Thursday, May 30, 2013


I've always wanted to make macarons but I've shied away from it because people tell me it's too hard. Well last week I decided to take the plunge. I must admit that this urge came about after grocery shopping and finding that Adriano Zumbo makes a macaron packet mix.  And they had it in my local Woolies.  OMG!

For those of you who don't know who Adriano Zumbo is I say 'shame on you'.  This is the master Patissier.  The man who makes the contestants on Master Chef cry.  The man who can single handedly make you gain 5 pounds and you won't care just by opening up a shop opposite where you work... (Damn you Zumbo! I care.  I care.)  Anyway needless to say I bought the mix.  I didn't make it straight away.  I think his work on Master Chef breaking down contestant after contestant left me feeling a little daunted.  I looked at the box for a whole week before I worked up the courage to try it.  And this is the result.

Beautiful, delicious, salty little biscuits straight from heaven.  Sure it took some time.  Sure it was a little fiddly and delicate.  But friends, I have now sealed the deal and broken through my macaron baking virginity.  Stand back world this girl is hooked.  Next time I might even try making them from scratch.  Anyone got a fool proof recipe?

Monday, May 27, 2013


Words to live by on a cold wet Sydney Monday morning.  All things are possible!

Monday, May 20, 2013


Right now in my life I'm being challenged.  Not in the negative way we often think of life's challenges, but in a positive way.  I'm being given opportunities that I hadn't sought out.  I'm being asked to do things that are outside my comfort zone.  My usual reaction would be to say no and suggest someone else, but I'm being challenged, but my mentor, by my friends, and by my loved ones to step up and give it a go.  Scare though it is I'm taking the Mark Twain approach.  I don't want to look back in 20 years and wish I'd said yes, so I'll say yes now.  I will risk failure.  I will challenge my fear.  And I'll give it a bloody good go!


Monday, May 13, 2013


I love Dr. Seuss... who doesn't?  I love the fact that in the midst of something that I read as a child there is truth about how to live life.  We all have the brains and ability to guide ourselves in the direction of our dreams. We are not at the mercy of fate or anything else.  Our choices are our own and it's time to own them.  Today who do you choose to be?  What direction do you choose to walk?  

Monday, May 6, 2013


Sometimes finding joy and laughing at the circumstances of life can be tough.  However being to laugh through the tough times shows a resilience to life and a determination to live to the full in a way that I aspire to.

Happy Monday.

PS... want to know how I made this quote?  Check out my craft blog today.