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Ch.Ch.Ch.Ch….Cherry Bomb!

These Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes are the start of something big! I’m experimenting more and more limiting grains from my diet and researching more into using different flours. Hence the use of coconut and almond flours in this recipe. Searching and researching the alternatives to grains I found many changing lifestyle alternatives… Mark Sisson’s: Mark’sDailyApple –Primal Living in the Modern World; Danielle Walker’s: Against All Grain;  Jenny McGruther’s – Nourished Kitchen. I’m not very experienced cooking with other flours, so I just had to try something…after travelling a few kilometers to the nearest organic retail shop, I found coconut flour, coconut oil,coconut sugar, almond butter and a new world was introduced to me. After reading and trying the ‘normal’ every day meals, I needed to try a little dessert. Danielle at ‘Against All Grain’ (see her original recipe here) used cocoa butter,(note to self) have to buy and find this product. From my own experience of using almond meal for Macaroons, sifting  twice or even three times aerating the flour leads to better results. Isn’t there …

TT – Free & Easy eDition

Another free and easy challenge for today’s Texture Tuesday, with Kim Klassen. A few more photo’s of natures beauty of Camellia’s. They truly are magical! Original photo –Twistedvines + kkzuzu + focal black & white + glow + light adjustment (Picasa 3) Have a great day everyone, Yvette…x ‘No duty is more urgent, than returning thanks’ –Saint Ambrose Linking to  Mosaic Monday & Texture Tuesday

Orange & Almond Cake

This is a fantastic recipe, and one I needed to share with you. A Gluten-free flourless Orange & Almond Cake. With a small challenge in time management, I know you’ll be able to cope with this recipe. It needs an overnight cooling time, but the taste is well worth the wait. Your home will be filled with the delicious scent of citrus oranges, after baking this cake. Read on for the recipe…

TT – The Outside eDition

‘Sunshine Ripples’ This week has been awesome. Busy, exciting and inspirational. How about yours? This week, Kim offered a different challenge, that we might like to take a walk in the outdoors and take as many photo’s as we saw fit. This was the early morning sunshine just behind these marvelous trees as I went for my early morning walk. Wonderful sunshine beams and radiant warmth, to chase the crisp air of a Winters morning away. Linking to: Yvette…x

Five Little Questions

  I’ve been travelling together with Kim & Xanthe participating in their ‘Behind the Scenes’ e-course and connecting to a wonderful group of creative people. We’re connecting today by posting and answering 5 little questions & answers. We’re all getting to know each other a little better by sharing and linking together, and it’s been a few weeks of great inspirations, technical help and wonderful idea’s for our blogs. Thank you Ladies…     5 Questions 1. What makes you happy?….. in 5 words or less….? Sunshine, Smiles and Rose Petals. 2. Which talent would you most like to have?  Creative Writer 3. Which words or phrases do you overuse most? Honey, Truly!, 4. What is your favourite movie, book or both? Movie: Under a Tuscan Sun. Directed by Audrey Wells Book: The Language of Flowers By Vanessa Diffenbaugh 5. If you could go anywhere in the world for a creative retreat where might it be? By the ocean, high in the mountains, beauty and nature all around. Linking to BTS Yvette…x

Texture Tuesday: Texture x’s 2 eDition

Taking a walk, enjoying the outside, and looking,seeing and watching all around. original photo twistedvines + kkhappyheart + kkorganic + adjustments of hue and saturation.     This is an Australian Native Eucalypt Gum Tree: Swamp Bloodwood, E.ptychocarpa F.Muell It’s blossom are a beautiful crimson pink with lemon tipped fronds, one of natures Wintertime pleasures as walking in the crisp air. Linking to Kim Klassens, Texture Tuesday Have a great day, everyone. Yvette…x

TT – Natural eDition

I have to say, I’m enjoying the holidays…spending time with family, friends and enjoying my e-courses.In between not so nice Winter weather, rain and fog, I sneaked in a few photos on the natural charm of nature. Colours and textures that were around me and really taking the time to soak in the beauty of the outdoors. These camellia’s are just beautiful. Although it’s been cold, I have to admit I’ve enjoyed the time sitting in front of the fire reading The Fifty Shades Trilogy…say no more! Linking to Texture Tuesday: Kim Klassen Have a wonderful week everyone. Yvette…x

TT – Flowers

This weeks Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen, isn’t so much the subject matter – flowers…I love photographing flowers as many of you have seen before. It’s actually the point at which I venture out of the warmth of inside the house…of a Winter dreary day, and look around the garden, not to find too much to photograph. The hint of the final lavender amongst the rosemary, and the tiniest rose buds screaming from the leafless branches of rose bushes. Sometimes the simplest of things, and the dull of light can give us something truly beautiful.   I’ve been wanting to take photographs of this bottle for ages…I just love it. I’m a tonic water drinker, and just adored this limited edition collection that Schweppes Australia distributed. The series is a collection of 1920’s – 1950’s pin up girls.See the full collection in the inspiration room. I’ve had these photo images in my mind for ages…and it was truly magical inspiration to see these photos come alive. original photo twistedvines + kkchase +light/shadow adjustments. original photo …

Autumn Holidays

Busy days of late.  Autumn term break starts at the end of this week, and looking forward to time spent with ‘calmer’ days around home, behind the camera, and in the kitchen. Joining forces with my sister to prepare this morning tea: Fresh home made sushi, spring vegetable rolls, deep fried feta stuffed olives sticks, curried egg, honey leg ham and mustard tiered sandwiches, home made curried puffs, cream corn and tuna vol au vents, mascarpone, sun dried tomato and basil pesto pin wheels. Have a great week, Yvette…x