EAT | Strawberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies with Strawberry Jam |

Do you want some jam? No seriously, let me give you some. I don’t know why or how, but we seem to have accumulated vast amounts of strawberry jam. Store bought, homemade, you name it: we got it. Where did it come from? Is there a jam fairy? Maybe it’s like when you lose a tooth and the tooth fairy leaves a dollar under your pillow. Maybe every time I clean my fridge, the jam fairy sneaks in under the cover of darkness and leaves me another jar of strawberry jam to thank me for my cleanliness.

So what does one do with this much jam…? That’s not a segue, I’m actually asking. Help me out guys! Give me suggestions of your favourite jam related recipes, because I am already totally over jam sandwiches. Sandwiches are lame. Cookies are what the people really  want!

And to be honest, these cookies are the bomb. The recipe is so easy even a child can make them. It goes a little something like this: Put ingredients in mixer until you make dough -  Roll into little balls – smoosh your finger or thumb down onto each ball to create a little cookie bowl –  fill with jam – get said jam everywhere because you always overfill the cookies. Rinse and repeat as many times as necessary until you no longer have any jam or you develop diabetes. Whichever comes first. (please don’t get diabetes) I think I’m delirious from a jam overdose. I’ve eaten so many of these cookies that I’ve lost count. Send help!

Thumbprint Cookies with Strawberry Jam |

Thumbprint Cookies with Strawberry Jam |

INGREDIENTS:1 cup of butter
2/3 cup of sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 cups of plain flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius and prepare a baking tray with baking paper.2. With an electric mixer beat together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks and vanilla extract and beat again to combine.3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour and salt and then  add to the butter mixture in small amounts, mixing in between each addition until dough forms together in a ball.

4. From the dough, roll small amounts into balls roughly 1 inch in size. Place the balls on the prepared baking tray and flatten balls slightly with your thumb (or the back of a small spoon) to leave an indent in the center.

5. Place in the oven and bake for r 8 to 10 minutes or until the bottom is just golden. Remove from the oven and carefully press down again on the indentations to re-define them.

6. Fill each cookie with jam and then return to the oven to bake until the jam melts slightly and edges of cookies are lightly golden (around 3 or 4 minutes). Allow to cool on a wire rack before serving.

NOTE: Another option is to use honey instead of jam- it wont look as aesthetically pleasing as the honey will melt more than the jam, but as it melts the honey soaks into the cookies for a deliciously sweet alternative.

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High Walls now on Etsy Pages!

etsy-page-hold-list Every week I share a collection of my favourite finds from around Etsy. The online marketplace is one of my favourite places to while away the hours. So when Etsy introduced Etsy Pages I was pretty excited. The Pages are a place for tastemakers from around the world to collect their favourite finds that match their style and share them in curated lists for everyone to browse and shop.  It’s an awesome idea and  I am so thrilled to announce that High Walls is now amongst these tastemakers! Hooray!

I’ve been going back through old Oh Etsy posts and selecting the best of the best to add to my curated page, as well as a whole bunch of new finds! The usual Oh Etsy posts will still continue every week as before, except now- if you see something you like, you will be able to pop over to the High Walls page and shop expanded collections of similar finds, all curated by yours truly!

Guys, I’m super excited to be able to curate and share even MORE awesome Etsy finds every week! Jump over and check out the new page and if you have an Etsy account, why not give us a little follow? I promise you’ll love what we share!


Mixtape 02 | Chill


Over the weekend I went on a photo editing spree and to keep me motivated I put together a little playlist of sweet songs. These jams are so chill, so smooth, I thought: “what’s music for - if not sharing?” So here you go guys. Enjoy a chilled out start to your week :)

[ Listen Here ]

01 | Ho Hey | The Lumineers

02 | Seaside | The Kooks

03 | Roll Up Your Sleeves | Meg Mac

04 | Mess is Mine | Vance Joy

05 | I love You | Lido

06 | Gooey | Glass Animals

07 | Lost | Frank Ocean

08 | Dog | Andy Bull (Feat Lisa Mitchell)

Sunday Sessions | 10.08.14


- I am so inspired by the styling on designlovefest‘s recent Holiday Cocktail post! I may have to start incorporating patterns into my photos from now on! These look amazing!

- Okay, so these probably win the award for the silliest idea, BUT these puppy models are totally selling these Pet Bandana’s from Urban Outfitters. What can I say? I cannot resist a well dressed puppy! (1 | 2 | 3 | 4)

- Can anyone honestly say that these fruit macaroons aren’t the cutest damn thing you’ve ever seen? Props to Sugar & Cloth for such a clever (and cute) idea!

-  Hello Pattern is a collection of wonderful colored geometric patterns created by the illustrator Judy Kaufmann.  She is selling these patterns online along with the freedom to use them on whatever you like! The buyer of each pattern can apply it to whatever they like from paper to fabric, from wood to walls!



EAT | Ice Cream Cupcakes

Cupcakes iced with ICE CREAM  - Brilliant! |

A friend of mine once declared that only women love cupcakes. No exceptions. I was simultaneously outraged at such a sexist remark and disappointed on behalf of these hypothetical men who apparently aren’t allowed to be into tiny cakes with sprinkles. I mean, who doesn’t love a good cupcake? Surely women aren’t the only ones who enjoy the soft bounce of the sponge like cakes, the sweetness of the icing and the playful colours and decorations. Say what you will about cakes in general, cupcakes have always been a crowd pleaser in my book! The idea that only one demographic can love this classic dessert is outrageous! On behalf of these men who have been so cruelly  deprived, I say ‘Let them eat (cup)cake!’

Well, Ice Cream Cupcakes  if you want to be precise. I admit, that title is kind of misleading. These are not cupcakes made of ice cream, rather cupcakes iced with ice cream. That’s right, you heard me right. No piping bags. no powdered sugar. Just a perfect, pretty scoop of ice cream.

Cupcakes iced with ICE CREAM  - Brilliant! |

Before we go any further we need to discuss methods of consumption:

Your first option is perfect for when you cupcakes are still fresh and warm from the oven. Serve in a bowl with a spoon, allowing the ice cream to get all melty over the warm cake base. The cold, gooey ice cream combined with the warm cake sponge is, unsurprisingly, a delight.

The second is, in my opinion, the correct way to eat cupcakes in general. Twist the base of your cupcake away from the top, separating into two halves. Take the bottom half and press down onto the icing (or ice cream in this case) and enjoy as a mini cake sandwich. Trust me, if you’re not eating your cupcakes this way you soon will be. No more awkwardly trying to get your mouth around both the cake base and the too-tall mound of icing. Once you try it, you’ll never go back!

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Cupcakes (recipe below)
Toppings & Sprinkles
1. Using a serrated knife, cut the top off of any cupcakes that have risen unevenly, this will help the ice cream to stay on top of the cake. (You don’t need to cut off too much, just enough to have a  flat surface for the ice cream to sit on.2. Top each cupcake with  a scoop of ice cream (in your choice of flavour). The key to getting a nice round ball of ice cream is to dip your ice cream scoop into a glass of hot water in between cakes. The warmth of the spoon will stop the ice cream from sticking to the metal.3. Finish with your choice of toppings; I used leftover strawberry syrup from those delicious strawberry floats, chocolate topping, mini marshmallows, and good old fashioned sprinkles. If your cupcakes are still warm, serve immediately in a bowl. If not, return to the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up before serving.


Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

INGREDIENTS:2¾ cups of cake flour
1⅔ cups of sugar
¾ teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of baking powder
12 tablespoons of softened  butter
4 egg whites, plus 1 whole egg
1 cup of milk
3 teaspoons of vanilla
1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.2. Mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder together in the bowl until well combined.3. Add the softened butter, a small amount at a time, allowing the butter to combine before adding the next part. With your mixer on low speed, add one egg white at a time, followed by the whole egg. Ensure each egg white is completely incorporated before adding the next.

4. In a separate bowl, add milk and vanilla extract and whisk together. With the mixer on low again, add the milk mixture a small amount at a time, allowing the dry and wet ingredients to combine properly in between additions. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as you go and after adding all the mixture, continue to beat for an additional minute or two.

5. Line a cupcake tray with cupcake wrappers and spoon the batter into each, filling around 2/4 of the way.

6. Place in the oven and bake for 16 – 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Set aside to cool before serving.

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Oh Etsy | Black Cats


My mother has always had certain superstitions that she abides by. No opening umbrellas inside. Never put new shoes on the table. I’ve subconsciously picked up a few of her beliefs along the way, but thankfully, black cats were always a-okay in our house. And I’m glad, because I never was able to resist the allure of glowing eyes against a furry little face. I mean, what could be unlucky about something so cute? What do you think? Are superstitions are a load of baloney, or is this post making you want to cross the street?

1 / This adorable skirt, suitably named “a LOT of cats” actually comes with a matching shirt! Cutest set ever!

2 / Speaking of furry faces, how could anyone resist this guy by Zyzanna? I can’t look at him in his glasses and tie for too long without breaking down into fits of giggles!

3 / You can practically feel the motion in this watercolor print by Color Watercolor - This kitty has places to be!

4 / Every good cat lover needs A Cat Hoard, and Faye Moorehouse has gotcha covered.

DIY | Gilded Jewellery Box

DIY Gilded Jewellery Box by High Walls (for CoCorrina) |

Ahh! It feels great to be back! After a couple weeks without internet, I have been missing the blogging world. The only perk of being away for so long is that I have a stack of awesome blogs to catch up on. The bad side however, (aside from the mountain of emails piling up in my inbox,) is that I haven’t been around to share all the fun things I’ve been up too!

You may have spotted a sneak peek of this project in our Interchangeable Garland DIY a couple of weeks ago, but a few days ago I was lucky enough to share a DIY project over at Cocorrina. I’m not gonna lie; I have been pretty smitten with how this one turned out! All you need to make this pretty treasure chest is a wooden box, a little paint and some gold leaf! Too easy!


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GIVEAWAY | Announcing the Winner!

Hi gang! Sorry it’s been so quiet around here the last week or so! I had something come up that meant I was without regular internet access for a little while. But I’m back now, and lucky for me, our first order of business is to announce our giveaway winner of an original floral print by Sarah Wheeler of Safari & Sunsets!


Thanks to everyone who entered. If you weren’t lucky enough to win this time, why not head over to Sarah’s print store and check out her beautiful work. Perhaps even treat yourself to something pretty?


DRINK | Strawberry Ice Ccream Floats

 Strawberry Ice Cream Float |

You may have seen this ridiculously delicious looking creation over at The Sugar Hit a few weeks ago. I certainly did and it totally turned me around on the idea of ice cream floats. The whole concept of mixing ice cream with soft drink (usually called a ‘spider’ in Australia) never sat well with me as a kid. I think it was more a mental aversion rather than a dislike founded on anything real. While my friends went crazy for them and had them at every birthday party, I would always keep my soft drink un-tainted and… well… boring!

But seeing as it is ice cream month, how could I not at least give this oh so popular dessert drink a try? Taking Sarah’s advice, I opted for a fresh fruit flavour with my favourite ingredient strawberries. Guys, I’m gonna be honest. I am totally converted! I still think that creamy ice cream and fizzy drinks should not work together, but for some reason: It. Totally. Does. I don’t want to admit how many of these things I have had over the last couple weeks. It’s dangerous when you can make something so delicious with ingredients you can find in your fridge.

Strawberry Ice Cream Float |

INGREDIENTS:2 cups of strawberries
1/2 a cup of maple syrup
1 pint of vanilla ice cream
Soda water or lemonade
1. Wash, hull and slice the strawberries in half.2. Place strawberries and maple syrup in a blender and process until just slightly chunky to form strawberry syrup/puree.

3. Scoop vanilla ice cream into a tall glass and top with 1/4 of the strawberry syrup. Fill with soda water or if you are looking for something extra sweet - lemonade! Garnish with a whole strawberry.

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Oh Etsy | Green, White & Black


I’m not quite happy with this week’s DIY post yet, so instead I’ve decided to share our Oh Etsy collection a little early.  It’s a mixed bag this week, with a neat collection of green, white and black items. I’m not the biggest fan of green generally, but shades of these aqua and turquoise are right up my alley. Paired with black and white tones? Perfection!

1 | Drooling over this Mint & Grey Necklace from Jull Made!

2 | This Floral Triangles Purse by All is Yay has everything I want: geometric shapes and bold prints.

3 | Simple and striking:  ‘Winter Landscape’ Plate by Jude Allman

4 | Words to live by on this ‘Go With the Flow’ Print by Sweet Peony Press