Recipe: White Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Cookies

White Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Cookies

These cookies are a dream – that perfect texture of part chewy, part crispy. And chock full of white chocolate chunks and macadamia nuts, they are simply divine, and I’ll be heading back to this recipe time and time again. This recipe makes about 12-14 cookies, depending on how big you make them, but if you get 12 out of the dough then cooking times should be accurate here. Adapted from On the Table in 30 Minutes.

Ingredients

  • 115g unsalted butter, softened
  • 115g soft light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp golden syruo
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 55g macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
  • 55g white chocolate, roughly chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius and cover a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Put the butter and sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer and beat for a couple of minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the golden syrup, and mix again. Sift in the flour, and mix until just incorporated.
  3. Add the nuts and chocolate, and fold into the mixture, using your hands to form a dough, if necessary.
  4. Divide the dough into approximately 12 equal sized balls and put them onto the baking sheet. Slightly flatten each ball with your hand.
  5. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until light golden. Leave on the baking sheets for 2 minutes after coming out of the oven, before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

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New York Cinemagraphs

Do you ever look at a photo and feel like you’re looking at something for the very first time, even though you’ve seen tons of pictures of a place? That’s how I feel about these AMAZING cinemagraphs of New York, created by the immensely talented Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg. How awesome are these, seriously? I recommend you go and take a look at their blog, if just to see many more of these amazing moving images. What a refreshing way to see a city as photographed as New York, this is really impressive and beautiful.

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Credit: Jamie Beck & Kevin Burg

DIY: An Engagement Gift Basket

Engagement Gift Basket

It can be tough to think of a unique gift for a newly-engaged friend when there is so much choice out there, from prints and champagne to home decor items and wedding planners. You know by now that I love a well put together gift basket, so making one for a gal pal who has just said ‘Yes’ is a gift idea that’s right up my street. You can include pretty much anything you want in something like this, depending on the lady herself and what she likes, but I’ve picked out some ideas here for you in case you’re looking to put something together.

Supplies

  • A basket or container
  • A thoughtful card, to write a note inside
  • Wedding magazine
  • Wedding journal, for all her planning notes
  • Fragranced candle, to remind her of this special time when she smells the scent
  • Nail polish and hand cream, for showing off her ring (this nail polish is also called Diva Bride)
  • A cute mug
  • Strawberries and cream body wash
  • Heart shaped chocolates

Just fill the basket up with all the little goodies you’ve collected, making sure to write a thoughtful note in the card about why this particular lady is special to you and how lucky she is to be experiencing such a special time in her life. This is a chance to spoil her, so take the opportunity and run with it.

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Wedding Inspiration: February 2015

I feel like I’m knee deep in wedding inspiration right now, just under 4 months from our big day. I’m thinking about aisle decoration, centrepieces and table linens, and I totally get why some brides-to-be find it all a bit overwhelming along the way. I’ve been super organised when it comes to most things, so it is mostly just finishing things off and putting finishing touches together, but there always seems to be a never ending list of stuff to do. Pinterest has pretty much been my best friend since we got engaged and I’m still finding such a lot of inspiring ideas every time I visit – I know at some point I’m going to have to close my mind to new ideas, but for now I’m still very much enjoying it all! Here’s what’s catching my eye right now.

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Guestbook Sneak Peak

Wedding Guestbook

I knew pretty much as soon as I started making Project Life scrapbooks, that this was how I wanted my wedding guestbook to go. It only took a few months for us to actually get engaged after that, so the idea was pretty fresh in my mind when I started to think about the way we wanted to record messages from our big day. There are SO many choices when it comes to choosing how your guestbook will look and each way is totally right for the couple in question. For us, we wanted simple, nothing elaborate that we’d have trouble displaying in our home. So, this is the route we took.

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We printed over 100 photos, most of us alone, but some with friends and family too and decided to edit them all to black and white to keep the look consistent, before we started popping them in the album. I used a couple of different Project Life and We R Memory Keepers kits for the cards (Good Times and Blackboard) and printed out a digital Project Life kit (Love Story) onto card stock.

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We made sure to add a ton of journalling cards to make sure our guests have enough places to write, but we also have plans to add some engagement shoot photos, as well as photos we have taken on our wedding day and beyond. We really want this to be an album of ‘us’, something we can look back at, show to our kids and really enjoy for a long time. I’m so excited to see it full, not only of us, but of all the people who will make our day so infinitely special.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day 2015

Whatever you’re up to this Saturday, have a good one. You might be with your other half, your best pals, or your family, but do all things with love today and really appreciated what you have. We’re having a low-key time and really don’t do much to ‘celebrate’ this holiday, but this year is one I certainly do appreciate, with being on the verge of entering marriage. Be happy.