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Raspberry & custard teacake.

I have been using my blog as a recipe book lately, its easier to open it on the ipad and prop it up on my cookbook stand in the kitchen. I am off to bake this now, I made the custard yesterday, will update with photos later! Raspberry and custard tea cake INGREDIENTS 250g soft […]

Monday Meal Plan

Just popping in to post my meal plan for the week and to update you, I did run the 9km bridge run yesterday and my body held up well, check in tomorrow for some photos and a full update! Monday: bacon and broccoli pasta bake Tuesday: beef pho (recipe below) I will attempt to get […]

A return to meal planning.
A return to meal planning.

I have been talking about meal planning A LOT lately with various friends and my newly married sister, Liv. Since finishing (does anyone ever really finish a renovation?!) we are starting to get back into some kind of routine which involves regular meals, eating as a family and of course the dreaded grocery shop. My […]

#OperationMOVE
#OperationMOVE

When my bloggy friend Kate over at Kate Says Stuff blogged about her plans for #OperationMOVE I was excited, eager and committed. Kate’s intentions were to motivate herself, and us, to get moving during the months of Spring with the initial commitment of deciding how many minutes were were going to MOVE during September. This was […]

Sugar cookies with royal icing decorations
Sugar cookies with royal icing decorations

Sugar cookies Ingredients: 3 1/4 cups self raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 1/2 cups caster sugar 150 grams butter 2 eggs 2 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Instructions: Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well inbetween.. […]

1001
1001

Yesterday’s proud Mum post was my 1000th on my blog! Amazing! Who would have thought I could write 1000 updates about stuff, my stuff. All about me and my stuff! Hah! This is a blog post about food. I am consumed with food at the moment, cooking it, planning the cooking of it, working out […]

Living and growing
Living and growing

Amy came home from school last week with an ominous plastic bag. The dreaded “Life journal – living and growing” where each child gets a double page spread to fill with photos of their life and snippets of their personality. I have seen some of the other class’s journals and have been intimidated! Beautiful layouts, […]

Renovations – Progress on the deck
Renovations - Progress on the deck

Firstly apologies for my leave of absence. Two huge things happened, actually three. Firstly I got bronchitis, secondly Ron and I flew to South Africa for a week without the girls for my sister’s wedding and thirdly, the kitchen and deck are finished! We have also finally moved all our possessions into our new house, […]

Renovations – An update…… but just a taster!
Renovations - An update...... but just a taster!

I am sorry to leave you hanging, its not been for any reason in particular, no drama, no unexpected renovation events. Just the usual delays and suddenly a week has gone by and not much has happened at all. The kitchen install was pushed back by a week because we didn’t have our gas supply […]

Renovations – The hardwood floor.
Renovations - The hardwood floor.

I don’t need to say much about this, the photos speak for themselves. A beautiful new hardwood floor, installed onto the joists in the space of one day, unfinished for now but soon to be sanded and sealed. Its gorgeous, every knot, every individual feature, every perfect piece of wood. We are completely and utterly […]

Renovations – Preparing for the hardwood floor.
Renovations - Preparing for the hardwood floor.

Our builder and his tradies had pulled up most of the old slate floor and chipboard the first week of work. We made the decision to leave the section of the kitchen that had the pantry, sink and stove-top for as long as possible to make it easier for us to still cook and eat […]

Bouncing on the bed.
Bouncing on the bed.

Sometimes it is just easier to say YES instead of NO as a parent. There are so many occasions when you have to say NO even when you would much rather say YES and right now both our girls are doing a good job of challenging our parenting. There is a lot of NO around […]

Snaggle tooth
Snaggle tooth

Look who finally lost her top tooth! Its been wobbling like mad for weeks now and the last few days have been intense, I have taken lots of photos of her face with this little skew tooth sticking out because I knew how different she would look once it fell out. Sure enough we were […]

Renovations – Day 6 – The new door.
Renovations - Day 6 - The new door.

We have battled with many of our renovation decisions but the one thing we were certain on right from the start was the door. The old sliding door was broken, the runners completely worn and disintegrated. There was no door handle and the stained aluminium frame was yellowed and horrible. Standing in the dining part […]

Amy’s sixth birthday party.
Amy's sixth birthday party.

I love to entertain, I love having friends round and cooking for them or baking for the kids morning tea. There is truth in the saying “you don’t know what you have till its gone” because it wasn’t until January this year that I realised just how much I need to have that social interaction […]

Renovations – Day 5 – The back of the house and the hole for the new door.
Renovations - Day 5 - The back of the house and the hole for the new door.

The thing that Ron and I are learning about house renovating, is that you can never be too sure what something will cost or how long it will take. That’s what they call a variation in the quotes. We did have a contingency fund going into this project which is lucky because we have had […]

House update – bathroom
House update - bathroom

I love the main bathroom in our new house. I love that I can even use that word “main” bathroom because now we have two. The family bathroom off the hallway is nearly as big as one of our bedrooms in our old house! There is enough room for a walk in shower and a […]

Renovations – Day 4 – Deck and outside the house.
Renovations - Day 4 - Deck and outside the house.

I honestly don’t know what I was thinking. I suppose I was imagining a kitchen renovation to be a little like taking out an old lego kitchen and inserting a new one. I definitely wasn’t thinking that we might have to take off most of the back of the house, or that it would all […]

Renovation – Day 3 – Floor.
Renovation - Day 3 - Floor.

As you might remember we had been going backwards and forwards with our decision on what to do about the floor in the kitchen/dining room. Ron had always wanted a solid hardwood timber floor onto the joists but I had been afraid of the cost and the labour involved in prepping the floor. So we […]

Amy, now you are SIX!
Amy, now you are SIX!

Happy sixth birthday my precious first born. It hardly seems possible that six years have passed since we met Amy for the first time. Last year I talked about how special five is, that last year before school begins. The year before last I talked about how being four was all about being full of […]

Renovation – Day 2 – Kitchen
Renovation - Day 2 - Kitchen

Day 2 and the deck is loaded up into a skip and the guys move onto the kitchen. I empty the kitchen bench and pack up as much as I can in preparation for the dirty work to start. The guys throw some plastic drop sheets over the rest of the kitchen and work begins in earnest! […]

Renovation – Day 1 – Deck.
Renovation - Day 1 - Deck.

Stupid wordpress eating my blog posts. Anyway, here it is, the long awaited first post in my renovations series. Day one, the deck goes down, I am always amazed at how quickly these type of structures come down, as Pat our lovely builder says, wish they would go up as easily!    

Winter solstice.
Winter solstice.

This is a blog post that could have been all about how perfect our family is, what a brilliant Mum I am and how Ron and I are so good at parenting. Instead it’s the truth. Parenting has been a challenge recently. We were all horribly sick for a week a month ago and everything […]

House update – starting with the garden.
House update - starting with the garden.

I have so many blog posts to catch up on that it’s going to take me a while to get my thoughts together. We are right in the middle of the renovations and I cannot wait to share the progress updates and photographs. So far its all going well, there have been some surprises and […]

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