I’m Back!

Posted: December 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Sorry for the sudden disappearance, and lack of posts.
My Dad became very ill, very quickly recently as he fought a short, but extremely hard battle with cancer.
Sadly, the cancer beat him and he passed away November 19. I am only just logging back in to the blog and catching up. Thank you to everyone who has continued to visit and comment. I was quite surprised to still see a fair amount of activity, despite there being no new posts.

Today I have decided to start posting again, and I think I will focus on things I love about Christmas. First post will be tomorrow hopefully.

xx

Ingredients
200g dark chocolate
300mL thickened cream

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Whip cream until stiff peaks form

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Melt chocolate, and cool slightly. Fold 1/4 of the cream into the chocolate.
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Fold choc mixture into remaining cream until combined

Divide into bowls or glasses for serving, and chill til set

Oh yum!! Would you eat this as a simple dinner, or even a lunch?

The $120 Food Challenge

A box of perfectly fresh, tender and sweetly just-picked broccolini arrived on my doorstep earlier last week courtesy of the terrific people at Perfection Fresh and I immediately went into overdrive. I was inspired by the sensational produce and wanted to get to work straightaway to make the very best of this beautiful baby green vegetable.

I was swamped by choices. I could have used them in asian style stir fries, in a health-giving green smoothie, even as a souffle. But then my stomach gurgled and helped me realise that I should perhaps have some breakfast before setting to work.

This is what I came up with.

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Posted: October 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

Oooooh, this looks and sounds yummy!

in pursuit of more

Bountiful. Beautiful. Home Baked Bread.

IPOM Crusty Bread (1)

If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.

~ Robert Browning

Baking beautiful bread?

Bread. Beauty. Bounty (alliteration today is brought to you by Cara). Today is the day!

I’ve been excited about this one for weeks, that is ever since I discovered it (I haven’t stopped baking beautiful bread since that day).

This was a recipe I randomly & luckily stumbled upon, and I am not sure through which medium it actually came to me (I am thinking Pinterest) – however, it must be noted it was this amazing blog post that got me going.

Insert major gratitude here.

Over the years, I’ve certainly tried all manner of bread recipes. Yeast and flour and I have never really gotten each other, and it could be that the precise nature of all things baking just…

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On the weekend my nephew shared his first birthday party with our little man, who is 2 at the end of the month. They had a monster theme, and my sister made all the decorations and the lolly bags. I baked and decorated the cakes. It was so much fun!

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There is nothing (well, not much) better than a weekend away. I recently went away with my sister to visit our Dad before he starts Chemo (which unfortunately he has not been able to start).
A boutique hotel, room with a view, a relaxing drink, and a yummy breakfast. Perfect xx

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Since buying our 1985 Jayco Jaylark pop-top camper, I have been eyeing off a whole heap of cool caravans, and DIY restorations. I am loving how something as simple as new curtains and cushion covers, or a coat of paint, can change the whole look and feel of a van. I SO want to give Coco (our camper haha) a makeover. Here are some that I love xx

This one is most relevant to me as it is a pop-top caper similar to ours xx

Source: snapfish.com via Tanya on Pinterest

How could I forget? I have signed up just now, as I had always planned to, but we will see how I go. My main aim is to blog more than I did in August and September so that I can get back into the habit of regular blogging. I am blog #276  on the roll. Here goes xx

Posted: October 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

An oldie, but a goodie…..I should make more tutus xx

A Multifarious Me

My littlest girl is turning 4 next week, and we are having a fairy party on Monday, a few days early, to celebrate! I put it out there that the grown ups were free to dress up if they wished…..then realised that probably meant that I should lead by example. DOH!!!
I searched high and low online for a suitable outfit for this plus-sized body of mine, but everything was either SUPER expensive, or a bit to, *ahem* raunchy for a children’s party! 
(Note- when you Google “adult fairy costume” it tends to lead to ‘adult’ stores lol).
SO, i decided to make one!!!
Wings: $6 from The Reject Shop (came with wand, and super goofy looking sparkly headband with antennae things lol)
Blue Tulle, Black netting, black elastic: $17 from Lincraft
What do you think? It took me a good couple of hours (who would have thought tulle and…

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