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The Black and White Barn

THE BLACK AND WHITE BARN Come holiday time and my family despair of me.  I am such a homebody.  Why would I want to go away?  I have everything I need right here at my little house! But when you get the opportunity to head less than an hour north and stay in a place that resembles your own, but better, how could you refuse? The Black and White Barn in Matakana is a monochrome lovers dream, the
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The Christmas Table

THE CHRISTMAS TABLE Thats it, 2016 Christmas Dinner done and dusted.  The weather was less than perfect but in the end does it matter?  A time for togetherness and belonging, family, food and fun. My son is off to Norway to study in a few days time and so my theme this year? Norwegian Peaks and Mountain Flowers (okay, I picked them on the roadside in my community but still…) The little mountain peaks are wooden Christmas Tree Decorations
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Sweet Nothings

SWEET NOTHINGS I really wanted to try this Bounty Bar Recipe. I really, really wish I hadn’t! The are so simple to make and totally delicious, and what better way to present them than on a marble tray with some summer roses that are in abundance in My Little House garden just at the moment Tempted? 2/3 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk 3 Cups Coconut 1/2 Cup Icing Sugar 250g Bar Chocolate  Mix together until sticky enough to form
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Coffee vs Tea

THE GREAT DEBATE What side of the fence are you on? I keep hearing how tea is the new coffee and I have to say I enjoy a cup or two a day. But coffee, well I cant seem to give it up.  Is it the addictive properties or all those lovely antioxidants, or is it merely a habit? I have learnt of late that tea contains L-Theanine which is said to help relieve stress by inducing a relaxing
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Empty Nest

EMPTY NEST The day has come… 20 years in the making… my son is leaving home!  They say a mother cat is ready when her kittens leave her care and within a day resume her life as it was before her off-spring arrived.  While I believe there is a difference between the human and feline parenting process I can honestly say I’m ready.  This is not to say I am likely to worry less but there just comes that
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A Quiet Night in

A QUIET NIGHT IN For me, there is nothing better than returning home after a busy day and not having to go out again.  Yes I am a homebody; a quiet night in with some wine, some cheese and family in my little house, is as appealing as champagne on a yacht! And so this gorgeous concrete platter from Fume, with a little halloumi, a pile of homemade Paleo crackers and of course a little coffee table styling makes for
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Tea Time

TEA TIME I’m really more of a coffee girl but I needed to style a dining space recently, for which I needed a beautiful teapot. My online travels were a little fruitless and I ended up spying a T2 store (ironically opposite where I was purchasing my Coffee Capsules) but they didn’t blink an eye when I went in sporting my Nespresso carry bag. This beautiful glass teapot took my fancy as did the little Japanese style cups. And so
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Style vs Price

STYLE VS PRICE Its the last day of winter and you couldn’t get much better here in Auckland City. I was lucky enough to be spending it with some lovely like-minded people in one of our most stunning spots. The Warehouse are about to release their Summer range and we got a sneak peak.  With the gorgeous sit-down lunch themed to match the new range what could be more perfect?  I will tell you what, The Warehouse has hired
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Sweet like chocolate

SWEET LIKE CHOCOLATE There is nothing wrong with honey! I mean bees make the stuff for goodness sake. From the flowers to your table and nothing much in between. Chocolate, well there is quite a bit wrong with that, but not if you make it like this; 1/2 cup coconut oil 2 tbsp organic honey 1/4 cup cacao powder Melt everything gently in a saucepan whisking ingredients together.  Add a couple of tbsp of finely chopped nuts and/or dried fruit
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Sunday Mornings

EASY LIKE SUNDAY MORNINGS There is something special about Sundays. That lazy, slow day that never makes you feel guilty about being just that. I am amazed how many people still make their way out on Sundays, why not just stay home? This simple Coffee Guide from Sealoe and my Nespresso machine gives you a glimpse into Sundays at My Little House. Photography and Styling by My Little House
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