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6 Easy Staircase Fixes
The staircase is often the grand centrepiece of a home and it’s certainly the most complicated piece of carpentry. Stairs see a lot of heavy traffic and keeping them looking good requires little more than regular dusting, cleaning and vacuuming. To k...
Setting Up A Fish Tank
They’re easy to keep and an attractive tank full of colourful fish doubles as an eye-catching design feature in a room. According to Anthony Ramsey, manager of Auburn Aquarium and Pet Centre, looking after fish is relatively straightforward, even fo...
5 Key Steps To Reviving A Tired Lawn
No matter where you live, the cooler months can take a toll on your lawn. Whether the conditions are cold and wet, cold and dry, too sunny, too cloudy or too windy, they do damage. But armed with the right advice and some simple tools and products, m...
How To Grow Plants Over A Fence
Growing plants over a fence can conceal an ugly structure or make a decorative fence look even better. Ensure your fence can support the weight of the plants, as certain climbers like passionfruit vine grow quickly and can become very heavy. Once pla...
How To Make A Painted Cushion Cover
Adding a big, comfy cushion is a fast way to soften up a timber garden bench. To make a simple cushion, all you need is a length of calico, a fibrefill insert and basic sewing skills. Sew the cushion cover, including a zipper, then paint an origina...
15 Thrifty Last-Minute Christmas Decorating Ideas
Christmas is right around the corner. You have guests coming over and would like to give the house some added flair but cannot justify the expense or be asked to brave the shops again. Plus the kids are now on holidays and you need to find ways to oc...
How To Make Herb Vinegar
Vinegars infused with homegrown herbs are a tasty addition to recipes and salad dressings. In this blog we share 3 easy herb vinegar recipes. To retain the flavour, store herb vinegars in a cool, dark place. Wine vinegars vary greatly in price and qu...
4 DIY Projects Using Turf
Long gone are the days when fake grass was that plastic stuff in the window at the butcher’s, or that lurid green stuff used for tennis courts and playgrounds. Now artificial turf is a lifestyle choice rather than a cheap alternative to lawn, and it’...
Gallery: Plants In The Bathroom
An easy way to liven up the bathroom is to add indoor plants. Popular bathroom plants include ferns, bamboo, snake plants and spider plants. When choosing plants consider the size of your bathroom, how moisture-rich the room is (how many people showe...
How To Bake A Pavlova
A classic and much-loved dessert in Australia and New Zealand, Pavlova cakes are not the easiest dessert to get right. Lucky for us we have a recipe from expert cake maker, Tamara Milstein-Newing.     Tamara is the author of Bake Your Cake & Ea...
How to maintain kitchen appliances
Our appliances are what keep our kitchen functional and running smoothly, from keeping food chilled to cooking delicious meals and cleaning up afterwards. But what are the best ways to make sure your appliances stay in top condition so you can spend...
12 Brilliant Food Prep Hacks
Do you feel like the price of your grocery list is out of control but have no clear idea of how to reduce costs?   In this blog we share 12 food prep hacks from the book $50 Weekly Shop that are bound to make your time in the kitchen much more effici...
Beef Red Curry with Eggplant and Betel Leaf
Packed with flavour and easy to prepare, curries are a versatile dish that are worth adding to the weekly menu. Curries can be cooked in batches and frozen and can easily be made vegetarian. In this blog we share a recipe for Beef Red...
Guide To Barbecue Cooking Times
How to prevent burning food on the barbecue? Have a working knowledge of the cooking times needed for each cut of meat.  Of course, as with any cooking endeavour, different factors will influence how long a food item needs to be cooked, but with our...
Asparagus With Balsamic Dressing, handyman magazine
For a classic barbecued side dish, you cannot go past asparagus. Asparagus is a cinch to cook on the barbie and goes with just about any meat, fish or pasta dish.  Preparation time 5 mins Cooking time 15 mins Serves 4 Ingredients  500g as...
Thai Beef Salad With Papaya
Filling and flavourful, this Thai Beef Salad With Papaya makes for a wonderful weeknight dinner. The key to a great salad is to use the freshest ingredients you can find. Marinate the steaks the night before for quicker cooking time and double the...
Butterflied Leg Of Lamb
Cooking larger cuts of meat on the barbecue can be daunting but they are often the easiest type of meat to cook. All you need to do is marinate the meat, whack it on the barbie and wait for it to cook. There are only three steps to cooking this bea...
Spicy Jamaican Chargrilled Chicken
Marinated with chilli, lime, garlic, cinnamon and all spice, these Jamaican chicken drumsticks pack a flavourful punch. They are an easy weeknight dinner and taste just as good the next day.  If you need to cool down these drumsticks, leave out th...
Kid's Bedroom Storage Ideas
In the February 2016 issue of Australian Handyman, we show you how to create two multifunctional storage features for kids bedrooms. Both projects are made from Forescolor coloured MDF from Porta, which means they don't need to be painted, saving tim...
Barbecued Pork Tenderloin Ribs
Pork ribs are not always the healthiest choice. For those nights when you feel like a sticky barbecued pork feast without the added fat, slice and skewer pork tenderloins to resemble ribs and cook them on the barbecue. Serve the tenderloins with a...
3 DIY Projects Made Using Rope
Make over homewares with just rope and a bit of hot glue.  The trick to getting bright and breezy beach-house style year round in any location is to add colours that evoke coastal living.  Light blue and sand tones are key elements of the look...
Sticky Teriyaki Chicken Wings
Teriyaki chicken wings are always a crowd pleaser. These wings are delightfully sticky and delicious. Serve them as finger food or with rice and vegies for a main. Preparation time 15 mins, plus 2 hours marinating Cooking time 35 mins Serves...
Prepare the garden for autumn
Sponsored article As summer temperatures soar, autumn may be the last thing on your mind. But it’s time to start thinking a few months down the track and planning for autumn to get the best out of your garden. In this guest post, the garden experts a...
11 Barbecue Recipes To Try This Season
Summer is the season for barbecuing and entertaining. In this blog we list 11 must-try barbecue recipes that are easy to make and perfect for every occasion, from low-key weeknight dinners to weekend soirees.  1. Barbecued Fish Parcels Cooking fi...
Chicken and Yuzu Ramen
This Chicken and Yuzu Ramen is incredibly easy to make. Even easier to prepare is the chicken bone broth used as the base of this soup. Both recipes are from the cookbook, The Bone Broth Bible (New Holland Publishers) by Emma Ellice-Flint. It is much...
6 Spectacular Coastal Homes From Around The World
There’s luxury living and then there’s, luxury living. The estates in coffee table book Coastal Homes Of The World by Monique Butterworth (New Holland Publishers), are bound to make your jaw drop and have you wistfully dreaming of infinity pools and...
How To Increase The Curb Appeal Of Your Home In A Weekend
This is a guest post by Dale Vine, former Block contestant and White Knight Ambassador.  Whether your goal is to add value to your home to sell, or you’re just looking to get your home entertainment-ready for summer, there are three DIY projects you...
Homemade Christmas Cookie Gifts
Give the gift of homemade food this Christmas. These Orange Spice Wafers go wonderfully with a cup of tea. To give them as an inexpensive gift, place the wafers in a cellophane bag and tie with a bow. Set inside a tea cup. (Look for unique cups and...
How To Make Chocolate Reindeer Cookies
These chocolate reindeer cookies are guaranteed to be a hit with the kids. In fact, you can enlist little hands to help position the features on these adorable crisp cookies. This recipe makes about 48 cookies, making it a great recipe to use when yo...
How To Make A Christmas Tree Cookie Stack
How cute are these Christmas tree cookie stacks? Make this novel and delightful dessert that is less filling than traditional Christmas desserts. Let each guest break off one or more stars for themselves. Makes 12 star shapes or 1 stack Ingredi...

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