Early spring

Where the days are a little longer and warmer, every time you look up you see a new fleeting blossom. There's sunshine in the days and sparkly stars in the cool night. It's all about promise and hope of what is to come. You marvel at everything coming back to life after so many months of quiet and … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Chicken dinner winners

I am feeling quite smug this morning as I did all our grocery shopping for the week ahead yesterday and so we are actually starting the week out in pretty good shape. One thing that did get added to the trolley was chicken, that staple that will turn up a few times a week at our place. Because I am … [Read more...]

Spinach & ricotta cannelloni

My Mum makes a version of this with those beautiful big pasta shells that you can buy that I absolutely LOVE so I have had a hankering for it for some time. I decided over coffee on Monday with Mum that this was going to be the week because things had gone from "I must do that" to " I WANT THAT". I … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Meatless Monday Inspo

Good morning friends! How are you all this chilly Monday morning? It's cold here and we are back after a wonderful weekend by the sea where the sun was shining and it felt a LOT warmer than it does here. Nice to have a little hint of it. But we are home now for a busy week...there are so many new … [Read more...]

Crustless Quiche

There's nothing like a cheeky ladies daytime lunch is there? They are right up as one of my favourite things to cook for. The food can be healthy and simple, there's usually a glass of wine thrown in there and of course cake. They are usually quick (in between the school hours) and you can go ALL … [Read more...]

Good Things

It's September. And after a long cold winter just the sound of it gives us enough promise of good stuff to come. We still have a lot of winter to do round here...the fire will be on constantly for the next month or so and will be on and off until the end of the year. But there's sunshine, we had … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Seriously good sides

Good morning and welcome to another week! It's September if you can get your head around that...?! We had the most magnificent Spring weather arrive right on cue and while I know we are a long way off that yet it felt nice to be 18 degrees. Actually, if we could stay around that..maybe a max of 22 … [Read more...]

My 301st Period (or thereabouts)

I got my first period when I was 14. I was away with my Mum in Adelaide by ourselves (in a family with 4 kids this was some lucky break) so it was as good as it could be until she called my Dad to tell him on the carphone which had my brother AND his friend that I had a crush on it and I died with … [Read more...]

Skin & Hair Update: Good stuff I’m using and Perioral dermatitis update

Just in time for m 42nd birthday a few weeks back I managed to get the dreaded perioral dermatitis back again. Insert eyeroll here. DEAD SET. For those that may be new here, this is a skin condition I have been getting for the past 6 years. SIX. You can read about it in these posts: Initial … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Mid week dinners that will be eaten

I mean really, that's all we're after isn't it? It's bad enough that we have to cook dinner every night of the week, there's nothing much more soul destroying than going through the motions and having noses turned up at it). Now THAT makes me cranky. So here's a list of my some dinners that if I … [Read more...]

Simple & delicious: Tomato & onion vinegar salad

This is such a simple and delicious salad that it even seems silly to call it a "recipe" but when I whacked this up on Instagram a few weeks ago I had so much feedback and questions about it I thought I better get it on the blog so that you can refer back to it whenever you need to. My … [Read more...]

42 is the natural number that succeeds 41 and precedes 43, and I am now it.

Last week I turned 42 and I have to say it was one of the best birthdays EVER. Go 42! I do believe it's a special number, if you have read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy you will find that 42 is the "answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything” - calculated by a very big … [Read more...]

Monday Meal ideas: Got lemons? There’s more than lemonade to make.

Good morning from a wild and woolly Southern Highlands this morning where it's freezing cold with a wild wind blowing outside. After a mild week I can't quite figure out whether it's Winter or Spring or what time of the year it is. One thing to be certain of though is the ABUNDANCE of citrus in … [Read more...]

Ladies Slumber Party: a cheeky mid week escape

It's my birthday tomorrow! Yay! I have a love/hate relationship with my birthday (as most people do) so wanted to make sure there were no disappointments so took matters into my own hands. I very rarely let myself down (except for not keeping ups regular exercise regime). Knowing it was … [Read more...]

Make 2am chicken kebabs at home

Who doesn't love a good old dirty kebab? Whether it's at 3am post night on the tiles (it's been a long time since I have had one of those nights and kebabs) or just a cheeky one at lunch (I used to roll one when I worked in the city they were SO good) they just hit the spot every time. They are … [Read more...]

The Throne Rangers: A podcast for Royal enthusiasts {ep 18}

It's been a very busy time for the Royals despite it being summer, giving us so many opportunities to catch up with them. Wimbledon! George's 6th birthday! Charity polo match! LION KING PREMIERE! All of the things and Veggie Mama and I have got you covered with ALL of the thoughts on it all in … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Warm up with some chilli

Did you get hit with that blast of cold weather over the weekend? My WORD was it cold at our place, and much to my great disappointment, not a flake of snow hot our place. SO frustrating when it's so cold and it seemed to be snowing everywhere. I had a full blown tanty about it! After I got over … [Read more...]

Even children get older

Yesterday I picked up Maggie's enrolment forms for school next year. I know. It's as much as a big deal for me you guys. Then, later in the afternoon I also had a call from her preschool teacher asking if she was going to be going back next year for another year of Preschool (should she? Maybe? No. … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting: The Melbourne edition

Last weekend Lucy and I ventured down to Melbourne for the weekend for retail Trade shows...a whole new world for us and a BIG learning experience. The shows are a one stop place for all the brands (big & small) to show retailers their new stock, and where all the shops (big & small) place … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Bake a great cake!

It's not just the end product of a cake that's the good bit about baking one. It's starts at the lining of the tin, finding your favourite one, all clean and ready to start its magic again, the turning on of the oven, grabbing the ingredients and starting the creaming of the butter and the sugar. … [Read more...]