Cream cheese frosting

There is NOTHING better than a super delicious frosting for a cake, and there isn't a frosting much better than cream cheese frosting. I could be super biased, but I think this is best cream cheese frosting I've ever made.  This frosting is best on citrus and berry based cakes, such as orange and poppyseed... Continue Reading →


Orange and Poppyseed Cake

There is nothing I like better than a tart citrus-based cake...  Well, except a really good chocolate cake!  But orange and poppyseed is definitely one of my favourites. Ingredients 50g butter 2 tbsp grated orange rind 1 cup caster sugar 1 eggs 1/4 cup orange juice 1 cup self-raising flour 2 tbsp poppyseeds 1/3 cup milk... Continue Reading →

Apple and cinnamon tea cake

My parents have a small hobby farm where we grew up.  On the farm we had some cattle, horses, chicken and the occasional sheep that escaped from the neighbours.  We also had an small orchard, as my mum is great with plants.  There were peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and apples. Every year when the summer... Continue Reading →

Night Study – Maria V Snyder

Release date: 26 January 2016 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Night Study (Study series #5; Soulfinder series #2; Chronicles of Ixia #8) blurb: Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana's life has been fraught with peril.  But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Brownies

Brownies are one of those magical things that have migrated from the US, along with Coca-Cola, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Hallowe'en.  And the best brownies are slightly gooey in the middle... just like these ones! Ingredients 125g unsalted butter, melted 3 eggs 1.5 cups white sugar 3/4 cup plain flour 1/4 cup cocoa powder... Continue Reading →

Shadow Study – Maria V Snyder

Release date: December 2014 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Shadow Study (Study series #4; Soulfinder series #1; Chronicles of Ixia #7) blurb: Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler.  But she'd survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.  Now she... Continue Reading →

Spy Glass – Maria V Snyder

Release date: 1 September 2010 Rating: ★★★★★★★★ – 8/10 Goodreads link Spy Glass (Glass series #3; Chronicles of Ixia #6) blurb: Opal Cowan had been willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her friends and rid the world of blood magic.  Though she survives, she is forever changed... Opal has lost her powers.  More than... Continue Reading →

Werribee Open Range Zoo

The last week I have had the delight of entertaining my cousin's daughter while her mum is at work.  When I lived closer I would take her for a day or two during her summer holidays so her mum didn't eat up all of her leave or have to pay for babysitters.  Now that we... Continue Reading →

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

Release date: 27 September 2011 Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10 Goodreads link Daughter of Smoke and Bone (DOSAB trilogy #1) blurb: ERRAND REQUIRING IMMEDIATE ATTENTION.  COME. The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it.  Karou read the message.  "He never says please", she sighed, but she gathered up her things.... Continue Reading →

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