100th POST TODAY WITH BELATED (YET GRATEFUL) RESPONSES TO 18 AWARD NOMINATIONS!

My 100th post comes to you on the cusp of a new year and I felt it appropriate to finally respond to some generous nominations sent my way by other bloggers. It has been a while since I agreed to accept any more award nominations, but the thing is that I am truly grateful for […]

DIY VISUALISATION MOOD BOARD JUST IN TIME FOR 2013 (AKA visualise your way to a wonderful year!)

I needn’t state the obvious by saying that 2013 is right around the corner, but as it is, I thought I’d share a pre-New Year’s Eve activity idea. For those of you who believe (as I do) in the power of positive thinking and your thoughts creating your reality, a visualisation mood board may appeal […]

CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES LITTLE HANDS CAN HELP WITH (even those belonging to small toddlers)

As Christmas drew near, I was determined to find activities that my 21 month-old L could join in with (he was already filled with the Christmas spirit and had been singing “Bingle Bells” for weeks prior to Christmas!). This is a post about a small selection of activities that we found highly enjoyable and little hands-friendly […]

EDIBLE FESTIVE GIFTS: NUTELLA WALNUT FUDGE, EASY MINCE PIES & PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE BARK (+ season’s greetings to you!)

This is my first Christmas ever as the mother to a nursery school-aged toddler, thus preparing holiday gifts for teachers was a brand new experience. Being right in the thick of Christmas DIY-style, I thought I’d attempt to make all of my gifts for L’s teachers at home (even the gift tags, based on my […]

MAGIC VANILLA CUPCAKES WITH COCONUT FLOUR (free from dairy, lactose, gluten & refined sugar! PLUS vegan vanilla frosting!)

I am calling these cupcakes “magic” simply because I cannot believe that something lacking in gluten, lactose/dairy AND refined sugar can be so perfect. Unlike some of my super-talented friends out there (Live Blissful, Fork and Beans and No Naughties, to drop just a few names) I am rather unaccustomed to modifying recipes for sweet treats […]

AMAZING SUGAR COOKIES (and how to decorate them with fondant)

There were 3 things that I offered my blessingway guests as thank you gifts; a scented candle, a choice of accessories (bags, scarves, etc.) and these cookies! I have wanted an excuse to make fondant-covered cookies for some time and this occasion was the perfect one. I am so incredibly happy with this sugar cookie […]

PERFECT CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES… WITH 2 DELICIOUS FROSTING OPTIONS (vegan coconut & Nutella buttercream)

Cupcakes tend to be the “crowning glory” of whatever spread I put on for special occasions. As such, I searched high and low and all over Pinterest for the perfect chocolate cupcake recipe (and some divine frostings to compliment it) in time for my blessingway. I guess I got lucky! My guests were posting photos […]

CUPCAKE FOR CHARITY, PART 3 (AKA a time for giving)

A quick recap: After many complications, hospitalisation and finally a diagnosis of a high risk pregnancy condition known as SCH, I returned home at 17 weeks pregnant to face full bed rest and living with the continued fear of losing my baby. I realised quickly that depression and feelings of hopelessness would not help my […]

CHRISTMAS CRACKLES (AKA crackles, take 2)

What seems like ages ago, I posted about chocolate crackles and how, at my little L’s nursery school celebrations for UN day they were so popular I didn’t even have time to take a photo of them before they all disappeared into the mouths of pre-schoolers (and their parents!). So I guess this post is […]

EASY, FESTIVE CHOCOLATE GINGERBREAD TRUFFLES (with a dash of mulled wine & a touch of marzipan)

I bet you thought I’d forgotten about Project Pinterest, Operation Advent ;). Well, I haven’t… it’s just that I have not yet found the time to post all the different things I have been up to. But here is one of them in any case. A true taste of Swedish Christmas, in my humble opinion. […]