The Travelling Scroll Recipe

Okay so first up I cannot take any credit for this recipe. A friend passed on the recipe to me for Cinnamon Scrolls. I’ve just used the same recipe for my savoury scrolls and left out the sugar component. 

She got the recipe of her sister in law, and then passed it onto me, and now I’m sharing it with you, hence the name of the post. Here is the recipe, in my own words. 

Dough Recipe (using a breadmaker)

  • 1 sachet dry yeast or 3 Tsp
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (not too hot)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups plain flour


  • Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees c fan forced or 220 degrees c. 
  • Firstly heat the milk until warm and put in the dry yeast. 
  • Whilst the milk and yeast are doing the tango in the jug put all the other ingredients in the bread maker. 
  • Now pour in the milk and yeast mixture. 
  • Set your machine to the basic dough function and away you go. 
  • In my machine this takes about 2 1/2 hours. 
  • Once done roll out onto a floured surface in a rectangular shape. It will be a bit broad which is what you want. 
  • Spread the cheese over the dough and top with ham. 
  • Then it’s time to roll. Make sure you are rolling it from the longer side away from you. 
  • Once rolled, cut into slices and place cut side down. 
  • Bake for about 15 mins or until golden. 

So that’s how I made the scrolls. The dough was perfect and the scrolls turned out amazing. It will sure be a winner in the kids lunch boxes. 

Below is a photo of the recipe that was sent to me for cinnamon scrolls as reference if you need. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe and don’t forget to share the scroll love and pass it on. 

Ronell x

Epic Auckland Beaches

We have had two cracker Auckland long weekends with brilliant weather, finally!  So it was time to hit the beach, it’s what we Kiwi’s do best!  Pack the chilly bin, grab your beach umbrella and togs, and you’re set.

Orewa Beach

A drive up North led us to Orewa Beach.  This beach is part of the Hibiscus Coast and is only 20km north of the Auckland Harbour bridge.  We headed to the Arundel Reserve end where there is a bit of an inlet into a small river.  This area was perfect for the kids to paddle and even better for much younger children, because of the depth of the water.




Cheltenham Beach

Cheltenham Beach is a beautiful beach located in Devonport.  It is 1.5km away from the ferry and you can walk to beach soaking in the sites and admiring many of the Victorian Villas.

There are plenty of grassy areas where you can set up your picnic and relax for the day.  At one end of the beach there are stairs which lead up to North Head.  From the top you can take in the spectacular views of the beach and Rangitoto Island.



Maraetai Beach

This beach is just beautiful.  Situated on what is called the Pohutukawa Coast in East Auckland.  It is a safe swimming beach for kids.  The sand is not as fine, it does have a bit more shell around.  Here you will find plenty of grass areas to set up your picnic under the great pohutukawa trees which provide plenty of shade. Also in the area are great little cafes where you can pick up a coffee or an ice cream, and if you were not keen on packing food,  well then you can dine in them too.




There are a few beautiful beaches in this area.  Before getting to Maraetai you will pass Omana Regional Park, which you can also swim at.  Also don’t forget to head out to Beachlands there are a few smaller beaches there too.

Back Beach, Castor Bay

Well to access this beach you will need to encounter the famous Kennedy Park Stairs. There is plenty parking at the Kennedy Park Reserve, which is home to some gun emplacements and tunnels from the Second World War.  The tunnels open every second Sunday of each month between 11am – 2pm for guided walks by volunteers.  You will also find a big playground at the reserve which will serve hours of entertainment for the kids.

We decided to head down to the beach, via the stairs of doom.  Boy oh boy what where we thinking!!  My legs felt like lead on the way back up all these stairs.  Loads of people were training by running up and down these stairs.  I was just dying watching them.



Hope you get to visit some of these epic beaches at some stage, and enjoy them as much as we did, except the stairs I didn’t like it much!

Ronell x

It’s a Moana Party! 

This weekend we celebrated my daughter’s 6th birthday and she wanted a Moana themed party after watching the movie. 

I still wanted to keep it all low key and not a huge affair by going overboard with decorations etc. 

I ordered her invite through Etsy which was perfect. It was a Moana themed design which I chose from quite a few. So there is plenty of options. Also you are paying for one high resolution digital file which cost me $8 and once designed, it got emailed to me and I printed them out. I love using Etsy for these. 

The table setting was fairly simple as well all the decorations were purchased from Look Sharp. The sand and shells were from our local beach! 

Loot bags are something that I swore I would never do but hence I have done them! Well I couldn’t not do them after I saw these little bags. I bought a flower head band from Look sharp and removed the Frangipani’s and stuck them into the bag. 

Now the cake!! I didn’t want to make something too complicated. I knew I wanted to use toy figurines from the movie on the cake and Chloe can have those afterwards as part of her gifts. I ordered a playset of Farmers and was offcourse sent a different set to what I had ordered. OMG…I was in panic mode as the whole cake was designed around this set. The other set that I was given had most of the characters I needed except Maui! 
I went to 3 different stores to see if I could exchange it and nothing! Every store was sold out of that set. I couldn’t even get it online. I even had a friend in Australia who went to about 3 stores herself in search of Maui. Seriously I thought he was going to be the death of me. So I put a call out on Facebook in search of a Maui figurine. 

Thank goodness a friend had received the figurines with a storybook a while back and had Maui! Holy shitballs I was so relieved. 

The cake itself was two 8″ chocolate cakes. I baked those in a few days in advance and froze them. Putting it together was fairly simple. I made the sand by blitzing up some Krispies coconut biscuits. I sandwiched the two cakes together with a layer of buttercream icing inbetween. Then coloured icing some blue and green. I bought the chocolate wafer logs from the Asian grocer which formed the fence around the cake. Then it was time to ice it all. The hydrangea flowers were sugar flowers which I purchased from Cake Boss, I didn’t have moulds to make flowers like this and took the easy option and bought them. The grass was made using a piping nozzle specifically for that. 

The things we parents have to do! Anyway here is the finished cake. 

The food was pretty simple as well we served fresh fruit, popcorn, cocktail sausages, water as the drink and offcourse cake!

It was an amazing day, we were all singing to the Moana soundtrack and the kids had a blast. 

So if you are planning a Moana birthday party I hope you can find some inspiration from this post. 


Ronell x