“As soon as I finish the laundry, I’ll do the grocery shopping. And I’ll take the kids with me so you can relax”

“I know, Let’s take you shoe shopping!”

“Ooh look, the NFL playoffs are today, I bet we’ll have no trouble parking at the craft fair”

“Is that the baby? I’ll get her”

These images are from the book “Porn for Women”. Photography by Susan Anderson. I had quite a chuckle when a friend emailed these to me. You can check out more images and buy her books here.

If you’re a Mum, let’s hope a bit of this is happening at your house today….

Creative Space with a twist of lemon

My husband’s creative space is the kitchen.

As previously posted, we have given ourselves the challenge of trying to use as many lemons as possible from our over laden tree. My husband was quite creative over the weekend and offered the following:

Number one – Lemon Meringue Pie.

It is an absolute winner and so very simple and delicious. The recipe was given to me by my lovely friend Kate, where all my best recipes come from, and I hope that she won’t mind that I share it with you all now…..


1 tin condensed milk
½ cup lemon juice
3 egg yolks (lightly beaten)
3 egg whites
½ cup castor sugar
½ pkt marie biscuits (I use a whole packet coz I love a good thick base)
90g butter, melted (double if you use more biscuits)

1. Crush biscuits, add butter and press into pie dish. Chill.
2. Combine condensed milk, lemon juice and egg yolk. Mix and pour into base. Chill.
3. Beat egg whites, adding sugar gradually to make meringue. Place on top of other layers.
4. Bake in moderate oven for approx. 15 mins.

Number two – Limoncello.

He was actually given the ingredients and the recipe for this lovely Italian liqueur as a $10 kriskringle present one year, but didn’t end up making it. Finally, a few years later, he was determined to give it a go.

You can find the recipe for this Limoncello here - my absolute favourite recipe website.

To check out how amazingly creative other people have been this week, head on over to Kirsty’s blog.


My lovely husband is having a birthday today. His favourite present of all was this snail set given to him by my mother. It was purchased by her in France about 40 years ago and she has kept the shells, dishes and forks for all that time. She apparently used it for many a dinner party. She actually did a ‘Cordon Bleu’ cooking course sometime in the 70′s – very ‘Julie & Julia‘. She even found a tin of snails (top right of the photo) at the Vic market to add to the present! She was sorting through her things recently and knew exactly who to save it for. She was so excited to give it to him and he is absolutely thrilled It looks like I will most likely have to participate in a few French dinners myself. I am a very firm believer of giving everything a try …… once.

I’m sure these adorable paintings came in a close second to the snails. We started a tradition when our eldest child was just over one, of painting a canvas for the wall every year for Daddy’s birthday. There are too many now, so they are replaced each year by the new ones. Do you have any present traditions at your house?

1. picture of daddy
2. who knows, but she was very very proud!
3. picture of our family
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