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Toffee Apple Pastries and 4 Minute Custard PLUS a Breville Quick Touch Crisp Microwave GIVEAWAY (RRP $449.95)!

Toffee apple pastries and four minute custard feature

This Review and Giveaway is brought to you by Breville and Marmot Inc.

I’m sure you all get those ‘I really wish there was something here at home to have for dessert tonight’ cravings, and end up settling for less with a couple of scotch fingers to dunk in your cup of tea. Not that there is anything greatly wrong with the scotch fingers and tea, but wouldn’t some homemade toffee apple pastries and 4 minute custard be so much more appealing? Zadada and I definitely thought so when I recently whipped us up this yummy dessert to satisfy those ‘I really wish’ cravings.

Would you believe me if I told you the entire dessert pictured above (you’ll find my recipe plus a brilliant GIVEAWAY further down the page) was whipped up in my newly gifted Microwave from Breville? I would understand if you were doubting my ability to cook puff pastry in a microwave, I mean what kind of

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Easy Homemade Pizzas


This post is brought to you by Oliving by Hans and Marmot Inc.

I don’t know about the rest of you but in our family if I asked the kids what their favourite dinner was I would bet last dollar on the fact they’d say Pizza! And to be honest Zadada and I love a good pizza too. Every now and then we treat ourselves to a takeaway pizza or 2, they’re so handy on a work night but if it’s the weekend and I have the time the best pizza’s we enjoy are homemade pizzas, you know exactly what’s going on your pizza, how fresh it is, and you can make them whatever size you like.

Easy homemade pizzas

I’ve always been a fan of using the Hans small goods pepperoni, honey ham and short cut bacon when I make homemade Pizza’s, I love that I can buy such products and have them in the fridge on standby for a good month or more which is great when you don’t want to be running to the shops everyday, I do try and stick to doing one big shop a week.

Did you know that Hans have released a new healthier small goods range called Oliving by Hans  when I heard this news my ears pricked up! I wanted to know more about these goods and what it is that makes them healthier and fortunately for me and you I got invited along by the company to see these new ‘Oliving’ products up close and in my tummy at a launch, yummy yum yum is what I’ll say to that!


Spring Kitchen

On the day of the launch Oliving by Hans , Marmot Inc and our cooking teachers, the amazing ‘Stay at home Mum’ team (just quietly I was in awe of this gorgeous team, they have almost 500,000 followers on FB) took us on a little adventure to show us where the country and the market meets the city. We ventured to the Jan Powers Farmers market in Brisbane, picking up some fresh produce to partner with some products from the ‘Oliving’ range for our cooking class. What an eye opener so many delicious treasures all in one place! I got to try my first ever deep fried olive, I can tell you it won’t be my last, delicious!

Jan Powers markets

Deep fried olive

With our freshly purchased  mouth watering produce we arrived back at kitchen headquarters which for the day was the lovely Spring restaurant in Brisbane.

Renaud and Rhiannon were our on hand Oliving by Hans experts.

Rhiannon and Renaud

Rhiannon gave us a rundown on the Oliving by Hans products clearly explaining to us how they are a healthier option for the whole family. The branding ‘Oliving’ reflects the use of olive oil combined with only the finest quality meat, this makes the product significantly lower in saturated fat, big tick from me!


Inspiration for creating these products came from the Mediterranean diet which for now decades, has been recognised as an ideal nutritional model associated with long life, low incidence of various chronic diseases and better health and wellbeing.

The Stay at Home Mum team Lydia, Brendan and Kylie cooked us bloggers up an absolute storm, serving me my first ever dish of pancakes with bacon, maple syrup and strawberries, again another first that won’t be my last, I’ve had pancakes before but not like this! I just couldn’t wait to get home and whip up a batch for my little family!

SAHM team cooking


Bacon and maple syrup pancakes

I enjoyed every dish the gorgeous stay at home mum team made for us, Turkey wrapped blue cheese with slivered almonds & beetroot relish, Ham shelled quiche (I loved this idea, no pastry needed, low carb and so tasty!) served with a drunken chorizo and potato salad! I was in foodie heaven. There were cocktails too!

SAHM food

To see a video of our day’s adventures click HERE and no laughing (even though I did accidently sniff a bunch of baby carrots, I’m my mothers daughter she sniffs everything!) my experience in front of a camera is limited to when I was 5 years old on Romper Room!

We also sample some of the products in their basic form, my favourite was the gypsy ham. I quite often do a quick grab of protein and salad for lunch, and this ham will now be a regular protein on my grocery list.

Gypsy Ham

These products have less fat, a fuller flavour (I can vouch for that, I ate way more than I should have!!) and are better for you….tick, tick and TICK (no ticks for me being a piggy, having a second helping of potato salad, it was soooo good!).

If you would like to read more about the Oliving by Hans products you can do that HERE.

You’ll find this new tasty and healthier Oliving by Hans deli meat range in Coles, Woolworths, IGA and some independent supermarkets around Australia.

Now the lovely people from Oliving by Hans sent me home with a goodie bag so I could do some experimenting for myself, the best way I thought I could do that was with some homemade pizzas. I’d  been waiting for a great excuse to experiment with a parmesan pizza base. The timing couldn’t have been better I made some pizzas up for the NRL football Grand final (we have 2 footy addicts in this house, for the record I’m not one of them!). The pizzas were a great hit (just check out the 2 wide opened mouths below!),with flavours that packed a punch, we had 5 happy family members and the boys were very happy with the Rabbitohs taking out the 2014 premiership!

Kidlets devouring their pizzas

Zadada and I love a particular pizza I make with Chicken and avocado, so I thought I’d spruce it up with some Oliving by Hans Chorizo.

As for  the kidlets, I think they would happily live life consuming only meat at the moment, as a treat I let them choose what toppings they wanted, my one stipulation was that there had to be some grated carrot on there too (I try for veggies whenever I can!).

Kids pizzas

Here’s my how to for the pizzas (note if time is not being my friend I just use pita wraps for pizza bases but nothing beats this homemade yummy parmesan pizza dough!)

making parmesan pizza dough

Large pizza

Chicken, chorizo and avocado pizza

4.7 from 3 reviews
Homemade Pizzas
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: A family of 5 plus leftovers
  • PARMESAN PIZZA DOUGH (makes 1 large pizza and 3 generous kidlet size pizza's)
  • 3 cups plain flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons dried yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pizza sauce (I use the Leggos sachets)
  • 1 cooked chicken breast thinly sliced (I like to grill mine)
  • 1 Oliving by Hans Chorizo sliced and lightly pan fried.
  • ½ large avocado sliced length ways
  • 1 roma tomato halved and sliced length ways
  • ¾ cup of cheese (I used perfect italiano pizza plus)
  • sprinkle of smoked paprika
  • 3 KIDLET SIZED PIZZAS (we have a bunch of little meat lovers so we did the works + carrot!)
  • 3 tablespoons pizza sauce
  • ½ pkt Oliving by Hans Peperilli Salami
  • ½ pkt Oliving by Hans Sliced Naturally Smoked Ham, chopped
  • ½ pkt Oliving by Hans Sliced Turkey Breast, chopped
  • ½ pkt Oliving by Hans Sliced Hungarian Salami cut into quarters
  • 2 Rashers Oliving by Hans Rindless Pan-sized Bacon, cut into strips and lightly pan fried
  • 20 whole Kalamata Olives (the 2 older kidlets love their olives!)
  • ½ carrot grated
  • ½ Roma tomato sliced
  • 1 cup grated pizza cheese
  2. Place flour, cheese, yeast and salt in a bowl and mix. Gradually add the oil and water then knead by hand for 7 -10mins until the dough is smooth.
  3. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling wrap. Set aside in a warm place to rise for 30 mins to an hour (until it doubles in volume).
  4. Knead dough gently for a few minutes to remove some air.
  5. Divide dough into 2 then divide one piece into 3 so you end up with 4 balls of dough, 1 large & 3 small.
  6. Roll out pizza bases by sprinkling a little flour onto the bench they should end up about 5mm thick.
  7. Line appropriate baking trays with baking paper and place rolled bases on them accordingly.
  8. Preheat oven to 210C.
  9. Top with pizza toppings.
  11. Spread sauce over large pizza base, evenly distribute the chicken and chorizo add sliced avocado followed by tomato and sprinkle cheese over the lot.
  12. Bake in oven 10-12 mins or until cheese is lightly browned and bases are crisp on edges.
  14. Spread 1 tablespoon pizza sauce over each base
  15. Top accordingly to each childs request.....
  16. BLAKE - Peperilli Salami, Ham, Turkey, carrot, tomato, 10 olives and ⅓ cup cheese.
  17. ELLA - Hungarian Salami, Ham, Turkey, carrot, olives, 10 olives, ⅓ cup cheese.
  18. ALANI (the threenager) - Bacon, carrot and ⅓ cup cheese.
  19. Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned and bases are crisp on edges.

Now a little treat for you all…….the lovely people from ‘Oliving by Hans’  have given me 2 x $60 Coles Supermarket vouchers to give away so you too can create your very own banquet!


To Enter simply leave your answer to my question in the comments space below…..

What little treasure would you make with the Oliving by Hans product range?


Terms and Conditions:

The name of the promotion is: Oliving by Hans Blog Competition. The promoter is Zamamabakes

 in conjunction with Oliving by Hans. The conditions of entry: answer 1 question, 1 entry per

person. Employees, immediate family members, retailers, suppliers, associated companies and

agencies are not eligible to enter. The giveaway will close on October 30th, 2014 at 8pm.

Comments submitted after this time will not be considered for the giveaway. This is a game of

skill. The winner will be awarded based on the strength of their answer to the question ‘What

little treasure would you make with the Oliving by

Hans product range?’

The prize will be in the form of a gift voucher which will be sent to the winner once address details

have been provided after the competition has closed. The results of the giveaway will be published

on this site on November 3rd 2014. Prizes are not redeemable for cash and are non-­transferable.

Each prize is valued at $60.00. The competition is open to Australian residents only. The Promoter

is not responsible for prizes once they have been dispatched to the winner.


C. Mishio


C. Akehurst

A big thank you going out to all those who entered.

Until the next time……..







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A Bright, Colourful, Geometric Giveaway!!


Want a chance to win a great little package prize??? Read on…….

For those of you following my page on Facebook, you may have observed I’ve been trying to spruce up my family room. I have a slight fascination with geometric shapes and gorgeous bright colours at the moment, if you asked me why I think I would just say because they make me feel happy, focused and tidy, strange combination of words I know but that’s how it is.

I have used 3 fantastic online businesses to help me with this little project of sprucing, all offering something a little bit different. In fact I thought they were so fantastic that I asked all 3 of them if they would be interested in a combined geometric styled giveaway? And of course the gorgeous 3 all said yes without batting an eyelid. Thanks girls. So without further ado I think a little introduction is in order.

First up we have


Take a look “Behind the ‘Green Door”, here you will find a mixture of handmade gifts, unique custom event invitation design, party and art printables plus a range of modern and fresh greeting cards.

Behind the Green Door is a small independent business run by an Australian work at home mum.

​She loves to make and create and has a passion for handmade, independent, sustainable & conscious consumerism.

You’ll find Green Door Handmade’s Facebook page here and her Etsy store here, have a peek around.

The prize component from the gorgeous ‘Green Door Handmade’ is a Printable geometric shape Instant Download. She designed it especially for this giveaway. You can choose either the dark or light background. I have had one printed in the light colour for my family room, I love it!!

This is Printable Art, home decor. Designed to print straight on to US letter paper. You will receive a printable PDF file, Plus a JPEG file. **Please note this is not an actual printed art print. Print at home or take to a printer of your choice.

Your choice of:

Dark printable


Light printable

Next up we have the gorgeous RETRO PICKLES with a set of 4 handcrafted tile coasters. Made with lots of love and care these little treasures will be a little conversation starter when you’re entertaining next.

You will find Retro Pickles stores here on Etsy and here on Ebay. Retro pickles can also be found in person at the Brunswick Heads, Coolangatta, Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads markets. Why not check out her Facebook page too you can do that here. Retro Pickles recently had a beautiful review written about her which you can read here.

This is the gorgeous little set of coasters up for grabs in this colourful geometric prize giveaway. I just love them……, so much that I bought a set too!!!

Geometric tile coasters

The 3rd gorgeous Business I have on board is the talented and professional  ‘Samantha White interiors‘. Samantha is an Experienced and Qualified Interior Decorator, Colour Consultant and Florist, Creating Stylish Interiors since 2006. For more information read on here. You won’t be disappointed.

I recently made some cushion purchases from Samantha and I have to say how helpful she was. She gave me great advice and suggestions for the items I was purchasing (geometric shaped cushion covers to spruce up our 11 year old lounge!). I found Samantha’s page and cushion covers on Facebook here. You can also contact her by phone 0414758894 or email [email protected]
To complete your prize package you will choose from one of the three bright and colourful cushion covers below.

Samantha White Interiors


It’s colour and shape heaven gorgeous people!! Don’t miss out……..


To enter, simply comment below telling me your favourite colour and why you’d like to win…………….


The most colourful & creative answer will win!


Conditions One entry per person

Open to Australian residents only

Competition closes Monday June 16th 11:59pm

Winner will be notified by email and also be announced across Social Media.

2 Prize components will be posted (cushion cover and tile coasters), The printable artwork will be emailed.

Until then….




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