Saturday, January 28, 2012

Be My Sustainable Valentine

Valentines. It's hard to share the love and still buy sustainably ... right? I disagree. We just have to reduce disposability, think about where products come from, and buy fair-trade when we can.
Easy Peasy.

Let's run through a few creative options that are good for the heart and the environment.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Macadamia and Ginger (Melting) Shortbreads

The cricket's on in the living room, the barbie's fired up outside. Hot sun, cool drinks. It's summer in Queensland and it's sweltering. Today? Meltingly so.

We hang outside when we can stand it, sweating even though we're sitting down in the shade. We watch lizards skitter through the garden. We can practically feel the recent rain evaporating from surfaces around us.

Time to pull some shortbread out of the freezer.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

It's Almost Australia Day!

My perfect Australia Day? Involves a smashing breakfast, a drive in the countryside, and a BBQ on the deck. Preferably with a cold beer in my hand.

Oh, I love this place.

Friday, January 13, 2012

How to Make a Stop-Motion Video in Picasa

Ever since Cheryl of 5 Second Rule introduced us to the stop-motion video The Joy of Books, Nelle and I have been a little bit obsessed. It's the first thing my girl wants to do when she gets home from kindy ... and I have to admit when I watch it, I feel more than a bit elated. It makes me want to write and dance and read.

But Nelle keeps asking me - how do the books move?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Super-Simple Roasted Nectarine Bruschetta

I made these little bruschetta to kick off a pre-Christmas dinner party; and then time slipped by and by and by, as it does. Particularly at this time of year. And I wasn't happy with the photos. So the recipe sat, unposted. But here I am in Phoenix, thinking back to these delectable little toasts and wishing it was stonefruit season here. So here goes.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Year of Sunshine and Lemons

2011 was a year of sunshine and lemons.

We started and ended the year in a holiday house with a lemon tree out back, making lemonade and eating crepes and hanging out with family and friends.

A year that started with lemons and ended with lemons and sunshine.

Not everything in 2011 was great, but mostly.
When life gives you lemons ... and all that.