School holiday BAKE OFF

How's the holidays going friends? What's the story with NSW and the rest of the states being so out of tune with each other? Made 78 million platters of food? Me too! I am digging deep as we head into the last few days and you know what I am doing? Baking. Getting the girls to bake. Eating ALL OF … [Read more...]

Winter days at the beach

We've had such a lovely week up at the beach doing a whole lot of not much. We are that family that don't go anywhere, do activities or the like when we go on holidays (same at home) we do pretty much not much at ALL until the kids start to really lose it, we're all ok. So there's walks on the … [Read more...]

Skin Update: What I have been doing/using

I felt like I did this last update post not that long ago and I just checked and it's bang on 12 months. Huh! So maybe it was a long time... It's been about 2 years now since I tried to be a grown up and look after my skin. You can check out this series of posts to see a little about my trial … [Read more...]

The lies we tell ourselves

In my recent introspection and intention for more self care I've been thinking a little (sometimes a lot) about the way I speak to myself in my head. The way we all speak to ourselves in our heads. Our internal monologue which is often negative. I know mine contains quite a bit of swearing and FUCKS … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Meatless Monday

In my nurturing and looking after myself of late I have been trying to eat a little better. I've been drinking LOADS of water (which I struggle with), and getting as many greens into all of us as I can sneak in. We're away this week which will likely mean lazy cooking and eating out more than we … [Read more...]

The Holiday Stack

We're heading away tomorrow to the beach for a change of scene and to blow the cobwebs with some fresh salty sea air. There's going to be lots of walking and sitting by the fire, reading, napping and doing not much. I hope the kids agree with our plans...let's see. I can't wait! Here's my pile … [Read more...]

Family Favourite: Chicken fried rice

Yesterday afternoon at school pick up there had been a harvest from the veggie garden that all the kids had been growing and it was a BUMPER crop. A full container of herbs, lettuces, chard, kale, you name a leafy green and it was there. As well as some pumpkin...all waiting for the parents to pick … [Read more...]

Lessons in rest

I just tried to stop Maggie from painting the hummus I gave her for lunch all over her cherry tomatoes, hands, arms. When I explained to her about the mess she was making her reply was simple, "but it feels good". And I bet it did. That's been my lesson in the past week that the universe has … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Lemons

Got any citrus trees at your place? We have one lone orange tree that did nothing for years and then for the past year or so has produced fruit, but nothing very good. This year the tree is heaving, and as soon as we get a little more colour on them I am hoping for a bumper season. Don't you love … [Read more...]

Moonacres Kitchen Robertson

Friday night I was thrilled to head into a freezing cold and misty Robbo night to go to the opening of the brand new Moonacres Kitchen which has recently been refurbished and reimagined into the ultimate place to see paddock to plate in practice. You might remember me mentioning this local … [Read more...]

A check in: and feeling the feelings {Susan}

It's Tuesday morning here, just gone 6am, it's 0 degrees outside. There are 3 members of my family sleeping soundly in their beds, and one awake (sniffling and miserable with a cold) next to me on the couch watching Peter Rabbit. Can you guess which one? I wanted to check in on you, yes you, and … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: All the Soup for you!

Isn't it just soup weather at the moment? We have had the most glorious weather this weekend - icy freezing cold nights with the sunniest of blue sky days. Perfect winter weather. And when it's like this there's nothing I like to make (and eat) more than soup! I made a huge batch of chicken soup … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting: The social edition

Goodness me we have had ourselves a social week at the Macdonald house. We've been to Sydney twice, I have eaten and drunk waaaaaaaaay more than I should have and had LOTS of fun along the way. Pour yourself a drink, have a seat and have a look at where we've been. Monday night we headed up to … [Read more...]

Chocolate Fudge Cake

I was put in charge of the birthday boy's cake on the weekend and the one brief I had was that it had to be chocolate. Now THAT I can do! I could have trotted out my trusty Anne as I do on most birthdays, but I decided that I needed to make it a little fancier because my step Dad deserves that! I … [Read more...]

Order restored & a Sunday lunch

Sunday morning at 6am Rob landed back from Europe and a few hours later was home sweet home. I think you could hear my sighs of relief all over the country. My partner in crime, those extra set of hands...I missed him so much and was reminded just how much he does for us all. Order restored … [Read more...]

The Throne Rangers: A podcast for Royal Enthusiasts {ep 6}

Just when you think things can't get busier on the Royal schedule we have ALL of the things in the past fortnight. We've got birthdays & events galore! Let's not forget Trooping the colour for her Maj where we get to enjoy the family balcony spectacular! My fave is watching Kate in … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Winner chicken Dinner!

Good morning friends from the chilly and dreary Southern Highlands. We have had a very cold weekend with a freezing wind and this morning, a little rain. The central heating AND fire is roaring this morning as I sit huddled under a blanket in the darkness before the kids wake up. This morning … [Read more...]

Back in Black Ball 2018

Can you hear that? It's me, sitting down with a HUGE sense of relief knowing that everything is done. No more ball. No more worries. No more organising. No more stress. No more visitors. The June long weekend is done and dusted for another year. I thought I'd share with you all the shots that I … [Read more...]

A Village Winter Ball

When we first moved into the village I had no idea about the rhythms of it, the seasons, the events that make up a year living in this corner of the world. At the end of summer there's trivia on a summery, misty evening in the hall. How in Easter there is a market with literally thousands of people … [Read more...]

Olympus Camera winner!

YOU GUYS. That was HARD. I feel like I have been on an emotional rollercoaster! ALL of the feels - happy and sad, simple joy, moments of profound loss, pride, excitement all captured in photos. Isn't that the BEST? A click that captures a moment in time that can be with you forever, it's why I love … [Read more...]