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Cheesecake Lovers take Note, This Slice Is The Best!

Cheesecake Lovers take Note, This Slice Is The Best!


 

This Mango Cheesecake Slice is so moreish, I am not a big cheesecake fan believe it or not < my hips say otherwise haha but this cheesecake I love!

I think it is because the mango flavour is quite strong and its quite a sweet dessert. My hubby on the other hand who is a dessert connoisseur swears that this is a recipe everyone should try once. Give it a go and let us know in the comments if it was a winner in your house!

Ingredients:

500 g mango diced

500 g cream cheese

1/2 cup sugar to taste

1/4 cup water

1 tbsp. gelatine powder

300 mills cream

1/2 cup sweet plain biscuits

75 g butter

 

Method:

Blend biscuits in the food processor and add the melted butter. 

Combine mixture and then press into the bottom of a slice tin.

Place tin in freezer while preparing the rest of the mixture.

Combine half of the mango with the cream cheese and sugar in a food processor and process until smooth.

Add the gelatine to the water and warm in a microwave for about 20 seconds.

Stir the gelatine until fully dissolved and allow to cool.

Add cream to the blended mango mixture and blend for about 40 seconds.

To this mixture add the cooled gelatine and blend for a few more seconds.

Gently fold remaining mango into cheesecake mixture.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.

Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, decorate with slices of mango.

 

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Skinless Trifle Custard - Perfect For Christmas!

Skinless Trifle Custard - Perfect For Christmas!

If you are a bit iffy when it comes to the skins that form on dairy products then this recipe is for you. This Custard is perfect for Christmas pudding.

I found this recipe in an older guides baking book and it really works. You can pop the custard in the fridge and no skin will form on the top, pretty cool I think!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp. corn flour
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 egg

Instructions:

  1. Heat milk to warm temperature in saucepan, do not boil it just needs to be warm.
  2. Place the sugar, cornflour, plain flour and golden syrup into a bowl and blend with the egg.
  3. Add the egg mixture into saucepan with milk and reheat but do not boil. Stir until well combined with no lumps. The custard should be warm to touch but not piping hot.
  4. Set aside to cook then add to your trifle or refrigerate until ready to use.

Serves: 4

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Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad

This creamy cucumber salad is a lovely refreshing side dish especially in summer months.

Ingredients

  • Cucumbers sliced 2

  • Sour cream 1/2 cup

  • Onion sliced in rings 1

  • 1/4 cup dill

  • White vinegar 1 tablespoon

  • Salt good pinch

  • Pepper pinch

Instructions

  1. Mix sour cream, white vinegar, salt and pepper together.

  2. Place Cucumber and onion on a plate or bowl.

  3. Pour dressing over the top.

  4. Serve as a side and enjoy!

  5. Sprinkle with your favourite spices for different flavours.

Serves 6

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Easy Toffee Peanut Brittle!

Easy Toffee Peanut Brittle!

When I was a child I so badly wanted to make toffee, I was convinced that all you needed was honey or golden syrup and a freezer. I found out this wasn’t the right way after mum went out one day and I took to pouring syrup into cupcake shells and putting them in the freezer. let’s just say mum wasn’t happy to come home and see syrup running all though her freezer. Mum promptly taught me the correct way to make toffee and here it is.

You can use this toffee recipe in a lot of different dishes like toffee apples, in molds for school fetes and drizzling on cakes. I am using it in peanut brittle for this recipe yum!

Ingredients

  • Butter 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar 2 cups
  • Water 4 tablespoons’
  • Vinegar 2 teaspoons
  • 1 cup Unsalted peanuts or nuts of your choice.

Instructions

  1. Boil sugar water and vinegar rapidly until a golden colour.
  2. once you think it is ready test my dropping a dropping cold water it should be a bit brittle.
  3. Add butter and boil for another minute.
  4. Line a tray with baking paper. I used a round tray, but any tray will work.
  5. Pour half the mixture onto the tray until the bottom is covered.
  6. Sprinkle nuts over the top so that most of the toffee is covered.
  7. Pour the rest of the mixture over the top and lightly sprinkle a few more nuts.
  8. Set aside to cool then pop in the fringed for 4 hours.
  9. Once firm brake into random shard sizes.
  10. Eat on its own or use to decorate cakes.

Tip: Blitz in a food processor and stir though ice cream yum!

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One Step Nutella Cup Cakes

One Step Nutella Cup Cakes

These will be the easiest chocolate cup cakes you will ever make, I learnt this recipe from my Nan who makes it all the time, she uses whipped cream with hers, but we cant go past the Nutella. It is such a moist cake and loved by everyone.

 Ingredients

125 grams Butter

2/3 Cup Castor sugar, although you can use whatever sugar you like.

3 Eggs

4 Tablespoons Cocoa, we use Cadbury

1/4 Cup Milk

Nutella for icing, you can spread a thin layer or go to town piping it like we have

Ferreos or grated chocolate to garnish, just because there isnt enough chocolate already ha!

 

Method

Preheat oven to 190C

Place all ingredients except the Nutella and Ferreos into a large bowl and mix on high with a mix master until smooth.

Line a Muffin/ cup cake tray with 12 cup cake cases

Place mixture 3/4 way up

Pop in the oven for 15- 20 minutes.

Once cooked let cool completely

Decorate with Nutella and Ferreos or decorate how you choose.

 

Makes 12

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Win A Mylight Valued at $129.00

Win A Mylight Valued at $129.00

We have had Mylights in our home for almost a year now, each of my three boys received a Mylight for Christmas last year and loved them.

Almost one year later and my boys still think they are awesome and take pride of place in their bedrooms. I originally thought my 3 year old was going to love having a Mylight the most, but what do you know it turns out my 15 year old loves having one in his room, especially when his mates come over and think its super cool to see his name up in lights ha!

Mylights are really well made and are not only useful but they look great as well, they give off a soft ambient light that makes falling asleep a breeze. They are perfect for night time feeds and nappy changes as well. In later years, they are perfect kids nightlight and will give comfort to toddlers or children who may be afraid of the dark.

Mylight  help you to create your own personalised nightlight. They are manufactured and made right here in Australia. You design your nightlight online and Mylight will hand make your nightlight to your design and deliver it to your door.

Mylight is for kids of all ages in fact I am going to get one for my husband for Christmas to hang over his man cave bar, I might even get my name put on it so he can remember who is boss <wink!

Mylight know how much we love their Night lights so they were kind enough to give us one Mylight valued at $129.00 to giveaway to one lucky reader, how awesome is that!

But don't worry if you want to get your hands on a Mylight ASAP especially since they make awesome Christmas gifts, then you can order here: Order Mylight

And don't forget ABC members receive 10% off any Mylight order, you can view the offer here: ABC offer!

Don't have an Australian Baby Card, you can sign up here and start saving today! Join ABC

 

Enter to win a Mylight valued at $129.00 here good luck!

 

 

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No Bake Bailey's Balls

No Bake Bailey's Balls

Baileys hands down is my favourite alcoholic drink, so it is no surprise that i also love to cook with it. I truly think these are the best baileys balls ever, they always get eaten super quick and a hit at every party.

Give them a go you won’t be disappointed < remember these are adults only!

The Best No Bake Baileys Balls Ever!

Ingredients:

300 mills of condensed milk

1 packet of malt o malt biscuits

5 tablespoons Baileys liquor

1 Cup desiccated coconut

2 tablespoons of cocoa

Extra coconut for rolling

 

Instructions:

Pulse biscuits in a mix master until they are a fine crumb.

Add biscuits to a mix bowl along with, coconut and cocoa.

Add baileys and condensed milk to mixture and combine until the mixture starts to stick together.

Roll into approx 1 inch balls and coat in coconut.

Pop in the fridge to set for 1-2 hours

 

Enjoy!

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The Best Banana Caramel Slice Ever!

The Best Banana Caramel Slice Ever!


This Super easy yummy banana caramel slice will get the neighbours sniffing out the door it smells so good while cooking and tastes even better.

This slice is great for when you need to take a plate to a function and doubles as an awesome dessert with vanilla ice cream < drooling!

Ingredients:

Base

Butter 90 grams

Caster sugar 90 grams

Egg 1

Custard powder 1/2 cup

Self raising flour 1 cup

Filling

Condensed milk 1 can

bananas 4

Golden syrup 2 tablespoons

Butter 1 tablespoon

Cream 300 grams

Vanilla essence 1/2 teaspoon

Icing sugar 1 tablespoon

 

Instructions:

 Base

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar until soft and fluffy then beat in egg.

Sift flour and custard powder and beat into mixture.

Line a baking tray with baking paper.

pour mixture into tray and pop in oven for 15  - 20 mins, then let cool.

 Filling

Simmer condensed milk and golden syrup and butter until mixture turns caramel.

Spread over base and top with sliced bananas.

Whip cream, icing sugar and vanilla essence. and spread over bananas and dust with cinnamon.

slice into squares and enjoy!

Serves 16

 

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Homemade Coffee Face Scrub

Homemade Coffee Face Scrub

This homemade coffee face scrub in my opinion is just as good as any store bought exfoliaters I have used.

The caffeine in the coffee will help reduce redness, the sugar helps remove dead skin cells and the cinnamon is a great plumping agent. If you have sensitive skin don’t add the cinnamon as it can bring out some redness due to the cinnamon drawing blood cells to the surface, it doesn’t normally last long but we recommend that you always do a patch test before using any product on your skin weather it is homemade or store bought.

Ingredients

3/4 Coffee granules

1/2 cup Epson salts

1/2 Cup brown sugar

1/2 Cup Cinnamon

3/4 Cup Melted coconut oil

 

Method

Add salt and coffee to a food processor and blitz for 15 seconds until combined.

Add the coffee mix to a bowl a long with sugar, coconut oil and cinnamon ad stir through until it looks like it has a wet sand consistency.

The scrub will darken up as the oil mixes with the coffee.

Pop mixture into an air tight jar.

Store in a cool dry place

To use:

Scoop out 1- 2 tablespoons and gently rub into your face in circular motions ( don’t forget your neck ).

Rinse off with warm water to remove any excess oil.

Follow with a cold rinse, this will help seal any open pores.

Use once a week.

 

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Baileys And Tim Tam Chocolate Lasagne!

Baileys And Tim Tam Chocolate Lasagne!

Ok I don’t really think this dessert needs an introduction, I mean it has Baileys, Tim Tams and chocolate all in the one dish < bliss!

This is not the healthiest of desserts but it sure is delicious!

Ingredients:

500 mills of Paul’s Chocolate Custard

500 mills of Thickened cream

1 Packet of Tim Tams, flavour of your choice

150 mills of Baileys

1 Chocolate Roll cake, you can use any chocolate cake we used similar to a jam roll only in chocolate.

2 Tablespoons of icing sugar

1/2 Teaspoon of vanilla essence

 

Method:

Cut the cake into 1 inch thick pieces and add to the bottom or a tray, we used 25 cm you can use whatever size you like you may have more layers if smaller and less if bigger. Set the rest of the cake aside for a second layer.

Drizzle half the Baileys over the sponge cake and set aside.

In the mean time add the cream, other half of the Baileys, vanilla and icing sugar to a bowl and whip until thick.

Crush the packet or Tim Tams so that they are roughly 1 cm in size, a few bigger pieces wont matter.

Pour the chocolate custard over the cake base making sure the whole cake is covered.

Sprinkle half of the Tim Tams over the custard.

Place another layer of chocolate cake on the custard.

Top with the Baileys cream and the rest of the crushed Tim Tams.

You can eat straight away or let it sit over night in the fridge and let the baileys soak into the sponge yum!

Serves 10

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Shopping For Groceries Online Versus The Supermarket – Pros And Cons

Shopping For Groceries Online Versus The Supermarket – Pros And Cons

We have so much choice when it comes to grocery shopping these days. There are more supermarkets around, like Aldi and Costco, increasing our choice of where to shop, plus we can choose to shop either in store or online. But which is better? While it depends what suits your lifestyle better, there are pros and cons to both shopping in store and shopping online.

The pros:  

Convenience of shopping at home Nothing beats being able to shop at home at any time of the day or night, without having to even get dressed.  

Easier to keep under budget It can be hard to keep under budget in the supermarket unless you carry a calculator around the store with you. When shopping online you can see exactly how much you have spent at all times, and can easily remove items from your cart to bring your shopping back under budget.  

Eliminates impulse purchases Supermarkets are cleverly designed by marketing experts to encourage us to spend as much as possible, by placing products the supermarkets want to push at the ends of isles, and placing magazines and chocolate bars at the checkouts to encourage last minute impulse buys while you wait. None of these distractions exist when shopping online, which is perfect if you find it hard to say no to temptation.  

Save money on petrol Shopping online saves you money on the petrol you would have otherwise used to drive to and from the supermarket.  

Easier to compare brands The supermarkets online stores feature great sorting function to help you choose the lowest priced item. Just search for the item you are after, and sort the result by lowest unit price.  

Saves time You don't have to spend time driving to the grocery store, finding a park, actually doing the shopping, waiting at the checkout, loading up the car and then driving home. Once you get the hang of shopping online you will find it extremely quick and easy, saving your precious time for those things you would much rather be spending it on.  

No store opening time restrictions This can be great for people that struggle to make it to the supermarket during opening hours. Online shopping can be done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

Easier with kids If you have young kids, you will understand just how difficult trips to the supermarket can be. Shopping online means you completely avoid those supermarket tantrums, and you can even shop while they are asleep.  

Now for the cons:  

Can cost more than in store The prices on some products are higher online than in store. While advertised specials are the same both in store and online, Coles charge a higher price on some products, which is intended to be a staff picking fee.  

Mark downs aren't available online You can find some great bargains on meat, fresh produce and bakery items if you are in stores at the right time, but these markdowns don't happen online. If you like to hunt for heavily reduced items online shopping may not suit you.  

Delivery fees There are delivery fees involved, which can be avoided during certain delivery times and when spending over a usually high threshold. Click and collect is also available if you really want to avoid delivery fees.  

Delivery times You will need to keep a few hours of your day free, as delivery times are given in windows of 2 to 3 hours, depending on the supermarket.  

Delivery windows need to be chosen in advance The popular delivery times will generally book out quickly, so you might need to place your order two or more days in advance, which means there is some forward planning involved.

 Products can be missed from orders Every so often there will be products missing from your order, and while its easy to get a refund or store credit, it still means that you have to make a trip to the grocery store to pick up that item, when the whole point of ordering online was to avoid the supermarket.  

Product substitutions wont always be what you wanted  If one of the items you ordered is out of stock the person packing your order will pick an alternative product for you as a substitute, but it may not be a product you like.

 You cant pick your own fresh produce If you are picky about finding the best quality fruit and vegetables, you might struggle with online shopping. You will be stuck with whatever fresh produce is picked for you.  

You need to be home Generally, you will need to be home to receive your online order, you cant just have it left by your front door. This can be a little restrictive if you live a busy lifestyle.

Do you shop inline or in store?

 

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We Review Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora - Fun Day Out For Everyone!

We Review Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora - Fun Day Out For Everyone!

I don't know about you but I think play centres are one of the best business inventions to come out of this decade. I mean what is not to love, you get to meet up with other parents and have a chat and drink coffee while the kids go off and play in a safe environment < genius!

And although play centres are not a babysitting service, the fact that they have a lot of equipment to entertain children with and little ones can't run out onto the street sure does make a play date a lot easier.

I have taken my children to most of the play centres in Melbourne, we love getting out and exploring what different centres have to offer, so we were thrilled when we were asked to review Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora.

There are a five key things I look for in a great play centre and they are:

  • Safety
  • Great Play equipment
  • Cleanliness
  • Friendly Staff
  • Great Coffee

Let's see how Lollipops stacked up!

Safety

We attended Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora on a Sunday, and from the moment we walked in we were greeted by a friendly staff member at the front desk. The lovely lady gave the kids a wrist band each and myself a ticket that corresponded with the numbers on their bands, this is so no one can walk out with your child without you knowing, the bands are checked when leaving as well, so hold onto your ticket. I absolutely love this idea and it definitely puts your mind at ease knowing that not just anyone is allowed to walk in or out of the centre.

Great Play Equipment

We live in a time where our kids get bored easily they have access to so many gadgets and things that they need to be stimulated all the time. Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora has so many activities it would be hard for any child to be bored. From the toddlers section to the jumping castle to the main play area with slides there is bound to be something to keep your little ones entertained.

All equipment looked clean and well maintained and there is a separate  section just for toddlers that has plenty of sensory and development tasks along with bouncy balls and slides. Older children are not aloud in this section which makes it safe for little ones under 3.

 

Lollipop's Playland  & Café Bundoora has two other major attractions in their centre which is the pirate ship that gives children rides almost hourly and also the rock climbing wall. Both these activities I have never seen in a play centre before, my kids loved these and lined up twice for a ride on the pirate ship < it is very safe as well, a staff member is there to supervise and make sure kids are strapped in.

  

Cleanliness

The centre was very clean and bright, I loved that it is well lit with good lighting and has a huge open space with lots of tables and chairs (lots of high chairs too). Staff cleared tables frequently. Toilets were clean and they have a clean baby room as well where you can change little ones.

Friendliness

The staff at Lollipops Playland & Café Bundoora were very friendly, from the greeting when we arrived to the end where they offer your child a lollipop, every staff member I encountered was polite and helpful. The centre is well staffed, I saw at least 7 staff walking the floor on the Sunday, helping children and adults when needed. 

Great Coffee

Ok so this might not be on the top of everyones list but for a busy mum like myself a great coffee can be a god send and the difference between me visiting a centre again ha! Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora definitely passed this one just look at that cappuccino below and ok I might of snuck in a sneaky scone, what can I say it was delicious!

Lollipop's Playland  & Café Bundoora has a full café that caters for kids right up to adults, they have healthy options to choose from as well.

 

I can definitely say that Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora passed with flying colours for the 5 key things I look for in a play centre, but outside of this they actually have so much more to offer. Like most play centres they offer amazing birthday parties but did you know you can even order the birthday cake through them? I love this idea, no more balancing the cake on your lap on the way to the birthday party. My children have had their birthday parties at play centres for the past 3 yrs and I have always had to take my own cake, this would be so much easier. And just look at some of the cakes below they are gorgeous!

 

Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora has 4 party rooms with different themes there is something for everyone, they take care of everything from the invitations to party food. You can view everything that is included in a party here: Lollipop's Playland & Café  Bundoora parties

There are currently 22 Lollipop's Playland & Cafe's across Australia, to find the nearest one to you and for more details click here: Lollipop's Playland & Café locations.

Lollipop's Playland & Café also has 2 very generous offers for all Australian Baby Card holders:

Offer 1: Buy one get one free on all child entries. (Not available during school holidays or public holidays. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer)

Offer 2: 2 free guests when you pay for 12 children on any birthday party package. (Not available with any other offers)

You can view the offer here: Lollipop's Playland & Café offer.

If you don't have an Australian Baby Card and would like to receive this offer plus hundreds of other discounts you can sign up here: Sign Up.

We highly recommend you visit a Lollipop's Playland & Café next time you are heading to a play centre, we were very impressed with the Bundoora location, that much in fact I have arranged a play date there this week, cant wait to have another one of their coffees! ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 Princess crafts kids will love!

15 Princess crafts kids will love!

Kids love princesses, and who can blame them. There is something magical about dressing up and all that sparkle and glitter. These 15 princess craft ideas are perfect for all princess fans, both boys and girls.

Princess lace crowns by Catch My Party

These lace crowns are so pretty. Any little princess fan would have so much fun making and wearing them. lace crown

DIY Magic Wand by Heartmade Blog

Not only do these sequin covered magic wands look very cute, but they also have a small pocket for a secret hidden message. princess wands

Glitter vinyl tube bracelets by A Pumpkin and a Princess

Fill PVC vinyl tubing with glitter and you have these very princess like glitter tube bracelets. You could make one in every colour. bracelets

DIY Princess hair brush by By Dawn Nicole

Turn an ordinary hair brush into a brush fit for a princess by adding rhinestones. hair brush

Pipe Cleaner Tiara by education.com

Turn a few pipe cleaners into this sparkly tiara that’s easy enough for kids to make with a small amount of adult help. princess crown

Princess playdough by No Time For Flash Cards

Add some glitter to playdough and you have princess playdough! Team the playdough with a crown shaped cookie cutter and some beads and you have a great princess themed activity. princess play dough

Glitter heart recycled crayons by No Time For Flash Cards

These frozen inspired glitter heart crayons are so much fun to make. Find some broken frozen coloured crayons and melt them with some glitter. Let cool and you have glitter crayons. frozen

Princess putty by The Gunny Sack

This glittery slime is made from glitter glue and borax. Somehow slime feels so much more fun when glitter is added. princess putty

Paper plate crown by Meaningful Mama

Turn a paper plate into this paper plate crown fit for royalty. Let kids get creative with decorating the crowns; they could use crayons, textas, paint, glitter and sequins. princess paper plate hat

Cinderella Butterfly Pumpkin by A Pumpkin and a Princess

Kids will need a fair bit of help with this princess craft, but its too pretty no to include and would make a great activity to make together. The finished product will be well worth it. princess pumpkin

Sparkly Princess Castle Craft by Toddler Approved

Depending on the age of your child, cut out shapes for them or let them do it themselves, then let them stick the shapes onto paper to make a princess castle, and decorate it with all things sparkly. castle

Princess Bags by A Girl and a Glue Gun

Turn ordinary plain coloured dollar store bags into these princess inspired bags with some tulle and embellishments. You could have fun coming up with colour combinations to match each of the Disney Princesses. princess bags

Glitter Party Cups by Nest of Posies

Whether you are holding a princess themed birthday party or just because, little princesses will love drinking out of these sparkly glitter coated cups.

glitter cups

Popsicle Stick Princess Craft by Toddler Approved

Little princesses will have a great time creating their very own possible stick princesses. paddle pop princess

Glitter Star Wand by Confetti Pop

These glitter start wands are extremely easy to make, and you can get creative by using all sorts or ribbons and trims.

star wands

Do you have any princess crafts you would like to share? We would love to hear from you, send us an email or leave a comment. x

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Vanilla Chai Tea Cup Cakes

Vanilla Chai Tea Cup Cakes

These cup cakes are a little different to the average cup cake, they are sweet with a bit of spice and are delicious! Chai lovers will love these!

Ingredients:

  • 125 ml full cream milk

  • 3 chai tea bags

  • 190 g plain flour

  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder

  • ¼ tsp each ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, and ground allspice mixed

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • 115 g unsalted butter softened

  • 200 g caster sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

  • 2 eggs

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c and line a 12-hole cupcake tin with paper cases

  2. Heat the milk in a small saucepan until just boiling. Add the chai tea bags, remove from heat and leave to steep for 15 mins. Remove and dispose of the chai tea bags and set the milk aside to cool completely.

  3. Sift together the flour, mixed spices, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Put the caster sugar and butter into a separate bowl and beat until fluffy and pale. Add the vanilla essence then add the eggs one at a time beating after each addition until mixed together.

  4. Add half of the flour mixture and the tea infused milk and beat until combined.

  5. Add the remaining flour and mix.

  6. Spoon the batter into the paper cases and bake in the preheated oven for 20 mins. Leave to cool in the tin for 1 - 2 mins then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  7. Ice with your favourite icing recipe!

Serves: 12

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Easy Hazelnut & Chocolate Truffles

Easy Hazelnut & Chocolate Truffles

These truffles are one of life's little pleasures, make them and share with friends or keep them for yourself haha!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 100 grm chocolate wafer biscuits crushed
  • ¾ cup of Nutella
  • 200 grm dark cocoa chocolate melted and cooled

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 180c (160c fan forced).
  2. Spread hazelnuts on a baking tray and bake for 10 mins. Remove them from the oven to let them cool slightly.
  3. The skin of the hazelnut will need to be removed. The best method to do this is using a tea towel to rub the surface of the hazelnut until all skin is removed.
  4. Finely chop the hazelnuts and place them into a bowl.
  5. Add Nutella and wafer biscuits to the chopped nuts and mix well. You may need to chill the mixture for 20 – 30 mins or until firm enough to roll.
  6. Roll 1 heaped teaspoon of mixture into a ball. Repeat until remaining mix is used.
  7. Place hazelnut balls onto a lined baking tray and chill for 45 mins or until firm.
  8. When the balls are firm dip them into the cooled melted chocolate one at a time ensuring they are coated evenly. Shake off the excess chocolate.
  9. Place into fridge until chocolate has set.

Makes 20

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Our Healthier Take On Christmas Rum Balls!

Our Healthier Take On Christmas Rum Balls!

Lets face it we eat enough food that isn't good for us in the silly season, but we don't have to feel quite as guilty eating these Healthier Rum balls. They still have sugar in them so moderation is recommended but they are a lot better then condensed milk filled balls that we normally see at Christmas time. These are a yummy sweet delicious treat and I guaranteed they will be eatenn just as quick as traditional Rum balls.

Ingredients:

  • Dates pitted 400grams

  • Oats 1 cup

  • Rum 4 tablespoons
  • Coconut 3/4 cup

  • Cocoa powder natural, we use Loving Earth

  • Maple syrup 1/4 cup

  • Almonds 1 cup

  • Coconut for rolling

Method:

Add dates, Rum, oats and nuts to a food processor and blitz, the mixture will be a fine crumb and slightly sticky.

Pop mixture into a bowl and add syrup, almond milk, cocoa and coconut and mix well.

Roll mixture into approx 1 inch balls and roll in coconut.

Pop in a sealable container until ready to eat, can also be frozen for up to 4 weeks in a freezer.

Tip: If you don't like Rum replace with Baileys or Almond Milk yum!

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Cowabunga Dude Check Out These 12 Ninja Turtle Crafts - Narley!

Cowabunga Dude Check Out These 12 Ninja Turtle Crafts - Narley!

Isnt it amazing that we grew up watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and now kids today love it just as much? If you have a little Ninja Turtles fan they are sure to love these 12 Ninja Turtles crafts. There are Christmas tree ornaments, puppets, sewer slime and costumes to make, guaranteed to keep the kids busy for hours at a time.

Ninja Turtle Ornaments by The Crafting Chicks

Turn simple green Christmas tree baubles into these Ninja Turtle ornaments with just some ribbon and googly eyes. Ninja Turtle crafts 1 - The Crafting Chicks1

TMNT Turtle Puppets by One Artsy Mama

These turtle puppets are such a simple craft for younger Ninja Turtle fans, using Styrofoam balls painted green, then decorated with felt and googly eyes. Ninja Turtle crafts 2 - One Artsy Mama1

Ninja Turtle Paper Plate Kids Craft by I Heart Arts n Crafts

Take an ordinary paper plate and turn it into this Ninja Turtle. You could also punch out some holes for eyes and attach some elastic to create a Ninja Turtle mask. Ninja Turtle crafts 3 - I Heart Arts n Crafts1

Toilet Paper Roll Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Crafts by Courtney

Don’t throw away old toilet paper rolls; instead turn them into these toilet paper roll Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s a fun, simple craft for those times you need to keep the kids busy. Ninja Turtles crafts 4 - Crafts by Courtney1

DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle treat bags by Simplistically Living

If your child is having a Ninja Turtle themed birthday party then these treat bags are a must do. They are so simple yet look surprisingly effective, kids will love them. Ninja Turtle Crafts 5 - Simplistically Living1

TMNT Seashells by There’s Just One Mommy

Next time you visit the beach collect some seashells and turn them into these Ninja Turtle seashells with nothing but a black texta for the outlines and some paints. nija turtles see shells

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles egg carton figures by Sugar Aunts

Use an egg carton to make Ninja Turtle action figures. You just need an egg carton, some paint and googly eyes to get started. Ninja Turtle Crafts - Sugar Aunts1

Ninja Turtles sewer slime by Little Bins for Little Hand

These sewer slime eggs are a two in one activity, first make the Ninja Turtle eggs, then make the sewer slime to go in them. The slime will keep kids occupied for hours. nija turtle sewew slime

DIY Ninja Turtle balloons by Christine Trevino

If you have some green balloons around the house give these Ninja Turtle balloons a try. They are perfect for birthday parties or just because. Ninja Turtle Crafts - Christine Trevino1

Recycled plastic bottle Ninja Turtle bowling by DIY Inspired

This looks like so much fun! Recycle old plastic bottles by turning them into green Ninja Turtle bowling pins, then keep the kids busy with endless games of bowling. Ninja Turtle Crafts - DIY Inspired1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume by Betty Crocker

Kids can make their very own Ninja Turtle costume, complete with face mask and turtle shell. It also makes a great party activity for Ninja Turtle themed birthday parties. nija turtle costume

Handprint Ninja Turtle crafts by Crafty Morning

Use washable paint to paint green handprints onto paper, then turn the handprints into Ninja Turtles. Handprint paintings are always nice to keep. You can look back and see just how much your children’s hand have grown. Ninja Turtle Craft - Little Bins for Little Hands1

Do you have any Ninja Turtle crafts you would like to share? We would love to hear from you!

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Easy Apple Tea Cake

Easy Apple Tea Cake

This Apple cake couldn't be any easier, super yummy it will be a recipe you make again and again!

Ingredients

  • Self raising flour 200 grams
  • Sugar 1/2 cup
  • Apples diced 3
  • Butter 90 grams
  • Cinnamon 1 teaspoon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Stew apples with sugar in a saucepan until caramelized
  3. Add flour and cinnamon to a bowl and rub in butter.
  4. Stir in stewed apple.
  5. If mixture is to dry add a splash of milk.
  6. Line a baking tin with baking paper.
  7. Pop mixture into tin and cook for approx 30 minutes untill golden.
  8. Once cooked sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
  9. Slice and enjoy yum!

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9 Gluten Free Slices that don't compromise on taste!

9 Gluten Free Slices that don't compromise on taste!

Just because you follow a gluten free diet, it doesn’t mean you have to go without sweet treats, as these delicious 14 gluten free slices prove.

Edit: Please note since posting this blog it has been bought to our attention that one of the recipes uses oat flour, which is not classified as gluten free in Australia, and would make some people with Coeliac Disease very sick. Some other countries have a differing system of grading 'gluten free' so please check this before making.

  1. Gluten free lemon bars from Gluten Free On A Shoestring These lemon bars have a chewy and crunchy crust, with a lemony custard filling. These are the perfect summery dessert when served chilled. 1 2. No bake salted caramel slice from The Big Mans World This no bake slice can easily be made with crackers, store bought caramel and store bought chocolate, but the recipe includes instructions to make your own caramel and chocolate. After all, it’s always going to be a little bit healthier if it’s homemade. 2 3. Raw chocolate raspberry slice from Frankies Feast If your looking for something a little healthier in a dessert, not to mention gluten free, this raw chocolate raspberry slice is it. It involves no baking, and is dairy free, egg free, gluten free, raw and vegan. 3 4. Chocolate chip almond butter bars from Emilie Eats These gooey chocolate chip almond butter bars are so easy to make, and best of all are sweetened naturally using apllesauce. 4 5. Gluten free blueberry bars from Petite Allergy Treats Another raw recipe, these blueberry bars are made from gluten free oat flour, and sweetened with maple syrup and blueberry puree. 5 6. Cherry pie crumble bars from Wicked Good Kitchen These cherry pie crumble bars are the perfect summer inspired slice. While the main recipe does include gluten, just follow the gluten free option notes below the recipe to adapt the recipe. 6 7. Healthy no bake carrot cake bars from Happy Healthy Mama These no bake bars are like a healthy carrot cake in slice form. Like any good carrot cake, they are also topped with cream cheese frosting, yet at the same time contain very little sugar. 7 8. Gluten free chocolate chip cookie bars from Ask Anna Moseley Chocolate chip bars are the ultimate lazy way to make chocolate chip cookies; why shape each individual cookie when you can just pour the entire batter into a slice tin? This delicious version contains no gluten, egg or dairy. 8 9. Chocolate peanut butter fudge bars from Averie Cooks Peanut butter and chocolate are one of those combinations that just always work. These chocolate peanut butter bars combine the two in this super easy no bake, one bowl, gluten free recipe.

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Easy French Onion Dip - Only 2 ingredients!

Easy French Onion Dip - Only 2 ingredients!

This easy French onion dip is my go to dip recipe when I am time poor. Only 2 ingredients and super tasty with crackers.

Ingredients

  • Cream cheese 250 grams
  • French onion soup mix 1 packet

  Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients until the soup mix is well combined.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and pop in the fridge for an hour to firm up.
  3. Serve with crackers or celery and carrot sticks.

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