A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to have another go at growing flowers for Spring/Summer this year. I knew right away that one of the flowers I wanted to plant were sunflowers, as I feel these are one of the most summery looking flowers and I love their bright yellow petals. I wasn’t quite sure what other flowers I wanted to plant, so 2 weeks ago I headed out to one of my local garden centres and had a look through their seeds and flowers. They didn’t really have a large variety of flowers as it is still Winter in New Zealand, so I decided planting seeds would be the best way to go and headed inside to look at what they had on offer. I ended up choosing a packet of Everlasting Daisys’ and Enchinaceas’ as they are very bright and summery looking.
The following week I had agreed to meet one of my friends at the same garden centre for lunch in their cafe and after eating, I decided to have a wander around to look at their range of indoor plants. I have currently been clearing out a lot of my stuff and had an empty corner in the bedroom to fill, and felt that a plant would really brighten up the room for Spring. Originally I had planned to buy a miniature palm tree as I think these are really summery looking, however I immediately changed my mind after seeing the $200 price tag. After looking around for a further 10 minutes, I noticed a display of peace lilies and knew that it would be perfect, especially because it had a price tag of only $22. I love the contrast of the big, dark green leaves and the white lily (which is getting ready to open any day now!)
As we had a lovely sunny day on Saturday, I thought it was the perfect time to plant my seeds and set about prepping the soil and cleaning out plant pots. After planting the sunflower seeds, I decided that I wanted to get some proper flowers to plant and headed over to another garden centre and have a look at what they had instore. I found some bright yellow, blue and pink flowers and felt they would go perfectly with the sunflowers and other seeds once they grow. I am not sure what kind of flowers they are as the card just said ‘potted colour’ but I’ve bought them before and find that they are quite easy to grow. I decided to plant them in white plant pots as I really like the contrast between the colours.
I am very excited to see the flowers growing as we get into the warmer months and I’m sure I’ll post quite a few pictures of the sunflowers on here and on my Instagram @ladydaisyblog in the coming months, so make sure to keep your eye out.
What are your favourite Summer flowers? 🙂
I hope you had an amazing Easter weekend catching up with your families and eating way too much chocolate! I decided to do another baking post this week to celebrate Anzac Day (if you don’t know what this is, I talked about it a little bit in last year’s post which you can find here). I wanted to try baking something a little bit different as I have made quite alot of cupcakes over the past few months and felt that it was time for a bit of a change. I have seen a few recipes similar to this on Pinterest and was really intrigued by it, so I decided to test it out myself and was really pleased with the result. I decided to use my Anzac biscuit recipe from last year for the base, as I really liked how they turned out and thought it would be perfect for this recipe. Let’s get started!
You Will Need:
- 100g butter
- 2 tablespoons golden syrup
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup desicated coconut
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup caster sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons boiling water
- 395g tin sweetened condensed milk
- 30g butter
- 2 tablespoons golden syrup
- 150g dark chocolate
- 1 tablespoon butter
What To Do:
- Preheat your oven to 160 degrees celcius and line a slice tin with baking paper.
- Melt the butter and golden syrup together in a pot over medium heat.
- Place the rolled oats, coconut, flour and both sugars into a mixing bowl and stir together until combined.
- Place the boiling water into a small bowl and sprinkle over the baking soda, stirring until combined.
- Pour the baking soda mixture into the butter and mix until combined.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and mix well.
- Pour the anzac biscuit mixture into your lined slice tin and spread evenly.
- Place into the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- While your base is cooling, add your butter, condensed milk and golden syrup into into a pot over low heat and stir for 15 minutes until golden and thick (make sure to keep an eye on this and constantly stir, otherwise you may end up burning it).
- Allow the caramel mixture to cool slightly before pouring over the base and place in the refrigerator to set.
- Place your butter and dark chocolate into a bowl and microwave in 30 second bursts until melted and smooth.
- Allow to cool slightly before pouring over the set caramel and spread evenly.
- Place the slice into the refrigerator to set for about an hour before slicing.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe and I would love to see your recreations so feel free to tag me on instagram @ladydaisyblog 🙂
You can find the original caramel recipe here.
This weeks post is very special to me as LadyDaisyBlog is officially 1 year old! 🙂 I would like to take this as an opportunity to thank all of you who have taken the time to read my blog over the past year, whether that is just a post here and there or whether it’s every single post. You all mean so much to me and I can’t thank you enough 🙂 I have decided to dedicate this post to possible blog post ideas that you can use if you are just starting out or whether you’re stuck on what to write about next 🙂 I hope you find a few options that interest you and I would love to read what you come up with. Here’s to another year!
- 10 facts about me
- Top 10 favourite movies
- Favorite childhood memory
- Your favourite outfit
- A recipe
- Favourite restaurants
- 10 things I can’t live without post
- Top 5 beauty products
- Book review
- Music playlist
- Date ideas/outfits
- Your favourite blogs
- Your morning routine
- Your bedtime routine
- Things you do to relax
- Beauty/fashion haul
- Your favourite TV shows
- Your favourite books
- DIY projects
- Host a giveaway/competition
- What’s in my bag
- Your fitness routine
- Your favourite phone apps
- Monthly favourites
- Things that make you happy
- Room tours
- Your favourite YouTube channels
- Birthday wish list
- Fashion trends you’re loving or hating
- Fun things to do with your friends
- Visit a new coffee or donut shop and write about it
- Your favourite things about Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter
- What you do in your free time
- Gift guides
- Holiday pictures
- Pamper night essentials
- Your favourite healthy snacks
- Spring clean your life
- Everyday makeup routine
- DIY gifts for any occasion
Make sure to tweet me @ladydaisyblog with your blog posts 🙂
Welcome to my first baking post of 2017! I am so excited to share this recipe with you today. I decided that I wanted to make my mums birthday cake this year and as her favourite chocolate is turkish delight, I really wanted to find a way to incorporate this into the cake. Although the only turkish delight I used was in the decoration, if you can find rosewater essence, you could use this in the buttercream if you would like to add a bit of extra turkish delight flavour. I wasn’t able to find any rosewater essence so I just used strawberry, and it still turned out delicious. Let’s get started!
You Will Need:
- 175g butter, softened
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup milk
For The Icing:
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon strawberry essence
- 2-3 teaspoons milk
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 1 can chocolate frosting
- Mini marshmallows
- Turkish delight squares (cut diagonally)
- 9″ round cake tin
What To Do:
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celcius and line your cake tin.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix well after each addition.
- Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder into the mixture and mix until combined.
- Add in the milk by quarters and mix well after addition addition.
- Pour the mixture into your lined cake tin and place in the oven for 30 mins.
- Once your cake is cooked, place onto a wire rack to cool.
At this point I decided to repeat this process as the cake had come out of the oven a little bit flat and I wanted it to have 2 decent sized layers. You can choose to either keep the single cake or repeat this process like I did.
- When your cakes have cooled, prepare your butter cream icing by mixing all of your ingredients together until a smooth icing forms. This should make enough to have a slightly thick layer of icing spread between your cakes, to help them stick together.
- After you have stacked your cakes together, carefully spread your chocolate frosting evenly over the entire cake. I like to keep my icing quite thick as I find it makes the cake a little bit more on the moist side.
- Now is the fun part! Add on your chocolate turkish delight pieces and mini marshmallows in whichever pattern you would like. I decided to chop the mini marshmallows into quarters and sprinkle them on top as I found it helped to brighten up the cake a little bit.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe and find the cake as delicious as I do! I would love to see all of your recreations so feel free to tag me on Instagram @ladydaisyblog 🙂
As there is less than 1 week until Halloween, I thought what better time to create a post dedicated to a few last minute costume ideas. Searching for a great costume last minute can be quite stressful, so I decided to make some headbands that are so simple to make, yet are so obvious as to what you are dressed up as without all the effort. If you are struggling to find a good costume for Halloween this year I hope this post helps you and I would love to see if you re-create these 🙂
The first headband I chose to make is a unicorn. This one is the most difficult of the two but I was still able to complete it within a day. I would pair this headband with any clothing that is white or pink, add a sprinkle of glitter and channel your inner unicorn.
You Will Need:
- A plastic headband
- Paint of your choice
- Superglue or hot glue
- Felt (I used pink and white)
- Polystyrene cone
- Optional: Fake flowers
What To Do:
- Paint your polystyrene cone in the colour of your choice. I used 2-3 coats to give it a solid colour.
- Carefully wind your wire around the cone to give it a swirled unicorn look.
- Apply a thin line of glue onto the top of your headband and hold the horn in place until it dries.
- Using a pen, draw an ear shape onto one sheet of your felt. Fold the fabric in half and cut out the shape, this should give you two identical ears.
- Repeat this step onto a different coloured sheet of felt, but make the shape slightly smaller.
- Glue the smaller ear pieces onto the front of the larger ones, and carefully glue the ears onto the headband, either side of the unicorn horn.
- If you would like, you can glue a few fake flowers onto the front of each ear. I tried to do this but my flowers were slightly to big, so make sure you use ones that are quite small.
The second headband I chose to make is a bee, as my sister was trying to decide what to dress up as at the time, and asked if a bee costume would be easy to replicate. For the bee outfit, I would pair it with anything black and yellow and a pair of wings (I also made these myself) and you’re all set to go.
You Will Need:
- A plastic headband
- Black pipecleaners
- Yellow felt
- Hot glue
What To Do:
- The first step I did was to paint my headband black, but if you are fortunate enough to find a black one, you can skip this step.
- Twist together 2 or 3 black pipe cleaners. Repeat this step to create two antennae.
- Carefully draw a circle onto your yellow felt using a pen. Fold the felt in half and cut out to create two identical circles.
- Using one circle as a guide, cut out another 2 circles for the second antennae.
- Carefully glue around the edges of one circle, ensuring you leave a small gap and stick the second circle on top. Repeat this step with the leftover circles. I decided to stuff these slightly, to give them a bit more shape, but if you like how they look you can skip this part.
- Once you are happy with how your circles look, place one end of the pipecleaner inside the felt and glue together, ensuring the pipecleaner is stable. Repeat this step with the other antennae.
- Mark out where you would like the pipecleaners to sit on your headband and twist them around the headband until they are secure.
I hope you enjoyed these DIY’s and don’t forget to tag me on instagram @ladydaisyblog with your recreations 🙂