Orange and cranberry granola

Orange and cranberry granola

One of my favourite things about living in ‘Australia’s foodbowl’ is being able to access so much locally grown produce.  It also means lots of average backyards often have vegetable patches and fruit trees, which deliver a bounty of goodies at certain times of the year.  Friends, Sophie and Tim, have a particularly healthy orange tree in their yard and last year we used a big bucket of oranges to make marmalade (there’s actually still a few jars sitting in the pantry!)  When they kindly gifted us another load of oranges a few weeks ago, I started browsing recipes to see what I could whip up with this year’s bounty.

My favourite use so far: orange and cranberry granola…

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What’s making me happy: August

What’s making me happy: August

August is one of those quintessential transition months in Wagga Wagga – spring-like weather will show up for a day or two at a time, but then is punctuated by the grimmest of wintry conditions.  The days are getting start to get longer, but the mornings will still often be frosty. In this month of contrasts, this is what’s been making me smile…

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Something to share: Geogussr

Something to share: Geogussr

I loved playing games when I was a child – board games, guessing games and even a few PC based games as computers became a staple of everyday life.  However, after I left school most of the games suddenly stopped. It wasn’t until I really met Adam that games became a part of my life again. When we lived in England, he introduced me to game nights (dinner + post meal frivolities) and also to computer or mobile based games.  I knew the latter of these existed, but I’d never really been bothered to look into them.  The one day Adam showed me a geography based game…

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What’s making me happy: July

What’s making me happy: July

I often think July feels like one of the longest months of the year, mainly because it’s smack bang in the middle of winter when the days are short and everyone has well and truly settled into hibernation mode – preferring the cosy comfort of home.

In the midst of this season of winter, I’m still finding plenty to smile about though…

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Something to share: Shetland

Something to share: Shetland

I fell a little bit in love with Scotland when I first visited in 2010 and that was further cemented during a number of holidays there in 2016 (read more here, here and here).  There was just something about the rugged scenery, stone houses and unique accent that really captured my imagination.

As a result I’ve developed a soft soft for books, movies and shows based in Scotland and my current favourite is Shetland…

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Orange and poppyseed muffins

Orange and poppyseed muffins

The other day a colleague of mine brought in a huge bag of freshly picked oranges to the office.  As I opened the bag, I was overcome with that heady, citrus smell and knew I had to use those oranges to make something special.

Winter officially began in Australia over the weekend, and while the dying days of May were cold, foggy and damp, June has started with crisp blue skies and mild temperatures. With the sun shining outside, and those homegrown oranges glistening in my fruit bowl, I decided that orange and poppyseed muffins were the order of the day…

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