Friday, October 31, 2014


We're all ready to go for Hallowe'en here. Huge excitement as this will be the boys' first time trick or treating in the dark as opposed to the blazing Australian sun :-)

My Le Creuset pumpkin comes in handy this time of year...

...for gruesome ghoulish jelly!

The table is set for our party later on. Hats off to anyone who hand-crafts their own decorations and table pieces, Aldi did the job for me :-)

Thankfully my boys are more crafty than me and their spooky artwork is being displayed proudly :-)

Now all we need to do is "Zombie Up" and go begging for sweets from strangers (Hallowe'en can be so confusing for kids!!!)   :-)

Have fun everyone!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Beach

My parents live by the coast in County Meath. Their house is a 15 minute walk from the beach and we really love staying there. During the Summer it is fab to bring the boys down to the beach with their buckets and spades, collecting shells and pebbles and discovering jelly fish and other sea life. Our Summer beach trips always involve ice-cream from the van on the beach followed by a trip to the amusements and some funfair rides.

We love visiting all year round though and just spent a few days there this week as it is mid-term break here in Ireland. Being die-hard beach fans we rugged up and went for a lovely brisk morning walk. The tide was out leaving lots of treasures like seaweed and drift wood for the boys to explore. 

At this time of year ice-cream is replaced by gorgeous hot chocolate at the beach café. Plenty of marshmallows and shaved chocolate on top, yum!

My sister and her family also live in County Meath and the cousins all love getting together especially at the local indoor funfair :-)

County Meath is full of historical sights and we usually visit one on each of our trips. It is also very close to County Louth and this time we went to see this beautiful Church in Drogheda (pardon the fuzzy phone pic) which houses the preserved head of Saint Oliver Plunkett (sounds a bit gruesome but my eldest thought it was pretty cool).

We always come back from our trips nice and relaxed yet refreshed at the same time and of course my boys love getting spoilt by their Nana and Grandad and aunties! Can't wait for our next visit :-)

Monday, October 20, 2014


You may remember a while back I wrote this post about my decision not to feature photos of my kids on the blog anymore. I decided to delete any posts with photos of my boys and still feel that was the right decision. However, looking back on my blog, now that we have left Sydney, I do feel a bit sad that my blog doesn't really contain any images of our life in the beautiful city we called home for so many years. So I thought a little pictorial tribute to the wonderful time we had in Sydney was in order. Here are some of my favourite snaps (cleverly selected to still not show my boys' faces)...

Looking back on these photos makes me feel happy. We had such a wonderful time there and now we are back in Ireland with our boys having an equally lovely time. I am feeling a new energy for this blog and hope to start blogging more regularly again. Just give me a mo to finish getting through all the boxes that arrived on the ship from Sydney a couple of weeks ago. When I saw box after box marked "kitchenware" coming in the door and piling up I really started to wish I collected stamps instead ;-)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fáilte go hÉireann

That's Irish for "Welcome to Ireland" :-) Yes, our little family made the big move from Australia to Ireland last month, hence the blog silence, it's been a VERY busy time!!!

It was a big decision to make but already we're sure it's been the right one. It's so wonderful having our family around us and the boys are having the best time with all the extra attention.

No chances to visit op shops/thrift stores yet, or as they're called here in Ireland "charity shops". But once things have settled down I plan on seeing what's out there so watch this space!

PS. I'm having issues uploading images from my iPad but once our computer arrives from Australia blogging should get back to normal.

Thursday, July 3, 2014


A cute little group of pretty vintage things. A gorgeous duck egg blue Fowler Ware jug, cream gravy boat and cute tiny "Cottage Rose" Pyrex casserole.

The grand total for these 3 items was $8. I love vintage :-)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Reality Check

The dream...

Pretty flowers in pale blue vases, a feminine lamp, a big comfy chair and blanket, neat little laptop and floral mood board (image from Pinterest)...

The reality...

Gadgets galore, boy posters and little people's works of art :-)

I guess that's what I get for living with 3 little boys and an IT consultant.

I wouldn't have it any other way :-)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Comfort when it's cold outside

The temperatures have dropped here in Sydney, whilst the sun is still shining there's a chill in the air. Today a fierce wind is blowing outside, I love being indoors on days like this, looking out at the beautiful trees in the National Park that our house backs onto. 

An unfortunate side effect of Winter, for me though, is that little bit of "Winter Weight" I always seem to pile on. It can't be helped, at this time of year all I want to cook are big casseroles with rich, creamy sauces, lots of comfort food (mostly involving melted cheese where possible) and I bake more in Winter than any other time of the year. Lemon cakes, hot chocolate pots, apple pies... you get the picture :-)

I love browsing though (my way too big) cookbook collection for inspiration. Whilst I find I rarely follow a recipe exactly as printed from start to finish (unless baking which is an exact science), I prefer to use the books as inspiration for my own concoctions.

A large majority of my cookbooks were online purchases from Book Depository, World Books etc. but I also love to browse through the bookshelves in Op Shops for bargains. Here are a few of my favourite op shop finds...

First up, "Bourke Street Bakery" from the popular bakery in Sydney's Surry Hills, it is full of fab recipes for breads, pastries and cakes.

I think I will try some of these olive breads soon, they look so yum!

This book "Kitchen Coquette" is so cute, full of recipes to suit your mood/condition, there are hangover foods, heartbreak ideas and all sorts of occasions too :-)

I think this rosewater madeleine recipe will put my lovely vintage madeleine tin to good use.

"The Ethnic Paris Cookbook" is a beautiful celebration of the melting pot of cultures that is the city of love :-)

Usually I prefer cookbooks to have photos for inspiration (and to let me know what the finished product should roughly look like) but the illustrations in this book are so cute I couldn't resist!

The "Country Show Cookbook" is a family favourite!

The boys and I love their "orange cake" recipe except we substitute the oranges with lemons from our tree, "So yummy" to quote my youngest :-)

And finally "Apples for Jam", a really beautiful book packed with recipes for all the family, gorgeous food kids will love too.

Can you think of a better comfort food on a cold day than fried mozzarella sandwiches?!?

That's all for now. These photos have made me hungry, I'm off to cook something gooey and cheesy :-)