The countdown to Christmas is here and from what I witnessed this weekend, the shopping frenzy has started. The malls are bursting with people and the hum of conversation almost drowns out the carols that are being played through the internal sound system. The parking lots have become more like scenes from movies like ‘Gone [...]
Hello friends. I’m so glad to be back writing. After taking the summer off and soaking it up with my family (gathering lots of material), it’s time to get back to work. I’ve missed connecting with everyone and look forward to the coming weeks and the exchanges through this column.
Sadly it’s time to say good [...]
Last weekend was the Queen’s birthday long weekend in Australia and like almost every other Aussie, Mannie and I packed the car, stocked up on winter woollies, plugged in our favourite road trip playlist to date and headed south for Philip Island with 12 other friends.
A weekend of too much food, games galore, raucous laughter, exploring, climbing trees, [...]
That’s right, we have been asked to host a cruise to ARUBA….. Friends, family and Real Life Radio listeners/readers are gathering from all over the globe to join us for 7 Luxurious days onboard the newly enhanced GRAND PRINCESS enjoying sun, family, friendship and maybe even a few cocktails. Cruising with Princess is like a [...]
I’m writing this article from the comfort of my Hong Kong hotel room. I am looking out my window at one of the most extraordinary skylines the world has to offer. Flashing billboards advertising all the major brands dance across buildings and reflect on the Hong Kong Harbour. I can hear the bustling streets that [...]
I’m not totally enthralled by valentines day. In fact, I hate it. I resent the fact that it is boxed into romantic love. I love, love, but wish the occasion was used to celebrate all kinds of love.
We all have many different loves. There is of course Eros Love – the intimate kind of [...]
Image by David Loftus for Jamie Oliver
So we all know that a turkey is the star of the Christmas dining table, yet to feed the masses that descend upon our home each Christmas, we always have an enormous leg of smoked ham and one massive pork roast!
Here’s a recipe I tried this week that went [...]
Hot Chocolate Mix
For a popular jar mix that is easy enough for children to prepare as Christmas gifts for their teacher, babysitter or grandma, read on.
This recipe also makes a lovely jar gift for your office colleagues or co-workers, neighbours, the paper boy, those friends who drop in around the silly season…whoever!
Hot Chocolate Jar Mix [...]
Well, here’s another truly morish recipe that has become a familyroom Christmas ‘must have’. Sam, one of thefamilyroom girls, has shared her Christmas Truffle recipe below. These treats are so simple and make great gifts for friends, teachers and neighbours. Pop a handful in a little box and you’re set!
(makes around 28)
200g coconut biscuits
100g blanched almonds, toasted
375g white [...]