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  • October1st

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    It is with the happiest heart the we can finally announce our Sweetness issue is here!
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    I seem to always have to say the word ‘finally’ when an issue comes, don’t I? hehe – Spoonful is definitely not speedy is it? It is, however, always packed with great love, talent & passion and each issue is not finished until we are happy it will brighten your hearts and enrich the everyday, which I can confidently say, this issue will do!

    Created with the help of our lovely guest-designer Ellie Nuss, and an AMAZING array of creative individuals, this issue finds the gentle sweetness in everyday moments. With delicious giggly writing, wondrous multi-tiered cakes and scrumptious crafty ideas you’ll need a large cup of hot tea and a comfy chair to sink into & have a good read!

    May it bring you sweet bliss wherever you are…

    BUY THIS ISSUE
    Get its on etsy.

    thea. 
    xx

  • September25th

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    The Moon…

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    Full Moon Silhouettes from Mark Gee on Vimeo.

    Amazing Mark Gee shot this film in New Zealand.

    Breathe it in & be reminded that life is beautiful.
    No more words necessary.

    thea.
    xx

  • September11th

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    The Great Australian Bake Off aired here in Australia a few weeks ago and with it came the re-ignition of my love for baking.  Very few things in life can relax me as quickly as sifting flour, stirring oozing chocolate, swirling peaks of buttercream or selecting the perfect sprinkles to match my colourful creations.  What I love about this recipe is that not only do you get a mouthful of Christmas spices but for the list of ingredients it is deceptively easy to whip up.

    TIP: Before you attempt any new concoction in the kitchen its always key to remember that all your ingredients should be at room temperature, so anything that requires refrigerating, take them out the night before – your buttercream will thank me!

     Ginger Spiced Cupcakes

    Makes 12 – Ingredients:

    175 plain flour, 1 teaspoon bicarb soda, 1 teaspoon of: ground cinnamon and mixed spice, 3 teaspoons of ground ginger, pinch of salt, 100g unsalted butter, 1 1/2 tablespoons golden syrup and black treacle, 50g of finely chopped glace ginger, 100ml full cream milk, 100 dark brown sugar and 1 large egg lightly beaten. For the glaze you will need soft icing sugar and cinnamon sugar.

    1. Preheat your oven to 180°c (160°c fan forced). Sift all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
    2. Over a medium heat melt the butter, treacle, syrup and finely chopped ginger until smooth and golden then remove from the heat and allow to cool.  In another saucepan on low heat warm the milk and dark sugar stirring frequently. This should only take a couple of minutes to dissolve – be careful not to curdle your milk!
    3. Once both mixtures are cooled combine with the flour mix and egg and combine well with a wooden spoon.
    4. Once divided evenly into your cupcake cases they will take roughly 18 minutes to cook, but always check by inserting a sharp knife into the center before pulling them out as some oven temps can vary.
    5. Once cooked and completely cool combine 4 tablespoons of soft icing sugar, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon sugar and 1 tablespoon of warm water into a small bowl and mix to your desired consistency.  Spoon desired amount over cupcakes and allow to set.

    We adored this warm and heavenly scented little cupcake!  It left the house smelling of Christmas cookies and our tummies content with the sticky sweetness of the cinnamon glaze still on our taste buds!  Happy baking Spoonful readers!  I would love to see your own versions!

    Coming Up: Lemon Curd Cupcakes with Buttercream & Meringue Toppers!

  • August13th

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    I’ve always been a sucker for a good poem.

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    Yes, granted, there’s literally nothing WORSE than bad poetry, and you have to really hunt for the goodies, but when you find one it’s a bit like a perfect, long-searched for treasure in a messy vintage market… you sort of have to pinch yourself, look left and right and sneak away quickly after purchase to make sure the seller doesn’t change their mind.

    When you get home you can slowly take it out of its paper wrapping and marvel all over little details…
    Great poems are just like this for me.

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    They evoke precious longing, solitary thoughts, experiences and intimacies. They are friends, symbolic gestures and pieces of art.

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    You can imagine my excitement and pride today then, when I share that Hannah Stephenson has published her first Book of poetry!!! Yes! Our very own talented poet has a collection that you can now hold in your hands, turn to in quiet reflective moments and ponder the magic of it all… I may even ‘ahem’ have had the honour of designing its cover too!

    In the Kettle, The Shriek is a beautiful collection of Hannah at her best. It’s so very happy on my bookshelf  and I think it will get along well with all your spoonfuls too ;) For word collectors out there… these are treasures to inspire reflection.

    Welldone amazing Hannah.

    thea.
    xx

  • August12th

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    Some of you have been wondering where the ‘$10 Romantic’ articles have disappeared to. I suppose it’s time for me to fess up and tell you all that I in fact fell out of love with this project.  The idea of romance for a bargain sounds blissfully achievable to begin with… but there is only so far that tenner in your pocket will take you.   My struggle with this theme mad frustration and procrastination levels hit all-time highs, every idea I had seemed dull or overdone and after a few conversations with our lovely editor/creator we decided it was time to move on and start afresh.

    I was asked to find what really inspires me? What I am passionate about?


    I tried out a few different ideas (can one really write a constant flow of articles about musicals??), wrote a number of potential articles in my lunch breaks and on the train yet nothing was really sticking until… it did.

    Life, as I creep into to my 30s, has become about indulgence. My partner and I spend weekends at the theatre, visiting wineries, eating too many chocolates and buying things we never knew we needed but suddenly cannot live without.  For me the ultimate indulgence is always food.  When I was younger I was too stubborn to try anything new, which grew into an unhealthy addiction to plain but fattening foods.  Getting over that hurdle wasn’t easy but I think the best reward has been discovering the never ending combinations and flavours you can use to enhance every meal you make.

    Our weekends would not be complete without creating something in the kitchen; from the very humble cupcake to the perfect slow cooked roast.  My aim with this new feature is to bring you my best collection of home cooked and baked recipes to brighten up your weekends and those dreary week nights when all you really want to do is call for pizza.

    For now I will leave you with just the idea to mull over for my first article… so until then I wish you ginger spiced daydreaming!

    Coming up: Ginger Spiced Cupcakes with Cinnamon Glaze

  • August10th

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    Often, I find myself listening to the same song, over and over, for weeks at a time. Right now, it’s “Tough Skin,” by Alpine. I love the surprisingly creepy lyrics, and chilly but catchy arrangement.

    What makes certain songs so addictive, I wonder? And what song is holding your ear hostage right now?

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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.

  • May26th

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    Thank You ;)

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    Thank you lovely Spoonful readers & friendly visitors!
    We had a wondrous time at the fair today – it was a true delight to see everyone & soak up the creative atmosphere! Thanks too to the lovely Rushka, Sue, Duffy & Mr Visionary, me & bump couldn’t have done it without you.

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    Next stop, our VIVID Talk on Tuesday night…
    Eeek! Who will be joining us?
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    We are so SO excited to be part of such a special event – two in fact in just a few days. It’s a delicious exciting time…

    thea.
    xx

  • May25th

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    Greetings lovely Spoonful Readers!!

    It’s finally time for the MCA Zine Fair again – hooray!
    We will be there tomorrow from 11am to 4pm with our flower issue and a special Zine-fair batch deal – eeek!

    Looking forward to seeing you all again and sharing in the zine love & inspiration…

    thea.
    xx

  • April27th

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    YES! We are hosting an evening discussion at Sydney’s Winter Festival, VIVID IDEAS on May 28th! It’s going to be fab with a delicious creative line-up and you’ll need to book fast!!! TICKETS ARE FREE, BUT, YOU WILL NEED TO BOOK!!!

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    Our topic will be ‘Projects of Passion’…

    Many-a-creative survives the commercial realm by creating personal projects ‘on the side’. While these projects often do not pay the bills, they inspire and motivate creatives to continue working in the commercial realm whilst maintaining their passion. 

    Join us & a selection of Sydney creatives as they discuss their own ‘Projects of Passion’. Learn about some of the challenges & benefits derived from these ideas, and how they have inspired work & life in all its facets…

    See you there…?

    thea.
    xx

  • April17th

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    Greetings lovely Spoonful Readers ;)

    Many of you lovely readers & contributors are Mums, (the hard workers of the world!!!) & this post is for you & yours ;)

    In exciting news I (thea) am pregnant and on the verge of having my very first little baby – goodness, how crazy this life is! I wanted to do something special for the moms of the world, and thus have hatched a little plan to offer everyone:

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    The Mother’s Day Gift Set:

    Order & receive 4 Spoonfuls at 25% off.


    What are these sets, you ask?

    Well, they’re SPECIALLY SELECTED BUNCHES of mom-suited issues! Our Gift Set includes issues filled with fresh flowers, walks through mountain woods, cups of tea, & wondrous ponderings dangling amidst the branches of beautiful Oaks… and all for less dosh than ever previously offered.
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    Hop over to our little shop & take a peak at individual issues too, each filled with love, passion & happy musings… or if you prefer to see them in person, we will be at the MCA Zine Fair on May 26th, ooh, and we’re even hosting a SPECIAL EVENING about Projects of Passion as part of the VIVID Festival on May 28th! It’s all happening! But I will be posting about that too :)h

     

    Until then… may all the moms out there have a wondrous Mother’s day filled with delicious reading, fresh flowers and overall appreciation!

    thea.
    xx

    P.S. Offer Valid till May 12th, 2013

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