September 30, 2014

I am excited to announce the first Sweet Style Photography Workshop to be held in my studio here in Sydney in November.   

After teaching a number of larger group sessions, I have had numerous requests from people to run a small session that really allows lots of personal attention.  With this in mind this workshop will only have 5 attendees.  We can look at your camera and I can help you to understand what all of the manual settings allow you to do.

Here is all the information you need about the day.  

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Click here to be taken to the workshop page and book your space!  
The session time is set for 10am-2pm but we can go longer if there are more questions that need to be answered.

Remember we are only taking 5 participants so don’t delay!


September 29, 2014

It is school holidays here and my lovely friend Michelle dropped over last week with a big box of fun craft to keep the kids occupied for the morning.  Michelle is a whizz with craft which goes without saying as she owns a super cool business called Little Crate – a fabulous box filled with craft fun that arrives on your doorstep each month!

Our crafting activity for the morning was all about being in the garden.  
Follow along with these simple instructions for a great craft activity to do with the kids this week.  

Alternatively jump on the Little Crate website and order one of their crates and it will arrive on your doorstep ready to go within a few days.   School holiday boredom solved!

Here is what you will need for today’s project
Mini paper cups
Paint brush
Jiffy Soil Pellet

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To start use the toothpick to peirce three small holes in the bottom of the cup so that the water can drain

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Now it is time to paint – grab those paint brushes and have fun with lots of colours and patterns.

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Allow your works of art to dry in the sun for a little while before moving to the planting stage


Next place the soil in the bottom of the cup and add some water – the soil we have used is a jiffy pellet but any soil will do


The seeds go in the pot next – we have used a Lemon Balm Seed

Now you need to leave your pot in a protected spot with plenty of light and and over the next few weeks watch your seed turn into a lovely plant.

Visit the Little Crate Website for more fun craft ideas

September 25, 2014

I am sure you are wondering what was served for drinks at our wedding brunch and this great drink idea came after Lisa looked into mixing cold pressed juices with spirits to make cocktails or ‘juice tails’ as they are being dubbed.

Apple always works well as a cocktail flavour and this mix is perfect for a brunch celebration.  To see a selection of pressed juices visit the Pressed Juice Website here.

Don’t forget to look back at our weeks worth of Wedding Brunch Posts for more recipe ideas and to see the amazing selection of stands, pedestals and bowls from Pretty Pedestals.  By leaving a comment on any post this week you can go in the draw to win the $200 prize of a hire voucher from Pretty Pedestals.  To see all the details visit the post here.  The gorgeous punch bowl is one of the great pieces from Lisa’s collection.

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Cold Pressed Apple Cocktail
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  1. Pressed Juices Zest 2 - green apple, pineapple, lemon and mint
  2. Organic apple juice (cloudy)
  3. Grey Goose Vodka (if you want to have an alcoholic version)
  4. Perrier mineral water
  5. Thin apple slices to garnish
  6. Ice
  1. Mix together and enjoy!
  1. As an alternative to the above simply add pressed juice zest to Champagne to create a bellini.
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September 24, 2014

Pancakes – who doesn’t love pancakes!  These delightful sugar free pancake stacks tasted amazing and when topped with the delicious Orange Blossom Syrup they went down a treat.

No excuse needed to whip these up this weekend!  Don’t forget to visit the previous two blog posts here and here to see more photos and recipes from this beautiful Wedding Brunch I collaborated on with Pretty Pedestals – there is still time to enter the competition.

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Pancakes with Orange Blossom Syrup
Yields 10
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  1. Pancakes
  2. - 2 free range eggs
  3. - ¼ cup organic rice malt syrup
  4. - 1 cup buttermilk
  5. - 1 ¼ cups self raising flour sifted
  6. - ¼ teaspoon bi-carbonate soda (baking soda)
  7. - pinch of salt
  8. Orange Blossom Syrup
  9. - 2 oranges
  10. - 3 tablespoons of organic rice malt syrup
  11. - ¼ teaspoon orange blossom water
  12. - 1 teaspoon pure vanilla bean paste
  1. Beat eggs and rice malt syrup together until combined.
  2. Add buttermilk and beat for 1 minute.
  3. Gently fold in the sifted flour, soda and salt to make a smooth batter. Don’t overmix.
  4. Grease frypan with oil spray and heat on a low temperature.
  5. Add large spoonful of batter, turn when bubbles appear and cook on other side.
  6. In a small saucepan combine the zest of 1 orange, juice of 2 oranges, rice malt syrup, orange blossom water and vanilla bean paste.
  7. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce slightly thickens.
Serving suggestion
  1. Pour warm orange blossom syrup over pancake and top with granola or chopped pistachios. Serve with fresh ricotta with vanilla bean.
To make a pancake stack
  1. o Pour batter into well greased round metal cutters or silicon egg rings. Batter will rise so only use a small amount.
  2. o As soon as bubbles start to appear, carefully run a knife around edge to remove the cutter or egg ring. Turn pancake and cook on other side.
  3. o Stack pancakes and secure with a toothpick.
  4. o Top with fresh date.
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September 23, 2014

Yesterday I shared with you a Coconut, Macadamia and Banana Granola and today I have the second delicious granola we enjoyed during our wedding brunch celebration.  The second one was Apple Pie Granola.  So great for breakfast but also the perfect snack to nibble on during the day!  

The fresh fruit that was also served included strawberries, apples and an amazing platter of oranges, blood oranges, limes & pistachio’s – so vibrant and beautiful to look at.  

To find yesterdays recipe and also details about how you can win a $200 Pretty Pedestals voucher to spend on cake stand, bowl or platter hire please visit the post here.  

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Apple Pie Granola
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  1. - 4 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
  2. - 3 teaspoons white chia seeds
  3. - 2/3 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  4. - Big pinch of sea salt flakes
  5. - 1 ½ teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  6. - 2 tablespoons organic rice malt syrup
  7. - 2 tablespoons extra virgin cold pressed macadamia oil
  8. - 1 teaspoon pure vanilla bean paste
  9. - 1 cup unsweetened apple puree
  10. - 1 ½ cups of pecan halves
  11. - ½ cup almonds halved
  12. - 1 ½ cups organic dried apple cut into bite-size pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 150 °C (300 °F). Line two baking sheets with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl mix together oats, chia seeds, pepitas, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a small saucepan warm the rice malt syrup, macadamia oil and vanilla bean paste.
  4. Pour the warm oil mixture over the dry ingredients and add apple puree. Stir until dry ingredients are well coated.
  5. Spread in a thin even layer on each baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. After 20 minutes add pecans and almonds and cook for a further 20 minutes or until golden brown. Stir occasionally.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  8. Once granola has completely cooled, stir in dried apple.
  1. Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.
Serving suggestions
  1. - Cold milk (soy, dairy, almond, rice)
  2. - Natural organic yogurt sweetened with vanilla bean paste & rice malt syrup
  3. - Fresh or poached fruit
  4. - Pancakes or Crepes
  5. - On its own as a snack
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