This morning…

I got out of bed this morning, did some morning stretches and felt a twinge in the shoulder area, 2 seconds later there was pain. So I’m sitting on the couch now trying to type this with one hand. I was hoping to post my Apple and Cinnamon cake recipe today, and I feel terrible that I can’t.applecakeHopefully, I can get enough rest today and share this recipe with you tomorrow.

Trying to rest my arm,


August Break 2014, Capturing life

The August Break 2014… Week Three

Here is my week three of…augustbreaklistweekthreeDay 15 Blueweekthree1Day 16 Look downweekthree2 Day 17 Bookshelfweekthree3Day 18 Jump.. fun on the trampolineweekthree4 Day 19 Black + Whiteweekthree5 Day 20 Peaceful.. a lovely weekend getaway hubby and I hadweekthree6Day 21 Treasures.. 1900’s children’s shoes, my hubby’s late aunties cup, an old Agfa camera, an old Cine Kodak magazine camera and a little brown bottle I found on a vintage huntweekthree7Day 22 Shadow.. riding on a 1948 diesel train

Next week I will share week four which is the last week of The August Break 2014, happy snapping!


Baking, Doughnuts, Recipes

Home-made Doughnuts

This post is an entry into the Nuffnang ‘Fresh Recipe’ Network Competition, thanks to BRITA. Check out for inspiration and exclusive recipes by Gary Mehigan’.

On occasions at our house, we delve into the wonderful world of home-made doughnuts. I always thought that making doughnuts from scratch would be too difficult. Well, I can tell you right now that they are very easy to make. I don’t make them very often though as they are a special treat. But when we do, we thoroughly enjoy them!brita16

Home-made Doughnuts
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Recipe type: Doughnuts
Serves: lots
  • 2 tlbs instant dried yeast
  • 1 cup warm filtered water *
  • 1 cup buttermilk (I use 1 cup milk with 2 tlbs vinegar)
  • 180 gms melted butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 5-6 cups plain flour
  • 2 tlbs baking powder
  • 2 tsps salt
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • icing sugar and milk for glaze
  • sugar and cinnamon for cinnamon mix
  • *you can substitute the filtered water for unfiltered water.
  1. Add the warm filtered water to a large bowl and whisk in 2 tlbs of yeast until dissolved.
  2. Then add buttermilk, melted butter, sugar, 2 cups of flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well with a large spoon until combined.
  3. Add 2 more cups of flour and mix in. It will start to form into a soft dough, keep mixing.
  4. Add another cup of flour and again mix in. At this time I scrape out the dough and place it on a floured surface. I then start kneading the dough and add the rest of the flour if needed. The dough needs to be soft and not sticky. If you need to add more flour, please do.
  5. Once the dough is ready, you can roll it out on a floured surface to ½ inch/1.2 cms.
  6. Using a round dough cutter (I used a 2½ inch/6.3 cms) cut out the doughnuts and place on a baking tray covered with baking paper. I also cut out the middle of the doughnut dough with a small cutter from a biscuit cutting set.
  7. Once all the doughnuts have been cut out and placed on a tray, let them rise until they have doubled in size (about 45 mins)
  8. For cooking: I use my deep fryer. Temp 170°C. Cooked on each side for 1 min.
  9. I cook 4 doughnuts at a time. When they are done, I either glaze them with the icing mix or cover them in the cinnamon mix. Then they are placed onto a cake rack lined with baking paper.
  10. After all doughnuts are cooked, you can make a tea or coffee and sit down to eat them.
  11. Enjoy!

brita I use filtered water in my doughnut recipe. I find it makes a difference to the mixture, it gives the dough an aerated feel. The final product also comes out light and moist.brita2Whisk together warm filtered water and yeast.brita3 Add buttermilk, melted butter, 2 cups of flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.brita4Mix well, until all combined. You will have a wet mixture that looks like this.brita5 Keep adding flour until your dough is soft and not sticky.brita6 Roll out dough until 1/2 inch/1.2 cms thickbrita7Cut out doughnuts with a round cutter.
brita8 Cut out a hole in the middle with a small cutter (I used a small biscuit cutter from a biscuit set)brita9 brita10Once all the doughnuts are cut out, place them on a baking tray. Let them rise until they have doubled in size.brita11 Setting up the deep fryer.brita12The glaze and cinnamon mix are ready.brita22Watching the doughnuts cooking in the deep fryer.brita14Cooked for 1 min on one side and ready to be turned over.brita13 Covering the doughnuts in the glaze.brita15Covering the doughnuts in the cinnamon mix.brita17 Doughnuts are done and ready to be served.brita18 brita19 They are the best doughnuts. They are delicious, soft, fluffy and just sooo gooood!brita20We all love them especially the kids.
brita21Sometimes we have some left over, and sometimes we don’t!

Do you have a recipe that you only make for a special treat? 

Happy doughnut making!





August Break 2014, Capturing life, Photography

The August Break 2014… Week Two

Here is my week two of the August Break 2014…
augustbreaklistweektwoDay 8 Selfieweektwo1 Day 9 In my bagweektwo2 Day 10 Drink… coffee in my favourite cupweektwo3 Day 11 Handwriting… my daughters beautiful handwritingweektwo4 Day 12 On the table… the packing of the school lunchboxesweektwo5 Day 13 My guilty pleasure… vintage plate collectionweektwo6Day 14 Hands… my hand in marriage

Next week I will share week three of the August Break 2014, happy snapping!



The Kids verdict On The Cake…

Waiting for the kids to come out of school. I see them coming, they walk over to me.

“Hi kids, how was your day?”

“What was in the cake?” 11 yr old


“Because there were bits in it.”

“There was walnuts, carrots and sultanas. Didn’t you like it?”

“Not really. Can you not put that in my lunch box tomorrow please.”

“Did you like it?” this said to my 9 yr old

“Yes, it was nice.”

“Did you want some for tomorrow?”

“No thank you”

My 6 yr old didn’t have any as she told me she didn’t want that cake when I was packing their lunch box. My 16 yr old liked the cake and took another piece today.

I do like the kids trying different cakes instead of always Chocolate and Vanilla. I might just make a carrot cake next time and see if they like that. I think they just don’t like the bits in this cake.

So it looks like there is just more cake for me to eat with my coffee!

walnutchiacake5Have you baked anything that your kids or hubby doesn’t like? 




Baking, Cakes, Recipes, Sundaybakingsunday

Carrot, Walnut and Chia Cake

Ever since we bought some walnuts from the Farmers Market, I have wanted to make a cake with them. A couple of months ago I started to join in with Fabulous Foodie Friday over at CreateBakeMake. Last Friday Lauren posted a cake recipe that included walnuts in it. Yay! I found a recipe to use the walnuts. Let’s get in that kitchen and bake a Carrot, Walnut and Chia Cake.walnutchiacake

Carrot, Walnut and Chia Cake
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 12
  • 1½ cups self raising flour, sifted
  • 1¼ cups brown sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 2 cups grated carrot
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup sultanas
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C fan forced/ 170°C.
  2. Line a 20cm round cake tin with baking paper.
  3. Add sugar and vegetable oil to a bowl and beat for 2 - 3 minutes until combined.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well before adding the next egg.
  5. Add the sifted flour, nutmeg and cinnamon and then add the grated carrot, coconut, walnuts, sultanas and chia seeds.
  6. Mix ingredients together until they have just combined.
  7. Pour mixture into cake tin and bake for 40 minutes, or until cooked when a skewer is inserted in the middle.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before carefully removing and transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
This recipe was adapted from CreateBakeMake.

walnutcake Add vegetable oil and brown sugar, beat together.walnutcake1walnutcake2Add eggs one at a time and mix until combined. walnutcake4 Sift flour, cinnamon and ground ginger.walnutcake5 Chop up some walnuts.walnutcake3Grate some carrots.walnutcake6 Add chopped walnuts, grated carrot, sultanas, coconut and chia seeds.walnutcake7 Mix gently until combined.walnutcake8The cake turned out great. It smelt really good and I could have cut a slice while it was still warm.walnutchiacake I ended up putting some vanilla icing on the cake. I was going to leave the cake plain, but I thought it would entice the kids to eat the cake if it had some icing on top. I am starting to enjoy baking cakes with different ingredients in them. I just can’t tell the kids what’s in it!walnutchiacake4I used white chia seeds instead of the black chia seeds, otherwise my kids would be asking me what are the black things in the cake!
walnutchiacake1 walnutchiacake2See, you can’t see the white chia seeds.walnutchiacake3 Sliced and wrapped, ready for the kid’s lunch boxes. I look forward to hearing what they say when I pick them up from school today.

Do you like trying different recipes? Do you hide ingredients in the goodies you bake?

Happy baking!


garden, In The Garden, Veggie garden

In The Garden… Enjoying the Sun

The past few days we have been lucky to have enjoyed some wonderful sunshine in Melbourne. All the plants and veggie seedlings have been absorbing the warmth. When the sun comes out, I always feel the need to venture outside. It is very enticing for me.inthegardenThe veggie seedlings have grown a little bit. I need to give the snow pea and pea seedlings some wire to climb on. They are trying to reach for something to grab. The green stake I am using is too big for them to cling on to. Poor things.inthegarden1inthegarden2The parsley just keeps on growing. I need to cut some back and start drying it.inthegarden3What is growing in your garden? Have you planted any new plants?
inthegarden4Have you joined in with In The Garden? You can share anything about your garden or someone else’s. It could be the kids playing outside, a visit to a garden nursery or any new plants you have planted. You don’t have to have a veggie garden to share.

You can now join in with me via Instagram. You can just share your garden photos and tag using #_inthegarden_

I would love to see what you have in any garden. Just add your link below. 

Happy gardening and enjoy your weekend.


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