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Hot Five: 9 March 2012

Today’s Hot Five has been compiled by nzgirl expert panelist Nicola Graham. It features a delicious cake recipe, gorgeous winter boots, a cute DIY for your bestie and something to get stuck into this weekend!

WEARING_French Connection Kesham Boots

With their fold down top, vintage look leather, chain and wrap around strap and buckle, it was love at first sight with these boots from ASOS. They went straight in the shopping cart, and at a bargain price. One of the great things about ASOS is that it’s always opposite seasons, so you’re likely to find a bargain. I’ve just bought these for US$108 down from US$250 which is a fabulous price for leather boots.  If you’re a fan, get in quick – sizes are selling out fast. Check them out here.

BUYING_ “Missing U” card

I think this is one of the most cute and clever cards I’ve seen for a while, and I’m going to be buying a few to send to my friends and family overseas that I miss dearly.  You can purchase it from the Beside The Willow Tree etsy store. It’s currently “on vacation” But you can sign up here to be notified once it reopens.

BAKING_Lemon, Blueberry and Yoghurt Cake

One of my favourite indulgences is sweet, tangy lemon flavoured foods and this cake is my new favourite sweet treat.  It’s so easy to make, simply wizz up all the ingredients in a food processor (or by hand), pop a few blueberries on top of the mixture and pop in the oven.  Delicious with a few extra blueberries on the side and a dollop of creamy greek yoghurt.  You can check out the recipe here.

MAKING _Heart Design Friendship Bracelet

Growing up I spent many a school lunch time making friendship bracelets and swapping them with my girlfriends.  Now, they’ve made a fashion comeback and I still love them as much as I did back as a child. I’m hoping to hone my old skills to make this gorgeous heart patterned friendship bracelet this weekend.  There are detailed pictures and instructions  here.

PLANTING_ Spring Bulbs

Autumn temperatures have well and truly arrived, and I think the majority of NZ is feeling grieved that we didn’t get much of a summer. One of the plus sides of all this is it’s the season  to plant beautiful spring bulbs. My current favourite are ranuculus, especially pretty pink ones as pictured. Pop them in the garden now and during winter you’ll start seeing the bright green leaves poking out of the soil, a nice sign that spring is just around the corner.  Then during spring, you’ll get loads of beautiful blooms to enjoy.  Check out your local garden shop to view their range.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my Hot five this week. Happy Friday and have a lovely weekend. Nicola, Eat Well NZ

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