AKA an excuse for lots of photos of pretty flowers. Mirrored runner from IKEA. Orchids $10 from Kings Cross markets. Ivy stolen from the end of the street. Giant silver baubley lantern thingies, DIY here.
So Mr B and I have spent another rapturous evening with him working spreadsheets and tonight, me wrapping Christmas presents. Would you believe we are both deeply satisfied? Why does a bit of sticky tape and some shiny wrapping paper bring me such deep joy. No frigging idea. Not even any craftiness this year, just scored a killer little pack in the mail from The Souvenir Society. With free shipping!
Question, giant fans: what can you do with a hoola hoop in 15 minutes?
You can turn it into a Christmas wreath!
This is so super easy, hang something, anything in the middle or leave it plain, I just wrapped it in hessian but you could use tinsel, even kitchen foil. Bit of pine trimmed from next door’s overhang and some dried out gum from a gift bouquet. Sorted.
AKA Christmas Try-Outs.
I’ve had this IKEA cake tin set since last Christmas, sitting patiently waiting for an outing. Just two little ponies, a mumma and baby, waiting in their stalls. And since we were invited to a Melbourne Cup gathering, well, giddy-up horses! I used a ginger cake recipe I’ve also had kicking around for years, from my trusty Cooks Companion. It’s fudgey and moist and delicious – a great pantry cake, nothin’ fancy in it and mixes in the food processor…
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup treacle or golden syrup
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2-3 teaspoons ground ginger – depending on how spicy you like it!
Blitz diced butter with sugar in food processor til colour pales. Add treacle, blitz again til it looks even paler and yummier, then egg, then sour cream. Sift all the dry ingredients together then add to processor in a few batches, pulsing just enough to combine. Then into your ponies and bake for about 40 minutes.
I gutted my mumma pony and added some apricot jam to the centre. Sadly the baby pony was gobbled up soon after baking and didn’t make it for a final photography session. Nom nom.