A few of my favourite things 2018

  Unintentional mushrooms.   Frida (the movie).   The fact that I actually sat down and JUST watched a movie (usually I multi-task, and end up enjoying nothing).   A delicious and nutritious meal. Full of yummy things like pine nuts, blue cheese, apples and mussels.   Greek yogurt.   A warm cool evening (how…

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Christmas traditions

Do you have any Christmas traditions? I sure do, every year they evolve – sometimes new ones are created. I think traditions keep us grounded; they remind us of home & family. They help us to make sense of the passing years, and give us a small dose of control in our uncontrollable lives. My…

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Knitting for beginners: 5 tips

Hello lovelies! I taught myself to knit, and learnt a lot of life lessons along the way – something which surprised the heck out of me and made learning to knit all the more meaningful. I have failed at making a cardigan, jumper and cable knit scarf (although I’m still attempting that one). I love…

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LookFantastic Advent Calendar 2017 Haul & Review.

At Christmas time I tend to indulge myself a little.. Not usually being a make up or skin care type person I splurge and grab a beauty advent calendar. Partially strategic as the mini’s and full size products just about cover my makeup usage for the year, but mostly  for the joy of it. I…

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5 Tips to Ace a Tricky Recipe the First Time

Read the recipe before getting started. This gives you a lay of the land. You can anticipate steps that are approaching and organise in advance. You also know how long it will take to prepare and cook/bake – I have been caught out too many times by unexpectedly long bake times when I had planned…

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

A few cool things I have found whilst living and perusing the Internet. Some of these gifts excite me so much, but I don’t have anyone quite right people to give them too – please give someone theses gifts! For the creative types: 1. Sarah K Benning (find her on instagram or etsy) makes amazing…

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Parnell Rose Gardens

Happy Sunday! I am here in New Zealand, sitting on the bed, windows wide open listening to the music and noise of my boyfriend and his brothers playing football in the backyard. Ahhh.. summer. Parnell Rose Gardens is a not-so-secret gem of Auckland, and the most lovely place to kill a few hours. Bring a…

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Plants a’Plenty: What’s in season this December

December is such an exciting time for me. We have the lead up to Christmas, the beginning of summer, so many birthdays (for me that’s a lot of twenty first’s this year!) and so many delicious fruit come into season! Here are my favourites:  Cherries! Oh my gawd. A traditional Christmas fruit in the Gough household,…

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Using flowers in food.

Rose So beautiful to look at, and delicious… to eat? Ha! Roses offer a delicate flavour, which is complimented well by other light flavours such as vanilla or almond. Rose can muddy very easily, so it is best to infuse the petals in a syrup or sugar instead of adding them to cooking directly. For…

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Morning routine

I’ve decided to do something a little different today. I’ve painted! Some of you may know that I am an amateur water-colourist. I like messing about with water and colour in my spare time. I’m usually into making abstract things where the colour and textures take centre stage – because I can’t draw! Today though…

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Cheaters caramel chocolate bars.

  Maybe you don’t have time to make a fancy caramel because you would rather be doing something else! That’s totally fine. Maybe you have run out of christmas gift ideas for people you vaguely know. With that in mind I have the perfect treat. Chocolate caramel bars. Yum.     Now here is the…

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Brie vs. Camembert

Both are cheese. Both are round, mild and creamy. They are usually next to each other at the supermarket or cheese stall. Camembert and Brie both sound Frenchy, and in fact both are French. So… um like what is the difference? Honestly, previous to researching this post I could not tell them apart on a…

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