Easter 2019

My goodness my pants are a little tighter after a BIG few days of eating and drinking that started Thursday afternoon, and I can't say will stop before tomorrow. My sister and her kids arrived Thursday afternoon, and from about 4.30pm when the first bottle of Prosecco was opened I can tell you that … [Read more...]

Easter entertaining shortcuts

A sponsored post for Woolworths With Easter just around the corner and school holidays in full swing, I wanted to put together some entertaining ideas for you guys that are simple, quick to make, no fuss, DELICIOUS and not too pricey - the kind of stuff I will be cooking, and … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: All of the Easter things

Somehow here we are at the start of the week before EASTER. Not sure how that happened you guys, I still haven't Marie Kondo'd my house and now it will be Christmas again before I have even had a chance to begin! Whether we like it or not, we have a wonderful long weekend ahead of us filled … [Read more...]

Brazil on the Hill

I think it was a few months ago when Lucy and Chris (my sister and her husband) decided that they would have a "just because" party. They both are the hardest working people I know...with their own businesses and small kids they spend their entire lives working (weekends included). Our social lives … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting (with added 12th Birthday)

Friday morning and the house is filled with only the sound of my busy hands typing on the laptop, some loud tunes playing (our wedding CD which never gets old even 14 years later) and a very long to-do list before me. The time from school drop off to pick up sure goes fast and I tend to spend them … [Read more...]

DIY Date night: Creating a restaurant meal on a budget using supermarket products

A sponsored post for Woolworths Right now with 3 kids aging from 3 to 12, settling back into the school year (hello exhaustion, freak outs, tiredness and meltdowns) with a little separation anxiety thrown into the mix and not a lot of extra cash (hello BAS and electricity bill and rates 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...]

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...]

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...]

End of year ladies lunch for under $65 and less than 30 mins prep

A sponsored post for Woolworths Now that Melbourne Cup has been and gone, I think we are officially into “silly season”. Christmas parties will begin, end of year catch up and drinks and socially you will be busier than ever with school stuff, concerts…you name it! If you are like me, you will be … [Read more...]

This Spring why don’t you…

Spring is here my friends (in the southern hemisphere at least) and it feels SO good doesn't it? We are being treated this week with a touch of warmer weather too and my GOODNESS does it feel SO good to be outside with the sunshine on your back, ankles exposed and the afternoon starting to stretch … [Read more...]

Order restored & a Sunday lunch

Sunday morning at 6am Rob landed back from Europe and a few hours later was home sweet home. I think you could hear my sighs of relief all over the country. My partner in crime, those extra set of hands...I missed him so much and was reminded just how much he does for us all. Order restored … [Read more...]

Haz & Meghan this is how you do it: Adrien & Kerby’s Burrawang Wedding

With things reaching fever pitch about a certain upcoming wedding next week (OK, maybe that's just me!) I thought I better share with you (and obvs so Haz & Meghan can see it as I know they read the blog) just how a wedding is done. I am THRILLED to be able to share with you guys a magnificent … [Read more...]

An ode to the Bible: Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book

After some prolific birthday cake baking last week for Mags I thought I would take a trip down memory lane and have a look at some of the birthday baking over the years. Much like Maggie's Newicorn cake that was a bit lop-sided and the icing all dodgy, all of my cakes have been a little like that, … [Read more...]

Maggie’s 3rd Birthday Newicorn Party

On Saturday we celebrated an early birthday for Miss Maggie with some of our friends and family on a beautiful Autumn day, just like the one on which she was born. Of course because I am going to be in London for her actual birthday, I said yes to ALL of the things (in fact I suggested most of them) … [Read more...]

Easter 2018

Well here we are, Monday night of the long weekend. I am most definitely more tired than I was at the start of it (hello end of daylight savings that saw Maggie asleep on the couch at 5.55pm tonight) and markets and visitors and lunches out and late nights... Easter was everything I wished it to … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: ALL OF THE EASTER THINGS

Can you even believe we are here? It's Easter. THIS WEEK. I am not ready, I am not ready I AM NOT READY. Even though we are a little early this year, it's still ridiculous that we are here ready to celebrate my favourite holiday of the year. EASTER! I have got you COVERED though with anything you … [Read more...]

Weekend cooking: The perfect roast chicken

It came to my attention this week that I do not have my roast chook recipe on my blog! I KNOW. I was just as shocked. I always seem to answer questions about this simple and delicious meal that has become a firm favourite and it will hit our table every few weeks without fail. The thing about a … [Read more...]

Lawn gazing & food grazing

How was your weekend? If you were lucky like us, you may have had some of the most beautiful summery early Autumn days that even though it feels hot, the lights is different and it's cooler at night so (to me) they just seem all the more beautiful. We had slow days at home on both days with lots … [Read more...]

How to make a simple Bearnaise Sauce

There's nothing more special at home than creating something restaurant quality that will make everyone think you have gone to trouble. When really, there's been no trouble taken at all. That happens to me every time I make a simple cheat version of a Bearnaise Sauce to go with steak or rare roast … [Read more...]