Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Moist coconut sheet cake

1 butter or Vanilla cake mix  3 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 packet of instant pudding (I used vanilla)

 Mix together all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Pour into a 9 x 13 pan that has been greased and floured. (o use grease proof paper)  Bake at 350 for 32 - 35 minutes or until tooth pick comes our clean.

Poke holes in cake 

then mix 

1 can of cream of coconut
1 can of sweetened condensed milk

pour over cake then leave to cool, O\I actually put it in the fridge 

Tops with whipped cream and the coconut    ENJOY


Lazy Cookie Bars

The boxed cake mix. So versatile, so easy and so yummy. Only 4 ingredients and you probably have them all at home already. It’s not a really thick bar. It’s more like a sheet pan cookie. It’s gooey and I love the edges – those are my favorite. Feel free to mix this up by adding nuts or different types of chocolate chips.

Ingredients:1 (15 oz.) box yellow cake mix
2 eggs, beaten
5 tbsp. butter, melted
1 bag (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips

I prefer to use plane brand cake mix which is usually under $1.00

 Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray

 Combine dry cake mix with melted butter and beaten eggs.

 This is easier if you have an electric or stand mixer because batter will be very thick.

 Stir in bag of chocolate chips. Spread batter into greased baking dish.

  spread the batter around using using your hands since the batter is very thick

Once it is evenly spread out, put in the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes.

  It will puff up as it is cooking and be golden brown around the edges when it is done.

And like any good chocolate chip cookie, I like to eat these warm so you can usually find me sneaking some bites from this pan before it’s cool! This makes a great base for some ice cream too.



These are great and perfect to those who do not like eggs

180g unsalted butter, softened (2/3 cup)
1/3 cup caster (superfine) sugar
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
Pinch salt
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F) and line a few trays with baking paper.
Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the condensed milk until well incorporated.
Add flour and salt, and mix on a low speed until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Roll tablespoons of the dough into balls, place on the lined trays and flatten with your hand.
Bake for 10 – 15 minutes, until golden. Makes 48 cookies.
Happy baking!

French Toast Roll Ups

These are gorgeous and if you roll jam  or anything other than fruit you can make these and freeze them for a later date
These French Toast Roll-Ups have cream cheese, fruit, or whatever fillings you like rolled up in cinnamon sugar bread. Impressive and crowd pleasing!


French Toast Roll-Ups
  • 8 slices white sandwich bread
  • softened cream cheese, diced strawberries, or Nutella
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • butter, for greasing the pan
  1. Cut the crust from each slice of bread and flatten it out with a rolling pin.
  2. Place about 1-2 teaspoons of your chosen filling 1 inch from one end of the bread in a strip. Roll the bread up tightly and repeat with the remaining pieces of bread. I really like cream cheese with diced strawberries as one combination and Nutella with diced strawberries as another combination.
  3. In a shallow bowl whisk the eggs and milk until well combined.
  4. In a separate shallow bowl mix the sugar with the cinnamon.
  5. Heat a skillet set over medium heat and melt a tablespoon of butter.
  6. Dip each bread roll in the egg mixture coating well and then place them in the pan seam side down. Cook in batches until golden brown, turning them to cook and brown on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Add butter to the pan as needed.
  7. Add cooked rolls immediately from the pan to the cinnamon sugar and roll until completely covered in sugar. You can serve with syrup for dipping but I think they're perfectly good all by themselves.

Cake mix pie crust

To make the Cake Mix Pie Crust you will need a cake mix I like to use plain brand as it is under $1.00, 1 whole egg, 3 egg yolks and 1 tablespoon butter.

 Sift cake mix: This step is not totally necessary, but I have found it helps a lot in combining the cake mix. I actually sift every cake mix

 Ingredients: Add the eggs and butter

Mix until it begins to stick together

Knead: Turn the mixture onto the counter and gently knead until all the ingredients are combined. You can now wrap it in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to chill or use right away. It’s best to chill though. I chilled mine for about 15 minutes to make it easier to handle.

 Rolling: Sprinkle counter with a small pinch of flour and roll out pie crust . You can make small pies  divide dough in half and make 2 regular pie crusts.

Fill with what ever filling you want and bake in oven at 350 for 20 min for full size pies

I kind of like to cook the crust first  then make into banoffee pies

Monday, February 20, 2017

slow feeders

Now this is recycling at its best love this for small holdings and easy to move feeders

Rain water catchment

I love these ideas for stand alone rainwater catchment especially for those on farms who need water  away from their main supply. My niece lives on a small holding and is about to start growing seedlings and this is such a great idea for her

garden workbench with homemade rainwater collection - love this!

 about little innovations that make life easier for so many people with eco-friendly solutions. In the area of water conservation  every drop is precious and rain water is one of the purest forms of water before it reaches the ground. It has long been used for non-potable uses and rain water harvesting (RWH) is a technology that has not changed in over 4000 years. Rain saucers aims to do one better by ensuring that RWH produces potable drinking water.
The Rain Saucer looks like an upside down umbrella. It decreases the chances of contamination by ensuring that rain water does not come in contact with building surfaces  It also comes with an inbuilt filter. It was developed by Tom Spargo, who included five components: a food grade polypropylene ’saucer’, pipe fitting, mesh filter, fasteners, and a retention ring for wind resistance. The Saucer harvests about 6.75 gallons per inch of rain and can work with any container. A single 200-liter Rain Saucers system, emptied periodically during the rainy season, can provide a family with seven months of clean drinking water. They have also developed a 18 gallon disaster relief  prototype that can be checked in as luggage.
According , the RainSaucer was designed to scale-up the amount of water that can be harvested. “I simply pondered why it is that this great concept isn’t more widespread and decided it was too much of a ‘project’ and not enough of  a ‘product.’

Saturday, February 11, 2017

supermarket mark downs

One of the rules I have is we can only buy sale items and one of the great joys in the supermarket are the mark down which happen in coles in the mornings and Woolworths morning and late afternoon.

This is a great way to cut costs in your house hold budget although it is much easier to find these specials in smaller town supermarkets as of course there is less turn over of stock, however thee specials can be found in the cities as well

I do have to admit I am a very avid shopper at ALDI (which is a story on its own)

this is todays score at my local coles  this lot make 28 serves working out at around 57 cents each
now that is hard to beat

double needle thread hack

I don’t have a lot of experience with a double needle. If you do, you probably know how great they can be when it comes to making double...