Sunshiny Autumn mornings & date scones

How's this autumn weather at the moment? At home it has been SO good (despite a little extra wind yesterday blowing some cooler temps our way) but for the next week it's all sunshine, blue skies, warm days of 15 degrees and cooler at night. Ideal conditions for growing gardens, washing clothes and … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: LEMONS!

Lemons are well and truly coming into season around here...I have been lucky enough to get a few leftovers from friends with excess. And while they look fabulous in a bowl on the table, or in my G&T here's some of my favourite ways to use them up...usually into something sweet! Lemon … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: soups!

There's been a shift in the weather here the last week - we had out first heavy frost of the year at the start of the week along with a few lighter ones...the leaves are well and truly off most of the trees and that fire has been on for days at a time. Winter is coming my friends... Best to get … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Let there be cake

Good morning! Look! My blog is working! Apologies last week for all the dramas with the blog and not being able to access it - but we are back and running again. I hope! With all the busyness and stress of THAT, it calls for cake. Here's some of my favourites! Ginger Fluff Anne (the best … [Read more...]

Tricia’s Ginger Fluff

As a special treat to you I have asked Aunty Tricia if she would be happy enough to share her beloved Mum's recipe for the AMAZING ginger fluff cake. This cake, you guys, THIS CAKE. It's magical. Its consistency is fluffy like CLOUDS. Magical, soft, spongey clouds of joy. Tricia is the famous cake … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Zucchini & Cauliflower

I think your body knows what you need at any given time: water, sugar, prosecco and right now it's telling me one thing: GREENS. Vegetables. And lots of it. So while I have a VERY busy week ahead, I'm going to try my best to get moving, get some water (and Prosecco into me) and plenty of green … [Read more...]

Monday Meal ideas: Autumn favourites

I know it's been 2 weeks since we have been home but I STILL can't get back fully into the swing of things. I think School holidays have thrown me completely. I cannot get my cooking mojo back, I have been eating pretty badly (Easter), drinking too much (school holidays) and generally just feeling a … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Easter Everything!

Um, so it's Easter this week? Huh? With the trip and arriving home and jet lag and everything in between I am trying to get my head around the fact that it's Easter THIS weekend AND that it's School holidays. For the next 2 and a half weeks. Huh? My key word for the past few days has been … [Read more...]

Monday Meal ideas: Rainy weather food

Is it wet where you are? My goodness we have had some rain over the past week it's been extraordinary. Literally not stopping, ok from torrential to shower then back to torrential, everything feels wet and muggy and slippery and just gross. Including me! And don't get me started on the laundry situ … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Bread

Whoosh...there goes another weekend that whizzed by and somehow it's almost Monday afternoon? I had an interview on ABC Newcastle this morning about working at home with kids after that BBC video went viral on the weekend. The irony was not lost on me that as I took the interview I had Mags propped … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: It’s Show time!

Friends, it's a BIG week in the kitchen this week with our local show on this weekend. I have spent the morning closely studying the form guide and working out what I'll enter. Big pressure given the wins last year, but it's time to step up and defend the 2017 Champion Preserve which was indeed a … [Read more...]

BabyMac & Beef: the REAL 15 minute meal challenge

A Sponsored post for I know that we all fall into the weekly dinner ruts. I mean it’s RELENTLESS. I have my go-to’s that seem to pop up every week. I want something tasty and quick and I want to make sure that it gets eaten. That usually means I stick with things that are … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: my favourite asian dishes

Hello friends, how are you this Monday morning? We've got another wet and dreary day here today and for the 3rd day in a row now...a jumper on! How good is that?! Here we are staring down at another week filled with things to do, people to see, work to do, walks to walk. I'm excited that it's going … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: get some greens in ya!

Oh Monday! Here we are again. I am kicking goals this #maintenancemonday with the world's biggest laundry pile looking slightly smaller. Superior washing conditions here today friends, windy and sunny (but a chilly autumnal feel in the air) bound to put a pep in your step after these hot weeks we … [Read more...]

Sticky apple & cinnamon tea cake

All this healthy #febulous business had me hankering for some cake yesterday so I decided to try and use up some of the apples from the tree that is overflowing. If you can't eat cake when you are being good and exercising, well than you NEVER can. So friends, let's get stuck in. Apples will be … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Lunchbox savoury baking

So here we are at week 2 of the term. My interest in the lunch boxes is already wavering. but I've got some ideas for baking some things for them - especially some savoury things. My girls are not huge sambo eaters, but they will tuck into crackers and cheese and olives, or any kind of home made … [Read more...]

Looking for delicious, nutritious options? Wrap it up!

A sponsored post for Helga’s Wraps As you would know, I’ve been trying really hard over the past few months to change the way I eat: eating smaller portions, choosing more veggies and dropping the carbs. It’s been a bit of an adjustment, but now I am there, the better choices are coming easier … [Read more...]

Delicious dip & FAB homemade crispbread

When we were away at Christmas time every couple was allocated a main meal (either lunch or dinner) and nibbles on another day. It meant that for the times where lunch was the main meal, kids could have inevitable leftovers for dinner and the adults could roll a nibble and a drink and be happy. Mum … [Read more...]

Green Pig Pasta

I reckon I have about 1 more day left of doing nothing round here. The first few days were novel and fun! There were pj's on all day, too many movies watched to mention, resting on beds and relaxing and all round catching up on a huge 2 weeks. Then by Monday when I had to get back online and … [Read more...]

Make some legit bakery soft bread rolls!

We've been away here for almost a week now with 19 people (9 adults, 8 children, 2 babies) and I decided that I would have a crack at bread making for us all, which was perfect given that the shops are a  ferry and car ride away (not bovvered). So bread making I have been a doing! And the … [Read more...]