A Thankful Heart

I’ve been in a battle of late; it’s been a battle against discouragement. It started with a setback; or more accurately, what I perceived to be a setback. For me, a setback always begins with reoccurring pain; back and neck pain to be precise. It’s a part of the backdrop to my life, and with…

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Best Ever Chocolate Cake

As far as I can recall, this was my first memory of baking a cake. I was in my late teens, and I must have been given free rein in the kitchen; guests were coming and we needed to feed them. My mother had always been extremely health conscious, and so rather than follow in…

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Choc Mint Slice

This fructose and gluten free recipe is my daughters kind attempt to cheer me up in response to recent health issues that have caused me to modify my diet. For a sweet tooth such as myself, I have been surprised how much I have enjoyed these sugar free alternatives. The coconut and cacao make for…

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Don’t be surprised…be patient.

“Are you kidding me! How many times do we have to have this conversation? I thought I made it very clear when I said… I can’t believe we are still having this problem!” Does this sound like a conversation you have on a semi-regular basis with your kids? The utter frustration of having to revisit…

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Looking back, moving forward.

Over the past year I have been really challenged to consider the way I parent… teenagers will do that to you. What had once been a reliable and comfortable way of relating to my children, was now met with a prickly resistance. Their emergence into adolescence significantly changed my relationship with them, leaving me confused…

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Dundee Cake

My Father recently celebrated a significant birthday, so to honour his Scottish heritage, I made for him a Dundee Cake. While I know the first rule of baking is never make for someone, what you haven’t already made for yourself (boy have I learned this the hard way), I confidently broke this rule as my…

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The comparison trap.

If you’re anything like me, the tendency to compare your children to others is a trap hard to avoid; whether it be a comparison with siblings, of other children their age, or of yourself at the same age. With every stage of childhood development, there is the temptation to look sideways at what others are…

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Letting things go

Have you ever been told to, “Let it go?” It has become a bit of a cliche phrase in recent years (thanks to an over-commercialised song), however being told to let things go can be a challenge; especially when you believe it’s something worth fighting for. I sometimes find humour in singing to my daughter…

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Jammy Dodgers

I first discovered Jammy Dodgers when our family went to live in England. My husband, (knowing my love of home baking and my desire to get acquainted with all things British) bought me the cookbook British Baking, in the hope that I would enjoy creating English classics in my kitchen. Always keen to find yummy…

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