Thursday, February 13, 2014


Today, I am sure your all aware, is Valentines Day. And although my hubby and I dont celebrate it like we do birthdays and christmas, it is actually hard to pretend its not happening, so why bother. I am ok with a day dedicated to showing extra amounts of love. Thats a good thing isn't it? So I decided to bake my hubby (and myself) a heart shaped cake to say I Love You! I love heart shaped things, and anything to do with love, so I thought id share with you not only the recipe for the lovey dovey cake, but Lovey things around our home!

To make this cake, you will need:
3 very ripe bananas,3 tbs honey or rice malt syrup,1 cup almond meal,1/2 cup corn flour,1/2 tsp bicarb soda,1 egg, 50 ml melted coconut oil, 1/2 cup milk,a few squares chopped 85% dark chocolate(optional), 200 gm cream cheese, vanilla, lemon juice

Preheat oven to 180C and grease two heart shaped (or any shape tins). Mash the banana and honey well in a bowl. In another large bowl, sieve the almond meal, corn flour and bicarb soda and mix well. Make a well in the centre. In a jug, mix the milk, egg and oil. Pour this into the well along with the banana mixture and the chopped chocolate if using. Stir until combined, then pour into the tins. Bake for approx 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool in the tins a couple of minutes, then trasnfer onto a wire rack to cool completely. Make the icing but mixing softened cream cheese, 1/3 cup honey, good splash of vanilla and a good squeeze of lemon juice. Taste. When cakes are cool, spread half the icing onto one cake, then place the other cake ontop, and spread the remaining icing. Decorate with flowers from the garden. Enjoy!! (Original recipe came from Who magazine for  banana and sultana loaf, but this is my version, completely changed, making it a flourless cake with icing!)

Love letters in our lounge

wearing a handmade lacey heart for handmade 365

one of my brooches, a pressed flower glass heart

this handmade heart was from my midwife when Percy was born

me and my hubby from our wedding, a photo amongst other treasured bits and pieces

two kissing salt and pepper shakers

a vintage top with love hearts

the love chapter

photos of Percy days old

hearts on fabric

my mollie makes calendar

this paper decoration i made for our home

hearts on fresh bed linen.

love hearts amongst other thrifted pot holders on percy's mat!

I hope today, with whoever, you felt and shared a bit more love!



  1. All those pretty hearts around your lovely home.
    I had a lovely lunch out with my love today.

  2. Wow so much to love around your love love the type on your fabric hoop...did you do this yourself. xxx

    1. Hey Bron, yes I did to the hoop myself. Typed onto fabric with my typewriter!!

  3. it's lovely to see around your treasures. Isn't the pressed the pressed flower and glass brooch gorgeous! Where can I learn to make these! I find myself wearing a brooch everyday too. For handmade 365. I don't seem to have the handmade clothes I really need to take part in it, so far! Glimpses of home are always lovely, Heather x