Thursday, September 1, 2016

orange & grey.

 It could be the autumn vibes creeping into my brain already or the fact that neon/bright orange and grey just go really well together anyway but I'm a bit obsessed with this colour combination lately. Whether it's decor, fashion or just images, I'm all over it! 

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Cathy x

Thursday, August 25, 2016

all the cool kids.

Sometimes I struggle to find things for Nancy's room that are not overly floral or pink. I like floral and I like pink but it's often overdone in a girl's bedroom so I nearly always steer clear of pastels, frills and the like. Especially when the bedroom is filled with too much Frozen merchandise!

Here's a few affordable bits for kids' bedrooms that I've been bookmarking over the past few weeks...

all from The Kid Who

the kids' section in H&M

adorable handmade shop

notonthehighstreet never fails

Cathy x

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

a walk in the woods.

 "Let's take our hearts for a walk in the woods and listen to the magic whispers of old trees."

Cathy x 

Monday, August 1, 2016

say yes to the dress.

At the moment I have a handful of dresses over at my Etsy store that have me heartbroken. Of course, I'm a fan of everything in the shop because I picked it out myself but these dresses are colourful, flattering and a little bit different which ticks all the right boxes for me. Alas, it wouldn't really be a business if I kept them for myself so take a look at some of these heartbreakers and if you purchase, please love them as dearly as I do! 

Cathy x

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

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