DIY Christmas Cleaning Paste

This lovely Christmas scented cleaning paste can be used all around your home to get marks off walls, make your bath and shower sparkle or get baked on gunk off pots and pans. One of my favourite ways to use it is on the shower glass, it helps to get those bothersome calcium deposits off and keep them away. Just wet …

gourd santa

Make A Gourd Into Santa

I have very fond memories of Dad growing an array of interestingly shaped gourds and drying them so we could seal, paint and display them. This was one of the many things he found for us to keep entertained around home as things were very different than they are today; no cell phones, iPads, or laptops, and our TV was kept …

christmas cake

Nana’s Christmas Cake

This is one of Wendyl’s classic recipes that we haven’t shared for several years. It’s a delicious, light fruit cake that Wendyl’s Grandparents in New Plymouth used to make. What sets this cake apart from the rest is that the fruit is soaked in ginger-ale and brandy overnight, making it full of flavour and absolutely delicious without being too heavy …

Christmas mince tarts

Christmas Mince Pies

Making your own fruit mince is the key to melt in your mouth Christmas mince pies that everyone will love. Ready made mince from the supermarket often has bits of red and green jelly pieces which are artificially coloured and are meant to imitate cherries, instead this recipe uses pineapple and apricots to sweeten and bind the ingredients together. For …

Christmas melts

Christmas Melts

There seems to be an influx of wax melts around this year, the most popular option being Scentsy who have a huge range of scents. I like the idea of using melts instead of burning essential oils directly in my diffuser or oil burner. I’ve been trying to find out what’s actually in Scentsy wax melts, and so far I …