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Chocolate Brownie Balls

CHOCOLATE BROWNIE BALLS I am no great baker, nor, have I decided, do I want to be.  No, that would just be far too tempting and there are enough temptations in life without adding another that ultimately no good is going to come from.  Agree? Okay, then here is the recipe to end all recipes, its a pick me up, a sweet snack sensation without all the fuss and bother and without all the refined sugar; something to
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Comfort Food

COMFORT FOOD There is always a recipe you relate to that feeling of comfort, of contentment and warmth.  A Hygge recipe. This is mine.  I was given it by my Aunt so I don’t know its exact origin, but it quickly became the recipe I pull out when someone is coming for lunch at short notice, or a casual dinner, I’ve handed it out to many friends and family, so I thought it was time I get it in
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Summer Entertaining

SUMMER ENTERTAINING There is something about summer that we New Zealanders embrace, not the muggy heat, not the mozzies and certainly not the unpredictable weather, but we throw off those BBQ covers and get inviting.  Subtle and simple, we don’t possess any airs and graces its merely a casual “pop over and we will throw something on the barbie”. Well, I do have a little problem with that, not the simplicity, not the food itself and not the spontaneity,
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Mojito Time

ITS A MOJITO KINDA DAY With the mint taking over the herb garden and the limes sitting idle on the tree its time to take action… Mojitos! I think if anything spells summer Mojitos do and today was a beautiful summers day. Its a simple mix of; 1 C Sugar Syrup 4 C White Rum 1/2 Cup Lime Juice 4 C Sparking water 1 C Fresh Mint leaves Ice Put all the ingredients into a drinks dispenser and
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Hygge NZ Style

HYGGE NZ STYLE Some of my earliest childhood memories invole the Danish art of Hygge. Pronounced Hoo-ga.  Then, the way we lived our lives was all about Hyggeling, only we didn’t know it.  Have we lost the art?  Yes, I believe we have, but to know that you must first understand what Hygge is, and why we need it in our lives.  William Morris; a Designer responsible for the Arts and Crafts Movement in the 19th century believed
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The Black and White Barn

THE BLACK AND WHITE BARN Come holiday time and my family despair of me.  I am such a homebody.  Why would I want to go away?  I have everything I need right here at my little house! But when you get the opportunity to head less than an hour north and stay in a place that resembles your own, but better, how could you refuse? The Black and White Barn in Matakana is a monochrome lovers dream, the
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The Christmas Table

THE CHRISTMAS TABLE Thats it, 2016 Christmas Dinner done and dusted.  The weather was less than perfect but in the end does it matter?  A time for togetherness and belonging, family, food and fun. My son is off to Norway to study in a few days time and so my theme this year? Norwegian Peaks and Mountain Flowers (okay, I picked them on the roadside in my community but still…) The little mountain peaks are wooden Christmas Tree Decorations
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Sweet Nothings

SWEET NOTHINGS I really wanted to try this Bounty Bar Recipe. I really, really wish I hadn’t! The are so simple to make and totally delicious, and what better way to present them than on a marble tray with some summer roses that are in abundance in My Little House garden just at the moment Tempted? 2/3 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk 3 Cups Coconut 1/2 Cup Icing Sugar 250g Bar Chocolate  Mix together until sticky enough to form
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Coffee vs Tea

THE GREAT DEBATE What side of the fence are you on? I keep hearing how tea is the new coffee and I have to say I enjoy a cup or two a day. But coffee, well I cant seem to give it up.  Is it the addictive properties or all those lovely antioxidants, or is it merely a habit? I have learnt of late that tea contains L-Theanine which is said to help relieve stress by inducing a relaxing
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Empty Nest

EMPTY NEST The day has come… 20 years in the making… my son is leaving home!  They say a mother cat is ready when her kittens leave her care and within a day resume her life as it was before her off-spring arrived.  While I believe there is a difference between the human and feline parenting process I can honestly say I’m ready.  This is not to say I am likely to worry less but there just comes that
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