Entertaining & Inspiration with Astrid from PAPERplaygroundi
I first met the exceptionally talented Astrid from PAPERplayground in Bondi one afternoon and have been a loyal follower ever since. Astrid is the creative genius behind a brilliant company called PAPERplayground which specialises in completely awesome entertaining ideas, execution and bespoke paper design. I was lucky enough to ask Astrid to share her inspirations and thoughts on juggling a career and being a mum in the interview below and you can check out Astrid's work at http://www.paperplayground.com.au or follow her on instagram at @paperplayground. BB xxxxx
What inspired you to start PAPERplayground?
I started PAPERplayground after creating a dessert buffet for my daughter's 2nd birthday a few years back. I loved every element of it but mostly the fact I could combine my graphic design background with desserts, create new things, be pedantic with all the little details, and after all that, throw an awesome party, really sealed the deal for me!
What do you love most about your job?
I love seeing everything come together after all the planning. I love seeing a client's face when they see the table or artwork for the first time. And of course, I love eating the yummy desserts =)
How do you balance work with being a mum?
Honestly- I'm still trying to find that perfect balance. I spend most of my day time with the kids and doing the house things, and my night time doing my PAPERplayground work. I'm a night owl and I don't get much sleep - but I wouldn't have it any other way =)
Who do you find inspirational?
I find so many women inspirational- all of the mothers I come across on social media, all of my talented vendors and friends I work with, and most of all my family.
What is your favourite dish to cook?
I love to cook whatever is easy, quick, but delicious - for both the adults and the kids of the family! Our favourite at home is Chicken Karaage, complete with the miso soup; anything with salmon (the kids love a good salmon steak or salmon patties), followed closely by Mexican =) For desserts, I'm not much of a baker (hence why I love and appreciate all the cakes and desserts I order from my vendors when it's party time) so I like to do the basic cookies, vanilla cupcakes, and panacotta if they're lucky =) Sooo experimental, I know ;)
What three ingredients could you not live without?
Garlic, onion, and thickened cream
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Reese's Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 eggs or 2 flax eggs for a vegan option (see recipe in the post below)
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup coconut oil, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour or gluten free flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 cup Reese's Pieces
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Step 1- Cream together the first 4 ingredients (through to the vanilla) on medium-high speed until light and fluffy which will take about 5 minutes. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, baking soda, optional salt, and mix on low speed until just incorporated which will take about 1 minute; don't overmix.