Pumpkin, Bacon and Pesto Pasta

Pumpkin, Bacon and Pesto Pasta

We’ve been trying a few recipes that can be modified to vegan for Jayde. When we got together recently, we made two versions of this Pumpkin, Bacon and Pesto Pasta recipe so that everyone could sample both. And,we gotta say, they were both delicious. Pumpkin, Bacon and Pesto Pasta Vegan version of Pumpkin, Bacon and… 

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Jayde's Weekend Getaway

Jayde’s Weekend Getaway

A couple of weeks ago, I planned a surprise, romantic (wink, wink) weekend getaway for my boyfriend, Cavey and me. I didn’t want to venture too far from home, (what with crazy Friday night traffic, and all) so I decided on Creswick, which is 15 minutes north of Ballarat, and about an hour and a… 

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How to make Lemon Slice

How to make Lemon Slice

The three of us have been hanging for a slice lately. We think it is because we’ve been talking about them a bit since an elderly member of our extended family passed away. She was famous for her delicious slices.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get any of her recipes before she moved up to the great… 

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How To Make Tiramisu

In our family, you are either a coffee lover, or a coffee hater. There’s no in between. But one thing we all love, is cake. For the coffee lovers, tiramisu is a favourite dessert. Lynda and Lisa’s dad loves it, so we made him one for his birthday over the weekend. And because the coffee… 

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Our First Month Homeschooling

Our First Month Homeschooling

I always thought I’d suck at homeschooling my daughter, but I was wrong. I ROCK AT IT. I know that sounds like I am completely up myself, but as far as this goes, I am frikkin’ awesome. When you are into planning, stationery and learning as much as I am, then homeschooling is the bomb…. 

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Review: Merrywell at Crown Melbourne

We went to Merrywell at Crown Melbourne, today for lunch. They have a burger, imaginatively called ‘The Merrywell’, which won Burger of The Year in Melbourne in 2012 and 2013. We didn’t get that burger though, opting instead for the Oz burger ($15) – a rather tasty combination of egg, pineapple, mayo and, for a… 

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Spanish Churros

How To Make Spanish Churros and Chocolate Dipping Sauce

David, Lynda’s husband, doesn’t cook. When Lynda needs him to boil some rice, he has a mental blank. When Lynda needs him to cook pasta, he has a mental blank. So, everyone got quite a surprise when David had a craving for Spanish churros, and then miraculously whipped some up without any fuss (or mental… 

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Homeschooling

Why I have decided to homeschool my child

  By Lynda I have decided to homeschool my daughter. Sounds kinda radical, doesn’t it? And I gotta admit, it feels a bit rebellious. But now that I have made the decision, it feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. And I know my daughter is feeling the same. You see, for… 

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Downton Abbey

Do you watch Downton Abbey?

The three of us are all indoorsy kind of people, so it’s no surprise that the cooler weather is our favourite time of the year. We are all far more productive in cooler weather than when it’s hot, because when it’s hot, we like to dedicate our time to feeling miserable for ourselves. So, now… 

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How to make Anzac Biscuits

How To Make Anzac Biscuits

  While we’ve been trying to eat a little healthier lately, it was a bit hard to not indulge over the Anzac weekend a couple of weeks ago, what with every kid in the family learning how to make Anzac biscuits at school and then wanting to make them at home too. Not that we’re… 

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Easter Egg Chocolate Mousse

Easter Egg Chocolate Mousse

If you are like us, then you went farking ridiculous at Easter, buying enough chocolate to feed an army. We have quite a few chocoholics in the family, and Easter is their absolute favourite time of the year. Lynda prefers potato chips, so she is waiting patiently for the day when we all get a… 

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Hooray! It’s The Freakin Weekend.

Who doesn’t love the freakin weekend? We’ve all got stuff planned this weekend that we are looking forward to (most of all – sleeping in). Here’s a quick run down on what we are doing. Jayde: 1. Workout each day – getting back into my running program after being in New Zealand for the week…. 

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Free Printable Drawer Labels for Kids

At our kitchen table, we talk a lot about how we can get ourselves more organised. Well, its probably more along the lines of how we can avoid housework, because quite frankly, we hate it. We often share strategies with each other on how to make life easier around the home, so we can spend… 

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How to make pizza dough

Over the school holidays, Lynda got the kids baking. Not only do they love to bake, but it keeps them entertained and stops them from driving Lynda up the wall. Lynda’s daughter, Avah is a bit of a star in the kitchen, and she is a better baker than Lynda. She loves any opportunity to… 

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Do you grow your own?

Today, Jayde and Lynda got together for a catch-up at Lynda’s place. There was wine involved. So, of course, there was lots of chit-chat. Lynda wants to start a vegetable garden. With all the talk about how harmful the pesticides that are being used can be, she has decided she wants to start growing her… 

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Rachel Who? Rachel Khoo!

  Every now and then, we each get a little obsessed over someone who we think is the ant’s pants.  It suddenly becomes our life mission to find out everything we can about them, and spend a whole lot of time Googling the shit out of their name. Before long, we feel like we have… 

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Chit-Chat From Our Table: Moving Home, Study Breaks, and Fitness

Let’s just start off this chit-chat by telling you that we are loving the cooler weather here in Victoria. The three of us hate the heat. It sucks. Cooler weather means cups of hot chocolate, green tea and red wine.  With the change in weather comes a few life changes for the three of us…. 

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Melbourne Food and Wine

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

We love Melbourne. We love food. And we love wine. So you can imagine how excited we get when the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is on. Lisa goes to restaurants to eat food, while Jayde and I stay home and drink wine (ha ha!). Melbourne boasts some of the world’s finest restaurants, pubs and… 

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Banana Bread Recipe

  Whenever we make a cake or a slice, like this scrumptious banana bread recipe, Lisa loves to have a drink of cold milk with hers. So, there were tears shed when she discovered there was no milk (and lots of laughter from everyone else). Luckily, this banana bread recipe is delicious served on its own… 

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Pizza Scrolls

We’ve seen pizza scrolls popping up everywhere, and quite frankly they looked delicious, so we had to try them. And boy-oh-boy are we glad we did: they are scrumptious! It wasn’t just us though, the kids loved them too, which must be why pizza scrolls are becoming such a popular lunchbox inclusion. They are great… 

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Lisa’s Mystery Weekend

A couple of weeks ago, Lisa told us about her plans to go away for a mystery weekend with James. “Where are you off to?” “We have no idea.” “Say what? Don’t you think you should start thinking about that, considering the weekend is two days away?” Lisa then went on to tell us that… 

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Jayde Joins Rustic Bites

At one of our recent family get-togethers, we were discussing cooking and food with our niece Jayde. Like us, Jayde has a passion for quality food, and loves to eat in Melbourne restaurants. We found ourselves talking about cooking, dining out and how the three of us enjoy cooking from scratch as much as possible…. 

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Hasselback Potatoes

  We have been hanging to try Hasselback Potatoes for a while, because… well… look at them!  So, Lisa made them as a side to have with Moroccan chicken and a maple-glazed pumpkin salad, and they were scrumptious. Everything I ever dreamed they’d be (because I do dream about potatoes). Hot, crunchy and so delicious. Here are… 

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Chit-Chat from our table: Cake, mystery trips, & sexiness.

We spent a lot of time at various kitchen tables this week. Lynda’s daughter Avah celebrated her 8th birthday and she had 3 celebrations in total. One down at the beach, one at her Grandma and Grandpa’s place, and then another one at home with Jayde who couldn’t make it to the other ones. Needless… 

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High Tea

Lisa is turning into our mother: she has become a bargain hunter. She has discovered Groupon vouchers and thinks they are the best thing since sliced bread. Last week she was trying to get us to buy random stuff that we don’t even need, simply because it was discounted (just like our mother does). Jayde… 

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The season to be jolly (and/or tipsy)

Only a few days until Christmas and things are MAD. This season has been fairly busy due to school work for me, a NZ cruise for Lisa, and other shenanigans. Here is what we have been up to: MORNINGTON: When Lisa arrived home from her New Zealand cruise, I gave her a day or two to unpack… 

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Chit-Chat: Cruising, Parenting & Farting

I had lunch with Mum, two of our sisters and two of our nieces yesterday (one of which had their beautiful bubba with them). It was great catching up over some yummy food and a few wines. I had lots of stuff to share with them: My new iPhone 6 Plus has arrived- which has… 

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Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie. I didn’t even know there was such a thing until I was flicking through Lisa’s recipe books and spotted one. Lisa kindly said she’d make it for me to try, and we figured because it has banana in it,  it can’t be too bad for us, right?. This can also be made in… 

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Movie Review – Chef

Looking for a good flick to watch tonight? We loved Chef, and here is our review of it. I first noticed Jon Favreau when he played Monica Geller’s UFC fighter boyfriend in Friends. I remember him well, because he was hilarious. And I’m all about hilarity. Over the years, I have enjoyed watching his career… 

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Baileys peppermint Crisp Slice

Baileys Peppermint Crisp Brownies

Our family is always getting together for some kind of party: linen parties, Tupperware parties, birthday parties, any excuse really, to catch up with each other and stuff our faces. For our most recent get-together, Lisa made a modified version of a Peppermint Crisp Brownies recipe she found on taste.com.au. The original recipe calls for… 

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