Easy no-bake cheesecake

Make this easy and yummy no bake cheesecake which is smooth and creamy and truly scrumptious.

My first attempt at upholstering a chair

My husband has a red vinyl covered chair which is practically the only piece of furniture left from his bachelor days…I made sure everything else disappeared over time…he he. It has travelled across the country and back again and was originally purchased by his mother. I like the chair design and it has a good…

Smoked Shank and Pearl Barley Soup – a winter warmer

We’ve just experienced some wonderful wild and wet weather over the weekend which always makes me want to  cook up a large winter warming soup. Smoked shanks provide a lovely smoky richness to this dish while the pearl barley is high in fibre and protein. Their combination creates a lovely full flavoured soup perfect for…

Chocolate Chip Biscuits

Tomorrow the family is catching up with some old friends that we haven’t seen in a very long time. I always try to bake something sweet to take with us to share. Call me old fashioned but I think it’s nice to give something to your hosts when they invite you to their place, even…

A letter to new Mums or Mums to be

Happy Mother’s Day! It’s Mother’s Day here in Australia, so I thought I’d share a few words of wisdom to new mums or mums to be. Congratulations by the way! As a new mum you will receive a lot of unsolicited advice. This post contains some too, but hopefully it turns out to be helpful….

My father’s Hungarian chocolate kugelhupf

In retirement my father, who unfortunately has now past, turned himself in to a baker. His all time favourite recipe was for a Hungarian chocolate kugelhupf where he could reminisce about his Hungarian childhood and his obsession with chocolate. A kugelhupf is traditionally a Central European sweet bread. In Germany it is filled with mixed…

Happy Birthday Dad – grief and the passing of time

My father would have turned 69 today. He unfortunately passed away over one and a half years ago and his loss is still so raw. I miss him every single day. Even now, a song in the car will remind me of him and bring me to tears. I will often see a man who…

Button cushions…the obsession continues

It looks like my button obsession continues. Last month I made some framed button monograms for my daughter’s rooms. Now I’ve decided to make some button art on fabric and make them into cushions. Miss Three wanted a love heart and Miss Seven Months is getting a duck. Firstly, I went to the nearest fabric megastore, and…