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Expert Tax Tips For Tradies
This is a guest post by Mark Chapman the Director of Tax Communications at H&R Block. Nobody likes completing a tax return but you have to do it, so you might as well get yourself the best possible outcome by claiming everything you’re entitled t...
Pest And Disease Remedies For Houseplants
Keep your houseplants healthy by regularly checking for signs of pest and disease. In this handy infographic we teach you how to spot and treat 4 of the most common houseplant pests and diseases.  To learn more about growing houseplants, click here,...
Potato Fans
This hearty side dish is the perfect accompaniment to a barbecue spread. Baked with butter and oil and topped with bacon and cheese, these potato fans are sure to be a hit with children and adults alike.  If you fancy baking these beauties but pre...
Texas Style Prime Rib
This recipe is for all the meat lovers out there. Roasted prime rib is mouth-wateringly good and incredibly easy to prepare and cook.  The recipe is from Texan BBQ by Robert Louis Murphy (New Holland Publishers Australia, $45). Robert and his da...
Lime Chicken
This finger-licking recipe for barbecued Lime Chicken is easy to make and perfect for a weeknight dinner. The recipe is from Texan BBQ by Robert Louis Murphy (New Holland Publishers Australia, $45). Robert and his daughter Lynzey competed in the...
6 Tips to Ensure a Wise Investment In Antiques
This is a guest post by Chris Hughes, Vice President of the Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association. Hunting for fine furniture and adding to your antique collection can be a daunting task if you don’t know what to look for. Here are a few t...
The Best Plants For Indoors
The best plants to use indoors are hardy, versatile and do not require regular watering. In this infographic, we give you a run down of the top plants to use in the home.  Choose plants based on room size, light exposure and the amount of care you ar...
3 DIY Coffee Tables With Added Storage
Finding enough storage in the home is a constant struggle. Especially when you are determined to keep the things looking stylish and some degree of free space available.  One way to create added storage without using extra room is to ensure furniture...
How Antiques Can Make Your Room Pop
This is a guest post by Chris Hughes, Vice President of the Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association.   Many believe that the true art of the craftsman died with the industrial revolution. Mass-production of goods for general consumption...
3 Easy Passionfruit Desserts
A fan of passionfruit? Try one of these light and fruity desserts. They are easy to make and are the perfect accompaniment to warm spring evenings.    1. Raspberry And Passionfruit Sponge Roll  A light, almost fat-free whisked sponge that is idea...
How To Halve A Recipe
Halving a recipe can be pretty straightfoward. Two tablespoons? No problem use, one. One cup of flour? Use half a cup. 500ml milk? Measure 250ml instead. There are times however, when it can be a little trickier. For instance, halving one tablespoon...
Passionfruit Fool Recipe
It’s hard to beat this creamy concoction for a quick and easy dessert, and serving it with almond bread or biscotti adds a crunchy texture.  Serves 4 Ingredients 200ml pouring cream 2 tablespoons icing sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 160m...
Passionfruit And Honey Zabaglione
Try this twist on a classic Italian dessert. Serve with whole fresh strawberries and Savoiardi or sponge finger biscuits as they are also known. Serves 4 Ingredients  4 ripe passionfruit 1 tablespoon boiling water 90g honey 4 large egg yolks...
Passionfruit Jam
Passionfruit jam tastes amazing on toast but can also be added as a topping on cakes, ice creams and tarts.   Sweet with a hint of zest, this jam can be made in four simple steps. If you prefer more subtle flavours, use less sugar.   Ingredients 24...
Raspberry And Passionfruit Sponge Roll
This light, almost fat-free whisked sponge is ideal for a weeknight dessert. The kids will love it and it tastes great for days after cooking.  Serves 8  Ingredients 340g fresh raspberries 30g icing sugar, sifted 4 passionfruit 3 large egg...
Divine Chocolate Cake
This recipe for chocolate cake is from The Happy Hormone Cookbook by Emma Ellice-Flint with Jill Keyte (New Holland, $35).   It’s gluten free and has reduced amounts of sugar.  The Happy Hormone Cookbook features recipes that aid in balancing hormone...
Essential Non-Toxic Cleaning Supplies
There are many green-based alternatives to commercial cleaning products that you can whip up at home with a few key ingredients. These ingredients are everyday items that are more than likely already in your cupboards. They include: white vinegar, gl...
5 Ways To Store Spices
Keep dried herbs and seasoning close at hand with these five budget-friendly storage ideas.  If you have any clever storage ideas, be sure to share them with us! For more handy tips follow our Facebook page.  1. Make A Divided Spice Drawer  Creat...
3 DIY Deck Fixes
Keep your timber looking like new with simple maintenance and repairs.  Providing it receives regular attention, a deck is one build that keeps on giving, adding lifestyle benefits and value to the home. Decks are constantly exposed to the weathe...
Steak, Beetroot and Mushroom Stroganoff
A fan of a hearty beef stroganoff? Try this twist on a classic recipe. A lighter but just as comforting version, this dish includes beetroot for added flavour and an extra serve of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.  Preparation time 15 mins  Co...
3 Hot Winter Drinks
You don't need to leave the house to enjoy tasty, cafe-style winter drinks. In this blog we share 3 traditional recipes that can be made at home and are perfect to share with friends and family on cold winter nights.  Mulled Wine Preparati...
Spicy Chicken With Tomatoes And Spinach
Resolved to eat more greens? Try this recipe for Spicy Chicken With Tomatoes and Spinach. You can serve it with a side of bread, rice or eat it on its own for a lighter option.  This recipe takes 30 minutes to cook and serves 4.  Preparation tim...
Penne With Borlotti Beans And Silverbeet
Silverbeet (also known as Swiss chard) is abundant during Australian winters and very easy to cook with. Often mistaken as a type of spinach, silverbeet is actually a part of the beetroot family. Silverbeet can be included in a range of recipes from...
6 Hilarious Pet Fashion Trends
When it comes to pet grooming and fashion, we’ve seen some pretty strange things over the years. While some pet trends like jumpers for Chihuahuas make sense (dogs get cold too) others, like fez hats for cats, do not.   In this blog we list 6 of the...
Revive Garden Furniture
Restore your outdoor furniture in an afternoon with these 3 easy techniques.  Outdoor chairs and tables are often the hardest working pieces of furniture you can own, despite the fact that they usually only see use in the warmer months. Garden...
How to use pomegranate in the kitchen
Thought to be one of the oldest fruit trees under cultivation, the pomegranate (Punica granatum) is native to Iran and Afghanistan and has naturalised throughout the Mediterranean region.   It’s a showy plant, featuring glossy green leaves that t...
Tuna With Parsley And Pomegranate Salad
Fresh tuna steaks are pan-fried and served with a crisp salad of parsley, wild rocket, pear, pomegranate seeds and toasted pine nuts – a perfect accompaniment to the fish.   Wild rocket has a slight mustard-like flavour. Compared with the standard ro...
Roasted cauliflower with pomegranate
Roasting cauliflower with a sprinkling of spices is easy, and gives a lovely nutty flavour. Pomegranate, mint and a yogurt dressing add Middle Eastern flavours, good for a light lunch.   Preparation time 30 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes Serves...
Colour Inspiration
When it comes to painting a room we all get impatient for the end result, but the process involves a long list of tasks and decisions to be made along the way.  After multiple visits to the hardware store, hours in the aisles pondering different...
Make Italian Style Toast
Take your toast game to the next level with these Italian style recipes.  Featured in the cookbook, Food For Sharing Italian Style by Lilliana Battle (New Holland, $45), these recipes show you how to transform simple slices of bread into Italian flav...

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