It’s not very often re-share my recipes, but I just can’t help but share my carrot cake recipe again – it’s wonderfully simple to make and really is so perfect. I made this delicious cake almost two years ago for Easter and thought it would be perfect to whip up again this Easter – especially with the horrible weather we’re having at the moment, I think it’s the perfect time to potter in the kitchen and fill your home with the beautiful warm spices from this delicious cake. And of course top with generous amounts of the silkiest cream cheese icing and you’ll have a dessert that everyone will adore this weekend.

I hope that everyone has a truly wonderful long weekend planned with your beautiful friends and family. After some very exciting news yesterday about my hubbies new job offer, we’re off to celebrate with some amazing friends of ours, go to a beautiful house warming and of course eat a silly amount of chocolate. Have a lovely long weekend everyone, I’ll see you again on Tuesday. Happy Easter everyone. xo

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made-from-scratch-instagram Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a truly lovely weekend and got outside to enjoy this amazing Autumn weather we’re having! Can any one else believe that tomorrow is the start of April? This year has flown by! The start of the year for us has been such a busy whirlwind, everything from new jobs, crazy personal news that would knock even the most grounded person off their feet, weddings, birthdays, and day/weeks so busy that they all seem to blur into one! I have to admit out of the three months that 2014 has offered us so far, March has been my favourite. It was a time for us to sit back and absorb the madness that the start of the year brought us – and take a little time out to enjoy lazy weekends of cafe and gallery hopping!

I thought the best way to bid adieu to March would be a lovely little roundup of some of my favourite photos I’ve shared this month on Instagram, it’s quite easily become my favourite social media platform of choice at the moment, I’ve met some truly amazing people who have quickly become fast friends and I am forever inspired by what pops up on my feed – plus it’s a lovely outlet to share a little more of what I get up to. Below is a little list of my top 5 favourite feeds at the moment - I’d love to hear what your favourite feeds are, it’s always so lovely to find new ones! I hope everyone has had a really lovely March so far, I can’t wait to see what April brings. xo

#1 vanessabarendregt - this stunning feed is home decor heaven at its best! Minimal, clean and styled to perfection, it’s such a breath of fresh air and I love seeing Vanessa’s beautiful images in my feed!

#2 sundayfolk – you will already know how much I adore Bianca’s work and style, her blog and feed is vegan baking at it’s very best – it’s truly amazing! Plus I’m also beyond honoured to be a judge as part of her What Folk Eat community, be sure to take a peek at her website for more info!

#3 Fit24 - in a bid to create some healthy habits before winter, Ben and I have signed up to the Fit24 April Challenge that starts tomorrow, if you’re interested in improving your heath and wellbeing take a peek and join up! Their feed may have just started, but it’s already sharing some seriously delicious recipes to try!

#4 Blomst – easily the most beautiful feed I’ve stumbled upon in a while! Tracy’s amazing eye for detail, magical images and truly amazing art work makes this easily one of my favourite feeds at the moment – my heart almost stops every time one of her images pop up in my feed!

#blondeandbone – last but certainly not least, Hannah’s beautiful feed is minimalist heaven! Full of perfectly styled images full of crisp white tones, soft blush pinks, bold blacks, fresh blooms and an office to die for. You’ll quickly fall in love with her stunning feed and end up ‘double tapping’ every single one of her images!

I’d love to hear what your favourite Instagram feeds are at the moment, you can of course follow me here. xo

Made From Scratch | Brownie Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake

Happy Monday everyone, can anyone else quite believe that it’s almost the end of March – this year is going by so quickly! We’ve also been incredibly blessed with probably one of the most beautiful Autumns we’ve had in a while – the weather has been so perfect, a little cooler but still beautiful and sunny. Perfection! So to celebrate the wonderful weather we’ve been having I thought I’d make a delicious, and very decedent, Brownie Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake – if you’re after a cake that takes no time at all to prepare, something everyone will no doubt love and is a little different then this is for you! Of course you can use any flavour Tip Top ice cream you prefer and top with what ever delicious toppings you like – that’s the best part about baking, and cakes, is that you can choose your of flavour combination! I’d love to hear what your favourite combination would be. x

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The Foxes Den




The-Foxes-Den-2 Hello, I hope everyone had a truly wonderful weekend and were spoilt rotten by your Valentine! I’m so excited to introduce you to one of the most beautiful new online shops that New Zealand has to offer, The Foxes Den! Based in Christchurch The Foxes Den recently opened their virtual shop doors to truly perfect selection of must have items for your home – they believe that “simple everyday events can become a pleasure when done beautifully. Like drinking wine from exquisite stemware or serving coffee with a saucer” and that it’s the little details in life that make everything feel like a luxury – it’s something I couldn’t agree with more! I must admit I’ve fallen a little head over heels in love with their sin paper porcelain plate range, each piece is lovingly handmade by Virginia sin in Brooklyn, USA – these really are a true work of art and a collection of these really would be such a special addition to your kitchen! I hope you enjoy having a little wander around their lovely online shop as much as I have. x

lab beaker | wooden dip spooncrumpled cup | cake tester | copper cloth | tin watering can | wooden table lamp | bambi cushionbondi wash bench spray |

Over the weekend I shared a few delicious sneak peeks of this gorgeous Black Doris Plum and Vanilla Layer Cake that I made for Ben’s Nana’s 90th Birthday party – which of course you can see here and here if you missed them. And as promised, I’m so thrilled to share my new recipe for one of the most delicious cakes I’ve made in a while. The vanilla soaked sweetness and sometimes tartness of the plums work so perfectly with this delicate vanilla cake and icing – the best part is this gorgeous summer cake is wonderfully simple to prepare, ridiculously pretty and will quickly become a crowd favourite at your next celebration. I hope you enjoy it as much our family did. x

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IMG_0241 I had such a lovely and incredibly overwhelming response from my Christmas Ice Cream Cake that I simply had to make another – plus I love how easy they are to make and of course are a delicious change to traditional Christmas baking. I served this at a party we had on the weekend to celebrate the end of Ben’s MBA, it disappeared before it even had a chance to melt and within seconds everyone was asking for the recipe – which is always the highest of compliments to any baker. For those who adore the richness of Christmas puddings, you’ll absolutely love this recipe, the caramel ice cream, christmas spices, mixed fruit, chocolate and of course cherries really are the most wonderful combination – and the best part is that you can whip this up a few days before Christmas as it will keep just like ice-cream. Happy Christmas baking everyone. xo

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Made From Scratch's Gift Guide: For Foodies

I’m so excited about today and today’s post – not only is today Ben’s final day of uni (I’ve a special post planned later to celebrate!) I’m giddy with excitement to share the most delicious gift guide for your favourite foodie this Christmas, plus run a very special giveaway! Valued at $349NZD one very very lucky reader, from Australian or New Zealand, will win their very own stunning KitchenAid Artisan Blender - and the best part, you’re able to choose your own colour plus it will arrive before Christmas! I’m so honoured to host this giveaway for you – it’s my little way of saying thank you for all of your amazing support this year as I really do have the best readers, followers and supporters in the whole world! I’ll never every be able to thank you enough for everything, you really are so amazing, Happy Christmas shopping everyone and of course good luck with the giveaway! x

| plus printed tea towel | tea pot | kitchen aid blender | charmed dot serve ware | the french market cookbook | highball glasses |

This giveaway has now closed – thank you so much to everyone who entered. I was completely blown away by the incredible response, you’re all so amazing!

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14 I’m so thrilled to share this incredible little boys party that the very talented Dots n Spots styled – I could only imagine how excited and amazed a group of boys (young or old!) would be walking into a party like this, it’s just amazing! Everything for this construction themed party was so perfectly thought out, from the hard hats and boots for everyone on arrival, construction themed games and of course the most wonderful dessert table complete with a digger cake! I’ve no doubt that this party was the absolute dream for a group of very lucky boys and one incredibly special birthday boy! Be sure to click read more below to see what Dots n Spots said about this amazing party and of course take a peek at her wonderful website! x

| Styling: Dots n Spots | Party Supplies: Dots n Spots | Photography: Leah Hoskin Photography | Printables: Leah Hoskin Photography | Cake: Kelly Warwick Cakes |

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