Monday Meal Ideas: All the Soup for you!

Isn't it just soup weather at the moment? We have had the most glorious weather this weekend - icy freezing cold nights with the sunniest of blue sky days. Perfect winter weather. And when it's like this there's nothing I like to make (and eat) more than soup! I made a huge batch of chicken soup … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting: The social edition

Goodness me we have had ourselves a social week at the Macdonald house. We've been to Sydney twice, I have eaten and drunk waaaaaaaaay more than I should have and had LOTS of fun along the way. Pour yourself a drink, have a seat and have a look at where we've been. Monday night we headed up to … [Read more...]

Chocolate Fudge Cake

I was put in charge of the birthday boy's cake on the weekend and the one brief I had was that it had to be chocolate. Now THAT I can do! I could have trotted out my trusty Anne as I do on most birthdays, but I decided that I needed to make it a little fancier because my step Dad deserves that! I … [Read more...]

Order restored & a Sunday lunch

Sunday morning at 6am Rob landed back from Europe and a few hours later was home sweet home. I think you could hear my sighs of relief all over the country. My partner in crime, those extra set of hands...I missed him so much and was reminded just how much he does for us all. Order restored … [Read more...]

The Throne Rangers: A podcast for Royal Enthusiasts {ep 6}

Just when you think things can't get busier on the Royal schedule we have ALL of the things in the past fortnight. We've got birthdays & events galore! Let's not forget Trooping the colour for her Maj where we get to enjoy the family balcony spectacular! My fave is watching Kate in … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Winner chicken Dinner!

Good morning friends from the chilly and dreary Southern Highlands. We have had a very cold weekend with a freezing wind and this morning, a little rain. The central heating AND fire is roaring this morning as I sit huddled under a blanket in the darkness before the kids wake up. This morning … [Read more...]

Back in Black Ball 2018

Can you hear that? It's me, sitting down with a HUGE sense of relief knowing that everything is done. No more ball. No more worries. No more organising. No more stress. No more visitors. The June long weekend is done and dusted for another year. I thought I'd share with you all the shots that I … [Read more...]

A Village Winter Ball

When we first moved into the village I had no idea about the rhythms of it, the seasons, the events that make up a year living in this corner of the world. At the end of summer there's trivia on a summery, misty evening in the hall. How in Easter there is a market with literally thousands of people … [Read more...]

Olympus Camera winner!

YOU GUYS. That was HARD. I feel like I have been on an emotional rollercoaster! ALL of the feels - happy and sad, simple joy, moments of profound loss, pride, excitement all captured in photos. Isn't that the BEST? A click that captures a moment in time that can be with you forever, it's why I love … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: High rotation BabyMac classics

I am back into the groove of daily life (and cooking) but oh my goodness the JOY in not cooking for anyone for 11 days. THE JOY. I have been hitting the classics with all the family favourites that are pretty much PURE COMFORT to both cook (for me) and eat (for them). These are the meals I can make … [Read more...]

The Throne Rangers: A Podcast for Royal Enthusiasts {Ep 5}

I can only start off by apologising for the radio silence on the old poddy for the past MONTH...how did that happen? Oh that's right, Stacey was in Fiji and then I went to the UK, then I got sick and blah blah blah shut up already and where's the ep? Oh righto! This episode is JAM PACKED … [Read more...]

BabyMac’s Top 10 travel essentials

Oh how the recent use of my passport has lit a fire and passion for even MORE travel. Always the way isn't it? I thought I better jot down some hints and tips that I learnt from this last trip before they escape into the recesses of my overtired brain forever! I love reading back on these travel … [Read more...]

Win your very own Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III camera!

It's now been a week since we arrived back home from my very own Royal adventure and the further away from it I get, the more I feel like it was all a dream. A wonderful, magical dream! But my Instagram and photo roll in my phone tells me something else entirely...it WAS real. Thank GOODNESS … [Read more...]

A slow Sunday at Hill View Sculpture

Over the weekend we had some visitors down for the night who have recently moved back from London after many years living over there. We were chatting on Saturday night when we were asked how we scratch our cultural itch living down here in the Highlands which we were able to show them yesterday … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Bubbling winter warmers

Ah Monday morning, here you are. I am pretty sick actually with a cold that I managed to get at the tail end of our trip. I have tried to ignore it but it's safe to say that I have been hit with it properly and am coughing my lungs up (and wetting my pants) every few minutes. It's very … [Read more...]

Star Gazing

On Wednesday night (as I was OFF my face with tiredness) we headed up to school for a little star gazing as we were part of the (successful) attempt at the world record for number of people star gazing that was being hosted through the ABC. All the kids at our little school are learning about space … [Read more...]

London: my favourite bits

It's so very good to be home, but it's been a somewhat slow 24 hours or so trying to get back to reality with the girls and home life and dealing with the jet lag that we still hadn't quite dealt with while we were away. It all seems like such a whirlwind and at times, like a glorious dream but my … [Read more...]

Never Stop the Journey: A wedding in Windsor

A sponsored post for Olympus Most days for me are pretty run of the mill for a Mum of three girls. I get woken early (and often angrily) by a toddler. I make breakfast and lunches; do the shopping, cooking and washing, busily running a house, family and job. Months ago in November, a seed was … [Read more...]

Taking tea with Mrs C

You may remember my friend Mrs C from back home in Burrawang who puts on a very good afternoon tea herself. She has moved back to the middle east and London and when she heard that we were coming over for the Royal Wedding she immediately told me that she would take us to Claridge's for Tea. Not … [Read more...]

Pounding the pavements in London

We have well and truly hit the ground running since we landed - with the weather being as good as it has been, it's been impossible to not to be out in the sunshine, especially with everything looking SO good. We've had just one day where it was FREEZING and grey and dark (much like how I remembered … [Read more...]