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Thursday, March 14, 2013

La Dolce Vita~

Beautiful living.....
a stunning weekend....
I spent Saturday tagging along with a very sweet girl
to her modelling shoot and I really loved every minute.....
and then spent the rest of the day having a little fun in my kitchen baking...
arranging my window sill again with special gifts sent to me and other pretty pieces
 and then giving some loving attention to my kitchen garden...

In the yacht basin at the harbour....

 Really so many reasons to visit our beautiful city

Something we really enjoyed were these dainty morsels....
cherry and choc  shortbread....

The recipe~

1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 cups plain cake flour
1/2tsp salt
1 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
1/2 cup white/ dark chocolate chips
1/2 tablespoon vanilla
8 ounces white or dark chopped chocolate

In the food processor, beat the butter and sugar, dust the cherries with a little of the flour, sift the flour and salt and add to the butter mixture. Add vanilla and fold in the choc chips and the cherries.
Leave to rest in the refridgerator for 30mins
Roll into balls and bake at 180deg C for 15minutes until nicely golden.
They end up having a pink glow when baked. Drizzle with melted chocolate~
Awesome little biscuits~ that didn't last!

Have a wonderful weekend


  1. They look so good..

    Loving looking at all the photos..sure looks like the dolce vita..I bet they asked you to model also:) Aren't those sandals just so cute~?

  2. It must have been your birthday recently also! Happy belated birthday to you and thank you so much for your birthday wishes. A Jardin sign made it's way to my home recently too :)

  3. Hi Shel,
    I am back to blogging. I have been missing your blog so much! I do love all your photos. I never imagined Africa so beautiful! Thank you so much for posting. Who is the beautiful model in your pictures? Just stopped by to say HI!

  4. Hello everyone...thank you for the sweet comments...
    Sue...that lady must be the most gracious I've "met" in both blogland and real life.
    Will pop by to all of you soon <3
    2 posts going up soon xx

  5. What a fun time! Your goodies look so yummy. I haven't done much decorating or baking and am so missing it. We have been gone most of the last two months and I am sooooo ready to be home!