November 27th – Mindful Monday.

“Happiness is Homemade” – Unknown.  

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At a busy time of year, making tonight’s dinner became surprisingly therapeutic. I had some beetroot and pumpkin in the fridge and decided to try a few new twists on the average salad.  I found that cooking took my mind off distractions and I was enjoying creating food to feed others. This recipe was a winner and, once the groundwork was done, was easy to prepare (not to mention delicious!) Keep reading for my debut Roast Pumpkin, Beetroot and Pine Nut Salad. 

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November 26th – Tasty TOBLERONE Cheesecake

Does anyone else pick up the free recipe cards in grocery stores? A couple of years ago I picked up a Woolworths & Philadelphia recipe card for a “TOBLERONE Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake”. I’ve had a few bad experiences with free recipe cards in the past but a few minor tweaks and this cheesecake has become one of my go-to’s. Have you had an interesting experience with a free recipe card? Tell us about it in the comment section 🙂


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November 26th – The Plentiful Pavlova.


What do you think of when you hear “pavlova”? For me, it brings memories to my mind of baking the Christmas pavlova with my Grandma in her kitchen when I was younger. The pavlova is still a staple Christmas dessert at our house, and this is the recipe I use each year (pictured). Why not kick off the 2017 festive season by giving this pavlova a try? Guarantee you’ll have your friends and family impressed!

The recipe below is for a large (8 egg) pav. If you’re looking to make a smaller pav, opt for 4 eggs (halving the recipe) or 6 eggs (3/4 of measurements below). Happy baking!!

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November 25th – This is all new.

It’s a perfect Saturday here in Queensland – sunny, a cool breeze with a slight hint of ambition in the air. Those that know me are aware that I can be quite impatient when I’ve got a new idea – and this blog is no exception. As the year draws to an end I decided to create a couple of goals for 2018. Those that know me will also realise that my goals are usually orientated around fitness and while they are quite easy to track, I always seem to lose motivation after a few months. So, what about 2018? I decided that as I enter into my 25th year of existence (is this a quarter-life crisis?) that I would like to focus on improving a current skill. Long story short – I decided on my favourite hobby of baking, trying one new culinary skill or recipe each month. I want to share my experiences with you. And in my impatience, I want to start sharing these right away 🙂

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