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Home made Chai tea recipe – great gift idea

Random recipe post!

A friend passed on this yummy easy to make chai tea recipe. It is a great tasting tea once made and you can make it up as a gift for a family member or friend. It is called Moon Chai and the link is here.

Here is how I have written it out to print off and pop it in a tall bottle jar (like a tall pasta jar) with the dry ingrediants for the recipient (or you) to make up and then savour.

Homemade Chai recipe

In your jar is:

10 pieces of ginger, 1-inch

4 cinnamon sticks, broken

1 tsp green cardamom pods

2 1/4 tsp black peppercorns

1 tsp cloves, whole

1/2 tsp fennel seeds

1/2 tsp licorice root

1/2 tsp allspice

Preparation:Combine everything with 5 cups* water in a saucepan (* halve this to make concentrate and keep in fridge in a tall jar). Cover pot and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove the pot from heat, and let sit for another 35 minutes (covered). At this point you can add some tea bags of your choice in to seep.  Strain out the spices by using a cloth & a sieve.

To make a drink: Pour a few cm’s worth of the Chai mix into our mug and a teaspoon of honey and heat in microwave. Heat up some milk and when near boiling point use a whisk to froth it up. Pour into the preheated chai mix and enjoy!

** You can alter the peppercorns to make it spicier if you so wish. Make it to your preference as this is a great base.

The best place to find these ingredients is at a local Indian/Asian spice shop. Once you have the main ingredients, you then have them on hand to make a jar for yourself or to have ready to make up a give away one.  I keep my Chai ingredients in a container all together to make life easier. 😀


Go on and make a brew up! Let me know what you think.



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Chocolate Almond Slice

This was a recipe my Mum and Jo used to make for sale at Mainline Station. Mum wrote out lots of recipes from my childhood and the cafe into a special journal recipe book. It is one of the best Christmas present’s ever.

Chocolate Almond Slice


Cream 6 oz butter & 3/4 C sugar

Add in 2 small eggs, 1.5 C flour, 1.5 tbsp cocoa powder & 1.5 tsp baking powder.

Put in a greased slice tin and bake for 20 minutes at 170 degrees.

Almond Filling:

When the chocolate base is cold or nearly cold put the almond filling made up with:

Cream:  6 oz butter, 12 oz icing sugar

Mix in: 2 egg yolks, 6 oz cornflour & 3 tsp almond essence

Chill for a little bit and then top with chocolate icing.

Chocolate Almond Slice

Chocolate Almond Slice

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Apple Cake is just the ticket!

Here is a yummy easy to throw together Apple Cake that I got from my friend Sharron. It is a dairy free recipe but you could also make it gluten free too by swapping some Simple Baking Mix into it instead. My sister in law H is going to replace the apple with pear as my nephew can’t have apple so will hear how that goes.

Here is the recipe:

Apple cake

  • 4 C apples chopped (3 large apples)
  • 2 C sugar
  • 2 C flour
  • 2 tsp soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C oil
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 C chopped walnuts (optional)

Mix apples and sugar together and set aside.
Sift dry ingredients
In large bowl mix oil, eggs and vanilla. Add apples and mix. Then stir in dry ingredients. Pour into a greased 9×13 inch pan (I used a 9×9).
Bake at 175 degrees for 45 minutes

Its delicious!!

~~ Apple Cake ~~

~~ Up Close ~~

Let me know what you think of this recipe! Its a firm favourite here now. Thanks Sharron. ♥

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Crafty MoJo

I found some crafty mojo whilst doing a recent “Kitchen Themed” swap. I must admit I got some inspiration from a link I saw on Pinterest (OMG that site is A M A Z I N G!!! You have been warned!) for the jazzed up tea towels from here. I saw some awesome bright coloured tea towels at Spotlight on special and then found some equally cool ricrac to spice them up.

I then wanted something else to go with it so had to think some more. Hard sometimes to have a bit of quiet to do this thinking thing with three children including a 3.5 month old baby!!! 😆 I had a canvas with a half done painting on it from DD1 that wasnt overlly lovely so used that as the basis for the inspiration wall art. I used some card stock, left over ric rac and some buttons in stash to complete it and my sister in law painted over the canvas for me.

Sit Long, ,Talk Much & Laugh Often

I also added in some bright pink with white dots serviettes.

Altogether ready to be packaged up (minus the serviettes)

Now to stalk the mailbox for my surprise!!! FUN!!!

Oh and I have to get organised for another swap to be done next week!! FUN again!!!

I also would like to share some photos of my girls and especially of Holly who is 3.5 months old now.

Holly in a Milo vest

Makayla (3) and Ariana (5)


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Pizza for lunch

Earlier this week I posted about the bread mix that can be bread or pizza or buns or even cinnamon scrolls. Well this morning I whipped up another batch and made the school girl a mini pizza for her lunch and then made another one for us plus another ball to make another pizza plus a big ball for scrolls later.

Here is a photo of how it looks as pizza 🙂 It tasted damn yummy too. Big thumbs up here.

Pizza home styles.

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Recipe: Rolls/Bread/Pizza or Scrolls?

My friend Shelley posted this awesome link to a blog called Crafty Kin with this quick versatile recipe for bread or rolls or pizza base or even cinnamon scrolls. This is the link for the bread recipe: bread recipe. This is the link for making cinnamon scrolls with the bread recipe: cinnamon scrolls.

Here are some photos of my efforts today. I made the whole mixture and divided in half. I made eight rolls for dinner which we had burger style and the other half was cinnamon scrolls. I used2 cups of wholemeal flour in this batch. With the cinnamon scrolls I glazed them with some white sugar melted in a wee bit of boiling water brushed on top.

Buns ready to bake

Cinnamon scrolls ready to bake

Fresh out of the oven

Yummmy scrolls cooling off before we pounced on them.


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Butter Chickpeas is a hit!

Butter Chickpeas on rice with poppadoms


I made this  recipe for the second time and it is delish. I didn’t use the slow cooker this time. I cooked the mix about at 3pm and then let it sit. Before serving I reheated it up and then added the coconut cream.

Miss 2.5 devoured all what she was served which was quite a bit if you see the photo below. 🙂 Easy, tasty and nutritious!

All gone!

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