24 February 2014

Granny blanket update...

My Cross Granny Square blanket is coming along nicely!  Since the last time I showed you it, I've added the turquoise colour as well, which I'm loving!

I love the fact that I'm not getting bored with this project.  When I get sick of doing the different coloured squares, I move to joining them in crosses then attaching them to the blanket.

I even did a bit of crochet at the hairdressers the other day, and she loved the blanket style so much she is going to do one too (double yay for having an awesome hairdresser who loves to crochet as well!).

Not sure how big I'm going to make it yet? 

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18 February 2014

Chocolate Pistachio Fudge

I'm not the best fudge maker, but when I saw this recipe of Nigella's, I knew I could probably pull it off as it looked so easy and delicious.  

Seriously, this stuff is sooooo good, and changing up the darkness of chocolate and/or the type of nuts (or other ingredients) mixed in makes it the most perfect recipe ever!  I think this is going to be my new go-to treat for a very long time!


  • 350 grams dark chocolate (chopped, minimum 70% cocoa solids)
  • 1 x 397 grams can condensed milk
  • 30 grams butter (2 Tablespoons)
  • pinch of salt
  • 150 grams pistachios
Put the chopped chocolate, condensed milk, butter and salt in a heavy-based pan on a low heat, and stir to melt.

Put the nuts into a freezer bag and bash them with a rolling pin, until broken up into both big and little pieces. 

Add the nuts to the melted chocolate and condensed milk and stir well to mix.

Pour and spatch this mixture into a foil tray 23cm / 9 inch square, smoothing the top.

Let the fudge cool, and refrigerate until set. You can then cut it into small pieces approx. 3 x 2.25cm / 1¾ x 1¾ inches. Cutting 8 x 10 / 7 x 7 lines in the tin to give 64 pieces best achieves this.

Once cut, it can be kept in the freezer - no need to thaw just eat straight away.

Hubby doesn't know that I'm keeping ours in the freezer - and he's in love with the stuff!

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Original recipe from here.

17 February 2014

On the weekend I...

Here are a few snapshots from our weekend just past - most of them taken on my mobile phone (because I'm just too lazy to take my camera with me most of the time!)...

Ornament love...

I loved celebrating my niece (the bride to be) at her high tea bridal shower!  We had to dress in pink and/or white, and for me (a tomboy at heart) it was hard to find something pink to wear.  Such an amazing spread of delicious goodies and heaps of fun playing ladies.

Loving this granny square cross blanket I've started!  Inspration via this on Pinterest.  Crochet is so therapeutic!!

Trying to get fit again - I don't like fitness, so I try to brighten it up by taking my #mileaday pics fun...

My most favourite day of the week, Monday!  While most people dread Monday, it's our day off together and usually always super awesome (that's why it's in my weekend pics - cause it's still the weekend for us!).

Fat Camel, Whangarei

It was a good weekend - looking forward to this week!

13 February 2014

Penguin Ice Cream Cake

Today we celebrated the birthday of our baby - she's no longer a baby, but a beautiful and precious young lady!

A couple of years ago our children were all saying what they would like to do/be when they grew up. Our youngest declared (with total sincerity) that when she grew up she wanted to be a penguin and live on a farm!  

She still loves penguins, and although she didn't have a big party this year with friends (just precious Grandparents, Nana and her great Nana as guests) she had ordered a penguin ice cream cake! Now how in the world do you make one of those!!??!!! Dad took it upon himself to create her one, along with a Watermelon Shark again!

*For those of you wondering, the Penguin Ice Cream Cake is basically a tub of ice cream, covered in melted white chocolate, surrounded by jelly and decorated with some precious penguin ornaments. Easy huh!?! Also, it totally tasted like a white chocolate Magnum!!!

We had a delicious afternoon tea and enjoyed celebrating this precious wee girl, our little gift from Happy Land!

Happy birthday to our beautiful Happy Land princess!

 p.s. She loved her Penguin Softie!!!

11 February 2014

Penguin Softie

There is a certain little girl around these parts who will be celebrating her birthday in a couple of days.  This certain little girl is obsessed with penguins at the moment!  In actual fact, she was obsessed with them last year on her birthday as well (see her cake here).

She has been begging me lately for one of my softies, so I thought I'd have a go at making her a penguin softie.  I'm really happy with how it has turned out!

Hopefully she'll like it too - but shhhhhhhh, secret squirrel!!

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03 February 2014

Who is this Child?

We love our kids - often Symon and I wonder at how different God made each one. Other times we look at each other and exclaim, "Who is this Child"?

We've done that quite a few times with our youngest daughter - such a character, such a dreamer. She is an independent little girl that marches to the beat of her own drum.  Lately we've been referring to her as the one who comes from Happy Land.

Here's a little song she made up (and got her sister to record) yesterday.  It's nice to know she thinks so highly of us (I honestly wondered if she had noticed all the stuff we do around here while she is in Happy Land).

*Please excuse the poor quality of the video (recorded on an Ipod :) and the neighbours lawnmower in the background!  The full version is so funny as she goes on and gets into some beat boxing, but alas, too long to upload here.

Got to file this one away for her 21st for sure.

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