Tuesday, October 19, 2010



Well folks, I made a mistake and put my reno post on my tea time blog- so please pop over to see it and then I'll post part 2 as soon as I figure out how to download photos from my new phone camera.
The shower curtain that inspired the whole beach bathroom reno!

Catch you later, Delcie

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hello my lovelies!

Sorry I haven't posted for a couple of weeks, CFS caught up with me for a few weeks and I had to conserve energy. Being technically challenged as I am, I wasn't able to solve the download problem I was having with my old camera, that is now my daughters, and so the "tea party" photos I was hoping to bring you have now flown across the seas with her again. Fortunately with skype and other modern conveniences I hope to bring some of them to you soon. In the meantime a few photos about what I've been up to.

A couple of things I rescued from our "annual neighbourhood clean-up". People put out their unwanted things near the road, those who like things for free, to recycle, restore, re-purpose 'collect' things and about 2 weeks later the 'local council' arranges collection and crushes things in the back of the truck and takes it to 'landfill'.
Spring 'snaps' around my garden- just love bringing buches of Freesias, Azaleas and the odd rose indoors too.
The glorious chorus of bush birds, darting between the trees, the racous schreeching of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos as they prune the trees and litter the lawn with these 'prunings'.

The blue bird is not real, but encourages the Rosellas (see red and blue below) to come and feed on the grass seeds. This is in a friends garden, snapped through her window.

And I leave you with a kitchen I've been daydreaming about- love the glass fronted doors- they would match my french doors that open onto the back verandah. Now I'm off to blog-hop a little!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mad Hatter's tea without Alice

It was time to don a hat and choose a place to sit ready for tea. A variety of hats, cups and saucers and teas were available on the day. We indulged in pumpkin soup, (it was a cold day) scones and pikelets (mini pancakes) with butter and jam, cheese and rice crackers, olives, gherkins (dill pickles) and mussels and lots of tea and conversation. More photos next week with some of our visitors.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Mega Chocolate Cake

Step 1   Preheat oven to 180deg C (350-375F) and prepare cake tins/pans.
             3x 23cm round pans or 2x long rectangle slice pans for a layer cake

Gotta love the reflection of my light fitting

Step 2  Mix/whisk 1 cup cocoa and 1 cup sugar with 2 cups boiling water and allow to cool.

Watch where the egg goes!

Step 3   Beat on high setting 250g (1cup) softened butter with 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of bowl occasionally, and 4 eggs, one at a time and beat well.

Step 4   Measure 3 cups Self Raising Flour into jug/bowl
Step 5   Scoop 3/4 of flour from bowl and slowly fold (lowest setting) into butter mix, slowly pour in 1/3 of cocoa mix, while mixing on lowest setting, continue adding flour then cocoa mix until all combined.

Step 6  Pour into prepared pans and bake approximately 30-40 minutes. If all mix in one tin as shown, it will take about one hour.

A very moist cake! More like a sponge cake than a mud cake. It has a thick layer on top that can be peeled off if you wish to make a dessert with Bailey's Irish cream sprinkled over or cherry brandy/port etc with canned black cherries and cream (Black Forrest Cake).
I use White Wings Gluten free SR flour in this recipe successfully.

You can also cut out cup cakes from the cake the next day with a circle cutter and add chocolate buttercreme icing/frosting to the top and decorate to your hearts desire.

buttercreme frosting
Ready for dessert toppings

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Vintage Revival at The Camden Antique Show!!

See anything you like?
Contact me at vintagechicdelights@gmail.com or Zana at country.indulgences@bigpond.com.au
or drop into her store at165 Argyle Street, Picton NSW Australia or phone 02 4677 3711 after 11am

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Just a quick hello!

Photos of the weekend at Camden Antique Show still to come. Photos have been uploaded to my computer. My computer is in a coma. Surgery last night revealed leaking capassitors in the power supply and the reason for that 'smell' as it had a heartattack. Hopefully spare parts will be obtained tonight and further surgery will result in a full recovery. Stay tuned!.....

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Remember Country Indulgence? Visit The Camden Antique Show!!

Zana from this gorgeous shop will be at The Camden Antique Show, in the civic centre, this weekend and I will be there to keep her company and show off a few of my creations too! Hope to see some of you too!!