Long time, no blog

Posted: July 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

Im around, just super busy. Thanks to everyone still popping by to read my posts xx
Here’s a bit of what I have been up to















Love these xx



Getting my knit on.

Posted: February 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

I don’t get much knitting time lately, so have been really limited with what I get done. However, I have a few weeks til Uni goes back, and 3 days a week I am child-free, so I plan to make the most of it!!


Posted: February 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

I am so lucky to be part of this amazing group of talented, smart, generous, caring women xx

AmbeRocks Me!

I have 25 exceptionally close friends, some of them I have never met and quite possibly never will!

Just under 2 years ago a friend (that I had never met) set up a facebook page for small/micro Work At Home Mum (WAHM) business owners to network and chat. Within a few weeks the group had over 100 members.

Over several months the main contributors felt the need for privacy as chatter would not always be about work and so the group structure changed and a small group formed and moved away.

In the last year we have become exceptionally close – aside from the business side of things (which boasts a successful regular market to showcase the groups talent) these women have become some of my best friends!

As I mentioned, many of us have never met – but that did not stop us hosting 2 surprise baby showers for 3…

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I know I missed Christmas….and NYE…but Happy Australia Day fellow Aussies!! I hope you all have a fantastic long weekend with friends and family, filled with fun, laughter, and good food!



I love gingerbread. The kids love decorating gingerbread. Win/Win as far I I am concerned 😀

Today we baked gingerbread using THIS recipe from Exclusively Food, YUM!, and this is what we created.


Last year, we made trees
gingerbread trees

2 years ago we decorated a kit house

and 3 years ago we made…..trees….


Do you make and decorate gingerbread? Made a house?

Here are some from Pinterest to inspire you. Enjoy.

Source: google.com.au via Tanya on Pinterest

Source: google.com.au via Tanya on Pinterest

Source: google.com.au via Tanya on Pinterest


Ok, so I touched on these in my previous post about food gifts, but then last night I decided it was time to make some, so went searching for the recipe I use. I don’t do the ones with sultanas, because the hubby wont eat them (the sultanas that is…he does adore rum balls!)

I am not entirely sure where I got the recipe, but no doubt it was a website such as Taste.com.au or BestRecipes or similar.


1/2 cup dessicated coconut

2Tbl spoons cocoa powder

1/2 cup milk powder (Nestle Sunshine is good)

250g plain sweet biscuits (I use Nice usually)

3-4 Tble spoons Rum (I use Bundaberg)

1 410g tin of sweetened condensed milk


Process biscuits in blender or food processor until a fine crumb, then add to mis=xing bowl with other dry ingredients.

Add 2/3 of condensed milk and form into a firm dough, adding extra condensed milk as needed, then mix in the rum. Mix dough well, adding more condensed milk if it is still a bit crumbly. Allow the mixture to firm up a bit, in the fridge if required, then roll into balls about 2-2.5cm in diameter. Put some extra coconut in a bowl, and rolls the rum balls in it to coat. YUMMO!!


Yep, I know, FOOD!

I really enjoy giving food as gifts, especially when I get to make it myself. Over the years I have made gingerbread trees, rum balls, coconut ice, white christmas, cookies, fudge etc etc.
Cowgirl Cookies, and more granny love!

gingerbread trees

Here are also some idea I found on Pinterest and can’t wait to try 😀

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Yep, I LOVE Christmas Trees!! Putting up the tree, for me, signals the start of the silly season. The beginning of multiple parties, BBQs and get togethers with friends, family, the kids’ school etc. I am always excited about putting up our tree. This year, I have also started making some decorations for our tree, with the aim of moving towards a tree full of hand made ornaments in a whole rainbow of colours.






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And, here are some Christmas trees I found on Pinterest that I LOVE

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My hubby had a combined 30th with a mate, and I made the cakes. I used Bakels cake mixes in White Chocolate Mud, Chocolate Mud, and Caramel. For the icing I used a mixture of Betty Crocker in Chocolate and Vanilla, home made buttercream (the green icing), and black fondant. Licorice and Tee Vee biscuits were used for the railway tracks, and all he signs were printed and laminated at home. For the Kit Kat cakes I used family blocks around the edges, 4 for each cake I think it was.
Here are some pics 🙂