Thursday, February 28, 2008

Georgie is doing fine at the moment - thank you to everyone for the kind words and warm wishes for the ginger canine and I. We're both a little tired, although George can't remember why he is. He just remains slightly confused and underwhelmed. Looking forward to the weekend and just having some time to unwind.

I was going to write about how most people don't know that I am a geeky girl who really likes comic books and then I had this brief flash of insight (which come few and far between) that if your eyes stray to the right of these words ... further right... now look down, it says those very things in my little bio. I am not mysterious at all. Well alright then, here IS a little known fact about me, I am FATALLY allergic to horses. This is true. Horsies are known as KILLERS in my house, with their menacing paddocky ways.



Despite all of that, I used to LOVE horsey and gymkhana stories when I was a wee girl. Flicker and all her ponies. I could have totally been a horsey girl, but alas my attraction, it is lethal.

Ok, my point! I am trying to put together some book recommendations to share. I love reading - it's one of the great loves (but unfortunately not much time to visit) of my life. It's coming at some undetermined point in the future. It's only half down, even though I am cheating by stealing synopsis from Amazon.


Also, it's only a few weeks till Easter, which is crazy news. Dr-Mr is spending 2 weeks in NEW YORK for work related things, I was trying to save to join him, but I really think my little 1994 Mazda is on a sharp decline and any holiday money is better saved as "oh god, the car is about to fall apart and I am now having to contemplate riding my pushbike 50kms to work" emergency fund. I will be spending 4 days with a friend in Brisvegas, which is a close second to 2 weeks in New York... right? Right? *sigh*



Meanwhile, here is my secret shame for today... like Mother Hubbard our cupboard is bare. In our busy days, food seems to be the least of my priorities. I am sure some fabulous treats could be cooked with 2 eggs, 2 potatoes, a bag of home grown beans, dijon mustard and 2 gala apples, I just don't know what they might be. There IS an as yet unopened jar of Meredith Feta, which may be one of my favourite indulgences on the planet. It is AMAZING.

I spent yesterday afternoon looking at recipes and making a shopping list for the weekend. I do try and meal plan and stay organised, but tend to fail miserably. I don't care if I have hommus and carrot sticks for dinner, but Dr-Mr might. He is happy to cook for both of us, but can only really cook when there are... ah ... items to cook with.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Not good


Hmmm... not the greatest day so far. My Georgie-Love dog, George, had a bit of a fit or seizure this morning. Dr-Mr was in the shower and I was in the study and I thought George was nudging me for some attention, but when I turned to pat him, I realised he had fallen into me and was stumbling and falling around the room, unable to walk straight or orientate himself. I got him in a sitting position and held/patted him until it passed. He seemed ok afterwards.

We usually go to the Lost Dogs Home for annual shots and problems (they are cheaper than most vets and the money they make supports the work they do, but at over an hour a way since we moved, was not practical). I could not get an answer from the Vet down the road, so I called one about 15 minutes away and they said bring him straight away, which I did (crying a little).

The vet gave him a thorough check over and all seemed ok. What the vet surmised was that Georgie may have epilepsy. He's of the right age for the symptoms to start appearing, blah, blah, blah... just to watch him closely and bring him in when it happens again.

I love you big guy. You really worried me.

Georgie and I are both a little tired and emotional at home at the moment, such a fright - you always think the worst, right?

Monday, February 25, 2008

Soupy-soup


It being that sort of weather, me feeling sorry for myself and because I have also been stumbling in on soup discussions, this is my REALLY TASTY SOUP THAT I ONCE DISCOVERED WHEN LIKE MOTHER HUBBARD, MY CUPBOARDS WERE BARE.

It's tasty, filling, easy and um... very cheap.

Potato Dumpling Soup


INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cups plain flour (although I sometimes use S.R, as it expands and makes the soup deliciously gooey.
1 teaspoon baking powder (um, maybe not required if you go S.R.)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 egg
3/4 cup water, or as needed

6 medium potatoes - peeled and cubed
1 teaspoon salt
8 cups water
2 tablespoons butter or margarine (could use oil at a pinch)
4 ounces sliced bacon, diced
1 large onion, chopped

DIRECTIONS


1. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Crack the egg into a measuring cup, and add enough water to equal 1 cup. Whisk with a fork. Gradually stir the egg-water and oil into the flour mixture with the fork until a soft dough is formed. Use your hands to mix the dough until is smooth and no longer sticky, adding more flour or water as needed. Cover the bowl, and set aside until the potatoes are ready.

2. Place potatoes in a large pot with the salt and water, and bring to a boil. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until potatoes are tender.

3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and onion; cook and stir until onions are golden and bacon is cooked. Set aside.

4. When the potatoes are cooked, pinch off small pieces of the dough, and drop them into the boiling potato water. Turning the dough in your hand will help keep it from sticking to your fingers. Once all of the dumplings have been added, you can stir in the bacon and onions. Ladle some of the water from the soup into the skillet, and swish it around to clean out all of the tasty bits and juices. Pour back into the soup. Turn off the soup, and let stand for a few minutes before serving.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

All this change in weather... hot then cold...

I think I am getting a cold.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Ok, so inside my head kind of looks like this, I think:



While it's kind of busy, it's still colourful and organised, in it's own way! Taken with the camera phone in dim light, so it's kind of blurry, like me right now - I have been in front of the computer for hours! Here is a sneak peak of what I am currently working on.



Dr-Mr is still away (back tomorrow) and between the two of us, he is the cold fish, but I have had the fire downstairs going since 9:30am! I have gone through so much wood... I had all these plans (shopping, cooking, cleaning) and I DID go shopping, washed George, had some lunch out but then came back to it. The crowds were horrid (although my sandwich was good).

In an effort to save money, I am trying to quit my expensive make-up and cleansers (MAC, Napoleon, Dermalogica) and find good, but equivalent cheapies or home made stuff. For example, did you know that white sugar in a bit of shower gel is one of the best body exfoliants you could use? Anyway, I have heard some really good stuff about Face of Australia, although I am skeptical that a $10 foundation is going to work, but for around $45 in my shopping adventure today, I got a new foundation, face powder, mascara and eyeliner, which is a bargain. I don't think expensive is better by any means, I just don't know what are good alternatives.

Do you have any recommendations?
I think I might have found the last great, untapped opportunity shop... There was a sign off the main street, having all the time in the world (today) I went in there and there it was. A warehouse of goodness. I only had $5.05 on me, so no purchases were made, but check it out.

Racks and racks of clothing, I couldn't find anything over $3.50, I think this shows about half the racks.


No young hipsters to complete with, this op shop was the domain of the elderly only.



Look at it! It's magnificent... craft corner. A million buttons, yards of fabric, craft kits and books, vintage patterns and much more!


So many buttons. I thought they were all packets or piles of the same in the rows, but every single sheet of buttons is different, they have just them sort of grouped in the same colours.




Where we are in the hills is about 5 degrees cooler than in the city, so it's fairly cold today... I have lit the fire downstairs and am struggling to remain motivated and not curl up on the couch for a nap....zzzz....

Thursday, February 21, 2008

some quick love for Bec






(Meanwhile, George at Christmas or Parties could be a post of it's own).

I just impressed the hell out of Dr-Mr by sewing a button on his shirt. I am not sure if he was serious or not...

Indie Love


Indie Love and Georgie Love = Much Love together.

Dear John, I mean Australia Post


Dear Australia Post,

Ah, my darling, Australia Post... I know we've been having this tempestuous love affair for years now, we're so hot and cold with each other, our constant bickering and making up. Remember that time it took you over two weeks to send an Express Post package to me? Oh lordy, I was so angry with you! Luckily, we made up quickly when you sent something to me from Japan to Australia within 24 hours. Everyone told me it was due to the efficiency of Japan's mail, but I defended you. I knew you had it in you my Australia Post.

But the thing is, Postie, I am baffled by this letter you sent me this morning. I know, I know, I can be critical of you sometimes and yes, sometimes you are an ass, but see, I didn't think you were so... petty. I have forgiven all of your past transgressions, I haven't pursued refunds from late Express Post deliveries (which, if now we are being petty, is maybe 40% of the time), I consoled Julie Knoblock on your behalf when you lost her big package of pendants for Georgie Love, that's why, I don't know, I feel so hurt that you could just turn around and be be so cold.

Postie, as you know, I send many packages a week. I package each one carefully, with love and safely - because I know you like it a little rough! *giggle* I send so many, some with stamps, some at your outlets, so I tend to have a good idea what things cost to post. But this accusation in your letter to me that I underpaid you $3 for sending a small package... I have sent 50 of these items and they have never cost me more than $4, so really Post - who's shortchanging who?

Your large wordy letter you posted to me, printed so nicely and professionally, I can't help thinking that this whole process must have cost you MORE than the $3 you are asking from me. So this is what we've come to?

So... well... I think we should start seeing other people. I read the other day about how in the UK they now have more than one postal company to choose from. Nothing makes someone rise to the game like competition! I just think there is someone better out there for me. Someone... smarter, fitter, a real go-getter! I need to make myself available to find that someone... wherever they may be.

No love,
Sally

I love my dog, ok? No shame in that.

Aren't you sick of all the Georgie-dog pictures yet? I am looking for some images to send to a friend for a creative cause, but got a tad distracted....

I have indicated before that I am a crazy-lady who likes to dress her (extraordinarily patient) dog in clothing, but have you really any idea how many times I have done this and photographed it? It's just slightly ridiculous.







I may have a disease or illness of some kind, but look at him, he is a complete ham. There were a ton MORE photos, but for the sake of preserving my reputation of only being slightly off-centre and just a little bit wrong, I decided to hold back for now.

In other news, I am ashamed to tell you that Dr-Mr and I have STILL NOT purchased a Christening present for his 1 y.o. niece and nephew... Time kind of got away from us. We will have to look for something tonight, or Dr-Mr will be looking for something in Albury tomorrow. I WAS supposed to be going, but due to practical and logistical reasons I AM NOT. I am a little pleased, not because I am missing out, but because I will be HOME ALONE, in completely the Macaulay Culkin sense.



Except Macaulay did not have a fat and hungry dog to wake him up and demand feeding. I am a bit of an introvert and don't get much time on my own to recharge my batteries, so I am looking forward to having a few days of secret slovenliness.

To all the lovely folk who commented and emailed me suggestions, thank you and I feel really bad that I didn't follow any up. We've both had a bit of a crazy few weeks (I have a day job as well as Georgie Love and it's been terribly busy for both). I do however have a number of friends about to pop babies out, so I am sure gift ideas are not going to be wasted. but I still feel bad, so a big sorry :-(

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Hey, Hey, Which Way?


Not only is Beck Wheeler a mate of Georgie Love's, we also love her art, her cat Mogwai and her ability to shake it down in Funky Town. She has an exhibition coming up at the wonderful Über Gallery (52 Fitzroy Street St Kilda 3182)from March 4 to 30.

A brief excerpt from the Gallery's Media release (it's very, very long) explains the theme of her exhibition.

Beck Wheeler's 'Hey, Hey, Which Way?' is a labyrinth journey into the afterlife. Based on a board game she used to play with her siblings, Wheeler has entwined fables, the polemic, beliefs, the oddly beautiful and lucid realities of the departed. If dreams were an ocean, then she has paddled across it and collected all the messages in bottles that have drifted between the living and the dead. "Death is like being in the womb. You can hear everyone around you, but they're muffled, they are underwater" says one message from a father to his daughter.

Wheeler's work has a haunting poignancy and comic sadness. Her creations make faux pas, ask the wrong questions and awkwardly hang around for the answer. Struggling with the big questions and life's mundane certainties (for some creatures, it's gravity they grapple with, their saggy green bosoms hanging painfully to the ground), one creature sadly reveals to another "While I was dreaming of death, you were dreaming of dinner". And it's true! You can be cooing a friend back from the brink of despair and the thought "oh yum I can eat those leftovers when I get home" wriggles into your consciousness.




If you are a fan of Beck's work (like we are), make sure you take the time to check it out.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

You Make My Day

Ok, I am a little late with this, as our friend Betty-Jo tagged Georgie Love in the "You Make My Day Award" a few days ago (which was delightful and surprising, thank you!) and I haven't made my own awards yet. The guidelines are as follows

1. write a post with links to 5 blogs that make my day.
2. I acknowledge the post of the award giver.
3. Tell the award winners that they've been chosen by commenting on their blogs
4. display the award with a link to the blog (optional).

Ok, I was all uncertainy about the image of the award, so my google image search request for "cute puppy flower love" (see, I am way creative), lead me to this most fine image to award to all my many loves. PUPPY FLOWER.



This was so hard, so I had a think about it for a few days. See, I visit Georgie-artist blogs regularly and enjoy them all for different reasons. I love personal blogs, with photos of their life, creativity and adventures. Well, all of them do that and I can't name them all, that's just LAME and PREDICTABLE, so I tried to think about it a bit more. (oh and ps: I am a person who overthinks EVERYTHING). So this is the kind of easy road out. Call me a cheat if you like, or uninspired! Wah.

I had an online journal for about 8 years, but deleted it recently for a clean slate. Blogs (in my head), were the domain of geeks talking about technological things. I kind of think they were the first kind of blogs that existed, but now have been completely subverted by the CRAFT REVOLUTION. Seriously, these days it's almost illegal to be crafty and blogless.

Handmade Life
was the first Australian Craft Blog that I discovered. Local Melbourne gals, their writing stuff. Having met them on the odd occasion too, they are lovely, creatively inspiring and really generous with their time and knowledge. 2 years down the track, I am still reading - for their similar love for retro kitsch items, info on local exhibitions and interesting things going on around the cittah.

Prefur is a funny pet blog, run by another 2 Australian ladies, Miss D and Miss T. It's funny, practical, chock-full of animal pictures (my weakness), plus tips and hints on pet ownership. I love that it's homegrown and reviews fabulous stuff that I can access and buy locally. I found them after they found Georgie Love and thus my love affair began.

Postsecret. It's a big blog and I am not sure if I am cheating, you probably know it already, but one of my favourites and I have been enjoying it for years. The idea is so simple, people write / draw / create their secrets on a card and post it in anonymously. It's often funny and more often touching. It seems people everywhere often feel the same thing on the inside. I think it's kind of a special place to go and visit sometimes.

PiedPiper is one of my closest friends and I imagine her as a dirty cowgirl drinking straight whiskey in a bar somewhere. She is an extraordinarily talented writer (sometimes professional), fellow lover of kitsch and devotee of animals. Plus I am pretty sure the NSFW title was written about her.

Georgie Loves Makool


This top is adorable and I am struggling with my own inner shopping demons not to buy it (and the only reason I haven't is that they don't accept paypal, only credit card which is fine for everyone else, but Dr-Mr and I only have one credit card (his) and I only try to use it in EMERGENCIES)

Do you think this is an emergency?

I found Makool through the Indie Love blog, which is fairly tops. Kristen the blog-mistress and I seem to have very similar tastes in handmade delights, which is always fun, but also terribly dangerous since essentially it's a SHOPPING BLOG.

Anyway, exploring the Makool website some more, I found her handmade birdy and whimsy section...

And these creations called "Whimsys", I don't know, but I could find a home in my treasure chest for all of them, but we have also discussed many times in this blog that I am very greedy. I would be happy with just one.



There is a cute blog to check out as well. I have more to write about, but that will come later. I am sure I have some work to do in the meantime... x

Monday, February 18, 2008


I am addicted to fresh raspberries. I try and go to the local farmers market and buy a bundle (cheaper than the supermarket), but missed out this weekend. Instead, I bought a punnet from the local supermarket on Saturday and wanting to eat them for breakfast this morning, I took them out of the fridge and discovered they were COVERED IN MOULD.

That makes me sad. No raspberries for me.

That is all for now.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

It's not yet even 9:00 am on a Sunday morning and I have been here at my computer for an hour at least already uploading new delights on Georgie Love. I think the Georgie-website is kind of in a Renaissance period at the moment, I have a lot of energy and ideas about the site and after all this time I am still really excited about it. There is also a whole ton of new folks either on the cards or in the wings... and there are some wee changes afoot, which is TOO SOON to talk about (but it's all good, trust me). So yeah, it's all goodness.

Ok, so for today, Georgie Love's new delights:

Lovely Pia has created some more birdy brooches. They are so sweet! Pia herself is a delight and that translates into her work!



Finally, something new and funky for the Georgie-boys, from Mr TEZ.


A fellow-devotee of the vintage and Nanna-Craft, By Alison-Rose has created some wonderful bags. I can't choose my favourite, but they are perfectly made and delightful.


As I type, I am currently listening to a remix of the song Roscoe by Midlake. Remixed or not, both Dr-Mr and I adore this song and have been playing it off and on in the car for about 2 years now and I was lucky enough to see them live at the Meredith Music Festival in 2006. If you have never heard this song, put it on, it's fairly brilliant. I tend to listen to really upbeat stuff when "working" on the site. I sit at the desk with headphones and well... dance around a bit.



Ok, Georgie work is now pretty much up-to-date (maybe a few packages to wrap up tonight for posting tomorrow) and the unfortunate rest of the day will be catching up on housework. Ugh. Fortunately Dr-Mr is pretty handy with cleaning instruments, so hopefully we will be finished before too long!


George meanwhile, finds domesticity a chore and thinks we should throw off the shackles of our cleaning oppression and all walk to the brilliant cafe down the road for pancakes and sunshine.

Touché Mr George.

Friday, February 15, 2008

etsy finds


I L-O-V-E love this! How perfect! Of course, as Georgie is a pleasantly plump fellow, I am not sure if a suitcase is big enough to fit his big body and wee little legs.

Georgie-show

Ok, ok, so I wrote very briefly about this the other day and now I finally reveal to you with great flourish (& I think it's worth it, I have been re-watching these and laughing out loud at my little desk, but maybe it's all context and historical circumstance):

GEORGIE'S SECRET GAMESHOW SHAME

A long, long, LONG time ago, in another lifetime, Georgie-dog was the star of his own game show segment in a live comedy show in Collingwood, Victoria. "What Would Georgie Choose?" was a game in which George had to choose between three items, and the audience tried to guess which one he chose (with fabulous prizes). Simple, right? Fortunately Georgie is a very decisive boy and was up for the challenge.

There were a few different segments, but this would have to be my all time favourite. It's pretty short, but very cute.

The title sequence



Yes, the images of George should be very familiar to you all and that wavery voice is mine. I think it's quite evident why I do not have a career as a singer, but let's move on.

Georgie has many choices to make...



Finally, the decision is made!



It's amazing what my dog will do for treats, he is COMPLETELY food motivated. Dr-Mr and I have bets to see what Georgie will and will not eat (raw potato yes, raw pasta also yes, baby spinach uncooked, no, baby spinach cooked, yes)

Have a very good weekend! The sun should be out in Melbourne, so make sure you get some.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Dr-Mr was very amused (actually possibly bemused) last night, as I was putting packages together for Georgie Love, when I informed him my new musical revival would be 1980s hip hop (with some late 70s thrown in). He and I both have (semi-secret) loves for extremely dodgy music, but as I was advised, this would be something that I should feel real shame for.



In the car on the way to work, we enjoyed the ultimate delights from the likes of Young MC, Tone Loc, Neneh Cherry, Run DMC, De La Soul, LL Cool J, the Sugarhill Gang and of course, the ultimate hero Grandmaster Flash.

Good lord, SUCH JOY. Get down with me. Dr-Mr finally conceded, that yes, this music be awesome.

Happy Valentines day to YOU. Yeah, yeah it's cheesy and we should be doing nice and romantic things with our loved ones everyday, but I think it's nice to have a prompt too, because not everyone remembers to do special little things all the time.

Meanwhile, I am an ass. I gave Doctor-Mister a present last week and card this morning and when he told me I might get a card later and I was teasing him that it would be after a rush job to the newsagency before lunch.


Meanwhile, the above turned up at the day job this morning, with MUCH teasing from coworkers and BLUSHING from me. I am not usually a blusher (I am completely clumsy and awkward and fall over and crash into things ALL THE TIME, so I kind of got over the self consciousness pretty quickly), but I felt my face turn bright red and delighted all at once. Lovely! There is a big box of chocolates on the side that I am already itching to crack open and scoff.

We have dinner planned at a lovely little local place, so I think today is going to be a good one.

I certainly hope you are having a splendid day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

hooray for all good things


Dick & Dora not only make deliciously tasty things, lead lady Harriet (in the husband-wife super team), is also one of the sweetest ladies in the land of making. I love the cute bunny brooches they have created, available in brown, red, white and black (I still can't choose between white and brown, again my bunny-purist principles kick in), but it's awesome to see them get some love today at Michi Girl! Hurrah! Congrats lovlies!

Last night I received 3 awesome new bags from a new maker and some super-funky recycled ties for the funky suited men-folk! I am excited (and struggling not to keep one for myself, there is some serious wrestling going on). You will see them after the weekend!

ALSO coming up very soon (as soon as I have time to find and link it all), I will be revealing GEORGIE DOG'S SECRET PAST... he was once the star of a game show... All will be revealed about his way dodgy past soon-soon!

(ps: I'm Sorry and was very moved this morning by the address)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


I have been creating wee advertisements for Georgie Love to pop up around the place... I am creating a new series called the WISDOM OF GEORGE. This is the first one, more to follow (as inspiration hits, which is such an unpredictable thing)

Georgie Love has a bit of a friendship with Home Beautiful, they have featured our goodies 3-4 times in their magazine and online and now they have included in the NEWEST issue Georgie as a hot shopping spot. I will pick a copy up and scan... We do pop up more frequently around the place and I am a little behind in noting them all.

Although Georgie Love has been alive for more than 2 and a half years (in the making), our 2 year official LAUNCH anniversary is next month. Last year we had an adorable original Beck Wheeler painting to give away (along with vouchers and gift packs) and this year I have even BIGGER ideas. Well, not so much as bigger, but well, very aptly themed. :-) I am excited. There is some good stuff on the cards, wait and see!

(ps: thank you everyone for your Christening present suggestions. I have been so busy and what-not I have not had a chance to investigate, but I WILL. It's just over a week away and I need to get organised! It's much appreciated and I know there were some fab ideas!)

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Well, it's Sunday evening again. I didn't upload/photograph ANYTHING for Georgie Love (which is rare) this weekend. I know I have stuff arriving in my postbox this week (yay!) so next weekend will be a big weekend for new things. I have however been spending the past few hours wrapping up orders to send tomorrow, so look out for something sweet in your postbox soon!

It's been a busy weekend (seriously, when aren't they?), but in a really delicious see people, eat good food, buy random and useful things kind of weekend. I caught up with a very old friend of mine I haven't seen in about three years (she was living in London) yesterday, who has possibly the cutest and meanest looking cat I have ever seen.



Ouch, the disdain!

Caught up for breakfast with another friend, the lovely Sarah from Monster Mob, after which we drove around the hills for a while and went to the oddest market either of us has ever encountered. It was in the middle of this reserve in Mount Dandenong, with about 5 odd and disjointed stalls (honey, jewellery, antiques, herbs and felted kitties). Despite the oddness of the stalls, we both came out winners. My score was a perfect condition, 1960s, working ceramic clock. I have been looking for a vintage (and not over priced) clock for our kitchen for AGES. It suits the kitchen perfectly too. If you have noticed any of the house/kitchen photos in the blog, everything we own tends to be second-hand bought, 1960/70s. Viva la recycling revolution!



I am SO pleased, while Dr-Mr was non-plussed. Still, he can't complain since I nearly bought a replica kitty clock with the moving eyes and tail, which he thought was hideous, but quite seriously, how is this NOT COMPLETELY FABULOUS? . I think I even like it over the dog clock, which you know is going to be a rare day indeed.




I bore every visitor to the house by making them sit in the kitchen with a cup of tea and watch the birds (Bec - you will be exempt, due to phobia!). Sometimes, usually around dusk and I am doing the dishes, I have counted up to 12 parrots sitting in the ferns surrounding the kitchen watching me. Silently. Like brightly coloured, small stalkers. It would be unnerving, if they weren't so CUTE. We have these teeny tiny wee finches that come to visit, they are TINY with bright red heads. I don't know what else to call them but Weasley-birds. Any ideas? I will try and get a photo

Hope you have a good nights sleep and an awesome week!

Saturday, February 09, 2008

nom nom nom nom nom nom


I just baked this (again!) on (another!) request and I keep telling people how easy it is, so here I present to you Georgie Love's very favourite easy (& very indulgent) one bowl chocolate cake. The kitchen was too dark at the time for good photos without flash (which I insist upon!), so alas, imagination must be used.

Ingredients
250g butter
150g chocolate
1 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1 cup plain flour
3/4 cup self raising flour
1 cup strong coffee
1/2 cup cocoa

1. butter and flour a 22cm springform tin, preheat oven at 180 degrees.

2. on a low heat, put butter, chocolate, coffee and sugar in a saucepan and stir gently until butter and chocolate melts. Put aside to cool slightly.

3. sift flour and cocoa into saucepan, add eggs and stir all together until smooth. Pour mixture in tin.

4. bake for 45 minutes, although I usually keep watch and remove it at about 40 mins, as I think my oven is a hottie.

This cake is VERY dense and delicious and only requires small pieces (but you will have many small pieces, I warn you). I love this recipe and think it's so popular because it's not overly sweet. It has a far bit of sugar, but the coffee and extra cocoa add the richness. You could eat it as is (with coffee or tea, perfection), with cream or warm, with ice cream, however, I always ice it with the leftover chocolate from a 200gram block, butter, cream or milk (whatever is hand in the fridge) and icing sugar.

It's one of those cakes that is rich on the day, but tastes SO MUCH BETTER if you leave it a day or so, so if you choose to make it for a specific purpose, make it the day before (trust me on this!)

I have made this cake so many times, I feel confident to play around with it. I think next time I am going to change the caster sugar (and my local supermarket sells a raw caster sugar, which I think is awesome) for a dark brown sugar and swap the flours around, so it's 1 cup self raising and 3/4 cup plain. Yes, it's already delicious, but I think the brown sugar would make it fudgier and richer. Just to experiment.

An odd fact, I love vintage Mikasa and the set above (curry yellow) was my parents, that they received as a wedding present. I know my mum was upset that plates and mugs had been broken over the years, so when I "inherited" this set, I have been buying the few missing pieces on ebay. Hooray for ebay!

I have a couple of camera s(a big digital SLR I use for Georgie Love, a smaller one that I carry around in my handbag and a pretty decent camera phone). All the photos on this entry were taken with my handbag camera and because I carry it around taking random snaps of things, when I load them into my computer, it's funny to see what other photos I have taken and forgotten about!

It's FEBRUARY and we've been so cold we have been trying to light the fire (all our wood has been wet from the rain, so luck with fire yet!)



January weather! It's supposed to be summer here!



Sufjan Stevens, gosh I loved this concert, but I didn't take many pics. Dr-Mr and I both had the flu when we went.



A Friday afternoon at the cricket! It was sold out, people EVERYWHERE! Amazing to see nearly 90,000 people in one spot. I probably haven't even passed 90.000 people in the street in my lifetime (31, nearly 32 years). The cricket for me is also a very nomnomnomnom event. We eat, drink, laugh and clap.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Whaling

Georgie Love is passionate about animals and the environment and one of our favourite creatures are whales (along with elephants, doggies, wolves, foxes and lions). In response to a disturbing video released by Australian customs (which I haven't linked to or posted pictures of because it made me cry, but you can see an article here), a petition through the Daily Telegraph and Today show has been created to ask the Japanese people and politicians to pressure their government to stop all whaling.

If this is a cause you feel a response to, please sign and encourage your friends and family to also sign.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Gift ideas?

Dr-Mr and I are going to his twin niece and nephew's Christening in a few weeks. Have NO idea what to buy as a present (1 year olds) If anyone has any ideas, please comment below. A good idea will be paid in kind with a Georgie Love care package sent anywhere in the world! It's a fair trade! :-)
Ouch, I have a headache today (not enough sleep last night), very annoying, I have resisted the lure of painkillers thus far, but I think I am at my threshold! Ouch!

Anyway, apart from a sore head, I wanted to put out the new things I just uploaded to
Georgie Love...

ADORABLE bunny brooches from the also adorable Dick & Dora. I can't decide between the white and brown and unfortunately, I think I am going to have to buy both, as they are TOO sweet.


A beautiful new range of earrings and pendants from Trove. Lovely stuff!

Well, the weekend is over, it was busy (lots and lots and LOTS of chores), but managed to catch up with a friend for breakfast, get a driving lesson or two in for Dr-Mr (yes, he is learning, we are coping ok!), a cricket match, more pancakes and I made a delicious salmon dinner.


We have also been watching season 1 of the excellent (and kind of deliciously creepy) Carnivale, which we are both loving, however I am now very sad that they only made 2 seasons, which means that it will eventually COME TO AN END. We are only 6 episodes in and I already can't imagine it ending. :-(