10+ ideas for Valentine treats

Make a special something for your Valentine this year. Teresa Floyd’s beautiful Strawberry & White Chocolate Sablé Hearts are to-die-for. Who wouldn’t want to be the recipient of these delicious looking treats? Every single one of Teresa’s recipes looks divine – check out her entire website Now, Forager. You’ll be salivating. We’re loving John Kanell’s […]

Nut and seed loaf with mung bean hummus

Jesse and Jamie Friedberg are a duet in perfect harmony. Twins, best friends and business partners, they regularly serve up wholesome and healthy foods using pure organic ingredients and an abundance of seeds and legumes. Try this delicious snack. Try their Amaranth porridge and orange-roasted apples too Nut and Seed Loaf While bread recipes are usually […]

Sound dampening curtains and how they work

One of the simplest solutions to keeping noise at bay is to use sound dampening curtains.

Amaranth porridge and orange-roasted apples

Jesse and Jamie Friedberg regularly serve up wholesome and healthy foods using pure organic ingredients and an abundance of seeds and legumes.

Botanical Beauty – Pressing Leaves and Flowers

The classic art of flower pressing has been resurrected in a thoroughly modern manner to include sculptural leaves and floral forms.

Taking Your Next Holiday Off-Grid

New Zealand is blessed with some of the most impressive landscapes around, but the actual scale of uninhabited land within the North, South and Steward Islands might surprise you.

Caprese salad

A delicious Italian salad most often made in summer, but it is still a refreshing dish for winter. I still have basil growing inside in the middle of winter, and parsley in the garden.  INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped ¼ teaspoon oregano, dried 1 tablespoon capers, drained 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tablespoons olive […]

Big event? Here’s how to find your formal dress!

Take a leaf out of Cinderella’s book – the perfect formal dress can make or break the impression you make at an important event, and worn correctly, can be your greatest ally in highlighting your strong points while camouflaging the weaker ones. Throw in a handful of your favourite accessories, and you have a winner! […]

Nursery school

Sow the seeds of a lifelong love for nature by introducing your little ones to these playful and rewarding projects with plants. Kids will get a kick out of completing these tactile, all-season activities that merge imagination, creativity, botany and a little bit of practical magic. And you also don’t need acres of garden to […]

Oat straw for good health + herb book giveaway

Medical herbalists Isla Burgess and Mary Allan demonstrate how to make an oat straw decoction for good health. SEE BOOK GIVEAWAY AT BOTTOM OF PAGE A Women’s Health and Wellbeing Kete: A DIY Guide by medical herbalists Isla Burgess and Mary Allan is the definitive home reference to women’s health and wellbeing using the world’s […]

Chocolate brioche swirls

Impress your guests with these beautiful looking sweet breads. This recipe uses a bread machine to make the dough. If you wish, you can make one larger brioche instead of two smaller ones. Delicious served warm. Ingredients 30ml milk2 eggs50g butter, melted225g high grade flour 1 tablespoon (15ml) caster sugar½ teaspoon salt1 ½ teaspoons instant dry […]

Lime iced tea with cherry & blueberry Eccles cakes

Nice and easy, and utterly delicious to boot, Liz Franklin whips up some sweet treats that will have guests asking for more. Liz Franklin’s gorgeous book Tea & Cake: Perfect pairings for brews and bakes is a true delight. It’s a celebration of teas – black, white, green, flowering, and more – and the perfect […]

Woven wall hanging

Make a one-of-a-kind wall hanging using scraps of yarn, lace and fabric. Dig out your craft stash and use odds and ends to make a unique textile artwork. Experiment with different yarns – smooth, bobbly, thick, thin – and add in a mix of colours for effect. You will need: Yarns of varying sizes – […]

Giveaway: Rose care pack (closed)

Win a Daltons Rose Care and Planting Pack, just in time for winter planting. This competition has closed and the winner has been drawn. Congratulations to: Rebecca Downey of Taumarunui Roses bring a little magic to the garden, with their beautiful blooms, gorgeous fragrance and burst of colour. June and July are the best months to […]

Eco-friendly gift-wrapping

Most wrapping paper can’t be recycled, and it’s ripped off a gift and thrown in the trash in a matter of seconds. Save your money – and our landfills – and try the Japanese art of fabric wrapping. Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, but you can use any recyclable fabric, a scarf, or […]

Cupcake bouquet

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so we thought we’d get all lovey-dovey. Here’s a tasty twist on the Valentine’s bouquet – a posy of cupcakes.

How to frost a rose cupcake

Making cupcakes? Use this easy decorating technique to produce a stunning rose design, and impress your friends.

Make a fancy cut-out card

A homemade card is far more meaningful – and beautiful – than a bought one. So why not try your hand at one of these paper cut-out creations.

Potato gnocchi with pesto

Potato gnocchi. Authentic Italian pasta. Step-by-step instructions on how to make this easy and delicious recipe. Potato gnocchi is very easy to make and has just three ingredients – potato, flour and salt. Once you’ve made your gnocchi, top it with your favourite sauce. I like pesto. For a video on how to make potato […]

Understanding a reverse mortgage

A reverse mortgage is a special home loan that can provide you with financial assistance if you are 60 (or 62 in some countries) or older. It allows people to release home equity to live a more comfortable retirement. Importantly, you continue to own and live in your home. When and how much will you […]

Double chocolate fudge brownies

Looking for an ultra chocolatey chocolate brownie? This recipe will blow your socks off.