Friday, July 11, 2014

Caramel Mudcake with Caramel Ganache


Every year, for the last 10 years at least, I make my '40 something' sister a birthday cake. It's only been since my kids were born that I've done it and it's usually been a quick, throw together cake with a bit of plain icing, just for the sake of putting a candle in to blow for the amusement of the kids. This year I thought I'd do something a little more and opted for this Caramel Mudcake.


It's based on this really easy recipe by Weekend Mummy and it was just what I needed to get in the oven before I picked the kids up from school. Trouble was, I didn't read the whole recipe and it required over 2 hours cooking in a slow oven. Normally, I wouldn't have minded but I had a million things on this particular day. Crisis averted. It eventually got baked but it was a little overcooked on the ends but still nice and moist inside like a mudcake should be. Its such an easy cake to mix together and very delicious.


I wasn't sure what to top it with but I thought a caramel ganache would suit it best so found the best recipe here which consisted of white chocolate, cream and half a tin of caramel Top'N'Fill. It was easy to make and absolutely delicious and could be used for a million other uses. (Stay tuned for what I did with the other half of the tin of caramel and no, I didn't eat it from the can although I was tempted!) I drizzled the top with a 'little' melted dark chocolate to finish.

The cake was received well, the kids got to blow out the birthday candle and my sister turned another year older with a few extra calories added on for good measure.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Top 17 winter warmer recipes


I live in a pretty fantastic climate here in Brisbane. The summers are hot and the winter is mild. I really thought we might've missed out on winter this year with the weather still pretty warm half way through June but its arrived, with a vengeance, so the slow cooker has been pulled out of hiding and it's been getting a good workout. Time to share my top 10 winter warmer recipes which are also easy, frugal and use seasonal ingredients. It may not be cold in your part of the world but some of these are still good to put on for summer so you don't heat the kitchen up and you can serve with some crusty bread and a side salad.




































Remember to look for cheaper cuts of meat, for example instead of buying over-priced lamb shanks, look for a boneless lamb shoulder or lamb chops. Same with ham hocks for pea and ham soup. They are so over-priced during the cooler months. A much cheaper option is to flavour a Pea and Ham Soup with bacon bones and add some chopped, cooked bacon for more flavour and texture. Use seasonal vegetables and adapt the above recipes to suit what you have on hand.

Check out the "Recipes" tab above for more winter warmer soup recipes and plenty of winter pudding recipes which will complete your family meal.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Explaining my absence

To all of my gorgeous friends out there in the blogosphere, I'm finally getting around to letting you all know what I've been up to and where I've been. To say that things have been busy around here is an understatement. To all of you who are parents, I don't need to tell you how crazy things can get let alone if you're working, studying or trying a whole new life changing experience.

As most of you would know, my marriage ended in January 2012. Just 2 months later my mother passed away unexpectedly. The following 2 years were the hardest I ever had to endure. BUT and it is a big but, I got there in the end and have transformed my life. My life couldn't be better.

I live in a very lucky country and since my marital status changed to 'separated' I've been fortunate enough to receive a helping hand from our government in the way of financial support. Unfortunately this doesn't last forever and towards the end of last year, I had to either find a job or study or lose this financial support. Trying to think of something to study in your late 40's or find a job that fits around your children's school life was proving difficult. After some deep soul searching I realised that I'd follow my lifelong passion of working in the sports/fitness industry and complete studies in Fitness, which would enable me to work as a Personal Trainer or in the sports industry.

One problem though. I wasn't as fit or in fact healthy as I was before I had my children and was carrying an awful amount of extra weight due to emotional eating and depression. My brain switched into gear and I hit the pavement and joined a gym, two things I always loved doing but never had time for, or more to the point, always made excuses for. (I've since lost more weight but am not really into taking selfies or weighing myself.)


Some 40 kilos (88 pounds) later, I haven't been this fit in the last 10 years nor as healthy. I'm nearly finished studying my Certificate III and IV in Fitness and will begin to look for a job either as a sports coach or work with the elderly in a rehabilitative capacity.

Needless to say the blog has been neglected. I was trying my hardest to continue with the Thriving on Thursday linky party but before I knew it, it would be Saturday and I'd say "what happened to Thursday?" I've received some lovely emails from followers checking up on me and I really appreciate your concerns and apologise profusely for not letting you know sooner.

The biggest thing I've learnt from my experience is that sometimes it takes getting to rock bottom to build a new foundation. My body, mind and spirit is thanking me for my life change and so are my children. I have so much more energy and a great new outlook on life. I haven't been creating too many new recipes, rather eating clean, healthy, natural food but stay tuned for more recipes to come.

I've also met a wonderful man who seems to tick all the boxes that I've been looking for all my life. We've been seeing each other for a couple months now and everything is going smoothly.

I can't wait to get back to blogging on a more regular basis and to keep in touch with all you wonderful people who I've made friends with over the last few years. You've all been such wonderful support to me through both the hard times and the good.

Thanks again for all your concerns. You're all just great!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Celebrate with Mother's Choice & Win!

Mothers' Choice Australia






Mother's Choice, Australian Mum's practical choice for nursery solutions, is turning 40 years old and they need your help.

Mother's Choice are running a competition on their Facebook page in conjunction with this milestone. Unfortunately, Mother's Choice lost most of their historical records and photos when their premises caught on fire in 1989.


To piece together their lost history, Mother's Choice are holding a competition getting people to submit photos that feature their products.  The winner stands a chance to win the grand prize of $5,000 cash or Mother's Choice vouchers at $1,500.  Older photos will carry more weight and receive extra entries, but newer and more recent photos are also eligible.

Nursery all ready for my little girl

Nearly 10 years ago this coming November, I was faced with the task of having to buy nursery furniture. I was looking for furniture that was going to be safe and able to care for my children, qualities Mother's Choice value above keeping up with trends.

My little Benny boy

Mother's Choice huge range of products from prams, high chairs, nursery furniture and walkers "deliver on longevity, practicality and innovation, without compromise".

You can find more information about the competition and campaign here.



Disclaimer:  Mother's Choice provided Domesblissity content for this post.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thriving on Thursdays - Linky Party # 113

Domesblissity

Good morning and welcome to a 'late' Thriving on Thursday. I'm normally more organised and have the post prepared the night before but it's school holiday vacation time over here and even though we haven't been doing much, I'm exhausted by the evening. Understandably the children just want to talk (and talk and talk and talk) and eat (and eat and eat and eat). They are demanding my attention every second of the day. I don't think they were this demanding as babies! But anyway, that's life as a Mum. My apologies for the delay in getting the post up. Here are my top 3 food and non food related posts from last week.

FOOD

Chocolate Mousse Cake on Hazelnut Crust - Gluten Free


How-to-make-your-own-lara-bars


Ginger Beef over Coconut Sweet Potatoes (#paleo #dairyfree #glutenfree ) | www.worthcooking.net


NON FOOD

Everyday Baby Quilt Tutorial






Thanks everyone for linking up. I will get around to that Easter round up as well. So many fantastic ideas that should be featured in their own separate post. If you were featured this week, feel free to grab a 'featured' button from above. Now, onto this week's party.





Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review: Pringo (World's First Portable WiFi Printer)


How many photos do you have on you mobile phone? Heaps I bet? Wouldn't you love to be able to print them whenever you felt like? For friends, family, school projects, whatever? Well, behold, let me introduce you to the Pringo, the world's first portable WiFi printer. A fabulous little portable device that just pops into your handbag and allows you to print any photo from your mobile phone or tablet.


The Pringo is slightly bigger than your regular sized mobile phone and comes in the gorgeous pink colour above or a pearl white. It's pretty easy to put together and operate. The free app is available for download for both Apple and Android devices. There is a range of personalised options with the Pringo software with beautiful borders, stamps and effects for personalised pocket-sized prints.


The Pringo adds a unique protective layer to each print to ensure they remain UV, fingerprint and water
proof.  It’s also perfect for scrapbookers and families wanting to capture special moments.

As a special offer, I'm offering my readers the opportunity to get your hands on one of these little beauties with a 15% discount code. The Pringo retails for $198. Just use the discount code Pr11 through the Pringo web site. This offer is only valid until 30 April 2014.  This is going to be one of those must have devices along with your mobile phone. You'll soon wonder how you survived without it!




Disclaimer:  I was gifted a Pringo Portable WiFi Printer for review purposes.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thriving on Thursdays - Linky Party # 112

Domesblissity

Welcome to another Thursday and time to thrive all my lovely followers and guests. A place to link up your projects from the week (or earlier) whether they refer to recipes, crafts and general information. Anything to all help us save a couple of dollars along the way and be a little thrifty. Tomorrow is the last day of school for term 1. I can't believe its gone so quickly. I really have been flying by the seat of my pants this term. Its just whizzed by. I'm hoping to re-group and be more ready for term 2. You'd think I was the one going to school. I may as well enrol the amount of time I spend up there. Anyway, from last week's party, here are my top 3 food and non food posts.

FOOD

easy breakfast ideas


Sourdough Irish Soda Bread




NON FOOD

Challenge #5: A (Refashioned) Simple Top!: Diane's Vintage Zest!


Ikea Kvissle Magazine File Makeover  |  View From The Fridge


Painted Burlap House Number Canvas  | littleredwindow.com | Make a unique and sentimental painted burlap art canvas with this great tutorial!


Thank you so much to everyone who linked up. So many wonderful projects. I'll be featuring all of the Easter posts this coming Sunday and the following Sunday just so you've got enough inspiration. If you were featured today, feel free to grab a 'featured' button. Now, onto this week's party. Let's go.



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