melly’s famous rocky road!

I love rocky road! I make it twice a year; at Christmas & Easter, so I guess it’s my Aussie holiday rocky road! It actually changes a little each time I make it, but it’s basically the same with a few tweaks…here’s this year’s version which I know you’ll love; just don’t blame me for hyper kids or a possible diabetic episode…!

this recipe makes a lot; so make sure you share it at the office or party!



  • 3 x 250g bags of marshmallows (I use the Pascall Marshmallows)
  • 2 x dark chocolate melts (I use Cadbury cooking melts)
  • 2 x milk chocolate melts (again, I use Cadbury cooking melts)
  • 2 x 250g bags of gummi bears (I use Trolli gummies)
  • 1 x 216g Cadbury’s Cherry Ripe Share Pack (Treat size), chopped into little squares
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup extra shredded coconut reserved for sprinkling on top
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup glazed maraschino cherries, chopped

kitchen supplies

  • large tray; like a lamington tray 30cm x 20cm x 3.5cm
  • baking paper to line the tray
  • saucepan for boiling water
  • glass bowl for sitting on top of the saucepan to melt chocolate
  • large bowl for mixing all ingredients
  • mixing spoon


  1. create a bain marie by boiling water and melting all the chocolate in the glass bowl on top of the saucepan (make sure the water doesnt touch the bowl, only the steam will melt it)
  2. melt the chocolate and let cool just a little
  3. mix all the other ingredients into a large bowl
  4. line the tray with baking paper
  5. pour melted chocolate onto the ingredients, mix thoroughly
  6. pour into the tray and spread evenly, the sprinkle with remaining coconut
  7. refrigerate before cutting into small squares
  8. eat & enjoy!!!


his + hers | christmas gifts under $100

it’s almost shameful to admit, but i’m not a christmas person at all! maybe it’s because my mum is so overly christmassy (think flashing Santa earrings, lots of decorations, planning/shopping/cooking for days & a gigantic tree) and i don’t have kids to decorate for or maybe it’s just not my thing.
anyway, now that i’ve admitted my dirty secret, i’d like to back peddle and state that this year my husband has strong-armed me into getting a tree! and a wreath for the front door! and some baubles for the tree! (it’s sad that I don’t even have baubles!) we’re doing all that today, which is sunday, with a hangover from an impromptu epic 12 hour drinking session in the hot sun yesterday, so we’ll just have to see how much christmas spirit i can rustle up!

however, i have been thinking about gifts and found some gorgeous pieces that won’t break the budget and will still impress. these are mostly all from aussie websites but they do ship internationally.



clockwise from top left:



clockwise from the top left:



Secret Shared by L Marie Adeline
I don’t usually read erotic fiction but I found this book via a book infograph on Pinterest and it was available via iBooks. It’s pretty steamy & easily entertaining!



Madam Secretary on TV; my teenage girl crush with Teá Leonie is back! Interstellar at the movies; my geeky fascination with quantum physics is peaked with this film written & directed by Christopher Nolan. Even Neil deGrasse Tyson is impressed!


these beautiful cherry & coconut muffins. they are sugar- & gluten-free and are great for quick weekday brekkies on the run




some recent quality time with friends

Tam, Grace & I at Subo in Newcastle

impromptu drinks with Jared, Pete & Jay in Darling Harbour last night that ended up being a bar hop around the city ending in an amazing Taiwanese feast at Walsh Bay


for the all clear that my Mum was given regarding a breast cancer scare. she had cancer of the uterus years ago and because her Mum (my Oma) died from breast cancer and her sister has had bowel cancer, she is extra vigilant with checkups. regular checkups are so so so very important!

looking forward to

visiting my father-in-law in a couple of weeks. it’s only a quick trip up to QLD but it’s been 11 months since we’ve seen him.
attending a few work-related christmas parties over the next month; a chance to dress up, drink champagne in beautiful locations and toast the busy year just past!
summer holidays are just around the corner and Jay & I have 3 weeks off work!!! we’ll be going to the beach, movies, catching up with friends and heading to Melbourne & Canberra for a week. yay!

book wreath | christmas how to

Imagine this; it’s 11pm on a Saturday night and we’ve just left a friends birthday dinner and decide to pop into the nearby supermarket to pick up some brekkie items. I’m scuttling around in my heels on the unfamiliar isles (it’s not my local) trying to find bagels, smoked salmon, cream cheese, etc and then realise I’ve lost Jay. After 5 minutes of searching (it took a lot of restraint not to call out or whistle for him) I found him mesmerized standing in front of the real Christmas trees, sniffing them. Like a weirdo.

Every successful relationship has two people who compliment each other; sometimes opposites attract (Jay likes chocolate & I like strawberry; I’m an earlybird & he’s a late owl) and other times you’re perfectly in tune (we both have a eclectic taste in music; hiphop, rap, country, folk, dub, classical; we love action & gory movies). Of course the lists go on & on, but you get the drift!

Christmas is one of the times where opposites prevail; while Jay loves Christmas – the trees, the decorations, the festivities, the carols and all the fuss, I couldn’t give a rats arse about it. Seriously, ever since I was a kid I’ve always been disappointed with Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing everyone else happy about the festivities, but I just can’t muster them myself.

So after nearly losing my husband to a pine tree in Neutral Bay Woolworths, I decided to introduce some festive decorations into our abode.

I’ve seen wreaths made from book pages on Pinterest for a while and finally decided to tackle the DIY project!


What you’ll need:

  • a wreath*
  • hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • old book (best without pictures), torn & made into cones
  • spray adhesive
  • glitter
  • paper to cover your workspace (no hot glue on my dining table!)
  • hook to hang on (I used a 3M removable hook)
little paper cones
little paper cones
Librarians look away!
Librarians look away!

*goodness me, it’s hard to find a DIY wreath in Sydney! Wreaths aren’t very popular so I guess people dont make them so after spending a good day searching for a plain foam wreath, I ended up having to make my own from the backing of an ugly bauble wreath I bought at the discount shop.

For the cones, I did it all free-hand but tried to keep them similar sized except for the most inner ring which were made from half-pages.

Step 1: glue first layer of paper cones
Step 1: glue first layer of paper cones

I started by gluing the cones to the 3, 6, 9, 12 o’clocks on the wreath face. That way it gave me a guide as to where to place the rest of the them.

Step 2: the second layer goes down
Step 2: the second layer goes down
Step 3: then the third layer of cones are hot glued
Step 3: then the third layer of cones are hot glued

Make sure you use enough hot glue so that the whole wreath will be stable when it’s finished.

Step 4: final inner circle of smaller cones is glued in place
Step 4: final inner circle of smaller cones is glued in place

The good thing about working with hot glue is that it dries almost instantly. So no need to wait for hours til you can move on to the final steps!

Step 5: spray adhesive & gold glitter
Step 5: spray adhesive & gold glitter

Take your wreath outside, spray with adhesive then sprinkle with glitter. Presto!

Hang on the door / wall!
Hang on the door / wall!
Christmas glittery goodness!
Christmas glittery goodness!
my front door
my front door