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White Christmas Recipe, Sweet & Savage⌇ Juniors Design Blog ⌇ www.juniorsdesignblog.com

Guys!! I am SO excited to introduce a new contributor to the blog, Rachel from Sweet & Savage! Humbly making the most delicious food, sharing recipes and beautiful photos, Sweet & Savage is a look into Rachel’s gorgeous family life in the country. You will die when you see her doughnuts, oh my goodness! Look through her Instagram!! Without further ado, here is Rachel and her recipe for White Christmas:

White Christmas Recipe, Sweet & Savage⌇ Juniors Design Blog ⌇ www.juniorsdesignblog.com

Christmas (like most social occasions where there are people around to witness the day’s events and remind you of them for years to come) is all about making an impression. Fortunately, I have demonstrated a clear gifting in this from a young age.
I had just turned three, it was Christmas of 1984. I was given a plastic doll. It’s name was “*#@%”, I declared! Despite numerous attempts at an alternate suggestion, I was absolutely unpersuadable. My parents were horrified. The extended family were delighted!

In thirty-plus years, I’m afraid not much has changed. Albeit, slightly a less cute version of my younger self- and we now have our own kids on hand to provide entertainment and ensure we are memorable. Oh, and THIS.
Our annual; tradition of three-whole-years; throw-together White Christmas.
Three words: it’s a hit.

White Christmas Recipe, Sweet & Savage⌇ Juniors Design Blog ⌇ www.juniorsdesignblog.com

WHITE CHRISTMAS

(fills an oven tray approx 30 x 25cm, cut into 2cm pieces: about 48 pieces)

  • 750g white chocolate
  • 75ml coconut oil
  • 75g coconut chips or shredded coconut, lightly toasted
  • 100g marshmallows, chopped if required
  • 150g soft berry jubes (and glo-harts if you can find them), roughly chopped
  • 75g spearmint leaves, chopped
  • 75g pistachios
  • 100g macadamias
  • 100g dried strawberries/cranberries/cherries
  1. Grease and line oven tray.
  2. Give yourself a bit of bench space. Measure dry ingredients and add to a large bowl. Once all ingredients are in the bowl, mix to combine so they are evenly distributed.
  3. Melt chocolate in heatproof bowl over saucepan with small amount of water in bottom. When chocolate is almost melted, add coconut oil and stir until combined.
  4. Pour chocolate into dry mixture and stir to combine. Once chocolate is mixed through evenly, pour into lined oven tray.
  5. Chill until set.
  6. Prior to cutting, leave to sit at room temperature to soften slightly, so it doesn’t crack when sliced. Cut into 2cm sized pieces.
  7. Place a few pieces in a box or cellophone bag (we made waxed fabric to line boxes). Everyone will love you.

White Christmas Recipe, Sweet & Savage⌇ Juniors Design Blog ⌇ www.juniorsdesignblog.com

Christmas: make it a memorable one. But for all the right reasons.
I hope yours is a lovely one – whoever you’re with and wherever you are xx

 

Written & photographed by Rachel Savage of Sweet & Savage
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From the Archives | Focus: Cauliflower Pizza

Cauliflower Pizza ⌇ Juniors Design Blog ⌇ www.juniorsdesignblog.com

As you will probably be aware Juniors has only just re-launched after a hiatus and we are so excited to be back bringing you fresh new content and inspiration.

Today we dove into our archives to bring you back a delicious recipe for Purple Cauliflower Pizza with Tomato Sauce by Food From Flossie. Feel free to search our archives / categories, there’s plenty of great posts to discover!

FOOD FROM FLOSSIE - Focus Post for Junior's Design Blog: Purple Cauliflower Pizza with Tomato Sauce ⌇ Juniors Design Blog ⌇ www.juniorsdesignblog.com

Originally posted 30 June, 2014 by Julia

And here is our second exclusive recipe magicked up by our clean eating pal; Food from Flossie! Healthy AND crazy looking little pizza’s for your young ones – free of gluten and easy to make.

Enjoy!

FOOD FROM FLOSSIE - Focus Post for Junior's Design Blog: Purple Cauliflower Pizza with Tomato Sauce ⌇ Juniors Design Blog ⌇ www.juniorsdesignblog.com

FOOD FROM FLOSSIE - Focus Post for Junior's Design Blog: Purple Cauliflower Pizza with Tomato Sauce ⌇ Juniors Design Blog ⌇ www.juniorsdesignblog.com

FOOD FROM FLOSSIE - Focus Post for Junior's Design Blog: Purple Cauliflower Pizza with Tomato Sauce ⌇ Juniors Design Blog ⌇ www.juniorsdesignblog.com

Now this is a funny recipe that lots of people think sounds a bit odd but I can assure you cauliflower based pizza is unbelivably delicious! It’s lots of fun for the kids to make, especially if you find a purple cauliflower like mine and end up with a crazy Avatar looking pizza.

 

PURPLE CAULIFLOWER BASED PIZZA WITH HOMEMADE TOMATO SAUCE

Gluten free
Makes 1 big pizza

 

BASE

2 cups cauliflower, whizzed up to look like rice, use a fun coloured one if you can!
½ cup of ground almonds
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp dried rosemary
½ tsp salt
1 egg

 

TOMATO SAUCE

1/2 white onion, roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 tin plum tomatoes
Sea salt and pepper

 

TOPPINGS

Grated cheddar, or Mozzarella
Ham
Mushrooms
Pepperoni

 

SAUCE

In a sauce pan gently fry off the onion with a glug of olive oil until it’s soft.
Add the garlic and stir in a for a minute making sure it doesn’t catch. Then add the tinned tomatoes and pour the empty tin half up with water, swish around and add to the pan too with some seasoning. Gently simmer for around half an hour to 45 mins. Blend until it’s smooth and creamy and leave aside.

 

PIZZA BASE

Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Blend the cauliflower florets in a food processor until they are fine and look like rice.
Take the cauliflower out and microwave in a suitable container for 3 minutes. It should be hot and steamy if not give it another minute, then spoon the hot cauliflower onto a clean tee towel and leave to cool.
Blend the seeds in the food processor until fine.
When the cauliflower is cool enough, wrap it up in the tee towel and squeeze out as much water as you can into the sink. Mix it into a bowl with the almonds, ground seeds and egg. Season and stir until it is all mixed up.

Line a tray with baking paper and spoon the mix on and pat down to make a pizza shape about 1 cm thick.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until it is set and golden. Once the base is baked the kids can spoon on the tomato sauce and choose their toppings.
Bake the pizza’s in the oven for around 15 mins until the cheese is all melted.
Enjoy your cauliflower pizza party and remember to wash your cauliflower juiced tea towel ASAP unless you want your house to smell like feet!

FOOD FROM FLOSSIE - Focus Post for Junior's Design Blog: Purple Cauliflower Pizza with Tomato Sauce ⌇ Juniors Design Blog ⌇ www.juniorsdesignblog.com

Recipe exclusively created exclusively for Junior’s
Images courtesy of Food from Flossie
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A RUSSIAN SUMMER CAMP by Jamie Bowering

A Russian Summer Camp by Jamie Bowering - on Juniors Design Blog

 

We are proud to share a segment of the beautiful photo story by roaming New Zealand photographer; Jamie Bowering. Last year Jamie visited Russia with his wife Yulia to volunteer and subsequently capture the CCP summer camp for children with special educational needs and their families.

Jamie has an exceptional ability to capture every day activity and make it magical – we have covered more of his work here on Studio Home.

Below Jamie introduces the  Center for Curative Pedagogics (CCP) and his experience.

“The Centre for Curative Pedagogics (based in Moscow, founded 1989) aims to implement the right of access to education, rehabilitation, and a worthy life for those special needs. Since the CCP’s establishment they have worked and positively effected the lives of over 9000 children and their families. All the Center’s activities are aimed to help every special needs child find their way in their life — from diagnosing and early intervention to getting a profession and integration into society.

The CCP organises summer camps for children with special educational needs and their families as well as staff and volunteers and their families at Lake Valdai, located in the center of Valdaysky District of Novgorod Oblast, 400km NW of Moscow. My wife Yulia had been volunteering at the center for a number of years and I joined her during a summer spent in Moscow. Everyone lives in tents and use a large building block that includes kitchens, classrooms and a bathroom, hosting groups of children and their families for 10 day periods over the summer months.

Life in the camp looks like any typical camping holiday and includes tramping, sports activities, swimming, art and crafts, music, theatre, guitar playing and singing around a campfire in the evenings – general relaxing which is a much needed respite from the hectic Moscow city life. Volunteers and staff build up reciprocal therapeutic relationships for successful rehabilitation in an environment of lakes, rivers, pine forests filled with birds, wild berries and mushrooms, a very classic Russian setting. The atmosphere of love and acceptance was my main experience during that time. I managed to build several friendships despite my poor use of the Russian language.

What the organisation does for children with special educational needs and their families is hugely important as the children are more likely to be ostracised or institutionalised in Russia.”

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Photography by Jamie Bowering
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MINI SPACES: FLOX + Indi

I have followed the work of New Zealand artist Hayley King AKA Flox for yeeeears! With a backlog of posts on her various projects and an interview on Studio Home, when it came to sharing another Mini Space with you it seemed a no brainer!

The space Hayley and partner; Gareth have created is pared back and beautifully calm. Catching the evening light, the nursery is upstairs in their inner city home that also double as Hayley’s studio.
Scroll down further to learn about their ideas on decorating the space and their favourite additions!

(noticed that amazing decal of the bird? That is a new product featuring Flox art done in collaboration with NZ based The Decal Shop – you can check out the full post detailing these on Studio Home today)

Mini Space: the bedroom of baby Indiana as created by his mother; NZ artist Flox in Auckland, New Zealand // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior's Design Blog

Mini Space: the bedroom of baby Indiana as created by his mother; NZ artist Flox in Auckland, New Zealand // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior's Design BlogMini Space: the bedroom of baby Indiana as created by his mother; NZ artist Flox in Auckland, New Zealand // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior's Design Blog Mini Space: the bedroom of baby Indiana as created by his mother; NZ artist Flox in Auckland, New Zealand // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior's Design Blog Mini Space: the bedroom of baby Indiana as created by his mother; NZ artist Flox in Auckland, New Zealand // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior's Design Blog Mini Space: the bedroom of baby Indiana as created by his mother; NZ artist Flox in Auckland, New Zealand // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior's Design BlogMini Space: the bedroom of baby Indiana as created by his mother; NZ artist Flox in Auckland, New Zealand // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior's Design Blog Mini Space: the bedroom of baby Indiana as created by his mother; NZ artist Flox in Auckland, New Zealand // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior's Design Blog Mini Space: the bedroom of baby Indiana as created by his mother; NZ artist Flox in Auckland, New Zealand // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior's Design Blog Mini Space: the bedroom of baby Indiana as created by his mother; NZ artist Flox in Auckland, New Zealand // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior's Design Blog Mini Space: the bedroom of baby Indiana as created by his mother; NZ artist Flox in Auckland, New Zealand // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior's Design Blog Mini Space: the bedroom of baby Indiana as created by his mother; NZ artist Flox in Auckland, New Zealand // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior's Design Blog Mini Space: the bedroom of baby Indiana as created by his mother; NZ artist Flox in Auckland, New Zealand // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior's Design Blog Mini Space: the bedroom of baby Indiana as created by his mother; NZ artist Flox in Auckland, New Zealand // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior's Design Blog Mini Space: the bedroom of baby Indiana as created by his mother; NZ artist Flox in Auckland, New Zealand // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior's Design Blog Mini Space: the bedroom of baby Indiana as created by his mother; NZ artist Flox in Auckland, New Zealand // Photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior's Design Blog
All photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior’s
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WHO LIVES HERE:
Hayley King
Gareth Moon (Indi’s dad)
Indiana Kotare Moon (“Kotare” is the maori word for kingfisher, we wanted the name King in there somewhere to represent my last name. And also we have an affinity to birds..as you may have noticed through my art!) 8 months
Bo Soon Sun Liew-King  7 years

PLAN BEHIND THE DECORATION OF THE ROOM:
We wanted to keep the decor in Indi’s room really plain, but add some special features such as some beautiful artwork purchased recently, and some work that we were also lucky enough to have been given. I’ve also added my own floxy touch!
The carved round artwork “NZ Onward” is by a local artist and friend of mine Hannah Jenson, while the dream catcher was made especially for Indi by a friend of mine up north, Sheree Wagener. She’s incorporated the wing of a Kotare and woven a crescent-moon into the piece.

We were also keen to stay right away from cliche pink or blue. We never knew what we were having, so I think the surprise of it all, has also had a bearing on this. Ie: nothing specifically for boys or girls, just super cool, and super cute stuff to look at.
We’re also big on staying away from plastic toys as much as we can. I prefer to shop at places like Trade Aid and Iko Iko where I know you can buy really cute wooden or woven play and stimulation type toys.

FAVOURITE FEATURES:
It’s hard to say what my favourite features are, as everything has been so carefully selected and bought with love!
I think the overall feel of the room is great, it’s light and sunny and comfortable for Indi. His crib from Nature Baby is a total winner, such a sweet design and uber cosy, while the Natures Sway Hammock has given him an option for those day time naps. I love
the aesthetics of both of these, but I also love how functional they are.

Indiana’s favourite feature would have to be his ceramic bunny night light, he just stares and stares at it, and absolutely loves it.
IN HINDSIGHT, IF YOU COULD MAKE ANY CHANGES WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
I wouldn’t change anything at present, but due to the nature of an ever-changing baby and their needs, I’m sure this room will be an on-going work in progress! The couch was slightly unintended, as we had nowhere else to put it, but it has however become a godsend for those night time feeds!
I think we’ll move it out when we can, to free up more space. But for now it’s doing the job.

DID YOU GET CRAFTY YOURSELF? ANY DIY FEATURES THAT YOU PULLED TOGETHER?
Yep I couldn’t help myself, I have added my own floxy touch! I’ve experimenting with wall decals at the moment, and so Indi get’s the first ever sample.
My partner Gareth is a photographer, and he suggested we shoot the orignal spraypainted birds on film to achieve maximum size. He was right, the results have been really good, with a high enough resolution to go full size with these bird decals.
Featured is the Bluebird Decal, applied straight to the wall beside his cot, so he can see it in all its glory. I love the vibrancy of the colours and the fact that it looks like I’ve painted it straight on the wall (which is what I would normally do). But I guess the beauty of the decal, is that it won’t damage your wall and you can move it around a million and one times if you like.

MAGICAL CREATURES

Magical Creatures Shoot. Photography by Hayley Sparks. Styling by Stefanie Ingram. Floral styling by Jardine Hansen. Hair and Makeup by Jessica Dies and Kate Wilcox.Magical Creatures Shoot. Photography by Hayley Sparks. Styling by Stefanie Ingram. Floral styling by Jardine Hansen. Hair and Makeup by Jessica Dies and Kate Wilcox.Dress, Caramel Baby and Child

 Magical Creatures Shoot. Photography by Hayley Sparks. Styling by Stefanie Ingram. Floral styling by Jardine Hansen. Hair and Makeup by Jessica Dies and Kate Wilcox.
Top, caplet and shorts, Tutu Du Monde,
Dress, same as above,

Bailey the “Gnome”
Top, waistcoat, cardigan, bowtie and leggings: Paade Mode (pictured above and below)

Magical Creatures Shoot. Photography by Hayley Sparks. Styling by Stefanie Ingram. Floral styling by Jardine Hansen. Hair and Makeup by Jessica Dies and Kate Wilcox. Magical Creatures Shoot. Photography by Hayley Sparks. Styling by Stefanie Ingram. Floral styling by Jardine Hansen. Hair and Makeup by Jessica Dies and Kate Wilcox.
Dress and cape, Tutu Du Monde, Wings, Sheer Flight

Magical Creatures Shoot. Photography by Hayley Sparks. Styling by Stefanie Ingram. Floral styling by Jardine Hansen. Hair and Makeup by Jessica Dies and Kate Wilcox.Magical Creatures Shoot. Photography by Hayley Sparks. Styling by Stefanie Ingram. Floral styling by Jardine Hansen. Hair and Makeup by Jessica Dies and Kate Wilcox.
Knit top, blouse and leggings Paade Mode

 Magical Creatures Shoot. Photography by Hayley Sparks. Styling by Stefanie Ingram. Floral styling by Jardine Hansen. Hair and Makeup by Jessica Dies and Kate Wilcox.Dress, Marie Chantal, Wings, Sheer Flight

Magical Creatures Shoot. Photography by Hayley Sparks. Styling by Stefanie Ingram. Floral styling by Jardine Hansen. Hair and Makeup by Jessica Dies and Kate Wilcox.Dresses, Marie Chantal, Leggings, Paade Mode, Wings, Sheer Flight

We are considering ourselves VERY lucky to be the first to share this beautiful shoot from top Australian childrens photographer; Hayley Sparks and stylist Stefanie Ingram.
I love the contemplative and mysterious angle they’ve chosen to capture these little magical souls !
(You can visit a previous post of Hayley’s work here)

THE DREAM TEAM

Photographer: Hayley Sparks
Styling: Stefanie Ingram
Floral styling : Jardine Hansen
Hair and Makeup by Jessica Diez at Onenninetynine Management and Kate Wilcox

Models: Bambini Talent Group (all models except for Hallie – long light brown hair) and Starfish Kids Talent Agency (Hallie)