Wanderlust: Machu Picchu & Happy Easter!

Machu Picchu
I can remember a few years ago we had a geography assignment to plan a full holiday (no money limit) for 3 weeks.
Sounds ideal, doesn’t it? If only I got this opportunity today… ahhh if only…

Any country to travel to and from…
First thing that came to my mind?

Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu
Ever since I was little, this is one place I have always dreamed of going to, and hiking my way up.
So beautifully picturesque and so rich in history.

Machu Picchu
One of the 7 Wonders of the World, and I can definitely see why.
An ancient civilisation living high up in the mountain tops, how fascinating and intriguing is that?!

Machu Picchu
Hiking the Inca Trail on the way up would like be stepping back in history, whilst soaking up Peru’s unique culture.

Inca Trail Machu Picchu
Plus all the Llama’s, now who doesn’t love a llama?
*Insert Napoleon Dynamite quote, referring to Tina and her ham*

Machu Picchu Llamas
Machu Picchu
Mark my words, one day I’ll make it up there… and the saving has already begun!


Pictures via Pinterest.

Plus, hope you all had a wonderful Easter, and got some delicious choccies!
(I know this lil’ bunny won’t be round for to much longer… it’ll be sad to see it go)

Chocolate Easter Bunny
Here’s the lunch we had at Crab Apple Kitchen, perfect way to celebrate Easter!

melbourne cafe lunch
What did you do to celebrate Easter?
and if you had endless money to plan a holiday where would you go?
I’d love to know :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Musings À La Mode: Not Over Overalls

vintage overalls and stripes
A hunt was begun about 3 years ago.
A vigorous, testing hunt. Requiring all levels of strength and perseverance.

Welllllllllll, maybe not that intense. But really, the hunt for the perfect pair of overalls have been quite the extended voyage.

vintage overalls and stripes

My not so normally picky behaviour coming out to play…
I didn’t want one of the skimpy tight overalls which hugged every lump and bump, absolutely destroying the idea of overalls being comfy, whilst also wanting a nice short length pair to lounge around in ultimate comfort throughout those hot summer days, and in this posts case, beautiful sunny Autumn days.
And with the weather turning cooler, why not wear a slouchy knit underneath?

vintage overalls and stripes
I’m going to be honest with you, (and incase you didn’t notice already) I’m a total comfort dresser. Pretty much everything I will post on here has to pass my comfort test.
Cause that’s what dressing it all about isn’t it? Dressing so you not only feel physically comfy, but so you yourself are also comfortable in what you are wearing. An element of self expression.
It’s fun like that isn’t it?

vintage overalls and stripes
Overalls are just so (excuse the lack of me being able to think of a better word this late at night) fun!
Really reigniting the childhood days. I remember having a pair myself when I was little, and absolutely wearing them to death for probably the same reason I wear them so much now, uber comfort (I probably would’ve said uber too)

So let me present to you one of the most comfortable pieces of denim that I have ever owned.
Found in one of my fave vintage clothing warehouse; Retrostar in Melbourne. Vintage bliss I tell ya.

vintage overalls and stripes

I officially pronounce the hunt for the perfect pair of overalls complete from thus far onwards! *self high-five!*

P.S. Yes I am also sporting the one and only (plus comfy- what can I say… comfort is a lifestyle) Birkenstocks, which I raved about in my previous post. These babies are pretty much worn everyday. It’s only too easy to slip them on and off.

Overalls: similar
Top: similar
Shoes: Birkenstocks
Vintage Bag: similar: similar
Jumper: Zara

Photos by the one and only gorgeous Chlo, my fave gal pal from the collaborative lifestyle blog Honey and Lulu, by Chloe & Sarah.
Check their wonderful blog out, you won’t regret it!

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Easter Egg Hunt with Easter Egg Surprise Cupcakes

I hope you’ll all be having an easter egg hunt this easter, because to be honest…. I miss them.

Is it just me, or are any other 18 years olds and older feeling like the time to stop doing easter egg hunts should be… never?
I’m always one for a scavenger hunt, and when it involves chocolate, the fun pretty much triples.
It gets your problem solving brain working, like;
“could it be under this leaf?” “is it camouflaged by the grass?” “could there seriously be another one in this pot plant?”
-  it’s pretty much maths, but 10 times the fun.

Easter Egg Surprise Cupcakes

Well, if your like me and have been rejected the opportunity to partake in an easter egg hunt (*silent tear*),
OR if your one of the lucky ones, prepping yourself for the insane chocolate hunting fun your about to do…
Either way these Easter Surprise Cupcakes should either fulfil your momentary longing to find an egg (which you will search for in your cupcake to be) or totally be your training for the egg hunt ahead.
It’s really a must bake situation I guess.

Easter Egg Surprise Cupcakes

They may shrink a tad more than expected, but I’m telling ya, it’s only cause they’re shrinking into brownie like goodness,  just lighter and alongside an easter egg….. almost too good to be true
I decided to dye the frosting pink, ya know, just for funnies, a lil’ pink never killed nobody (unless your me when I was 10, and was officially allergic to pink… but that’s another story)
Then we’re gonna top with some coconut, and the place some choccy easter eggs on top ~ and now we got ourselves a nest!

Easter Egg Surprise Cupcakes

The whole idea of these cupcakes is to be an inspiration to you, you can go grab your favourite cupcake recipe and lovingly place a special easter egg surprise in the middle, it may be the best thing you do!

Easter Egg Surprise Cupcakes

cupcake recipe adapted from: The Australians Women’s Weekly; cupcakes & cookies

60g milk cooking chocolate, chopped coarsely
2/3 cup (160ml) water
90g softened butter
1 cup (220g) firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2/3 cup (100g) self-raising flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder 
1/3 cup (40g) almond meal
12 easter eggs
200g butter, softened
2 cups icing sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
pink food dye (optional)

1/2 cup toasted shredded coconut
Easter eggs to fill the ‘nest’

1. Preheat oven to 170C/150C fan forced. Line 12-hole muffin standard pan with paper cases.
2. Meanwhile, stir chocolate and the water in a small saucepan over low heat until smooth.
3. Beat butter, sugar and eggs in a small bowl with electric mixture until light and fluffy. Stir in sifted flour and cocoa, meal and warm chocolate mixture.
4. Fill each patty pan 2/3 full, place an egg in the centre, the top each with the rest of the mixture.
5. Bake for around 25-30 minutes. Stand for 5 minutes. Then remove from pan and leave to cool on a wire rack.
6. Toast the shredded coconut, and leave to cool (so we get no icing meltage)
7. Fit a large piping bag with a large fluted tube, and fill the bag with the buttercream. Pipe swirls on each cupcake, and sprinkle over the toasted coconut and top with easter eggs.

1. Beat the butter in a small bowl until as white as possible. Gradually beat in half the sifted icing sugar, then add the milk and vanilla essence, then again gradually add the rest of the icing sugar. Drop in around 4 drops of the pink food dye, and beat until colour is evenly distributed.

Easter Egg Surprise Cupcakes
Easter Egg Surprise Cupcakes

Easter Egg Surprise Cupcakes
Enjoy and Happy Easter everybody!

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Weekly Saviours ~ Bits & Bobs

You know how sometimes your sitting at home on a sunday night and wondering how on earrrrrth you going to see the end of the week?
The week seems to be some impossible void looming in your future, waiting for your to crumble at it’s unsympathetic mercy…

Maybe you don’t, but that was my week friends.

But you know what! I made it (quote) “through the wilderness, somehow I made it through-oo-ooooo” (thank-you shrek soundtrack, sometimes you just get me)

These little bits & bobs came to my rescue.
If they could hear me, (and in this case they can) “I just wanna send a huge shout-out to my perfect pick-me ups!” (I really don’t speak to objects… I swear)

Autumn leaves and skyThe view from my bedroom, not tooooo bad to look out at when your studying! Gotta love those autumn colours. Not to mention the fact that I did stand on the roof next to my window to get the shot…. but mum really doesn’t have to know that…

chocolate cake Chocolate cake, the one and only. No description needed.

chocolate easter eggsEaster wouldn’t be complete with these by my side. And what could be better than Mars, M&Ms and Malteasers in the form of easter eggs! This little guys did accompany me by the computer as I typed a tedious essay, and yes the bowl has officially been cleared…. just in case you were wondering

white Birkenstocks I’ve have my eye on these little bad boys for a while, and when I finally plucked up the courage to buy them (note: not much courage was needed at all actually, just a lil’ money in ma pocket and a short train ride), and I was right as rain to buy them, despite the fact that it took a week to come into store… the wait was tottttalllly worth it. Birkenstocks = ULTIMATE COMFORT BEYOND WORDS. Be sure for a full on ravin’ Musing A La Mode to come soon.

hot cross bunsYou’ve heard me rave about Saturday countless times, and here’s just another reason to add to my repertoire… Fresh hot cross buns from the bakery.
Nuff said.

Prism asos heelsI don’t normally get much in the mail, and when I do it tends to be from the bank. You know…the kind of mail we like *cough cough*. But when these beauties arrived from ASOS, they were on my twinkling toes in a flash, and I’m pretty sure I wore them around the house for an hour that arvo… ASOS, you can do no wrong.
And incase you were thinking, no I don’t have a shoe fetish…. maybe a little… alright you got me. Its like my drug.

blue eyed border collieAnd last but certainly not least, what would me week or even day be like without this shining face. Ma little man Stewie, always there for a hug, play and sit under my desk as I attempt to work. No idea what I would do without ma left hand man. (This is a very rare shot for him, he has a sincere hate for camera’s, and shadows and reflections – gotta love him :) )

So there you have it folks, a mini glimpse at the positives in the life of Bec for these past 7 days.
What gets you through a long tough week?

I’ve got a killer easter baked good idea in mind, so stay tuned!

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Ravin’ Reviews: ToWoo Korean Charcoal BBQ + a new take on posts

This space here is gonna be a little bit quieter then hoped over the rest of the semester, and I apologise in advance!
I’m gonna try and squeeeeeeeeze in some mouthwatering recipes (cause who can say no to that?)
But in the meantime, this wee little blog will more be filled with daily musings, such as weekly outings, Pinterest Procrastination links (lets be honest, that is the perfect time waster), as well as where my mind is off exploring in some more Wanderlust series.

Same same but different you could almost say.

Daisy and the Fox will be a bit of a visual journal, which I really loved the idea of when I was little, due to the fact that it was “just incase I got amnesia”, there would be a place to see everything that made me laugh and smile… weird the things that motivated me….

But don’t get me wrong… this space WILL include food… mark my words.

When I am in the kitchen these days, it tends to be either whipping up these Honey Oat Bars (I know it’s really all I talk about, but far-out… it makes my days…. what a sad life I know), or merely standing in it, yep just in the centre and getting a good ol’ whiff of dinner to come…. I really take my procrastination seriously…
Like now! I’m typing this blog as I should be studying the Nervous System, as interesting as it is, (thanks brain and spinal cord for everything you do for me by the way), my mind wanders…. and so does my laptop to my blog… funny how things go.

Anyway, what better place to begin this than with a little ravvvin’ review of a restaurant my gal pals and I happily dined at on Sunday night.

This place goes by the name ToWoo Korean Charcoal BBQ.

ToWoo Korean Charcoal BBQ
Think unique, variety and very visual. You can get your pork cooked right in front of you on a grill plate!
Authenticity, and that’s what I love. Giving off that relaxed back-yard industrial vibe, complete with benches to sit on, to make you feel like it’s just another balmy evening sitting out on the deck with ya bessst mates.
Chuck in a bit some delicious Fried Dumplings and KFC (yep, that’s right, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Korean style), an interesting array of mini side dishes and some delicious sizzling hot rice and I was a happy chappy.

ToWoo Korean Charcoal BBQ
ToWoo Korean Charcoal BBQ
ToWoo Korean Charcoal BBQ
ToWoo Korean Charcoal BBQ
ToWoo Korean Charcoal BBQ
ToWoo Korean Charcoal BBQ

After a good old yarn, and a reasonable bill (considering we bought no drinks), with a little extra coins in hand (plus a craving for something sweet – that’s only natural), we headed on down to the milk bar and bought non-other than Magnums and sat in the car jiving to music (loud enough to get strange looks) and attempting to savour the ice-cream goodness.
Day complete.

Not before my friend got me into a new totalllllly addictive series, did my sister and I then proceed to stay up until 1am watching it.
Ahhh what we do for good TV.
Have you heard of Secret & Lies?
If you haven’t: do yourself a favour, and watch this genius murder mystery
If you have; can we please now commence a 24 hour discussion of the suspects and who we thought committed the murder?

Annnnnyway, the Nervous System and I better get back on track… where was I… ah. Role of the membrane ion channels.

Wish me luck!


Musings A La Mode ~ Sister Style: Floral Skirt Friday

summer floral skirt
Yes it’s autumn, yes the leaves are turning, but reallyyy, reaaalllly, the warm weather is sticking around, so we are kinda having a belonged goodbye from Summer.
Summers’ nice like that.

summer floral skirt
And if there’s one thing I’m going to miss about Summer is the flowy, carefree, skirt wearing weather leaving us. (Along with the mangos, ice-cream and beach… ya know, the whole Summer gang)
I’m still finding warm weather skirts and dresses that I love on asos… “heeeellllpppp” (that’s my bank account talkin’).

summer floral skirt
So here my sister and I celebrate the last of the warm weather in non-other than floral feel good skirts

summer floral skirt
Vintage Long Skirt (similar), Vintage Lace Panelled Shirt (similar), Ray Ban Sunglasses, Sandals (similar)

Homemade Short Skirt (similar), Homemade Lace Top (similar), Clogs (similar)

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Childhood Memories ~ Camomile Honey Oat Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting

You always remember your first cooking success from your childhood.

Well, for my brother, sister and I, I can vividly remember 3 hungry kids after a day at the beach, sitting on the counter top stirring together honey and oats, and plonking a nice big spoonful onto a watercracker….mmmm

Not exactly cooking, but this success for our taste buds spurred me onto my love for experimenting with cooking, and well… eating.

Chamomile Honey Oat Cake
I can remember after this, whenever friends came over the first thing I would say was…
“let’s make up a recipe!” (my words exactly…).
This would usually consist of mixing ice-cream with thousands of sprinkles, milo, chocolate… really anything sweet
which… I…. totally don’t do anymore…… *cough cough*

Chamomile Honey Oat Cake

With my love for the combo of Honey & Oats still going strong (you’ll probably remember me raving about these Honey & Oat Bars in a post a while ago), and a lack of baking since Uni has gone back PLUS my simple affection for the calming CALMomile (see what I did there? heh heh heh), I thought i’d take a little walk down memory lane, alongside my calming friend CALMomle, whilst throwing in a dash of autumn perfect fruits (enter apples & dates) and a nice dollop of fluffy whipped vanilla frosting and you’ve got yourselves a recipe for success!

Chamomile Honey Oat Cake

I gotta admit, sometimes my experiments go horrrrrribly wrong, but when it does work out, it is
oh. so. worth it.

This cake is moist, flavour packed and just wanna-smash-my-whole-face-into-it jolly good.

Chamomile Honey Oat Cake

2 apples, cored and peeled
1 cup dried dates, chopped
1 cup boiling water
1 – 2 bags chamomile (depending on how strong you would like the flavour)
100g butter
2 heapeddd tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons bi-carb soda
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup plain flour
2 cups rolled oats

Vanilla Bean Frosting:
225g butter
3 cups sifted icing sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
2-3 tablespoons milk

1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a cake tin. Place the apples and dates in a bowl, pour over the boiling water, then cut open the tea bag, pour the leaves in, stir and leave to sit for 10-15.
2. Melt the butter and honey, add to the apple and date mixture, then stir through the bi-carb soda.
2. Beat the eggs and sugar for 3 minutes, then add the flour and beat to combine.
3. Fold the sugar and eggs mixture, and rolled oats through apple date mixture until combined.
4. Pour into the cake tin and bake for around 45min or until golden, and a skewer comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the cake.
5. Set aside to cool
6. Spread the vanilla frosting goodness over the cake and enjoy!

For the frosting:
1. Beat the butter for 3 minutes or until light in colour
2. Gradually beat in sugar, cup by cup
3. Beat through the vanilla paste
4. Add milk gradually until desired consistency

Chamomile Honey Oat Cake
Chamomile Honey Oat Cake
Chamomile Honey Oat Cake
Chamomile Honey Oat Cake
Chamomile Honey Oat Cake
Chamomile Honey Oat Cake
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