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Top Eight Experiences in Japan

I visited Japan for the very first time in November and discovered there are many amazing experiences to be had from foodie finds to spiritual connections. Spending 16 days exploring the country from rural towns to bustling big cities, I… Continue Reading →

Packing tips to lighten the load

It’s that time of the year when many of us are packing our bags and heading off for a well deserved break and after my recent trip to Japan (more on that later) I thought it was timely to share… Continue Reading →

Melt and Mix Coffee Cake

As a Melbournian who loves the food scene I have a confession – I don’t drink coffee! Really? I hear you ask, how can you live in a city that prides itself on it’s bean scene and not touch a… Continue Reading →

Five essential travel planning tips

Let’s face it some of us are planners and some are not. Myself, I love to plan and when it comes to travelling overseas I don’t want to miss a thing, I make every effort to find out some of… Continue Reading →

3 step DIY party bunting

Bunting is a simple, low cost way for adding a stylish festive feel to any celebration. Balloons and streamers have their place but bunting can take your celebration to a whole new level, what’s more you can customise it perfectly… Continue Reading →

Gallery of Cookies

A collection of my cookie creations.       Share This:

Grandma’s Lemon Butter

Lemon Butter has appeared on the breakfast table for our family since I can remember and it is an all time favourite of mine.  The smooth sweet buttery texture with the zesty zing of home grown lemons brings back many… Continue Reading →

Tag! You’re it!

I have shared my love of making and giving cards and this passion also extends to gift giving (check out my 60 birthday gifts blog), whether it be something handmade, home grown or a store brought beauty I really enjoy… Continue Reading →

Simple Quince Paste

Winter has arrived and for me that means Quince Paste!  It’s the season where this old fashioned, unattractive knobbley fruit comes into it’s own and is in abundance available at markets and green grocers… or from your friendly neighbours. The… Continue Reading →

Ten things to do in Siem Reap…that aren’t temples!

It’s well known the temples of Angkor are spectacular a MUST when visiting Siem Reap, in fact they are the only reason some visit the city, but there is so much more to explore in this beautiful corner of Cambodia. You… Continue Reading →

Temples and Tuk Tuks – Exploring Siem Reap

After an easy 9 hour flight via Vietnam I stepped off the plane into the sultry, tropical air of Siem Reap, Cambodia, home to the famous ruins of the ancient Khmer Empire. Nestled snugly between Vietnam and Thailand the country… Continue Reading →

Pick a card, any card!

The tradition of greeting cards dates back to ancient Chinese culture where messages of good will were exchanged to celebrate the New Year, there is a version of this tradition in many cultures around the world from the papyrus scrolls… Continue Reading →

Quick Chocolate Cake

I have been on the hunt for a delicious easy chocolate cake and after many trials (thanks to my taste testers) I found the winner. This recipe seems to be around in many incarnations with slightly different quantities and a… Continue Reading →

Preston Market – A Local Institution

I have lived in the northern suburbs of Melbourne for many years and one institution I have become quite familiar with and extremely attached to is the Preston Market. The market is open Wednesday – Saturday and sells just about… Continue Reading →

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