Monday meal ideas: warm you from the inside out

It's a bitterly cold and wet Monday morning here, all three girls are going to SCHOOL THAT'S NOT AT HOME. The first time all 3 will be gone at the same time since the middle of March....over 2 months! While it's not going to be much fun for them out there in the world, I will make sure we have … [Read more...]

Maggie is 5 years old!

SOMEHOW it seems that we are in some kind of time warp where time is speeding by the speed of light because on Saturday Maggie turned 5. FIVE. Count it with me.... One Two Three Four Five! She had been counting down the days for over a month with a chart on the … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Family faves

Good morning friends, hope you are ready to take on another week ahead. We had such a busy week last week socially with Mother's Day and then two birthdays I am feeling ready for a much quieter pace. Man we are really out of form these days with isolation aren't we? This week will be about a slower … [Read more...]

Potato scallops/cakes/fritters at home!

Being from NSW we call them scallops, but depending on which state you live in, you might know them as potato cakes, fritters...whatever or however you call them we ALL know they are DELICIOUS. There isn't anything that says Australian summer by the beach more than a crispy fried potato scallop … [Read more...]

Slow days picking up pace

Yesterday morning the little two headed back to school, just for one day a week, new winter uniforms on, bags filled to the brim with all of their supplies they have had at home, ready to bring back again for home school, excited voices about seeing friends, and doing something so simple and so … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Delicious comforting pastas

I don't know about you guys, but as soon as it gets cold all I want to do is eat. Carbs preferably. And if there is cheese involved, that's an added bonus. What better than to combine them all into one big bowl of comfort in the form of pasta? I know I will be trotting out a few this week as we have … [Read more...]

Staying Connected with Mum this Mother’s Day

A sponsored post for Woolworths One of the hardest parts of isolation for many of us, has been being away from our family. While in some parts of the country, we are able to slowly start to reconnect, for so many around the country and the world we have been separated from our friends and family … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Warming & nourishing soups

Over the weekend the weather turned COLD. Freezing in fact, with the most ferocious and icy gale blowing for two days straight. It was the kind of weather you can't wash in, walk in, do ANYTHING in except for sitting inside with the fire AND central heating on wearing all your warmest … [Read more...]

Two dinners (or more) in one cook: Joda’s Ribs

One thing my family are obsessed with, it's food. It's our love language. We love to cook, we love to eat together and we love to share what's good. One thing that happens during this isolation business is when we catch up on House Party we inevitably ask eachother "what are you having for dinner" … [Read more...]

What I’m reading, watching & listening to

How's your Isolation consumption of stuff (that's not good) going? I'm talking books music, podcasts, movies and TV series? With no much else to do (ha! besides feeding our constantly hungry children and schooling them as well) have you had much of chance to take some time for yourself and watch … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: The humble sausage & chorizo

The quality of sausages over the years has vastly improved and now even the supermarket has a huge range of sausages that are available to us. No longer is it just about a banger - there are spices, taste combos that our grandmothers wouldn't believe. I always cook with sausages as they are cost … [Read more...]

Slow days, tears and stars

How are you going guys? We are nearing the end of our second week of school holidays that all seem to blend into one. The days have been slow and yet I'm now wondering how on earth we go back to home schooling next week and that routine? It's only been 4 weeks of this strange new world and yet it … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Chicken

A few weeks ago I got a email from my Step dad who had gone through their freezer and was looking for recipe ideas for what they had. They had mince, sausages, beef and of course that classic: CHICKEN. Whether it's mince, thighs or breast of course I was able to help him out with some ideas...that's … [Read more...]

Easter 2020

This was the strangest Easter I can ever remember: being stuck at home in isolation, not seeing any friends or family, no Easter markets and no visitors in our home. With everything being different I was determined to stick to the norm as much as I could, lots of decorations, lots of good food and … [Read more...]

Potato Cakes/fritters/hashbrowns/pancakes/rosti

You might remember that a few weeks ago we got a 10kg bag of spuds from our local potato farmer down in the meadow so we have been pretty much having spuds with most meals. I've done potato bakes, chips, mash, hasselback...and this morning I decided that it was time to make a hash brown. A latke. A … [Read more...]

Hot Cross Buns

Much like pastry, bread has always scared me a little in the kitchen. It's the yeast, the scientific nature of the weather, the this and and the that, that makes me all a little too scared. I LOVE the idea of baking my own sourdough but again, my fears have always got in the way. It's always … [Read more...]

5 acts of Kindness to yourself in this strange new world

If you are anything like me, the past month or so has had us all reeling. The world that we knew, took for granted and loved has been changed and we don't know how long this is all going to go for. There are economic losses (Rob and I have both lost A LOT of work we rely on) the girls are no longer … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: All of the EASTER things

Gosh it's hard to get your head around the fact that it is Easter this weekend isn't it? I just trawled through all my past posts and I must say, I just actually got a wave of the biggest SADS because I cannot believe that for the first time EVER I am not going to see my family for … [Read more...]

Lunch under the tree

On Monday (was that 6 months ago now?!) when we had to write out Maggie's recount of what we did on the weekend she looked at me and said "we did nothing Mum" and she was right. Kind of. We did do nothing and that is the going to be the case for many months ahead it seems. I mean we did do … [Read more...]

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...]