Thursday, 16 October 2014

poppy seed, lemon and raspberry muffins

Today, for the first time in a long time we had no plans. We spent the entire day at home pottering about, it was just what we needed, but it was also the perfect opportunity to get back in the kitchen and do some baking. We made this delicious chocolate cake - perfect for the school lunchboxes and then decided to make some muffins, we had had some very similar ones at a cafe recently and I had really been wanting to recreate them. These turned out just how we had remembered them, even better perhaps. 

220 g self-raising flour
1/2 cup castor sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
3/4 cup rice bran or vegetable oil
1 tbs poppy seeds
1 lemon - rind grated + 1 tbs juice
1 cup frozen raspberries

Preheat oven to 175 degrees and grease or place paper cases into muffin tin. 
Mix dry ingredients - flour, sugar and poppy seeds. 
Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl - milk, egg, oil. Whisk lightly. 
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, pour in liquid. 
Add lemon juice and rind. Mix lightly to just combine. 
Fold raspberries in gently. 
Spoon mixture into prepared muffin tin and bake for 20 mins or until golden. 
Allow to cool on a wire rack. 

Serve warm with a nice cup of tea and freeze remaining for another (if they make it that far..)

Friday, 10 October 2014

ten on ten / october

Ten photos, over ten hours on the tenth day of the month. Gratitude for the simplest moments of our day captured.

Oh hi! It feels like forever since I've been here. School holidays and a few stressful things going on behind the scenes have been keeping me distracted and busy. Ten on ten's always a good one to get me back here and make me stop to appreciate the little moments.

Have a super weekend! xx

You can find out how to join in here.

Monday, 15 September 2014

tales to tell / elk giveaway - closed

"We are by nature a curious bunch. We like to know the story behind a product. Where it is made, how it is made and what inspired the design. This collection celebrates our curiosity.  It binds our passion and inspirations into a strong range of saturated summer colours. Each element of the collection forms a chapter. We take ideas from architecture, art and the world around us and let materials influence outcomes. Each tattoo on our model’s arms has a story, the house we shot the collection in is a bold translation of the architect’s story and the prints on our garments have their own message - in short we see more than just what is on the surface. We see what lies beneath and let the stories complete the picture. Herein lies our next tale. A tale of colour, style and bold statements. "
- The Elk team x 

In collaboration with Elk, to celebrate the release of their Summer 14/15 collection 'tales to tell' - one lucky reader will win the beautiful Ryz Tote in Charcoal as well as a Simple Organic Resin necklace and bracelet in their choice of colours, pictured above. 

To enter, simply leave a comment telling me the 'tale of your best summer' in 25 words or less - no need for an essay! For extra entries you can share this giveaway via facebook/instagram/blog just leave an additional comment for each below. Also make sure you're following lemon rhodes along here. We will draw the winner one week from today on Monday the 22nd of September.

For more Elk gorgeousness you can take a look here or keep up with all the latest news here.

All the best!

Winner is Stef Collins! Congratulations! I'll be in touch shortly. 

*open to Australian residents only

Thursday, 11 September 2014

ten on ten / september

Ten photos, over ten hours on the tenth day of the month. Gratitude for the simplest moments of our day captured.

A completely boring home day (again) for ten on ten this month. 

You can find out how to join in here.

Monday, 8 September 2014


  / best play-date ever when your little one comes home with the a sweet package, only to open it two weeks later to a surprise of the most prettiest dried blooms.
/ repeat daily
/ more makin'
/ monopoly with uncle k
/ beach side playground - win
/ snapping this giveaway
/ so peaceful

What have you been up to lately?

Friday, 5 September 2014

taking stock

Making : dinner
Cooking : chicken soup
Drinking : peppermint tea
Reading: just finished paper towns by john green
Wanting: more hours in each day
Looking: for sun
Playing: chess and uno with the kids
Deciding: whether to cut my fringe or not
Wishing: for a beach holiday
Enjoying: reading 
Waiting: for school holidays to come around again
Liking: coffee with friends
Wondering: what to do next year
Loving: hanging out with my people
Pondering: school readiness for little L
Considering: a new career path
Watching: parks and recreation, have you seen it?
Hoping: the world will deliver me some kind of amazing idea or opportunity
Marvelling: how time passes so quickly
Needing: new shoes
Smelling: freesias, so pretty
Wearing: black jeans and cardi's
Following: the petite edit
Noticing: how messy we are
Knowing: it's friday! yay! 
Thinking: i need to make time to exercise
Admiring: my clever hubby
Sorting: washing. always
Buying: fathers day gifts
Getting: not as much done as i'd like
Bookmarking: this
Disliking: our local council
Opening: a beer
Giggling: when we're watching parks and recreation
Feeling: hopeful
Snacking: too much
Coveting: this
Wishing: i had this table 
Helping: with the reader
Hearing: my friends first ever ep

I love Pip's idea of taking stock each month, it's a great way to reflect and record what's going on and what I've been doing. Also it was actually a little harder to do than I thought, so that's good too I guess, making me think. You can do it to,  just grab your list here!

It's the weekend - yay! What are you up to?

Thursday, 4 September 2014

safe + sound


When I was contacted to try out Britax's new booster seat, it could not have come at a better time. My little ones are not so little anymore and this growing up business makes me sad, but we were in need of  a child seat that was light weight and easy to move in between cars, the Tourer is just that.

Designed and made in Australia the Tourer is Safe-n-Sounds new lightweight, untethered booster suitable for ages 4-8 years. Weighing just under 2kg makes it portable and easily swapped in and out of various cars. It's Australia's tallest untethered booster to accommodate ever growing children. My kids said it was comfortable and liked it because it gave them more freedom of movement and visibility. It has a very slimline profile that makes for a more spacious backseat, plus it has all the safety features you'd expect from Safe-n-Sound. Take a look here to find out more.

You can win one of your very own, simply enter below. Entries close 12th September. Open to Australian residents only this time, sorry!

Best of luck! 

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