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: 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...]

A Christmas in July 40th Dinner

We recently hosted a 40th birthday for our friend Nicki from Cottonwood & Co who more than likely wanted and had planned to be somewhere way more glamorous for her 40th (I think Italy was planned, or maybe New Zealand) but as we know, 2020 had different plans for us all. With restrictions on … [Read more...]

Christmas 2019

We have had the loveliest few days with family celebrating Christmas. After a busy time it's been lovely to change the pace a little and only worry about menu planning, seating people and making sure people had somewhere to sleep and full glasses of cold champagne. I got a little organised … [Read more...]

It’s the 23rd of December

Somehow. SOMEHOW! It's been a crazy week - of celebrations, work, end of school, terrifying fire conditions and weather and a little well needed rest yesterday. It's quite the rollercoaster around these parts at the moment - with emotions and weather and to do lists...I still haven't sorted out all … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Christmas entertaining

We are on the countdown now my friends...just three more school days to get through, things should be slowing down with the shop and next week...CHRISTMAS! I can't remember looking forward to having a break and slowing down more! I NEED to do so many things (like start my Christmas shopping) … [Read more...]

Girls Christmas Dinner 2019

Last night we had our annual Girls Christmas dinner - one of my favourite nights of the year as we come together to celebrate another year. I love this Christmas dinner so much - working from home there's no party to go to, so all of us go all out with great food, lots of bubbles, a sensational … [Read more...]

Give the gift of fresh this Christmas

A sponsored post for Woolworths One of my all time favourite gifts to be given from friends, colleagues or family over Christmas is something that has care and love put into it, some real thought and of course a little homemade touch. These gifts aren’t often the fanciest things that you will … [Read more...]

HAMXIETY: what’s your Christmas entertaining dilemma?

Sponsored post for Woolworths This year we are hosting Christmas at home and it’s the first time in 4 years that we will be in our own house. No packing Christmas presents in the car, no wedging our entire family into a room together, no stress, did I mention NO PACKING? I am so excited that … [Read more...]

Full and thorough reporting

My mornings seem to be getting earlier and earlier at the moment - Maggie has been up before 5 the last few mornings, I think in part motivated by the chocolates in the advent calendar. Nothing shows a Mum has given up more than allowing chocolate at 5am in the morning does it? At least I have new … [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...]

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...]

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...]

A summer pause

11 days later here I am logging back into my blog for the first time...my longest break from online world EVER. What a wonderful break it's been...from myself, and routine and bad habits...a complete recharge in every sense. We have been busy doing not much, and isn't that the perfect remedy for … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: CHRISTMAS COOKING

Today it's the last Monday before Christmas. Can you believe that this time next week we will all be sitting around in a mess of paper and presents? How?! And I wonder what those presents will be...not even I know! Yes, I still have quite a bit of shopping to get done. Shit. When will I ever learn … [Read more...]