Brownies And Blondies And Bars

Perspective

You know sometimes I have to question why I am still blogging? Have you, all you wonderful bloggers out there, ever felt like that? Sometimes I feel like I am blogging not for myself, not for my love of baking, but to give the audience what I perceive they want.

I have to stop then.

I have to take a step back and survey my surroundings. Blogging for me is not a career choice, it is quite literally, a hobby. Some people pay for dance classes? I pay to keep a website running. Some people decide to go out every night. Some nights, I prefer my pyjamas and baking :P

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So why is it that sometimes, I feel pressured to post? I hate the feeling of forced typing, where my words don’t flow, and I don’t put my diary-talk into a post. Can you tell the difference? Though for the most part, I will be honest with you and provide a bigger slew of food porn than usual instead of words ;)

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Making It Easier With ZipList!

Good afternoon, morning and evening my darlings! I am just lounging around, pretending to be a fish while my criminology essay sits untouched.

We have all been there, how sad does that empty word document look right?

But then I decided to stop being so unproductive (I can suck in my cheeks that much non?) and kick-ass myself into action… right into my blog :D
Because as always my priorities are 100% on line!

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In today’s post, I want to introduce you to new partnership I am in which is saving your lives. Yes. YOUR lives. And mine I suppose as well :D

For ages now, you guys have been asking me to do some sort of printing mechanism for my recipes (love you!) and I used to put up a word document which you could just print – but it was hard, I often forgot and had to update my posts, and overall, just NOT ideal!

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Belated Valentines Post

Yes, I am not so socially inept that I do not know that Valentines Day was actually last week. But if you truly love someone (or something in my case :P), then you know one week makes no difference right?

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I would have made and posted these sooner, closer to the day of roses, velvet, love hearts and more, but the chocolates featured in this post weren’t delivered on time (delays happen) and then I was really busy and yadda, yadda, yadda (SEINFELD!) :P

But what matters is that I am here now right?

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Australia Day 2014!!!

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OY OY OY!

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… Kind of been ingrained into us Aussies since before we started kindergarten, so please forgive the outburst.

Though honestly, there is nothing to forgive, because, well, it is Australia Day, and I am pretty damn proud to be able to show my patriotic nature :D

Whenever I think of Australia, I feel so so sooooo lucky, because there are a lot of things to love about it!

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Holiday Post #3: White Christmas Slice

With Christmas only one week away, I am sure you are seeing many of the following categories of people:

  1. People with different accents – visitors, family, friends, globally congregating to spend the festival with their loved ones
  2. Street Santas – Be they for charity or hired for photos, Santas are everything (though the Scottish accent is not always in place :P)
  3. The Runners – People literally marathon-ing it through the shops, trying to find last minute presents for people they forgot or for those who have just gotten off work for the holidays
  4. Christmas Carollers – Though not so common in Australia, I am sure other places are seeing a flurry of warmly dressed, candle holding bunch singing Silent Night, acapella style :)

 

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Can you not feel the Christmas spirit in the air? :) – And with only a week to go, next post (if my jet lag has not stopped me from baking) will mean one very Christmassy recipe!

Where am I right now (or where will I be when this post is published?) – I am dancing in grass skirts, flowers in my hair and a big piece of pineapple in my mouth – yep, through my super subtle clues you guessed it – Hawaii! :)

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While I bathe under the golden sun, feel free to try this recipe I am sharing with you wonderful people – one of my most popular christmas presents when I made it, it is just gorgeous :D
And it is super simple too!

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Holiday Post #1: Rocky Road

This week, I am cruising (quite literally) in the Caribbean, enjoying the Pirates (Jack!!!), the rum and the wonderful feeling of having every luxury designed by man at my fingertips :)

I can see the sunsets, the sunrises, in all their peachy glory and I despite writing this in advance, I already know that the atmosphere is making me giddy, while I drink my Pina coladas and what not ;)
But I will of course, tell you more when I come home!

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At the same time, I refuse to neglect you all in the blogging world completely because I am holidaying it up in Barbados! I may not be commenting on your blogs, but I still want to share recipes that I made from ages ago, but never posted up. Since Christmas festivities are growing, and the mood is coming, I thought I would share the xmas sweets, the recipes to be given as gifts, or to leave out to Santa, because he is such a cutie-patootie!

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Hope you enjoy them all! :D

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Rocky Road.

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I do not know who invented this genius creation and thought ‘Hmm, let me mix things through melted chocolate!’ – simplicity equals genius, it is just so obvious here!

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Match Made In Heaven + Giveaway Time! (Closed)

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There were slates of clouds scattered throughout the sky, dimming the blue and creating an overcast. Glimpses of rays dodged between them, creating natural spotlights on the earth below.

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He was walking, quite stiffly if I do say so myself, through the park. He looked all crinkly, and not fresh at all, as if he had definitely seen better days. ‘Ugh, how to do it, how to do it!?’, a single though revolving through his mind. He could feel his fingers probing at a lump in his pocket, its soft velvety texture not providing any reassurance.

She was coming to meet him in only 10 minutes, and he just wanted the world to stop so he could just breathe. He could feel himself melting by the heat of his stress and the pressure placed on him.

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Class of 2013

Dear Class of 2013

I do not know all of you. To some, I did not know you at all, apart from a face and a name. And now, at the end of it, I’m sorry  that I was too shy or didn’t put in the effort to get to know more of you. But during graduation week, honestly, I felt like that all melted away and I’m really thankful to all of you for making my last week at our school so wonderful! :)

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Whether it be jigging class dressed as a transvestite or attempting to pretend nonchalance while holding your breath in your junior uniform, when we were together a grade, it made it all the more fun, and all the more memorable :D
You made water fighting the most awesome-sauce pastime in existence and honestly, because of you all, graduation was brilliant and post-grad even better :D

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It’s surreal feeling, knowing we as a grade, will never fully be together again, and I feel a little weird about it. As much as I’m not going to miss our puke-ish uniforms (girls you know what I’m saying!) or the bells or the rules, I’m going to miss us. Our grade, the grade that was so vibrant, so crazy and so loved :)
The reputation of our grade was just… nuts. Actually. I wish I could use bette words but I really can’t lie when that was it :P

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Enhanced?

Before I begin writing this post, let me just introduce to a good friend of mine. Her name is Patricia Dean-Escoto and a couple of weeks back, she introduced you to her, her story and her tips on how to combat cancer! :)

Thanks to her, I was able to give you all the opportunity to try and win her wonderful cookbook, Top Ten Superfoods For Preventing Breast Cancer!

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And just like Ashley who won my last giveaway, this time it is lucky random winner, Sonali from Sugar et al to enjoy doing this!

Ashley, you have full permission to do this :)

Ashley, you have full permission to do this :)

That’s right, Sonali you are the lucky random winner of this wonderful cookbook! Congratulations :D
I have sent you an email and if you reply within a week, it will be on its way – YAY YOU! :)

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