Monday Meal Ideas: Warming winter family dinners

Here we are on a VERY bleak and wet Monday morning. I'm waiting for some daylight to survey the water damage outside it has been such heavy rain for over many, many hours. The weather calls for comfort cooking, for food when hungry kids get in the door late they can smell what's cooking and say "Oh … [Read more...]

An old school family weekend visit

We all know how rare it is at the moment to have family spend time together, so when I was speaking to my brother a week or so ago about trying to find a free weekend for a visit, I wasn't expecting it to happen any time soon. With three high school kids and sport and work and life, we rarely get to … [Read more...]

Rob’s Lamb Shanks

If you are a lover of the lamb shank but get a little weary of the same old slow cooked tomato based sauces then you might like this version that Rob created a few years ago. I think it was originally from a Greek cookbook that we have that cooks a whole leg of lamb slowly using this method of … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Adding some fish to our table

One thing that I know I should cook more of, is fish. Daisy is not a fan (which I can understand) but the rest of the family will happily sit down and enjoy some fish for dinner. I usually stick with salmon: it's easy, accessible and affordable and I know how to cook it, but this week I need to … [Read more...]

The blog is now 14!

On Wednesday this week the blog ticked over to 14 years. I know, I can't believe I am still here either! Thousands of posts and comments, likes and shares, recipes referred back to, tree changes made, third children had, holidays planned and booked. This little corner of the internet still ticking … [Read more...]

An ode to Anne…

Now if you have been following me for any amount of time (long or short) you will know the importance of ANNE in our lives. Anne is the name of the chocolate cake that has been famous in our family since the 80's when the author of the recipe Mrs Anne R placed a recipe for a humble chocolate cake in … [Read more...]

What I’m reading, watching, listening to

I'm sure those of you in lockdown in VIC are well and truly up to date on reading and watching shows and after having the school holidays here I have a few bits and pieces to share with you about what I have been up to. Lots of reading and TV, a little podcasting and music in between. Let's do … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Comfort food for mid winter

Oh it is a dreary day here today. Pouring rain all night long with an east coast low sitting over the top of us and  constant rain beating against the windows. Always lovely for a day...a little too much when it's over 24 hours without a break and flooding starts to occur..and then the septic goes … [Read more...]

A Christmas in July 40th Dinner

We recently hosted a 40th birthday for our friend Nicki from Cottonwood & Co who more than likely wanted and had planned to be somewhere way more glamorous for her 40th (I think Italy was planned, or maybe New Zealand) but as we know, 2020 had different plans for us all. With restrictions on … [Read more...]

Full and Thorough Reporting

Well hello YOU. How are you? It's early here and it's freezing outside, as you would expect on the 21st July. Can you believe it's the 21st July already? I already feel like the days are starting to get a wee bit longer, I can see daffs pushed up everywhere, the blossom that comes first starting to … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Mid week meals my family love

Good morning from a chilly Southern Highlands morning (feels like -2.5 out there and blowing a gale). We are back into the swing of things having done 2 weeks school holidays. Apologies for the lack of posting...I was having too good a time with the kids, being away...full debrief to come on that … [Read more...]

On repeat this winter: roasted pumpkin

As soon as the travel restrictions were eased Rob hightailed it up to the farm to see his step mum and spend some time with her for the first time in months. He came home with an enormous pumpkin which looked fabulous of course but had me thinking about all the different ways I could use it up. It … [Read more...]

Good things that are also nice and lovely

How are you friends? Are you on holidays? Are you freaking out about covid waves and the state of the world? Are you tired and limping to the end of week 10 of term 2 like us? Whatever it is you are, I hope to find you well at least. Try and stay positive, I know I do most of the time, although this … [Read more...]

Monday Meal ideas: baking with lemons & apples

I noticed last week how much Lucy's lemon trees are groaning with fruit on them. It calls for one thing! BAKING. Today I am going to grab my basket and get baking this week. It's cold, Daisy has started school holidays and it just calls for cakes and comfort and goodness that comes in the form of … [Read more...]

Girl’s mid winter weekend at the beach

If ever there was a weekend needed for a group of 5 weary women who have survived the start of the shocker that has been 2020 it was ALL OF THE WOMEN OF THE WORLD...however! We were lucky enough to escape on Thursday morning after school drop off to head to the beach for a few days. Can I tell you, … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: meatless Monday Inspo

Good morning from a freezing cold week 9 of term 2 where things are a little sluggish. My goodness I actually hit snooze two times this morning and that NEVER happens! After a fabulous long weekend with my mates up at the beach where it was warm and the demands from anyone were VERY low I am feeling … [Read more...]

A birthday lunch for Miss Rabbit

We recently celebrated a very special birthday lunch for our dear friend Miss Rabbit for her 50th. She was meant to be in Europe with all her mates for a very special trip and like so manny people had to postpone that for a year while covid does its thing. Mrs Munro hosted the beautiful surprise … [Read more...]

What I’m reading, watching, listening to

It's been a few months since I updated you guys on what I have been reading, watching and listening to - this past little while has been much more on reading rather than the other two: its funny how you switch between the different modes isn't it? I have been focusing on reading as much as possible … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: The warmth of chilli in winter

Ah Monday morning, how quickly you come around each week - this past weekend in particular went by SO fast didn't it? It's a bit fresh around these parts at the moment (aka FREEZING) but halfway through June what do you expect? I might be throwing some chilli into our meals this week for lunch and … [Read more...]

June long weekend at the farm

We left home 5am Friday morning to hightail it up the highway to spend the long weekend at the farm. We have been DESPERATE to get back and see Rob's Step mum who has pretty much been in isolation due to corona restrictions since Alan died so the fact that our annual ball was cancelled came at a … [Read more...]