Say hello to summer SMOOTHIES

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I don’t know about you…but down under in NZ, summer is finally starting. Like it’s actually hot enough that I don’t need my electric blanket on. Now I may sound like a terrible wuss, but I’ll have you know, I have been swimming (in the freezing ocean) 3 times already this summer. And since things are heating up around here, this week seemed like the perfect occasion to bring out a delicious array of smoothies.

I have 3 equally exceptional recipes for you to try…green goddess, perky plum and tropical tango.

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Sensational Overnight oats

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Happy New Year! May your 2015 be filled with laughter, victories and exquisite food. I hope you all had great fun celebrating and welcoming in the new year. For our first recipe of the year, I bring you…Overnight oats! Now some of you may be less than enthused about this as you may have not-so-fond memories of gluggy, luke-warm camp porridge, but I can assure you this is nothing like that! Overnight oats are the Rolls Royce as far as oatmeal goes. Not only are they delicious and filling, but also really versatile. I’m giving you 4 variations to try out.

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When it’s all over… waffles

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Firstly, I hope you had a lovely Christmas. I hope you felt as stuffed as your turkey, as joyful as your bubbly grape juice and treasured the special time with your family. We had a rather extravagant Christmas (as usual) in our household. I ate my fair share of turkey, pumpkin fritters and Christmas pudding(s)…and if any of you are like me then you might be feeling a little glum (and full) after the festivities have died down. So this week to cheer you up… I bring you, lightened up…WAFFLES!

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Nifty Nut butters

Ho Ho Hello friends!

Three days to go! I’ve been practically sleeping in the kitchen (what’s new right?) trying to cram in as much seasonal baking as humanly possible. I know some of you are probably still dashing around trying to find presents for those ridiculously hard to buy for people (we’ve all got one don’t we.) Hear hear! Stress no more…I have the answer to your prayers, a present anybody will love! This week I bring you… nifty nut butters.

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Glitzy Gingerbread cookies

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! So all you grinches better be donning your Santa hats and sucking those candy canes.  This week I have an extra special Christmassy treat for you. We are making gingerbread cookies.  Basically I just needed to use my Christmas cookie cutters… it was about time they made their annual appearance.  I have a confession to make…I am unashamedly a cookie cutter collector (how’s that for alliteration.) I’m afraid I always succumb to the shiny, alluring temptation, but as they say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. However, there is a cookie cutter for every occasion…and what better occasion is there than the silly season?

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Blissful Bounty pancakes

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Boy have I got a treat for you! As it is Sunday somewhere…we are having Pancake Sunday!  And if that doesn’t excite you (er hello? Are you feeling okay?) …they are Bounty pancakes! This week I made the annual trek into our storage cupboard to lug out the decrepit Christmas tree and its’ adornments. It’s hard not to feel jolly when you hit your head on your way out of the horrid dusty cupboard, spend 4 hrs (i.e. 10 minutes) wrestling with the Christmas tree box, and then are poked mercilessly by the tree’s spiny branches. That being said, after a sweaty, irritating, and panicky morning I had successfully turned our house into a holly jolly haven. I’m living in a tinselled, twinkling, euphoria.

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35 top notch snacks!

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Can we pause for a moment and give a hearty “HOORAY!”…because this week I had my last exam, and I have now officially finished school! I can’t express how excited I am. To celebrate I decided this week to give a wee countdown. We are counting down….(drum roll please)…the  Top 35 best snacks! (yes I know it’s in the title, thank – you!) Since we are heading into holiday season, I want to give you a list of filling, nourishing and tasty snacks so you can keep your sticky fingers out of the cookie jar!

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Some rather Christmassy cookies

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Deck the halls with bells of holly, FA-LA-LA-LA-LA…LA-LA-LA-LA. Tis the season to be jolly, FA-LA-LA-LA-LA…LA-LA-LA-LA…What? It”s not Christmas yet you say. You are much mistaken my friend, the silly season is well and truly upon us! (At least Starbucks says so!)

What a cracker (in the christmassy sense of the word) of a week I’ve had! Four hideous exams occurred but here I am, positively twinkling with cheer for the holidays! If I had it my way, Christmas decorations would go up in September and only come down in March. Well since that obviously isn’t happening, I’m bringing you a little smidgen of Christmas (you’re welcome.)

So this week I have Chai spiced, cranberry and cacao nib cookies (phew what a mouthful!…literally.) I have to make a wee shoutout to my gorgeous friend Rachel who suggested the Christmassy theme and inspired me to use cacao nibs.

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Satay chicken salad…summers’ come early!

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So I’ve been hidden under a gigantic mound of textbooks and flashcards this week. Unfortunately for me, I managed to pick up a cold from somewhere…and it looks like he’s settling on in. I won’t bore you with the icky, miserable details, we’ve got too much to catch up on. Funny story: we went grocery shopping on Saturday and someone who shall remain nameless (hint: rhymes with hum) accidentally dropped a bag of sugar on the ground and spilled it everywhere! She then proceeded to leave a fine, powdery trail behind her (bless.) I am dedicating this recipe to her as it was her birthday this very week! (Another year older and just as clumsy.) So let’s get on with it shall we? The recipe I’ve got for you today is Satay chicken salad (warning: things may get a little bit saucy (;  )

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Cheeky chia puddings

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I have to apologize firstly. I had every intention of making this post a savoury one, but then life happened. I officially finished school this week (sob/hooray.) Leading up to our final day I was all, “I’m not gonna cry, I never cry.” Hahahahahaha! There I was, weeping like the big, soppy wuss I am! Then I had to face the awful tragedy of exams…hitting the books again. So all in all this week called for a dose of comfort food, and by comfort food I mean chia puddings.

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