The year of firsts

Yesterday morning I woke up with a song in my head. It goes round and round, an itch that needs to be scratched until I listen to the song. This was Billy Joel's Allentown a song I loved as kid in the 80's, and one that become infamous again with my Father in law when it was his 60th and he hosted a … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Batch Baking

Good morning friends! How are you? Well here we are on the last day in November, staring down the barrel of those last crazy weeks of the school year and the lead up to Christmas. Our tree is up, the lights are sparkling and the snell of fresh pine is in the air...there's nothing like it! This year … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

Good morning friends. Maggie woke up at 4.40am this morning because she was excited about a playdate this afternoon with a friend, it's been a long morning already with HOURS left before she even gets to school and even longer until this afternoon. Isn't it good to have things to look forward to … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Teacher food pressies

It's IMPOSSIBLE for my head to get around, but I can see that we are heading towards the end of the school year AND FAST. Lots of kids in QLD and Melbourne I think even break up at the end of this week, so you may be looking for teacher gifts or get organised for the weeks ahead. When I had more … [Read more...]

Mums on the loose: a 2020 escape bender

This has been some year hasn't it been? If there was ever a time desperately needed to escape reality then this is it. Unfortunately this isn't something that everyone can do with border closures but we had the (wonderful/lucky/amazing) chance to over the weekend for 3 WHOLE NIGHTS. We lined up … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Spring salads

You know when you have been a little, shall we say, indulgent, and you start off a new week treating your body like a temple with the best intentions, green smoothies, exercise and vows of water only all week? Sounds like me this week after a long girls weekend at the beach filled with hot chips and … [Read more...]

43, term 4, 2020: a touch of the overwhelms

How are you going friends? Been meaning to check in, and then life gets in the way, but this morning I wanted to carve some time out to talk with you, check in, see how you're going etc etc. I discovered this wonderful industrial designer and illustrator Felicia Chiao which just speaks to me … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: The POW of chilli

Good morning friends, from week 5 of the term that somehow seems to be flying by. I'm exhausted after a weekend that went by too quickly - that was filled with election anxiety then celebration, with more work than I would have liked and lots of driving a teenager around. It's Monday already and I … [Read more...]

What I’m reading, watching, listening to

It's been a long time between these posts so thought I better do a quick brain dump of all the things that I have been watching and reading and listening to. It's funny, the last few months I have completely lost my reading mojo and have been much more focused on watching trashy shows and listening … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Meatless Inspo

Good morning friends! Another week has whooshed past us all and here we are in November. I know right? I watched a funny skit yesterday from a UK comedian saying poor November spends its entirety having people say "I can't believe it's November!" and here I am doing just that. But seriously, … [Read more...]

Harper turned 11!

Did you know Harper has every single one of her birthdays here in Burrawang? All 11 of them! That's something isn't it? This sweet little peach head who brings us all SO much joy and love turned 11 this week. ELEVEN. It was much like all her other birthdays here, we woke in the … [Read more...]

She works hard for the money

A few weeks ago Lucy and I were asked by her hubby if we would get on the tools literally for a day and help him out with a "all hands on deck" situation he had on a large property he manages. The owners were flying in for the weekend with a big group of mates and so everything needed to look … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Get your Bake ON this week

It's a dreary wet and cold spring Monday morning here today with LOTS more rain on the way throughout the week ahead. The fire AND central heating are pumping, it's hard to believe that it will be NOVEMBER later this week and I am wondering where the last weekend went (like I do every time this time … [Read more...]

Add to Cart is now 2 years old!

We are two! Hooray!! I am so happy and proud that today our little shop that could ADD TO CART is two years old! I remember all the hard work that came into getting things online and started for the first time - the sheer anxiety and sick feeling we had in those final days and then of … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Roast to the rescue

Good morning friends! That alarm hurt this morning I must say - even after the most laziest home weekend where all we did was pack down on the couch and eat and drink and watch TV - heavenly! Here we are again at Monday, week two of term and time to hit that routine again. This week I'm going to try … [Read more...]

Mum’s BEST cafe blueberry muffins

Friends, this recipe has been years in the making. You see, when my Mum had her cafe (you can read about that in this post here) they used to make these blueberry muffins that were SO good that people slash me would eat them every single day. Freshly baked, they were high and filled with fruit and … [Read more...]

Full & thorough reporting: the school holiday edition

Gosh I love school holidays. I LOVE THEM. The change in routine, the not getting up for an alarm and running around all day every day until the point of exhaustion. The slowing down, time spent with people we love. These holidays had it all in spades with LOTS of time sitting around tables with … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Family faves

Here we are, term 4. Holidays have been and gone way too fast and now we jump into the busiest time of the year. Somehow?! This week as we settle back into routine I'll be looking for dinners that are easy for me to whip up and that the kids will demolish. Time for us all to get back into the swing … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: School holiday food

Good morning friends! First 'proper' day of our school holidays (started with a 6am sleep in for me rather than my normal 5am alarm so I'll take that) which means one thing: FOOD PREP. I will be making food all day for various children so I thought I would share some of my favourite recipes that … [Read more...]

Good Things

A new day and morning is certainly a good thing isn't it? Light from about 5.40 around here, spring birds singing and the most glorious spring days. We have had a little blast of cold weather so it's a chilly 1 degree outside, but the fire is going and the wood pile stacked high and it's the end of … [Read more...]