Elsa and Olaf birthday cake

A Frozen birthday party

I think I was more excited about Abby’s Frozen party more than she was. There was so much to do, including making the costumes. What a great idea to sew your own Frozen costumes I thought – at the time. In the end I only had time to make three – Cameron’s Kristoff vest, my…

Super moon.

Super moon

Even though I’m a tad late, the rise of the super moon prompted me to get out my camera and do a bit of photography practice. What a perfect night for it. Bit chilly outside in my pajamas, but a jacket and ugg boots helped with that. I didn’t do too badly – after I remembered which numbers…

Cam wearing a fireman helmet and bucket on his head, with a play sword.

Things only parents of young kids will say

Some of the following things are phrases I never expected to use before I had kids… Don’t lick the CD Don’t put your willy on that Don’t touch the dog’s bum Stop riding your trike naked Take that book out of your mouth Stop sucking on your sock Stop eating your shoe (literally, Cam was…

Playing in their penguinbags

PenguinBag review and booties giveaway

Congratulations to Kat! I will be in contact and sending those booties out to you shortly. Winter finally hit Wellington. To be honest, it’s been a rather mild winter, but we’ve had a few extra nippy nights. And just in time, we received these awesome sleeping bags for the kids. The kids were thrilled with…

Mee kola

Mee kola

I love food like this. I love how it reminds me of mum’s cooking, and the mix of Cambodian and Vietnamese elements (although it originates from Burma). Mee kola is not hard to make, but you need to have all the right ingredients. There are different ways to make mee kola, but it’s traditionally vegetarian.…

Cabbage and smoked sausage soup

Cabbage and smoked sausage soup

Ahh, the only redeeming thing about winter is the soups. Cabbage with a smoky sausage like rookworst makes for a fantastic soup. With some potato and beans, you have a one pot meal. Another delicious, cheap and easy option for a cold and hungry bunch. Something I might try next time is maybe some buttery…

Using the grabber to pass food

Campervan essentials

So, what did I learn from our 15 days in a campervan? Quite a bit it seems… Don’t listen to the husband when he says you don’t need a torch. You so do. The floors get filthy, quickly. Bring a dustpan and brush to clean up dirt/sand/grass, and an old towel to soak up wet…

Chicken tagine with couscous

Chicken (or lamb) tagine

Who doesn’t love something hot, saucy, steamy and exotic, especially on a cold night? When it comes to food, chicken tagine will do nicely. This is one of my favourite winter dishes. The flavours of preserved lemon, with spices like ginger and cardamom all slow cooked with chicken make it wonderfully exciting. This version of…

Campervan

We’re all going on a campervan holiday

The idea of spending 15 days in a campervan with two under 5 years olds was a little worrying at first. For two working parents it was going to be quite a change from the norm. And I’ve never been campervanning before – or ‘vamping’ as I’ve decided to call it. Luckily, the weather was…

My cut thumb

Silly cut thumb

I managed to cut my thumb on what my husband mockingly describes as a butter knife. In my defence, it was a picnic dinner knife that has a sharp serrated edge on it. However, I have no defence for thinking it was a good idea to wipe it with a paper towel – those things…