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The Californian Redwoods

Oh, how I love me some adventurin’.

We’ve been having a lot of fun exploring our new little state! It’s quite a novelty for us to be able to drive in one direction for more than a couple of hours and not end up in the water — coming from Tasmania and all — and the fact that we can drive to a different state altogether is even weirder.

This week’s adventure saw us travelling about three hours outside of Melbourne to the Otway Ranges, on the hunt for some totally enormous Californian redwoods. It’s a lovely drive with…

über healthy (and tasty) fit mix balls

Fit Mix online: website / facebook / instagram

Mmm, balls.

They sounded too good to be true. A tasty snack that’s filling, nutritious, and quick to make? What?

Believe it, sisters. Meet Fit Mix; a delicious alternative to processed snacks and high sugar bliss balls. Jam-packed full of protein, they’ll get you through the day without the hassle and heaviness of a protein shake.

They’re the brainchild of The Fit Foodie; a big believer in minimal processing and natural foods, and a definite must-follow if you’re on Instagram. Subjected to plain low-calorie food in her own attempt to get healthy, she wanted shake…

The Pie Project: raspberry ripple ice cream pie

Recipe adapted from Taste.com.au

Brrrr. It’s the middle of Winter, what am I thinking?

Surely ice cream is appropriate at any time though, especially if it’s homemade and covered in raspberry sauce!

Base
250g chocolate biscuits (not chocolate-coated)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
120g unsalted butter, melted

Filling
500ml (2 cups) full-cream milk
1 vanilla bean, split
6 egg yolks
125g caster sugar
2 teaspoons cornflour
200ml thickened cream

Sauce
60g caster sugar
250g fresh or frozen raspberries
1 lemon, juiced

Step 1. Place the biscuits and cocoa powder in a food processor and process until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add the butter and process to combine. Use the mixture to line a greased 27cm pie dish….

PAPERLICIOUS: a day of crafting goodness

Please excuse me if I’m a little giddy and all over the place. I seem to have creative juices flowing out of every orifice and I don’t quite know what to do with them all.

Last Saturday I was invited to attend Paperlicious: a full day of crafting, eating and chatting, all put together by the absolutely brilliant Magdalena of Unleash Creative, and I’m still buzzing. It was a day combining all of my most favourite things, and I was on pins and needles all week waiting for the days to crawl by.

Finally bright and early on Saturday morning I…

Trekking around tasmania

First, an apology: sorry for two sentimental, Tasmania-themed posts in a row!

We’re back in our second home for a few days, and the nostalgia is strong. It doesn’t really feel much like a holiday; we’ve slipped back into old routines, old haunts and old friends like we’ve never been away. The only difference is a niggling feeling of homesickness that I didn’t expect — I do miss my new home, as much as I miss the old. Mostly I think I just miss the cat.

Our journey this time is less than a week long, and pretty well-booked —…

The Pie Project: mini apple and honey galettes

Recipe adapted from Taste.com.au

I’m not going to lie: I am very much enjoying this easy, ready-made pastry thing.

As much as I love the measuring, the mixing, the folding, the chilling and the rolling of homemade pastry (okay most of the time I hate it, but when it turns out well it’s flipping great), ready-made is a lifesaver when you’re not in the mood. So naturally, these little galettes are as easy as pie (hahahahahahaha). Not only is the pastry already done for you, but there are literally only four other ingredients. Four! They’re not even hard ingredients. Apple,…

Adventure: the state library of victoria

I’ve been an honorary Victorian for around four months now.

I’ve consumed my weight in coffee every day, complained about the weather every chance I get (even though it’s really not that bad. Seriously — go to Tasmania and tell me about the weather), and executed my first ever hook turn in the city without being honked at.

There are some things that will forever divide me from the ‘true Melbournians’ though, such as visiting the State Library of Victoria. I’m assuming the State Library is something every Victorian child visits at some point in his or her school-hood…