Full Maggie update: 3 years, 8 months

Oh Maggie, how can it be that tomorrow you start preschool? You are ready, so ready, MY GOSH ARE YOU READY but are any of us? I don't think so! Somehow we have gotten to the point where Miss Maggie will be flying the coop and heading out into the big, wide world. It seems a LIFETIME ago now … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Mid summer salads

When it's too hot to eat anything BUT salad and you are trying to move on from the overindulgence of the festive season, a salad is the perfect one stop meal for lunch or dinner. I make it the main event - no need for anything extra with the amount of flavour in these. Cucumber, dill & … [Read more...]

A visit to Red Cow Farm

Ever since we moved here over 8 years ago, I have wanted to visit Red Cow Farm in Sutton Forest and over the weekend I FINALLY got around to it. I know, it's not OK. And I have NO idea why it took us so long to go here! I will be back for sure. This garden is truly a delight, 2.5 hectares outside … [Read more...]

Some Good things

You know what's going to be REALLY good? A cool change that is due to hit us early tomorrow morning. It has been SO hot all week and I am thrilled at the prospect of a southerly change. Because I am 41 and that kind of thing really floats my boat. Lots of other good stuff happening around here … [Read more...]

That home from holidays clean..

It started about 2 days before we were due to come home. Those first thoughts about the state of the garden while we had been gone for three weeks, knowing that it would be out of control. Then I would think about the piles of shite that the girls bought home from school at the end of the year that … [Read more...]

Putting the BE into Beth

I've been trying this new thing where I actually sit quietly with a notebook in hand and have a think about the new year. I am not someone to do this, I am not a goal setter (well not really, I definitely have plans and goals but I am not a print it out with pretty pictures and whack it on vision … [Read more...]

Slow, summer days at the start of the year

Happy New Year friends, not sure if I have said that yet? And if I have, there's no harm in saying that again now is there? We are still on the road between family homes and visits, catching up with cousins and siblings and doing lots of not much in between. We had a wonderful week as ever at the … [Read more...]

Pork Belly Salad

Because any salad that has pork crackle in it, is alright by me. I know that it has been the season of indulgence: lots of food, lots of drink, lots of cheese but last night I made a cracker of a salad that I just have to share with you guys. If, like me, you have been eating LOTS of the same … [Read more...]

2018: The Recap episode

As we hurtle towards the end of another year I can't help but be reflective and think about the year that was. All the things I got done, the things that I didn't. I hate this "set new goals & intentions" that come at this time of the year that inevitably just make you feel a bit shit about … [Read more...]

Christmas with my family 2018

It's hard to believe that Christmas for another year has been and gone...all that planning and craziness done and dusted all of us feeling a little weary for it all. Every second year my family get together (my siblings and families) for Christmas together and this year was at my brother and … [Read more...]

Ladies Christmas Dinner 2018

Last night I hosted our annual Christmas dinner with our mates, a much loved event on the calendar where we all get to frock up, enjoy a few glasses of bubbles and have a laugh with our secret Santa. This year I was lucky enough to have the house to myself as Rob took the girls away for the night … [Read more...]

Holiday Reading Stack

We are almost there my friends...holidays are in sight and I am SO excited at the prospect of sitting and reading and doing NOTHING for at least a week. Besides my visions of early nights and sleep ins (compared with the reality of entirely not enough sleep and early mornings with kids) my all time … [Read more...]

Weekends filled with Christmas catch ups & storms

(Cue singing): It's the most social time of the year! Isn't it just though? I do love the panic that we are never going to see anyone again and we HAVE to get it in before the end of the year and this weekend was exactly that. Lots of catching up with people, eating and drinking our way through … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: CHRISTMAS entertaining & cooking

You guys, it's almost here. I still haven't started any shopping, maybe this will be the week (it better be) and this time next week it will be Christmas Eve. Sheesh. We still have a bit to get through this week...school until Wednesday (heaven help us ALL), Melbourne cousins staying on Tuesday … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting: the “I’ve been a very busy girl” edition

I'm the kind of gal who rarely sits still. I will only sit once the house is sorted and my chores done and then and ONLY then will I be able to sit and relax. Which is quite funny really don't you think given that a Mum's chores are ever sorted....particularly this time of year. So there has been … [Read more...]

Start a new Christmas Tradition: How to glaze a leg ham

A sponsored post for Woolworths You know how there’s certain things that you think are things that grown ups should do? Like pay rates. Or make voluntary super contributions. How about getting your skin checked every 6 months. Well, I have news: we are now those grown ups. I know, as much as I … [Read more...]

Win a copy of Bistro Officina’s new cookbook: Farm to Flame

A winner has now been chosen for this giveaway - thanks for entering! There's no question that the Southern Highlands we moved to 8 years ago has changed a lot from then until now (and for the better!) There has been such an improvement of shops and of course cafes and restaurants that are … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Meatless Monday

Oh friends, we are getting to the pointy end of the year aren't we? We still have a week and a half of school left (HOW?!) and we are all limping to the end. It's hot. We're tired and overworked. There's a huge week ahead for us in the shop and also with deadlines and last minute work stuff too. Rob … [Read more...]

The surprising emotional end to Primary School

It's been a big emotional week here, and it's taken me surprise. Daisy has just over a week of Primary school left and it's really hitting me hard.  On Monday we had our high school uniform appointment where I had to go and spend an extraordinary amount of money on uniforms and then sob when I saw … [Read more...]

Christmas dessert hacks: entertaining, bring a plate or hostess gift!

A sponsored post for Woolworths As you guys would know, when it comes to entertaining, bringing a plate or working out a hostess gift, I have got you SORTED. Over the years, I have always tried to bring you ideas on how to do things easily and fuss free so it gives you more time to do the things … [Read more...]