October’s felt both long and short. I’ve had a really, really busy few weeks at work which has made the time feel like it’s whizzing by. At the same time though, the entire household’s been sick which has made some days feel oh-so-drawn-out. In between it all, there’ve been some lovely moments though – here’s what’s been making me smile this month…Continue reading “What’s making me happy: October”
It’s been a week of contrasts. Cool, grey and windy one day, then warm, sunny and still the next. A week of both deep, restful sleep and fractured, unsatisfying ‘extended naps’. Of growing flowers and buying them too, of quiet solo moments and noisy family time.
This is the week that was…
This tart is one of those dishes I don’t make nearly often enough. I always thoroughly enjoy it, its ingredients are fresh and flavourful and it’s surprisingly filling. It’s a wonderful combination of crunchy pastry, creamy goat’s cheese, crisp greens and herbs. For me though the standout ingredient is tarragon with its almost aniseed like flavour. It’s herb I don’t use often, but it gives this tart such a wonderful lift.
The creator of this tart is Wagga Wagga based commercial cookery teacher, Sara Morley. Sara shared it, many years ago, as part of a regular ‘foodie’ segment she had on ABC Riverina. I can remember tasting a sample on the day she spoke about the recipe, telling Sara how delicious it was. Sara kindly shared the recipe with me, so now I feel it’s time to share the recipe with you…Continue reading “Spring vegetable and goat’s cheese tart”
We’re three-quarters through the year, and I can’t quite believe we’re on the cusp of that countdown towards summer, Christmas and the end of the year. September seems to have just flown by. Adam’s business is the busiest its ever been, my weeks are split between ‘work-work’ and ‘home-work’ and it honestly feels like life is moving at double speed at the moment.
While downtime feels like it’s been particularly hard to find these last few weeks, I’m trying to find a balance and to look for the beauty in the everyday. This is what’s been making me smile this month…Continue reading “What’s making me happy: September”
A couple of days ago I woke up just feeling off. Not physically sick, rather mentally exhausted. Nothing major had happened, but I think a combination of me having a nasty respiratory infection a few weeks back, Paul having a few off-colour days, Adam being the busiest he’s ever been with work and finding a new routine with work and parenting had just taken its toll. I was in a negative head-space and as a result was turning to routine to provide stability. At the time I didn’t realise it, but that routine wasn’t really helping. I was more like a hamster, stuck on a wheel, just going round and round. The same things over and over again. Instead of taking each day as it came, I was becoming too focused about what needed to be achieved on my ‘to do list’ and was giving myself little down time to just be.
Thankfully Adam recognised the nasty cycle I was getting into, and with one simple suggestion he helped me reverse the rut…Continue reading “Reversing the rut”
August always seems like such a fickle month. Reminding you one day, that it’s still winter (cue lashing rain and wind) and then teasing you the next with sunny skies, and just a hint of warm breeze. A month where you know you’ll be wearing your winter woollies most days, but you keep on seeing pretty, floral dresses and daydreaming of bare legs. A month where you make sure you get your fill of stodgy cold weather stews and casseroles, so you’re ready for the salad.
This is what’s been making me smile this month…Continue reading “What’s making me happy: August”
July 2020 has been a bittersweet month – we were meant to fly to England to spend time with Adam’s family, it’s my final month of maternity leave and unfortunately it feels like COVID-19 is starting to strengthen its grip on Australia again. Despite the sadness and anxiousness that the above has evoked at times, I’ve had some really lovely moments too.
This is what’s made me smile in July…
It feels like midwinter is really upon us now. The days have been grey and drizzly. The trees are bare. And I’ve been reaching for my warmest wool jumpers. Despite the chill, there have been some bright moments – blooming bulbs, snuggly cuddles and getting back on the exercise bandwagon.
This is how my last seven days looked…
Somehow we’re halfway through 2020 already. Although it feels like life slowed down in the first part of the year, at the same time it’s also flown by. The start of winter has felt like a combination of freezing mornings evolving into beautifully sunny afternoons, and grey, misty days. This is what’s been making me smile this month…
Life has felt pretty ‘normal’ this last week. More people are out and about, children are back at school, shops are re-opening and whilst precautions still remain in place, everything just feels a little happier.
This is how my last seven days have looked…