Thursday, 28 April 2011

Contortionist crochet . .

Isn't this amazing!!
I need to learn how to crochet. {or maybe i could just be lazy and buy myself one?}

You can get all the details and a lovely tutorial over at kootoyo...

x jody

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

What's on the menu tonight . .

It can be so hard sometimes when cooking for little ones. They can be so fickle, one day they like something, then totally despise it the next. I think i am quiet lucky that my lovelies will eat pretty much anything i serve up to them. We eat dinner early every night together as a family, which i'm sure helps. Tonight was a particularly good night, plates licked clean!

Our favorite roast chicken with lots of roast veggies, peas and plenty of gravy!

What was on the menu at your house tonight??

x jody

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Anzac Biscuits

I know its a bit late.. but i wanted to share my yummy Anzac Biscuit recipe with you..

I usually plan make therm on Anzac Day each year {obviously} but this year it happened much rather as an accident. It snuck up on me, with all the Easter fuss i didn't realize it was here already! dare i say where is the year going? Anyhow, the kids and i were to have a play date with a friend so i was going to make my usual favorite raspberry butter cake to take along. That was until i went to get the eggs from the fridge.. of course hubby had finished off the last couple for his breakie!
Scrap that idea - hello Anzac biscuits, i hadn't forgotten about you after all, very fitting as they were the biscuit of choice when there were egg shortages during World War 1!

125g butter
1 tbs golden syrup
2 tbs boiling water
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup desiccated coconut 
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar

Melt butter and syrup over low heat. Add boiling water mixed with soda. Pour into mixed dry ingredients and mix well. Shape mixture into rounds on to lined baking trays {make sure you leave room for spreading}. Bake in a preheated slow oven {150 degrees Celsius} for 15 minutes. Cool and store in airtight containers - that is if you don't eat them all straight away!

The perfect treat when you've eaten too much chocolate! Enjoy. 

x jody

This recipe is adapted from Margaret Fulton's Encyclopedia of Food & Cookery.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Bunny Craft Time!

We had a really fun day today! The kids and i got together with some friends for some cute bunny craft and an Easter egg hunt.
We decided to get the kids to make and decorate there own little baskets and also make some sweet bunny ears.

Feeling a little lazy i used Martha Stewart's bunny ear and little rabbit templates. They were perfect. I adjusted them for what we wanted to do. I cut out lots of little rabbits i had printed in different colours to use for decorating our baskets, and the bunny ears were a huge hit, simply fashioned onto a decorated strip of cardboard and attached for a headband!

Our little bunnies had the best time, i mean who doesn't love an Easter egg hunt! All eggs were found and wrappers were being discarded in no time at all! I loved seeing the gorgeous smiles on there chocolate coated faces, they were in absolute bliss! 

Happy Easter everyone!

x jody

Sunday, 17 April 2011


Today we headed off to our local markets, nothing to do with pools, i just love a bit of thrifting and searching for the odd treasure! For some reason today i got that Dire Straits song 'twisting by the pool' stuck in my head, {I realize this must make me sound like i have really poor taste in music, i can assure you i don't!!}  but it was on repeat whole day, i couldn't shake it {you know what its like when you get a song in your head.} Anyhow by the end of our market loop it had turned in too 'thrifting by the pool' i was singing it out loud and the kids had joined in too! What a sight we must have been, a family of misfits!

Unfortunately it was quiet an unsuccessful day for us on the trash and treasure circuit. Even my lovlies found it hard to find something they 'had to have', which is quiet unusual for them! I was the only one who got lucky, i found this gem -

And instantly feel in love! Its a vintage wool duffle coat, in an almost military style, perfect for this season. It is in great condition. It had been loved and the woman was sad to see it go, but at a bargain price of only $15 i couldn't be happier with my find!

I loved it so much i had to put it on straight away! I assured the kind woman that her coat has gone to a good home and will be well cared for. I look forward to getting lots of wear out of it this winter, i think it will be perfect for those chilly trips to the park and early morning markets!

Did you find any treasures this weekend?

x jody

Wednesday, 13 April 2011


I am very excited to finally have my blog up and running, i have dreamed of you for what seems like forever, i have so much i want to say and do.. but some how now you are here, i am unsure of what to say, i'm nervous and feel a little shy.

I'm sure with time i will get used to things and the words will start to flow. For now i will get working on my profile and get some pics up

x jody