The Throne Rangers: A podcast for Royal Enthusiasts {Ep 10}

Real life footage last night of Veggie Mama and I last night when we heard the news that Haz and Meggers were preggers! What WONDERFUL news! But of course when we recorded this episode 10 of the The Throne Rangers we had no idea of what was about to be announced, although I think you will … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Biscuits

Hello Term 4! It's good to see you after 2 weeks of wet school holidays I am not afraid to say that I am happy to see the kids out the door this morning. Mostly because I know they will be having more fun than they would be having at home here, like last week, while they waited around for me to … [Read more...]

Holiday savour: how to make slime (that works)

You know making slime was really popular about 18 months ago? Well we made it for the first time 2 weeks ago and that's because I said no approximately 8356 times before deciding I would do it. I couldn't cope with one more tube of toothpaste being wasted, or batches of weird shit on the bench, we … [Read more...]

The joy of a country roadside motel

We had the joy last week of staying in one of my favourite places: the Australian small country town roadside motel. It may not be everyone's cup of tea and long life milk, but it has always captured a part of my life and I'm doing my best to keep the tradition alive for our girls. We spent my … [Read more...]

Making a tree change: 8 years on

Today it marks 8 years since we arrived at our home, our new life, a new beginning for our family. 8 years, can you believe it? I kind of can, and can't. I can't really remember our life in the city even though it was ALL our lives for such  long time, it's funny how things change isn't it? Rob and … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: School holiday cooking

We have woken up on a dark and misty Monday morning with rain softly falling outside and the crackle of the fire keeping us warm inside. It's SCHOOL HOLIDAYS which means that we have no where to be, no where to go (lots of work for me to do) and boy does that make me happy. What will wear off in … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

This morning we are hitting the road and heading back home after a week away. We stopped in at the farm for a night, then further north to Byron for another family reunion with Rob's Dad's side of the family that was almost a year in planning - always the way when trying to wrangle so many people. … [Read more...]

Holiday Reading Stack

If there's one thing that happens EVERY school holidays (besides preparing 452 fruit platters) is that I will read at least one book. Something clicks in my brain and I go from mindless scrolling, to reading and suddenly I will find myself completely immersed in the wonderful world of pages and … [Read more...]

Some good things

So much goodness all around here today and you know why? IT'S PROPERLY RAINING. Rain heavy enough that you can HEAR it. Now if that's not good, I don't know what is. Wish I could send it all around the country to the places it's needed most. We need it round here too - there will be happy … [Read more...]

Shit your husband will never have to think about

Today I had the JOY of doing life maintenance stuff. You know, the annoying stuff that takes you into a gazillion different shops, chasing your tail, spending money on shit you wish you weren't and generally getting annoyed because IS THIS THE SHIT I SIGNED UP FOR? Let me run through it with … [Read more...]

It’s spring! Let’s spring clean!

Although it doesn't feel like it today (bloody freezing again) we are now in Spring and I must say that my productivity levels have been HIGH. It feels good to be outside in the sunshine, working up a sweat and getting stuck into the house and garden and all the chores that you manage to put off in … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: What to do with that chicken

Good morning friends! Hope you had a good weekend? We had a pretty quiet one with lots of chores and pottering about the house and then a little play in the afternoons (all done and dusted by 7pm of course!) And this week is the last before the end of the term....bring it on! I will always find … [Read more...]

Family Favourite: Homemade Pork & chorizo sausage rolls

We had some friends popping in on their way from Canberra to Sydney a few weeks ago and while they probably just wanted a cuppa I thought I show them my best country hospitality and do a quick lunch and glass of crisp white before they hit the road again. I mean what would Bev do if she had people … [Read more...]

Life at 41 years, 1 month

I’m up early with the sun as it’s that stretch of glorious mornings where the sun is up early before daylight savings begins. Long are the days of Daise or Harper being up with me, they are so big now, I sometimes wonder where the years have gone and get moments of panic when I think to the future … [Read more...]

The Throne Rangers: A Podcast for Royal Enthusiasts {Ep 9}

Phew! Veggie Mama and I FINALLY got our shit together and recorded a brand new episode of The Throne Rangers and it's jam packed with post summer Royal Goodness! There's been a little break over the summer for the Royals but they are slowly and surely coming back into the spotlight from their … [Read more...]

Vanilla pep talks

It's the start of the week! And it's Spring! And my productivity levels are relatively high for a change from the months of hibernation and I am 100% going with it while it lasts because I know it won't last (at least I am realistic). And I am pretty much sure that next shop I will be adding chia … [Read more...]

Monday Meal ideas: Delicious, light, Spring food!

Good morning friends! We've woken to a frosty here this morning, and below zero temps, but it's looking like it's going to be a beautiful, sunny day out there. This time of the year is certainly a rollercoaster isn't it? One thing that I want to try to get consistent about (even though the weather … [Read more...]

Spring entertaining: Ottolenghi’s one pot roast chook with dates & capers

The sun is SHINING here today and promises to do so again tomorrow and it just feels like we've turned the corner on winter. That's a big call around these parts, especially when we have the fire on sometimes into November and even around Christmas some times, but the warm days are here. And they … [Read more...]

Cheeky mid week escape to Mt Hay Luxury Retreat

It took me all of 3 seconds to answer the lovely Louise's email asking me if I would like to come and stay at the gorgeous luxury retreat Mt Hay in Berry, but about 4 months to finally get around to booking in a date that would work for Rob and I, lining up someone to look after the kids, you know … [Read more...]

This Spring why don’t you…

Spring is here my friends (in the southern hemisphere at least) and it feels SO good doesn't it? We are being treated this week with a touch of warmer weather too and my GOODNESS does it feel SO good to be outside with the sunshine on your back, ankles exposed and the afternoon starting to stretch … [Read more...]