mothering by numbers

mothering by numbers

Today marks six years since I started my career as a mother.  The Big Sister and I have come a long way since I carried her gingerly out of the hospital and, blinking, we stepped into the bright light of the big world. Last month, saw us pack up the nursery and return it to […]

I’m Pinning Around Pinterest Link Party

I’m Pinning Around Pinterest Link Party

The Big Sister went back to school this week.  As I arrived home on Monday afternoon after picking up the girls, a massive rainbow appeared directly above our house.  Some people would have marvelled at the refraction of light through water droplets, but I knew better.  This was a divine sign from the Gods of Getting Stuff […]

how to make toad in the hole

how to make toad in the hole

I’m not sure exactly when I became a sausage snob.  I suspect my days at school when no one seemed able to raise a dollar without rolling a thin brown snag across a just-warm barbeque contributed to my fussiness.  I’ll eat most things, but I cannot understand how the lure of a beef sausage cooked […]

dishing the dirt on strawberries

dishing the dirt on strawberries

This time last week, I loaded the girls in the car and under my friend Soni’s directions navigated forestry tracks and dirt roads to Di West’s strawberry farm.  We sat around her kitchen table and while the kids ate their body weight in strawberries, I asked Di and her sister Jodi your questions and a […]

feeling lucky

feeling lucky

Today is the Little Sister’s third birthday.  Both the girls are spending the day with the Little Sister’s day care mother.  The Big Sister will be assisting (and I’m using that term very loosely) throw a little party for the Little Sister and her mates. They will play pin the tail on the elephant and eat […]

I’m Pinning Around Pinterest Link Party

I’m Pinning Around Pinterest Link Party

Tomorrow is the Little Sister’s third birthday, so I’m spending today baking.  I love looking back at photos from my childhood birthdays and seeing how much effort Mum put into my cake.  I want the girls to feel the same, so every year I sit them down with a few birthday cake books and let […]

how to choose great strawberries

how to choose great strawberries

Di West has been farming since she was a foetus.  She thinks strawberries are best enjoyed raw and her favourite variety is called Splendour.  We sat down at her kitchen table on Saturday, and while my kids pigged out on strawberries, she shared her top ten tips for choosing great strawberries. how to choose great […]

crunchy choc honeycomb biscuits

crunchy choc honeycomb biscuits

It’s a bit of a significant day in Casa de Cooker.  Today the Little Sister is 2 years, 11 months and 3 weeks; the exact age the Big Sister was when she became the Big Sister. The day started with cuddles in bed.  I explained what today was and I had a quiet talk with the […]

I’m Pinning Around Pinterest Link Party

I’m Pinning Around Pinterest Link Party

How are the school holidays treating you?  The Big Sister has a three week loooong break and I’m reaching the end of my craft quota for the century! It wouldn’t be so bad, but between the end of financial year farm stuff and taking on the redesign of our website, I feel like I could lock […]

stone the crows & starve the lizards rum cocktail

stone the crows & starve the lizards rum cocktail

Last week we had a week on Bribie Island.  Woorim, the suburb where we stayed, has a very rowdy crow population.  These black bandits voiced their opinions about just about everything during the week.  In our hurry to get to breakfast on the first morning, the lid was left off our tub of food supplies […]

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