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TT – The not necessarily textured eDition

So it’s an anything goes more than one way for me this week.

I’ve gone back to study, and I’m feeling positive…and grateful that I have this possibility to take a little time to find a new direction to support and enhance  – ME.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.  Each one of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

–Albert  Schweiter Nobel Peace Prize – Winning Medical Missionary & Philosopher.


I’m a reader, and yes most of the time it’s in the comfort of my own space, or in front of a computer, I had thought and still may take another on-line course, but this course I’m taking at the moment has the extra interaction of physically meeting new people and sharing so many aspects of ‘classroom’ social interaction.

I found a little time behind the lens to capture a few photo’s and play around with light and shadow.

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Have a great week, Yvette…x

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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 GrainJenny McGruther’sNourished 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 something about daisies that make you smile and think of sunshine…hopefully it arrives soon!

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Love, Love, Love…cherries, not only are they part of the mixture in this cupcake, delicate sweet little bits surrounded by chocolate, I love them as an extra eye catching decoration. august 2012 016

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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)

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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.

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Your home will be filled with the delicious scent of citrus oranges, after baking this cake.

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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.

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Five Little Questions

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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.

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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.

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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.


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!

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Linking to Texture Tuesday: Kim Klassen

Have a wonderful week everyone.


I’m on a Mission

Day 1 & 2  Behind the Scenes

When you have something to write, get on with it.”

So, that’s what I have intention of doing, just going with the flow. I’m participating in Kims & Xanthes Behind the Scenes: A creative guide to blogging your Passion on line course. With Kim & Xanthe at my side, we’re part of a group of innovative and creative souls. Inspiration flowing from all over the world. We’ve only just started, but there’s such enthusiasm and strong energy I know I’m going to enjoy this journey.

As I’ve been only blogging for a couple of years, ‘blogging’ was a means of communicating with family and friends, of showing them where I lived in Italy, sharing my new culinary cuisine and the extreme climate changes, so different of what I was used to in Australia.

Moving to another country has really ‘changed’ me, in so many ways. I have said it before and still to this day, moving to another country, with a different language, customs and politics wasn’t easy, and my true character was hard to express. I was a complete stranger, apart from looking different: strawberry blond hair, blue eyes, pale skin and freckles…I stood out. Even though you try to speak the language, your accent doesn’t leave you! I was a complete stranger to myself, however, living a fairytale. I loved living in Italy, travelling Europe and meeting wonderful friends and new family. I studied the language and worked the whole time I was over there…but the true me was hidden within another shell.

I started looking on the internet, and a few of my friends started blogging and joining in social networking at the same time. I discovered WordPress, and I’ve enjoyed learning and progressing with them. I’ve actually changed my theme a few times, and have to admit I’ve only recently looked again at updating. WordPress, do have some wonderful ‘free’ themes to work with and they have great support & forums where you can interact.

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