Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Baked Relief #lovetothewest ~ Drop off Locations APRIL 2014

Posted Wednesday 16 April 2014.

Baked Relief is encouraging people to bake ANZAC biscuits, item which travel well and have a long shelf life. Pack these into new Chinese containers, tie around a bow and include a personal note to a farming family doing it tough during the drought. 

The following for drop offs between Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th April.



Albany Creek
12 Fairhaven Place
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
NB: Please phone Janine first 3264 3015

The Chop Shop
310 Ipswich Road
Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am-4pm

30 Trout Street
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

20 Vimy Street
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday 12 noon - 6pm

64 Lugg Street
Thursday 7am - 5pm
Saturday 7am - 12 noon
NB: Please phone Helen before dropping in on 0439 318 402

6 Walford Close
Thursday 8:30am - 1:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 1:30pm
Saturday 8:30am - 3:30pm
NB: If there is no-one around on the drop-off days, we will leave our esky with a  note on our front verandah for people to put goodies in!

9 Law Street
Thursday 8am - 6pm
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday 8am - 6pm

Enoggera (Baked Relief HQ)
167 Pickering Street
Sunday 9am - 1pm

Everton Park
632 Southpine Road (Park in White St and follow the signs)
Friday 7:30am - 4pm
Saturday 7:30am - 12:30pm

Ferny Grove
20 Kirikee Street
Thursday 9am - 2pm
Friday 8:30am - 12noon
Saturday 11am - 5pm

Ferny Hills
100 Yingally Drive
Thursday 11:30am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm

12-14 Frogmouth Court
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 2pm - 6pm
Saturday 2pm - 6pm

31 Collingwood Street
Thursday 8am - 12 noon
Friday 12 noon - 6pm
Saturday 11am - 6pm
6 Bordeau Crescent
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday 8am - 6pm

Sinnamon Park
5 Condamine Drive
Sinnamon Park
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm

Shailer Park
6 Doretta Street
Friday 8am - 3pm
Saturday 8am - 12:30pm

Sunnybank Hills
25/20 Hellawell Road (cnr Gowan)
Friday 1pm - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

3 Sauterne Street
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm

16 Peterson Street
Saturday 9am - 5pm


28 Salvia Street
Thursday 1pm - 5pm
Friday 1pm - 5pm

50 Charles Kurz Drive
Thursday 11am - 4pm
Friday 11am - 4pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm


Sleepy's The Mattress Experts
11/55 Maroochy Blvd
Thursday 10am - 3pm
Saturday 10am - 3pm


17 Summer Street
Friday 8am  - 7pm
Saturday 8am  - 7pm
Sunday 6am-8am
NB: Drop Hilaire a text before dropping off 0400 292 017

Times TBC
 Example of how to present your love to farmers

Example of how to present your love to farmers

Example of how to present your love to farmers

Call to Arms - Anzacs for Anzac Day

Call to Arms - Anzacs for Anzac Day

“Anzac is not merely about loss. It is about courage, and endurance, and duty, and love of country, and mateship, and good humour and the survival of a sense of self worth and decency in the face of dreadful odds.”

~Sir William Deane

Thousands of Anzac biscuits and fruit cakes have made their way around drought affected Queensland and into the mailboxes of farming families. These anonymous gifts of baked love made by ordinary Queenslanders during February and March sent the message to farmers that we are thinking of you, and we care. 

With nearly 90% of the state now drought-declared, it is time again to show our farmers the spirit of mateship and let them know we care. “This is a call to arms, a call to bake, a call to launch your own branch of Baked Relief, to once again rally and support our farmers,” Baked Relief founder Danielle Crismani explained.

We have seen over the past few months what a profound impact the simple act of home baking can have. Each item, wrapped with paper or ribbons, carried a hand written note, and with it best wishes from the city to the bush. “This isn’t about feeding tummies, this is about feeding hearts,” Danielle says.

As Anzac day approaches we reflect that drought may not be war but for farmers in 90% of the state of Queensland now drought declared, it is a battle of survival. It is a relentless struggle and we want to show them we care.
Now Baked Relief is encouraging people to bake Anzac biscuits for Anzac Day and include a personal note to a farming family. 

For Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Anzacs and fruit cakes can be dropped off to selected locations on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th April 2014.  These will be distributed to the farming community via the Queensland Rural, Regional & Remote Women's Network (QRRRWN).

In other regions around Queensland Baked Relief is looking to recruit volunteers to manage Baked Relief branches that respond to local needs.
For more information on how you can get involved, visit Baked Relief on Facebook,  or  and join the conversation on twitter via #lovetothewest #bakedrelief.

Media Contacts:

Baked Relief                             
Danielle Crismani                      
Georgie Somerset
0428 390 984    

Baked Relief is a direct giving network founded by Danielle Crismani after severe flooding devastated parts of Queensland, Australia. Initially providing baked goods to State Emergency Services volunteers who were sandbagging around Brisbane the direct giving network continues to grow and help families affected by natural disasters mainly in Queensland and at times interstate and internationally.

QRRRWN (Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network: you say it Q-wren) is a not-for-profit organisation with a twenty year track record of providing personal and professional development opportunities to connect women right across the state.  QRRRWN connects women to opportunities to learn, to share their knowledge and experience, to mentor and support each other and to connect more effectively and powerfully with industry, with business and with government.

Image courtesy of Qld Country Life
Article HERE

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Royal Invitation

So something very special happened.

I am invited to meet with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a reception when they visit Brisbane. 

Very excited, blessed and humbled.

Now what to wear!?

From the archives: the time I met the Queen. 

Friday, March 14, 2014


To find out all about Baked Relief go to our facebook page HERE

Website is currently being updated and under construction! Exciting times.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Italy comes to Brisbane via Alchemy

Those who know me well know I love to eat and cook Italian food. After spending some time in Italy what I discovered is the produce and taste in Italy is amazing, but a great Italian food experience is even better in Australia where we choose the best of each region at most of our Italian restaurants. So really we get the best selection! That brings me to this great event!

Image via

Brisbane riverside restaurant Alchemy will join forces with local importer from Paradox Wines, Jean-Jaques Peyre to guide food lovers on an Italian journey from the Alps to Rome and down to the Islands in the south, for the first Taste of Italy at Alchemy, Tuesday 1 April 2014.
Alchemy Head Chef, Brad Jolly said guests will be taken on a path of discovery as they enjoy family style Italian dining accompanied by different wine varieties from regions across Italy.
“The concept of pairing food and wine gives our guests the opportunity to find a new favourite variety, style or region of wine as well as learning pairing techniques from one of the best in the business.”
Jolly has ensured the menu captures classic Italian ingredients, combining rich flavours, with the main course consisting of rabbit ragu with pappardelle, gnocchi with Jerusalem artichoke and breasola, osso bucco and polenta grilled Atlantic salmon and porchetta and roasted rosemary potatoes.
For dessert Jolly chose Italian favourites tiramisu, Italian doughnuts, chocolates, coffee grappa and limoncello to finish the evening.
“We are recreating a lively Italian dinner where the family comes together and enjoys conversation and a meal with an array of fresh produce and rich flavours, always accompanied by the perfect glass of wine.
“We’ve developed a traditional Italian menu with high quality produce, while considering the different regions of Italy, dishes and wines from those areas, and we’ve found the right balance,” Jolly said.
Owner of Paradox Wines, Jean-Jaques Peyre is excited to share his knowledge and passion, built from over 30 years of experience in the wine and hospitality industry.
“As a lover of wine, I enjoy nothing more than passing my knowledge and tips on to others, and Alchemy is the perfect setting for an Italian affair,” Peyre said.
WHAT                   A Taste of Italy at Alchemy
WHEN                  Tuesday 1 April 2014 6.30pm for pre-dinner drinks, 7.00pm start
WHERE                 Alchemy Bar & Restaurant - Mezzanine Level, 175 Eagle Street, Brisbane
COST                     Tickets to the event are $130 per head for shared family style dining
BOOKINGS          Bookings essential, 45 seats available. To book call 07 3229 3175

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Baked Relief #lovetothewest ~ Drop off Locations MARCH 2014

Baked Relief is encouraging people to bake either a fruit cake or ANZAC biscuits (items which travel well and have a long shelf life) and include a personal note to a farming family.

If you would like to be a drop off location, or if you sent us a message about being a drop off location please contact us on our Facebook page HERE there has been so much interest in the project and many people emailing and messaging, sometimes its hard to keep up! Thank you for your help :)
The following for drop offs between Friday 28 February to Sunday 2 March

23a Trackson Street
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
NB: Leave on seat beside front door

The Chop Shop
310 Ipswich Road
Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am-4pm

92 Fifth Avenue
Sat 9am - 3pm
NB: NEED to phone ahead to Raelene 3899 3202 or 0428 766 328 before drop off

Danielle 0419 655 784
Food Strategy
167 Pickering Street
Sunday 9am - 12 noon (to allow for all sorting and packing)

Forest Lake
16 Hampstead St
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
NB: Quick phone call to Natasha before drop off  0412 142 053

The Chop Shop
Great Western Shopping Centre
Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-5pm

Saturday 9am-4pm

28 Pegasus Street
Saturday 9am - 6pm

Sleepy's Maroochydore
Belinda   5452 7255
11/55 Maroochy Waters Dr,
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am - 4:30pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm

Sunnybank Hills
25/20 Hellawell Rd (cnr Gowan Rd)
Saturday 8.30am - 6pm

Unit 3, 168 Mary st
East Toowoomba
Thursday 8am-3:30pm
Friday 8am-3:30pm

The Chop Shop
4/2121 Wynnum Rd
Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-5pm

Saturday 9am-4pm

Friday, February 7, 2014

Drop off Locations for Baked Relief "Love to the West" Project

If you would like to be a drop off location, or if you sent us a message about being a drop off location please contact us on our facebook page HERE there has been so much interest in the project and many people emailing and messaging, sometimes its hard to keep up! Thank you for your help :)

The following for drop offs between Thursday 13th February through to Sunday 16th February

The Chop Shop
310 Ipswich Road
Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-5pm

57 Devona Street
Friday & Saturday 8am - 6pm

92 Fifth Avenue
Sat 9am - 6pm
NB: NEED to phone ahead to Raelene 3899 3202 or 0428 766 328 before drop off

Banksia Beach
Banksia Beach State School Canteen,
Sunderland Dr
Friday 8.30am - 1.30pm

24 Barklya Cres
Sunday 2pm - 5pm

(Teresa Creek)
Friday & Sat 9am - 6pm
NB: Phone Fiona ahead for address 02 6664 7229

Everton Park
632 South Pine Road
Saturday 7am - 6pm
NB: Park on White street and follow the signs

107 woogaroo street
Friday 9am-4pm
Sat 2pm-6pm

40 Cremorne Road
Sat 9am - 6pm

28 Pegasus Street
Saturday 9am - 6pm

108 Galah Street
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8am-6pm

Caboolture Rugby Union Club
187 Peterson Rd   
Friday 5.45pm - 7.45pm

1 High Street
Friday & Saturday 9am - 6pm

Runaway Bay
3/400 pine ridge road
Friday & Saturday 9am - 6pm

Seventeen Mile Rocks (Sally at Baked Relief HQ)
61 Argyle Street Seventeen Mile Rocks
Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday 9am-6pm

168 Mary Street
Thursday 9am-6pm
Friday 8am-3:30pm

7 Kettniss Street
Sat 9am - 6pm

Sue Hamlet
See Facebook Group HERE

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Baked Relief ~ Love to the West Project

Sending Baked Relief love to our farmers this Valentine’s Day

The third anniversary of the 2011 Queensland floods was marked in a subdued mood, amidst stories of the heartache caused by the current drought conditions.

With nearly 65% of the state now drought-declared, our farmers are slipping further and further into debt providing supplementary feed for their stock.

Properties that have been farmed across several generations are falling into financial collapse. For some farmers, the stress of rising bills and stock deaths have taken them to breaking point and suicide rates are on the rise.
During the floods, ordinary Queenslanders gathered in their kitchens to provide Baked Relief – donations of home made goods that said “we are thinking of you, we care.”

We think it’s time to show our farmers once again that they are not alone.

This Valentine’s Day, Baked Relief is encouraging people to bake either a fruit cake or ANZAC biscuits (items which travel well and have a long shelf life) and include a personal note to a farming family.

These can be dropped off to selected locations on Friday 14 February and Saturday 15 2014 and will be distributed amongst the farming community via the Queensland Rural, Regional & Remote Womens Network and Aussie Helpers.

"This is no substitute for financial help or desperately needed rain. It won’t pay the bills, grow the hay or feed the cows. But it might nourish a farmer just for a minute, because they are important and they are hurting."

For more information on how you can get involved, visit Baked Relief on Facebook and join the conversation on twitter via #lovetothewest #bakedrelief

Media Contacts

Baked Relief
Danielle Crismani

Queensland Rural, Regional & Remote Womens Network. (QRRRWN)
Georgie Somerset
0428 390 984

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Italy... Yes I'm here!

A picture says a thousand words....

Good morning arrival Via Del Corso! 

NOW! Right now. Which is midnight Brisbane time. 

View from apartment in Lecce 

My bar for the week!
Rest and read 

Much of this! 

Gotta get yourselves this book! 

EARLIER this week...... 

Can you believe this is an iPhone photo! 

Apartment courtyard in Rome 

If there is one thing you MUST do in Rome it's get up at 5am and hit the Trevi fountain. Why? Because if you see the photo above... Beautiful. Otherwise you are faced with crowds like this.... 

It was All Saints Day when I arrived so I did what a good catholic girl should and I went to church. Which was just next door. I had four churches to choose from within 100 meters. 

So while I fill myself with cheese, small goods and bread I will post more of my adventures in Italia! 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mr & Mrs G's Sunday

An all time favorite for many reasons is Il Centro on Eagle Street. Every celebration is cemented here over their signature sandcrab lasagne and great wine.

Mr and Mrs G's is up there for me for Sunday afternoon cocktails and smooth jazz with a multi million dollar view.

A picture tells one thousand words.

A Rhubarb Shrub and a Lovey Dovey


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Stitch Bar & Mojo Record Bar ~ Sydney

Stitch Bar
61 York Street
We arrived to hit some bars sans kids / baby at around 8:30pm on a Friday night. It was wet and cold and the warm basement hideaway Stitch Bar was just what I was after. A grown up drink. And a hot dog.
The wine and beer list is great. The vibe is stylish but inclusive. The music is smooth and the decor is everything interesting.

WHAT I ATE! Mack Ducky Dog
Duck, orange and pistachio sausage, foie gras de canard & truffle sauce.
Photo Via Time Out Sydney
Entry foyer and wall of vintage Singers

Dining Room at Stitch. Check out the lamp converted into a lamp.

Mojo Record Bar
73 York Street

We loved Mojo. Staff were the best. Can not wait to get back.

Mojo Record Bar Store. So many vinyls. So groovy.


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Friday, July 12, 2013

Capture the Cover ~ Yellow Pages Photography Competition

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WOW! The number of Instagram photos I have taken in the last two and a bit years. Clearly I am addicted. You can follow me HERE if you like. Anyone who does follow me will know that my posts are made up of three things. Baby, food, where I live!

Here are some recent Instagram shots of Southbank. How great is winter in Qld!?



Satisfying both my love of Instagram and my local community Yellow Pages Capture the Cover Photography Competition is all about those two things so BINGO I signed up!
The competition is in its second year and going on LAST YEAR'S COVERS I can only imagine the amazingness which will be created this year as Instagram has been added as a way to enter your photos. Of course you can use a digital camera and send them in too.

Fat Mum Slim has always been my go-to girl for everything Instagram and she got me onto my first Instagram printing platform PRINTSTAGRAM then it went crazy!

Here are my favourite apps for printing Instagram:

Australian based printing company with prices started from $19.95 (30cm x 40cm) to $49.95 (70cm x 100cm).

Check out what Naomi of Seven Cherubs did with eight posters!

Make your very own phone case out of photos from Facebook, your photo library and of course Instagram! So simple to import pics etc. Only $39.95 with free international shipping. Get on board for Fathers Day!

Image from Fat Mum Slim


 Photo on the front, location map on the back serve up in a cute little box which looks like a camera! Brilliant! 

What the Kodak photo lab was to the 35mm film Origrami is to Instagram. So you take your photos, upload them to the site and then they are printed out like old school Polaroid shots and then on the reverse is the location to took the photo in map format. My trip to Tokyo is currently being created this way. How great is that?!

$19.95 for 36 prints!

So back to Capture the Cover....

This year’s theme is Only Locals Know, so each photograph needs to capture something that only you would know about. It might be the best place to get a coffee, or the perfect location to view the sunset, just so long as it’s taken in the region that you live.

I 'live' in two places. Brisbane and Sydney. So I get to shoot and share so many interesting places.

Below is last year's cover in my local hang out. You can see more of last year's entries HERE


So what's the detail?

No photos of people's faces.
Get creative.

Are you going to have a go? Of course you are. It's easy, fun and you could share in $60,000!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

School Holiday Survival Guide

~ Adapted from THIS post June/July school holidays 2010 ~

The clutter bucket. (Part Shannon Lush, part Digella)

How to get everything back where it belongs at any time of the day.

Grab a bucket / basket / box. I use one of those portable shopping baskets (its pink of course) and walk around the house or the area collecting anything which doesn't belong. I like to sing "one of these things is not like the others" at this point. Then, once its full I call "clutter bucket time" and if it is not cleared within two minutes it goes in the bin. At this point I sing "another one bites the dust"

You must be prepared to throw something out you maybe don't want to. But I can assure you, this will only happen once - watch those little sweethearts fight to get to the clutter bucket like an ibis on fish and chips!

Your house will be tidy in no time!

Make Life Easy

Stop feeling like a short order cook and dish pig and housekeeper.

My Thermomix helps with this, choose easy meals. Then offer fruit at snack time.

Use paper plates and plastic knives and forks. Seriously, it wont cost much and save so much time and effort.

Get out of the house as much as possible. Cabin fever will kill you. Sorry, yes, you must take the kids.

The Magic Clock (this is all my own)

Getting children to bed before you tip over the edge (for the umpteenth time in one day)

At around 6pm fast forward all clocks (between 30 mins and an hour forward works well) gets them to bed at normal time but they think its late. Perfect for away from home holidays because they have been so active all day they will drop to sleep no troubles.

Remove any gadgets showing time (ie ipods)

Ensure you turn clocks back otherwise you could get an unwelcome early morning wake up.

Can not be used on teenagers. Too bloody smart! And don't try and get too cocky and fast forward two hours and try to put them to bed when the sun is still up. Their little bull-shit-o-meters will be on high alert and cover blown!
If all else fails...
Hire a handy and handsome carpenter
Have him to build you this (below)
Install a lock.
Hide inside with wine.

Sourced from

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Baby Mac's Instant Cup o Soup

Three degrees! Three! That has been Melbourne mornings recently.

Sydney raining, with a side of heavy rain and then topped off with rain. I am glad I have been watching that weather event unfold from afar.

I have been joyously embracing in the wonderment of Brisbane's winters. Now just need to make sure I teach the kids the wonderment to pack up after themselves. And not fight. That would be a HUGE plus.

Back to task at hand... instant soup. Perfect for cold, rainy, beautiful days. Soup and winter just go together.

I have found some super miso soup mixes you can get in Australia and upon first sip its bitter sweet, not because there is sugar in it, but because it reminds me of Japan and that trip was so great!

So over on BabyMac's blog which my friend Julia introduced me to years ago now, Beth has been whipping up an instant (well almost) cup o soup and it is just delicious.

So head on over HERE to get the full details of two great winter warmers.

Grab the following ingredients and then get all the details.
◾1 cup stock
◾1 clove grated garlic
◾1 knob grated ginger
◾3-4 slices red chilli
◾1 teaspoon soy sauce

◾3 drops sesame oil
I love you BabyMac, you're one of my favourites!

Baby Mac's Soup

Friday, June 21, 2013

Winter Harvest Festival 29 June 2013 ~ Great school holiday activity!

Finding interesting and inexpensive school holiday activities is challenging and almost impossible if you would like to have an enjoyable time as the parent. If there was a company who hosted cheap chauffeured excursions which returned you home at the end of the day while being accompanied by a mixologist caddy I could do school holiday activities with a lot less stress. Dreaming!

However, I just may have found a pretty good option!

School holiday activity - TICK
Inexpensive - TICK
Husband / Wife / Partner will likely be able to attend too - DOUBLE TICK
Explores somewhere new - TICK
Children will enjoy an experience they have likely never had - TICK
You will have a decent day out too - HUGE TICK.

Winter Harvest Festival
Aratula - Scenic Rim
(A lovely relaxed hour from Brisbane)
Saturday June 29 2013
12 noon - 5 pm

The Winter Harvest Festival will be an exciting family day out featuring tasting plates, live music, cooking demonstrations, kids activities, fresh produce, wine, milk, olives, cheese, jams, relishes and much more! Win generous prizes for your sport, school or community team in the Tractor Pulling Competition!

All the fun will be at Aratula Community Sports Complex, Carter Rd, Aratula.
Tickets: $10 Adults, children under 12 free.
First 500 bookings will receive a free harvest bag!


Look, I have even found the map on how to get there for you. CLICK HERE FOR MAP

My tip would be to pack a picnic blanket and a few staples in the food department, pick up some local produce. Read 'WINE'. Make someone else the designated driver, laugh yourself silly watching the kids enjoy the tractor pulling comp and have a little snooze on the way home! Make sure toasted sandwiches are on the menu for the kids dinner. Wine, cheese and olive morsels for the adults and you have yourself the perfect school holiday outing. HORRAH!