Minecraft Birthday Cake

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Minecraft cake completed.

I was asked recently to make a “minecraft” cake for Tyren’s 10th birthday. Apart from being aware that Minecraft was a game my grandson played on his X-Box I knew very little about it. I Googled as much information as possible to find out what this was all about so that I could get an idea of what I needed to do to make this cake.

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Regular Show Birthday Cake

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Kelly Birthday Cake

Recently it was my grandsons’ birthday and he is a keen fan of the Regular Show. He wanted his cake this year to incorporate a number of characters from the show, with the main ones being Mordecai and Rigby. Benson, Skips and Pops plus a few more were added to the bottom tier of the cake.

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Travel – Victoria – The Great Ocean Road

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Loch Ard From Lookout

For my birthday back in March we agreed to take a trip to Port Fairy, somewhere we had not visited for quite some time. We decided to break the journey down by stopping overnight in Geelong at the Mercure Hotel. We had a lovely day and did a bit of shopping at the end of season sales.  Trying to arrange where to go for dinner that night was made even more difficult with many places being booked out. 

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However we finally went for an early meal at the Belmont Hotel and were thrilled with all the food we ate, what a great last minute choice.

 

Ocean view     Rocks Great Ocean Road

Our intention was to go to Port Fairy from Geelong the quickest way, however the receptionist at the Mercure convinced us to take the Great Ocean Road and enjoy the sights on such a beautiful day.

Plaque On Great Ocean Road

Travelling along the Great Ocean Road there are plenty of ocean views and the road winds in and around the coastline, sometimes with quite sharp bends.  We were fortunate for most of our trip and did not get stuck behind a bus, there is definitely no room for overtaking. There was however a couple of places we had buses in front, fortunately most of the drivers were considerate and pulled over when possible for traffic to get past.

Port Campbell Ocean View

We took a very welcome break at Port Campbell and went for a little walk and toilet break. 

Loch Ard Gorge 12 Apostles          More Great Ocean Road

To get the best advantage of some of the “12 Apostles” you can walk a short distance to the lookouts. Being such a lovely day this was very pleasant and made for good pictures.

Beaches of the Great Ocean Road

There are plenty of beautiful beach views with no one on them. To get to most of these beaches you have quite a steep walk down, and of course back up.

London Bridge

London Bridge 12 Apostles

London Bridge is one of the remaining “12 Apostles” showing parts of the cliff being eroded by the rough weather conditions it is subjected to.

Cheese world

Whilst going through Warrnambool we decided to stop at Cheese World and check it out.

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You can check out some of the old farming and dairy equipment that was used. We managed to purchase some great cheeses and biscuits so that we could enjoy them when settled in Port Fairy.

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After a few initial glitches with the accommodation at Moyne Wharf Appartments in Port Fairy we were finally settled and it was a very pleasant place to stay.

We found a lovely restaurant to have dinner called Portofino and the food was really fantastic.

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Overall we had a lovely time away in Port Fairy for my birthday and enjoyed some lovely meals. May be we won’t wait so long next time before we head down that way again.

 

 

 

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Valentine’s Day Tart

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Valentine's Day Heart Tart

It has been so long since my last post I thought I had better do something for Valentine’s Day. My husband loves apple so I decided to change a recipe I came across which used raspberries for the filling. I have been really busy doing volunteer work raising funds for the Cancer Council for the past few months and time has really flown by.

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Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year

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Merry Christmas 2014

I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy and safe New Year. 

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Gingerbread House 2014

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Gingerbread House 2014

Just in time for Christmas my grandson’s decorated gingerbread house. I guess you could say he rather likes freckles, I don’t think there is one side of the house without them.

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Christmas Bauble Biscuits

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Decorated Christmas Bauble Biscuits

My grandson came home and said he needed food for his school party, because his dad was so busy with work I said I would make something for him. My grandson said he wanted something sweet, so I decided to refer to the Donna Hay Christmas Magazine that I had recently purchased.  Continue reading

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Christmas Reindeer Biscuits

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Lovely Tasting Reindeer Biscuits

Leading up to Christmas, time seems to get away from you, and all your plans of what you want to accomplish suddenly become impossible. I usually make quite a few baked goodies for the festive season, my first item for this year was this really great tasting reindeer cookie. Whilst reading the current Donna Hay Christmas Magazine I came across this really great recipe for the spiced reindeers https://www.donnahay.com.au/magazine/

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Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

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Beautiful Vegetarian Rolls

Since my grandson has decided to eat vegetarian it is sometimes hard to find food that looks similar to what others eat. These vegetarian sausage rolls not only look similar to those that we know but they taste really good. In fact at a recent gathering where I served these they were eaten by everyone.

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Magic Custard Cake

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Layers of custard cake

I was going through recipes that I have taken out of magazines and printed off the internet trying to put them into some sort of order when I came across this recipe. It was called the magic cake.  When all the ingredients are mixed together and poured into the tin the final baked product forms layers.  I have made something similar some time ago which used breadcrumbs and these formed the base of a quiche.

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