Life doesn’t have to be perfect. But it helps to have harmony. I’m loving natural wood and whites and creams in the house at the moment.
Plus a touch of green always adds freshness.
ISLAND LUXE – Bangalow NSW, Australia
How amazing this place is. One of my favourite stores in Australia. Island Luxe is in a lovely coastal town near Byron Bay, called Bangalow. It’s well worth a visit if you’re in the area. Filled with amazing clothing and homewares that you won’t see everywhere. It’s so special I want to move in!
Losing myself in stores like this inspires me no end.
ELAINE ROSE CAKE
This beautiful cake is one of my late Mum’s recipes that I just adore to make. Not only does it boast the most delicious, earthy flavor, it’s really fun to make. And I’m not a very successful baker, or, in fact, a lover of cake. It’s not your traditional beat and blend. It involves soaking fruit in alcohol, boiling and cooling and an addition that makes it bubble up like a science experiment. But most of all, it reminds me of my sweet mother. I bake it in an old round tin that she gave me to always use for this cake. She called it a boiled fruit cake. I think Mum would be so happy if she knew I was still making this and thinking of her. I think she knows. ♥ look for the recipe on my blog pages ♥
Just in time for easter. This amazing wreath was created by the talented Robin Charlotte. A beautiful greeting at my front door.
A little more love from Robin Charlotte. Couldn’t resist this for my wall.
Home made gin & tonic is not only fun, but comes beautifully packaged. Great idea for a gift. I found it on food52.
Mother’s Day love. Thanks kids!!!! And Growing Wild Manhattan Beach.
We went to Portland for the weekend and enjoyed so many great restaurants. Our favorite coffee spot though was Heart. Great coffee. Worth a visit if you’re in Portland.
Had the most amazing lunch at Lukshon the other day. If you’re ever in Culver City in LA… do your self a flavor.
Oh Gjelina… you never let me down. Abbott Kinney Blvd, Venice. CA
I’m loving wildflowers at the moment. These are camomile flowers. Who knew how pretty they were? I thought they just made lovely tea. Found these are Rolling HIlls Flower Mart in Manhattan Beach.
Since downsizing we don’t have our big backyard anymore. But we still manage to grow lemons, limes and herbs all in pots. Go ahead and grow something. I do not have a green thumb but I love to have fresh herbs at my back door for weeks at a time. Its just more satisfying to harvest your own. And my happiness maiden just makes me happy.
Fishing With Dynamite always blows me out of the water. Gorgeous lunch. Great for dinner. And the Cocktails are right on target too. Manhattan Beach, California.
As my son says… “just cos i like eggs doesn’t mean you can call me names” Hahaha
Eggslut downtown LA inside Grand Central Market! Fun!
If you’ve been following my cookwhatwhen instagram you’ll notice I hopped back to Australia recently.
Weddings are such happy family renunions. Two weddings in three weeks. Lots of love down under.
Lots of flat whites! This is affectionately known as a non-fatty-flattie.
Best home cooking everrrrr!
A delicious meal at social eating house. Cant wait to try some lime gremolata on my fresh oysters soon!
And how about this breakfast salad at barefoot barista! Great coffee too. My kinda heaven.
Yep somthin’ my sister threw together! Looking for persian feta here in the states!!!! Wholefoods used to carry it. But they don’t anymore at my local. So I’m starting a movement. Order in persian feta! It’s so versatile and creamier than regular greek feta. Mixes well with avocado on toast or here it’s whipped and served with fennel salt. Devine!!!!! Help share the love!Lovely idea for a store. Real food. Amazing salads to go! Botanica
Gorgeous restaurant. And the food and coffee is amazing. Paw Paw cafe
And then this happened! The farm at Byron Bay was just amazing. Great location. Fabulous food. And delicious cocktails.
The most amazing broccoli and cauliflower rice for breakfast!!!! At the farm at Byron Bay
Yep. Still at the farm
Go to The Farm at Byron Bay in Australia if you get a chance.
Gorgeous night spent at the Atlantic in Byron Bay. California cool they describe themselves as. Won’t disagree. Beautiful guest house style hotel.
Then homeward bound. Back to California. Thank Australia. You served us well!!!!