Vanessa Pike-Russell

Have your camera "and eat it too" with this set of three camera shaped cookie cutters.

You get three different designs: an SLR, a classic rangefinder, and an old-school twin reflex camera.

The set also comes with a dough stamp, perfect for stenciling out camera details with frosting and sprinkles (take that, Ace of Cakes).

You'll even get a fool-proof cookie recipe that even the most culinary-challenged shutterbug can follow!

Just whip up a batch of sugary shutter treats, and you'll be the coolest kid at the camera club -- that's pretty sweet!

Buy them at Photojojo

Note: I was not paid in any way to share the awesomeness that is Photojojo
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I was contacted by Josh from Menulog, who asked if I would be interested in a voucher to purchase some takeaway through Menulog. Menulog is a site where you can order your take-away and food delivery online. I would receive a coupon in return for a review. As you can guess I jumped at the chance.

I loaded up the Menulog home page and search for Shellharbour

Tang's Chinese is listed. Yay! We have eaten there many times over the years. 

I click Tang's Chinese and it loads up their menu and ordering page.

I scroll down and select Sizzling Seafood Combination. A window pops up telling me that I am ordering outside of the restaurant's operating hours. 

I am then prompted to choose a Date and Time and click continue. I then click Combination Short Soup from the Soup section of the menu.  Always a favourite.  I then click 'Place Your Order'

Next page is where you put in your address and payment options. 

After that the order goes through and you wait for it to be delivered. Easy! I can't wait. 

Would you like to use MenuLog? Check back soon and I will be giving away a voucher courtesy of Josh from MenuLog. Then you can enjoy ordering Take-Away and Home Delivery online.
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I can't believe it! I won five tins of Griffiths Coffee in the Jarrah Jungle giveaway. It arrived today.

 Four tins of Espresso and a tin of Mundial coffee (a World Cup special blend). 

Griffiths Coffee, established in 1879, roast coffee in their state of the art facility, and are proud to produce Just Fair Coffee; the only Fair Trade organic product on the market that comes in a reusable and fully recyclable tin. Our Just Fair coffee is made from 100% Fair Trade and organically certified Arabica beans that are sourced from Honduras and Peru and roasted, blended and packed in Melbourne.

Just Fair coffee retails for $12.99 and has recently become available from independent supermarkets nationally.

Also, in the spirit of the World CupGriffiths have also created a limited-time, custom blend, Mundial 14, capturing the flavours and aromas of Brazil and South America.

I cracked open the lid and opened the tin of Espresso coffee, inhaling its amazing aroma.

I filled up my coffee machine 'basket' with the coffee, patting it down and adding more until it was level. I tamped in the coffee then locked it back into place in my coffee machine and waited for the water to come to the right temperature. I then moved the lever so that the espresso came dripping out of the 'group handle'.  I added my sugar and milk and took a sip. Perfect! Lovely bold flavour and a lovely crema.

My Dr. Who mug that has a disappearing T.A.R.D.I.S. when it heats up. 

A big thanks to Jarrah Jungle for running their Griffiths Coffee competition. I still can't believe I won! You can keep up to date with Jarrah Jungle on Facebook and Griffiths Coffee on Faecbook to learn of new competitions.  I gave a tin to my cousin Adrian who loves his coffee. I am sure not to run out any time soon! Then again, I love my coffee and since trying Griffiths Coffee my intake might increase!

Finally, an infomatic from Griffiths Coffee's Facebook page:

I love my coffee! 
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Taylor's Aioli - a french-style Mayo with garlic. 

Hubby came home with a jar of Taylor's Aioli one day and I just love the flavour. The jar says that it is delicious with fish and chicken but there are so many combinations it works with. My favourite of late is ham, cheese, tomato and aioli. Yumm! A great alternative to butter on sandwiches or as a dip with vegetables. 

Canola oil (antioxidant 307), water, egg yolk (5%), garlic (4%), sugar, milk solids, salt, acid (acetic), mustard flour, thickener (415), preservative (202) - See more at:

Only $5.26 at Woolworths. A staple in my household. 

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At participating restaurants only, check with your local Hoggies for details.

*Meal available with vegetables or salad, and either Hog Tail Fries, baked potato or mashed potato.

Hawaiian Chicken


Crispy chicken breast schnitzel with juicy pineapple, grilled bacon, melted cheddar cheese and Byron Bay chilli sauce.*

Chicken Mushroom & Feta


Marinated chicken breast char-grilled to perfection with grilled garlic mushrooms, feta cheese and mushroom sauce.*

Jamaican Chicken


Char-grilled Jamaican style chicken breast on Cajun rice, served with sliced banana and pawpaw & mango chutney.

Flame-grilled Sirloin Steak

Flame-grilled aged sirloin steak served with jalapeno pepper and capsicum salsa.*

Pan-fried Prawns & Avocado Salad


Pan-fried tiger prawns, avocado, caramelised pumpkin, mesclun lettuce, cherry tomato, carrot, cucumber, red onion, Aussie feta, capsicum and almonds tossed with a choice of dressing.

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When I was shopping for an espresso machine I wanted one that could make cappuccinos as well. I found the Sunbeam EM3800 Café Espresso™ Stainless  online and decided it looked like a nifty little unit.

Since then I have enjoyed espresso and cappuccinos from my own kitchen. I love how it only takes up a small amount of space on my kitchen bench and is so easy to use. 

It has an Italian designed 15 BAR pump, efficient Thermoblock Heating System, and a Crema System to create a great tasting espresso. 

A budget unit, only costing $199.00 but great performance.  
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