Saturday, February 22, 2014

Love in my kitchen

I think you will understand what I mean when I say love often originates in the kitchen.  From a simple cup of tea, a nourishing weekday breakfast or more elaborate baking projects, good food makes us all feel loved.

While we are talking love, on Valentine’s Day supermarket red roses and smiling soft toys are really not my thing.  However, when I discovered our kitchen almost completely covered in heart shaped sticky notes I had to smile and count my lucky stars.  Theses hearts then transformed into a spontaneous artwork above our coffee machine.  Who would have thought a $3.00 packet of sticky notes could create so much fun and love.


Candied fennel seed from Herbie's were also a gift from my love.  What is not to love about a man who knows his way around the spice section and isn't afraid to buy something different?


Few things fill the kitchen with love more than a batch of homemade biscuits.  I do not claim to bake super healthy biscuits but I am happy knowing they contain the basic ingredients of proper butter, flour, sugar, eggs from our chooks, and homemade vanilla extract.  A teaspoon or two of cocoa or a handful of sultanas helps to keep things interesting.



Are you feeling a little love in your kitchen?

What are you cooking or loving at the moment?

Happy weekend friends x

41 comments:

  1. your husband is a clever romantic jane..and i would love one of your biscuits with a cup of tea..strong..milk..no sugar thanks!

    i felt very loved when one of my daughters surprised me with a two year subscription to diggers..it came with complementary garlic and seeds..she knows her mother well..x

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    1. Thanks Jane, Diggers are wonderful aren't they? I have just spent some time this morning sorting my seeds and thinking about my garlic order. A perfect gift from your daughter!

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  2. A lovely Valentines Day for you Jane, you deserve it lovely lady, being spoilt by your hubby and kids.
    I'm about to start prepping vegies for a lamb stew that will be put in the oven first thing tomorrow morning.
    x

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    1. That lamb stew sounds wonderful Zara!

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  3. Oh Jane I love your sticky paper valentines - they look like butterflies fluttering up your kitchen wall!

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    1. Thank you Kylie, they do look like butterflies. I am looking forward to further updates from your house/reno too!

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  4. Oh the hearts are really sweet! It's nice to have some romance without it being commercialised, it's kind if gross to see so many desperate guys lining up for supermarket flowers on valentines morning, kind of missing the point.

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  5. Dear Jane,

    Those beautiful hearts in your kitchen says so much more than a bunch of expensive red roses.

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  6. imported supermarket roses and 'cuddly' teddy bears... pffft. Your little corner is much nicer Jane, so much nicer.
    And totally agree with you about the biscuits. Mine aren't crazy healthy either BUT, they don't come in a packet, it's not full of palm oil and they don't food miles to the moon and back.

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    1. Thanks Brydie, I would love to call into your place for a biscuit and a cuppa one day x

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  7. Your photography is amazing as always Jane. Love the baking, the biscuits and of course the hearts. Must show my husband!

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    1. Thanks Fiona, so good to hear from you x

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  8. Happy weekend, lovely one... what a wonderful, heartwarming post! So glad that your man loves to buy food related gifts too.They are the best kind, Jane, keepers!!!

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    1. Thanks Lizzy, yes...keepers indeed x

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  9. LOVELY, Jane! :) The Valentines Day hearts are gorgeous, and your cookies are the best, made with love and all natural ingredients! xx

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    1. Thanks Celia, I know you understand x

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  10. This morning I was inspired to make some cup cakes at the last minute for one of my beautiful grand daughters. Well it's her BD and I knew she and her sisters would love to see pink cupcakes with a few sparkly toppings.. As it was they all came in to my kitchen as I was finishing them and immediately pulled up chairs....smiling madly! Food definitely spells love. The cupcakes helped the sisters too when the lucky one got a present!
    Love the hearts, saying love so simply too Jane!. xox

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    1. Oh Annie, pink cupcakes with those beautiful girls sounds just perfect x

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  11. Oh I love the coffee machine love hearts! So cute.
    Our kitchen is tomato central today.
    Tomato muffins, salads, semi drieds and passata.
    It smells a bit spicey in here and delicious. x

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    1. Oh how perfect Kate, tomato Central sounds like a wonderful place to be x

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  12. Love the hearts. They made me smile.
    Do you have any plans for the candied fennel seeds? I have never come across them before!

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    1. Thanks Kate, the seeds have been yummy so far scattered through biscuit dough. We haven't tested it yet but there are plans in place to scatter some over some vanilla icecream too x

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  13. Your kitchen looks a wonderful place to be, and definitely full of love. Those hearts look so cheery.

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  14. What a thoughtful thing to do, love the hearts. You must create a lot of something special in your kitchen to receive this kind of gift. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. what a lovely post! there is no place iin your beautoiful kitchen for supermarket roses and soft toys (ick). not when there are paper hearts and homemade biscuist topped with candied fennel seeds! wow.

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    1. Thanks e, your comment really made me smile tonight, you are very kind! x

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  16. Who wants supermarket roses when you can have candied fennel seeds and hearts fluttering up your kitchen wall. Much, much better. As are home made biscuits.
    You have a mighty rolling pin leaning against your wall and a pretty serious coffee maker too. Wonderful photos as ever Jane.

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    1. Thanks Anne, you have just reminded me that Terry purchased that hefty rolling pin too! If a man is going to buy a rolling pin is has to be a big sturdy one, right?! The coffee machine was a serious investment and at around 9am everyday the coffee is serious business at our house. Sending you a virtual homemade biscuits with love!

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  18. What a wonderful surprise! Those hearts look so pretty!
    I'm very interested in the candied fennel seeds - I've never heard of them before! How do you use them/ what do you use them for?
    Your biscuits look so yummy! I baked a batch of my favourite Peanut Butter Cookies on the weekend, along with some bread :-)

    Have a happy week!
    Sarah x

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    1. Thanks Sarah...so far I have scattered some of the fennel seeds on top of biscuits. There are plans in place to scatter them over a bowl of vanilla ice cream too! x

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  19. That's one good looking tin of biscuits. And a beautiful wall of hearts. Simple things, hey?

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    1. Thanks Rachel, yes it certainly is the simple things.

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  20. What a beautiful gift to find in your kitchen Jane, lucky you. Your hubby is very thoughtful. Beautiful looking biscuits to go with your coffee :-)

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  21. Jane, I showed my 7YO your paper hearts and her little face lit up. What a clever idea - we love it! And she's going to do it in her room :) PS I was actually going to comment on your awesome looking bread post but couldn't resist the hearts.

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    1. Thanks Christina, 7 YO daughters are special aren't they?

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane