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Happy Monday!

What a busy and wonderful weekend it was – life was pretty much go-go-go all weekend! While Kevin was busy prepping the garden for our new raised garden beds I’ve been tucked away in our home office getting some major blog time in… Yip, there are some pretty exciting changes on the horizon that I can’t wait to share with you.

But in the meantime, here are five things to help get your week off to a great start…

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Mondayitis

Happy Monday!

Congratulations – you’ve made it through the middle of winter! We’re now officially on the downhill slope to summer – woohoo!

I hope you had a fabulous weekend and are ready to take on the week ahead – I’m sure it’s going to be a good one. Here are five things to get it off to an even better start…

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Mondayitis

Happy Monday!

It’s official – Kevin & I are married! We had such a wonderful day on Friday, I can’t wait to share it with you once we receive the photos. Now we’re off on honeymoon – let the adventure begin!

I hope you had a fabulous weekend and that everyone in Auckland is having a brilliant long weekend. Here are five things to get your week off to a great start…

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Mondayitis

Happy Monday!

Can you believe it’s a month till Christmas Day? I’m so excited you can’t even imagine – and for us, Christmas kicks off next weekend with my Christmas gift baking class, collecting the tree and stringing our lights.

Being this close to Christmas also means we’re close to something else… there’re less than two months left until our wedding! Needless to say we’ve been a very busy household this weekend, helping get both Christmas and the wedding a little more organised – phew!

I hope you had a lovely weekend. Here are five things to get your week off to a great start…

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Happy Monday!

Phew – that was such a busy weekend! After a full day of ideas and inspiration at TEDxAuckland on Saturday, Kevin and I relaxed at home with friends watching the Super Rugby Final. Sunday was no less busy, with chores, baking and shopping all needed to be done around a lovely lunch in Devonport with my parents and a visit to the Devonport Craft Market.

I feel like I need a weekend from my weekend – though I guess that’s what the week is for, right? Here are five things to get your week off to a great start…

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Homemade butterbeer

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Recipe adapted from Bakingdom

Ingredients

  • 3 cans creaming soda
  • 3 tsp imitation butter flavouring (optional – I did not use this)
  • 1 cup cream
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 ½ tsp clarified butter (click here for method)

Method

  1. Pour cans of creaming soda into large mugs. If using butter flavouring, add this now and mix well.
  2. Whip cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar and whip until soft peaks form.
  3. Gently stir in vanilla and clarified butter.
  4. Scoop on top of each mug of creaming soda

 

Butterbeer cupcakes

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In case you didn’t know, I’m a huge Harry Potter fan – I got the first book from Santa back when I was nine and have been hooked ever since. I re-read the series every year, sometimes going chronologically like a normal person but often working my way through in a bizarre order – favourite to least favourite (in case you’re wondering, that means going 7-6-3-4-1-2-5).

So when we were planning our trip to America, it was a no brainer that we would head down to Florida and spend a bit of time in Orlando. Why? Because it’s the home of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – a section of Universal Studios Orlando that brings the books to life. Literally. As you step through the gates it’s like entering another world – from the cobbled streets and twisted chimneys to the snow covered rooftops dotted with owls, everything looks just as you would imagine.

Kevin and I spent a day trawling through the stores, going on the rides and tasting every wizarding treat the park had to offer. But the best thing? Trying butterbeer for the first time. It was delicious – a kind of buttery tasting creaming soda… but a million times better. It’s rich, sweet and only to be drunk in moderation – as we learned the hard way after throwing back two in quick succession, then having to spend an hour sitting in the courtyard of the Three Broomsticks while the nausea passed! Here’s a glimpse of my first taste of butterbeer, perched on a windowsill outside Honeydukes:

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Since returning from our trip, both Kevin and I have been dreaming of having butterbeer again – unfortunately, getting the real deal means another trip to the other side of the world. So this weekend I decided to try and bring a little bit of Harry Potter magic to Auckland by making a batch of rich butterbeer cupcakes, washed down with a homemade version of the wizarding drink itself.

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