Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Raw cheese cakes

These yummy raw cheese cakes are sure to please, a delicious treat that's full of goodness!

What you'll need:

1 cup pitted dates (soaked in warm water for 10 minutes then drained)
1 cup raw walnuts or almonds
1.5 cups raw cashews, quick soaked*
1 large lemon, juiced (1/4 cup)
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk 
1/2 cup agave nectar or maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
Optional Flavor Add-Ins:
2 Tbsp natural peanut butter
1/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

What to do:

Add dates to a food processor and blend until small bits remain and it forms into a ball. Remove and set aside.
Next add nuts and process into a meal. Then add dates back in and blend until a loose dough forms - it should stick together when you squeeze a bit between your fingers.

Lightly grease a 12 hole muffin tin. To make removing the cheesecakes easier, cut strips of baking paper and lay them in the holes. This creates little tabs that makes removing them easier to pop out once frozen.
Next scoop in heaping 1 Tbsp amounts of date mix and press with fingers. To pack it down, use a small glass or the back of a spoon to compact it and really press it down. Set in freezer to firm up.

Add all filling ingredients to a blender and mix until very smooth.
 If adding peanut butter, add to the blender and mix until thoroughly combined. If flavoring with blueberry, wait and swirl on top of plain cheesecakes.

Divide filling evenly among the muffin tins. Tap a few times to release any air bubbles, then freeze until hard - about 4-6 hours.
Once set, remove by tugging on the tabs or loosening them with a butter knife. They should pop right out. 

Keep in the freezer for up to 1-2 weeks. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Hagley Farm School

Yesterday we went and visited Hagley Farm School for their 160th year celebrations.
The school was established in 1855 and as Hagley is set right in the middle of a large farming area, it hosts about 340 students from the area.

They have the original school room set up as it would have been 160 years ago, which was great for the children to explore and have a turn at writing from the ink wells.

Some of the other old buildings had museum displays, such as old farm machinery, old home wares, and even an old general store.

We hopped on a the tractor ride which took us around the grounds, and all the schools animals, such as deer, donkeys, alpacas, pigs, geese, calves and many many more. 

We enjoyed the sausage sizzle and devonshire teas,

played on the many playgrounds, 

Fed the friendly donkeys and stayed back from the spitting alpacas!

It was great to listen to some of the older visitors talk about their time at the school and how their days differed to ours. Perfect for Poppy who is studying the 'olden days' at school at the moment.

What did you get up to this weekend?


Thursday, September 17, 2015


I have been obsessing over beautiful children's rooms since we have bought our new home, and I'm really looking forward to making a special haven for my three.

My first DIY was to make some prints that will go with the color scheme of their rooms.
I found some basic white frames from K-mart at the bargain price of $6 each.

I had a little play around on Pic Monkey and made these colorful designs and printed them off on card.

Popped them in the white frames, and voila! 

How easy was that! 

These probably wont be the final images I use, but with a bit of mixing and matching I should have some pretty fantastic 'art' for the walls.

Including this one for the laundry...

I can't wait to see them on the freshly painted walls in a few months.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Glasses Shop

I have been wearing prescription glasses for about 6 years now, at first the thought of wearing glasses everyday was overwhelming. Especially as I remember my parents and grandparents being so careful with their glasses as they were always so expensive. 

The thought of wearing one style of frames for the next few years also daunted me as when going into optical stores the prices were crazy, $300 to $500 for one pair of glasses that I was sure to break, or not like in six months time.

That's when I popped online and after a quick search found I could choose many frames to suit my mood, a few back ups for when I'm sure to break or loose some and even sunglasses.
All I had to do was ask for my prescription after I had my eyes tested, fill out the form on the site and choose frames that suited me.

They have free shipping for orders over $49 and with prices starting at $5.99 it's easy to stock up with no stress.

I'm always amazed at the fantastic quality and huge range of styles I can find and usually make three or more bulk orders through the year.

So if you wear prescription glasses or just want a fantastic pair of sunnies, check out today. 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Easy Peasy Sprinkle Biscuits

These Sprinkle Biscuits are great for baking with children, the recipe is so ridiculously easy that it's impossible to mess them up, perfect for freezing and delicious!

What you'll need:
125g butter
1/2 caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg
2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbs milk
100's and 1000's

What to do:
Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a couple of baking trays with baking paper.

In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar 
and vanilla until pale and creamy.

Add egg to butter mixture and mix until combined.

Sift flour and baking powder over butter mixture and mix in gently by hand until well combined.

Stir in milk.

Roll tablespoons of the mixture into balls and press down with fingers or a fork to make flat biscuits, sprinkle 100's and 1000's over the top.

Bake for 15-18 minutes until firm.


We have been lucky enough to try out some of the fantastic new products Dettol has at the moment.

With our favorite being the Dettol No Touch Automatic Soap Dispenser the perfect hand soap for messy little fingers that always leave a muddy mess when trying to get to the soap in the bathrooms.
How easy for my little ones, that can just reach over the bench to pop their hand under the dispenser and with no touching at all some soap dispenses into their hand ready for a good old wash.

Another product that we use and love is the Healthy Clean Bathroom Trigger, in my opinion it's the best bathroom cleaner on the market as it works it's magic on even the toughest spots that I had tried many other products on before.

Over all the we are more than happy to continue to use Dettol in our family home now and for years to come.

Friday, September 11, 2015


We have been working hard for months, looking, planning, saving and finally it's all paid off, because we have just purchased our first house!! 
A little three bedroom brick home in the burbs with a huge back yard and plenty of sheds for my Tommy. 
We have lot of work to do to make it our home, but we wouldn't have it any other way.

We can not wait to paint, carpet, renew and refresh.

So I'm sure for the next few months I will be bombarding you with renovation projects and some more photos from our gorgeous little home.

Exciting times!