Date night at home: celebrating 15 years

As you guys would know, Rob and I celebrated 15 years of marriage last week and while we were meant to be having a party with all our friends and family (which will hopefully be at the other side of this bloody pandemic) we instead decided on making the most of the creative ideas local restaurants … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Perfect pasta

Good morning friends, hope you are doing OK this Monday morning as we start off another week in this strange new time we live in. I thought I would share some of my pasta recipes this morning as chances are, you have the odd packet sitting in your cupboard, or maybe you haven't been able to get any … [Read more...]

Strange days Indeed, most peculiar Mama

I've been wanting to write a blog post for the past week, but to be honest I haven't had the time or the motivation to do so. Man, what a time we are living in right now. It's important to journal and record these times so instead of mindlessly scrolling Instagram and obsessively checking the news … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: What I’m cooking this week

Good morning friends, hope you are ok. It's the strangest time I have ever known, days filled with news and stress and worry and angst. I have been waking at 4am every day, I toss and then remember what is happening with the world and then think, I'll just check my phone and then I am DONE for the … [Read more...]

Comfort in troubling times: the perfect egg & lettuce sandwich

I'm fairly certain that the reason that you will see an egg and lettuce sambo at most wakes after a funeral is because it makes people feel better. Sure, it might be about easily making it in bulk for groups of people but I like to think that there is magical healing powers in amongst two pieces of … [Read more...]

Full reporting: 2020 Robertson Show

When the weather on the weekend goes from this... To this... You know it must be show time! We had our local show on the weekend (just in time before the social distancing came into play) and we managed to get there on Friday to help the school out with the kids there on a … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: soup for now and the freezer

Good morning friends, what a weird time this is for so many of this. The world in a lockdown and isolation, as this virus takes hold. It's scary for sure isn't it? I am keeping cool and putting into practice the things we should be doing as well as staying at home as much as we can. Thought I would … [Read more...]

We still do

A few weeks ago it was the 29th February, that extra day in a leap year that comes around every 4 years. It was 16 years ago (in a leap year) that I was one of those brassy broads that decided that I would propose to Rob. It wasn't something I had planned on given that we had been a couple for all … [Read more...]

Guilt Gnocchi

A few weeks ago when Lucy and I went to the trade shows for the shop I got home early afternoon after picking her up from her cousins place with a severe case of the motherly guilts. Like any case of the guilts (motherly, or otherwise) it was completely unwarranted and she was fine having spent just … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Show week!

Good morning friends! I can already feel that everyone is a little cranky that it's Monday morning (myself included). Even though we had a lovely quiet weekend, one more day wouldn't have gone astray - and I think some of you have a long weekend too today? Victoria maybe? You guys are so lucky with … [Read more...]

Green smoothies and how they are helping us all feel better

I am a sceptic when it comes to kale and some of the shite that I see health "influencers" go on about online. I see their collagen powder and concoctions and roll my eyes - I just do. Since the start of the year with all our sadness and grief and bad habits that come with that: comfort eating … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: veggie snacks and sides

Good morning friends! Boy was it hard to get out of bed this morning...those Monday mornings sure do come around pretty quickly. I hope that you all had a great weekend enjoying the beautiful weather that we had here. Sunshine! Cooler days! Beautiful light! Autumn is here and I couldn't be happier … [Read more...]

Summer risotto with feta & pesto

This was another recipe I tried out on the family on a night we weren't eating meat. It seemed better in my head then how it translated but I still think I will give this another go - just change the feta that I used (I think I had a block of danish and the taste was no good at the end - I would go … [Read more...]

Finding what is lost

A few years ago we were up at the farm with the girls as we always are over one of the school holidays. My in laws had a close friend of theirs who lived not far from them ride on their property every week. She was about my age, maybe a little older, but her youngest was just a few years older than … [Read more...]

Veggie bowl with crispy chickpeas & halloumi

Now that we have the kids at school and Dots off to day-care 3 days a week Lucy and I are throwing ourselves into health and well being and not shovelling a baguette EACH into our faces for lunch and then wondering why out pants are tight. We are trying to walk, drink our green smoothies, lots of … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: The one pan wonder

Good morning friends! How are you all this dark Monday morning? Sunrise is getting later and later round these parts so my early morning wakeups are getting a little harder I must say. We've got another busy week ahead with a different school juggle as Harper starts her new class in a different … [Read more...]

Daisy is now 13!

The reason that this blog exists is because in July 2006 I wrote an opening blog post to tell my sisters (but the world of no one listening) that we were having a baby. Almost 14 years have passed can you even believe that I am STILL writing on this blog?! BabyMac was born and on Valentines Day the … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Wrap it up!

Good morning friends, how are you? Hope you all has a good weekend? I personally would have liked one extra day thrown in there for good measure...I was just getting used to it and then it was over. That bloody Monday morning sure comes around fast... This week I will be throwing together some … [Read more...]

Girls on Tour: Road trip to Orange for The Huddle

Ever since we went out to Orange 18 months ago for our last Girls on Tour regional shopping trip (you can read about it in this post, this post and this post). I have been a huge fan of Pip and what she does at her shop/s at The Sonic. Her instagram feed is a colourful burst of joy in the retail … [Read more...]

Monday (on a Tues) Meal ideas: mid week dinners

Good morning! I didn't mean to confuse you like this...but we were away yesterday morning and when we got home we had no power, no phone reception, no nothing so I couldn't get anything out to you guys. We had the BEST weekend (more details to come on that this week) but as we head back into a new … [Read more...]