Shortbread

Shortbread

For me, December isn’t December without some Christmas baking. Growing up in those weeks leading up to December the 25th there was always a supply of rumballs, white Christmas, and shortbread stored in baking paper lined Tupperware containers in the fridge. As a child I had a particular dislike for dried fruit, so the shortbread was the treat I enjoyed the most and the one I have the fondest memories of.

My grandmother’s shortbread recipe has almost legendary status in my family. I can’t even imagine how many batches she would’ve made over the years. I can remember one December, watching her knead the shortbread mixture together, marvelling at how easy she made all the ingredients come together (then realising later in life she had incredible strength in her arms to be able to do that!)

This is the only shortbread recipe I’ve ever made, and to be honest probably the only one I’ll ever use…

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What’s been making me happy: November

What’s been making me happy: November

Eleven months of the year down, summer is nigh, yet this last month has felt more autumnal than anything. It’s been a cool and wet spring, and despite Christmas now being just a few weeks away, because of the weather it still feels like we’ve got months to go. Despite that, I’m pretty organised for the festive season but I just don’t feel all that ‘Christmassy’ yet.

This month we’ve also seen COVID vaccination rates climb higher and higher in New South Wales, but the emergence of this new variant in the last few days brings with it a sense of anxiousness about what might be to come.

So all in all, a slightly strange month, but one that’s also brought with it some very lovely moment. This is what’s been making me smile this month…

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Something to share: the spring edit

Something to share: the spring edit

Despite and wet and frankly quite chilly weekend, we are halfway through spring in the southern hemisphere. The light filled evenings are getting longer, the open toed shoes are back in rotation and I’m generally spending more and more time outside.

Over the last little while a few items have helped ground that sense of a new season, so I thought I’d share with you what’s been helping me get into a spring state of mind…

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Swedish meatballs

Swedish meatballs

I think most people around the world can easily rattle off a couple of meals that are tried and true classics in their family. Dishes that are cooked regularly, consumed by all, and generally well loved and regarded. In our house, that meal is Swedish meatballs. I’ve been making these for many months now and they’ve quickly earned legendary status. We probably eat them every other week, Paul adores them and Adam and I have discovered they go really nicely in a wrap or sandwich the following day too.

If you haven’t got a meatball recipe in your repertoire, I highly recommend giving these ones a whirl…

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Springtime slowdown

Springtime slowdown

This isn’t the post I intended on writing this week, but sometimes you’ve got to toss out your expectations and just go with the flow.

The last few days have been a wonderful mixture of quality family time, restorative solo time and the hours have melted into days and suddenly the weekend has come to an end . I just simply ran out of time to pull together what I had planned for this week’s post. I was initially beating myself up for not setting aside writing time, but you know what, in the end it doesn’t really matter – I had a lovely, relaxed weekend and it was just what I needed.

Have a wonderful week and I’ll catch you next Monday.

M. x

What’s been making me happy: October

What’s been making me happy: October

Here we are, 10 months of the year down. It’s mid-spring, but to be honest it doesn’t actually feel spring’s begun. It just feels like winter’s been exceptionally long this year. Lucky I like coats and jumpers ;). This month seems to flying by. Perhaps it’s because we’re nearing the end of what’s been another topsy-turvy COVID dominated year, perhaps it’s just been because these last few weeks have busy for both Adam and I.

Needless to say though, there are always bright sparks amongst it all. This is what’s been making me smile this month…

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Something to share: Country Road merino-silk knitwear

Something to share: Country Road merino-silk knitwear

October, by southern hemisphere standards, is probably the wrong time to be writing about knitwear. In all honesty though, apart from the odd day here or there, spring’s been quite chilly in my part Australia and I’m still wearing quite a bit of my winter wardrobe.

Country Road is a brand I’ve been buying for many years. I’ve had mixed success with their denim, adore their basic cotton t-shirts (they have a great weight to them), and I’ve got a white sleeveless summer blouse of theirs that’s probably 10 years old, that miraculously still looks crisp.

I’ve professed many a time about my love of knitwear and Country Road’s merino silk is just divine…

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Banana and pecan bread

Banana and pecan bread

Bananas are a very divisive subject in our house. Adam hates them with a vengeance, I don’t mind a ‘lady finger’ every now and again and Paul loves identifying them (‘nah-nah’) but will only eat them at daycare, never at home 🙃. So when I found myself with a couple of small, very over-ripe bananas the other day, I decided the only solution was to make banana bread. I’ll confess, part of my desire to whip up a loaf was the fact Adam won’t eat it and Paul isn’t partial to cake – I knew I’d be able to slowly devour my sweet treat over the course of several days…

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Two

Two

Last week Paul turned two. We spent his actual birthday, just hanging out as a family. There were presents and video calls in the morning, and an afternoon spent at the park. This weekend past we had a little party for him (well, as much of a party one can organise within the current COVID restrictions). There were lots of ‘bloons’, a construction inspired cake created by Adam to reflect Paul’s love of ‘diggies’, and plenty of playing with some of gifts he received from near and far.

He’s changed so much in the last 12 months. Now a boy, rather than a baby. While getting to that first birthday felt like such an achievement, for both him, and Adam and I – it almost feels like this last year has been even more of an accomplishment…

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