WEDNESDAY EVENING

We had the most beautiful sunset last night. The sky was just pure bright pink and mauve, if only we'd get sunsets that pretty more often! I wavered for a moment about whether or not to pop outside and take a photo or two, but I'm happy I did because it was definitely a photo-worthy sight.

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And I was heading back to the porch I nearly accidentally stepped on this guy. Neither of us would've been happy if I had!

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And finally, this is a unintentionally blurry photo of my room from outside. It's right at the end of the porch which is nice because I can just step outside whenever. And yes, that's my little clothes drying rack sat outside. Classy, I know.

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TEA FOR ONE

Here are a few photos from yesterday.
Tea on a semi-cool summer day is perfect, but I'm still very much looking forward to this autumn!

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Tea cup and saucer courtesy of my mum's lovely collection. They're all so pretty, I want to take photos of all of them!

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MR. WILLS

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He's the most photogenic cat, he's a sweetheart but he gets into everything. Literally everything. His name really should be Mr. Mayhem.

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BLUEBERRY CRUMB CAKE

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Mum made this delicious vegan crumb cake yesterday with fresh blueberries. You can find the recipe here, amongst a bunch of other vegan, tasty recipes!

It's perfect for a snack with tea, or a dessert cake after dinner, or even maybe breakfast, as I've been known to do, hah. The original recipe uses apples, but we've used apples, raspberries, peaches, and blueberries (not altogether, mind you), and it's turned out perfectly each time!

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LIVE WITH ME

This is what I wore on Sunday.

Mum picked up that shirt for me at a charity shop, I completely love it! Paired it with my old high waist shorts and a pair of heels and was set to go!

I went downtown on Sunday to the British Candy Shop, Chapters, and The Market. It was so busy for a Sunday morning! Must have been the Dragon Boat Festival going on, that always seems to get it bumpin'.

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And carrying on with our summer-that-wasn't theme, I wore my new coat which I ordered off eBay. I love it and it was a great price for only $13, including postage!

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I love the delicate fancy collar on it, it's so cute.

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And a closer up photo of the shoes I wore. I bought them back in summer or spring 2009, and they're starting to show their wear. I've worn them so much, I don't know what I'll do when they're completely worn out!

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Right before I left I was looking for my camera ring that I usually wear, but couldn't find it, and instead came across this one in my jewellery box. Mum gave it to me at Christmas, it's from Costa Blanca, I believe!

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I was fiddling 'round with Photoshop yesterday and made this out of one of my favourite quotes and a photo I shot downtown last weekend. It turned out... all right, I think.

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COCONUT AND CRANBERRY COOKIES

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I hadn't done any baking in ages so yesterday I decided I should make a batch of cookies. I chose an old recipe of my great-grandmum's from the early 1900's for coconut and oatmeal cookies, my mum used to make it quite often. I thought I'd give it a try since I know a few other cookie recipes, but had never tried this one. I left them in a minute or two too long, but for a first go, they still turned out pretty well!

The cranberries were an additional touch I decided on, but you can also use raisins (what my mum usually used) or chocolate chips. Also, I made just half the recipe as the full one makes far more cookies than we'd need!

Even though you can just go out buy a bag or box of what ever sort of cookie you want, homemade is just so much better. And I think there's something nice about knowing a few good recipes that you can make yourself, I don't think I'll ever be someone who thinks of themselves as too modern to know how to bake from scratch. I'm a bit lazy about baking and cooking and what not, but I'm trying hard not to be. And it's easier to be motivated when you know you have a good recipe and can make something that will turn out nice!

I'm not exactly a skilled baker, not yet, anyhow. But I can make pretty good vegan chocolate chip cookies and Christmas sugar cookies! And the more practise I do, the better I'll get at it all!

For anyone interested in trying out the recipe themselves, here you are!

Ingredients

1 cup margarine (I substituted Earth Balance vegan margarine)
1 cup brown sugar
¾ cup white sugar
1 egg (or 2 yolks)
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup coconut
2 ½ cups rolled oats
½ cup cranberries (you also could use raisins or chocolate chips, or nothing at all as they are good without any extras!)

Method


1. Heat oven to 375° F and grease cookie sheets
2. Cream margarine until fluffy
3. Add sugar and cream again
4. Add egg + vanilla, beat
5. Measure and sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
6. Stir dry ingredients, including coconut, rolled oats, and cranberries (if you wish), into liquid ingredient bowl, stir well
7. Form about 1 tablespoon of dough into small balls and place on cookie sheet
8. Flatten balls with a fork, continuously wetting fork in water to avoid fork sticking to dough
9. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, until lightly browned
10. Done! As a side note, I made only half the recipe as the full one makes a tonne of cookies, but that just depends on how big of a batch you want!

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