Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

Wow, what a year! As we get ready to say good by to 2013 and welcome a new year, I can’t help but get all sentimental and reflect on the events of this past year. And when I say it’s been a big year… I mean, it’s been a big year!

2013 has been a roller coaster of emotions for my family and I, a year or change, sacrifice, sadness and great happiness. All in all, I’m happy to say goodbye to 2013 and welcome a new year, a new beginning.  But with great fondness, 2013 will be a year we will always look back on and cherish the many, many memories that were made.

During 2013 my husband and I had our baby girl (the most beautiful and precious thing the world), said goodbye to my husbands grandmother, farewelled a brother as he moved across the world, supported by mother during her diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and welcomed two new sister-in-laws into our family.

I hope 2014 brings many happy memories, love, joy and prosperity to all. Happy New Year!!!


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Candy Cane Chocolate Recipe

Candy Cane Chocolate Recipe

Christmas is the season to be jolly! And nothing makes me more jolly than sweets.

One of the best things about Christmas is spending time with family and friends and throwing our diets to the wind for some merry festive feasting.

Here is a quick recipe that is delicious, festive and easy. A treat that will quickly become a Christmas favorite!


  • 150g Peppermint candy canes
  • 440g Cadbury milk chocolate (approx. 2 blocks)

Step 1: Place peppermint candy canes into a food processor and pulse until blended into a desired texture. Alternatively, place the candy canes into a zip lock back, seal tightly and crush away using a rolling pin (or any other utensils, be inventive!) until you reach the desired texture…

Remember when someone stole your parking spot after driving in circles for half an hour and all you wanted was a damn carton of milk? Well this is great for releasing some of that pent up negative energy that comes hand in hand with holiday madness, so have fun with it!

Step 2: Melt your choice of chocolate in a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water (remembering not to submerge the bowl into the boiling water). I used 2 blocks of Cadbury Milk chocolate. You could also try using milk, white, dark, peppermint, etc…

Step 3: Fold a cup full of crushed candy canes into the melted chocolate mixture. For a healthier alternative, you could try throwing in some dried fruit or nuts!

Step 4: Line a backing tray with baking paper and pour the mixture onto the try.

Step 5: Sprinkle any left over candy cane pieces on top of the mixture and place in the fridge to harden.

Step 6: Remove the chocolate from the tray and break into pieces… and there you have it. Candy cane chocolate!!!