Traditional with a twist – Cranberry Cardamom Cake

So another Christmas has come and sprinkled its magic over all of us. Like many of you this is one of my favorite times of the year. There is just something about Christmas that chases away my inner Scrooge and makes the world seem better somehow. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and pray that 2017 is a better, bolder, brighter year for you!

Now let’s talk about baking. As I had mentioned in a previous post, my baking hat was reluctantly put away due to expanding waistlines and non-existent willpowers.

But it is Christmas. And what is Christmas without the smell of freshly baked goodies perfuming the air? And so I went on a baking spree. And what a mad spree it was (insert evil laughter soundtrack).

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Tips for touring Australia on a budget

Let’s face facts. Australia is not a cheap country for international travelers.

But don’t let that stop you from visiting this truly magnificent island continent. No doubt there are some places where you simply HAVEΒ to shell out the big bucks. If you’re looking for budget options, this is where you bid a teary farewell to helicopter tours over the Great Barrier Reef and sunrise camel rides to Uluru.

But take heart. With a little bit of planning, you can still save quite a few dollars when pulling together your Australia itinerary.

Here are some tricks that we used to make sure our wallets didn’t take too much of a beating when we planned our 2 weeks in Australia.

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Australia – How it all went terribly wrong

In our quest to travel to every corner of the globe, the hubby and I have long been eyeing Australia as our next potential destination. But the distance and cost involved meant Australia was always bumped lower and lower on our priority list.

That is until September 2016. After 3 odd years of contemplating a visit there, we finally took the leap and applied for an Australian visit visa.

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The havoc of tiny fingers and tiny toes

So the other day we had a few friends over for dinner. OneΒ of these couples have a baby under 2 years of age.

Now I am not the world’s cleanest person (Cue : Hubby’s snort of derision). It takes monumental willpower for me to summon the cleaning goddess within me and to make the house spic and span.

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The Big Birthday Blog Hop

Today’s post is quite different from my usual posts. Join me today in celebrating the big 50thΒ birthday of Joanne from Serendipitous Stitching.