Monday Meal Ideas: Meatless Monday

Good morning friends! There will be a pep in the step of LOTS of NSW parents today as all our kids are finally back at school. I will leave for work in the morning and when I get back, there will be NOTHING changed, or moved, or messed up. Can you even imagine?!  I can't either. To get back into it … [Read more...]

Post lockdown spring lunch

Last week ended up being quite the social one as restrictions were open. We had dinner at the pub with some friends Tuesday, then Wednesday night we headed away for a night. Thursday afternoon was a baby shower for a friend, dinner out Friday night and then Sunday a long lunch with the family. We … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Winner winner chicken dinner

Good morning friends! There is a pep in my step this morning as we have Maggie back at school this morning! In a uniform! She is SO excited and a little nerfous too (she tells me) and I am sure that the enthusiasm will slow as the week goes on...but for now we will take it. As we all settle into … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Family Faves

Well here we are on Monday 11th where here in NSW some of our freedoms are returned to us today. Shops! Restaurants! Bars! A little regional travel! I swing wildly from let's never cook anything ever again in our homes to overwhelm and exhaustion and let's just stay in a little bit longer. I'm sure … [Read more...]

WHAT I’M READING, WATCHING, LISTENING TO

How are you friends? What a time it's been! I have to say it's been a struggle for me...8 weeks into lockdown and home schooling. The holidays have been and gone and the mental rollercoaster on any given day, hour, minute has been REAL. I have been struggling to get the bare minimum done every day - … [Read more...]

Lockdown Life

Blog posts and updates have been few and far between lately since we started lockdown. While it's nothing on Melbourne and Sydney, we are into week 5 now and looks like we have many more weeks ahead of us yet. Life is busy and stressful and lovely and slow and overwhelming. I cannot believe the … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Adding seafood to the table

I do love a good piece of fish, or prawns, but I rarely seem to make it for our nightly meals. I can get everyone to eat them (except the VERY picky teen) so I really have no excuse...but let's blame lockdown for a complete lack of motivation for anything other than the bare necessities. But looking … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Feeding the endless masses

Hello friends, hope that you are feeling Ok this Monday morning as a new week greets us. I can't believe how much of this current state of affairs is a mental battle: it's a rollercoaster and I am spending so much of my time psyching myself up to stay positive as I ride the waves. I am keeping busy, … [Read more...]

One Thing: The Fairy Garden

I was reminded this week of these posts that I used to do on the blog all the time....I just checked and my last one was in 2019 so you might say, I had forgotten about them. Right now the idea of getting just one thing done seems about right. Most of us are stressed, overwhelmed and barely coping … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Meatless Monday Inspo

You might get some fitness or mental inspiration from some people each week, but for me, it will always be food. We are staring down the barrel of another week of lockdown for some many people in Australia, and while we can't control much right now, we CAN make delicious food for ourselves and … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Salads for the (soon to be) Spring

It's warm two days in a row and she's calling it Spring! Sure, we have a huge cold front arriving later this afternoon with some MUCH needed rain and a top of 6 degrees for the next few days...but right now, let's just say that SPRING IS ALMOST HERE! We had some beautiful days that call for eating … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Some of my faves

Good morning friends! Hope that you are all doing Ok wherever you are around the country right now. For NSW it's a scary time with so many increased cases and a seemingly out of control spread of the virus ripping through regional NSW. Gosh it's all so depressing. Without dwelling, I thought that I … [Read more...]

Life at 43, 11 months, 3.5 weeks

The days have done that turn now, where you can see that they are longer at 5.30am when there's light and at 5.40pm when it's still not dark yet. The birds, the buds on the trees and blossoms and roses are starting to wake up and the promise of it all is as exciting as it ever has been. No matter … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Great lockdown bake off

Last week I was home from work early with a sick kid (rinse, repeat again for me this morning) so I decided to whip up a little arvo tea for the kids like I used to do ALL the time when I was working from home. It made me feel good, the kids were delighted and we had so much for lunchboxes the next … [Read more...]

The Italian Job (and or dinner party for 6)

Have you been travelling via Instagram at the moment too? Watching the world enjoy the beauty of Italy or France while we are stuck here in Australia with our borders, well boarded up and our states locked down in the midst of winter? Some days it can be an actual salve for the soul, seeing that … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: The comfort of Pasta

Good morning friends, and welcome to a new month too. August! I know the exclamation is a little uncalled for given that the entire month will be spent in lockdown for many people in NSW, but still. I can't get my head around it. I thought what better way to deal with the end of winter blues than … [Read more...]

Happy 15th Birthday to my blog!

Today my blog turns 15. 15 years since I wrote (well, Rob wrote) that first blog post announcing we were pregnant with our first bebe. This will be my 3,511th post that has been published on here. There are almost 73,500 comments written. My entire life as a Mother has been written, shared, … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Life, lemons etc

I know it's not just me that's feeling a little depressed/angry/sad/worried/scared/frustarted by what's been happening in NSW over the past 5 weeks, and after this weekend even more so. There's nothing we can do about what will or won't happen so let's focus on the things we CAN control. Like what … [Read more...]

One pan Asian roasted chicken & rice

I made this again for dinner this week after making it up on the fly a few months ago. It's really such a great, simple and tasty mid week dinner that I thought I better get on the blog so we can all find it easily enough. Like any one pan dish I think these are genius as there's less washing up, … [Read more...]

A weekend at the Snow

As someone who is turning 44 in a few weeks I can tell you that a trip to the snow has been a loooooong time coming for me. I have dreamt about the snow, as you would know, am obsessed with us getting some at home every winter, and will go snow chasing into neighbouring towns if there's ever some on … [Read more...]