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My Christmas Nest

MY CHRISTMAS NEST If you have been following me for some time you will know I have embarked on a journey of living a little more simply.  Taking time to appreciate the beauty in simplicity and quality.  I have shunned the chain store market in search of a more sustainable lifestyle where perhaps less is more. And so to Christmas, in the spirit of giving and receiving gratefully and with a clear conscience  for my Lagom lifestyle I
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Rosemary and Orange Shortbread

ROSEMARY and ORANGE SHORTBREAD I am a sucker for pretty things, pretty things that taste good, even better, so when I stumbled upon this gorgeous post on Lunch Lady Blog with a simple recipe, put together in cohorts with our very own Elenor Ozich  I had to try it. So here it is, tried and tested in my little kitchen and like all good food processor recipes it is super easy! The Biscuit 1 1/3 cups of flour 2/3
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Sundowner

SUNDOWNER The name Sundowner comes from Africa, it represents the early evening when you can celebrate a good days work with a drink, preferably a G & T, while you watch the sun go down. I prefer my Gin and Tonic pool side, well before the sun goes down, on a lazy Summer weekend and sometimes I think it’s best not to mess with a good thing;  G & T and a wedge of lemon has done us
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Sticky Date Pudding

STICKY DATE PUD Sometimes I share recipes, not often as I’m no great chef and I do tend to stick to meals that I know work and that everyone likes. Searching for an easy dessert to serve last week took me through my cookbook shelf, most of them required a trip to buy chocolate or other such things that I try not to keep in the cupboards (I’m not good with resisting temptations) and living semi-rural means a trip to
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Where do I come from?

WHERE DO I COME FROM? Its a simple question with a few answers.  I was born in Wales, my parents are from the United Kingdom, I live in New Zealand, but really, where do I come from? It is something that intrigues me, the family tree.  We don’t really have one, my knowledge extends only as far back as my Grandparents.  So where to start?  I don’t really have the time to research. So the interested, but lazy
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How to Spring Clean your home

HOW TO SPRING CLEAN YOUR HOME Its getting close, you can smell it in the air, warmer weather is just around the corner!  I can tell its close at my little house due to the layer of yellow pollen I just dusted off my dining table. It got me thinking, that layer of yellow dust, its time for a Spring Clean.   Spring-Clean, why just Spring, what about Autumn, Winter and Summer?  Well its like coming out of
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Perfect Place Setting

PERFECT PLACE SETTING Monsteras seem to be taking over my life.  I buy them little wishing for them to grow but when they grow I wish them little again. Looking at my overloaded plant I am thinking those beautiful big green leaves will make the best placemats! I am teaming it up with this gorgeous dinner set from Wundaire and Fisher & Paykel and I think it looks amazing! Lunch Date Set! Photography and Styling by My Little
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The Kiwi Kitchen

THE KIWI KITCHEN All my life the name that has personified the Kiwi Kitchen is Fisher & Paykel.  There is much more choice these days but I have always remained faithful and happy with F&P.  Though, had Olive Paykel not have been flicking the pages of an American Home Journal in the 1930’s and seen the new home appliance, the refrigerator,  this iconic kiwi brand may never had eventuated. Since then Fisher & Paykel have gone from strength to
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Sangria

SANGRIA SANGRIA There is something about those long lunches with girl friends; the conversation never dies, the laughs are quick and sometimes even the tears.  Those lunches are special, each one marked, noted in my memory bank.  Remember when… This one we had Sangria.  We talked, laughed, shared and that drink now has a special place in my memory. So, a recipe is in order.  Sangria is Spanish, traditionally made with Red Wine.  I prefer White or Rosé. I’m
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Lagom

LAGOM What do we kiwis know about Lagom?  Is it a way of life that we could adopt to create a better place to live?  New Zealanders will argue that we are the greenest country on the planet, but perhaps that is only because we are such a young country with more space than population.  At-the-moment! While sitting in early morning traffic in Albany, on Aucklands North Shore I took a really good look at the construction going
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