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Review – Death Below Stairs by Jennifer Ashley

Death Below Stairs is a historical mystery and it is set during the reign of Queen Victoria (after Albert died). It is the first in a new series. Here's the blurb: Highly sought-after young cook Kat Holloway takes a position in a Mayfair mansion and soon finds herself immersed in the odd household of Lord Rankin. Kat is unbothered by the family’s eccentricities as long as they stay away from her...

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Recipe: Easter Biscuits

I used to make these biscuits (that would be cookies to those of you in the US) when I was a teenager and had a yearning to bake some last weekend. They're easy to make and children like rolling out the dough ready for baking. I think they're called Easter Biscuits...

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A Glimpse of Sydney

This is a photo of the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Opera House, taken from the Botanical gardens. Hubby and I spent a day in Sydney at the end of our cruise in December last year. It's an interesting city to walk around, and we had a beautiful sunny day for our...

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Thirteen Ways to Look Instantly Slimmer

I attended a craft show last week and sat in on several lectures. One of them was on fashion and styling, which didn’t really fit with crafts, but it was still interesting. Kate Elizabeth, the fashion stylist talked about ways to look slimmer and I thought I’d pass...

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Bella Graduates From Puppy School

Last night was Bella's final class at puppy school. The seven weeks have passed really quickly and have been good for all of us. On the run up to the final class we worked hard with training, practicing several times each day. Our training paid off big time last night...

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Recipe: Zuppa Di Ceci (Chickpea Soup)

This is a new recipe I tried recently. It's both quick and easy to make and the final result was delicious. 2 cups of chickpeas (cooked) 4 tablespoons of Olive oil 2 onions, finely chopped 2 carrots, finely diced 2 sticks celery, finely sliced 3 tablespoons finely...

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Thirteen Disasters Waiting to Happen

Since the earthquake in Christchurch and the one in Japan, our larger cities have been under the spotlight. According to records, many buildings in Auckland (where I live) are not earthquake proof. For the last few years we've had a series of ads on TV and other media...

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