Friday, June 28, 2013

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Make some this weekend.

(that's an order okay, because they're delicious!)

It was lovely Zara 
(if you click this link you will find her yummy recipe for old-fashioned jam drops)
who gave me the heads-up on Lauren's Latest, the blog where you'll find this recipe.
Zara actually suggested I whip up a batch of Lauren's  Lemon Glazed Lemon Cookies, but because she mentioned they were a bit messy to make (and I can't be dealing with extra mess at the mo) I made Lemon Crinkles instead. And OMG! I'm glad I did because they are a lemony revelation!
Lemon Crinkles - easy to bake and very easy to eat!
(maybe too easy...)

If you haven't got lemons on your tree, or in your fruit bowl,
(btw, after reading your comments on this post, I will never take our lemon trees or their bounty for granted again!)
pop up to the shops and buy one - these are so worth it, and a single lonely little lemon is all you'll need to transport your tastebuds to lemon heaven - unless you decide to double the recipe(?) and I would if I were you.
Lemon Crinkles up top, Anthony's beloved Orange Slices (yuk!) down below - exactly where they belong, in my opinion! Which biccies do you reckon were eaten demolished first? 
Thanks to everyone who sent Lemon recipes my way, I really appreciate it. This weekend I am sweetening up my trial batch of Limoncello, it's smelling a bit ummm, shall we lemony paint stripper at the moment (even though I didn't skimp on the Vodka and used the good stuff). Stay tuned.
p.s. My blog archives seem to have are the links to my posts on Abigail Ahern's Style Surgery if you're looking for them...just click here and here.
Update: oops! My famous blog designer has popped them at the bottom of my blog.  
Oh, and please follow my blog via bloglovin if you haven't already.
Thank you x   






Thursday, June 27, 2013

Our Kitchen Is Live (over at Abigail's!)

Just a quick one from me tonight.

If you're interested, you can pop over to Abigail Ahern's blog and check out her suggestions and tricks to help make our sad 80's kitchen ROCK! 

As I mentioned a few days ago, our very own tribute to country style (gone wrong!) is the first cab off the rank in the brilliant (and generous) new feature on Abigail's blog called Style Surgery.  

Here's a sneaky peek to tempt your stylin tastebuds,

for all the dirt (and there's a lot of good stuff to suss) click here.
I was so excited about this (and just a little bit embarrassed that our kitchen is out there for all the world to see). I can't wait to pull on my gloves and scrubs and get started.  Love, Kylie x
p.s. progress reports to come, stay tuned for the big reveal.
p.p.s. like Abigail to perform surgery at yours? Send a note to:
Goodluck x


Monday, June 24, 2013

Guess Whose Coming To Our Place?

The fabulous, super cool, UK designer and decorator, Ms Abigail Ahern, that's who!

Okay, so she's not really coming to our place per se, but she is fixin our kitchin!

(well, kind-of)

Not with her own fair hands (that would be too insanely awesome!) but vicariously, through a new segment on her wonderful blog she calls Style Surgery.

(Unfortunately) we have been blessed with a lovely 80's style country kitchen. You know those heavily lacquered, oak fronted, raised panelled doors, with a hideous orange hue to them? That's our kitchen! Here's how it looked when we bought the house:

Another real estate listing pic, which has been heavily photo-shopped (believe it or not) I could almost handle this kitchen but in real life it bears only the faintest resemblance to the kitchen we got when we bought the house.

Late last year we replaced the benchtops, appliances (we needed an oven that worked!), blind, and painted out that yellow, but it still looked awful.

(we couldn't, and still can't, justify ripping out the cabinetry. Hideous as it is - it's Tasmanian Oak and it would've cost a packet back in its eighties hey-day.  We don't feel it would be right (or very nice really) to rip it out, only to replace it with something crappy made of melamine which would still cost big bucks regardless of quality)

Anyway, my attempt to make it better failed miserably. In my note to Abigail I said it was a bit like plastering cheap concealor over a pimple - you could (and can) still see there's something ugly there, festering away (not so quietly) under the surface.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I received an email from Abigail saying that our kitchen had been selected to feature in her first ever Style Surgery feature. I mean seriously, how cool is that?!

Abigail Ahern is "tricking out" our kitchen!

Who care's if it's me doing "the dirty work"!
I'd be happy to be her apprentice/trades assistant/lacky any day of the week - especially if our kitchen turns out like any of these:

all images Abigails blog.

It's booked in for 'surgery' soon - it goes live over at Abigail's this week. I am so excited to see what she comes up with (aren't you?) and I can't wait to pull on my rubber gloves and start the healing process.

I'll keep you posted.


p.s. I'm moving (albiet it in the extreme and far-removed fringes) of some illustrious circles these days...guess who designed my fabulous new header? (and all for love I might add!) Click here to find out. I'm a very lucky girl, and she is a lovely, lovely, lovely person.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

"Picked locally"...

while walking the dog.

(in other words, I've been doing a bit of friendly neighbourhood pruning again!)

(I think?)

Please note, I didn't pilfer these from private gardens, they are council plantings - free for the picking (in my opinion. Yours?) As I said to Anth (as he walked away from me nonchalantly - pretending not to know me, and refusing to sully his hands with with what he called my criminal activities) "we pay our rates, we're entitled!"

Anyway "pruning is necessary for optimum plant growth and flower yeild" It says so here, at Agwest, and they know their stuff.

(believe me if I could buy them close to home in their natural state, I would. The Banksias at our local florist have all had the misfortune of being stuck in buckets of dye. If I wanted purple/hot pink flowers I'd buy Irises or Gerbera's or something!)

The Brown Pot, Margaret Preston, 1940.

I love this painting. Image and more here

I hope you are having a nice weekend, it's a bit chilly here in Perth today x

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Oranges and Lemons

Beautiful vintage tea towel cushion, handmade by lovely Zara
Lemon Curd.
Getting through our stash, one lemon at a time...
I used this recipe, but it turns out my Mum's lemon butter is just as good.
It also turns out that lemon butter and lemon curd are the same thing.
Lemon curd just sounds fancier and more chefy.
We like to use it (and a big dollop of whipped cream as well) to fill fairy cakes.
The perfect combo.
Vintage Meakin "Wattle" plate, another gift from Zara.
(and particularly special to us because Lucy Violet used to serve her roasts from a "Wattle" platter)
Zara has also been dabbling in watercolours of late.
Is there anything this gorgeous girl can't do?
Clearly not. Just look at what else she sent me
Handsome Germans and Billy Buttons, another perfect combo.
I'm a very lucky and grateful girl to be on the receiving end of such loveliness.
Thanks for reading, and thank you for your kindness Zara x 







Friday, June 7, 2013

Museum of Natural History

131 James Street Guildford, Western Australia.

This place is awesome. The blurb on their pamphlet says:

"You will walk in and say WOW!"
and I did!
Remember museums before they got all touchy-feely, art gallery sterile, and a bit boring
(that's how I feel about modern museums anyway. I think they've lost something in their attempt to be user friendly. What do you reckon?)
You might like white walls and bright lighting, but I prefer the museums of my childhood: dark, spooky, and a bit on the daggy side. I like feeling like I should whisper and mind my p's and q's while I'm looking at fossils and relics and dinosaurs. I like that feeling of reverence I felt in museums whem I was a kid on school excursions (not sure if reverence is the right word here, but I hope you get the gist). I reckon museums are far too clean and tidy these days, and that is why I fell in love with this place.
(that, and the fact that it's housed in an old Slavonic Hall, built in 1926, but currently rocking more of a 70's interior: original bar in corner, alpine mural backdrop still on stage, perspex chandeliers (love them!), velvet curtains etc. etc.)
Here are some pics, they're not that crash-hot (actually, they totally suck!) but don't let them put you off - please. It's a really cool place. I know you'd like it, and remember, it won't be long until the July school holidays...    

A fleeting glimpse of Annabel,
and another.
they're antlers hanging from the chandeliers.


Kangaroo Paws (now you know - if you didn't already!)
I found this exhibit a tad unnerving.

Now I know some of you might find all this taxidermy stuff upsetting (every time there's a cow hide in an interior on Design Sponge, The Design Files, etc. there's always a few comments from outraged readers), but Michael Buzza, Master Taxidermist(!) and the chap behind the museum, only works on animals that have died of natural causes, so don't fret too much, okay.
(and when you've had your fill of the museum, there's always Guildford's antique strip - Curio Warehouse is my fave)
Thanks for reading x



Tuesday, June 4, 2013



Why is it, when your own lemon trees are dripping with lemons, so is every other lemon tree in the hood?

Seriously there's a basket/bucket of lemons out the front of every third or fourth house I pass when I'm taking the dog for a walk. Note attached saying something like:

Free Lemons.
PLEASE take some!
And why is it, when your tree's bare, and you're desperate for a lemon (for your Caesar Salad - this always happens to us) there's not a lemon in sight?

(forcing you to trot up to Coles, and fork out top dollar for a horrible old imported lemon that doesn't smell, feel, or taste anything like, the real thing! Sound familiar?)
Lemons are a great example of the old "feast or famine" adage - you're either loaded or your bust. Because I can't bear to see ours go to waste (there are only so many ice-block trays of lemon juice I can fit in the freezer!), and because I thought you might be in a similar predicament, I thought I'd share a few lemony recipes here over the next month or so. The yummy ones, obviously.
First up a recipe from David Lebovitz.

(if you've never heard of David - I have only recently discovered him - I have to tell you that every single recipe I've tried of his has turned out perfectly, not to mention deliciously, plus he's a brilliant writer. You know those cooks that tell stories you want to read with their recipes? Well he's one of those.)

Yesterday I made his Whole Lemon Bars, and while they made only the tiniest dint to our lemon glut, they are  

delish! and I reckon you should try them.
Got any luscious lemon recipes? Send them my way and I'll give them a whirl. Think of it as a bloggy way of helping yourself to the bucket of "free lemons" I've plonked on our front verge...
I notice that Allison is doing the lemon-thing on her blog today too. Check her recipe for Lemon Tart here.
Gotta give my lemon peel/vodka a shake (recipe for homemade Limoncello here soon - if it works!) See ya, Kylie x



Monday, June 3, 2013

Speaking of...

Pottery, how about these?

I'm particularly fond of the little dip in the saucer which makes the most perfect 'handle'.
Four dollars a pair, local op-shop. I only wish there were more of them, and that I knew who made them. Here's the potter's mark - perhaps somebody out there can help me identify the artisan who turned a lump of clay into something so beautiful. And useful.