Monday Meal Ideas: Stove top family faves

Good morning and happy first day of Autumn! Summer has come and gone somehow and here we are as we head into the beauty and visual delight of this season. Last year it was all about bunkering down at home, cocooning as we were all in lockdown. Sans lockdown (I hope) we can still enjoy all this … [Read more...]

Filo pot pie piled with greens

I whipped this up for dinner the other night on the fly and had a few people ask for the recipe so thought that I would share it on here so we all don't forget. And by we, I totally mean me. This is a great recipe that you could use with anything you had in the crisper - I wanted lots of greens as … [Read more...]

Daisy is now 14

Daisy turned 14 a week or so ago on Valentines Day. Can you believe it? Me either. You might know that the reason that this blog even exists is because of me wanting to share the pregnancy and eventual birth of my first child (BabyMac) with my two sisters who were living overseas and … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Bake some snacks

If your house is anything like ours during the week the after School hunger is REAL. It's big and it's real and it at times completely frustrates me as more and more food is consumed as we head towards dinner time and then there is dinner which gets pushed around the plate. This is much more common … [Read more...]

What I’m reading, watching, listening to

My last catch up with all this stuff was in November last year and with the summer holidays in between I can tell you I have been consuming a LOT of stuff with books, TV and podcasts so thought I would share with you guys where I am at: Reading I had a run of reading mojo in the holidays and now … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Mid week family faves

Good morning friends! How are you all? I'm feeling a little weary but excited about the week ahead. We have some big things on with the shop and work and if I could have just had one more day of the weekend I think I would be ready to tackle it all. In any case...let's do this! I have plans for lots … [Read more...]

Skin stuff: what I’m using Feb 2021

You know the drill, it's the new year and we are all being served up a shit tonne of ads from various beauty companies telling us ways that we can improve ourselves, our skin...our lives! There are recipes on TikTok that we should be making that are easy, lists too download, it's all quite … [Read more...]

Good Things

Dahlias are putting on a real show at the moment and if you don't grow them, you cam grab them for about $5 a bunch from the fruit shop. Or your hairdresser can give you a bunch from her garden. Whichever way you can get your mitts on them, they are a real joy. Chocolate cake is always a good … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Meatless Monday Inspo

Good morning friends! Here we are, week 3 of term, slowly getting back into the swing of things. It was so great to have a full week last week and really feel like we were back into normal life, routine etc. I managed to get about 4 walks in too and the eating was definitely better than it has been. … [Read more...]

He did, he did, he did

Before Rob's Dad died I remember reading, or having someone tell me that nursing someone when they are dying is much like witnessing and helping a birthing mother. The passage of life, both in and out similar in so many ways. I remember telling Rob, not knowing if we would all be there at the time, … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Veggie garden glut

Good morning friends! 1st February as we tackle a new month and what seems to be the actual start of the year. A full week of school and routine, time to get into a new rhythm, hopes of perhaps not drinking, exercising, eating well...all that hope for the month ahead. Whether you have an abundant … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting: Pavs, pottering & pools

I've woken early for the first time since mid December, my mind a little foggy but my heart fill from a wonderful summer holiday. We have been packing as much into the last weeks of school holidays as we can with lots of time at home and around the Highlands, time with family and lots of eating and … [Read more...]

Summer days, drifting away

Yesterday afternoon we had the most glorious swim at Belmore Falls (not the base of the falls, the top). Mrs Munro, Miss Rabbit and I took the kids down to the waterhole for a float, swim and afternoon picnic as the sunset before heading back to Mrs Munro's for a paella over the fire. It was … [Read more...]

A European summer Engagement Dinner

We had some lovely news on Christmas Eve as friends (James & Tony) of ours got engaged! Being old and very much married, it's been ages since anyone we knew had wonderful news like this so as soon as we got home I thought I better prepare a dinner for the happy couple. I love these dinners when … [Read more...]

Christmas 2020

As you guys would know, we were all so looking forward to Christmas this year at the beach with all my family. Every 2 years we get together on my side of the family for our bi-annual catch up. We have had it down the coast, at my place, at Pittwater, at my brother's house and this year at the … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Alllll the Christmas Cooking

Good morning friends! Here I am at the end of the year ready for the next few weeks that will be HEAVY on Christmas and summer entertaining. My table is going to jam packed with people that I love which is my very most favourite thing so I thought I would share allllllll of the food ideas I have for … [Read more...]

Girl’s Christmas Dinner 2020

One of my favourite dates in the entire year is our girl's Christmas dinner that is hosted in December every year. A chance for us all to come together and celebrate a year, eat good food and enjoy beautiful surroundings. This year was no exception down at Mrs Munro's farm - she created the most … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

Somehow it's 6 degrees outside this morning, feels like 1 and nothing at all like the 8th December which it is. We've had hot, windy weather the past week so the fact that it's calm and cool is a lovely change. I think we have cooler weather on the way to us too which means one thing: COSY WINTER … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Quick & easy dinners for frazzled minds

Good morning friends! Hope all is well with you? It's getting to crunch time here with the kids and school - Daisy finishes on Wednesday and then the other two the following week. We have School assemblies, discos, presentations...you name it! Plus it's really the last week for orders in the shop to … [Read more...]

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...]