Mondayitis

Happy Monday!

What a wonderful weekend – it’s really beginning to feel like summer has arrived, huh? A few more days like Sunday please Auckland! We had a relaxing but busy weekend, getting our hands dirty with a couple of DIY projects, getting through a BIG chunk of Christmas shopping, having a date night to see the new Hunger Games movie and lots (and lots) of reading in the sunshine.

I hope you had a great weekend too – here are five things to get your week off to a great start…

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Mondayitis

Happy Monday!

What a wild and windy Saturday it was, huh?  While it meant we couldn’t get a few things ticked off our list, it was perfect weather for snuggling up in bed with the kittens and watching movies – not something we get to do very often!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to the week ahead. Here are five things to get you started…

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Lighter no-bake summer cheesecake

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There’s no denying that summer is just around the corner – the sun is shining, the days are longer and temperatures are creeping higher.

As we teeter on the verge of summer, now’s the perfect time to stop and take stock before the madness of the festive season kicks off and make changes that will leave you feeling better all summer long – like updating your weekly menu to include lighter meals that don’t fill your house with unnecessary extra heat.

That’s where this delicious cheesecake comes in. Not only does it make for a creamy, fresh summer dessert, but it’s even includes a certain special ingredient that will leave you feeling great – Symbio yoghurt. Yip, there’s yoghurt in this cheesecake!

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Mondayitis

Happy Monday!

What an absolutely stunning weekend, huh? It’s hard to believe summer is still a month away – it definitely feels like it’s arrived a little early! After being knocked out with illness much of this week we were super busy this weekend catching up on things around the house and catching up with friends we felt as though we hadn’t seen in months – all round it was a busy, productive, beautiful weekend.

I hope you had a great weekend too and are all set to launch head-first into the week ahead. Here are five things to get you started…

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Raspberry-crusted homemade marshmallow

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Last year I was BIG into making marshmallow – every couple of weeks I’d make another batch, carefully choosing a new flavour to experiment with each time. Because let’s be honest, there’s nothing better than sinking your teeth into a beautiful piece of fluffy homemade marshmallow – it’s an absolute dream.

Then we got married and I decided that making 1,000 (yip, that’s one thousand) pieces of marshmallow to bundle up as favours would be absolutely no problem. The week of our wedding I spent two days trapped in a stinking hot kitchen preparing, pouring, cutting and dusting hundreds and hundreds of pieces of marshmallow. And it did my head in.

Yet when I saw it all packed up into little doily-stamped bags tied with ribbon I almost forgot what a pain they’d been to make – after all, they looked beautiful and people loved them. But even still, that was the last time I made homemade marshmallow – I declared to Kevin as we munched through some on our honeymoon that it would need to be some rather special marshmallow before I did that again.

Now almost ten months’ on, I’ve found that special marshmallow… berry-crusted vanilla bean marshmallow. And it’s delicious. Think light, fluffy vanilla marshmallow that puffs away to the bite coated on one side with crushed freeze-dried raspberries. Yum, huh?

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10 Tips to Save You Stress in the Kitchen

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Being a great baker isn’t just about knowing what goes into making delicious treats, it’s just as important to know what to do when things don’t quite go to plan – those moments when you realise you’re out of a key ingredient or the cake just won’t come out of the pan.

Murphy’s Law says these problems always pop up when you’re pushed for time. You know, when you’re all dressed and your guests are due to arrive any second. When things get a little sticky in the kitchen it’s easy to become stressed and wish you were invisible – but that’s one thing a woman should never be!

Luckily with Rexona Invisible Dry the only thing that’s invisible is your deodorant – just a quick spray in the morning and you can forget about white marks and yellow stains marring your day (and your clothes). And I can say from experience this product works – even when it’s 22 degrees, the oven’s blasting out heat and things are going a little pear shaped – so you can focus your attention on more important things… like getting to work saving your baking from disaster.

It’s not as hard as you might think! Here are ten tips have up your sleeve to save you stress in the kitchen…

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Mondayitis (+ Giveaway)

Happy Monday!

And welcome to November. I can hardly believe it’s November already – Christmas is so close you can almost see it.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that you had a great time celebrating Halloween – we’re into such a fun time of year, aren’t we? Here are five things to get your week off  to a great start…

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Cheese & Caramelised Onions Pinwheel Scones

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Where would we be without cheese? Savoury baking would definitely not be anywhere near as delicious, that’s for sure. All my favourite savoury treats seem to be packed with that cheesy goodness, adding delicious creamy flavour to everything from scrolls and scones to tarts and pies.

But in a world filled with delicious savoury options, I’ve found my new favourite savoury baked treat – cheese and caramelised onion pinwheel scones.

Imagine a soft scone dough loaded with flavoursome cheese and just a hint of cayenne pepper (trust me, it’s magic!), filled with a combination of freshly prepared caramelised red onions and grated cheese, rolled and cut, then finished with a final sprinkling of (you guessed it) cheese.

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