Friday, July 12, 2019

Index card a day - Week 5





29. Terra cotta
Terracotta warrior just rolls off the tongue and was one of things that came to mind for this prompt. Again, good old pencil drawing has given me a quick finish for a card.

30. Lemon or Lemonade
Water colour, texta and sharpie

31. Mismatched
Blue and green should never be seen unless there's something in between. I remember hearing this saying passed around at high school. Does it really break any fashion rules though?

 32. Caramel
I used a small glass tile I found in the bottom of my wardrobe of all places, when I was getting out the sewing machine(which lives at the bottom). I used it for a stamper with watercolour to create these square caramels.

33. Ogee
This prompt had me googling for answers. Ogee is an S shaped line or moulding, usually in architecture. Most images showed an archway, where the top and bottom lines of the arch end up parallel.


34. Constellation
Inspired by The Bachelor promo, "Okaaay...I'm a Gemini".

35. Pine tree
Pine plantations are plentiful in our part of the world. Every now and then we go out and collect pine cones for our wood fire. This is one of those cones.



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Monday, July 8, 2019

ICAD 2019 - Week 4

22. bicycle
I actually painted Summers bike tyre with some watercolour and ran over the card several times!

23. Poem
I am currently doing a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy course, because life is about learning. It is really helping me be more mindful of my thoughts, better ways of coping with my overactive negative mind (I really am a positive person!), and maybe I may help someone else one day. That's where the poem comes from.

24. Music Box
Pencil drawing is, I am finding, my quick go to when I don't know what else to do. I really enjoy it. My daughter Isabel is discovering a love for it too. 

25. rose
This was a mix of a couple of different ideas. I had a photo of the Just Joey rose on my necklace and earring corkboard. I dissected it for this creation.

26. Tinker toys
I did need to google this prompt. "What the hell are tinker toys?".

27. Corduroy
I found some corduroy fabric in the stash to make this card a corduroy garden.

28. Architecture

Friday, July 5, 2019

ICAD 2019 - Week 3

day 15 - storm
Torn paper, paint chips and cloth

day 16 - chandelier
Water colour, gold and silver sharpie

day 17 - wood or bench
This one I went out to our paperbark tree and stripped off some of the bark to create a scene.

Day 18 - Yearbook

Day 19 - yellow
This card incorporates a range of different mediums. Origami paper, cloth, water colour, sharpie and colour pencil!

Day 20 - Vitrina
The paint chips are really getting a work out.

Day 21 - guitar




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Friday, June 28, 2019

Lemon polenta cake with lemon verbena syrup

It was a beautiful sunny winters day when we visited Lake George over the June long weekend. It was also my mums birthday.

I made her this cake.

The recipe came from a magazine in the waiting room at the doctors clinic. It sparked my interest so I took a photo with my phone back in March. I found it a couple days before mums birthday while looking through photos and decided it was the perfect time to make it.

The cake travelled well on the dash of the car. While it's supposed to be served with yogurt, on this occasion I threw a can of cream in the esky. The kids were happy, and so was everyone else, the cake went down well after our BBQ lunch.








Lemon polenta cake with lemon verbena syrup


Lemon polenta cake                                                              Lemon verbena syrup

125 gr butter                                                                           100ml lemon juice

2/3 cup caster sugar                                                              ¼ cup caster sugar

2 eggs + 1 egg yolk                                                                 lemon verbena sprig, leaves removed

100mls milk

1 cup SR flour

3 ½ tablespoons fine polenta

Rind of 1 lemon

Pinch salt

1 tablespoon icing sugar to dust + Greek yogurt to serve


Preheat oven to 175C. Grease a 26cm x 22cm tin.


Beat butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Beat well after each addition. Add egg yolk and mix until combined.

Stir in milk and flour alternatively, then polenta, lemon rind and salt. Pour into tin and bake for 20-25 minutes.

While cake is baking, place lemon juice, sugar and lemon verbena leaves with ½ cup water in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat to dissolve sugar. Boil for 3-4 minutes to thicken syrup. Strain syrup to remove leaves and keep warm.

Remove cake from oven and using a skewer poke about 20 holes in cake. Pour syrup over cake.


Serve warm or cold, dusted with icing sugar and a dollop of Greek yogurt.



Because it was so delicious, I remade it for a lunch dessert at home with a friend a week later. This time I served it with a dollop of Greek yogurt, and threw a couple rosemary flowers about. Still delicious!

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