Date night & dip

“You haven’t watched Friday night football with me in aggggeeesss”, Husband declared last week.

Well goodness. I didn’t realise I’d been so remiss in my wifely duties. Truth be told, I can’t EVER remember watching Friday night football with him, but if Friday night naps on the couch have masked themselves as football dates, then I’m ok with that.

And thus, date night this week was a dose of NRL with a bacon and double cheese burger dip on the side. Cos you know how I like to make bun free versions of burgers.

This photo (and the recipe) is courtesy of Kevin’s Closet Cooking. Make sure you substitute all dairy for low fat versions, otherwise you may very well die of a heart attack. You’ve been warned!

Our place

We’ve been in our new home for 7 weeks now and we’re kind of in love with it. It’s amazing that we’ve ended up in total suburbia (which we vowed we’d never do) and yet it’s so private. Once you step inside our house, or walk into the backyard, you don’t really see or hear any neighbours.

We live on 1500 sqms that backs onto State Forest. It’s bushy and peaceful and feels like the middle of nowhere.

People have been asking to see photos so I thought I’d share some first of the property.

Our house – what you see from the backyard looking back up. From this perspective, it’s like we live in the trees :)
Our bushy back yard
The backyard – what you see when you’re sitting on the back verandah
The front yard
Standstones steps leading from the front of the house to the carport under the house.
Steps going from the front yard down to the washing line. I have a washing line! Like a grown up!

We love our little world.

Friday 5 – songs I’m loving this week

Five songs I’m love, love, loving this week:

1) Love, love, love
by Of Monsters & Men

Of Monsters & Men are an indie folk/indie pop band from Iceland. Little Talks and Dirty Paws are their two most well known singles but my favorite is  Love, Love, Love. It’s pretty. And they sing the word ‘love’ a lot. Which I love. How alarming is their album cover though? Those white legs? Eek!

2) Sun hands
By Local Natives
Husband doesn’t really like this song. Which is strange to me as he usually likes all kinds of different music. But he claims that this song sounds ‘too country for his tastes’.  I say whatevs Husband! It’s a freaking indie rock song and it makes me want to throw my hair around and dance.

3) The things we’ve grown to love
by All the Day Holiday

This little indie band is from Cincinnati and I like their kind of rock. Sadly, they’re on an indefinte hiatus. Come back soon!

4) Hey Joe
by Blitzen Trapper

This quintet is kinda country, kinda folk. It’s not my usual my sort of thing but for some reason I really like the harmonica in this song. I’m also loving a couple of their other pieces; Maybe Baby & War is Placebo.

5) Dark Parts
by Perfume Genius

I’ve saved the best for last. I just discovered this guy through a blogger I follow. This song gives me goosebumps. I also love Take me Home.

Cute gift idea for the small people in your life

If you’re like me and have a whole bunch of kids parties to attend, then boy oh boy do I have a cute gift idea for you. Scrabble frames are a great gift for kiddies who have a first and middle name with one letter that’s the same. The lovely Amanda Holmes will whip one up for you. If you’ve got a kiddywink who doesn’t have a ‘crossable’ middle name, then you can still have scrabble tiles, but with a cute vintage picture instead.

Below are a few I’ve ordered before.

You can contact Amanda at or on 0432 695 393. I think maybe I need to get one for Husband and I. Ian and Janine cross quite nicely don’t you think?

Illustrator crush

Everybody who knows me or who has read my blog for awhile will know that I am a big lover of illustration. I guess you could say it’s my one of my passions. I can draw not a whit myself but I am most certainly drawn to the drawings of others.

Last week I tried very hard to explain to someone what kind of illustrations I like. And I couldn’t really articulate it. Not exactly. I guess that’s what often happens with art doesn’t it? You can’t always put your finger on what it is that attracts you to a particular piece. It’s just something that you feel.

The illustrations I have in my house are mostly of the whimsical variety. But they’re all very different kinds of whimsy.

And then there’s Becca Stadtlander who I have just recently discovered and whose work I  have a big crush on. To me, the scenes she draws are simple, serene and somewhat subdued. They speak to where I’m at right now.

But which of her beautiful pieces should I purchase? Which?

I think I’m most drawn to the light house. Partly because it has stripes but also because I’ve always liked the idea of living in a light house. Something about the solitude that a light house keeper would experience there appeals to me.

I shall think on which to buy. In the meantime, if you’re interested, you can see Becca’s lovely work here.

When it just makes sense

You know how sometimes you read or hear something and it just makes perfect sense? Like someone has looked into your brain and articulated the thoughts swimming around in there? I’ve heard things that fall into this category lately. The best of the bunch are:


Being a lover of holistic nutrition is not just about what we put in our mouths. It’s about integrating and balancing the nutritional, environmental, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of life. It’s about feeding ourselves with real food, sunshine, clean water, healthy relationships, time in nature, fresh air, laughter & creative pastimes“. From Mind Food.

“Gratitude is not to be confused with indebtedness. Indebtedness is simply a feeling of obligation. And as a feeling, obligation has none of the mental health benefits of gratitude.” From Peppermint Magazine.

And as said by Anh Do’s Dad (quoted) in The Happiest Refugee:

“Always question your fear. There’s almost never a good reason to be scared.”

“There are only two times in life. There’s now and there’s too late”.


Have any words really resonated with you lately?