My Favourite Things, Recipes

My favourite things #3: Mars Bar Cheesecake

mars bar cheesecake

For New Years Eve just past, my mother made one of my favourite childhood deserts – Mars Bar cheesecake. It had been quite a while since I’d last enjoyed the treat – several years in fact (I think I’ve made it once, maybe twice, as an adult), but it was just as yummy as I remembered. So, in the spirit of all things favourite, I thought I might share the recipe here.

Ingredients:

  • 250 g plain chocolate biscuits – crushed
  • 125 g butter, melted (add more if needed)
  • 3 tsp gelatine
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 375 g cream cheese (Philly)
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 300ml thickened cream
  • 3 x 60g mars bars, chopped (add more if desired)
  • Flaked almonds / extra mars bars / extra cream for decoratation

 Tools required:

  • 22cm spring tin
  • electric beater
  • mixing spoon
  • cup and saucepan
  • several mixing bowls

Instructions:

  1. Mix biscuits + butter with spoon. Press mixture evenly over base of tin (and up sides – if desired).
  2. Place tin in fridge until crust firm.
  3. Sprinkle gelatine over water in cup.
  4. Sit cup in pan of simmering water until gelatine dissolved. Cool Slightly.
  5. Beat sugar + cream cheese + vanilla until smooth.
  6. Beat cream in separate bowl until soft peaks.
  7. Stir gelatine mixture into cheese mixture. Add cream + mars bars.
  8. Pour into biscuit crust.
  9. Refrigerate until set.
  10. Decorate around edge with cream + flaked almonds / chopped Mars Bar

How To Eat:

Quickly, before anyone else realises you made it 😀

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Houses, My Favourite Things, Uncategorized

My favourite things #2: The “Marley and Me” Stone House

My second favourite movie house of all time is the stone house from “Marley and Me”. There’s just something alluring about that house covered in snow – a real home ready to be filled with love 🙂

Here are some pictures from the movie:

Turning into the driveway…

Coming home…

Looking out across the yard…

Welcome home!

At the base of the stairs…

the loungeroom

The lounge room.

in the kitchen

The kitchen.

window seat

A window seat in the bedroom…

snowy day

The view on a snowy day…

snow angels

Making snow angels in the garden…

And here are some shots of the real life house:

outside

dining rustic_kitchen  fireplace

barn

main bedroom bathroom bedroom sitting room

side of the house

downstairs loungeporch

I can just imagine myself baking cookies in that kitchen with my boys, or sitting on the enclosed verandah reading a book…

The house was for sale recently:

I also found the property on Google Maps – and some gorgeous shots of it from the street:

aerial view

A bird’s eye view…

street view 4

Driving up Historic Route 100…

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Look! There’s Meetinghouse Road 🙂

street view 1

And there she is…

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The view when driving to the house along Meetinghouse Road…

After scouring the net (as I do) I found this really gorgeous stone house for sale in Ontario Canada:

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Ah… a girl can only dream 🙂

Some links of interest:

And if you know of any other gorgeous stone houses, please be sure to share below…

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Houses, My Favourite Things

My favourite things #1: The “Baby Boom” House

The “Baby Boom” house is my favourite movie house of all time.

It seems the concept of a successful city business woman leaving the rat race behind to live in the country has always appealed to me – even back in the late 1980s when this gem of a movie was released (I think I was about 10 years old when I first saw it).

The snow, the trees, the fresh air… absolute heaven 🙂

And what a house!

driveway

Driving to the house…

house

Welcome to the “Baby Boom” house!

bedroom

The bedroom…

night

The “Baby Boom” house at night…

kichen

Making apple sauce by the fire…

table

The kitchen/dining table.

snow

All on a winter’s day…

snowy car

Baby, it’s cold outside…

entrance hall

And it’s cold inside too!

backyard

A view of the house from out back…

kitchen cupboards

Just look at those gorgeous blue cupboards…

window seat

A seat by the living room window…

loungeroom

Absolute bliss!

After scouring Google Maps (I adore Google Maps – especially the Street View feature), I discovered the “Baby Boom” house is actually marked as a tourist attraction. Just outside the township of Peru, Vermont (Main Street actually featured in the movie – the most notable landmarks being the Peru Congregational Church and the JJ Hapgood General Store), it’s nestled among trees at the end of a long dirt driveway.

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An aerial view…

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The driveway from Google Street View…

And here it is on Google Maps:

Through my meanderings across the net, I discovered this type of house is called a Cape (or Cape Cod) house:

Definitely a style of house I could go for in the future.

Some great links:

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Musings

And so another year has passed…

Happy New Year

Yes, 2015 has drawn to a close, and 2016 is here.

In the spirit of all things fresh and new, I thought I might try something different on my blog this year. Instead of simply focusing on writing – which I also address on The Print Posse blog – I thought I might write about some of my favourite things. Things that inspire me, things that motivate me, things that make me smile. Some of these things may be movies and books, others, recipes and songs. There’ll probably be a few web pages and poems too, maybe some art.

Spending time in Tassie every year – away from the hustle and bustle of city life – always stokes a flame of reflection and contemplation in my heart. I love going for long walks and dreaming of faraway places I’d love to live one day, places I could steal myself away to and write all the stories percolating inside my mind.

Just like this gorgeous stone house in Ontario...

Just like this gorgeous stone house in Ontario…

I’m generally a happy person and I think the reason for this is because I cling to goals and dreams – goals and dreams that keep me motivated and working hard even when working hard is the last things I want to do, when the days seem to drag on endlessly, when I feel chained to my seat in front of the keyboard with no release in sight. Simply knowing I’m working my way towards something wonderful is enough for me. I don’t have to have it now – I just need to know one day I might be able to make it a reality. Patience, that’s my motto, and persistence – because I know time always flies by, and before I know it, the years will have passed and I’ll be living that future I’m working so hard right now to create. Barring any unforeseen calamities, that is – but I don’t like to dwell on such things, not for too long anyway 😀

So, here’s to a brand new year – a year of dreams and wishes.

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And maybe while reading about mine, you’ll find a few of your own…

 

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