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Eat | Lazy Girl’s Breakfast Hash Browns

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Let’s be real, if I could eat potato in every meal I totally would. I mean, I know that physically, its completely doable, but the grown up in me knows that it’s a bad idea. (My waistline thanks me for that sliver of adult behaviour!)

Regardless, there are times when I wake up and decide to start my day with a stack of starchy goodness. These are the lazy girl (or guy) hash browns. The kind for when you want something delicious, but can’t be bothered to cook something complicated. And complicated it is NOT: Take 3 ingredients. Mix. Cook. Eat! This is the breakfast I would make on Sunday’s when it’s almost midday and I am still in my pyjamas… if that were something that ever happens (read: all the time.)

Also, if you are anything like me, you always end up buying way everything in bulk, so this recipe is perfect for using up left over uncooked vegetables. I almost always have these ingredients in my kitchen. If I don’t have sage, you can always swap out for your favourite herb (or whatever you have on hand) I’ve tried it with basil, oregano and even coriander! It changes up the flavour so much, so experiment and find which combination you like the best!

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Lazy Girl's Breakfast Hash Browns
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 - 5 medium to large Potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • Fresh sage, chopped
  • Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Wash and peel your potatoes. Coarsely grate and place into the centre of a clean tea towel. Wrap the tea towel around the potato and wring out the liquid
  2. Place one egg into a mixing bowl along with a large pinch of chopped sage and salt and pepper and whisk together.
  3. Add the potato and mix well to combine.
  4. In a frying pan, heat 1 or 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Place a large spoonfull of the potato mixture and flatten to your desired thickness (around 1 or 2 cm is best) Repeat with the rest of the mixture, you should be able to make around 4 or 5 large has browns)
  5. Fry until golden and crispy and using a spatula, flip over and cook the opposite side.
  6. Drop a few whole sage leaves into the oil and allow to crisp up.
  7. Serve 1 or 2 with a fried egg for breakfast or enjoy a whole stack by themselves. Garnish with the fried sage leaves and a sprinkling of sea salt.

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Oh Etsy | Face Time

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I have a new style motto: put adorable faces on everything! Faces on my linen. Faces on my walls. Faces on my clothes. Faces on my accessories. Get out a sharpie and start drawing! Or, you know, opt for the more permanent, quality option and purchase one of these pretties. This week’s Etsy picks come courtesy of the unique and striking works of Depeapa, My Little Bellville, Karolin Schnoor and Laurie Hastings. Check them out!

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Happy Valentines Day (and a FREE download!)

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Happy Expensive Flowers Day! I jest, I’m a big fan of Valentine’s Day, but damn are flowers expensive this time of year! In the spirit of the day, and because I know you probably already spent your paycheck on floral arrangements, here’s a freebie! A cute heart and arrow desktop background for you to download for your phone, ipad or computer!

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DIY | Wooden Polaroid Photos

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My latest craft project is up at Drifter & the Gypsy, this month we’re making these adorable wooden Polaroids. These mini photos are a unique and inexpensive way to display your favourite Instagram photos around your home! And, if you’re searching for a homemade gift idea, why not make a set of photos with you your significant other for Valentine’s Day? The full tutorial as well as some more display ideas can be found over at Drifter & the Gypsy!

— Read the full post HERE 

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DIY | Feathered Cat Toys

Entertain your feline friends: DIY Feathered Cat Toys | www.highwallsblog.com

First of all, let me apologise for the image overload in this post. And when I say ‘apologise’ I mean in one of those ‘sorry-not sorry’ ways, because just LOOK at that FACE! If it seems like I’ve been a little distracted lately, it’s because of that pretty little face! I can’t resist it!

For those of you who have been here since the early years of this blog, you may remember my devon rex, Loki, used to pop up a lot in my posts. He was, for a long time, our un-official mascot of the blog.  Sadly,we lost Loki to a careless driver over Christmas. Ever since there has been a kitten shaped hole in our home and in our hearts. Devon’s have such strong personalities, his presence was sorely missed. But as you may have guessed, recently this little girl came into our lives…

Entertain your feline friends: DIY Feathered Cat Toys | www.highwallsblog.com

Without further ado, let me introduce you to Navi! Our new baby is also a devon and she has the sweetest, loveliest temperament of any kitten you are likely to meet. She is SO friendly, loves cuddles, and she is teeny tiny! Like, I still cant get over exactly how small she really is!

As the newest member of the family, I thought it only fitting make a little welcome gift for the new baby! Being a kitten, she is super playful, so a toy was the obvious choice. (and you can make one too!) This DIY takes minutes to make and will set you back a quarter of what you would pay at a pet store. You save some pennies and your kitty gets spoilt! Everybody wins and your fur baby will love you ;)

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EAT | Homemade Anzac Oat Slice

Make this Homemade Anzac Oat Slice - Perfect for celebrating Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day all! As today is our official national day, it is tradition to enjoy all things Australian. And you can’t get much more Australian than Anzac Biscuits. (For my international readers, who probably have no idea what I’m talking about; essentially cookies make from oats and coconut. They are sweet, chewy and pretty much the best oat cookies around.)

But instead of the usual Anzac biscuit you’re used too, we are going to take it a step further and make Anzac slice instead. You get the same delicious flavour, but super sized! It’s thicker, softer, and chewier, (and generally superior in every way!) Totally addictive and perfect for celebrating Australia Day!

Make this Homemade Anzac Oat Slice - Perfect for celebrating Australia Day!

Anzac Oat Slice
 
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Ingredients
  • 125g of butter
  • 2 tbsp of golden syrup
  • ½ tspn of baking soda
  • 2 tbsn of cold water
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 & ½ cups of rolled oats
  • ⅔ cup of caster sugar
  • ⅔ cup of shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup of white chocolate melts or chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 160°C and grease a small rectangular slice pan and line with baking paper.
  2. Place butter, syrup and water in a small saucepan over low heat and cook for 4 - 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Stir in bicarbonate of soda and stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, oats, sugar, coconut and white chocolate melts (chopped into smaller pieces). Make a well in the centre and pour in the butter mixture. Mix with a spoon until combined. The white chocolate will melt and combine with the mixture.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and press evenly into a thick, even, slice. Transfer to the oven and bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until golden.
  5. Allow to cool completely in the pan before cutting into pieces. Serve warm or store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Make this Homemade Anzac Oat Slice - Perfect for celebrating Australia Day!

Props to Erika Rax who made these adorable watercolour flags last year on her blog. (You can download them here.)

Mixtape 05 | 2014 Hottest 100

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Tomorrow is Australia Day, which means it’s time for the Triple J Hottest 100 – a massive music poll run by the national youth ratio station, Triple J. The count down is broadcast throughout the day and, to be honest, is the highlight of the day! As always, I’m looking forward to seeing who made it into the top 10 this year, (including seeing if Buzzfeed’s campaign to get Taylor Swift into the running was successful!) I actually forgot to vote, but I thought I’d share 10 of my faves, starting with Chvrches amazing cover of the Arctic Monkeys song, ‘Do I wanna Know’, which sadly wasn’t available on Spotify (check it out on YouTube). Enjoy!

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EAT | Elderflower & Mixed Berry Cake

Elderflower cake with mascarpone frosting & mixed berries. YUM!

I recently came to the conclusion that any cake looks super exciting when it has cream and layers. Take this elderflower cake, for example. By itself it’s sweet and delicious and pretty much your standard little cake. But you layer that baby up, fill it with  cream and fresh berries, and BAM! Look at this fancy lady! Damn gurl! You lookin’ fiiiine!

It might seem a little ‘wedding cake’-esque, but my new favourite layering technique involves two tiers on my cakes. A medium sized base with smaller layers on top. Because this cake is ‘naked’ except for the cream frosting layers, it is super forgiving in the decorating department. The tiered layers of fluffy cream and crisp berries make it so easy dress your cake to impress!

Elderflower cake with mascarpone frosting & mixed berries. YUM!

The elderflower flavour in this cake is sweet yet subtle, which is how I like it. If I’m feeling like it needs a bit more flavour I add it into the cream frosting as well.

Elderflower cordial is something I’ve been trying to track down for ages. (If by ‘trying to track down’ means,  ‘I looked in my local supermarket, couldn’t find it and kind of stopped looking’…) I assumed I would have to get it from a speciality food store, but low and behold; on a trip to rival supermarket what should I find, on special no less!? You got it, elderflower cordial! Now I’m obsessed!

Elderflower cake with mascarpone frosting & mixed berries. YUM!Elderflower cake with mascarpone frosting & mixed berries. YUM!

Elderflower & Mixed Berry Cake
 
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Ingredients
  • 250g of butter
  • 1 cup of caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2⅓ cups of self-raising flour
  • 3-5 tbsp of elderflower cordial
  • Zest from ½ lemon
  • 250 g mascarpone cheese
  • ¼ cup of powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup of heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp of lemon zest
  • 1 tsp of elderflower cordial (optional)
  • Fresh strawberries, blackberries, for filling
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 170°C
  2. Grease one 25cm and one 15cm cake pan and set aside.
  3. Place the butter (softened) and caster sugar in a bowl and beat using an electric mixer until pale and creamy.
  4. One at a time, add the eggs, beating well after each addition. Add the 3 tablespoons of elderflower cordial and beat until smooth.
  5. Gradually add the flour to the mixture, beating on medium speed. Add the lemon zest and stir to combine. If you mixture is a little too dry, add 1 or 2 more tablespoons of cordial to the mixture and mix until smooth.
  6. Pour the batter into both prepared cake pans and transfer to the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. The smaller cake will take less time to bake, (around 25 minutes) Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. Once cooled, trim away any excess cake and separate each cake into two layers. Set aside.
  8. For the frosting: Beat the mascarpone cheese and powdered sugar in an electric mixer, until smooth.
  9. Add the lemon zest and cream to the mascarpone, and beat on high speed until the mixture thickens and stiff peaks start to form.
  10. Stir in the elderflower cordial (if desired)
  11. To assemble: Place the first layer on a plate and top with a thick layer of frosting.
  12. Layer with blackberries and sliced strawberries and top with the next layer of cake.
  13. Spread another thick layer of frosting and place the first smaller cake piece on top.
  14. Repeat the above steps with the smaller layers: frosting, berries, cake and frosting on top.
  15. Top with whole berries and line the top of the larger tier with berries as well. Dust with icing sugar.

Elderflower cake with mascarpone frosting & mixed berries. YUM!Elderflower cake with mascarpone frosting & mixed berries. YUM!

Oh Etsy | Bold & Beautiful Blues

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I know I’m a little early for winter picks (or late, depending where in the world you are!), but these blue beauties are calling to me. Over the last couple of years I found myself increasingly drawn to bold, chunky sweaters, both for the comfort and the fun they bring. Paired with a cosy knitted hat and some choice accessories; a geometric bracelet here, a shibori clutch there, and you have makings of a bold and beautiful blue collection. (Even if it is a little out of season…)

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