How to make the Perfect Pickle

Check out this super tasty Pickled veg recipe!

“I’ve got a Pickle, I’ve got a Pickle, I’ve got a pickle, hey, hey, hey, hey!” And you will too after giving this tasty recipe a go. This year I’ve decided to give the gift of homemade goods. And these yummy pickles are up on the top of my list. They’re so easy to make and you can make them weeks, even months, in advance. The beauty of this recipe is that you can use pretty much any veggie you want, I even added a sliced up granny smith apple. You can mix up the spices to suit too. As […]

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Pesto Meatballs

Super tasty pesto meatballs are great in a chicken broth or a hamburger patty

We are currently on a serious budget with the wedding coming up and our trip overseas. This month we’ve challenged ourselves with living off what’s in the fridge & cupboard & only spending $50/wk (or less) on groceries. This would be fine if at the same time I wasn’t trying to be super healthy. We could just carb load on homemade pasta & bread, I have heaps of goodies in the cupboard that’d work wonders with them! But, alas, I must at least try & stick to my goals as much as possible. Step in Pesto Meatballs in a Chicken […]

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5 Places To Cool Off In Cairns, Tropical North Queensland!

5 Places To Cool Off In Cairns, Tropical North Queensland!

About 2 years ago I got back from living in Tropical North Queensland. I spent the better part of five years living in Cairns and I absolutely loved it. I loved the lifestyle, the social life, diving on the reef, exploring the rainforests, and hunting for the next swimming hole. I’m even going to go as far as saying that I loved the weather! Crazy I know, but you really do acclimatise and end up cold in winter. If you ever get the chance to visit Tropical North Queensland then Cairns is the place to visit. I’ve put together a list some […]

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Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

Delicious & easy family chocolate cake recipe!

This is the best chocolate cake in the world!! Massive claim hey? But really it’s so good. Ok, ok I haven’t tried every chocolate cake in the world but I’m sure if I did it’d definitely be up there! I don’t really remember where this cake recipe came from. Mum got it from a friend I think. All my memory of it is that one minute there was life with no Deep Dark Chocolate Cake and the next minute there was life with Deep Dark Chocolate Cake.    Ok, so why do I think it’s the best chocolate cake? Well, […]

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5 Things I Learnt From Doing A Semi-Private Gym Program

5 things I learnt from doing a gym program

  My Bad Christmas Christmas was pretty bad for me in terms of over-eating and lack of exercise. But the worst thing about it was I knew I was doing it and I didn’t care because again I knew I was kick-starting the year with a 28-day high-intensity gym program, which included a weights and nutrition plan. GYM! DC Health Performance to be exact, but still, A GYM!!! I haven’t done weights in my life unless you count pushups but really that’s just your own body weight and I’m pretty sure my trainer wouldn’t count it. Anyway, I signed up […]

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Bradleys Head Reserve – Bushwalking in the City

A beautiful walk in the heart of the city

  Bradleys Head Reserve Last Thursday the Fiance and I got up nice and early to go get some pretty shots of the sunrise, and to kill two birds with one stone (slightly brutal, I know) we decided to explore the Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay walk. For me this is fine, I’m an early morning kinda gal, but my fiance?? Not so much. He isn’t the best morning person but he knows how much I enjoy doing these things with him and that he tends to regret it if he doesn’t come along. Unfortunately for him, I forgot to check […]

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Creating your Own Invite Design

Key points on designing your own invite

I’m getting married!  And boy have I put a lot on myself in regards to the D I Y involved. But luckily for me it’s what I enjoy doing and I am personally looking forward to it all. Unlike my not so D I Y interested mother and bridesmaids. But because they are all so amazing I have a team of helpers anyway. So, the first thing that was on my D I Y list was my wedding invites. Over the years and scrolling through Pinterest I’ve come across some very interesting ones and some incredibly beautiful ones. I wanted […]

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D I Y Terrarium

Great instructions on how to build your own terrarium at home

Now I may be a bit behind the 8 ball on this one but I figured I’d give it a shot anyway.   Terrariums have become really popular of late and I now understand why.                                 ‘They are so easy to make!’ Go figure! This literally took me about 20mins after work to whip up. Admittedly I had all the bits and pieces required all ready to go so I could do it in a pinch. But still, they’re super easy and look fantastic! I decided […]

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How to Grow a Rose from a Cutting!

Learn how to grow those beautiful roses you buy from the shows in your own backyard.

My gorgeous fiance surprised me for my birthday this year. He said to meet him at central station after work and to wear something pretty. So naturally I was very excited… “I LOVE GOOD SURPRISES,                          And it was a brilliant surprise!” He rocked up with a gorgeous red rose and two tickets to see Aladdin. Talk about spoiled. So how does this have anything to do with growing a rose you ask? Well, that rose lasted in the vase for about 4 weeks. I was very impressed. When […]

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Balsamic Strawberry & Rhubarb Jam

A delicious new twists on your classic strawberry jam!

A simple baked strawberry & rhubarb recipe inspired me for this one. I was reading it and decided that this would make a fantastic jam, especially when I read the bit about the balsamic. Using the standard strawberry jam recipe from my favourite little book, ‘Mrs Beetons Jam Making’, I created a rather tasty new jam. It sounds a bit different but trust me it’s just as sweet and yummy as any other jam. Have a go, and let me know what you think! If you liked this jam you should definitely check out my Plum & Vanilla Jam!  

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