The thankless days

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Tonight I cooked my family a meal that I knew no one really wanted to eat. I had a huge amount of veggies that I needed to get through - a generous donation of leafy greens from a friends garden as well as my weekly organic delivery and a glut of eggs. There was one thing for it, the RIGHT thing to … [Read more...]

Carry each other

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Today I had to drive up to Sydney for an afternoon meeting. I spent all morning, running around home making sure the shopping got done, the dinner got cooked, and lining up things to run while I was out. I got to the meeting early and decided to grab some lunch from a pub nearby. I ordered my food … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: trying to be healthier

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It's the warmer weather, it's the fact that soon enough we have to expose more skin and even get into swimmers, but this time of the year (every year) I find myself on a health kick. For me that means kicking out the carbs and embracing the greens. Salads, salads and more salads...especially when it … [Read more...]

Miscellaneous 57

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I don't want to alarm anyone, but yesterday I was putting dates into the diary, and they were all fast booking up before...CHRISTMAS. It's coming. The odd shop is also telling me so, with window displays going up and the threat of x many weeks for shopping beginning. Although I really don't pay any … [Read more...]

Bring it back

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You know what occurred to me last night? I haven't seen a bacon bit in YEARS. Yes, this is how my brain works. So I sent myself an email from my phone (as I do when things occur to me) with the title. Bacon bits? Bacon bits question mark INDEED. WHERE ARE THEY? Where have all the bacon bits gone? … [Read more...]

Into the Fold

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Had a gorgeous parcel arrive in the mail yesterday...meet Bertha. A cushion from the lovely Into the Fold a new company from East Ballina specialising in outdoor cushions. Isn't she marvellous? And I have a special discount for BabyMac readers...20%! Just enter the code BABYMAC at checkout. … [Read more...]

Go-to favourite: fried halloumi

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My favourite kind of cooking (and for that case, eating) are things that taste delicious, take no time to cook and are devoured by friends and family. This is a very simple pre dinner drinks snack that we roll out often when friends are over. It also gets smashed out at dinner time as a side - … [Read more...]

BabyMac Book Club: Dark Places {The Discussion}

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I may have been up late reading, but I did it, I finished the second book for BabyMac Book Club. And I don't know about you guys, but I found this a STRUGGLE. I initially pumped through most of it when we were away in Queensland last month, and then I came home and life got in the way of the … [Read more...]

Dividing up a large living space

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This is a post I have been wanting to write for ages about how you can divide up one large living space into smaller sections - because that's what we have! One BIG space for all of our living. Now I am NO interior designer, have no qualifications or real skills in this area - but I am passionate … [Read more...]

Monday meal ideas: mid week comfort

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Sometimes you just need to trot out the old favourites that you KNOW will be eaten and enjoyed by every member of the family. You know you can cook these with your eyes closed, and you know that they provide tasty leftovers for your lunch the following day. These aren't healthy, they aren't life … [Read more...]

I’m…

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Trying ...to take photos of Frank, which is nearly impossible. He is growing SO much. Yesterday we had our first FULL day where there were NO weed or poos inside. That is a victory I will take, although having written that, I have just witnessed him poo on the front door rug, so let's not get ahead … [Read more...]

Around the grounds: spring!

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This week has absolutely floored me. Actually, the previous weeks of preparation (mentally and physically) had floored me and this week when I FINALLY could slow down, I collapsed. I've been no good for nothing, or anyone, least of all insights on this blog. I've been outside a bit, eating a lot, … [Read more...]

Making a tree change: 4 years on

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It's been a whole year since this post. So that means a whole 4 years since this post. 4 years today since we arrived in our house, cars packed up, goldfish sitting in the front seat, girls strapped into car seats. A teeny Harper, not yet 1, and a 3 year old Daisy ready to start our new family … [Read more...]

Burrawang DnA Festival 2014

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You guys! We did it! WE DID IT. We not only survived the festival but somehow along the way created this special event that did everything we hoped it would do...and a little more. In January, a small group of us met for lunch on a hot summers Sunday afternoon to talk about the idea, the notion, … [Read more...]

Salt therapy

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A sponsored post for Salin Plus I have long had troubles with Harper’s breathing. From under the age of one she suffered with bad coughs and colds and always with the colds came that blasted cough. The pre-cursor to her disgnosis with asthma a few years later. Every change in the seasons … [Read more...]

Uberkate banner winner!

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Apologies for the radio silence on here...I am only JUST starting to be able to walk around without barking at people. It's been a very long weekend. But! I have to announce the winner of this pretty. THAT I can do. So many great entries! But there was one that I just HAD to give. And that's … [Read more...]

Miscellaneous 56 {the iphone edition}

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I have pretty much nothing left in my brain so today's post will consist of photos from my phone with pithy observations attached. You see it's nearing the end of the school holidays, I have been dealing with a puppy, organising a festival on this weekend and working. See? Nothing. Left. Did … [Read more...]

Slow cooked pulled pork (for tacos)

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Sunday night when we had visitors over and I knew we were going to be spending a few hours up at the pub in the sunshine I knew that I needed a dinner that could be bubbling away without any effort on my part, and that could be quickly pulled together when all the hungry bodies walked back in the … [Read more...]

Get your paws on it: Uberkate giveaway

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As if the sheets weren't enough last week I have another surprise in store for you guys this week! A very special treat from the beautiful and clever Kate from Uberkate. Check out what's on offer...can you see my assistant Frank's paw trying to get to it? And who can blame him? I have one … [Read more...]

Hostess {gift} with the mostess

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I said to everyone this morning when we were out saying farewell to our visitors "my goodness this house has seen some visitors" and it sure has. Almost 4 years of people coming and staying, creating memories, sharing time together, eating and drinking around our table...it's very special indeed to … [Read more...]