And the Winner Is….

There is something about that phrase that makes me excited. I think the eternal optimist in me thinks ‘It’s going to be me!’ even when it is my own blog! Yes obviously I am also blonde with the optimism!Thanks to all those who entered and indeed to everyone who reads my blog it makes me feel very precious. Here are the awesome words people picked for describing a good parent. (Thankfully no-one picked sporty or I’d be out of luck!)



Loving – pure and unconditional



























 Thanks to the winning number is 6

Congratulations to Jenny

Also coming at you all for the lovely Jodi who read my blog and was hungry and felt sad because there were no recipes!

I feel a bit funny about publishing recipes that are in regular, up-to-date books because I would hate to discourage anyone from supporting any ‘artist’ at work (especially you Sophie Gray!). However happily 4 of the recipes I used this week are ancient! I.e they are the kind that start with ‘Grandma Joyce’s Chocolate Slice’ (we love Grandma Joyce she makes morning tea for our music group!), or Margaret Livingstone’s Bumble bees (from my mama’s handwritten recipe book I don’t think even she knows who Margaret is).

So Jodi just for you and anyone else with the urge to don an apron and be surprised by how easy these recipes are – enjoy! I suggest several taste tests along the way you’d hate to feed anyone something that wasn’t perfect now!

  Bumble Bees:


In a saucepan melt – 90g of butter, 2 Tbs of golden syrup, 1/2 tin of condensed milk, and 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence.

Bring to the boil. Remove from heat and stir in a packet of plain crushed biscuits and 1/2c of sultanas (healthy fruit!!)

Roll into balls and then roll in coconut (also kind of healthy)

Little side note – love these! – if the mixture is too tacky pop in the fridge for a few minutes. Not going to take away the kitsch but it will make the mixture easier to deal with. I also keep mine in the fridge because I like them a little firm.

Carrot Cake

3/4c oil                             2c flour                          4 eggs                              1.5 tsp baking soda                                1.5c sugar

4 c grated carrot (most tedious!)                     1tsp vanilla essence        1tsp salt                                                 2 tsp baking powder

 1 tsp cinnamon                                                     0.5c crushed walnutsMix all together and bake for 45mins at 180 degrees C in a 9×9 inch tin

 Ice with cream cheese icing

Joyce’s Caramel Slice

Rather Addictive

1 c flour                1 c brown sugar                        1 tsp baking powder                          1 c cornflakes                     1 c coconut

Mix together the ingredients and add 150g of butter and 1 dsp (normal sized spoon) of golden syrup melted together.

Bake for about 20mins at 180 degrees C. Don’t overcook. Ice while warm but not hot.

Joyce’s Chocolate Slice  

Nice Slice

1/2 c sugar                   1/2c coconut                     1 c flour                         2 generous tsps of cocoa powder

 1 tsp baking powder                                                175g of melted butter

 Mix dry ingredients, add melted butter, stir well. Press into a slice tin bake at 180 degrees C for about 20mins.

Icing – no quantities here sorry I work by sight! I like my icing dark and thick so that it sticks to your teeth in a very undignified manner.

Mix icing sugar and cocoa. Add a small amount of water (about a spoonful at a time) until it gets to a spreadable texture. Add a few drops of vanilla essence and peppermint essence to your desired flavour. So you’re really only eating it to make sure it is perfect!75/100 complete


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