Sewing for the You & Me series

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Today you can find me guest posting over at While She Was Sleeping as part of the You & Me series. All the guests are making items for themselves and their little ones. Roman loves cooking so we've both got aprons to wear now as we bake up a storm! Head on over and check it out!   << Continue Reading >>

Meal Planning Ideas: Dinner Lucky Dip

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Picking what's for dinner would have to be one of my least favourite jobs! Hubby and I can waste a whole hour just deciding what our meals are for the week. It's not meant to be so difficult! One of us came up with the idea of these meal sticks, or dinner lucky dip as we like to call it. The idea is pretty simple. All of the things we like to cook for dinner are written on the sticks and when   << Continue Reading >>

Handmade Winter: Hazelnut Spiral Cookies

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Since the Handmade Winter eBook came out, I have't been able to get the thought of spiral cookies out of my head! I fondly remember my Mum making them when we were kids and I really wanted to give them a go. As much as I would love some pink and covered in 100s & 1000s cookies, I thought I would make a more grown up version. I modified the recipe a bit and made it into Hazelnut Spiral   << Continue Reading >>

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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We are flying up to Queensland soon to visit my Mum's family for Christmas. I'm really looking forward to the nice weather, a bit of a break and hanging out with my cousins and all the family. Hubby is hoping to squeeze in a trip to a theme park while we're there. I've had lots of fun blogging this year and have no idea what's going to be coming up on the blog in 2014. I usually like to have a   << Continue Reading >>

Edible Gifts for Men: Fruit Cake

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Adding to my Edible Gift Ideas for Men round up, here is my Fruit Cake recipe. I don't think you can go wrong with Fruit Cake as a gift. I love it, hubby loves it and both our Fathers love it! I gave one to my Dad for Father's Day. My cousin Ross, swears that the best accompaniment is a piece of cheddar cheese...I've tried it out and it's a pretty good combo! This recipe is based on one from   << Continue Reading >>

20 Edible Gift Ideas for Boys and Men

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First up in the Hand Made Gift Guides is Edible Gifts. They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach and I couldn't agree more! I love giving home cooked treats as gifts. They are always well received and there are just so many options, sweet and savoury. Here are 20 of my favourites. There are ideas for boys and men and I hope these ideas inspire you to get cooking. If you're   << Continue Reading >>

Making Tortillas with a DIY Tortilla Press

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(img courtesy of Fuss Free Cooking) For my birthday in June, hubby got all DIY and made me a Tortilla Press! I could hear him working away in the shed and had no idea what he was up to. What a lovely surprise! It's so much fun to use and makes the usual rolling out bit so much quicker. Rather than having to roll out each piece of dough, you simply put a dough ball in the press, lower the   << Continue Reading >>

Lamb and Apricot Tagine

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I've made this a few times lately and I'm totally in love with it. This tagine is one of those lovely 'slow dishes' that's perfect for a chilly night. It bubbles away in the kitchen all afternoon so that when it gets to dinner time, all that needs to be done is to make the couscous, which is about one of the easiest things to do in the kitchen. I've adapted this from the recipe for Beef Tagine in   << Continue Reading >>

Jelly Playdough made with British Solid Jelly

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Whenever my relatives make the trip from the UK here to Australia for a visit, they always bring us some UK Jelly. Unlike Australian Jelly and American Jello which comes in crystals/powder, the jelly from the UK comes in a solid block (called a tablet) in the packet. What's so good about it is that you can eat it straight from the pack! Cut into little cubes it's a super sweet but yummy   << Continue Reading >>

BBQ Corn Salad

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Hubby had this salad at a restaurant recently and was looking for an excuse to recreate it. We went to a family lunch today and this was his contribution. It looks like a crazy combination, but it really works. The salad is sweet and smoky, with lots of crunch! I was having a sleep in with Ted this morning, while hubby was experimenting away in the kitchen. He stuck his head in and asked 'Do you   << Continue Reading >>