Saturday, 27 July 2013

Organic Sugar-free Oat and Molasses Biscuits

Me and baldie stayed a few days at my mum and dad's place this week. It was nice to get away and see my folks. My mum is a total health nut (she eats weeds from the garden, but that's another story). Plus she's a raw foodie so the pantry is always full of amazing ingredients. 

I was in the mood for something yummy and the weather was wild and wooly so I thought I'd do a little baking. I decided to make a variation on the good old Anzac biscuit. They turned out freaking delicious. Recipe below:

1 cup organic wholemeal spelt flour
1 cup organic rolled oats
1 cup desiccated coconut
Pinch sea salt
3 medjool dates for sweetening
1 handful sultanas

2 tbsp organic molasses
100g butter
1/2 tsp bi-carb soda

2 organic eggs

Set oven at 180

Combine flour, oats and coconut in a large bowl and add salt. Pit dates and chop roughly then add with sultanas to dry ingredients (be creative, add walnuts or cranberries if you like).

Melt butter and molasses together in the microwave and add bi-carb soda. Stir until frothy, then add your mixture to the ingredients in the bowl.

Add eggs and fold until its a nice thick consistency.

Grease two baking trays (I used spray on olive oil) then ball and evenly space your mixture onto the trays.

Pop in the oven for 20 minutes.

Then enjoy with a nice cup of tea

Monday, 22 July 2013

Project Distressing Jeans

I really wanted a pair of comfy, faded jeans with a good fit that maybe had a bit of something something to make them a little interesting.
These babies would be my
                                          holy grail
                                                     my go-to pair
                                                                     the Adonis of jeans!
                                                                                              Cue angelic choir

You could definitely try the local op shop but the ones near where I live charge quite a bit and generally don’t have anything I’m interested in. But I ended up finding a pair of quite dark, plain jeans at Kmart for 7 clams. What a bargain. They were a pretty darn good fit too. Plus $7.oo that’s kind of insane. Generally it would be preferable to start with a lighter pair of jeans but use what works for you.

My next port of call was to hit up a couple o Pinterest boards to find some inspiration. I was flooded with ideas for embellishments and bleaching. The more I looked the more I found. Holy overwhelming Batman. You know how it is with pinterest and all, you can get very very distracted.

Then I did some general searches on the net for distressing techniques and checked out a few tutorials on ehow which turned out to be very informative with some just plain hilarious bits:

I should have realised that one would be humorous since the theme photo was some random guy on the floor, in the kitchen, next to the garbage disposal. He was wearing torn jeans though ^_^

With so many ways to destroy jeans I thought I would try them all and document them here. For an easy reference guide with some real world results.

Here are the different techniques I’m going to try:

·         Repetitive washing of the jeans with warm/hot water
·         Leaving on the line for a week (sun bleaching/weathering)
·         Tumble dry on high heat (expect some shrinkage)
·         Tumble dry with a tennis shoe (care of ehow)
·         Bleach wash
·         Bleach sections with sponge
·         Sandpaper
·         Cheese grater
·         Brick
·         Razor
·         Knife
·         Rolling down large grassy hills (just kidding, I don’t want grass stained jeans)

So there you have it folks, let’s see how this all pans out!

Sunday, 21 July 2013

A bit about me


 Hi I’m Betty and welcome to my Betty Blog. I’m 27 and live in a little old house in Brisbane with my husband, baby and cat.


I’m really into DIY and crafting at the moment so that’s what I think this blog is going to be mostly (Yeah like we haven’t seen one of those before Betty). Well it could be that I’m going through a quarter life crisis (yes I plan to live to the ripe old age of 108) or I could blame it on the maternity leave from work, but I feel a lot more inspired to create lately.

Also I live in black jeans and my favourite colour is red.