Yesterday was a panic day. Panic - it's 2 weeks until Christmas and I literally haven't bought a single present, and with only one day free before now and the big day that doesn't leave very much time for buying the-most-perfect-well-thought-out-present-for-every-member-of-your-family. I'd already received 3 group text messages from varying members of my family confirming a number of joint present ideas and who had already organised what for whose santa stocking. I know it's confusing. I was confused. I was confused and stressed and in a panic*.
*Side note - stressed and panic and confused is what I do best. I can't help but get myself in a flap about something. Always have and always will.
27 November 2013
There's something you have to know about my Nan. She can bake shortbread with her eyes closed. She'll knit you woolly socks in the blink of an eye. She's incredibly generous and a whizz with a jigsaw puzzle. She'll turn your electric blanket on for you to make sure your bed is warm and she'll investigate before you come to stay which houses are having garage sales, and only in the good areas of town. She'll fill you with homemade slice and take you blackberry picking. Pretty much one of the most amazing women I know. I'm pretty sure she'd go ahead and give me her heart out of her chest if I asked. But what she won't give me is her scone recipe.
15 November 2013
This is a Joy the Baker special. Just in case you're wondering what a crisp might be, wonder no more. It's basically a crumble with double the crumble. I know right, how did I not think of this earlier?! Clever, clever Joy. In a nutshell, half the crumble topping gets mixed through the fruit and then the other half gets sprinkled on top. So at first glance it looks like a regular old crumble, and then you get the double crumble inside surprise. It's like a chocolate coated choc chip cookie. Double the fun.
6 November 2013
A funny thing happens sometimes. It's that moment when you close your eyes and before you know it everything is different. One day you're busy attending Plaster Master parties with the whole of your second grade class, blink and your same classmates are busy graduating med school, and being the editors of magazines, and being transferred overseas with their company, and setting up their own businesses.
30 October 2013
With Halloween on our doorsteps I figured it was probably about time I cooked something for a holiday I don't celebrate. I'm totally no Scrooge - I absolutely adore holidays but I just can't get behind Halloween. I'm not sure if it's because I never grew up trick or treating or because I'm not American but it's not really marked on my calendar. BUT I can get behind baking. Not that I need any excuses, but with Halloween in the air it gives a pretty awesome excuse to get the pumpkin out and get baking.
17 October 2013
You'd be forgiven for thinking geo does has gone totally walkabout. Or perhaps you're wondering if the zombie apocalypse has hit Bondi and there is no way I've ever survived. Or you probably hadn't even noticed I'd dropped off the face of the earth the past couple of weeks. I don't blame you, real life gets in the way sometimes. I mean someone told me it's 10 WEEKS until Christmas. Seriously I don't know where all my year went, but I can tell you real life geo has been buuusy and somehow geo does has been a little bit neglected. So I come bearing gifts. Blueberry studded, yoghurt filled baked gifts.
2 October 2013
If there's anything I've learnt in my twenty odd years in this marvellous world it's this. Don't wait for life to find you. Go out there and make it happen. Don't save that nice bottle of wine for a special day. Because that special day will roll round without you even realising. It's Wednesday afternoon, that's a good enough reason as any to open it. Always buy the nice chocolate, because at the very least you definitely deserve it, and when you really, really need the good stuff you'll be grateful. There's not much more disheartening than coming home after an epic-ly crap day to find that the only thing you have to console your heart is home brand cooking chocolate.
30 September 2013
If I was going to get addicted to something it would be these biscuits. I would gladly give up salted caramel eclairs and sticky ginger cake and banana ice cream sundaes if it meant I could have a batch of these frequently delivered to my door. I think I would even consider giving up gin and tonics if I could eat chocolate crackle cookies every. single. day. I know that's an outrageously big call but we're talking real life here.
20 September 2013
Things I'm currently obsessed with. Lana Del Ray's Summertime Sadness, just turn it up. Snapseed, obviously for Instagram purposes(you can find me @geodoes.)Baked goods with custard hidden inside - Eugene's cafe I'm looking at you. Avocado, on everything. Emily Green necklaces. Lying in the sunshine for hours on a Saturday afternoon - seriously Sydney you better not rain this weekend. Neon colours. Matching converse sneakers to everything in my wardrobe. Art deco houses. Complaining about not being able to sit down after ballet barre classes. Tahini and honey on toast. Fresh flowers. And these bran muffins.
16 September 2013
I'm pretty behind the times when it comes to most things. Fashion, technology, food trends, music. My family can totally attest to this. I mean I assured my (younger, totally trendier) sister that overalls would NEVER, EVER, make a comeback. Aaaaaand they're totally in every single shop window at the moment. Who knew?! Also turns out I have an airport in my living room - some little white box that helps connect to the internet. Oh Apple technology I'm so in the dark. Bands with names like Grizzly Bear and Jinja Safari are a thing. God I feel older than my 25 years and totally uncool sometimes.