Mmmm Roast

I cooked my first roast chicken with gravy.  I am a little pleased with myself….. my chest is puffed out, I’m standing taller and their is a really big smile on my face.  It was a hit (even if it was slightly over cooked) – YUM!



It was mentioned at cooking class by Louise (our food trainer) that roast meat with gravy tastes so much better eaten with your fingers.  At the time I thought ‘each to their own’.  But Louise……. you are so right, it really does!!  It was seriously finger licking goodness!  Don’t judge but give it ago!!!

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Last week it was a challenge to keep Ben indoors while he had croup.  We did lots of little projects to try and keep busy.  Ben’s favorite was playing with his Star Wars Lego.  But he also enjoyed doing some good old fashioned easel painting –  Star Wars Themed!


Ben found this picture for inspiration (who he calls Padme but I thought was Queen Amidala)


and  he used his favorite colour…..




and this is the finished product!!


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“Da, Da, dat dah. Dadda Dat dah”

“Da, da, dat dah. Dadda dat dah. Da, da dadda dadda dadda dadda dat dah

Do you recognise the tune……..?   It’s the Angry Birds theme song.  Angry Birds is a bit of a hit in our house.  It is very addictive and a bit of fun.  So when I saw this online I knew we just had to give it a go.

Picnik collage Angry Birds

SUPER FUN…… you have to try it!

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Linking up with Heather – Life Made Lovely Monday (on Tuesday) xo and Emily – Embrace the Camera.


The other day I was having a lovely cuppa with my Mum and Ben in our lounge room when something caught my eye.  At a closer look it was a mouse running across the room …eeewwwwww!!!

Andrew put a plan in place that night using this and doing this.




Once the dog and Ben had stopped knocking the jar over we  waited and waited and voila……

15001999182.jpgWhat happened to the mouse after this I chose not think about.  Andrew said something about feeding it to the Kookaburras.  I can’t think about that….. I am such a softy!

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Cooking with Jamie – The Finale!

Picnik collage Jamie\'s Ministry of Food Ipswich week 10

This week was our final week at the Ministry of Food – roast chicken, good gravy, easy chicken stock, and roast potatoes, parsnips & carrots.  We cooked roast vegetables, watched how to make good gravy, talked stock while  smelling the wonderful chicken roasting in the oven.   It all tasted super delicious and I already have a chicken in the fridge  to  roast this week.

We can’t thank the wonderful staff at the Ministry of Food enough (especially Louise) for their contagious enthusiasm in the kitchen.  I used to look at cooking as a chore but it’s amazing what a handful of new tasty recipes will do  to spark some excitement.  More importantly Louise has helped our little family with a ‘Wholefood’ approach to eating.

‘Wholefood  – food that is eaten as close as possible to its natural state, without unnecessary processing and refining…’ Jude Blereau

Wholefood to us is eating good fresh food (like we grew up on) and avoiding where possible highly processed and artificial foods.  We have big plans for our garden this spring!!

So thank you Louise, Danella and all the wonderful volunteers.  We will miss our cooking classes on Saturday afternoons.  Andrew and I have had a fabulous time.  We have enjoyed ourselves immensely and are truly thankful for the direction you have taken our family xo


Making the MOST of the Sunshine


Guess what happened at our house today…….. I’m a bit excited!


This is how we spent most of our day – watching the magic happen.  Ben just loving every minute!!




I am loving the environmentally friendly, money saving loveliness of these solar panels!

The system is a 2.28 kW with a 3 kW inverter.  The brand of the system is Sunny Roo.  It is supplied by Beyond Building Energy and installed by Quantum Electrical.  All great to work with!

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Linking with Paisley Jade – Things I am loving xo and Heather  – Life Made Lovely Monday