10 February 2019

Baklava Filo Delight...❥

Baklava is so delicious.
Honey sweet.
Team with pears for a complimentary combination.

Baklava is actually really easy to make.
Use a food processor to grind the nuts, spice and sugar.

It takes seconds!

Melt some butter in a bowl.
Prepare a slice tin by placing a layer of baking paper on the bottom.
The butter layer your filo sheets one at a time on to it.

Once you have layered four layers of filo,
sprinkle with the nut mixture.
Layers, nuts, layers, nuts...

When you have done the last filo layer,
Trim the pastry around the edge of the tray using a knife.

Butter the top, and sprinkle with remaining nut mixture.

Crosshatch or triangle the top of the pastry.
Bake for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and  while hot pour the pre-prepared lemon and honey syrup over top

Serve with drained fresh poached or canned pears.
Drizzle with a little liquid cream and serve warm.

You'll find the recipe HERE.

#baklava  #filo pastry  #dessert #nuts 

26 January 2019

Upstyled Stenciled Door Stopper...

Upstyle a doorstop!
I'm all about embellishing everything at the moment.
Embellishing things is a super way of making a purchased item YOU.
And this is what happened when I found this funky doorstop.
This was just twelve dollars at the K.Mart store.
I tell you what - K.Mart is the best!
It's affordable. 
Which means you can change up the decor without spending a fortune.
(now that's totally my own personal opinion...so let's get back to the door stop).

It is kinda modern French style, 
the fabric is Linen type.
It's plain.
Apart from the foil bottom.
What could I add to it?
A stencil pattern of course!

The stencil I used is a simple flower design by Semco.
I sourced this via Spotlight NZ Online.

I used fabric paint markers to print the stencil onto the doorstop.

I taped the stencil firmly in place.

 I coloured in the outside edge first, then filled the petal with colour.

stencilling fabric
Then Coloured in the middle black.

I could have left it as is but added black shading.
The flower design now stands out more.

I'm really happy with my stencil design on my upstyled doorstop.
And of course, it's doing the job it was made for...
keeping the door open in the summer breeze.

#upstyled  #stencilling #stencils  #diy

16 January 2019

Beautiful Impatients Tamarinda...❥

Impatients Tamarinda
What can I say but - "I AM IN LOVE"!
In love with this beautiful Impatients.

Impatients Tamarinda
The flower is stunning, with pops of the most refreshing mauve pink colour.

Impatients Tamarinda
The dark green leaves are veined in a pinky red.
And what is even more perfect is, 
this Impatients variety thrives in a part shade position.
That means it is perfect for my covered patio, which gets afternoon sun.

The plants' full title is called Impatiens Tamarinda by Iconia.
The label describes this plant as a garden jewel and I would have to agree!
The flowers are jewel-like and actually remind me of the colours found in pink agate stone.

Impatients Tamarinda
 The buds unfold just like a tiny rose.

Impatients Tamarinda
 So to grow Impatients Tamarinda successfully:
 *You need to plant them in in a part shade position. 
*Soil must be well drained.
*Give the plant frequent watering in the hot, dry summer months.
*Protect from frost in the winter as these plants are very frost tender.
*Liquid feed in summer.
*The plants can also grow in hanging baskets, patio pots as well as garden beds and borders.

Impatients Tamarinda
Success with the above tips means you will be rewarded with:
*Lush green foliage.
*Beautiful curvy star-shaped flowers.
*Flowering continuously throughout the summer season.

Impatients Tamarinda
Impatients Tamarinda  - to add colour to your garden beds, hanging baskets,
and deck plant pots.
Impatients Tamarinda
I'M IN LOVE  - are you?

#Impatients #colourfulplantsforgardensandpots #flowers #flowering plants #summerplants

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