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Raw Caramel Slice

The wind is blowing.  The sun is shining amidst white puffy clouds, some with gray bottoms.  In the background is the sound of Playschool and my toddler talking to himself, as well as the low hum of the washing machine.  I’m peeking over my laptop screen at the palm trees and ferns swaying in the… 

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Hazelnut Espresso Panna Cotta

What a start to school this year.  My three oldest children are all at back school – in grades 4, 2 and kindergarten.  Unlike most of last year, we’ve been getting to school on time and with everything we need.  Er, well, except a few times… I seem to have misplaced a sports shirt for… 

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Homemade Biscoff Spread

I’ve always been really shy.  And by “really shy”, I mean painfully, awkwardly, embarrassingly shy.  I was the little girl who hid behind her mom’s skirt whenever anyone spoke to her; I was the one who was too shy to ask any shop assistant for help; I was the one who was too shy to… 

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Homemade Mocha Frappuccino

I remember the first time I ever stepped foot inside of a coffee house.  It was Starbucks at Circular Quay, here in Sydney.  Many years ago, my husband and I had arrived early to meet some friends, so he took me into Starbucks while we waited.

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Homemade Chocolate Sauce

I’ve discovered a new thing.  Homemade chocolate sauce.  Sure, I grew up dousing my ice cream in Hershey’s syrup, but recently when I was about ready to walk into one of the only shops in Sydney to stock Hershey’s syrup and buy a bottle of it, I stopped.

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Strawberry Lychee Sorbet

I’m not going to lie; I have a love/hate relationship with Donna Hay.  I’ve followed her recipes countless times, and more often than not, they end up in disaster.

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Watermelon Milkshakes

Throughout the history of cooking, there has been one essential tool in the hand of every chef – the knife.  Without it, we couldn’t cut through meat or vegetables to get them down to the right size for cooking and eating.

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No-Bake Espresso Walnut Brownies

Valentine’s Day isn’t really very special in our family; it’s just any other ordinary day.  My daughter made everyone a heart-shaped card this morning, though, and I stuffed heart-shaped watermelon pieces and heart-shaped sandwiches into my kids’ lunch boxes for school today.

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Chili-Lime Popcorn

Did you know that popcorn has been around since 4700 BCE?  Popcorn sure has a long history, with the knowledge of it having spread north from Guatemala to the Native Americans, who then taught the practice of making popcorn to the English in the 16th century.

Nutella-Stuffed Browned Butter & Sea Salt Chocolate Chunk Cookies

It’s that special day of the year again, when people around the world unite to share their love for Nutella – that’s right, it’s World Nutella Day!

Blueberry Muffins

My daughter, who’s seven, is the average girl – she loves Barbies, puppies and babies.  She’s silly, giggly and sometimes just plain crazy.  She’s also very clever and artistic.  One of the funniest things about her, though, that makes her stand out from her peers, is her love for armadillos.

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Around 25 years ago (give or take a year or two), I ate the best chocolate chip cookie I have ever had in my life.  I was young and spent time with an elderly babysitter during the summer and after school.

Raspberry-Brownie Cheesecake Pots

It’s been very hot in Sydney lately.  I don’t mean to complain, but we’ve had days where it’s been near (or right at) 110F; that’s seriously crazy!  As you may understand, I haven’t been baking very much because of this heat.