Saturday Sipper: Aperol Spritz with a twist

I'll never forget the first Aperol Spritz I had when we were in Italy when I FINALLY understood the allure of this orange cocktail. We had been walking about Florence in the STINKING heat when we stopped at a cafe/bar and the icy Spritz cooled me down and quenched my thirst like nothing I had every … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Holiday entertaining

Boy have I been doing some cooking (and eating) and drinking the past few weeks. I am sure soon enough it will stop (it better!) but for now I will pat my tummy and know I have had some amazing memories created with friends and family over food. Thought that I would share some of the recipes I … [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...]

We made it! And A Christmas Cocktail

Today is the last school day for the year...we made it. Year 2 and year 5 done and dusted. So many hours of Mathletics, meltdowns over twisted winter tights, nerves over spots carnivals, hours of recorder practice and many presentations and so many, many notes. We did it. We all did. A school … [Read more...]

Two Festive Sides

Man it already feels like we have had Christmas with all the celebrations we have had this week. So nice to get a taste of it all before the big day plus it means that our quiet Christmas at the farm will be just that....quiet! I've made a few tasty sides at the two celebrations we have had … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Brinner!

I know that it's not just me who is feeling a little weary this time of year. We have 5 more school days to get through, which we are all just going to make I think. We need to wear no shoes, read and watch movies. We need to do nothing and as soon we leave on the 23rd for the farm for Christmas, … [Read more...]

Pork & Chive Dumplings

I've had such a hankering for dumplings lately, actually, I have hankerings for dumplings ALL THE TIME but it's not often I decide to actually MAKE them. I think it was one of those recipe videos you watch on Facebook (maybe Tasty Japan?!) that made it look really easy to make dumplings so the last … [Read more...]

How to Build the Perfect Festive Platter

A sponsored post for Woolworths Do you have a signature Christmas dish or plate that you bring along to the endless soirees we all have coming up over the next few weeks? It might be those cute Christmas watermelon trees, your home made quiches or sausage rolls, or maybe like me, you get asked to … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Bring a plate!

If there's ever a time to Bring a plate along, it's this time of year. There's Christmas catch up's, drinks, end of school functions, lunches, dinners to go to...and you may be asked to bring a plate along with you. Here are some of my favourites that I thought might give you some … [Read more...]

Kindness and corn fritters

Is anyone else feeling like an overtired 2 year old at the moment? I am expert at dealing with such people, given that we have one living in our house, so if you are, you've come to the right place. Our little lady has taken to only sleeping every now and then, so the over tiredness combined with … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Getting prepped

It's December this week! It's true! Somehow we have almost made it to the end of the year...it's pure madness! Now if like me, you still have kids at school for a few more weeks I would urge you to use the time that we do have to enjoy coffee in peace, get you shopping sorted and try and get some … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Biscuits

I tell you, weekends go by way too quickly. I swear I wasn't ready when this one started so it's all over before it began. Much like the pace of this year... I have a hectic work week ahead with lots to do, deadlines to meet as we head towards the end of the year. It's going to require extra … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Wrap it up!

Hello Second Monday in November, my how quickly you have come around! There's no mistaking it now friends, we are HURTLING towards the end of term/year and there is nothing we can do about it. What we CAN do is, is eat well, try and get some exercise in and rest as much as we can at night. Seems … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: A tasty balance

In my quest to be eating better food I am finding that balance is where it's at. Total deprivation only leads to blow outs, but if there's enough exercise I can have the odd dumpling blow out (or make that 45 of those last week). Here are some ideas that cover both the ying and the yang... Slow … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Super Sides!

I can completely lose interest in dinner if it's just the bog standard meat and a couple of veg or salad...but if I go a little more trouble with a side, chances are it will make me want to cook and then eat the dinner. And for me, I'm more likely to skip the chicken/fish/meat and eat the side … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Family faves

Oh Monday, how quickly you come about. We all had a great but very quick weekend...how fast those days seems to fly by. We've got a pretty stock standard week around here but with added bonus of a birthday! Harper is turning 8 on Friday....talk about things coming around quickly! So until then, it … [Read more...]

The Cook’s Cooking School

A long time friend of ours from my teenage years, Anna Phillips has recently started up an amazing cooking school down here in Bowral. The Cook's Cooking School is an amazing facility owned by charity Your Angel which helps create community cooking classes for those with disabilities and those in … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Light & warm spring food

I'm not quite sure what day or time or where I am but apparently it's Monday? And here we are at the start of a new week?! Sheesh what an adventure I had on the weekend in NZ....still spinning from all that learning and beauty! Of course after being so focused on eating well and getting back into … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: Mum food

Well hello there term 4, it's kind of good to see you although I am dead set still trying to work out how it's time for you to be here. Honestly? It has to be the fastest year EVER. But I am happy to be heading back into some routine and order, to try and get some more work done and generally get my … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Ideas: Brunch city

Ah school holidays...is it good to see you here! I am hoping that they bring rest and health for all three girls who are STILL being troubled by colds and weird tummies...man to be well! One thing I do love about the holidays is being able to go a bit bigger for breakfast and eating later means that … [Read more...]