Raspberry Walnut Tart

This tart is very versatile and is at home equally in summer brunches to winter Christmas parties.  It is easy and perfect for welcoming new neighbours or for not going empty handed for an afternoon tea.  If you have those random office parties, this would be a great go to and a very impressive addition…

Showcasing your talents on Instagram

For many, Instagram is a great, direct and to the point social media app.  It gets you inspirational photos and videos with the odd comment.  Descriptions include keyword hashtags that let you know what the just of each photo is.  What is often overlooked is how Instagram can help create and fine tune your photography…

The importance of humidifiers

I swear by them – and so should you.  Especially in those cold dry months with the crazy heaters blasting in full force, these machines are a God-send (much like air-conditioning in the summer).  Often times when we visit my in-laws, who don’t have them, I find my nose stuffy, my throat scratchy, and a…

No-bake Nutella Pie

You can’t go wrong with anything even remotely associated with Nutella.  This light and fluffy no cook Nutella pie is a great way to incorporate the delicious hazelnut and chocolate spread into an everyday easy to make dessert – but you will need to make ahead of time to give it time to freeze. Time:…

Are passport holders really that useful?

Here’s a question for the travelling masses – are passport holders really that useful?  I have a few that I got as gifts; they are made of quality materials, authentic brand names, and look very fashionable.  If I re-gift them – which I’m reluctant to do – it would be to someone special.  But are…

Organic essentials for babies

Organic, although well-meaning has become a marketing slogan in recent days, much like ”Eco-friendly”, “Green”, “Sustainable”, “Non-GMO” – with no real set of standards to manage how the term is used for retail products.   This is particularly frustrating for parents who find artificial and processed products all the more concerning for the fragile bodies of…

Saffron Rose Cardamom Cake

This beautiful cake pairs very well with tea and brings in its flavour all the warmth and exotic touches you would find in far off lands.  This is inspired by flavours from India and the Middle East and will a quick favourite for many of the people who try it.  Light and fluffy and full…

Are Studio/Profession photos necessary?

Ok, so I’ve written my fair share of blogs advocating for the casual and less rigid photography format.  I believe in one case I actually wrote we are more than “shiny happy people holding hands” to quote a great R.E.M. song.  However in recent times and as life milestones begin to pile up – the…

When is it too early to take them to daycare

This question will continue to be answered in 50 different ways; it all comes down to the parent working situation and the child’s readiness; in some cases the parent’s readiness.  Not having the luxury to extend your home stay with your child and going back to work is the only option; this can make the…

Roast in a bag

This is a very simple and easy recipe for those that want a no fuss weekend lunch or dinner.  The weight of the roast will depend on how many people to feed and the science here is not in the ingredients but in the methodology.  So you can adjust the ingredients as you please but…