Friday, July 31, 2009

Choc Orange Truffles

Mimi's Choc Orange Truffles

400gms dark chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup thickened cream
1 tbsp orange liqueur or orange juice
1 tsp orange zest
2 tsp candied orange peel

Melt 200gms of the chocolate and all of the cream together in microwave on med-low setting. Stir every minute, until smooth. Stir in liqueur and orange zest. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm.

Line a baking tray with baking paper Using 2 teaspoons of chocolate mixture at a time, roll into balls, place on the tray, and freeze until firm.

Melt the remaining chocolate in microwave on med-low setting. Stir every minute until smooth.

Use a fork to dip truffles in chocolate. Allow excess to drain off and return truffles to tray.

Top each truffle with a piece of candied peel. Or use little slivers of orange jellies.

Refrigerate until set.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Surprise Bubble Bath Jelly Jars

Surprise Bubble Bath Jelly Jars

You will need...

1 packet Unflavored Gelatin
3/4 cup Water (Boiling)
1/2 cup Clear Bubble Bath
Essential Oils - (not fragrance Oils which may irritate the skin)
Food Colouring - optional
Small objects (suitable silk flowers, toys, small plastic figures, etc)
Clean/clear/new container with lid: Check your local $2/discount type store etc.

You then need to...

Combine gelatin and hot water in a small bowl, stirring until completely dissolved, gradually add in the bubble bath & 10 drops of whatever essential oil you choose. To avoid foaming, do not over mix.

Gently pour mix into a clean, clear container. Carefully place your objects inside the jelly, and continue to add mixture until jar is full. Allow to set in the fridge for 3-5 hours. To use: scoop out about a dessertspoon or two of jelly and drop under warm running bath water to dissolve. Decorate the jar with raffia or ribbon, a cute card, or anything your heart desires.

Various Ideas: Try adding sml plastic fishies/marine creatures and blue colouring for a lovely aquarium jar. Create a deep blue and add glow in the dark stars for a starry night theme. Create a slime green and add plastic monsters or plastic army men. Create a pretty pink or purple and add plastic ponies or fairies. You are really only limited by your imagination.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Best Wedding Entrance Dance Ever

I was recently sent the below youtube link and I have watched it numerous times. It makes me smile so widely each and every time. What a joyous start to a wedding. Got to love it!



Lick Ya Lips Delish Beef, Honey and Beer Pot Roast

Beef, Honey and Beer Pot Roast

The nights are cool here in Brisbane, Australia at the mo so this tasty pot roast should go down a real treat for tonight's dinner.

You will need:

1 kg topside roast
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium onions, sliced
1½ cups beer
1 tablespoon honey
1 sprig thyme
2 bay leaves
2 cloves garlic, crushed

You then...

Trim all visible fat from meat. Place oil in a casserole dish. Place topside roast in dish. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook in 180°C oven for about 1½ - 2 hours or until meat is tender. Uncover casserole. Cook a further 30 minutes or until some liquid has evaporated. Serving Suggestion: Serve slices with freshly steamed broccoli and golden squash and fresh crusty bread. Delish!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Lick Ya Lips Delish Raspberry Ice Cream Pie

Raspberry Ice Cream Pie

You will need...

• 1 tub vanilla ice-cream
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1 1/2 cups sweet biscuit crumbs
• 1/4 cup butter
• 1/2 cup raspberry jam

You then need to...

Mix biscuit crumbs, butter and sugar until blended. Press this mix into a pie dish and put in fridge for 30 minutes to set. Stir ice-cream until lightly softened. Swirl jam through the softened ice-cream and then press/pat ice-cream into crumb lined dish. Place pie into the freezer to set. Once set decorate pie with flaked chocolate and or fresh raspberries. Cut pie into wedges and serve. Delish!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Thought of the day

I love this quote...

"Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but clones kind of get it wrong because we are promoting individuality and being proud of being yourself."
Brian Molko

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Lick Ya Lips Delish Cauliflower Slice

Just made this slice for my darlin Stu to take to work this week for his lunches. Smells delish and was so quick and simple to make. My sister in law Pam gave me the recipe. I only deviated from her recipe slightly by adding some chopped fresh herbs. The home grown cauli was gifted to us by a neighbour who came round today with a lovely selection of home grown veg fresh from his garden for us. Very kind indeed. Just love home grown organic veg.

Cauliflower Slice

Place the following in a bowl:

3 beaten eggs
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup grated cheese
1/2 small cauli chopped
1 chopped onion
3/4 cup SR flour
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper
*Chopped fresh herbs

Mix all together. Pour in to greased slice tray.
Sprinkle more cheese over.

Bake in a preheated 180C oven till golden brown.

People Who Rain On Your Parade

Had to smile knowingly when sent the following via email today..

This is something to think about when negative people are doing their best to rain on your parade. So remember this story the next time someone who knows nothing and cares less tries to make your life miserable.

A woman was at her hairdresser's getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded:

"Rome?" Why would anyone want to go there? It's crowded and dirty. You're crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?"

"We're taking Continental," was the reply. "We got a great rate!"

"Continental?" exclaimed the hairdresser. "That's a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they're always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?"

"We'll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome's Tiber River called Teste."

"Don't go any further. I know that place. Everybody thinks its gonna be something special and exclusive, but it's really a dump."

"We're going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope."

"That's rich," laughed the hairdresser. You and a million other people trying to see him. He'll look the size of an ant.

Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You're going to need it."

A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome.

"It was wonderful," explained the woman, "not only were we on time in one of Continental's brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on me hand and foot.

And the hotel was great! They'd just finished a $5 million remodeling job, and now it's a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner's suite at no extra charge!"

"Well," muttered the hairdresser, "that's all well and good, but I know you didn't get to see the Pope."

"Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder, and explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, and if I'd be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me.

Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me."

"Oh, really! What'd he say ?"

He said: "Who #*@%^# up your hair?"

Brown Sugar Biccies

Ohhhh what do I spy in our BRAND NEW forum but a new biccie recipe, posted by forum member Mawghan and named Brown Sugar Biccies. Have attached a piccie here of them for you all to see. They look very delish hey! Bet you can't stop at just one :]

If you would like the recipe for these biccies then head to our forum, new members always warmly welcomed.



Friday, July 24, 2009

Lick Ya Lips Delish Lemon Butter

Lemon Butter

This method can also be used to make Lime Butter, Orange Butter, Grapefruit Butter and Banana Butter and it only takes a few minutes!

4 Eggs
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup Water
2 tsp finely grated Lemon Rind
125g Real Butter

Fill 2 glass jars with boiling water to sterilize. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk well. Strain through a sieve into a microwave-safe bowl - glass is best. Add the sugar, lemon juice, rind, water and cubed Butter. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Whisk well then microwave a further 2 minutes. Whisk again and microwave for another 2 minutes. The Lemon Butter should be done at this stage but if your microwave is low power and you think it needs more cooking, cook for 1 minute before checking and whisking again. Pour into sterile/dry glass jars, put the lids on and store in the fridge.

Can be used on toast, pikelets or as a filling for pastry tarts.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Day In The Valley

Stu had a rare day off today and as I was feeling a tad better he took me for a drive to beautiful Samford Valley. We had the most delish lunch at a gorgeous little place called Alegria, 10 out of 10 for food, service and surrounds. We have been there before and have always thoroughly enjoyed it. After lunch we wandered through the local Slab Hut Gallery and my favorite shop Heart and Soul where I was spoiled a tad by Stu with a few lil pressies. Weather wise today was just gorgeous so we went for a little walk and sat in the towns pretty gardens watching the ducks antics and basking in the sunshine. I feel much fresher and invigorated today as a result.

I am really enjoying our new forum and having Stu, Bec and Ash a part of the team is just lovely. They are both very centred people with pleasant natures and together we feel very confident of the forums future success. Our forum members are ever so lovely. You would go a long way to find a more supportive, friendly, caring group of ppl. Well off now to make a nice cuppa and check out what's news in the forum today.

Till next time,

Take care

Squishy hugs


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pamper Your Mind, Body & Soul

Pamper Yourself

In our BRAND NEW forum today, forum member muirin has posted so many of her gorgeous recipes for pamper treatments. Peppermint foot freshener, old fashioned hair spray, face masks and hand butters to name a few. Why not drop by our forum and check them out for yourselves. A little pampering from time to time is the perfect pick me up and feel good treat that we can all gift to ourselves more often.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Roasted Sweet Potato and Avocado Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato and Avocado Salad


Sweet Potato
Avocado ( in equal quantities)
Cashew or macadamia nuts
Red Capsicum
2-3 bunches of Coriander
3 or 4 Spring onions
1 knob of garlic
Olive oil


All ingredients to taste
Sweet chili sauce (lots)
Fish sauce
Fresh ginger
Light soy sauce
Lime Juice
Lemon Grass
Sesame Oil (only add a few drops)
1 bunch of coriander

What to do

Peel sweet potato then cut into bite sized cubes. Break up garlic into cloves leaving the skin on. Place sweet potato and garlic cloves into a bag with salt and pepper, and a little oil. Shake to coat with oil and salt and pepper. Place onto a baking dish and into the oven.

Roast until potatoes and garlic are tender. When cool place the sweet potato into a bowl with washed and trimmed coriander. Peel and slice the avocado add to the sweet potato with finely sliced spring onions and thinly sliced red capsicum then toss together squeeze the roasted garlic out of the skin and into the blender, add all the dressing ingredients including a bunch of coriander, blend until smooth. Pour over the sweet potato and avocado mix then toss together. Sprinkle the cashews or macadamia nuts over the salad.


Lachie's Easy Pizza Recipe

Lachie's Easy Pizza Recipe

A dear online friend of mine Mandy has a sml son Lachie, this is his easy Pizza recipe, complete with a piccie of one that they have made :]
Have to love kids that can cook!

Oven to 200-220C
GH = good handful

1 x large pita bread (round)
tomato paste
mixed herbs
garlic powder (or small fresh clove, crushed)
2 x GH grated cheese - we do a mix of grated tasty, grated parmi, grated mozzarella - stored in the freezer
1 x GH pizza ham
pineapple pieces - chunks, crushed
1 x egg, lightly beaten

Put pita bread on oven tray
Spread tomato paste over pita
Sprinkle mixed herbs over pita
Light sprinkle of cheese
Light dust of garlic powder / sprinkle crushed clove
Spread a GH of pizza ham over
Distribute pineapple across the whole pizza
1 x GH over all ham & pineapple
Pour beaten egg across pizza
Spread last of the cheese
Grind a little S&P over

Into the oven for 12-15mins

Cut, cool and eat!! This is DS9s from Thursday ~ his buddy had taken and started his before I could get a shot!!

For the adults: Well, what do you want on yours?? Our standard 'order' has salami, semi-dried tomato, feta, basil, pineapple, egg. Our 'budget' order has what ever is loitering in the fridge or freezer - chicken & pineapple; chow mien & salami; baked beans & cheese. Olives & anchovies to your preference. Mmm - capsicum, mushrooms - so many things...

Natural Lavender/Rose Baby Talc

Natural Baby Talc

My sister has not long finished whipping up a batch of my Lavender and Rose Baby Powder. She purchased some stainless steel icing shakers from the kitchen section in the supermarket to put the powder in. The mesh in the lid of the shaker stops the lavender and rose petals from falling through. You just get the soft scented powder. She decorated them with cute stickers/decals. She has given them away to all the new mums that she knows for their beautiful bubbas. They were so happy with their gift. It smells so dreamy! Her family have all started to use it as well. Her girls love it and it smells divine. There are no nasty chemicals also - which has to be good she says, and I agree!

*For the recipe search my blog...talc

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Stu's Flu Buster Vegetable Soup & Freshly Made Juice Pt 5


Stu here (the love of Kimmie's life ;] ) blogging on her behalf today as she is so damn sick the poor sweetheart that she can barely lift her head up off her pillow. I have my L plates on when it comes to cooking. Kimmie the domestic goddess whips me up divine meals and I am truly spoilt. It is not often that I spend too much time in the kitchen other than grabbing a can of cat food to feed the cat ha! However I do make a half decent Rocky Road and Fudge. Today I am the last man standing re this horrid Swine Flu so it is Stu to the rescue. Here is my tasty soup recipe. Do try it as it really is delish as Kimmie would say. I served it with homemade cheese/herb/garlic bread. No complaints and it went down a treat.

Stu's Flu Buster Soup

Slurp of light olive oil
4 garlic cloves, crushed
500g leeks, chopped
500g sweet potato, chopped
250g carrots, chopped
720g parsnips, chopped
150g celery, chopped
400g pumpkin, chopped
7 cups chicken stock
Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
*Dollop of light sour cream and chopped fresh herbs to serve.

Heat oil and a large pan and cook the garlic and leek, stirring until the leek is soft. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer uncovered for about 40 minutes, making sure the vegetables are tender. Blend or process the mixture in batches until pureed (you can freeze at this stage). Return soup to pan and stir over heat until hot. Season to taste and serve topped with a dollop of sour cream and freshly chopped herbs.

**Today's fresh juice combo is watermelon and mixed berries. All into the Juicer and then poured over ice.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Freshly Made Juice Pt 4

Freshly Made Juice Pt 4

If you missed my prior posts we have Swine Flu in our house, DS has it and I now also have it... sigh~! Feel very crook indeed today. Sipping my fresh juice and taking two Panadol and heading back to bed.

Today's juicy combo is (per serve)

Handful of cherries with pips removed
1 cup blueberries
1 apple with core removed

Process in Juicer and serve over crushed ice or ice-cubes.



Thursday, July 16, 2009

Funky Boho Recycled Jeans - Homemade Bag

Recycled Jeans Homemade Bag

Just logged in to our forum quickly whilst sipping a hot Lemsip drink and spied this gorgeous bag that forum member muirin has made and entered in our Artist/Crafter Of The Month Competition. I love the look of it and fully intend to make myself one (or get my crafty sis to make me one *hint, hint*) out of an old pair of jeans that are too big for me. This bag is totally made of recycled materials even the zipper.

Swine Flu *GULP* & Freshly Made Juice Pt 3

Regarding my earlier post re my gorgeous son Brenton almost 16, his flu is in fact Swine Flu *gulp.* Poor sweetheart is really quite ill with it. His g/f has it also confirmed via swab. I am feeling rather achy and have early flu like symptoms also, so looks like I am in for it next sigh! For some reason I never for one moment thought we would get this, just goes to show that you should never presume anything. Where Brenton picked this up from is any ones guess, he has a pt job in retail so perhaps there, he has been on school holidays so not there, who knows! So postings on my blog over the next few days will be dependant on whether I am up to it and how much I have on my plate so to speak.

Today's Delish Juice Combo is (per serve)

1 orange
1 mango
1 apple

Process in Juicer and pour over crushed ice or ice-cubes. A delightful combo's of flavors that compliment each other nicely.



Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Children's Monster Spray

Monster Spray

A few drops lavender essential oil
A few drops of food colouring of choice
A clean/new/clear pump spray bottle

Fill spray bottle with water and add the essential oil and food colouring. Attach a picture of a monster on the front of the bottle with a big X drawn over the top of the monster. Then at night time when monsters tend to lurk lol spray any monster hiding spots - like under beds and cupboards/wardrobes etc. Allow the littlies to have a go spraying also and both make lots of noise whilst spraying, "Away with you monsters" hehehehe.

Works a treat every time ;]

Monster piccie from

Happy Memory Bowls

Ask children on slips of coloured paper to cut out some shapes, they then write something good that they have done, or was done for them on the paper shapes. Next they place the slips of paper into a pretty bowl along with some potpourri, glitter, marbles, small polished crystals/precious stones and whatever else makes them smile. Then when they feel a bit sad, they pick out a happy memory card and remind themselves good things have happened, and will again. There you go, a happy memory bowl!

*This one is not for toddlers that put things in their mouths so keep out of their reach.

Freshly Made Juice Pt 2

Freshly Made Juice

Ok today's fruity combo is (per serve)

1 cup strawberries
2 medium apples
1 tsp. lemon juice

Process in juice and pour over crushed ice/ice-cubes.

Tastes lovely and quenches your thirst. A great way to up your fruit intake each day!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Chocolate Croissants - 3 Ingredients Only!

Chocolate Croissants

You will need...

2 sheets of Puff Pastry
200g Cadbury Milk Cooking Chocolate
1 egg, whisked


1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius (180 - 200 degrees fan forced)
2. Unfurl the sheet of pastry and then cut into four squares.
3. Cut squares in half so that you have 8 triangles.
4. Put the triangle with the wider part facing you, and the facing away from you.
5. Place 1 square of Cadbury Cooking Chocolate about 2cm from the wide end nearest you in the middle.
6. Carefully roll from that chocolate- loaded end towards the point of the triangle.
7. You should have something resembling a straight croissant.
8. Seal lightly with your fingertips and curl it around in a crescent.
9. Place croissants on a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray. DO NOT BUTTER OR OIL SHEET.
10. Brush with whisked egg.
11. Bake for 15 minutes until they are golden, puffy and resemble a miniature croissant.

Bon appétit.

What could be nicer than a hot cuppa and a choccie croissant? These present so well and look so very impressive!

Ruby Red Grapefruit Sorbet

Ruby Red Grapefruit Sorbet

Looks Delish hey?

Serves 8

Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins (plus cooling and freezing time)


2 large Ruby Red Grapefruits
2 tablespoons of ruby red grapefruit rind finely grated
1 cup (220g) of caster sugar
3/4 (180ml) of ruby red grapefruit juice (from the 2 large grapefruits)
1 egg white

1. Stir 2 tablespoons of finely grated ruby red grapefruit rind, 1 cup (220g) of caster sugar and 2 ½ cups(625ml) of water in a medium saucepan over high heat until sugar dissolves; bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer without stirring, uncovered, 5 minutes. Transfer to a large heatproof jug, cool to room temperature; stir in ¾ cup (180ml) ruby red grapefruit juice and pulp making sure all seeds are removed.

2. Pour sorbet mixture into loaf pan; cover tightly with foil; freeze 3 hours or overnight.

3. Process mixture with 1 egg white until smooth. Return to loaf pan, cover; freeze until firm. Sprinkle with extra grapefruit rind; if desired.

Looking For Inspiration For Tonight's Dinner?

Looking for inspiration for tonight's dinner? Then look no further than our fabulous websites recipe section. Don't forget to log into our forum whilst you are there for a huge selection of tried and tested, lick ya lips delish recipes to select from. There is the general recipes area of the forum and also the "Recipe Of The Month" section where you will find a vast array of savory and sweet dishes, complete with a photo to drool over. Forum member Nean's Caramelized Onion, Tomato & Feta Tart (pictured above) is just one of the divine recipes on offer.

The Law Of Attraction

The Law Of Attraction

I am a great believer in "The Law Of Attraction." I currently require the universe to help us move home, to live on acreage in a tropical rainforest location. A cosy home that blends well with the area, with a veg/fruit garden and chookies. This home (our new home) will have seclusion, serenity, songbirds, a waterfall and frogs lol hehehe - can't you feel the serenity?? Oh and no mozzies!! lol :]

What requirements have you put out to the universe? Have they been delivered or are you still patiently or impatiently waiting? Do post a comment and let me know :]

Freshly Made Juice Pt 1

Freshly Made Juice

Trying to boost our Vitamin C levels with all the Winter "bugs" going round.

So I am experimenting with different combo's of fruits.

Todays combo (per serve)

1/2 red grapefruit
1 medium orange
2 handfuls cranberries

Process the fruit in a juicer and serve poured over crushed ice/ice-cubes. Delish and ever so refreshing!

Will post another fresh juice combo idea tomorrow.

Vegetable Garden Tip

Vegetable Garden Tip

To stop those pesky weeds from taking over your vegetable garden, place several sheets of saturated newspaper between each row. The weeds will not be able to penetrate the newspaper and the the newspaper will be a healthy addition to the soil when it decomposes.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Grumbles, Groans & Sighs

Today is the last day of the school holidays here in QLD Australia and my son was ill in the week leading up to the holidays and so away from school. Wouldn't you know it on the day prior to going back the poor love comes down with a raging flu sigh~! Drs today and guessing no school for the week. In Year 11 this is a problem :[

So he has taken a steamy shower - it can help clear congestion and I have made him a hot toddy - an old fashioned remedy of honey, hot water and freshly squeezed lemon juice, given him a couple of Panadol and he is now resting in a nice warm bed. No doubt a script for antibiotics will be on the cards.

Our cat has suddenly become incontinent - even bigger sigh~! Gorgeous, gentle, friendly, clean girl that she is and only 3 has suddenly sprung a leak and not going where she should be, so is off to the vets for her tonight. Here I was thinking today would be a quiet day, preparing for return to school and spent pottering.
Murphy's Law prevails once again it would seem. What is it they say, no rest for the wicked? Here I was thinking all this time I was good :]

Off now to make my good friend Mimi's Special Chicken Soup and some Cold/Flu Relief Herbal Bath Soak - both recipes posted on my blog (Search Flu)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Recipe Of The Month

In our websites forum we have a little competition each month. Our forum members are invited to post a recipe of theirs along with a photo of the finished product that they have baked/made to share with our members. Then each month one of our members recipes will be chosen via a poll to feature on the front page of our website (All forum members have the opportunity to vote for the winner in our monthly poll). We welcome new members from other countries as well as Australia - in fact we adore new members and having the opportunity to experience their different recipes/taste sensations from close to home as well as different corners of the world. So tis time for you all to don aprons and get creative in the kitchen. We cannot wait to read about and see all of your culinary creations. Pictured is one of forum member Aunt Nean's delish contributions - Black Forest Cheesecake.

Lick Ya Lips Delish Hot Fudge Sauce

Hot Fudge Sauce

Microwave 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips on HIGH, stirring occasionally, until melted, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Stir in 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk, 1/4 cup light corn syrup or glucose syrup, 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and a pinch of salt until smooth. Serve warm or at room temperature, over ice cream etc.

Delish Tropical Pasta Salad

Delish Tropical Pasta Salad

You will need...

200g bow tie pasta
2 mangoes sliced
1 red apple cubed
1/2 cup pecan nuts (unsalted)
5 spring onions chopped
225g tin pineapple pieces - drained
2 ham steaks cubed
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
2 teaspoons of chicken stock powder
salt and pepper

You then need to...

Cook pasta to al dente, drain and cool. Add mango, apple, chopped pecans, shallots, pineapple and ham. Combine the remaining ingredients in a jar and shake well. Pour over salad, toss and serve.

Delish Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks

Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks

You will need...

Chicken Drumsticks 12
1 large onion finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger (fresh)
2/3 cup plain yoghurt (unflavoured)
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon Garam Masala
4 cloves crushed garlic
1 teaspoon Cummin
1 teaspoon Coriander
1/2 teaspoon Chilli powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and black pepper Cooked rice to serve

You then need to...

Cut slits in drumsticks and place in oven proof dish.Place all spices, yoghurt, onion, garlic, sauce, seasonings and lemon juice in blender or grind to a paste. Once well mixed place over drumsticks and marinade in fridge for at least 1 hour. Cook in preheated over 190C degrees for 1 hour. Serve with cooked rice.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Homemade Lavender Bags

I adore the scent of Lavender. Lavender Bags are so quick and easy to make. They may be made in any shape really and can be made quite plain or highly decorative with ribbon/lace/beading etc. Once made they are lovely placed in your lingerie draw, hung in cupboards/wardrobes etc. They also make a lovely gift.

Gather together some pretty narrow ribbons, laces etc. Cut out desired shapes from chosen material, cotton works well as does organza. Sew around 3 edges, leaving one edge open to stuff filling into bag. Place dried lavender into bag. Sew up open edge and sew chosen decorative bits and bods around perimeter of the bag.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Homemade Greek Yiros Wraps With Marinated Lamb & Homemade Hummus

Greek Yiros Wraps With Marinated Lamb & Hummus


4 Greek Yiros Wraps (Bazaar)
2 cups of Baby Spinach Leaves
6 Truss Vine Tomatoes
4 Spring Onions
Homemade Hummus
Homemade Garlic yoghurt dressing
400g Stir-fry lamb pieces

Homemade Hummus

1 400g can washed and drained chickpeas
1 Lemon juice and grated rind
1 clove of garlic
Good Splash of olive oil
Sea salt flakes
Ground black pepper


1.Place all ingredients in a food processor and whiz to a smooth paste.

Homemade Garlic Yoghurt Dressing

1 Small tub of Greek-Style Yoghurt
1 clove of garlic
Sea salt flakes
Ground black pepper


1. Grate garlic clove finely , then add to yoghurt
2. Season with sea salt flakes and ground black pepper
3. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for 6-8 hours

Marinated Lamb


400g Stir-fry lamb pieces
1 lemon juiced and grated rind
1 clove of garlic grated
Sea salt flakes
Black ground pepper
Handful of fresh mint leaves torn
Handful of fresh lemon balm leaves torn
1 Kaffar lime leave chopped
¼ teaspoon sesame seeds
Splash of olive oil


1. Places all ingredients including carcass of squeezed lemon in a snap lock bag.
2. Leave to marinate overnight in fridge.

Before cooking lamb on BBQ remove lemon carcass and Kaffar lime leaves and discard.


1. Wrap the Greek Yiros wraps in foil and place in 180c degree oven for 5 mins to warm through.
2. Cook Lamb on BBQ or frypan until browned.
3. When wraps are heated spread with home- made hummus.
4. Place baby spinach leaves on top of hummus.
5. Next place the chopped tomatoes on baby spinach leaves.
6. Add cooked marinated lamb.
7. Drizzle yoghurt dressing on top
8. Sprinkle with chopped spring onions

Very yummy.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Maple/Ginger Roasted Vegetables

You will need...

Parsnips (about 2 average sized)
2 large carrots
1 butternut pumpkin
sweet potatoes (about 3 medium size)
2 heaped tablespoons grated ginger
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup olive oil
Pinch cinnamon
Pinch allspice
1 teaspoon salt

You then need to...

Preheat oven to 190C

Wash and peel all veg, cut into 3/4 inch slices. Line baking sheets with foil and lightly grease them.

In a large bowl combine all ingredients, and make sure all veg are coated. Doing this with your hands works best.

Line veg on the baking sheet in a single layer. If there is any extra liquid pour it over the veggies.

Put one tray of veg on the middle rack and one on the upper rack of oven. Bake for 25minutes. Remove from oven and flip veg. Return to oven, but put the one that was on the lower rack on the upper rack now, and vice versa. Bake 20 or so more minutes, until veg are tender inside.

Slugs N Snails Garden Hint

To prevent slugs and snails from getting in to your pot plants and destroying them, smear the top rim of the pot with Petroleum Jelly.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Delish Choc Cherry Biscuit Cake

Choc Cherry Biscuit Cake

1 250g Packet of Arnott’s Choc Ripple Biscuits
600ml of Cream
1 tsp of Caster Sugar
Vanilla essence
1 425g can of Admiral Stoneless Black Cherries in syrup (well drained for half an hour)
¼ cup of shaved chocolate

1. Add Sugar and drop of Vanilla essence to cream and whip until very stiff
2. Join Choc Ripple Biscuits together buy standing a biscuit on its side and sandwich with the next biscuit using a generous spread of cream. Continue until all biscuits have been used and resemble a log.
3. Place ½ the cherries on top of the cake
4. Cover the log thickly and entirely with the remaining cream
5. Place the remaining cherries on top of cream and sprinkle with ¼ a cup shaved chocolate.
6. Place in fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.

To serve cut cake on slight angle to ensure alternate layers of choc biscuits, cream and cherries are in each slice.


Spinach & Vegetable Dip In A Cob Loaf Of Bread

This is ever so delish!

You will need...

1 bunch of fresh spinach cooked
1 sml onion very finely chopped
250g light sour cream
1/2 cup mayo
1 pkt of Continental Veg Soup Mix
1 large fresh Cob Loaf

Then you need to...

Cut a circle out of the top of the Cob Loaf and remove some of the bread from the inside. Spray these bread pieces with olive oil cooking spray. Mix all the other ingredients together and place dip into the loaf. Put the circle of crust (lid) back on the Cob Loaf. Place Cob Loaf and bread chunks into a warm-hot oven and bake until crisp. Use the crispy bread chunks to dip into the Cob and eat. As the dip is eaten start to break away at the sides of the loaf to serve the remaining dip.


Homemade Lollipops


Something fun to make with the kids on the school holidays.

You will need...

4 cups sugar
1.5 cups hot water from kettle
1 tablespoon brown vinegar
Half cup glucose syrup
Quarter teaspoon food colouring
Paddle Pop type ice pole sticks

You then need to...

Combine sugar, water, vinegar and glucose syrup in a large pot over low heat until sugar dissolves. Stir once. Turn to high. DO NOT STIR. Boil for 15 minutes or until toffee cracks when in cold water. Remove from heat then stir in colouring. Allow to sit till bubbles have gone, then pour into pre-sprayed ice-cube trays sitting in cold water. When half-set, put sticks in.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Handmade Circle Cardigan Made From Pure Australian wool.

In our forums Artist/Crafter Of The Month Section, we have many fabulous entries each month. Check out this months gorgeous Circle Cardigan, entered by one lovely forum member and made from pure Australian wool. As a lover of shrugs and those type knits, I so want one ;]

New forum members are always welcome to join in and enter.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Delish Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread

Forum member Bec has made this recently and I have included her photo here for you to drool over. Makes my tummy grumble just looking at it.

We love this recipe; easy if you have a breadmaker
Forget the croissants on Christmas morning ... monkey bread wins hands down!


1/2 cup milk
2 Tbs. water
1 large egg
1 Tbspn butter
1/2 tspn salt
2 1/4 cups bread flour
1 tspn bread improver
2 tspns caster sugar + 2 tspns extra for coating
1 1/2 tspns yeast
1/3 cup Nutella or similar spread
1/2 cup Icing sugar
2 tspns. cinnamon
3/4 cup butter
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup craisins (optional)


Add milk, water, egg,1 Tbspn butter, salt, flour, 2 tspns sugar, bread improver and yeast to bread machine. Select dough cycle. When cycle is complete, roll dough into 20 balls. Whilst dough is being churned, mix the Nutella and icing sugar into a stiff paste (add more or less spread or icing sugar if needed). Roll into 20 little balls.

Flatten each dough ball in the palm of your hand, and insert a nutella ball. Wrap the dough around the nutella and firm up evenly, sealing it well. Put extra sugar and cinnamon together in a ziplock plastic bag. Add all the bread dough balls and shake well. Arrange half of the balls in the bottom of a greased ring mold or bundt pan. Sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts, and craisins if you like them.

Repeat with the remaining dough, making a second layer, cover and let rise till doubled 35-45 min. Melt the remaining butter and brown sugar together and pour over the risen dough. Bake at 180C for 25-30 min. Cool 1 minute on rack, then invert onto a plate. Serve warm. Very special!

You can make an especially yummy savoury version, by putting a little tiny cube of cheese and 2 little tiny squares of bacon inside the dough balls. Omit one teaspoon of sugar in the dough. Omit the sugar and ziplock bag step. And just pour melted butter over...without the brown sugar. YUMBO!

Blushing Bride Bath Salts

Bridal Bath Salts

The perfect homemade special gift for the bride to be...

You will need...

(In 4 layers ~ makes 16oz.)

2 Cups Rock Salt
1/2 Teaspoon of each Fragrance Oil
Rose, Sage, Lavender, Rosemary
Food Colour

You then need to...

Divide salt into four equal amounts, place each in a container with sealable lids. That's 1/2 cup in each container or for 8 ounces of bath salts use 1/4 cup in each container and half the amount of fragrance oil and food colour.

Add 1/2 teaspoon Rose fragrance oil and 4 Drops of red food colour (or you can leave it white), put lid on and shake well. To the next one add 1/2 teaspoon Chamomile-Sage (or just Sage if you have it) and 4 drops of green and 2 drops of blue food colour and shake. To the third add 1/2 teaspoon Lavender fragrance oil, 3 drops of red and 4 drops of blue food colour and shake well. To the last container add 1/2 teaspoon Rosemary fragrance oil, 4-8 drops of green food colour and shake.

On separate pieces of wax paper, spread out each color and air dry for several hours. When the salt is completely dry layer it in the container. Rosemary ~ Lavender ~ Sage ~ Rose (on top). To speed up the drying process you can put the wax paper on a baking tray and put it in the oven and pre-heat at lowest temperature and turn off before putting salt in the oven. You have just made lovely layered bath salts that also has special meaning.

Red Rose - Means Unity

White Rose - Represents Pure Spiritual Love

Sage - Represents Good Health and Long Life

Lavender - Means Devotion

Rosemary - Lasting Friendship and Remembrance


A friend gave me this recipe and doesn't it sound divine!

MINT SOUFFLÉ MASK (for tired skin)

You will need...

1 T. ground or powdered spearmint
1 T. oil (olive oil)
1 T. honey

You then need to...

Whirl in the blender until fluffy. Apply to clean skin. Relax for 20 mins then rinse.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Delish Homemade Hot Chocolate

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Ingredients for 4 cups: 6 tsp. sugar 4 c. milk, cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate, marshmallows.

In each mug mix together 1 teaspoon of cocoa, 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Add about 1 teaspoon of cold milk to each and stir with a spoon until the mixture is a smooth paste. Grate the chocolate and set aside shavings. Warm the remaining milk in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. When tiny bubbles form on the edge of the pan, remove from heat. Carefully pour or ladle the warm milk into each cup and mix with a spoon. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon chocolate shavings on top and serve. Don't forget the marshmallows!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Serendipity Cafe Daily Gratitude Journal

We can tend be our own harshest critics at times can't we. Others would never judge us so harshly, yet we are often times not kind to ourselves. We need to be our own "bestest" friends and be gentle and nurturing towards not just others but ourselves also.

So daily I ask that you record 5 things you are grateful for. Hopefully we can all get into "feel good" frames of mind along the way ;]



Delish Vietnamese Noodle Salad

Delish Vietnamese Noodle Salad

You will need...

5 cloves garlic
1/2 green chilli, de-seeded
1/2 bunch fresh coriander
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons vegetarian fish sauce
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons caster sugar
375g rice noodles
4 leaves bok choy, shredded
2 carrots, cut into fine strips
1 cucumber, halved lengthwise and chopped
handful chopped fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons roughly chopped unsalted peanuts
4 sprigs fresh mint

You then need to...

Finely chop the garlic and chilli with the coriander. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, add the lime juice, fish sauce, salt and sugar and stir well. Allow the sauce to sit for 5 minutes. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add the rice noodles and boil for 2 minutes or until tender. Drain well. Rinse the noodles with cold water until cool. Drain again. Combine the sauce, noodles, bok choy, carrots, cucumber and chopped mint in a large serving bowl. Toss well and serve the salad garnished with peanuts and mint sprigs. Delish!