cinnamon scroll

These little treats are a great alternative to cupcakes or muffins as an afternoon tea snack are they are fun and easy to throw together. In around 30 mins you can fill your kitchen with the most delicious smell. Give them a go and feed the troops after a hard morning gardening or chores.

2 cups self raising flour
pinch of salt
90g butter, chopped
2/3 cup of milk

the filling:
120g  softened butter
4 tblspn soft brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

the icing:
1 cup of icing sugar
1 tblspn boiling water

Turn your oven onto 210 degrees celcius.
Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl and rub in chopped butter with the tips of your fingertips until crumbly (I love this part!).

Make a well in the middle and tip in nearly all of your milk, mix lightly with a flat bladed knife until you get a soft dough. Only add the rest of the milk if you need to.

Turn your dough onto a lightly floured bench and knead briefly. Roll out into a square around 25cm x 40cm.

Get your filling ready by beating the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon until it's light and fluffy and then spread onto your square of dough.

Roll it up from the long side and then slice into 3cm pieces and lay these out on a greased tray with the cut side up. Pop them in the oven for aorund 12 mins.

Mix your icing sugar and boiling water together then drizzle over the buns. Done. Eat immediately for warm comfort. Delicious!

We have had a really productive long weekend and have managed to tick off all our spring cleaning jobs. Oh domesticity! Roll on long evenings sitting in the garden, barbeques and reading in the sun.


birthday jewels

October really is the start of the silly season in our house, there have been birthdays, travel, exams, rugby games and extreme weather to keep us busy. I will update you on all of the above over the next few days (hurrah for the long weekend!).

The pic above is of my wee homemade gift for the early-Libran Amy-Jane. To match her style I created a little brooch from satin and a other bits and pieces I had in the cupboard. It really reminds of the 40s style cocktail evening dresses.

Source: via Wayward on Pinterest

My mind is all-things-vintage after the Love Vintage fair in Sydney last week. I was just so lucky to go and it coincided with my birthday trip with my beautiful mum to visit some relatives over there. We spent 5(!) hours at the show where I just drooled my way down the aisles resisting the temptation to purchase everything in my path (I did pick up some wee treats though).

The real highlight of the fair was attending one of Kelly Doust's workshops and meeting her in person - I did a terrible impression of a star-struck fan at the time and will not put up the pic of us because I look like a stunned possum! It was a total delight meeting her though and I picked up a signed copy of her latest (and like always) fantastic book 'Minxy Vintage'.

The ladies from the Lindy Charm School for Girls

Spending some time in Sydney with mum was great, we wandered the streets of Newtown and Glebe and even did a mission out to Bondi. It was a strange experience to be in a CBD after not being in one for so long now.

Oh and finally - until my next post - if you have the chance, go see Submarine, the new Richard Ayoade (of IT Crowd and Mighty Boosh fame) film. Great acting and styling in a coming of age story.



I love this ginger loaf, when smeared with butter and consumed alongside a hot cup of tea it is the ultimate heart-warmer. It's super simple to throw together too!
This recipe is enough for a small loaf.

50g butter
1tbsp golden syrup
1 egg
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1tsp baking powder
2tsp ginger
1tsp mixed spice
1tsp baking soda
3/4 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees celcius.
Melt your butter and golden syrup on a low heat in a small saucepan. Pour into a mixing bowl.
Add the egg and sugar and mix well.
Add all the dry ingredients except the baking soda and mix well.
Mix the soda in the milk and then slowly stir into the rest of the mix.
Pour your mixture into a baking paper-lined loaf tin.
Bake for 30-40min until a skewer comes out cleanly. Leave on a rack to cool.

Also featured in the pics is my new blanket that I picked up from Retropolitan. I love the colours and is perfect for sitting on in the sun with a good book (which I did this afternoon!).