Pink party popcorn

 

Last month my daughter celebrated her 10th birthday – quite the milestone! It was so wonderful to be able to celebrate with friends again this year, after a very long break from social gatherings, and we hosted a tropical disco party complete with a flamingo cake to mark the occasion.

 

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Make-ahead lunch box filler ideas

 

I hope you’re all settling into the new year and 2022 has gotten off to a smooth start! Personally, I’m still trying to get back into work mode, but it’s tricky with the kids at home on holiday. They will be returning this week though, and that means that lunch boxes will be added back onto the daily to-do list! 

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6 Easy Halloween cookie ideas + basic vanilla cookie dough

 

Halloween is just around the corner and we had a huge amount of fun creating this bumper post just for the occasion! My kids went nuts for these cookie designs and if you have little ones at home I’m sure they’ll love them too.

 

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Vanilla party cake

 

We’re celebrating two special family birthdays in October, my son’s and my dad’s, and in honour of that today I’m sharing my go-to vanilla party cake recipe. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve made this cake, it’s THAT good. My favourite thing about it is that it keeps so well. I can make the cake a day ahead and quickly ice it on party day which saves so much time and stress on the day. Of course the vanilla flavour just wonderful too, it’s always a crowd pleaser.

 

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Ice cream cone cupcakes

Ice cream cone cupcakes

 

Happy New Year foodies! I’m sure most of us breathed a sigh of relief when the clock struck midnight on December 31st, but we’re not quite out of the woods yet. After the major rollercoaster of a year that was 2020 I hope that you managed to squeeze in some holiday down time, and that the year ahead will be kinder to all of us.

 

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Spooky spiderweb cake

Spider web red velvet cake with chocolate cream cheese icing and chocolate ghosts

 

Halloween is just around the corner and it’s interesting to see how this holiday has taken off in S.A. over the last few years. When I was a child Halloween was a holiday we saw in movies and on t.v. shows but never celebrated ourselves. This year my kids want to dress up and many neighbourhoods are organising (socially distanced) trick or treating. I decided that I would create a “spooktacular” cake to mark the occasion and for a bit of fun!

 

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Apple and cinnamon fritters with butterscotch sauce

 

I’ve made this recipe quite a few times for the family over the last few weeks – this is lockdown comfort food to the max! The fritters are very easy to whip up and my kids love getting involved and making the recipe themselves. (Batter everywhere but hey, it’s worth it.) It’s a lovely treat for the family, especially on weekends, and sure to bring sugar coated smiles to their faces.

 

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Chocolate and cranberry cereal bars

 

Today’s no bake chocolate treat is one that kiddies and grown ups alike will love! And I’ve realised that one can never have enough snack ideas in one’s recipe collection when little (and big) tummies need some sustenance in between meals.

 

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