Lemon honey in the city

Living in a big city naturally means you do not have an acre of land. We are lucky in that we have a courtyard, and it gets sun in the summer. You have heard me wax lyrical about basil pesto before. Well now it is the turn of some humble lemons. One of our first…

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Modern art or…

…did you know that cupcake/muffin trays are essential when baking?! My daughter and I decided to have a go at baking and decorating some fancy cupcakes. There was a lot of mixture so I put a set of cupcake cases on a baking tray to bake along with those in the cupcake/muffin tray. Let us…

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So what does freedom taste like?

Sweet! And pun intended I am afraid!  I have indulged in culinary pleasures with my new found taste of freedom. Perhaps like many of you, I have a list of things I would like to try but have either not had or made the time. Well that has changed, and I have knocked two things…

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Cafe Melbourne in Thames

I consider myself a small town girl in origin. Devonport was my first home, after the age of five I lived in a village in the UK, returning to NZ from the age of ten where Thames was home until I headed off to University. I was recently back in my old home town of…

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Pineapple Icy Poles

If you are busy, or even if you are not busy I have a great and affordable idea to get you through the ensuing summer days. My daughter is a fan of ice blocks and ice creams. Particularly on the walk back from the park to our place, where we pass a place of potential…

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Healthy takeaway never tasted better

I don’t know about you, on one hand the end of the year cannot come soon enough – it has been a long year at work, and on the other the thought of getting organised for Christmas is something I cannot bear to contemplate – toast is acceptable for dinner every night until Christmas isn’t…

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Cakes 2 the Rescue saved me!

As all parents know, time does not stand still.  In fact I think children mark time like nothing else on earth.  Before, you could pretend that something was only six or 18 months ago. But with a child the barometer that they were two when that event occurred and they are now five – means…

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How Heinz can rescue Mummy and Daddy

As a mum I have absolutely endeavoured to feed my daughter only home made food.  In the first year of her life the only time she had bought meals was at the end of a three week holiday visiting friends and family in NZ when she was seven months old.  Staying with family at the start we…

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Dinner delivery to the front door with Menulog

As a full time working mum of a two year old on the odd occasion (and that might be a slight understatement!) the mere thought of cooking dinner sometimes makes the other half and I look at each other and cave to the higher power known as ring up and order dinner!  And when we…

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Tea, old and new

Read a post recently about a young mum heading out for afternoon tea with her sister and daughter, an occasion that is seeing a resurgence in popularity around the globe. Which made me think about tea in particular, and brought back a fond reminiscence of my closest Aunt.  As I have mentioned earlier we have taken…

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