The Cook’s Cooking School

A long time friend of ours from my teenage years, Anna Phillips has recently started up an amazing cooking school down here in Bowral. The Cook's Cooking School is an amazing facility owned by charity Your Angel which helps create community cooking classes for those with disabilities and those in … [Read more...]

Girls night in: a Chinese banquet

What better time to have a girls dinner than at the end of the school holidays when everyone could use a little adult time and let off some steam? Last night we did just that when we came together for a delicious dinner at my friend Melissa's place. Usually it's a pot luck, everyone bring something … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with too many bubbles & not enough sleep

Didn't I limp to bed last night? Sheesh. I gave it a red hot go over the weekend in some pre birthday celebrations, which I suppose is exactly the thing to do when celebrating a big ticket item birthday like I will be this week. I wanted to share with you some of Saturday night as I had SO much fun … [Read more...]

Christmas in July soiree

Last night we all braved the freezing weather to head to my sister's place for a girls catch up. We love to do these dinners every so often you can have a look at some of the ones we have had in the past here: A birthday dinner for Miss Rabbit Christmas dinner 2016 Dinner at Cottonwood Interiors … [Read more...]

Winter warmer: slow cooked lamb shoulder

I've woken up this morning in sunny Brisbane after a warm winter's night - I arrived yesterday afternoon in 24 degree perfection. Queensland you certainly do winter right! Unlike the Highlands that has been in a permanent state of below zero to tops of about 10-12 every day. That said, I … [Read more...]

Sunny Sunday celebrations

Yesterday we celebrated my dear Step father's 70th birthday. Saturday night I was sitting on the couch and shared a few words about how important he is to me, and to all of us and I was amazed at the response it had. Here's what I shared with a simple snap on Instagram... "My Mum met my Step dad … [Read more...]

The best of the June long weekends

Here we are at the start of the June long weekend. One of my favourites in the whole year and always a big one in the village. For years now the ball always falls on the Saturday night of the long weekend, with the fireworks on the Sunday night and it always means that we have had a house full of … [Read more...]

A 3 celebration kind of weekend

From the moment that we got back from New York just over 5 weeks ago now, we have literally not stopped. We got in at 1am, up at 5am with the kids and it's been NON STOP. There have been family visits (lots of them) Easter and the fair and more visitors, babies being born, more family visits, school … [Read more...]

Easter 2017

How good is Easter Monday when you don't have anywhere to be, no traffic to deal with and an empty house after days filled with people and feeding and things to do? Very good! While I have been busy washing and restoring order I can report that it's almost midday and my bra is still not … [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...]

The joy of setting a table

Ever since I was a little girl I loved to pop a flower in a vase and put it in my room. Perhaps on my bedside table, or in the bathroom, a little flower just showed that you cared, and I always loved to see a bloom on show. Rightly so in full view for everyone to enjoy! Not much has changed all … [Read more...]

2017 BabyMac events: At the kitchen bench

After the great time had at 10 year Blogging long lunch last year (as well as lots of requests from people that missed out) I really wanted to try and get a few more events up and running again this year so it gives me a chance to meet more of YOU guys. While I have plans to head interstate and … [Read more...]

BabyMac & Beef: the REAL 15 minute meal challenge

A Sponsored post for BetteronBeef.com.au 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...]

Entertaining at home: some tips

I posted this originally a few years ago but thought it might be a good time to re-share, especially if you had planned to get back into your entertaining mojo in 2017. I know that entertaining can be quite overwhelming for people: what to cook, serve, decorate, the pre-clean up and post clean up, … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Australia Day Entertaining

Sneaking this one in before Monday is over...just in case anyone is looking for some entertaining inspo for Thursday. Tonight we had lamb cutlets for dins and dead set, there's nothing better. So I reckon if you can get lamb on the BBQ then get it into your guts! Here's some lamb … [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...]

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...]

Friend’s Christmas dinner 2016

Last year we started a new village tradition with a group of mates: a pre Christmas dinner and birthday celebration for one of us and a chance before the madness of Christmas to all come together and share a meal, a glass or 45 of bubbles and make out own "Christmas party" that no other bastard is … [Read more...]

Some Christmas prep you can do this weekend!

Ok, it's less than a month to go. And I do recall at the start of this term I was saying "I am really going to be organised this year and get all my shopping done well and truly before the girls are on holidays". Cough. Best intentions and all that, but still, here I am in exactly the same … [Read more...]

A country wedding

Last week a group of my local mates down here set up for a wedding in the village that I thought you might like a look at? Who doesn't love a wedding?! The Bride and Groom are a lovely couple I had met a few times at various balls we have had here in the village and asked Mrs M to recreate … [Read more...]