Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Messages of Hope - New Life

It was a dark and stormy night, heavy rain and lightening everywhere - sounds like the beginning of a horror movie doesn't it but in fact it beginning of the birth my newest nephew. 
Last Tuesday night as a shocker - weather wise - and my sister-in-law goes into labour right in the middle of it all.  At 3:30am Wednesday morning while most people are generally asleep my little nephew came into this world and changed it forever. He wasn't due for another 4 weeks but he had other plans and surprised the lot of us - especially his parents. 
It's always exciting when a new baby is born as it's a new life into this world, a new person that has the ability to change history, to make this world a better place, to achieve, to be, to live. It's amazing all the opportunities that will come into his little life. 
I'm going to enjoy watching him grow and develop and become an amazing young man, but for now join me in oohing and aahing over his cute little face.

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Recipe - Raspberry, Cranberry & Hibiscus Sorbet

When the weather warms up I love to eat ice-cream, gelato or sorbet as it's oh so yummy and refreshing on a hot day.

I got this idea originally from a Donna Hay magazine but I changed up the flavours to what I had on hand.

Raspberry, Cranberry & Hibiscus Sorbet 

500g frozen raspberries
125ml boiling water
310ml cranberry & hibiscus cordial (I bought mine at the local organic shop)

Place the raspberries, water and cordial in a food processor and process until combined. 

Pour into a metal tin (I used a loaf tin) lined with cling wrap (as it makes it easier to get out later) and freeze for 3-4 hours or until set. 

Cut the sorbet into squares place into a food processor and process until smooth. 

Return the sorbet to the freezer for 1 hour or until ready to stand - enjoy

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Messages of Hope - Loving me at my worst.

There was no Messages of Hope last week cause I was really sick with a tummy bug but instead of writing about a hope story I got to experience one in it's place.

At the moment my amazing husband MJ is currently studying for his final CPA exam that's only a week away so it's crunch time with study. While he is studying full bore I am making sure meals are on time, bathrooms are clean, floors vacuumed etc but last weekend I came down with a stomach bug (well I think it was from that 'Australian Style' feta I bought).

I haven't had a stomach bug in over 5 years and MJ is usually not very good with vomit (sorry) but even while he was studying he made sure he was there to pull my hair back, help clean me up, keep my glass full of water and tried to make me feel comfortable.

It showed me that even though he was in the middle of something extremely important (as this is a massive and hard exam coming up) that he will still be there for me when I need him most, I'm still at the top of his list.

Thank you MJ for loving me at my worst, including vomit - ha ha!!!!

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Friday, 10 October 2014

Pinterest Friday - The Cake Edition

Yeah it's Friday again so it's time for another weekend, and it looks like it's going to be a sunny one here in Sydney.

It's one of my older brothers (I've got 3) 34th birthday next week and I'm in charge of making the cake. All he has asked for is a basic butter cake - well he's going to get his butter cake but it won't be basic (come back soon and find out what I actually do with it - evil laugh).

So in the spirit of his birthday I thought this weeks Pinterest Friday will be a special cake edition. So get a cup of tea ready and enjoy some afternoon tea on me.

Also don't forget to head over my Pinterest page to find more great cakes and other cool stuff too.


Not sure of original source - so if you know please email me so I can update.

DIY Cactus Cupcake Tutorial from Alana Jones-Mann

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How to make a Gold Sequin Cake | Metallic Sequin Cake Tutorial | by Jenna Rae Cakes for TheCakeBlog.com

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How to make a tie-dye cake!

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How to Make an 8 Layer Surprise Cake for a Science Party www.atthepicketfence.com

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20 Cupcake Ideas That Will Keep You Nom Nomming!

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dark #chocolate #peppermint #cake #recipe

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

#49 - Finish Nigella Cookbook Collection

As part of my 101 list I wanted to collect all of Nigella's cookbooks. I just really love her style of cooking, there is not such thing as low fat but most of her dishes are darn good, taste fantastic and very easy to swing together.

I've got till 29th of March next year to get more items off my list. So with the deadline creeping closer and closer I need to get a move on to tick a few more items off my list.

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