Monthly Archives: September 2014

Edmonds Afghan Biscuits

Since Miss Lucy is away and has given me free range of this gorgeous blog I thought I would stray slightly from chocolate chip cookies.

Now I am a ‘there is never enough chocolate in the world’ kind of girl so I thought I would make afghan biscuits for our day trip tomorrow to The Auckland Art Gallery – more on that later.

For those that are not familiar with Afghan cookies they are a chocolate cookie with cornflakes (yip I said cornflakes!) and they are traditionally topped with chocolate icing and half a walnut – the main consumers of this batch of biscuits will range in age from 9 to 13 years old therefore  I decided to top mine with sprinkles.

Edmonds Afgan Biscuit


The Edmonds Cookbook is very common in New Zealand, there wouldn’t be too many households with out one. It was first published in 1908 and has sold over 3,000,000 copies. My cookbook has loose pages and food splatters and watermarks on just about every page it is much loved! I have fond memories of sitting on my Grandmas bench top while she cooked dinner snacking on these biscuits for afternoon tea and watching her cook.


200 grams softened butter

1/2 cup of white sugar

1 1/2 cups Champion (a brand name) standard plain flour

1/4 cup of cocoa powder

2 cups of cornflakes

chocolate icing (will note my icing recipe below)

walnut halves (or sprinkles in my case)

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Sift flour and cocoa powder. Stir into creamed mixture. Fold in cornflakes. Spoon mounds of mixture on to a greased oven tray (I used baking paper) gently pressing together. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes or until set. When cold ice with chocolate icing and decorate with a walnut if wished.

Makes 30

This can also be made into a slice by pressing into a 20 x 30 cm slice tin. Bake at 180 degrees c for 25 minutes and again ice when cold.

My icing recipe.

25 grams of softened butter

1 cup of icing sugar

2 level tablespoons of dark cocoa powder

warm water

mix butter, icing sugar and cocoa with a hand mixer and add just enough warm water to get a thick consistency that can be spread on the biscuits with a knife.

Top with sprinkles and enjoy.

These school holidays The Auckland Art Gallery is playing Studio Ghibli animae films every week day at 130pm, tomorrow we are going to see ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’. The gallery also has an installation Olafur Eliasson – The cubic structural evolution project which consists of thousands of white lego bricks and visitors are encouraged to build a cityscape so everyday the installation is different. The kids loved the lego when we went on Monday, we also watched My Neighbour Totoro which is a gorgeous film. Pop along if you are in Auckland the viewings and lego installation are both free to the public.

Click through here to see what’s on at the gallery now: The Auckland Art Gallery Whats On

Well I must bid you goodnight as I have just realised it is after midnight so that trip to the gallery is in fact today. Better catch some beauty sleep before the kiddos are up and about.

Jada xx


Shoe of the week

Hi there!

This is Jada from Jada Familia blog, I will be guest posting for the gorgeous Miss Lucy while she is sunning herself in the tropics.

As for shoe of the week, I found the most adorable heels over at Unique-Vintage.


These beauties are Navy & Cream Wingtip Bombshell T-strap Heels and currently retail for USD66, I think I have fallen in love.

Thanks for checking out this weeks shoe of the week

Jada xx

It’s frocktastic friday

Today’ gorgeous dress comes from the wonderful La Vonne at Tock Tick Vintage.10708426_282031371993138_1663309341_n                                       10706511_282031355326473_2081870348_n

This dress is a ‘one off’ vintage style .. made in New Zealand with quality poly cotton stretch fabric .. size 12/14 .. fabulous pinks turquoise lime white and black geometric pattern .. be different ! Priced at $55

If you are in Auckland and haven’t visited Tock Tick Vintage yet, i highly recommend it. Visiting the shop is “by appointment only” and it feels like a decadent experience. La Vonne is so welcoming, friendly and helpful, and i had so much fun dressing up, trying on hats and gloves and shoes with the outfits. Visit her on Facebook

It’s a tropical vacation sensation

Well it’s only 2 sleeps until we fly to Bali, which is super exciting. While i’ve been packing I’ve given some thought to my dream holiday wardrobe. At the moment i am so in love with  Pinup Girl Clothing’s Capsule Hawaiian collection. I would love to be packing the  Sea Siren dress in my suitcase, and maybe some lucky lou shoes

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I need some new sunglasses, a perhaps a flower for my hair


And this is what my youngest, Master 4 has packed for his holiday……


The sea siren dress can be found at

Shoes at!product/prd12/2404463071/souvenir-with-black-leather-strap

Sunglasses at

And the orchids are from They are 50% off at the moment

I’ll be away on holiday next week, but i have a guest blogger, so stay posted

Miss Lucy x


The Sugar Hit’s Chocolate chip and Pretzel Cookie

Chocolate Chip cookies are my favourite cookie in the whole world, so i was super excited to see the Sugar Hit’s Chocolate Chip and Pretzel Cookie recipe on her blog The Sugar Hit blog is amazing and i highly recommend it.

I emailed the lovely Sarah from the Sugar hit who very kindly agreed to let me use her recipe on my blog. This is one amazing cookie folks! It’s actually even better the second day if you can wait that long. In my household the first batch went in less than 24 hours, so i had to make a second lot for school lunches. It was loved by all ages, my children who are 7 and 4, my niece and her boyfriend who are 19, and me (i won’t reveal my age)  The cookie is soft and chewy, yet the pretzel pieces add texture, crunch and some saltiness, which balances out the dark chunky chocolate. This is definitely a 4 star cookie.

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Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies by the Sugar Hit (Sarah Coates)
Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 12 mins
Total time 32 mins
Serves: 15
  • 1 stick (115g) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar (superfine sugar)
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar (turbinado sugar)
  • 1 cup (225g) brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1¾ cup (260g) flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup salted pretzels (approx 100g), plus extra for topping.
  • 8 oz (200g) dark chocolate, chopped (I used Lindt 70%)
  1. Line 2 baking sheets with non stick baking paper, and preheat the oven to 350F/175C.
  2. Place the softened butter and all the sugar into a bowl and cream together for at least 5 minutes. It should be very soft and visibly lighter in colour.
  3. Scrape down the bowl and add in the egg, and then beat again until the egg is completely incorporated. Scrape down, add the vanilla and beat again.
  4. In a small bowl stir together the flour and baking powder, and then gradually add the flour to the butter mixture, stirring slowly until the flour is almost completely incorporated.
  5. Crush the pretzels in your hands gently, just to break them into about fourths, but no need to be precise. Add them into the dough, along with all the chopped chocolate.
  6. Fold the dough together with a wooden spoon or spatula just until everything is incorporated and the chocolate and pretzels are evenly distributed.
  7. Scoop ¼ cup sized portions of dough out, and roll them gently in your hands before placing them onto the lined baking sheets. Make sure there is plenty of room between the cookies, because they spread to at least twice the size of the dough balls.
  8. Place a whole pretzel onto each dough ball and press gently to slightly flatten the cookie, and embed the pretzel in the dough.
  9. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, rotating the trays half way through baking. They will spread, and be set at the edges, but still look a little gooey in the centres. Leave to cool on the trays, and then eat them; a glass of milk on the side is mandatory.

I highly recommend them, they are delicious!

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Thank you Sarah!

Enjoy x

Shoe of the Week

The shoe of the week is in honour of my upcoming trip to Bali.

It is a gorgeous summer sandal by Miss L fire (one of my favourites) and is available from Modcloth at:


Currently here in Auckland, New Zealand it is pouring with rain, 12 degrees c and with gusts of wind up to 120 km per hour!  I am really looking forward to the warm sunny weather in Bali. This is our first trip away overseas as a family  (apart from going home to Australia to see my family), and we are heading to the Melia Resort in Bali which is meant to be very child friendly. Will share some of our adventures with you in the coming week

Enjoy x


An apple for the teacher

This post has been inspired by all of those students returning to school in the Northern Hemisphere, and my  own Master 4, who is turning 5 next month and starting school.

Loving this apple print dress (below on the left) from in S,M and L, and if you spend over $50 today at Lebomb and use the code weloveu at the checkout you will get 15% off

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Vivien of Holloway has just stocked the Kitty Candy Apple stripe dress (above right) Loving the nipped waist and full gathered skirt

Modcloth have the cutest Candy Apple sweet flats

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And although alas it’s no longer available, i love the Ollie and Nic wicker bag. Will have to keep an eye out of ebay.

There is the pack a picnic apple wrist-let available from Kate Spade, but it is an eye watering US$198!  It is super cute though,en_US,pd.html

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In our house hold we are currently counting down the sleeps until Master 4  turns 5 and starts school, but for all those who have already started the school year, Enjoy x

Movie Review: Freaks 1932

“We didn’t lie to you folks, we told you we had living breathing monstrosities,” and with that line the 1932 Horror classic Freaks begins. Considered so shocking in it’s time, the original version of the film no longer exists, and  it was banned in Great Britain for 30 years.


I first saw this movie as part of a Tod Browning double feature in the New Zealand International Film festival. Tod Browing made the movie while his career was riding high after the success of Dracula starring Bela Lugosi. This was the studio’s first major horror movie, and he was given a lot of leeway, or perhaps plenty of rope to hang himself. The movie was a commercial failure and basically destroyed Tod Brownings career.

The plot revolves around Hans a circus midget who falls in love with the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, Cleopatra, a trapeze artist. Cleopatra discovers Hans is incredibly wealthy and sets out to seduce him into marrying her, plotting to kill him off after the wedding so she will inherit his wealth. At this stage of the review you may be thinking, what’s the big deal, why is this movie so shocking? Cleopatra and Hans are part of a Circus of Human “freaks”. Roll up, Roll up, come and see the human torso, a half man – cut off at the waist. Come and see the sexy Siamese twins, the half man/half woman, the bearded lady, and  the shrunken headed pin heads.

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This movie  has such a sinister and disturbing feel to it. It feels exploitive to just  be watching it, and realising there was an era where it was totally acceptable to view these physically deformed people as entertainment in a circus. Some of the scenes i found cringe-worthy, particularly the wedding feast. It wasn’t so much the actual cast of Freaks chanting to Cleopatra “Gooble, Gobble, one of us, we accept her, one of us”, it was the cruelty of Cleopatra shrieking at them “You dirty slimy freaks,freaks, freaks!” She then had her strong man lover assist in placing her new husband Hans on her shoulders while she trotted around pretending to give him a horsey ride. She  humiliates him completely, and her cruelty is simply painful to watch.  To some degree i think there is an element of sympathy with how the director Tod Browning portrays the “Freaks” he injects them with an element of humanity. Then there are scenes where he plays on the darkness of their difference and deformity , displaying the monstrous behaviour of which they are capable in response to a threat to one of their own.

The original ending of the movie has been replaced with a happier ending. The movie was originally 90 minutes long, but was cut down to 64 after disastrous pre-screenings. People didn’t just walk out of the movie they ran,  one woman threatened to sue MGM after she claimed watching the movie caused her to suffer a miscarriage.

There will never be another movie like freaks, it is quiet simply unique, bizarre and a fascinating  piece of film.

The newest member of our family



Introducing Jacks, the newest member of our family. After years of trying to convince the man of the house we needed a dog, his heart was finally captured by this sweet little Sydney Silky terrier. Jacks is 2 1/2 years old, he’s been re-homed as his parents got divorced, and the wife’s new partner didn’t like dogs, so he has come to live with us.  Miss 7 and little Master 4 just love him. They are willingly walking him, feeding him, washing him and even picking up his doggy business! It seems like a small miracle. Miss 7 says she loves to hear the pitter patter of his little feet. So Welcome Jacks!

It’s Frocktastic Friday!

Welcome again to Frocktastic Friday. Today’s dress is from the wonderful shop BellaVintage

I have purchased 2 wonderful dresses from her. I’ve found the quality of the dresses outstanding and she is super friendly and helpful!


This is a 1950’s glitter stripe party dress with bow detail on the front.

It’s approx a XS/S. Measures 35″- 25″-Full. It’s available for $92 NZ dollars

There is a slight bit of seam separation under one arm.

It’s the perfect party dress, unfortunately for me i don’t have a 25″ waist!