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    Healthy, Fun and Yum!         How To Make Rainbow Popsicles.

    Healthy, Fun and Yum! How To Make Rainbow Popsicles.

    We all love to celebrate Australian Summer with our favourite nostalgic ice-creams including rainbow paddle pops, Gaytime, Splice and Bubble O Bill.

    The colours and flavours of Summer are packed with sugar and colouring that we don't always want to give to our kids.

    So here's a recipe thanks to The First Year Blog which is inspired by the icy rainbow swirls of Summer paddle pops.

    Now you can make your own guilt free and flavour packed.

    Ingredients:

    RED LAYER

    • 1 frozen banana
    • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
    • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
    • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
    • water or liquid for blending

    ORANGE LAYER

    • 1 frozen banana
    • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
    • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
    • 1 small orange
    • 1/4 cup frozen mango
    • water or liquid for blending

    YELLOW LAYER

    • 2 frozen bananas
    • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
    • 1 cup frozen pineapple
    • water or liquid for blending

    GREEN LAYER

    • 2 frozen bananas
    • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
    • 1 handful (or more) spinach
    • 1 cup frozen pineapple
    • water or liquid for blending

    BLUE LAYER

    • 2 frozen bananas
    • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
    • 1 cup frozen pineapple
    • small amount of blue food coloring
    • water or liquid for blending

    PURPLE LAYER

    • 1 frozen banana
    • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
    • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
    • water or liquid for blending

    MAGENTA LAYER

    • 1 frozen banana
    • 1/2 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
    • 1/2 cup sliced canned beets
    • 1 cup frozen strawberries or raspberries

    Directions:

    FOR EACH SMOOTHIE

    1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more liquid to help it blend if it's too thick.
    2. Transfer the smoothie to a bowl or container, rinse the blender and prep the next smoothie.

    TO ASSEMBLE THE RAINBOW POPSICLES

    1. Carefully layer each colour smoothie in a popsicle mould in rainbow order.
    2. Layering the smoothies in the mould is easy. Use a spoon or tablespoon to scoop the smoothie mixture into the mould. It’s natural for the layers to blend a bit, but I have noticed that spooning the smoothies into the mould versus pouring the smoothie in from a glass leaves better results.
    3. Once the moulds are filled, add the sticks and freeze the popsicles overnight.

    Celebrate Australian Summer with your kids, keeping it cool, fun and yum!

     

     

    How to build your creative career

    How to build your creative career

    INTERVIEW WITH ELIE AZZI
    LA LA LAND’S CO-FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
    We asked the co-founder and creative director of La La Land, Elie Azzi, a few questions about what inspires him to come up with some of La La Land's best selling concepts. This is in lead up to a talk he is giving on the 26th of November at the Grounds in Sydney.
    Do you personally like every artwork, or do you have to produce artworks for markets/people that have different taste and needs to your personal? If so what are the challenges?
    I love all the artworks we produce and I would buy them all however a lot may not be suited to my personal style. In the gift industry, we have to think about both our customer and the end user (the recipient of the gift). In this perspective we have to always think about our customers while we choose themes and styles that would make the recipient happy.
    How do you decide which brief to give to which artist when you have so many to choose from?
    Some artists are happy to work with a brief others are not. I then look at if the brief will suit the personal style of the artist. I also have to think of timing. Some artists are busier than others. We also have two full time in-house artists, Lilly Perrot and Murillo Manzini who take on big briefs. Collectively working in a creative environment allows us to brainstorm and develop strong concepts. Ludivine Chu, my business partner also plays a big role in the creative as she manages the product development and has a great eye for detail.
    How often do you analyse your sales and how does this affect future development?
    I'm always looking at sales because that is the biggest determinant as to what is working and what isn't. What people love and what they don't. When we know a formula works we sometimes try to grow it and work on it but in a different light.
    Where do you get your inspiration from for new artwork?
    As cliche as it sounds, my inspiration comes from everything around me. At the moment it's fashion and history.
    How / where do you source new artists, or do they come to you?
    A lot of new artists submit their artworks via our website however I'm always on the prowl for new artists. It is a balance between talent, style and concepts. If I find an artist that has a style that we don't currently cover or her/his concepts are very unique, then I would be interested in publishing them. I come across so many amazing artists that are so talented but they paint subjects that we have already done or their subjects are just not suitable for our brand. How do you take an artwork and make it commercial.
    What is your process/thoughts? Share an example or two.
    It comes down to finding a concept that people would love. A concept that is relevant and/or beautiful and/or funny. For example, I noticed a lot of the old painting styles, the regal look of renaissance paintings trending. I became more and more fascinated by them and I wanted to explore the dark hues and detailed painting style. To be able to do this successfully I had to use a concept that would be popular and what better than pop stars? So this is how I came to do 'Music Royalty' when Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Prince and Queen were represented in the renaissance paintings style. I was in a grocery store when it came to me that all four men are represented as royal figures which I think is funny. When I tried to think of a female version I failed. Not everyone can agree who the queen of pop is. Is it Beyonce or Madonna?
    Do you work with personal sketches, mood boards, Pinterest or other?
    I use Pinterest a lot to collect my thoughts, my mood boards are often digital. I then create creative briefs on in-design. Some could be very detailed, others are not. It depends on the artist and the concept. Who is your main inspiration? At the moment one of my biggest inspirations is Alessandro Michele, the creative director of Gucci. I'm currently obsessed with him. Other days it could be a rapper, an artist or a historical figure. My inspiration is always changing.
    How do you balance between creative workflow and the runnings and management of a successful business?
    I couldn't do anything without my business partner Ludi and the team at La La Land. We are so fortunate to have the best team whom are passionate about the brand.
    What is your main creative goal?
    To make everyday living for our customers more creative, beautiful, unique, fun and fashionable. We want our products to help people feel good, to meet the purpose of the brand, and that is to inspire happiness and creativity.
    Can you share sneak peeks of what we can expect to come in 2019 for Elie and La La Land.
    Expect artworks that reflect women empowerment, lots of roses, European romance, Mexico and of course more Australiana.
    COME AND LISTEN TO ELIE AZZI
    ORGANISED BY GENERAL ASSEMBLY AT THE GROUNDS
    HOW TO BUILD YOUR CREATIVE CAREER
    $15 Mon 26th Nov 6:30pm-8pm
    The Grounds Of Sydney Shop RG 12, 500 George St Sydney
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    TREAT YOUR MUM - SPICED PEAR LOAF RECIPE BY REBECCA MORGAN JONES

    TREAT YOUR MUM - SPICED PEAR LOAF RECIPE BY REBECCA MORGAN JONES

    The perfect gift is a combination of thoughtfulness, something for keeps, and an experience to remember. Here's how to do it all in one.

    We all know all a mum ever wants is time spent together (brekkie in bed), as well as effort and thoughtfulness (baking a loaf) and of course a gift! (La La Land's range of illustrated ceramic plates and mugs).

    Here is the perfect recipe to make your mum's day!

    Rebecca Morgan Jones 

    Gluten free baker & recipe developer from the Central Coast, NSW.

    Spiced Pear Loaf Recipe

     (gluten free)

    Ingredients 

    2 cups gluten free self raising flour

    ¾ cup buckwheat flour

    ¼ cup coconut flour

    ½ cup raw sugar or rapidura 

    1 teaspoon cinnamon  

    ½ teaspoon ginger

    1 teaspoon baking powder 

    ½ teaspoon baking soda

    1 ripe banana 

    3 eggs

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    ¾ cup coconut milk

    ¾ cup coconut oil (melted)

    Zest of 1 orange

    3 small ripe pears  

    1 teaspoon cinnamon & 1 ½ teaspoons raw sugar (optional topping)

    Method

    Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease and line a large loaf tin.

    In a medium sized mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients thoroughly.

    Meanwhile, using a food processor or similar, blitz banana, eggs, milk, oil

     and  Vanilla. Incorporate dry & wet ingredients and zest to form a smooth bat

    ter. De core and finely slice pears, adding 2 of them to the batter, saving

    the other 1 for the topping. Pour the batter into prepared loaf tin & decorate the top with remaining  pear slices.

    Sprinkle over cinnamon sugar (if desired) and bake in oven for 1-1 ½ hours or until a skewer comes out

    Clean when inserted.

    Cool in tin before turning out & cutting into inch thick

    slices.

    Keeps up to 5 days in fridge or 2 weeks in freezer.

    To get more delicious gluten free recipes follow 

    @becmorganjones 

    Profile pic by @ Jackielyn Powell

    How to write the perfect card for your mum

    How to write the perfect card for your mum

    Do you always struggle figuring out what to write in a mothers day card?

    We’ve got you covered and have come up with some foolproof templates to make you look extra thoughtful and make your mum feel special this year. 

    It’s easy; there are two options, one formal and one casual, that prompt each sentence to make a nice full thoughtful message just from you. AND we’ve included two examples to get you going. Of course, feel free to leave a line out if you want, or add another if you have a lot to say.

    Now the hardest part is choosing a card from our awesome 2018 Mothers Day range because we are pretty sure it’s the best one yet. *thinking emoji* *thinking emoji*

    Sentimental Template 

    1. Happy Mothers Day!
    2. A sentence about why you want to thank them
    3. A sentence about your relationship
    4. A memory
    5. What you hope for the future
    6. A way to say I love you 
    7. Signature

    Example using Sentimental Template

    1. Happy Mothers Day Mum! 
    2. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your always being such an amazing sounding board and bank of advice for me through a rough year.
    3. You really are one of my best friends and I think it’s really beautiful that as we grow, together, that we have become as much friends to one another as mother and daughter. 
    4. But I still remember how hard you always worked just to make sure we didn’t have a worry in the world while we were little and I realise now how hard that must have been. 
    5. I hope that I can be as much a blessing to you in any hard times to come, as you have been to me. 
    6. You mean more to us all than you know. 
    7. All my love, Rebecca.

    Casual Template

    1. Happy Mother’s Day!
    2. Tell your mum why she’s awesome
    3. Tell her why you want to thank her 
    4. Small greeting to end
    5. Signature

    Example using Casual Template

    1. Happy Mothers Day!
    2. To the best mum and world class cooker of lasagne and extraordinaire with advice on laundry and all things stain removal.
    3. Thank you for loving me at my best and also at my worst, and for phoning me every Sunday just to make sure I’m still alive.
    4. I hope you have an excellent day of honour and remember that I appreciate it all so much. 
    5. With love from your child who still can’t stop spilling food down his shirt, Luke :)

    MAGICAL INDIA: An illustrative journey of India's art and culture by La La Land's Lilly Perrott

    MAGICAL INDIA: An illustrative journey of India's art and culture by La La Land's Lilly Perrott

    La La Land in-house artist Lilly Perrott recently went on a holiday to India with her partner Cristian, who is also part of the La La Land team! We caught up with her to chat about what inspired her as she travelled and how she documented her journey.

    Which country or travel has given you the most creative inspiration and why?

    India! Its a country full of contrast and colour. There's darkness but at the same time so much light. I'd often find myself walking down streets packed with ancient Indian facades, decked out with market stalls out the front adorned with intricate jewellery, homewares and fabrics, all whilst there are monkeys jumping from roof to roof, cows slowly making their way through the busy streets and about fifty people yelling to get you to look at their shops. There are flowers for ceremonial use dotted everywhere, and women wrapped with colourful saris peacefully moving through the crowds. Sitting in little rooftop cafes or balconies was one of my favourite things to do to just watch India in all its chaotic beauty. I've always been drawn to detail and interesting colour palettes and that is essentially what a lot of the India I saw is made up of. I tried to capture all of this through photos and sketches but nothing will ever do the real thing justice, its a place you have to witness first hand to truly understand.

    What interesting facts did you learn about Indian art or craft to share?

    I loved watching the textile workers create their patterns with beautifully carved wood blocks which they'd print with limited colour palettes onto cotton and linens. The art of miniature painting is a big trade in Udaipur, where the artists paint with tiny squirrel hair brushes to get the most intricate minuscule details often on camel bone or handmade papers. I bought a painting from a gallery which took about 40 hours to produce but is no bigger than a post card.

    What inspired you the most?

    Definitely the paintings and decorations of palaces and forts throughout Rajasthan. There are rooms where every surface is painted with beautiful florals and patterns with loud colour palettes or floor to ceilings with tiny detailed glass patterns mounted into marble - it was all so stunning and inspiring. I also love their fearless approach to colour throughout the south all the way to the north. 
     

    Can you share some sketches from your travels?

    I tried to sketch when I could on the go, but I often had to snap photos to draw from afterward since we were on the move all the time, so below are a collection of a few.

    What do you like the most about travel sketching?

    It helps you analyse the details of what's in front of you and see the difference in life abroad that you might miss at first glance.

    Can you share some valuable lessons you learnt with us from your trip?

    Absolutely, here's some tips I've compiled from my 6-week trip:
    - Find where the local people eat and with a high turn over of food to guarantee fresh food that hasn't been sitting around all day. 
    - Fill up with filter water at hostels or hotels - there is so much rubbish and plastic waste in India, it doesn't need your contribution!
    - Be open-minded and try a different meal or drink once every couple of days (For every meal you dislike you'll get at least three that you'll love!)
    - The best chai is best boiled 4 times and THEN you add the sugar
    - Monkey's aren't as cute as you'd think - especially when they steal your lunch! 
    - Get to know the locals! They'll teach you far more about Indian life and culture than any lonely planet or travel blog could ever do and are just as interested in your culture! My partner and I befriended a lovely guy from Manali and now he's going to go stay with him for a month in his mountain village.
    - Carry hand sanitizer, wet wipes and a bit of toilet paper for bathrooms, some turmeric to rub into any cuts you might get (it has amazing healing properties), Berocca and hydration salts for when you're not at your best, and an inflatable travel pillow and silk sleeping bag liner will transform any surface into a cosy little nook especially when you're on 14 hour bus rides!
    - Body language speaks volumes, especially where there's a language barrier. A simple smile or head wiggle can get you a long way. 
    - Happiness is best shared, I was amazed just how many people I met and hung out with on my travels, and was so pleased that I made the effort to do so.

      SHOP LILLY PERROT'S ILLUSTRATED CARDS AND PRODUCTS HERE

      https://lalalandshop.com.au/collections/lilly-perrott

      @lillymiranda10 to check out more of Lilly's work