After our recent move I may have declared I’d never go shopping again because we have too much “stuff”. Yeah, I didn’t believe me either. I’d love any of these books, I’m putting them all on my Christmas list now.
1 Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream – This book looks beautiful, with amazing photographs and a recipe for carrot cake ice cream – yes please!
2 Cake Pops Holidays – Due out in October by the original cake pops queen Bakerella.
3 Cupcakes and Cashmere – This looks like a cute book by the hugely popular blogger Emily Schuman. Emily gave me tips on places to go in San Francisco and recently wore the most beautiful wedding dress. I’m sure there a few recipes in there, Emily is quite the baker.
4 Baked Elements – I adore the first two Baked books, I’m sure this one won’t disappoint when it’s released. If you like American baking get these books on your shelf yesterday.
5 Miette – Hubby and I visited Miette bakery in San Francisco last month and ate delicious cupcakes and chocolate cookies.
6 Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones – Ok, I want this one because love the cover so much. And hubby likes to make ice cream so perhaps we need it. And it’d look good on our coffee table. That we don’t have yet.
Hubby and I are just back from a few weeks in the US. We visited family and friends, and stocked up on things that are so much more expensive when purchased here in Australia. Here are a few things I was able to tick off my wish list.
Toll House Butterscotch Morsels, Heath Toffee Bits, Hershey’s Cinnamon Chips and Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips – these were all about USD$2.99 each. I’d pay over AUD$7 for a packet of Butterscotch Morsels here in Australia, when they are available. Cookies are planned!
I picked up this Williams-Sonoma Message in a Cookie set in San Francisco for USD$19.95. I noticed Williams-Sonoma now ship to Australia from their website, but you will pay AUD$34 for the same set (before shipping). I’ve tested out this set once already this week, so far so good, and have a plan for it this weekend.
An issue of Martha Stewart Living is twice US price in Australia. And more if you buy an expedited copy. I’ll be bookmarking some recipes to try.
I like to use disposable piping bags as I feel I can never get the cloth bags clean enough after use. 100 Wilton piping bags cost me $USD20 at Michaels in Virginia. And if I’d bothered to look for a coupon I would have paid less. Here, I buy a packet of 12 Wilton bags for AUD$14.95. A pack of 100 would cost AUD$70. Yikes! I also picked up a few more decorating tips too, to build up my collection. I see more cake decorating and cookie making in my future!
I spotted this gorgeous circle shelf by Bride & Wolfe in a magazine recently and wish I had a little (or more than a little) spare pocket money to make it mine. The shelves are about 50cm across and it comes in two colours, with the option of two shelves or three.
I’d hang the blackwood version in my kitchen to hold spice jars. Or a cute collection of salt and pepper shakers. Or a collection of white ceramic fruit. Or perhaps I’d take the white one home to hang in my craft room where it would hold colourful spools of thread. I can’t decide. But for now I’m adding the shelf to my Pinterest wish list in case Santa decides to stop by early this year.
Bride & Wolfe
Baking? Retro? Nostalgia? I’m there! Yesterday the postman brought me a cookbook that was on my wish list – The Retro Cookbook: Then and Now by The Australian Women’s Weekly. I love the design and layout, the colour, the mix of old and new recipes and the vintage ads and illustrations. Do you have this cookbook? Have you made any of the recipes?
Take a sneak peek at the rest of the book on the site of the book’s designer Hannah Blackmore. Check out her other books while you are there, now I have my eye on High Tea.
I just love these spotty bowls and jugs by Maxwell and Williams. The range is called Sprinkle and I’ve seen it on sale at both Myer and David Jones recently. I wouldn’t mind a large blue jug, a small red jug or red butter dish. And look at how fun those bowls are. The range is priced from about $2.95 – $29.95 a piece before any discounts so they are quite a fun bargain.
Image from International Housewares Association. * I was not paid or compensated for this post, I just like the product.