Remember some time ago I told you that I was going to turn my spare room into my little art studio? Well, after much procrastination (remember I am the Queen of Procrastination) - da daaaaaaa! I give you my little dreaming and creating space - yay! I am so happy!
I still would like to take the queen size bed out of here so there is room for another work table and an easel - but I can live with it for the time being, until said bed finds a new home...
Abby updated her bedroom, so I quickly jumped on her shelves which look simply perfect in my little room - Georgia outgrew the cube shelving, so I cleaned all of her
I have told you before I love collecting old silver and china, so that has been put to good use housing all of my stuff. It's so great to be able to see everything at a glance - I just know it will inspire me to create!
I love this sandalwood insence I got in Bali. I'm quite sensitive to smells, and only like a couple of insences, but this one is lovely and doesn't irritate my nose. I also love the glow of candles - makes everything shiny and magical, don't you think?
I feel so organised and inspired...now if only I can find time in between keeping house, being taxi-driver to teenagers (a full-time job in itself!) and going to yoga I might be able to whip up a few masterpieces - ha!
Ooh, I have to share this delighfully delicious Banana Bread recipe with you - I tell you, it is so scrumptious! And a cinch to bake - it's actually more like the consistency of a moist cake - I promise you will love it...I enjoyed mine with a cup of tea in my magical space - Bliss!
Best Banana Bread
1 cup self raising flour
1 1/4 cups almond meal
1 tsp bicarb soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 orver-ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup golden syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs and beat until well combined.
2. Mix flour, cinnamon, bicarb soda and almond meal into a bowl and set aside.
3. Add golden syrup and vanilla extract to mashed banana and mix lightly.
4. Add half of the flour mixture and half of the banana mixture to the butter mixture and mix until well combined.
5. Add remaining flour and banana and mix until well combined.
6. Pour mixture into a well greased and lined loaf tin.
7. Bake at 160 C for approximately 45 - 50 minutes.
I have to tell you I only used 2 bananas (I didn't have my reading glasses - hee hee) and it turned out beautifully. I also didn't grease my tin, just lined it with baking paper and I also added 1 tsp baking powder as it has a tendency to sink in the middle, not that that bothers me in the least...I tell you, this bread is so yummy - let me know if you try it.
(I am a glass half full kind of a gal, whereas my dear husband tends to be somewhat the opposite...anyway, last night he was trying to fix our smoke alarms (which kept beeping the night before, keeping us awake) He came into my little studio at the top of the stairs, and started complaining and carrying on - I swiftly told him he and his negative energy had to leave as this was happy place - hee hee...)
I hope you all have a wonderfully creative week xxx