Are you busy prepping some yummy food for an Australia Day celebration or maybe a party?
These no-bake lamington balls are so super easy, delicious, and very affordable for you to add to your dessert choices for your next event.
Makes: 35 balls Prep time: 15 mins
460g pre-made, unfilled vanilla sponge cake (you can purchase from Coles or Woolworths) ½ cup vanilla frosting (purchase in the baking aisle of your local supermarket) 250g dark chocolate melts 1 cup desiccated coconut
Break the cake up into pieces, and blitz in a food processor until it becomes fine crumbs.
Add in the frosting to the crumb cake mix and mix through until thoroughly combined (it should stick together).
Using your hands, roll a table spoon of the mixture into a ball, and continue until all the mixture is rolled.
Place some baking paper on a biscuit tray, and place the balls onto the baking paper.
Put in the freezer for 1.5 hours.
Melt the dark chocolate in a bowl in the microwave – initially for 20 seconds, then mix, and continue in lots of 20 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted.
Add the coconut to a deep container, so you have enough in there to cover the balls and roll them.
Once the balls are set, dip each on in the chocolate, then into the coconut to cover. Place the balls back on the tray, and put in the fridge until you’re ready to serve them.
So simple and delicious! Comment back and let us know how you went?
The Anzac Day weekend will look a little differnet for many of us this year, but you can still stay in, pay your respects, and enjoy the weekend. Baking some Anzac Biscuits are are a great way to have some fun, and get the kids involved!
Rolled oats – 1 cup
Plain flour – 1 cup
Brown sugar – 2/3 cup
Desiccated coconut – 2/3 cup
Butter – 125g
Golden syrup (you can also use maple syrup or honey as a substitute) – 2 TBS
Bi-carbonate soda – 1/2 tsp
Combine the oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a bowl
Melt the butter in the microwave
Stir through using a spoon the melted butter, golden syrup and bi-carbonate soda to mixture
Roll into balls with a spoon and your hand
Place rolled balls onto a baking tray (using baking paper on the bottom of the tray to stop the biscuits from sticking)
Pre-heat your oven to 160 degrees celcius, and bake for 10-12 minutes
They will still feel soft when you take them out of the oven, and will become more crunchy as they cool
Once cooled, store in an air tight container in a cool, dry place. They will last a few weeks.
We recently took ourselves off to vsit The Marsden Brewhouse, as we’d heard so many great things about the kids play area. And it’s so fantastic!
You can sit outside undercover at some tables, grab a coffee, and let the kids go and play. We were there late morning, and as they don’t offer a brunch menu, we had coffee, hot chocolate & some yummy chocolate waffles with hazelnut fairy floss – it was delicious! There’s also some baked cookies and small sweets you can have with your coffee too.
The play area has a wooden cabin style cubby house, several large climbing structures with slides for different age groups, flying fox, a tunnel and hills to climb over, swings and a cute little bridge. There are some shade sails, but most of the play area is not undercover.
The Marsden is a lovely venue, so there’s clean toilet facilities, and if you want to stay for lunch, they have a great lunch menu.
Make sure you head along and tick this one off your list!
Our trip to visit Cafe 2773 in Glenbrook was such a nice surprise! We had heard wonderful things about this great cafe, but it’s another thing to experience it first hand. It’s INCREDIBLY FAMILY FRIENDLY, which is so nice as not all cafe’s are. All local organic produce it used in their meals, and you can tell as they’re so unbelievably tasty!
The coffee was delicious, and the cafe overall has a really nice feel vintage about it. You can really take a moment to relax and unwind, as they have taken care of the kids too! There’s a great little play area with a slide and cubby house, and it also has a petting zoo including miniature pigs, chickens and ducks. The cafe also has their own picnic rugs, so you can just grab one and sit out on the grass if you want to be closer to watch the kids.
Sunday afternoon they have live music if this is your thing, it really is a place to realx and enjoy yummy food from great chefs. This is one cafe we definitley recommend you drive to visit!
We recently visited Clarendon Tavern, and had dinner at the HotRok Bar & Grill. It’s a great little restaurant, prices are reasonable, and the main meals were a great size, and very tasty. The kids meals are huge, and only $10 with free ice cream! Great value for money, and great for families. It does get busy around 7pm, so go early if you want to miss the rush.
Inside the grill, it has a nice feel, with a wall full of greenery. It’s casual and relaxed, and the staff were lovely. The Clarendon Tavern is a great place for get togethers, and parties too, as you can have lunch or dinner, then head into the back of the tavern area, where there’s a beer garden, games room and new playround area for the kids. It’s nice and spacious, so the adults can relax and still watch the kiddies. The games area is fantastic for older kids, it will keep them occupied whilst you have a wine or two! Of a night, there’s lots of fairy lights outside, so it has a nice feel to it.
They really have catered here for couples, families and kiddies, which is nice and it’s great for everyone. It’s been done up more recently, and overall is one of our recommended places to visit.
A SIMPLE, EASY TO PREPARE, TASTY MEAL FOR THE FAMILY
I find that I tend to get out the slow cooker mainly in winter, and it’s the best time of year to cook up something hearty and tasty. Instead of frying or BBQing up steak, why not try this yummy Stead Diane Casserole.
Suitable to feed 2 adults, 2 young children (if you have older children (especially hungry boys), add another piece of steak)
Ingredients: Vegetable Oil 600g (approx 3 pieces) of steak (I used Porterhouse, but Scotch Fillet or Eye Fillet will also be suitablle) 1 TBSP plain flour 1/2 tsp salt A sprinkle of pepper 1 large onion 2 cloves or garlic or 4 TBSP of minced garlic 1 TBSP tomato paste 3 TBSP Worcesteshire sauce 300ml Beef stock 40ml thickened cream
Instructions: – Peel onion and dice – Heat the oil in a large frypan – Dice up the steak into large chunks – In a bowl, add in the meat, flour, salt & pepper – In the frypan, lightly brown the steak on each side (don’t over cook) – Once browned, add the steak to the slow cooker – Add in the beef stock, garlic, tomato paste, & worcesteshire sauce – Stir, and add lid – Cook on high for 2.5 hours – After 2.5 hours, add the thickened cream. Stir through, then serve with mash potato & vegetables on the side
The meat will be so tender, and the sauce will be tasty and creamy. This meal is so easy, and full of flavour, even the kids will love it!
The pretty village of Kurrajong is well worth a visit, and has some great quaint boutique shops which are lovely to stroll through on a winter’s morning. We took a visit for a morning coffee to The Village Kitchen. The staff were very welcoming, and the cafe has a large open feel, with stunning views from their balcony. You can sit inside or outside, and they have a lovely warm fireplace too.
The coffee was nice, and we went for breakfast and found the meals to be large for the price, very tasty and good value.
Cafe’s next to play areas – within walking distance We all love to keep the kids busy by taking them to a local park. But wouldn’t it be great to grab a quick cuppa to take with you to the park, and not have to stop multiple times, getting the kids in and out of the car? Read more…