Saturday, April 7, 2018

DIY self raising flour

Just add 2 teaspoons of baking powder for each 150g/6oz/1 cup plain flour. Sift the flour and baking powder together into a bowl before using, to make sure the baking powder is thoroughly distributed (or you can put both ingredients into a bowl and whisk them together)

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Night lights using no electricity

I have been doing this for years and love it.

Night lights are important especially for the aged and the young so give this a go as once you have purchased the lights there is no more cost and its great in black out

Here's an idea buy some solar yard lights when you see them on sale I filled a few short jars with  Sand or rice or anything you like really . If it's not a 24 hour downpour, you can set them outside to charge during the day but leaving them in the window is good too as they will still charge. they can be moved  around the house at nights giving off a lovely soft light for free

Chicken coop lights

did you know

adding a solar light in the run it would attract bugs and give our chickens a late evening snack. Well, if the bugs come it must be after the chickens are already sleeping because I haven't seen it attract any bugs. I kept it in the yard though because I really like the effect it gives at night. Really cute look.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake

This is easy and gorgeous and smooth to eat

I love using cake mix (from coles usually)

Cheesecake Filling and Whipped Topping
  • 1/2 cup caster  sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 2 packets of  cream cheese, room temperature 
  •  Strawberries
  • Grease an 8" springform pan with cooking spray.or use grease proof paper to line the pan
  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients for vanilla cake. Pour ½ cup in pan, or enough to coat the bottom of your pan. (Save the rest of the batter for a separate cake or cupcakes!)
  • Bake until golden and a toothpick comes out dry.

  1. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy, 2 minutes. Add sugar to combine, then gradually add cream and vanilla and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  2. Press the slices of strawberry along the edge of the springform pan, so that the bottoms of the strawberries touch the cake. Place your whole strawberries on the surface of the cake leaving about a ½” between each. Cover with the cheesecake mixture and refrigerate for 5 to 6 hours.
  3. Garnish with more chopped strawberries. Serve.
You are going to love this

Berry icecream jelly cake

This is a winner


Using plain brand short bread and condensed milk does in fact make this an inexpensive dessert and a very tasty one at that



  • 250g packet shortbread cream biscuits
  • 60g butter, melted, cooled
  • 395g can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 600ml tub thickened cream
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries, plus extra, to serve
  •  packet strawberry jelly crystals
  • White chocolate curls, to serve

Note, I prefer to use plain brand vanilla ice cream instead of cream (2.20 for two litres ) as it is in fact cheaper than cream and works really well I have also found that frozen whipped cream can be very difficult to cut as it gets ice crystals


  • Step 1
    Using a food processor, process shortbread biscuits until fine crumbs. Add butter. Process until just combined. Press mixture over the base and side of a 6cm-deep, 20cm (base) springform cake pan, leaving a 2cm gap from the top. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Step 2
    Using an electric mixer, beat condensed milk, vanilla and 1/2 of the cream until soft peaks form. Fold in raspberries. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Level top with a spatula. Cover surface with plastic wrap. Freeze overnight.
  • Step 3
    Using an electric mixer, beat remaining cream until just thickened. Add jelly crystals. Beat until soft peaks form. Spoon onto pie. Using a spatula, make peaks in cream. Freeze for 1 hour or until just firm. 

    Remove pie from pan and place on a serving plate. Top with extra raspberries and sprinkle with chocolate curls. Serve.

chocolate dip


You will need

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup caster  sugar ,  (I prefer  less as fruit is pretty sweet on its own) 
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Ina bowl using an electric hand mixer, whip heavy cream until soft peaks form, add the caster  sugar and whip until nearly stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl whip together cream cheese, cocoa powder and vanilla extract until smooth. Mix in whipped cream mixture  Chill until ready to serve. Serve with strawberries, bananas or raspberries or any other fruit you like

Creamy Jelly dip


  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pkg Jelly, any flavor
  • 1/4 cup milk
  1. Stir cream cheese in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Gradually add the Jelly powder and milk and stir until well blended.
  3. using an electric mixer makes this dip very smooth 
  4. You can serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve with fruit. Enjoy!
now how easy is this ?

DIY self raising flour

Just add 2 teaspoons of baking powder for each 150g/6oz/1 cup plain flour . Sift the flour and baking powder together into a bowl before...