Almost Fall Leaves

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You know what I am really looking forward to?

Fall leaves.

That flood of vivid colors all around …

… it’s like nature’s throwing a fistful of glitter in the air… .

A flamboyant nature’s parade celebrating one more great year.

And it seems that this year’s fall is just around the corner.

Yeah!

Gimme some COLORS!

WANNA SEE MORE COLORS!!!

Coconut Balls

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While these lovely little cookies are very easy to make they can be a quick fix before somebody is coming to visit.

Offering their delicious silky texture, coconut flavor nicely balanced with a bit of rum, I can’t imagine a person, young or old, who wouldn’t adore them.

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To prepare them you need:

7 cups (350 grams) sponge fingers, broken into small pieces
3/4 cup (180 mililiters) milk
3/4 cup (70 grams) desiccated coconut
1/2 cup (110 grams) butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
rum/rum essence/rum extract (extract without alcohol is also available)

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1. Pour milk into a pot and warm up over medium heat. Stir in flour while mixing constantly. Bring to boil and cook for about 3 minutes until the mixture is dense in texture. When finished, add coconut and let cool.

2. Beat butter together with sugar until creamy and fluffy. Mix together with the cooled coconut mixture. Add finely ground sponge fingers and as much rum/rum essence as you wish. This is the phase where there’s no other way but using your hands. So keep kneading until you form a huge ball without cracks (If cracks appear that means that the mixture is too dry. So keep adding milk little by little until the surface is nicely smooth).

3. And the best thing is that you don’t bake these balls, so just take a bit of the mixture, form a small ball with your hands (you can place a roasted nut in the center, but then you better inform those who will eat it), roll it in coconut, place in a tiny cupcake case and that’s it.

Enjoy!

My Mom’s Magical Garden Sneak Peek

My Mom is a hugely inspirational person. She is an avid gardener, talented painter and the best Mom. I love her very much.

It is so much fun to be around her.

There are loads of wonderful stories about her I could share and I surely will.

Today I just took a sneak peak into her gorgeous flower garden. More pics of her exceptional magic powers coming later…

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These smell really sweet, they lift my spirits indeed.

And yes, you are right, that is a rabbit in the back. Though Mom wanted to keep her garden for the flowers only, it is slowly transforming into a fairy land, which I absolutely adore.

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Very romantic flowers.

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… “in da groove”.

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… “feelin’ funky”.

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… “go, bradaz, go”.

The Napkin Craft

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You can use this easy method to decorate just about anything.

My Mum’s friend decorated a small wooden box from a hobby shop and an instant coffee glass.

All you need is the upper ply of a nice napkin (if you don’t want to cover the whole object you can cut out the design in advance using short, sharp scissors). Dot a couple of drops of glue on to the item to be decorated and place the napkin on the item. Using a soft paint brush, paint applique glue over the napkin. Start from the center and work your way out to the outer edges. Try to work smooth and avoid ripping the napkin.
Let dry.

Stunning Beauty! And so much fun!

I love it!

Hmmmm, my plain white flower pots can start looking forward to a very bright future!

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