Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter Break

 Our school holidays are a little different to mainland Australia, Poppy finished school on the Wednesday before Easter and will have three weeks off for Eater and term break. 
On Thursday afternoon we headed down south to Hobart for four nights away.

On Thursday night Tommy and I were lucky enough to sneak away from the kids (Thanks to Aunty Sarah) and head to the John Butler concert, I have been loving his new CD Flesh and Blood and had a fantastic night singing, grooving and maybe enjoying a drink or two at his show.

On Good Friday we headed to Bonorong Wildlife  Sanctuary which was the perfect activity to do on a cold day, all the children loved feeding the animals and learning about their rehabilitation program for sick and orphaned animals. That night a bunch of us headed to the wharf's in Hobart and got some amazing fish and chips from the fish punts, the perfect ending to a very Good Friday.

On Saturday we loaded everyone up in the 4x4 and spent the day traveling the beautiful Huon Trail, being down the other end of the state I hadn't traveled this road for years. We made many stops at little beach coves, orchards, cider houses, cheese makers, handmade chocolate shops, cafes for lunch, The Apple Shed, a car boot sale and the odd gift shop. We were all exhausted (and full!) when we got back but all agreed it was the best day, and we will be traveling the road again soon.

On Saturday night Poppy was excited for Easter Bunny to visit and left him a plate full of goodies and a little note, though the night he came and left a little egg hunt through the house which all three loved.

Sunday we spent the afternoon in the Hobart Botanical Gardens playing ball, sharing delicious breads, cheese, meats and more, exploring the cactus house, amazing herb garden and Uncle James even staged a huge chocolate egg hunt for the little ones.

On Monday we headed back with the twins and left Poppy for the night with her Uncle's to have a sleep over and head to Launceston the next day.

We had a beautiful Easter and were so lucky to be able to spend it with so many of our family and friends. 

What did you do for Easter?

Do you have the dreaded chocolate 'hangover'?

Are you still on school holidays?

We are, my three are snuggled up on the couch watching 'Tangled' as I type this... total bliss.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weekly Stills

She ran her first cross country.

We braved the brisk morning air at the beach.

We visited apple orchards (and tried some great cider).

We played ball in the botanical gardens.

We fed Kangaroos.

We tasted Cider.

We left treats for Easter Bunny...

..and he left treat for us!

A tad bit late, but we made the most of our Easter break and I'm only just getting settled back in to the daily grind.

I hope you all had a lovely Easter and spent it with people you love.

I will be back tomorrow with some more from our little Easter getaway.

Happy Tuesday. xx

Joining in with Em

Monday, April 21, 2014


A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014

Alexis: Making friends.  
Rory: Brisk morning walk.
Poppy: Playing in the orchard.  

Joining in with Jodi.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Beetroot brownies.

As the garden is over flowing with beets, and there is only so much beetroot, apple, carrot and ginger juice I can drink. I thought I would make some of these amazing brownies, I had made beetroot cakes before but not these brownies, they turned out delightfully crisp on the outside and deliciously gooey in the middle. It felt like a top secret mission making these, as I had to sneak around in the kitchen so the kids wouldn't see me and want to help! The red from the beets makes enough mess as it is without six little hands spreading it everywhere... meanie, I know.

Enjoy. x

500g whole raw beetroot (3-4 medium beets)

100g unsalted butter, plus extra for the tin
200g bar plain chocolate (70% cocoa)
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g golden caster sugar
3 eggs
100g plain flour
25g cocoa powder

Top, tail and peel the beetroot. Roughly chop and put into a large bowl. Add a splash of water, cover with cling film, then microwave on High for 12 mins or until tender.

Heat oven to 160C. While the beetroot cooks, butter then line a 20 x 30cm traybake or small roasting tin. Roughly chop the chocolate and cut the butter into cubes. Tip the cooked beetroot into a sieve, drain off any excess liquid, then put into a food processor or blender with the chocolate, butter and vanilla.
Whizz until the mix is as smooth as you can get it. The chocolate and butter will melt as you do this.

Put the sugar and eggs into a large bowl, then beat (with beaters) until pale and foamy, about 2 mins. Spoon the beetroot mix into the bowl (it won’t look too pretty at this stage, but bear with me), then use a large metal spoon to fold it into the whisked eggs and sugar. Try to conserve as much air in the mixture as you can. 

Sift in the flour and cocoa powder, then gently fold these in to make a smooth batter.

Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 25 mins or until risen all over, with just the merest quiver under the centre of the crust when you shake the pan. Cool completely in the tin, then cut into squares.

Monday, April 14, 2014


As a nominee of the Kidspot voices of 2014 I was invited to attend a blogging "school" and the official launch party in Sydney over the weekend. So I stuffed as much as I could into a tiny carry on bag, and headed to Sydney on Friday morning. I had a little time to look around the beautiful (yet very muggy and drizzly) city before settling into the hotel, going out for dinner and then getting a good nights sleep (that's right, no waking up through the night for the twins) before a big day on Saturday.

The school went for four hours with a couple of breaks for lunch and to mingle with the room full of amazing bloggers. Some of the speakers included Katrina from The Organised Housewife , Beth from BabyMac,  Sneh from Cook Republic, Jaclyn from The Blog Society and of course many more. We took notes (boy did I take notes), had a fantastic lunch, chatted with other bloggers and left with a huge goody bag. The perfect way to spend a rainy Sydney day.

That night we all got dressed up and headed to the official launch of Voices 2014. The cocktail party was in a beautiful studio in the city and as Ford is the major sponsor of Voices there were three beautiful Ford's in the room for us to check out, we heard of Ford's plans to work with bloggers to "Paint the town Ford", which I'm sure you will hear more about in the coming months. We enjoyed delicious canapes and cocktails and I enjoyed every minute of talking to like minded Australian bloggers.

I had a fantastic weekend but I was looking forward to flying home (even though our flight was first thing in the morning) to see my family, as it's not often I am away from them all.

Most of the photos are from my phone, sorry for the grainy quality. x