The Portrait Series: 35/52

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First we play with the trains in the mud.
Then we play with the trains in the kitchen sink.

I spoke too soon last week.
I spent this week tucked up in bed with a terrible cold.
Congestion, a sort throat, what can only be described as a hacking cough.
To put it bluntly, I felt like shit.
The baristas at the cafe even told me I looked like shit…which is tough because they have seen me looking rough, practically banging down their door at 6:30 after nights, weeks and months of interrupted read more

60 Days Of Thermomix: Eggplant Spaghetti “Bolognese”


This is a hearty and delicious vegetarian take on pasta bolognese.
I use my Thermomix to make this but you could just as easily make it on a stovetop.
Either way, you should add it to the rotation at least once while the weather is still right for warming and filling meals.

Eggplant Spaghetti “Bolognese”

60 grams of parmesan cheese, cut into chunks
50 grams of pine nuts
2 cloves of garlic
2 red chillies…or 1 or none
50 grams of olive oil
500 grams of eggplant, about 2 medium read more


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My littlest baby.
I love being pregnant with you.
You are my constant companion.
I often rise at night and there you are.  Awake and moving when everyone else is asleep and still.  These midnight moments are my favourite…you rolling and kicking, me trying to guess where your toes are so I can tickle them.
Eighteen weeks.
The day will come…perhaps late November, perhaps early December…when it will be time for you to arrive.
I hope that your birth is as beautiful as your brother’s entrance into this world was, but no matter how you read more

The Portrait Series: 34/52

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Going to help his daddy.
After battling first the flu and then colds, we are all feeling better.
Certainly well enough to get out and enjoy the sunshine…when it decides to break though the clouds and the rain.
While I have yet to see any sure signs of spring, I know it is coming…the days are steadily getting longer, the sun is that little bit warmer, I am feeling the need to clean!
We finally managed to schedule a play date with a good friend who has had a rough time lately.
We were about read more

60 Days of Thermomix: Baked Beans


Having only ever sampled the canned variety, I used to hate baked beans.
The taste, the texture…both unpleasant.
I was hesitant to try to make homemade baked beans…I honestly thought the tinned variety were so vile that the entire concept of baked beans was almost ruined for me.
But then I came across Quirky Cooking’s recipe…beans, bacon, crushed tomatoes, molasses…you just can’t go wrong with those ingredients!
Every time I make these…which is about once a week now…both R and I exclaim that they are read more