Pat-a-Cake: Toblerone Cheesecake

Toblerone Cheesecake Close-upLast Sunday was Appi‘s birthday. S and I decided that we would make him a cake as his birthday present. We love baking, and everyone should have a cake on their birthday, so it seemed a sensible choice. And it seems to be what we do for everyone’s birthdays, but we’ve not had any complaints.

We knew right away that we wanted to make something that was whipped cream-y or cheescake-y. Those are criteria that Appi often looks for in cakes. Previously we made cheesecake and caramel sauce. That cheesecake was a fairly plain one, hence adding the sauce. It was also baked, and if you follow the link and look at the pictures you can see that it cracked on the top. It was the first time I’d made a cheesecake so I was pretty proud of it nonetheless.

This year I wanted to make something a bit different. Continue reading

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Baker’s Dozen: Easy Oat Bread

Easy Oat BreadWe don’t own a bread machine. Call me old-fashioned if you will, but I like to make my bread by hand.

When I lived at home in England with my parents they had a bread machine. It made good bread, but I always thought the loaves ended up being quite similar no matter which recipe was used – similar textures, similar flavours. Plus I enjoy the process of making bread by hand. I enjoy mixing it and kneading it, and getting covered in dough!

This loaf doesn’t actually require any kneading. We’ve made it oh, countless times, and it’s really very simple to make. I love that it uses oats and whole grain flour; it is just as tasty as a white loaf (I would argue more so) but is far healthier. Continue reading

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A Mini-Honeymoon

Sunset over the lake

Sunset over the lake

This weekend S and I finally got around to going on a honeymoon. We figured it was about time, considering we’ve now been married for a little over ten months. One of the reasons we haven’t had our honeymoon sooner is because we’d been hoping to save up to go somewhere in particular. We finally realised that it’s going to take at least another couple of years to save enough to go where we really wanted to go, so we decided we should at least do something.

S is of the opinion that it hardly counts as a honeymoon anyway because it’s been so long since the wedding. I can see where he’s coming from with that. It wasn’t much anyway, just a little weekend stay in a place an hour and a half away from home.  Continue reading

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Bouncing Back

It has certainly been a while since I last posted. A rather long while.

This seems to be something of a trend with me. I go through “phases” of intense blogging – NaBloPoMo, for example, or the Foster Diaries. And now that I think about it, that makes sense. The periods that I actually am productive with the blog correlate with having a specific goal in mind, be it producing a blog every day for a month or chronicling the misadventures of rambunctious foster kittens. Continue reading

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Foster Diaries Special: All About Sisu & Siiri

The InseparablesNames: Sisu & Siiri

Type: Cat

Colour: Sisu – Grey with white, Siiri – White with grey and ginger tabby bits

Age at arrival: 10 weeks

Age at departure: 15 weeks

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Foster Diaries Special: All About Ilona

Ilona/Sansa

I think Lola taught Ilona (or Sansa as she is now called) a thing or two about the best positions for sleeping!

Name: Ilona

Type: Cat

Colour: Black & White

Age on arrival: 8 weeks

Age on departure: 16 weeks

Weight on arrival: 1220g (approx.)

Weight on departure: 2300g (approx.) Continue reading

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Water, Water, Everywhere

Christmas FloodsThis blog has been sadly neglected for the past few weeks. We went to England to visit my family for the holiday season. I had intended to keep up the posts, though only occasionally, but with one thing and another that didn’t happen.

We stayed at my mum’s house for most of our time in England. Her house, the house I grew up in, is in a village part way between the towns of Maidstone and Tonbridge in Kent. Three rivers flow through this village and join up before carrying onwards as one larger river. It’s not unusual for the biggest of the rivers, the river Medway, to flood in the winter. Continue reading

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Foster Diaries: Sisu & Siiri – Week Six

Sisu & Siiri in the treeAs I write this, we are kitten-less. It seems odd to go back to having just our two cats – the fat one and the noisy one!  Sisu and Siiri left for their new home on Thursday morning, so are presumably all settled in by now.

The week leading up to their departure was a fairly normal one. Continue reading

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The Book Nook: The Ghost Files

The Ghost Files

Title The Ghost Files (at Amazon, at Goodreads)

Author Apryl Baker

Published August 2013 by Limitless Publishing

Categories Fiction, Fantasy, HorrorMystery, Young Adult

Rating 4/5

I must admit when I started reading the book I was tempted to put it down again. It was a bit too teen-y for my liking in the first few pages. Silly of me really; what else would you expect from a book for young adults? But I read past it and it actually got quite interesting. Continue reading

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Foster Diaries: Sisu & Siiri – Week Five

Siiri and SisuIt looks like this Foster Diaries series will be coming to a close sooner than I expected. Only a few days after Ilona went to her new home her companions Sisu and Siiri have been reserved for adoption!

S received a phone call on Sunday asking about the kittens. Apparently the caller had seen a picture of Siiri on the website and fallen in love, and her partner had seen Sisu’s picture and fallen in love with him! We were busy on Sunday but agreed that they could come and see the little monsters on Monday. Even then we knew they were pretty serious – they were driving for over an hour to come and see them. Obviously we were keen for the kittens to be on their best behaviour – we would not want the trip to be a waste, after all. Continue reading

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