Friday, 28 June 2013

※ New In Store - Pug Themed Merchandise!

PUG DANGLE CHARM, Can be used on a keyring or a bag charm, Phone charm whatever you fancy really.
10% of sale goes to Saffron on The Hill Pug Rescue

Double sided Pug Pendant Keyring; 
Dog head on one side and Intelligent,Loyal, Devoted & Affectionate on reverse.
Pendant made from lead & nickel free pewter.
10% of sale goes to Saffron on The Hill Pug Rescue

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

※ Chicken Jerky Available in The Shop!

Made a few extra bags of chicken Jerky as people had been asking for it. It is $5 a bag and free postage Australia wide. The photo in the shop shows how much 30gsm is its quite a few treats for only $5.00


Also 100% tested on pugs! Miguel Sanchez Remore Luca to be precise.

Available here

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Monday, 24 June 2013

※ Collaborating for a cause

Erica from Pink Pug Designs & I are Collaborating for a cause (in this case two) She has chosen her charity to be Pug Rescue Victoria and mine is Saffron on the Hill Inc We are making some items and donating them to a charity auction page called Collaborate for a Cause We will be splitting whatever the auction makes between our two charities. So far I have made 6 pug soaps. If you've seen Erica's work her contribution is going to be amazing! Have a lovely week everybody.

How about doing a random act of kindness today for a stranger or even a loved one.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

※ BACK IN STOCK - Headache Relief Balms

NOW IN 3 Sizes!

Small pink pot - 5
Tube - 5grams
Large Pot 10grams

Portable aromatherapy that is convenient to carry and easy to use.
Apply to pulse points to cool and refresh your achy head anytime, anywhere.
Softens and smooths skin as you use it.

Massage onto temples, forehead, back of neck, or anywhere that needs
a little soothing & breathe it in. Also helps to clear & cool sinuses.

INGREDIENTS: Olive oil, organic bees wax, shea butter, spearmint oil,
eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, tea tree oil, vitamin E.
100% Natural - Not tested on animals.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

※ Chicken Jerky for Dogs

Miguel the pug LOVES it!

When you make your own homemade chicken jerky dog treats, you’re ensuring that your dog gets only the absolute best; 100% healthy and 100% safe treats. There’s no filler, no chemicals, and no preservatives. It is completely natural and healthy. (little to no fat!)  I recently discovered a lot of treats from the health food shop use a bleaching agent on their treats so I stopped buying them.


Chicken fillets (use as many as you like but it is worth while doing at least a kilo or two to make it worth the cooking time.

Remove all traces of fat with a knife & cut chicken into very thin strips and place straight onto cooking racks.

Place the chicken fillets on the racks. Place them as close to each other as possible without touching. Slide them in the oven on the lowest temperature possible, I also tuned the fan on top and bottom. (I have a smeg oven)  Should take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours to finish — depending on your oven. Flip chicken fillets halfway through.

When it is well done: It’ll be very hard and pretty brittle and be approaching a darker orange color. You should have no problem telling when it’s done.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

※ The Birthday Cake (Recipe)


1 cup (2 sticks) of butter (room temperature)
2 cups of sugar
4 eggs (room temperature)
3 cups of sifted self-rising flour
1 cup of whole milk (room temperature)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 

1 teaspoon Raspberry flavour
Few drops of pink food colouring
1/2 small jar of jam**


  • Lemon icing:
  • 150g Block Cream Cheese
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice

    TO make the icing, mix together all the icing ingredients until well combined, I generally use a mixer as it gives a nicer result than hand mixing.
** I used my homemade mixed berry jam, recipe here: JAM

Preheat oven to 160 degrees.
Grease and flour (2) 8 inch cake pans.
Using a mixer, cream butter until fluffy.
Add sugar and continue to cream for about 7 minutes.
Add eggs one at a time. Beat well after each egg is added.
Add flour and milk (alternating to creamed mixture), beginning and ending with flour.
Add vanilla to mix
Divide batter equally into two bowls.
Add raspberry flavoring and colouring to one batch
Pour into cake tins
Hold each layer about 3 inches above your counter and carefully drop the pans flat onto counter several times to ensure release of any air bubbles. This will help you have a more level cake.
Bake for 25 – 30 minutes (depending on your oven) until done. Cool in pans for 5 – 10 minutes.

Remove and immediately wrap each layer in plastic wrap to seal in moisture.
Cool completely on wire racks. Once cooled, you are ready to assemble your cake.

Unwrap first layer and using a serrated knife, level off the top of your cake.
Add a layer of frosting to your bottom layer, fill centre with jam. Frost the sides & top.

Friday, 14 June 2013

※ The Birthday Cake

For those who asked to see the cake I made for my husband's birthday. I ended up making a raspberry and butter cake. I will post the recipe up on the blog early next week. Have a lovely weekend everybody.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

※ Slow Cooker Beef Coca Cola Ribs (recipe)

They turned out even better than the normal version. Slow cooker worked a treat.

Variation of previous recipe, now with beef and slow cooked.

  • 1 Shallot finely diced
  • 1 Tbs Hot sauce
  • Pinch Smoked Salt
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic Crushed
  • 2 Cans Cola
  • 3 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup tomato sauce
  • 1 Jar apricot jam (small)
  • 2 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Dash liquid Smoke
  • Pepper to taste
  • About 8 - 10 large beef ribs *
  • tablespoon olive oil
    * You can use however many you want really. There is tons of sauce left over. 

    Brown off ribs in a hot pan with some olive oil.

    While you are browning the ribs, combine all the other ingredients in the slow cooker.
    Cook on low heat for about 4 hours or so. (I cooked mine a little too long and the meat was too soft. )

    Take ribs out of slow cooker and place on a baking tray.

    Simmer the remaining sauce in a saucepan until it reduces to a consistency that will stick to the back of a spoon. This can take quite a while so be patient.

    Heat the oven (200 C)

    Poor the marinade over the ribs and grill them for about 10 minutes each side.

    Baste the ribs every now and them with the marinade.

※ Cooking 4 Kids

A lovely girl I went to school with has started cooking lessons for kids down Beaconsfield way. What a sensational idea. Cooking 4 Kids.

Contact Dawn if you're interested. 9769 4311 or 0421 335 795

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

※ Slow Cooker Beef Coca Cola Ribs

Got a dear friend staying the night tonight & when I asked her what she wanted she said "Your Cola spare ribs" 
So today I have adapted the recipe from previous: 

To a slow cooker version as I don't have as much time today to do the other method. I will post photos of the results tomorrow, the method also. I also decided to try beef ribs as I have never had them before. The house already smells so delicious.


Monday, 10 June 2013


CONGRATULATIONS Dannie Kennedy you are the winner!

Guess the number I am thinking between 1- 20 (be the first to post the correct answer & I will post you one of my brand new Items.) Lavender & Eucalyptus - Bath Salt Soak! I have just listed in my store.

The lavender essential oil helps calm and balance your mind and body, so you can relax and prepare for a restful sleep. Eucalyptus wonderful for clearing out the Sinuses.

Product is 100% natural using pure essential oils and salts.

This week they're $3.60 with free postage Australia Wide (Ends Sunday 16th June Midnight)

available here.

Cheers Els

※ Annnnnd Something you would never want to make!

Thrifty Dishes for 2 or 4 or 6 by Mary Lee Taylor, published by Pet Milk. I’m guessing this cookbook is from the early 1950′s. Anybody for sausage casserole? ha (served with fried apple slices none the less)

※ Cool Drinks With California Wine (Scan)

I got this pamphlet years ago in a bunch of vintage cooking magazines I bought on eBay.
Though I should share as the graphics are gorgeous and the recipes aren't too bad either.

Recipes include:

  • Sherbet Wine Punch
  • Burgundy Tea Refresher
  • Wine & Soda
  • Wine Lemonade
  • Frosted Champagne Cooler
  • Sherry Frappé
  • Port & Ginger
  • Pineapple Frost
  • Pack-A- Pitcher Punch
  • White Wine Refresher

Front Cover

Back cover


Friday, 7 June 2013

※ Home made nutella recipe

Home made nutella recipe:
I have posted this on the blog in the past, thought I should share it again.


2 cups hazelnuts
6 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup hazelnut oil

Roast hazelnuts in 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.

Put roasted hazelnuts in food processor and puree for 5 minutes, until very smooth.

Add cocoa powder, powdered sugar, salt and vanilla.

Puree for 15 seconds and then stream in hazelnut oil.

Strain and spoon into jars.

Store it in the refrigerator. It thickens when cold, you will need to bring it to room temperature before using.

Monday, 3 June 2013

※ MASSIVE $1 Cook Book Sale Now On

MASSIVE $1 cookbook sale now on: Just pay postage and handling + $1


Now ended, I have deleted the set.