May 07

Easy Peasy Russian Fudge

By Jane

I was frantically cooking for a family picnic when I came across this recipe. We love sweet things in this house and wouldn’t hear of having a picnic without something sweet to finish it off. Usually that something sweet is fudge. In a cruel twist of fate, I hate making fudge and am consequently pretty bad at it with consistent failures. I wondered if I […]

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Apr 27

Insurance Merry-Go-Round

By Jane

Yes here he is at 6.00 in the morning having been up for an hour already going over insurance policies. Since we became property tycoons (one investment property in the burbs qualifies you as a tycoon, doesn’t it?) we decided we needed to take out some income protection and trauma insurance. That decision was the […]

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Apr 26

365 Days Grateful

By Jane

I read an article recently about a woman called Hannah Martin who decided to record one thing or moment that she was grateful for, each day for 365 days.  She called it 365 Grateful project. I thought about it and wondered how I would do finding something to be grateful for each and every day. […]

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Apr 17

Paella

By Jane

On special occasions, 18th century Valencians used paelleras (the round, shallow pan paella is traditionally cooked in) to cook rice in the open air of their orchards near lake Albufera. Marsh rat was one of the main ingredients of early paellas, along with eel and butter beans. Paella, in its modern form, evolved in the mid 19th century on the east […]

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Apr 11

Aikido kids

By Jane

Stand back Karate kid, here come Aikido kids.  How lucky are we, no need for burglar alarms in our house when we have our own Chuck Norris wannabes. So look out, you mess with us and one of these two will have you running in the opposite direction with one of their special moves. Perhaps […]

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Apr 11

Four Seed Bread

By Jane

I have been making this bread for a few years now. I was sick of paying a fortune in the supermarkets for a decent wholegrain bread that didn’t contain ingredients which sounded as though they could cause the person who ingested them to sprout extra body parts. After trialling several recipes this is the one […]

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Apr 01

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes…

By Jane

Often wise comments can be heard coming from the mouths of babes. The conversation between these two girls is always worth listening to for entertainment value. ‘For God’s sake go see a movie!’  I hear you say. What? Put on ‘adult, outdoor’ clothes, leave the house and take part in an activity with normal people […]

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Mar 30

Muesli Recipe

By Jane

Muesli is so easy to make. It is a great fibre rich and gluten free breakfast that will keep you going for the whole morning.   Ingredients 4 cups rolled oats 2 cups rice bran 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1/2 cup pepitas 1/4 cup of chia* 1/2 cup nuts (use any nuts you like eg. […]

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