Thursday, July 14, 2016

little nancy vintage.

This little one has inspired me to do a lot of things since she arrived into our lives and I'm sure this won't be the last. 
The Turquoise Flamingo shop hasn't really felt complete as long as Little Nancy has been around but at last there's a kids' vintage section and things feel just right!
I'll be adding more items soon but take a look and let me know what you think.

Cathy x 

banana bread with chocolate & hazelnuts.

When life hands you black bananas...make banana bread! This recipe was inspired by the black bananas in our fruit bowl, surplus of eggs in the fridge and the need for something sweet after dinner. Taken from a few recipes online and adding in hazelnuts, leaving out baking powder (not a fan of the taste!) and changing the type of flour, here's my recipe...

 banana bread with chocolate & hazelnuts
2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
butter, for greasing
3 very ripe banana, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 chopped hazelnuts

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and grease the sides of a loaf tin and line with parchment paper. In a bowl sift together the flour cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Pour in oil and keep stirring. Beat in mashed banana and vanilla extract. Fold in the flour mixture, the chocolate chips and most of the nuts and pour into loaf tin. Sprinkle remainder of nuts on top and bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes. 

Cathy x

Thursday, July 7, 2016

five summer recipes (that seem healthy but they're not really!)

Healthy eating is all about moderation. And while the summer is about eating lots of fresh fruit that's in season, I don't see any harm in throwing in some chocolate, cream or sugar here and there to make things a little easier to swallow. After all, let's be honest with ourselves, summertime doesn't evoke images of guzzling back green juices after a salad for dinner. No we imagine barbecue ribs, washed down with a refreshing cocktail or cold beer. Well, I do anyway!
So here's a roundup of five summer recipes on the blog that were initially going to be healthy but then I went cray cray with the sugar, cream or vodka!  

I only discovered a few months ago that ice-cream is easy enough to make and you don't need an ice-cream maker. Try out this raspberry and white chocolate ice-cream.

This cherry pie looks pretty and tasted even better. A perfect summer dessert. 

I adored this watermelon lemonade and tried it out recently with vodka when I had a few friends over. I hear it's pretty tasty with gin too!

During the ice-cream making obsession, I also made this delicious blueberry, rum and hazelnut ice-cream. Give it a go, it's really easy!

Lastly, a simple smoothie recipe that isn't green and full of "superfoods"! I haven't made this in a long time and I'm thinking some Coole Swan or cream liquor would be an amazing addition to turn it into a cocktail. 

Now go make some cherry pie with a side of ice-cream washed down with a creamy cocktail or refreshing lemonade. And enjoy it. Just don't tell your gym buddy ;)

Cathy x

Thursday, June 30, 2016


Frida Kahlo is not known for a lot more than her style but there's no denying it's what springs to mind when her name is mentioned. Because, well, it was pretty amazing. The definition of maximalism in fashion and always colourful, folky and over the top. Statement jewellery, flower crowns and Mexican embroidery, lots of Mexican embroidery. 

Take a look at more of my Frida inspired pins here.

Cathy x

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

ploughing through.

I'm like a duracell bunny listing vintage stock lately! I have photographed and listed a lot and I have a lot to get through yet! The summer is usually a quieter time over at my Etsy store so I'm taking the opportunity to get as much online as possible before autumn. Take a look! 

Cathy x

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

family holiday in torrevieja.

 Our holiday in Torrevieja wasn't much different from any sun holiday. Lots of swimming in the pool, ice-cream, sangria and trips to the beach. The highlight of the trip for me was floating in the pink salt lake just a few minutes from where we stayed. Didn't spot any flamingos that day but apparently you can often see them here when it's not so busy. 
I have major post holiday blues right now but looking at these photos, I can't help but smile. 

Cathy x

Saturday, June 18, 2016

visor visions.

 Vintage or new, I've been falling for visors lately. Are they ugly and a bit ridiculous or are they quite cool and flattering? I think the fact that the visor lies between these two questions, makes them even more appealing! 
I'm liking this new one and I adore this vintage one.

Cathy x

{all images via pinterest}

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