THE most amazing home baked mud cake.


If you are in need of a recipe for a chocolate mud cake…. Actually, even if you are not, please please pleeeeeeeaaaaase go to Best Recipes ( and use this recipe! While you’re there, take a look at the reviews for the recipe. It seems I’m not the only one who loves this cake.


Hubsband just made the cake for me in honour of my birthday and I swear it is the best home cooked mud cake I have ever eaten. An amazing texture and awesome chocolatey goodness! What a birthday gift!


Can you tell I’m in shock at how good this cake is?
I am!


If you like mud cake, you will LOVE this one!

xx Natalie.


Much Love Monday: Celebration!

Today is Much Love Monday so I thought I would take the time to remember how happy I was on the weekend when my family got together to celebrate my birthday!

I move into this birthday-week with love and gratitude for my life, my family and for my happiness!

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I love Much Love Monday!
HAPPY Much Love Monday!
xx Natalie.

Much Love Monday: Beautiful Hubsband!

We celebrated my beautiful hubsband’s birthday on the weekend!

I LOVE birthdays!
I LOVE that they give me the opportunity to remember why I love somebody.
I LOVE that on birthdays I get to do special things for the people that I love.

Hubsband requested this cake, and I made it for him with so much love!

And we ATE it with lots of love, too!
It’s a strawberry ice-cream sandwich.
We smothered it in chocolate ganache. MMmmm… Yum!

I also made him this card!
I LOVE making cards 🙂

I’m so happy to be participating in Anna’s Much Love Monday today!
I LOVE that the warm fuzzies are still lingering from the weekend and I get to share them with you!

xx Natalie.

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From tween to teen: Happy Birthday, R.C.

My beautiful niece R.C. is turning 13 this month. 13! I can’t believe it. We celebrated her birthday with a family party this evening. There were presents, chocolates, party sausage rolls, a piñata and pass the parcel! Such fun!

R.C. holds a special place in my heart. She was the first of my nieces and nephews to be born. I was still in high school at the time and spent a lot of time watching her grow. Often, I would take care of her. I have memories of changing her nappies, giving her a bottle, cuddling her and putting her to sleep. We also played a lot. We sang and we danced. Her favorite group was The Wiggles and she knew all the words and actions to “Fruit Salad” and “Big Red Car”. She was such a joy to be around – the littlest, cutest bubble of love!

Now she is growing up! She is a teenager. And what a beautiful young teenager she is! Always kind and thoughtful. She’s such a treasure in our family and hubsband and I love it when she comes to visit. She’s easy going and always willing to help out. You know what? I don’t even need to ask and she will help me pick all the boys toys up off the floor. That, to me, is a special 13 year old.

In her birthday card, I wrote R.C. this special wish:

May these years of exploration, learning and discovery be fun and exciting!

Happy Birthday, R.C. – the leader of the pack! The wise elder of all your cousins. We love you!

xx Natalie.