Hi friends! I have had a crazy week. That is why this post is coming to you slightly late, I apologise. Sleep was non-negotiable. My week (ya know, just a standard week in the life of Laura) has involved working almost every day, tweeting endlessly for a public figure, spending the entirety of my savings (!!!!!), designing a giant advent calendar for our Christmas Readers Evening at work, drinking lots of tea, writing this super long but cool post about my stampy tote, trying to tame the out-of-control broccolis in my garden and hey, finally its Saturday. I’m going to make pesto and quesadillas, read the above book, and try to clean my house (you might have seen a stampede of elephants making a quick exit). What are you doing? I hope its great and chaos-free (though sometimes chaos is good! Sometimes).
– I really liked this quote. So true! A little Saturday pick-me-up.
– These brownies (peanut butter and jam, no less!) look totally, insanely good! Thanks Jamie! Have you checked out his latest book yet? Its a goodn’.
– This Vietnamese beef salad looks yum! I actually went to Chelsea’s book launch last week. She is one sassy lady!
– Here is a list of Five Tips for Stress Free Sewing. Its a good list! Number five is definitely the best ;).
– I really like this wee (Aus) Etsy shop that has little kits for making pom poms, stamps and other things. I think they would make cute gifts.
– If you do one thing this weekend, you should watch Elise’s talk at WDS (World Domination Summit). This lady continues to amaze me. She is my biggest inspiration. It doesn’t matter if you’re a maker or not, blogger or not, woman or not. Anyone will take something away from this speech.
My life will never been ‘normal’ but hopefully it is slightly calmer next week and I can blog more consistently for ya’ll. Thanks for reading!
It’s well and truly almost summer here. The days are still sporadic, wind is still tormenting my broccoli plants and rain clouds loom in the afternoons, but its 10 a.m and I think I would almost get a tan if I was outside (if I could tan, which I can’t). This, and autumn, are two times of the year when I feel most inspired about food.
– I’m inspired by my garden constantly. Yesterday we finally ate something from this springs crops. Lettuce doesn’t usually ignite my passion for cooking, but picking it from my own garden – all covered in dirt and slightly nibbled on – inspiration, unlocked! Its not too late to plant something. I’m yet to plant tomatoes. You can always grown in buckets on your sunny porch, if nothing else.
– I’ve been reading Peppermint Magazine, and this issue (spring 2014) is right up my alley. It features interviews with a whole range of different foodies. So far, I love the emphasis, on real, from-the-earth food. I was pleasantly surprised by the interview with Sarah Wilson – she wrote the ‘I Quit Sugar’ books – she writes here about sustainability and food wastage. Definitely get your hands on this issue!
– Every year, when my garden starts to belt out food, I get out Annabel Langbein’s book Eat Fresh. It’s the one cook book you should have over spring and summer. It capitalises on fresh food from the garden in stunning, simple, delicious recipes. I love it! (I can’t seem to find a link to this online unfortunately. It was published in 2007, see if your library has it, or try one of her other books).
– Tonight we are having this for dinner. I’m very inspired by all of the fresh veg available at the moment. Cheap avocados. Tomatoes have come down to $3.99kg (this will drop rapidly over the next few weeks and then my own will start producing tomatoes like crazy). And I feel like piling my plate high with different veg. I’m dreaming up some new quesadilla recipes to make the most of the good food available. If you want inspiration, head to your veggie shop and check out the new season produce!
Working in a library has its benefits. In the weekend I picked up two crafty books. They’re great with cute, fun projects that I want to make. You might not have considered them before, because they’re children’s books. I LOVE kids books. Love them! They’re colourful and happy and there is so much to learn. (This is way up on my list of ‘pros’ for having children. It’s cool). I love the simple, unpretentious projects with clear instructions. Its great to make uncomplicated things that leave you happy and not frustrated. I especially want to make the cat-face cushion from Simple Softies and the Pony Friend from Little Things for Busy Hands. There is also a great owl, cool dinosaur and two other cat dudes in Simple Softies – awesome ideas for this cause!
This semester has come to an end for me (aside from the return of three marks) so this weekend I finally have some free time! I don’t have to do anything! Its amazing. I’m going to make stuff and read this book. How great! Rowan came home from his trip with a little box of letter stamps for me (and also tiny pastel coloured pegs). I want to stamp everything, sew one more of these and finish knitting a scarf…what have you got planned for the weekend? I hope its good. Maybe borrow one of these books and do something crafty!