The Best Recipes I’ve Found Online

As a home baker who aspires to one day be known for her creations, I am usually working on my own recipes, rather than trying other people’s. Whilst in the beginning I mostly just shared my attempts at recreating someone else’s recipe, I now try to focus on researching the main components of a certain treat – such as cake, cookie, etc – and then alter the ingredients and amounts until I have created a recipe that suits me.

However, always focusing on creating something that is good enough to share with the world can be tough, and often draining. It can take the fun out of creating and make me wonder why I even bother sometimes. It also means that sometimes all I want to do is make something, yet I have no idea what on Earth to make – which is where other creators come in!

Every now and then, I will want to whip up something delicious just for the sake of eating it, rather than posting about it on the internet (revolutionary, I know). I do this so that I myself can try different treats to see if I like them, and to hopefully cross off my life goal of filling up an entire recipe book with recipes that I’ve tried.

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Sometimes, the recipes I try fail miserably. I usually blame myself, but sometimes I try again multiple times and they continue to fail, and at that point I just exit the browser of that specific recipe and move on. Other times, however, the result is amazing and I am left even more inspired than ever to continue working on my own recipes so that I too can one day share a recipe that makes someone feel as elated as the recipes I’m about to share with you make ME feel!

The recipes I am about to share with you all are ones that I made one day because I was feeling hungry, or just wanted to try something new, and the result ended up being SO good I came back for more – and now, I have to share them with you too! I have made most of these recipes multiple times and have never been disappointed, so I am certain that you won’t be either! I hope you find something you enjoy 😋

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Strawberry & Cream “Gary the Snail” Pinwheel Cookies

I am always trying to improve my baking skills. In my mind, there are two ways to do this: constantly try new recipes, or continue making the same few recipes until you get them perfect.

I personally go back and forth between these practises, but most of the time, I want to try something new. I want to make as many different things as possible, or as many different versions of something as I can. Example: pinwheel cookies.

Cookies – particularly sugar cookies – are not something that’s new to me. I’ve made them many times before, and I am sure I will continue to make them forever, as I love eating them, and I really want to perfect making AND decorating them.

However, every now and then I like to mix things up, which is why I decided to try a new kind of cookie – the pinwheel cookie. Whilst the recipe I use in this post is the same recipe I use for all my sugar cookies, the method itself changed a bit, which caused me to learn a few things and make a few mistakes along the way.

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As I’m sure you’ll be able to tell from the photos, these cookies are not exactly round, as I tried to them. I believe this is because I didn’t chill them enough (I go into more detail later on how long I chilled them for, and how long I recommend YOU chill them for 😅😂).

The colours also smushed together in some areas, which I am chalking up to my incredibly blunt knife and the fact that it crushed the cookies before it started cutting them.

As a perfectionist, it hurts my ego to share a recipe that I am not entirely proud of, but I realised I needed to do it anyway, for the other “me”s out there. I am sharing this recipe – including my advice on how to do better at the areas that I went wrong – for the beginners like me who don’t understand how other people get it right all the time.

I want to show everyone that mistakes do happen and, as unfortunate as they are, they teach us something we didn’t know for next time, because that’s the kind of thing that I need to read every now and then.

I need to see mistakes and not-so-perfect creations so I know it’s not just me, because deep down I DO know it’s not just me, but sometimes I need to hear it from others! Which means that other people need to hear it too, which is exactly what I’m here for. Happy baking!Read More »

The Best Books I’ve Read Recently

When the clock ticked over and 2018 officially became 2019 and I realised I had only read 23 books in the last 12 months, I was very disappointed in myself. There are hundreds of books that I am dying to read – and plenty of time in my schedule for me to do so – yet I hardly even tried to make a dent in my ever-growing “to read” pile.

So, I vowed to make a change. I am going to make a lot more time for reading in 2019, because I love reading and being sucked into a good story. I love crying and laughing and being so shocked by a plot twist that I have to re-read the last page multiple times, and I wanted more of that feeling this year.

I’ve actually been doing great so far, too! It’s only the ninth of January, and I’ve already finished three books. I feel elated; I forgot how great it feels to be able to say “yes! I’ve read that!”. Also, Daniel bought me a heap of new books for Christmas, which really helped re-ignite my love of reading.


I usually don’t get to read books until years after they come out as I usually buy them second hand, but Daniel really went all out for my Christmas presents last year, and I am super grateful. Anyway, enough blabbering about reading! Let me get onto the best books that I’ve read this year (so far) and last year.

Leave a comment if you’ve read any of these titles, or if you have any recommendations for me! I love hearing about great books and/or authors. Also, if you’re a fellow book-lover like me and we have the same taste in books, feel free to add me on Goodreads! I update my reading adventures a lot more often over there 😊Read More »