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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Defeat is not an Option

It started with some fabric. The idea being, that instead of buying a ready-made tablecloth, I would instead purchase some gorgeous fabric at a nice price, and then have the pleasure of sewing it up myself. I would never claim to be skilled at sewing, but I once sewed a pair of pyjama shorts, so…

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New Beginnings

New Beginnings: two words that hold such promise and hope. Just saying it out loud I can’t help but breathe out slowly and then smile; I love a new beginning. I was reminded this week how starting a fresh can be so mentally positive. On Monday afternoon my mother rang to wish me and the…

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Gelateria Millefiori

Gelateria Millefiori is a fun new find of mine. Situated on Keilor Road, Niddrie, Melbourne, in the heart of Niddrie’s trendy shopping district; this enticing dessert cafe is a happy find. My husband and I stumbled upon it one particularly difficult Sunday afternoon. Deciding to leave the hurly-burly of home, stepping out for a breather,…

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Choc-coconut Roughs

The first time I ever made these cookies was for a gift; for my neighbour with her new baby. I myself was a new first time Mum, and had been blessed by friends with home baking. With the desire to pass the blessing on, I made these choc-coconut roughs. I had stumbled across the recipe…

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Lose the Guilt: Positive ways to approach Technology

Is ‘Screen-time’ a big issue in your house? Does it seem like your kids are always plugging in or zoning out? Do you feel guilty that you have allowed them so much time and don’t know how to curb this increasing activity? A new way of thinking may help. Our children are born into a…

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Choc-banana bar cake

Banana cake has long been a family staple for morning tea. If I don’t have the energy or time to do something fancy, banana cake is my go-to. This particular recipe has been in our families cookbook for many years and has become an old faithful. I always seem to have the ingredients, no matter…

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Be Honest with yourself

Have you ever taken the time to sit back and reflect on what motivates you? Specifically what motivates you in how you parent? What are those conscious or unconscious thoughts that drive your actions; things below the surface that impact your daily interactions, whether positively or negatively? Sometimes, a new level of consciousness comes when…

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Carrot cake with Honey Cream cheese

The first time I ever made this cake I was living in London. It was summertime, and my back-garden was in full bloom. I had invited friends around for afternoon tea, and we sat outside in the glorious sunshine under my apple tree. Sipping Elderflower cordial, my friend and our 6 children devoured this gloriously…

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Laughter is the best medicine.

It had been a long week. I was tired, my husband was tired, my kids were tired. In fact it had been a long month; each day feeling like a lifetime. When another day ended, and the beauty of sleep gently whispered, “tomorrow will be a fresh start, no mistakes made…” only to wake and…

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