2 iPhone tricks I’ve been using

I've been meaning to share these two little things for a while now and this morning while making the bed it came to me again...so quick! Before I forget! (I tell you what that baby brain business is showing NO signs of going away anytime soon...will it ever end?!) My post 7pm self-imposed phone … [Read more...]

Mothers Day stuff you’d actually want

I wonder when the rest of the world will catch onto the idea that all any Mother wants for Mothers Day is to wake up (well rested) in a 5 star hotel bed to see her children for 7 minutes before they disappear and she can have a bath, room service, a nap, watch a movie and then go to a spa treatment. … [Read more...]

Quick catch up

Oh HI! Talk about crazy times over here. I am busier than a blue-arsed fly here at the moment and I have a spare 7 minutes so thought I'd drop in for a quick catch up. Sheesh. You see it's Rob's 40th next week and we are hosting a party here for him on Saturday (lunch, 70 odd people) and I am … [Read more...]

Sunday arvo kitchen: how to carve a roast chicken

Last week I showed you guys how to make gravy using the pan juices from your roast and this week I thought I'd share with you how I carve my chook. It's more of quartering the bird and breaking it down from there. Using this method I find I can get more from the bird, less waste on the … [Read more...]

Ladies lunch: Salt & Pepper Squid

I really must stop watching cooking shows at night. You see, because we always eat early with the kids at Grandma o clock, by the time 8/8.30pm comes around and if I am watching something tasty on TV I can be found wiping the drool from the side of my mouth. This happened to me earlier this week … [Read more...]

Miscellaneous 83

You guys, Mothers Day is fast approaching. And I have the perfect pressie for you (to give or receive). You may have heard of Two Good Co a non-profit charity and social enterprise company who make good food and do good things. They make salads (made by some pretty great chefs) and for each one … [Read more...]

iPhone addiction 2 week detox: how I went

So the School holidays have been and gone and my hope to have a break from my constant checking of my phone (what for?!) has now passed. I was keen to have a decent break from my phone through the day where I found myself grabbing it at any quiet moment (whether on the floor playing with Mags) or … [Read more...]

Long weekend-ing

You may have popped over here to have a look at some nice photos of our nice weekend. Because it was, indeed, nice. So here, let me get one of the way for you. Look! Hydrangeas! In April! Still flowering! But in reality, it's day 18 of the school holidays. So it's safe to say that things are … [Read more...]

Saturday arvo kitchen: how to make homemade gravy

It's a little cool and drizzly and grey here today (YESSSSSSS) with the fire roaring and a glass of bubbles imminent as my little sis and her family are staying down for the night. What better than to whip up a roast?! And as Harper always asks me when she can smell a roast bubbling away "IS THERE … [Read more...]

Being scared and doing the brave stuff

This morning the sun rose, and a new day in Autumn 2016 began. Like me, it was most likely the same as the one that came before. It required immediate caffeination, instant demands from small people and routine: news reading, milk made for the baby, dog out for a wee, coffee machine on, … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday old Liz!

I wouldn't call myself a Royalist. In fact, I think we should be a Republic, however I am FASCINATED by the Royal Family. The castles, the pomp and ceremony, the frocks! The history. Everything it all stands for. Amazing stuff I reckon. And you would know my deep love with Kate and Wills and our … [Read more...]

Big skies, happy kids, nice digs

After a less than ideal start to the year with constant sickness thanks to perfuckuss and then a shitty Easter thanks to post perfuckuss stress disorder and colds I was keen to make the most of these school holidays and actually have a nice time! So I had a look online for a house for us to escape … [Read more...]

Maggie is 11 months old!

Ah 11 months, here you are. With all your movement, and laughing, and standing and life, here you are. This about it sums it up: here Mags sit down so I can take a photo. Yeah, nuh. It's been a tough month for the little one, with sickness AGAIN and a case of the teefs causing LOTS of pain … [Read more...]

An Autumn walk in the village

If you look out any of our windows at the moment you'll see that Autumn has arrived. My favourite and my best, glorious Autumn with it's magical light, shorter, warm days and cooler, dark nights. Our village does Autumn particularly well and yesterday the girls and I took a walk up to the … [Read more...]

Roasted pumpkin soup

Yesterday morning I was doing the post lunch wipe down of the kitchen when I saw a butternut pumpkin sitting on the bench that my friend gave to me last week practically BEGGING me to do something with it. Even though I am the only bastard in this family who will eat it, I decided to whip up a … [Read more...]

One thing: All the better to see you with

I celebrated the first weekday morning of the school holidays of not having to get up and rush out the door with...getting up and rushing out the door for eye tests for the girls that I had booked in. Probably not my smartest move, but I had been told by the lady at OPSM that I needed to get them in … [Read more...]

Addicted to you

It's school holidays time again. A time I really encourage the kids to just be and chill out. Do nothing. Yesterday I was stoked that the normal no TV past 8am thing in the morning still existed (most days for us we let the kids watch some TV until 8am and then it's off for reading or homework or … [Read more...]

Monday arvo water cooler catch up

Ah school holidays...when "working" at home becomes a juggling act and if you are not organised, which I am not, the day time routine goes out the window! Which is lucky because the windows are wide open and there is a stunning Autumn day out there. Washing drying, kids playing outside, baby … [Read more...]

Saturday arvo kitchen: how to make red wine jus

The other night when I cooked up a couple of large pieces of rib eye, I made a couple of sauces to go with it: béarnaise and a red wine jus (jus is a French word meaning a thin gravy or sauce made from meat juices). The béarnaise is far from traditional or "proper" but it's always tasty and this red … [Read more...]

Friday morning ramblings

A gal asks for some help and BOY did you guys deliver! Thank you for all your comments on yesterday's post...I will have that bottom sorted in no time! I really appreciate it, and boy do I love the community we have here...no problem too small. I found myself on the blower this morning to a chemist … [Read more...]