August 30, 2014

Book Review - Any way you Slice it by Monique McDonell

Now you know I have a bit of an author crush on Monique McDonell, a fellow Australian and fantastic writer. So when I saw she was releasing a new novella I was excited and originally was going to purchase this book to read on the plane to Problogger, but I was lucky enough to get an Advance copy direct from Monique. (It may have also made me a little happy when my profile picture reminded her of the cover of Any way you Slice it)

Any way you slice it by Monique McDonell is everything you need in a romance novel with a twist. 

Piper is in a slight predicament - get deported back to Australia or marry her 'Danny' (a reference to Cherie's cousin, Aaron) to stay in the US. Only thing is she has never met Aaron but he is willingly open to getting to know Piper and possibly marry her in a sexless marriage.

Piper and Aaron are two workaholics and have been unlucky in love. Piper has started her own food truck business selling the great Australian Classic Aussie Meat Pies and currently trying to further her successful business and Aaron is a successful lawyer on his way to becoming a partner. Two gorgeous and successful people...what could possibly go wrong? 

Join Piper and Aaron on a whirlwind romance and possible trip down the aisle, will they last to both get their end of the deal or will someone come between their relationship which result in Piper having to loose her new life and go back to Australia 

I thoroughly enjoyed this novella, you know you are reading a great book when you have not moved whilst reading the book and once you are finish you realise it is now dark 

My favourite male lead from all of Monique's novels was Jack from Hearts Afire (you can read my review of Hearts Afire here) but now I love Aaron and his journey with Piper through the ups and downs of relationship, whether that be a real relationship or a fake relationship. 

I am hoping that there will be a sequel to Any way you Slice it

August 29, 2014

3 Hours 1 Project - Head Start Beanie

A few years ago I was shopping in the city with my husband and my mum when I was trying in berets in Myer, I should have brought one of them but I somewhat decided I didn't need it but have spend the last couple of years looking for a similar one.

I keep being told just knit one for yourself, I can honestly say that I have never knitted for myself because knitted baby accessories are so much cuter but also I don't have the hours to put in to make adult accessories.

Whilst I was on bed rest for my broken foot I was constantly online and noticed an advertisement for a knitting supplied shop using the above ball of wool. I instantly knew I needed it regardless so ordered it and waited patiently. 

Fortunately it arrived very quickly but unfortunately it arrived while we were moving house so it go quickly put into a box, until over the weekend when I started unpacking my craft room boxes.

I was determined to start this project, so the other night I started - 3 Hours is all it took, and those 3 hours were spent half watching tv whilst knitting! 

So here is my 3 Hour, 1 ball, 1 Project Beanie

I am in love and will need to order the other colours. The knit is so simple that it is perfect for a beginner knit or a quick project for the avid knitter (I think I will be ordering a few more for some people for Christmas) 

Please note this is no way sponsored just another project complete by me :) 

August 28, 2014

Book Review - The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

All my memories of this novel and movie came flooding back when as recently read The Secret Garden as the August Book Club choice.

The Secret Garden is about young Mary who has endured a tough life and has recently arrived at her uncle's place to live at Misselthwaite Manor. Misselthwaite Manor is nothing like little Mary has seen before and slowly becomes an independent girl who loves the magical and mysteriousness of the over grown, locked and abandoned rooms and gardens. 

Mary finds out there is more that just mysterious gardens and rooms and finds her young cousin, Colin, who was destined to pass away young. Mary hopes she will be able to assist Colin in his recovery and bring some happiness and magic to his life through The Secret Garden 

A simple classic that will always be just a classic novel

I thoroughly enjoyed rereading The Secret Garden and can not wait until our next Classic Bookclub choice but first we have The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons 

August 27, 2014

Book Discussion - The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

August has been our classic choice for Book Club and surprisingly not all members of Book Club had read this book

The Secret Garden is as beautiful as I remembered it and I will have to get my hands on a copy of the movie to rewatch - oh I remember seeing it numerous times while at school. 

Here is a little look into the Discussion for The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Discussion Point One - Mary Lennox was an extremely self absorbed child and was extremely alone. Why do you think Frances Hodgson Burnett decided to portray Mary in this way?

Discussion Point Two - When arriving at the station Mary does not assist with the bags 'in India native servants always picked up or carried things and it seemed quite proper that other people should wait on one' Did you believe Mary would have a rude shock having no-one ky 'work' for her?

Discussion Point Three - 'It was in this way Mistress Mary arrived at Misselthwaite Manor and she had perhaps never felt quite so contrary in all her life' Discuss why Mary would feel so contrary? Chapter 3 Page 27

Discussion Point Four - Mary ventures into the garden and goes through many doors. Knowing there is a mysterious and secret garden would you go looking too? 

Discussion Point Five - Little Robin redbreast is extremely significant in The Secret Garden. What similarities were between Mary and Robin Redbreast?

Discussion Point Six - During the rainy day Mary is told there is a library and decides to make it an adventure. Would you have done the same thing as Mary and try to see which doors were locked?

Discussion Point Seven - 'If there was no one else alive in the hundred rooms there were seven nice who did not look lonely at all' Such a powerful sentence to how Mary feels in such a lonely world. How did this influence you reading The Secret Garden? 

Discussion Point Eight - Describe your thoughts when Robin 'remembered' Mary and the change to her persona

Discussion Point Nine - Robin guided Mary to the old key - was this the start of the Magic to The Secret Garden or do you believe it Magic theme started with Mary's resilience to her time in India? 

Discussion Point Ten - Discuss the symbolism of the skipping rope with the striped red and blue handle at each end

If you have not read The Secret Garden I highly recommend you read it and if you have not experienced the magic in a few years it is time to reread this classic

Our September Book Club choice is The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simmons

August 26, 2014

Bread and Butter Pudding

There is something about Bread and Butter pudding that I love and since moving out of home it's not something I made as it was one of my mum's dishes she would make.

She normals makes one big batch but I think individual serves is fantastic for sitting on the couch with 

Today I am sharing her Bread and Butter recipe as it is scrumptious 


8 slices of White Bread, Crust removed
6 eggs
Splash of Vanilla Essence
1/4 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Cup Full Cream Milk


1.Preheat oven to 180 degrees
2. Jam each slice of white bread and cut bread into 4 triangles
3. Place 6 triangles into each serving dish
4. In a bowl whisk eggs, sugar, milk and vanilla until combined
5. Divide mixture into each serving dish
6. Place remaining triangles of bread on top of the dishes
7. Place each dish into a water bath and cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out of the mixture clean

Makes 4 individual serves

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