Dinner hack: Oven baked risotto

Hot, wet rice, as risotto is known at our house is not hugely popular. I ADORE chicken and mushroom with lots of parmesan but if I made it and served it up to the family there would be 4 noses turning their noses up at it. As a consequence, risotto very rarely gets a run in our house. But … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Simple, delicious food packed with flavour

If I had too explain my style of cooking, I think this would be it: something simple, filled with flavour and herbs and the end result is just plain yum. In fact, most times I cook I find myself saying: this is TASTY, even if I have made it. Here are some of my faves, I have realised that lots of … [Read more...]

The Throne Rangers: A Podcast for Royal Enthusiasts {ep 13}

Just when you think there can't POSSIBLY be more in the Royal family...the last two weeks happen. SO many outings. SO many things to discuss. Pop on your headphones and sneakers or make a cuppa or gin and tonic and settle in for this great listen. Like, Megs and this short dress and double handed … [Read more...]

What I’m reading, watching & listening to

Hello my friends, how ARE you? Feel like I haven't had a proper catch up with you in ages. What's been happening? I must say that today I have been struggling with all the news happening out there in the big bad world. It's all so depressing isn't it? No wonder I try not to pay too much attention to … [Read more...]

Brazil on the Hill

I think it was a few months ago when Lucy and Chris (my sister and her husband) decided that they would have a "just because" party. They both are the hardest working people I know...with their own businesses and small kids they spend their entire lives working (weekends included). Our social lives … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Getting soup back on the menu

We have had some RAIN. Not just drizzle you guys, but glorious, drenching rain...in fact a whole day of it yesterday that filled up our rain gauge until it was overflowing. What a gift! You can hear the farmers squealing for joy around these parts. The cooler weather has me thinking of soup … [Read more...]

Our Town: Yabbie Day

It's been many a year since we have seen a Yabbie Day around these parts I think the last might have been in 2013. People got busy, no one wanted to organise it, and like many things do, it fell to the wayside. My girls always spoke about the memories they had of catching them in the morning, and … [Read more...]

Full reporting: 2019 Robertson Show

Full and THOROUGH reporting required for the show that was on last weekend. This is the 8th show we have been to since we have lived here and of course I entered as many things as I could manage given my workload and the solo parenting that was on as Rob was away for the week. You can read a … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Winning mid week Chicken dinners

You guys! Rob is home! That means that the pressure is off me for a little bit as I can share the load of work and parenting....life! Last week was FULL ON with so much new stuff in the shop, lots of kid stuff and of course the show and Yabby Day on the weekend...I am exhausted! But we are here … [Read more...]

The Throne Rangers: A Podcast for Royal Enthusiasts {ep 12}

We know, we get it, it's been waaaaaay too long since Veggie and I got together to discuss ALL things British Royal Family. Since November in fact! And there has been just a few things going on since then. JUST A FEW. Megs has been up to A LOT. She has touched her stomach 56 billion times, she … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: It’s Show week!

SOMEHOW it's March and SOMEHOW it's show weekend THIS WEEKEND! Sheesh, if the start of this week is anything to go by it's safe to say that it's going to be November before we know it so buckle in friends! I have Rob away for the week so will need to be ready for a big week ahead with some baking … [Read more...]

The summer that was

Summer is hydrangeas and thick green grass that you cannot tame or keep up with. It's big leaves, growth and colour all around the garden. It's end of year exhaustion with school events and assemblies and sweaty legs stuck to chairs under fans in school halls. It's parties and catch ups, too … [Read more...]

When our mothers were where we are now

Yesterday I was up in Sydney to farewell one of our oldest family friends who had lost her battle with cancer. At 70 she seems too young to have to leave her 4 children behind, her 11 grandchildren that are still so young and have their whole lives ahead of them. It was a bittersweet day to … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Bread baking (for lunchbox or not)

The fact that I started to write this list about 4 hours ago and still haven't written anything shows where I am at this Monday morning. Chasing my TAIL! We are into week 5 of the school term and the new year excitement of change has been replaced with exhaustion and a little despair that there is … [Read more...]

Full Maggie Update: 3 years, 9 months

It's been QUITE the month for Maggie Macdonald, what with starting school (Preschool AND Family daycare) for the first time in her 3 years and 8 months of life. Was she ready? Yes! Is she loving it? Kind of. Will it get better? Of course! Are there LOTS of tears? SO MANY TEARS YOU GUYS. I am … [Read more...]

20 hours in Brisbane for the launch of Styling You the Label

This time last week I was lucky enough to escape my normal life for just under a day to celebrate the launch of my friend Nikki's new label: Styling You The label in Brisbane. This label has been a long time coming for Nikki who has worked championing fashion brands for REAL women of all … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: mid week mince

You know what's going to be sitting in my fridge each and every supermarket shop? A humble packet of mince. It's cheap, it's easy and can be made into so many different things. And before you think rissoles or spag bol, here are some other ideas to help you with your mid week cooking. Beef … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting (with added 12th Birthday)

Friday morning and the house is filled with only the sound of my busy hands typing on the laptop, some loud tunes playing (our wedding CD which never gets old even 14 years later) and a very long to-do list before me. The time from school drop off to pick up sure goes fast and I tend to spend them … [Read more...]

DIY Date night: Creating a restaurant meal on a budget using supermarket products

A sponsored post for Woolworths Right now with 3 kids aging from 3 to 12, settling back into the school year (hello exhaustion, freak outs, tiredness and meltdowns) with a little separation anxiety thrown into the mix and not a lot of extra cash (hello BAS and electricity bill and rates and … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: One pot cooking

My all time favourite way of cooking is a throw it all in and roast one pot wonder. I love the magic that happens from a hot oven, and everything all combining to add to the flavours. Not to mention how fast it is to prepare, or the fact that there is just one thing to wash up at the end of it! That … [Read more...]