Monday, April 14, 2014

Retro Kitchen Re-do

The retro look certainly has its charm and it goes without saying that I love a bit of vintage in the kitchen, but here is a look at a few things that have that retro flare but are brand spanking new.

1. Blackboard Canister / 2. Pendant Light / 3. Lino Print / 4. Fluted Pie Dishes
5. Mason Jar / 6. Otto Coffee Pot / 7. SMEG Fridge Freezer
8. Enamelware Pie Dish / 9. Kitchenaid Mixer / 10. Belling Oven


The thing about retro styling is that you can add a little or a lot depending on the look you want to go for; I am not brave enough to go the whole shebang but I do have a bit of fun mixing contemporary finishes with some vintage collectors items and some new, retro-look pieces.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lactation cookies, or "Boob Bikkits", if you will.

Breastfeeding sure is a tricky business and even though it is seemingly the most natural thing in the world there are times when it doesn't seem that way! These lactation cookies, or boob bikkits, helped me out when I needed to increase my milk supply and in conjunction with upping your water intake and other supplements can be quite effective!

Lactation cookies, or "Boob Bikkits" as my husband says!


INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 cup almond meal
150gm coconut oil
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp agave syrup
2 tbsp flaxseed meal
3 tbsp water
1 egg
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp brewers yeast
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup dried blueberries

METHOD

Combine the flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and set aside. Cream the coconut oil and sugar in a bowl, then add the agave, vanilla bean paste, cinnamon, and egg; combine well. Add the flour, almond meal, baking powder, the flaxseed and water, the brewers yeast, and the salt and mix well. Finally, stir through the oats, almonds, and blueberries.

Shape the mixture in to little balls with your hands and place on a lined baking tray, flatten slightly. Bake at 175ยบC for about 10 minutes or until the top of the cookies begins to turn golden. They will still seem a little squishy to the touch but they will continue to cook and harden up a bit after you remove them from the oven and overcooking them will result in a dry cookie.

Feel free to substitute the dried blueberries for just about anything that will go in a cookie! Just don't substitute the brewers yeast for any other yeast because that is really the active ingredient. You can find it at health food stores. The oats, almonds, almond meal, and flax are all also useful to help boost milk supply. If you don't have agave then I would suggest adding a little bit more sugar as the sweetness offsets the bitterness of the yeast.

Hopefully these Boob Bikkit lactation cookies work out for you too!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Dear Little SHOP!

Ok guys; it is official! The Dear Little House shop is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!


Funky, quirky, cool... visit the shop and have a squiz! 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hey, Little Bunny!

Hey how cute is this little bunny night light? Bought him on sale at Typo today! He was $5 with a purchase (usually $9.95) so I just bought a $1.50 pen...

Hey there, Little Bunny!

If you think about it he cost me negative $3.45! But he is really cute. Came with a battery and everything. I have yet to decide where to put him but I have a feeling he might end up in the baby's room. They also had a little fox, a little dear, and a teeny little dog.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tangy Green Salad

Nothing better than a crispy, super healthy salad with no added fats (nope, not even oil!) to accompany your meal. This super green salad is a quick and easy one that is sure to be a winner with everyone- it has a perfect balance of tart, sweet, nutty, and tang! Yum.

Tangy Green Salad
INGREDIENTS
1 cup baby spinach
5-6 large lettuce leaves, torn
1/4 cup snow peas, cut in to thirds
1/3 bunch coriander
1/2 a Lebanese cucumber, chopped chunky
1 granny smith apple, sliced finely
3 tablespoons of tahini
3 tablespoons water
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper

METHOD
Whisk the tahini, water and lemon juice in a small bowl or shake together in a jar with a tight lid. Chuck all your green ingredients in to your salad bowl and add the dressing. Add salt and pepper, toss the salad to coat with the dressing, serve to your adoring fans.

This recipe makes about enough for a decent side-salad serving for two. If you wanted to make is even sweeter you could add some sultanas and if you wanted a bit more crunch you could chuck in some celery and it would be amazing. Do both! Go nuts.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Working hard!

Little Luca and I are currently working pretty hard on a super top secret project...


... stay tuned!

Friday, February 28, 2014

You can find us in lots of places...

You can follow Dear Little House in a few ways...








...we hope to see you around the traps!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Shop!


Pop over and visit our brand spanking new Dear Little Shop!


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Apple Ginger Punch

This delicious and super simple non- alcoholic punch is a great refreshing drink for a summer party; especially if you are having hot and humid weather as we did today! If you would prefer your punch a little cheekier this recipe works equally as well if you add any white spirit such as vodka, gin, or white rum!


INGREDIENTS
2 litres apple juice (cloudy looks nicest, but whatever you prefer)
1.25 litres ginger beer
1.25 litres soda water
4 Granny Smith apples, cut in wedges
4 lemons, sliced
Ice

METHOD
This could not be any easier; put it all in your punch bowl/jug/drink fountain/liquid receptacle of some kind. If you want to prepare ahead of time then put the cut fruit in a container, ensure that the apple is coated in lemon juice to keep it from browning, then pop the container in the freezer. This also keeps your punch cold for longer without watering it down too much with ice. 

Throughout the party keep topping up the punch with the same ratio of liquids and you'll have all your guests asking "what's in the punch?" and wanting you to write down the recipe.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Welcome to the world!

With great pleasure that I introduce our tiny, precious little man; Luca Joseph.


Born 29th September in a great hurry at 1.55am 
weighing a healthy 3.62kg and measuring a long and lanky 58cm!
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