Things to cook for a new Mum/someone doing it tough

One of the most common emails I get from people is asking what I think would be good to cook for someone who either had a baby or who was going through a tough time with a family illness or death. They both provide the same purpose: fuel someone with not only food but some love that you have poured … [Read more...]

Southern Highlands Cookbook giveaway

I am not only grateful for this little part of the world we are lucky enough to call home, but I am immensely proud of the produce that comes out of it. Dairy farms, potato farms, organic produce cattle and pigs, you name it you will find it in the rolling green hills of the Southern Highlands of … [Read more...]

Big and bigger

This past weekend Rob and I had a night away with these two. Number 1 and number 2. In Canberra! Harps and I smile awkwardly at the camera in exactly the same way! It had been 16 months since we had spent some time just the four of us, which meant it was the first time EVER that both Rob … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: an Asian twist

The one thing I miss living down here is really good Asian food. There are a few places to get food but it's not that fresh, crisp taste that I like with Asian food - lots of herbs and a mixture of spicy, salty, sour and sweet that I like - more like fried and a little MSG. Anyway, it means that I … [Read more...]

Things I like {The 19th August 2016 edition}

How's your week been? This little burst of glorious spring weather has certainly put a spring in my step. I was talking to a mate earlier this week about August and its ability to make people feel a little meh. She was telling me that the wattle pollen used to send people crazy in August and that … [Read more...]

Go-To skincare: 3 weeks in

This is not a sponsored post...I ponied up the cold hard cash for all the products myself but wanted to share how things were going with it....3 weeks in. You'll remember a few weeks ago now I said that I was going to try out Zoe's skincare range (Go-To) as I was officially getting old, the … [Read more...]

A day over 39

It's true! I now look a day over 39, cause I am. Had a cracking day, simple and perfect. For a start it looked like this: I didn't do any washing or even swiff with my swiffer! You could say I downed tools for the day. Got lots of lovely words from people in my life who love me. I am … [Read more...]

Bloom

Today it's back to the start of my annual trip around the sun. How can it be that a whole year has passed again? I always reflect on this day about what's been, where we've been, where I'm at and today I thought I'd share that year in the blooms that I have enjoyed. This year, and most, since we … [Read more...]

Over the Back Fence {Season 5 Ep 8}

After waaaaaay too long a break Neighbour and I are BACK! In this episode we try to explain why what we've been doing that has kept us too busy to podcast, the Olympics (of course), what annoys husbands the most and what I haven't been reading lately. You can listen to it here: Or … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: lunch that’s not a sambo

If you're like me, I fall into bad habits during the week for lunch. I should be eating salads or omelettes or something/anything that's easy and tasty and yet? I find myself slathering pieces of bread with butter and vegemite. Here's some ideas for lunch for those at home (or in a good office … [Read more...]

My new favourite: fried dumplings

You know when I used to work in corporate land we used to always have a special "ladies lunch" on a Friday. Sometimes there would be wine, always a laugh and chat, perhaps a spot of shopping before we got back to our desks and usually something a bit fancier than a sambo for lunch. Working from … [Read more...]

Local Spotlight: Solar Springs Health Retreat

An invitation to come and spend the night at a local health retreat here in the Highlands could not have come at a better time for me. I've been sick, looking after sick kids and just generally feeling very meh as we tend to in late winter. I was thrilled to check out a local institution, as well as … [Read more...]

What time do your kids go to bed?

I remember a few years ago now that I wrote a blog post about getting my kids to bed by 6.30pm. It's funny (this was about 4 years ago now) but not much has really changed. We are still early dinner and bed goers around these parts, it's just how we roll. No matter how late my kids get to bed, … [Read more...]

15 ways to make yourself feel better

So it's not just me. This meh feeling that's going around, is defo a thing, but instead of wallowing in it, I'm going to drag myself and all you lot with me, and we're going to feel a little brighter. OK? I came up with a list of things you can do TODAY, or maybe tomorrow if you need to get … [Read more...]

Monday Schmonday

Is it just me, or is anyone else feeling entirely NOT like themselves at the moment? Sheesh, I am in a funk and I'm doing all I can to pull myself out of it. Last week I couldn't have cared less if I didn't make the beds or cook dinner and before I knew it I was feeling entirely lost and out of … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Roasty goodness

I cooked a great (but simple/no frills) Chicken roast yesterday for lunch and was reminded just how good the humble roast can be. Sure there's a bit of coming together at the end, but for the most part you whack them in that oven and forget about them - and that smell! Nothing better! Here's a … [Read more...]

4 things I’ve learned this week

1. Hosting an event is really fun and really exhausting Wow! What a hoot last weekend was. It was so lovely to see and meet and hug and kiss and have photos with and laugh with and borrow lipstick from and chat to so many lovely people OUTSIDE of my computer, but dear lord, it almost broke … [Read more...]

BabyMac is 10 years old

Rob's Mum gave a beautiful speech recently at his 40th where she used the nursery rhyme Row your boat to describe his journey from her baby, to this now (fabulous & old ha) man. I loved the simplicity of it, rowing your boat gently down the stream...and that life is but a dream. I've been doing … [Read more...]

Good things

Are you like me and send yourself emails all the time? The way my brain works and the way I get things done mean that if ANYTHING is to get done, it needs to hit my email inbox. If it's sitting there, it will get done. So any emails that are in my inbox (all read of course don't get me started on … [Read more...]

Best Before

On Saturday night I had my sister and bro in law over for an impromptu dinner. My brother in law was getting something out of the fridge when he asked me "Beth, how long has that copha been in your fridge?". Good question Chris, good question. Let's see. I put my thinking cap on, and … [Read more...]