Sea Shells on Jimmy’s Beach
And JUST after we finished up with the Easter long weekend, we were blessed with yet another long weekend due to Anzac day (see the awesome, slightly excessive cookie I baked here).
I was luckily enough to be invited up for a trip to Hawks Nest for the weekend, which is one of my favourite coastal getaways, as it brings back memories of countless holidays I had there as a kid.
It’s just a 2 hour drive from Sydney, and I’ve always had a secret love for the peacefulness of car trips, but I did bring my book The Girl on the Train to help pass the time. Side note on the book: it’s incredible. If you haven’t read it, make sure you do, although beware it’s very addictive and easy to get lost in. Or, take the lazy route and watch the movie, because it’s one of the few films that is as exciting as the book.
We were only up at the holiday house for 3 days, and in that time we grabbed night-time ice creams, went for walks on the beach where I practiced my photography on the seashells, did bike rides, went for ocean swims and did a bunch of bush walks. Below is a pic I snapped on a cycle to Winda Woppa, which I took just as the sun was setting. The scenery was breath-taking, and I really took a moment to soak it all up.
My favourite day by far was bang in the middle when we took the speedboat out for the day. The best feeling in the world is having a salty ocean breeze dancing on my face and hair, and this was perfect with the sun shining down and warming us up. We sped around the bay admiring the houses and beaches in the Nelson’s Bay area and stopped to grab coffees at a cute little dockside coffee station at midday. We wrapped up the day at Tea Gardens (neighbouring suburb) and sat at a quaint cafe for tea and scones which were delicious.
I had a divine weekend and was a little upset when it was over so quickly. I’m already excited to go back and if you ever get the chance to go to Hawks Nest, it’s the perfect place for a beachside holiday in a location that isn’t too built-up or populated.
Sunshine yellow ~ for the perfect getaway
Okay find your stretchy pants and prepare yourself for the treat of the year.
So everyone knows I have a huge choccy obsession, and to satisfy my latest cravings I decided to create the ultimate Freakshake (looks delicious, I know). For those of you who don’t know what a Freakshake is (don’t worry I too only discovered this incredible dessert very recently) it’s basically a thickshake that has added extras to make it completely over the top, and so naturally, even better.
It’s very easy to whip up which makes it the perfect quick treat for a party, special occasion or (in my case) a midnight snack.
You will need:
- Tiramisu Kit Kat
- Twix Bar
- Mini Toblerone
- Plain regular donuts (you can choose donuts with toppings, but I found this to be too intense and overwhelmingly rich).
- Vanilla icecream
- 1 cup full cream milk
- 2 tbsp Cocoa powder
- Whipped cream
- Jumbo party straws
- Fancy milkshake glass
- Pop three generous scoops of ice cream, the milk and the cocoa powder into a blender, and whip together.
- Pour the mixture into the milkshake glass, until about 3/4 full. Fill up the rest of the glass with whipped cream.
- Decorate away ~ go crazy poking the choccies into whipped cream.
- Slide the donuts onto the straws and pop in (make sure to do this before the straws are in the shake, or as you fiddle it will overflow).
And it’s as easy as that. There’s your perfect dessert for a cheeky cheat day.
A dash of Fuschia perfectly encapsulates this fun-loving recipe
I love Sydney because it merges a beach culture and the city together to create a stunning waterside city. What I believe is the best view of Sydney is this look out point in Kirribilli, which affords an incredible view of the cities skyline, dotted with the cities icons (Harbour Bridge and Opera House). This view is easily accessed after a 5 minute walk down the hill from Milson’s Point station, and offers an incredible sight both at day and night time.
One of my favourite things to do is to grab burgers and shakes from Batch Burgers (on the way), and then sit and eat my meal with friends in front of the view.
Honeydew Grey, for incredible architecture