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A Harry Potter Birthday Party

My daughter, who is into all things Harry Potter, turned 10 recently.  Of course, she wanted a Harry Potter birthday party.  I rolled my eyes, thinking of the planning that would need to go into this party – wands, specially-named lollies, potions, label-making.  I had no idea how I was going to do this, as… 

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Hot Chocolate Affogato With Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream

Have you ever sat down with a tub of a ice cream and a spoon to melt away all your troubles?  I know I have!  Did you know that ice cream has statistically been proven to be the ultimate comfort food (only behind chocolate, of course!)?  Over half of us fabulous Australians, looking for a… 

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Rum & Pecan French Toast With Salted Burnt Honey Sauce

You know what?  I have absolutely nothing to write about today.  How long have I been sitting here, trying to think of something, anything, to go along with this recipe?  I don’t know. This morning we did the usual getting-ready-for-school rush.  It was pouring with rain.  We were late to school, as usual.  Everyone was… 

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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.

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“Raw” Peanut Butter Cookies

I don’t have any New Year’s resolutions.  I’m not sure whether that portrays me as lacking initiative or rather being happy with where I am.

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Kid-Friendly Tuna Pasta Salad

Isn’t it funny how when moms of young children get together, all they do is talk about children?  One of the most popular topics, I’ve found, is food.

Homemade Ding Dongs

If I were to reminisce about good times with my dad, I would think about him letting me drive his big red tractor, or sitting outside on the swing watching a distant thunderstorm, or sitting on the porch asking him how big airplanes or alligators are.