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It’s not very often re-share my recipes, but I just can’t help but share my carrot cake recipe again – it’s wonderfully simple to make and really is so perfect. I made this delicious cake almost two years ago for Easter and thought it would be perfect to whip up again this Easter – especially with the horrible weather we’re having at the moment, I think it’s the perfect time to potter in the kitchen and fill your home with the beautiful warm spices from this delicious cake. And of course top with generous amounts of the silkiest cream cheese icing and you’ll have a dessert that everyone will adore this weekend.

I hope that everyone has a truly wonderful long weekend planned with your beautiful friends and family. After some very exciting news yesterday about my hubbies new job offer, we’re off to celebrate with some amazing friends of ours, go to a beautiful house warming and of course eat a silly amount of chocolate. Have a lovely long weekend everyone, I’ll see you again on Tuesday. Happy Easter everyone. xo

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Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Mine was spent inside with my poor hubby who’s been battling a terribly cold, relaxing and doing a little baking. Those who have been generous enough to follow Made From Scratch over the years will know that I have a deep love for baking, I find it enormously relaxing and of course there really is nothing like filling your home with the smell of baking, and then sharing it with loved ones, it’s just divine.

You may have also noticed that my hubby and I are doing the Fit24 Challenge this month – which is eeek, all about lowing the amount of sugar that you eat. It was not at all easy for me to cut back the amount of sugar that I eat, for me the hardest part was going out for dinners or having people over. I love the social aspect around dessert, sharing a delicious slice of cake with friends while out for coffee or dinner, or gossiping over cookies straight from the oven is complete bliss for me. I oddly didn’t get massive cravings or headaches, I just wanted to go out with friends and have dessert. Annoyingly, after 16 days of sugar free living I feel really good, my skin has cleared up, I’m more alert and just generally in a happier mood. Bummer huh! So I thought that seeing as I’m trying this whole sugar free living out for a month I would share a delicious and simple sugar free Chocolate and Almond Cookie recipe that is sure to beat any cravings you may have. Also the wonderfully generous folk from Naturals Sugar have kindly gotten on board with my challenge and are giving one lucky reader their entire range of Naturals Sugar as well as a set of beautiful Bodum Pavina Double Wall Thermo Glasses, how lovely is that! I’d love to know if you have any sugar free baking recipes, it would be so wonderful to try a few more. xo

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Made From Scratch | Brownie Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake

Happy Monday everyone, can anyone else quite believe that it’s almost the end of March – this year is going by so quickly! We’ve also been incredibly blessed with probably one of the most beautiful Autumns we’ve had in a while – the weather has been so perfect, a little cooler but still beautiful and sunny. Perfection! So to celebrate the wonderful weather we’ve been having I thought I’d make a delicious, and very decedent, Brownie Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake – if you’re after a cake that takes no time at all to prepare, something everyone will no doubt love and is a little different then this is for you! Of course you can use any flavour Tip Top ice cream you prefer and top with what ever delicious toppings you like – that’s the best part about baking, and cakes, is that you can choose your of flavour combination! I’d love to hear what your favourite combination would be. x

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IMG_1440 With Valentines Day just around the corner I thought it would be the perfect time to share a delicious and wonderfully simple dessert for two. Made with Tip Top Ice Creams classic French Vanilla this lovely Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cheesecake really would be the perfect end to any romantic meal you have planned for this weekend – or of course after any meal, it’s so deliciously simple I have no doubt you’ll make it again and again. I hope everyone has something lovely planned with their beloved this Valentines Day. x

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One of my all time favourite sweets when I was younger was coconut ice – not only is it incredibly pretty and reminds me of lazy afternoons baking with my Grandma, it’s also wonderfully simple to make and is always a crowd favourite. You may have noticed that there have been quite a few delicious Ice Cream posts on the blog lately, a few months ago I was approached by Tip Top Ice Cream to see if I would help promote their iconic ice cream over the summer months with a delicious new recipe each week. Of course I jumped at the chance and have had the absolute honour of creating a new recipe for you each week, I hope you’ve been enjoying them as much as I have as I really can’t think of anything more perfect than ice cream during summer. So this week I thought what could possibly be better than combining delicious strawberries and cream ice cream, either freeze dried or fresh strawberries with the most perfect coconut ice base – the end result is the most delicious, refreshing and pretty coconut ice slice you’ll ever try. Be sure to keep an eye out for next weeks recipe, I promise it will become a favourite this Christmas. x

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Summer really is right around the corner and that means ice cream weather – it quickly becomes a little tradition of ours to wander to the dairy (corner shop) and get a ice cream while we go for a evening stroll, it’s just such a lovely way to spend a evening! So I thought what could be more perfect than whipping up a quick ice cream treat for yourself or your friends when they come over for a lazy summer BBQ.

Whenever I make a batch of ginger thins I always freeze half of the mixture so that I can whip up a few cookies whenever the mood strikes, there is something so lovely about having a homemade cookie without having to do any prep work. I’m also yet to meet anyone who doesn’t have a tub of delicious Tip Top Hokey Pokey Ice Cream tucked safely away in their freezer – it’s an absolute kiwi icon and is such a crowd pleaser. So I thought what could be more perfect than combining delicious crispy ginger thins with smooth crunchy hokey pokey and making a a few ice cream sandwich – the end result is amazing and the best part is how wonderfully simple they are to whip up for any summer party. x

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3 You may remember a few weeks ago I whipped up a delicious batch of hokey pokey using Chelsea Sugar’s Golden Syrup limited edition tins which was beautiful designed by the very talented Greg Straight - since that post I’ve had so many comments and questions from you all about where to buy one and how much you all adore it. So I thought, what could be more perfect than to run a little giveaway involving not only a beautiful limited edition golden syrup tin, but also a signed print by Greg Straight (valued at $350NZ) of the artwork he used for the tin – it would make such a lovely Christmas gift for anyone who loves baking and design, or of course a perfect gift for your self. All you need to do to enter is fill in your details below and of course share, like and pin the above image. The lucky winner will be chosen and emailed on Tuesday the 12th of November – good luck everyone. x

This giveaway has now closed – thank you all so much for entering! 

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Happy Friday everyone one, I hope you’ve all had a lovely week so far and have tucked yourself up somewhere safe away from this awful gusty wind that Auckland has been dealing with for the past few days! I have a deep love for incredibly crisp white interiors, our kitchen is a prime example as it’s all white. Although there really is something so romantic and charming about a beautiful rustic kitchen with heavy industrial furniture and fittings from LET LIV and of course decorated with some beautiful pieces - I’ve absolutely no doubt that if we ever renovated again we would have a lot more wood and earthy textures in our home.

Which is why I thought I would do a beautiful mood board of industrial kitchen pieces after seeing this pin on Pinterest, plus I’ve been swooning over the beautiful new range of kitchenware at Anthropologie has in stock at the moment! Their products are as stunning as always and I was so excited to learn that they now ship to New Zealand – plus they have the most beautiful selection of books, perfect for decorating and of course gifts, I’ve a feeling that my credit card is going to get a little bit of a thrashing in the lead up to Christmas this year! I hope everyone has a truly wonderful weekend planned, I’m off to spend the weekend away with my gorgeous family as my wonderful Grandparents have come over from Australia to visit. x

| flowerpatch measuring spoons | hand-braided apple baskets | verdant bread bin | tartine bread cookbook | industrial stool with wooden seat | hand beater | hanging miner’s lamp | uashmama brown paper bag |