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  • April4th

     

    So here’s something you didn’t see coming – I LOVE Easter! Oh, you guessed? Was it my previous confession of love for all things holiday related? Even so, if the surprise factor didn’t win you over then these DIY Easter projects should. I know a lot of people are against the fluffy white rabbit and chocolate eggs but I see the Easter holidays as another chance to get together with your friends and family and just enjoy each other’s company. And why not do that, adding in a little paint, glitter and chocolate delights?

    I have been on the hunt *ahem* for some easy to accomplish Easter crafts and treats for even the newest DIYers to tackle.  This is my loot of treats as well as some of the best recipes for Good Friday and Easter Sunday brunch.

    - Enjoy and have a Happy Easter! – X Steph

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  • March2nd

    avochocmousse

    There are so many “healthy version” recipes on the internet that its hard to know which ones will taste almost like the real deal and which ones end up tasting like a dead foot. I have fallen victim many times thinking I’ll be eating a healthy and delicious dessert only to tip it down the sink and reach for the tub of Rocky Road ice cream anyway.

    So why did I give this one a try? Well, I love chocolate mousse. Of all the desserts you can buy at a restaurant I will always pick the chocolate mousse even when its wearing some fancy pants and they’re charging me $18 for it. It’s creamy and fluffy and almost every buffet serves it.

    So you’re wondering if I’m about to tell you that this is the bee’s knees of chocolate mousse recipes, I’m not. But I will tell you that its good for you, because you need healthy fats to keep your body going so why not at dessert time? This recipe is a rich, smooth, chocolate lover’s heaven on a spoon so if you’re wanting a healthy alternative or have always wanted to give this dessert a chance then I urge you to try my recipe because it is so good my friends and takes only a few moments to prepare!

    Ingredients

    • 2 avocados (skin and seeds removed)
    • 50g cacao powder
    • 10mls vanilla essence*
    • 50mls honey
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

    Method

    1. Place the avocado into a food processor and blend until completely smooth.

    2. Place the remaining ingredients into the food processor and blitz for 1 – 2 minutes.

    3. Spoon mixture into glasses and chill for at least 3 hours before devouring to ensure you get that gooey mousse texture.

     If you’re looking to impress friends, why not top the glasses with cocao nibs, chopped nuts or coconut flakes – all delicious and won’t ruin the integrity of your dessert!

     * If you prefer you can substitute the vanilla for mint but wait until the ingredients are combined and then add a few drops as a time making sure to blend and taste after each addition. Mint can quickly overpower the rest of the flavours.

    Enjoy Spoon-fillers, let me know if you give it a go or if you have a variation that you think our readers will love!

    Steph x

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  • February5th

    How many of you saw this post and groaned? Be honest, we’re all friends here.  I know a lot of people look at Valentines Day with disgust and jaded memories of loved ones who have let you down.  But I am not such a person. Those of you who have followed my articles will know that I love love.  Every cheesy line in every romcom fills me with a goofy sense of fulfillment that all is right with the world because Boy met Girl and they fell madly in love despite the problems they faced in the last 1 hour and 30 minutes. HOORAY!  For every scenario you can throw at me to question the validity of love and its presence in our modern world I will have an equally annoying scenario to throw back to prove to you that love exists and it flourishes within all of us, at some time in our lives.  You can remember such a time, I know you can.  The first date with someone special, that time he/she surprised you… come on people! Jump on the merry bandwagon of loving love and I promise you from the bottom of my rose coloured glasses that your heart will thank you for it.

    To spread the joy that Saint Valentine intended (or would have, if equipped with a glue stick and glitter) I’m sharing the best Valentine DIY and treat ideas, hoping to inspire even the most cynical to send a little love into the world on February 14.

              

              

              

    For singles who are shaking their heads thinking “not me this year” why not host a friend party? I’m fairly certain Valentine’s Day is, at it’s core, about love – of ANY kind! Break out the DIY decorations, make some cute heart shaped donuts and toast to the people in your life who make you thankful for love.

    Happy Feb 14th lovers!

    X

    DIY Love Macarons
  • February5th

    Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway in support of the talented Lauren Merrick!  We are so excited to announce that the “Mountains” print will soon be gracing the letter of box of:

    Comment #8 – SUZY! Congratulations!

    To claim your prize simply email us at: spoonfulzine@gmail.com with the details of your full name and address and we will ship your print the next business day! Thank you again to everyone who took the time to enter, stay tuned for another amazing giveaway coming up!

  • January19th

    Recently married and illustrator extraordinaire! We came across Lauren through a friend of a friend and had the pleasure of seeing her works showcased at the 2014 Sydney Finders Keepers market.

    S:  Can you tell us what led you to become an illustrator?

    L: I’ve always had a love of children’s books and illustration. I have vivid memories of spending hours pouring over my picture books as a child, that continued into my adult like so I guess it like a natural thing for me to do. I studied Design & Illustration at Enmore Design Centre to get my skills up and to have the amazing opportunity to learn more about the world of illustration.

    S: What is the best project you have worked on?

    L: Oh man! So many great projects, I think every picture book I’ve worked on has been an incredible experience. I think the best projects are the ones that challenge me in what I think I’m capable of and force me to grow. I’ve got 2 picture books coming out in the next 6 months which were amazing projects to work on.

    S: Draw the contents of your bag.

    S: What 5 words best describe your art?

    L: Whimsical, natural, innocent, simple and organic.

    S: Who would you swap lives with for a day?

    L: I’d love to be Karen O for a day.  She wears incredible costumes and is a total rock-star! Complete opposite to me.

    S: Your most watched movie is?

    L: I have a couple: “Death at a Funeral” and “Little Miss Sunshine” make me laugh every time.  I also love the art direction of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “Away We Go”.

    S: Draw your most memorable birthday cake.

    L: My 4th birthday cake was a space ship at my fairy dress up party!

     

    
    
    
    
    
    Lauren Merrick Illustration / SHOP

    After graduating from Enmore Design Centre, Lauren has taken her passion of illustration and transformed it into beautiful art prints, greetings cards, custom family portraits and illustration works for children’s books. Designer of logos and whimsical creatures, her watercolour images will leave you wishing for more beauty in your life and home. Which is why…

    We want to give one lucky Spoonful reader a copy of Lauren’s “Mountains” art print to colour up your walls with. To enter, simply head over to Lauren Merrick Illustration and comment to tell us which of Lauren’s works is your favourite and why.

    The winner will be announced 2 weeks from today – GOODLUCK!

    S x 

    All images featured within the Visual Poetry with Lauren Merrick article were 
    designed and supplied to us by Lauren Merrick and all images remain her property.
  • October10th

    This song has been stuck in my head for the past two weeks, and I’ll tell you, it’s completely pleasant. “Zorbing” (by Stornoway, a band I’ve only recently become acquainted with) is ridiculously charming and cheerful. It’s a playful little earworm–I think you two will get along just fine.

    FYI: This is what Zorbing is. It’s a real thing!

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    In these interludes, poet and singer-songwriter Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.

  • September16th

    Lovely, intense, moody, and utterly soothing–Balmorhea’s “Pilgrim” is my current creativity stimulant. Sometimes, it does us good to listen to music without words.

    The next time you need some mental stillness, try playing this.

     

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    In these interludes, poet and singer-songwriter Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.

  • August14th

    Somehow, it’s been twenty years (?!) since Portishead’s Dummy was released.

    13-year-old me LOVED this album. I’ll tell you, it holds up really well. I almost spat my coffee out with joy upon reading in Consequence of Sound that Dummy will be reissued in fancy, moody blue vinyl.

    Oooh….

    To celebrate, here are my three favorite songs from Dummy.

    “Sour Times” (Obviously. And how I loved that creepy-cool video!)

     

    “Strangers”

     

    “It’s a Fire”

     

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    In these interludes, poet and singer-songwriter Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.

  • July10th

    The only two competition shows I watch: Project Runway and So You Think You Can Dance. Both are new this summer, much to my geekish delight.

    My husband and I both adore SYTYCD….we saw this video from Season Two online, and were hooked. Although there are silly reality elements involved, the best parts of the show are watching some fun, beautiful dance and choreography (it’s too hard to choose a favorite–but just look at this one or this one or this one!) I admire how the show makes dance so accessible–as a poet, I can’t help but think that some kind of show featuring poets reading their work would help gain more readers (I might get chased through poetry village with torches for saying that, but I would totally watch America’s Next Top Poet).

    I love how choreographers (who are dancers themselves) use dancers’ bodies and music to make their art. I try to imagine how a dance starts for a choreographer–perhaps they envision a piece of movement, or hear a song that conjures a strong image.

    Sometimes, when I hear a beautiful song, I think, “Ugh, that’s gorgeous, I wish I could see a dance to this.” So here are five songs I’d submit to the suggestion box for choreographers of SYTYCD.

     

    “Blood,” The Middle East
    Oh, this song begs for a gorgeous contemporary routine….

    “Animal Arithmetic,” Jonsi
    Weird and joyous group number, please!

    “It’s Oh So Quiet,” Bjork
    Broadway! It can count as Broadway, right…?

    “Concrete Schoolyard,” Jurassic 5
    C’mon, Nappytabs….I see a playground theme here….

    “Ribs,” Lorde
    There’s a cool jazz routine in here somewhere. And you already know my feelings for Lorde…

    Any other fans out there with a wish list?

     

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    In these interludes, poet and singer-songwriter Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.

  • June15th

    If you knew a female singer in the 90’s, chances are she spent most of the decade singing alone in an apartment. To be a Woman Singing Alone in an Apartment, here is what it takes:

    1. Female artist must also be the main performer in the video

    2. Female artist must “sing” at least some of the words

    3. Female artist must acknowledge the camera

    4. Female artist must be in an apartment of some kind–we must see furniture, decoration, and/or architectural detail to distinguish this place (“Woman Singing Alone in Warehouse” or “Woman Singing Alone in Car” would not count)

    5. Other people may appear in the video, but their screen time must be limited

    6. A love interest may appear in the video, but must not be a focal point

    7. We may see flashbacks or outside of the apartment, but the majority of the video must happen inside the apartment

    8. Female artist must appear appealingly disheveled but still sexy (her look may include messy hair, tank tops, sandals, belly chains, etc.)

    The Cranberries, “Linger” (1993)

    Variation: “Woman Sings Alone in House and Won’t Look at Camera”

    Janet Jackson, Again (1993)


    Lisa Loeb, “Stay (I Missed You)” (1994) 


    Tori Amos, “Pretty Good Year” (1994)

    Variation: “Woman Walks to an Apartment and Then Sings Alone In It”

    Everything But The Girl, Missing (1994)

    Variation: “Woman Sings Alone in Abstract Apartment”

    Jewel, “You Were Meant for Me” (1995)

    Toni Braxton, “I Don’t Want To” (1996)

    Natalie Imbruglia, “Torn” (1997)


    Fiona Apple, “Criminal” (1997)

    Meredith Brooks, “Bitch” (1997)

    Variation: “Two Women Sing Alone in Their Respective Apartments”

    Brandy and Monica, “The Boy Is Mine” (1998)

    Variation: “Woman Sings Alone in Apartment and Then Goes to Club”

    Lauryn Hill, Ex-Factor (1998)

    Who did I miss?

    (Note: This may also be of interest–“Women Laughing Alone With Salad”)

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    In these interludes, poet and singer-songwriter Hannah Stephenson invites you to eavesdrop on the music bouncing around her brain. She’d love to hear your thoughts, your inner soundtrack, and what band inspired that shrine in your bedroom.

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