19 February 2018


It's been busy around these parts with so much to be thankful for.  Things like...

Celebrating our youngest turning 11 years old!!  Where has the time gone?  We just love our creative and bubbly girl.

Also thankful for road trips that include catching up with amazing friends and delicious food (yay for Little & Friday)...

 Thankful for laughs and Boo..

 And family coming to visit all the way from Australia...

Thankful for an exciting new season for our church Renew Church NZ as we celebrate our church having a new name, it's 41st birthday and Symon & I being in ministry for 20 years this year.  So much to be thankful for.

Photos thanks to Cam Prentice

 Loving weddings - this couple are so sweet!

And with Valentines day just having passed, thankful for this guy, the love of my life.

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12 February 2018

Rich Chocolate Cake (flourless)

I love chocolate, and I love cake... but I also love making food that my gluten free family members can enjoy.

Below is a recent creation (adapted from a few fav recipes) that was rich, delicious and gluten free!


250 grams butter
1 block of dark Whittakers chocolate (equivalent to around 225 or 250 grams)
1.5 cups sugar
1 cup cocoa plus extra for dusting afterwards
6 eggs

Heat oven to moderate temperature and prepare a cake tin by greasing entire tin and lining base.  Melt chocolate and butter together, mix thoroughly and once smooth whisk in sugar, then eggs (one at a time), mixing well after each egg.  Add sifted cocoa powder and whisk well.

Pour batter into baking tin and bake 35-40 minutes (or until a skewer comes out with moist crumbs).

Cool cake before removing from pan, once removed, leave to cool completely and set.  Serve dusted with cocoa powder (delicious with whipped or pouring cream!).

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17 January 2018

Happy New Year!

It's a new year, and there is a lot to love lately!  Things like...

Celebrating New Years with friends!  We had a great New Years hanging with friends, eating delicious goodies (thanks to the amazing Jackie B), drinking Luwak coffee (aka poop coffee), playing games and letting off a few fireworks.  It's nice for us oldies to see the New Year in once in awhile...

We've been exploring our city...

We (well the guys in our family) tried out the extremely hot chilli chocolate that Symon got for Christmas... and slightly regretted it.  The chooclate is aptly named "Instant Regret".

Symon & I have been enjoying our staycation holiday (which has just come to an end) and may have involved the odd Husbandnap...

I've started a new crochet project, a Twin Peaks inspired zig zag blanket for my son Jasher...

We've had some special beach trips with family...

Meanwhile Boo has been enjoying doing what she normally does, which is nothing...

Finally, a holiday highlight was getting to hang out with some of our favourite people as our holidays came to an end - the Morton family (with both of our families minus a child)!

This year has only just begun and it's already been amazing... because when you choose to focus on the good stuff and keep a thankful heart, the highlights outshine the low moments. 

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