Birthday Celebration In Castlemaine Area

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Castlemaine Victoria

How time has flown, it doesn’t seem too long ago it was Christmas.  I have been very quiet with posts lately because of holidays and overseas visitors, but hopefully we should be back on track now.

With my birthday just gone we decided to take a couple of days off and visit the Castlemaine (Victoria) area, which we haven’t been to for a while.

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Gingerbread House 2016

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I have finally finished this years gingerbread house and I have to say there are lots and lots of lollies on this one. Hubby was waiting for me to finish so that he could have the remaining lollies, unfortunately he was very disappointed as there were hardly any left.

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Homemade Christmas

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Cookies

I always enjoy Christmas and the lead up to the big day but not for running around the shops trying to buy gifts. To me homemade is the way to go, it is so much more personal. I would much prefer my car washed, garden weeded or windows washed rather than a really expensive gift. 

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Halloween Cookies

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Decorated Cookies

Running very late with these cookies this year, however made it just in time as the doorbell rings.

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Goji Berry And Chia Seed Coconut Biscuits

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Goji Berry and Chia Cookies

At the moment I am keen on anything that has chia seeds in, and decided to check out recipes using this great ingredient. I already have chia seeds for breakfast and thought that may be something like a biscuit would be a nice change. 

I came across a recipe which I liked and thought that I could modify it just a little to suit what I wanted, and it was egg and dairy free which was nice. 

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Not So Sweet Chocolate Spelt Biscuits

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Ready To Enjoy

It has been a while since my last post due to my computer having major issues. Thankfully these are all fixed and it is back to business once again.

I have been making these biscuits for a while now and they have become one of my grandsons favourites. Originally a recipe from Country Women’s Association Biscuits and Slices  recipe book which I read recently. 

Because I am trying to incorporate spelt flour and other healthier options in to some of my cooking, I felt this recipe would lend itself very well.

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Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder In Flat Bread

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Souvlaki Ready To Go

When I cleaned out my freezer I came across a shoulder of lamb and decided I had better try to use it. It is not one of my husbands favourite cuts of meat and I thought I had better find something different to serve it with. I decided a type of souvlaki would be a nice way to eat the lamb after slow roasting.

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Healthy Cranberry, Chia And Coconut Cookies

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Cranberry and Chia Coconut Cookies

I wanted to make some healthy cookies for that ‘little something’ to have with my “cuppa”. I began looking on the internet to see what I could find and came across this recipe on Taste.com.au which sounded really good. Knowing my well stocked pantry I knew I could make these without having to go shopping for ingredients.

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Easter At The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

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Chocolate Rabbit

Returning from our recent trip to Buxton we called in to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. They were well and truly getting ready for Easter, with goodies in all shapes and sizes.

Easter Chocolates

If you wanted a huge rabbit or egg they had these on offer as well as plenty of smaller ones. Staff were busy boxing and wrapping chocolates ready for the rush.

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Home Away From Home – Buxton Victoria

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Acheron Ridge Cottage View

We recently visited the Buxton area of Victoria for a couple of days of rest and relaxation, not to mention a significant birthday celebration for yours truly. We had done some research on the internet regarding places to stay and came across Acheron Ridge Riverfront Boutique Accommodation in Buxton near Marysville and The Yarra Valley, Victoria. 

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