three are tucked up in bed for the night, I move the fairy to a new position and have the girls convinced that the fairy potters about her home while we aren’t looking.

They are besotted with these gorgeous bowls of life and magic.

Terrariums, do you have one?  Or maybe a gorgeous Sister, do you have one of those?

Enjoy the week my friends. xx


Home 384: Terrarium – I wonder who will find this happy home?










They tumbled out of bed just as the sun started to rise.  I love that excitement where they can barely contain themselves, jumping up and down on the spot giddy with birthday joy.  We all snuggle back in bed for a big birthday cuddle and I’m gently reminded of that day seven years ago when I could cradle the two of them in my arms together.  My teeny tiny three-pound babes.

We greet the morning sunshine and head outdoors eager to begin preparations for a twinnie vintage tea-party.  Little hands carefully carry tea cups and saucers outside and set them on the table, cakes bake in the oven, Dadda hangs pom poms, while I mix a bundle of fruit punch in my Nan’s old punch bowl.  The table, a mish mash of old wares and op-shop treasures, begins to come together.

Girls and boys sip punch in tea cups, play croquet on the lawn and decorate paper tea hats with feathers and sparkles.  Poppy and Ava spend the entire day smiling those big happy grins we adore so much.  I’m especially thankful for this camera of mine that sometimes captures the moment exactly in the way that I feel it.  My favourite picture is the one of them together sharing all of this joy while cutting their birthday cake.  A moment treasured.

Collapsing on the couch later that evening with my girls, Ava looks up at me and declares this ‘the best day in her whole entire life’.


Home 382: Tea-party – We hid this little home into a lolly bag.






Seven.  They turn Seven tomorrow.   Both just as kind and caring as ever.  In the morning we welcome friends and family to their outdoor vintage tea room we’ve been busy creating.   The excitement in this happy home…. electric.

So much to smile about with these long-awaited little ladies in my life.

Happy Birthday my sweets.


{…and soon we will share some pics from the party}


Home 381 : Seven – Local Craft Store






Slowly our vegetable patch grows.  We’ve started to add raised pallet boxes to our expanding crop and take great delight in upcycling these old pieces of timber.  The man of mine now has this new sixth sense for finding old discarded pallets and re-imagining waste.  He brings them home, pulls them apart and tinkers with the girls to convert each box ready for planting.  Eager little helpers shovel soil and stomp down manure.  We’ve now pulled out the remains of summers crop and prepare to plant for a new season.

Autumn {finally} shows itself  this weekend and for the first time in a while I take delight in the cool, wrap myself in my favourite old cardigan and snuggle on the couch.

Looking for some pop up patch inspiration? I’ve got a new obsession with The little Veggie Patch co.   Happy Weekend.

Are you a fan of the upcycle?


 Home 380: Upcycle – Op Shop