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We’ve got back in to our neglected garden over the past few weeks. The vege garden was getting a little bare & was in desperate need of some new plants.
I am VERY new to the whole gardening thing, but I am really enjoying the process. Particularly as it is something the kids can be involved in too.

An eager budding gardener was very happy to help out. They have a gardening club at school every Friday which she really enjoys (when she remembers it is on!). We planted a beetroot seedling that she had planted from seed at school which she was very proud of. I love her enthusiasm.

Now we just need to keep those pests away! I find this to be the toughest part of gardening.
I’m getting a little more experimental & bold now and we’ve attempted a little bit of ‘companion planting’ this time.

On the advice of ‘Dirt Girl’ we have put broken egg shells around all of the new plants to stop the slugs and snails from eating them.

On the advice of the lady from the nursery, we have put halved egg shells, white side up, on some of the plants to deter the white cabbage moth which apparently sees it and thinks another moth is already there. I hope it works because something has completely destroyed my once thriving parsley plants :0(

We’ve been working hard with our compost heap, which we were lucky enough to inherit when we purchased the house. There are hundreds of fantastic worms that the kids love feeding to the chooks and watching them wriggle in their fingers.

As a fun way to get rid of a whole heap of pruned branches we pulled out our fire drum, had a bon fire & toasted some marshmallows, while sitting on some straw bales we collected that afternoon (handy for farm parties, gardens & chooks). It seems so unusual for us to have time just to spend at home on the weekends that this was a rare and special treat for us.

So that I can join in with Bell Girl, check out my side bar later in the day for what veges we now have in our garden. Fingers crossed that they all survive. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t.

Pop over to Buttons by Lou Lou & let us know what’s been happening at your house!

P.S. If you are interested in gardening with the kidlets, I really enjoy reading Zippy Zippy’s blog.


This week’s Easy Peasy Dinner Winner is…
‘make your own’ pizzas!
You can make pizzas on anything really – I usually use tortillas. Wholemeal pita bread is a great healthy option, you can buy premade bases, make your own or just use a slice of bread or a bread roll! There is no limit to what can go on a pizza, but I usually just go the easy option using ingredients my kids like & that I have in the house.

Perfect meal to get the kids to help with and if there is a little bit of eating of the ingredients, and some mess, along the way so be it! There’s always the hope that if they’ve made it themselves, they’ll be more likely to eat it…..?

The following recipe is one that has been handed down from my Mum . It freezes very well and doubles very, very well as a pasta sauce. In a nice jar it is a great gift for a new Mum. Mini pizzas are a great party food too! Our Mum always made them on thick slices of a long stick of french bread for parties.


1 cup sliced onion
1 tspn crushed garlic
3 dspns oil
1 tspn oregano (dried or fresh)
1/4 tspn basil (dried or fresh)
1 large tin tomatoes
1 1/2 tspn salt
1/2 tspn sugar
1/4 tspn black pepper
1/4 cup tomato paste (optional)
Heat oil and sauté onions and garlic until golden. Add other ingredients.

Simmer for 45 mins, stirring occasionally.

Sonia from Light Shade of Green has a delicious looking simple ratatouille pizza recipe that doesn’t use sauce, but involves making your own dough. I’d like to give that a go sometime too!


from Kate at Loose Change

“Winter (4) is quite adamant that she does not like meat. I try and tell her that sausages, ham & dim sims (three of her favorite foods) are all meat but I am fairly half-hearted as I feel they only just scrape in to the meat category. The only way I have ever convinced her to eat any kind of unprocessed meat is by putting it on a stick. She eats drumsticks and she will sometimes try skewers. I think they are a winner not only because of the visual appeal and novelty of being on a stick, but the meat is pre-cut so the child is not presented with a slab of red flesh, and it can be marinated to be sweeter and more tender for the childish palate.

I tried this recipe last night and it was yum. I often use pork, particularly scotch fillets, as they are hard to stuff up and are nearly always quite tender. Enjoy!”

(with Orange & Spinach Couscous)

2 tbspns olive oil

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 500g boneless pork rib steaks, cut into 2cm cubes
  • Olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups couscous
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 oranges, peeled, segmented
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 50g baby spinach

  1. Combine oil, juice and sugar in a shallow glass or ceramic dish. Add pork. Stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  2. Thread pork onto skewers. Season with salt and pepper. Heat oil over medium heat. Add skewers. Cook, turning occasionally, for 6 to 8 minutes or until just cooked through.

  3. Meanwhile, place couscous in a heatproof bowl. Add boiling water. Stand, covered, for 3 to 5 minutes or until water has absorbed. Stir with a fork to separate grains. Stir in orange segments and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Add spinach. Toss to combine. Serve pork skewers with couscous mixture.

Thanks Kate!
I’m keen to give this a go, but I’ll have to wait until my husband is home to cook because I seem to have a knack for overcooking meat beyond comprehension no matter how hard I try!

If you have an easy dinner recipe, please email me or forward me the link to your blog, if you’ve already posted one and I’ll add it as a guest recipe (& try it at home) soon!

PRETTY PRINTABLES {links, freebies & giveaways}

Spending quite a bit of my time at home, I think it is important
- a ‘good for the soul’ kind of thing –
to have nice things around you, but it is often tricky to justify the expense, so one of the my favourite things at the moment are printable pdf’s! For just a few dollars you can print something up as many times as you like and use it as often as you like for as many different purposes as you like. Once again, putting a little beauty & fun into the everyday mundane things of life. The one above usually has my shopping lists written on it, the odd note left on the front door, my daughter’s “what to do before school” jobs or printed up on nice card & wrapped in ribbon as a gift for a friend.

You can get printable calendars, gift cards, lists, writing sets, recipe cards, party decorations and a thousand other things. Here are a few of my favourites:

I could go on forever really…

and there are plenty of freebies as well, you just need to know where to find them….
try these for a start:

They are fantastic for parties, as I’ve mentioned before, and I am very excited that Sarah from Style Me Gorgeous is just about to introduce a range of party printables. She already has some gorgeous free printable coloring pages that we use often in this house. Sarah is currently having a competition to win one of her ‘about to be introduced’ party printables. Her stuff is just gorgeous (probably the best I’ve seen) and I would recommend heading over and entering!


When my 2 sisters and I were growing up, our mother was the birthday queen! We ALWAYS had a theme and had great fun in preparation for the big day. Our 3 birthdays were all within a few weeks of each other so “party season” in our house was a big one! Lou and I have followed that tradition with our own children. I may be slightly more obsessed, but that is another story!

On Sunday we went to our gorgeous nephew’s 4th birthday party. He had chosen an underwater theme and Lou did a fantastic job!

Here are some photos….

Very yummy fish cupcakes. When I asked my 2.5 year old if he’d like some fish cake, he said “oh no. that’s yucky mummy” until I convinced him I had not meant fish flavoured!

Personalised water bottles – fun way to get kids to actually drink water (instead of soft drink) at a party!

My seaweed wig (that I made for my daughter’s 5th birthday party last year).

Check out more photos of this party on Lou’s blog here and here.

My new favorite things for parties, are printable pdf’s. You can buy, for a very reasonable price, a pdf pattern for anything from party hats, cupcake wrappers, cupcake toppers, paper bunting, posters, etc, etc and they can all be used for anything and can be printed up as many times as you like. My favourite sites for party printables are: (used in this party)

I’ll be putting more party ideas in this blog as time goes by because I really do love parties!
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