Sunday, 10 December 2017

He's Here....

My poor old neglected blog, I promise that I am still here... just!!
If you follow me on social media, you will know that in late October, five became six as we welcomed baby number 4! How blessed are we right?! Blessed or crazy I am not quite sure which it is... haha.
Our baby Jesse is going really well and we are slowly learning our groove as a family of 6. Mornings are hectic, daytimes are crazy and bedtimes are bedlam, but we wouldn't have it any other way.
Thank you to my lovely readers for the gorgeous comments and well wishes!

Smokin' Chicken Muffin Recipe

{Post in conjunction with ProQ}

Family barbeque lovers enjoy the authentic, full flavoured, succulent dishes that only true smokers can deliver. So as the weather warms up and outdoor entertaining with friends and family is all that more appealing, barbequed smoked meat should definitely be on the menu.
To make your Summer barbeque more memorable, ProQ has shared its recipe for finger licking good chicken muffins, an all-time favourite and people pleaser that will have adults and kids alike calling for more! 

Method: Smoke, Grill
Suggested Woods: Hickory, Apple, Cherry
Approx Cook Time: 1.5 hours


  • Chicken thighs, 2 per person (and a couple more)
  • BBQ rub of your choice - Spicy works well
  • Smoking chips/chunks - Hickory is good
  • Muffin tins, as many holes as you have thighs
  • Water pan
  • Enough lard/duckfat/butter to grease the tins

 What to do:

Step 1:
Debone the chicken thighs, cutting around the bone to leave you with a single strip of chicken. Try to remove excess skin and ligament too.
Step 2:
Put the thighs straight into a large bowl as you finish them. Once the thighs are tidied up and deboned, add a generous amount of BBQ rub into the bowl and mix it up. Try to coat the thighs as thoroughly as possible, you can always add more rub if needed.
Step 3:
Grease the muffin tin with lard (duck fat or butter also works too). Be thorough (even excessive!) around 1/2 cm cube per cup.
Step 4:
Starting at the thinner end of the cut, roll the thigh up so that the skin is on the outside and place skin side down into the muffin tin, tucking in the edges.
Step 5:
Prepare your smoker and fill the water pan with water to help stabilise the temperature while cooking. Water vapour condenses the meat and makes it 'sticky' which means that the smoky flavour can infuse the meat (see more about ProQ Smokers at Barbeques Galore). Smoke your chicken for 30 mins at 250f/120degrees Celsius before flipping them skin side up for a further 30 mins.
Step 6:
Remove the water pan, empty and replace it and cook for a further 60 mins in the tins. At this point you can eat them, and they will be good, BUT... for a great finishing touch, take them out of the tins and grill until the skin is crispy.
Step 7:
You can also baste chicken with a sugary glaze at this point. This will give the chicken a gorgeous sheen and sweet flavour that works well with chilli. Chicken muffins are great with cornbread or even as a chicken burger.
Step 8:
Check whether your chicken is done. For chicken, 165 degrees F is done - base this on the internal temperature. The internal temperature is  accurate and infallible if it is taken correctly. The most important things to do are:
  • Take the temperature in the centre of the largest piece of meat. For example in chicken this would be the breast
  • Make sure that the probe is not touching the bone, you will know if it does as the temperature will be impossibly high
Note: The times mentioned in the recipe are approximate due to changes in factors such as the weather, the charcoal used etc
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Thursday, 3 August 2017

5 Space Saving Furniture Pieces for Small Homes

{Post in conjunction with BoConcept}
When living in a small apartment, or trying to furnish a small room in your home, it can be quite difficult to find space for everything. There are a lot of ways around this, we can show you how to make small living fun. Having furniture that adapts for guests can be a real-life saver. How about a footstool that turns into a bed or a coffee table that doubles up as a dining table? Check out some of BoConcept’s genius designs that can breathe life into small living areas!

Melo2 sofa bed

The 3-in-1 Melo sofa is a neat and comfortable 2-seater sofa that comes in grey or grey fabric. It can be used in 3 different positions, seated mode (sitting upright), recliner mode (lying back with feet up) and bed mode (lying down) with simple and easy movements.


Xtra footstool

The Xtra footstool is a hidden gem, it looks like a simple square footstool, until you take the cover off and reveal and bed folded into 3 underneath. Customize the cover fabric to suit your interior space or put 2 together to make a double bed if you have a couple staying or just want more room.

Rubi coffee table

The Rubi coffee table is also a dining table – perfect for entertaining guests over a meal and when you’re done, simple fold it up into a coffee table again. The legs are completely adjustable to any height and the table top simply turn 90 degrees to cater for either function.

Mezzo storage bed

The Mezzo storage bed is ideal for a small bedroom with limited wardrobe space. Simply lift the modern bed frame up, hinging on an angle to reveal a whole storage compartment underneath. If you have regular guests staying and need to change the sheets a lot, having the mattress in this upright tilted position will save your back throughout the festive season!


Milano extendable dining table

The Milano is a sleek, minimal and easily extendable dining table. Simply pull out either end, reach for the handle attached to the middle section and lift out the middle, which opens and forms a new section in the centre, lengthening the table.
BoConcept are specialists in multi-functional furniture - check out their full range online or why not visit one of their furniture stores in Sydney to see their furniture first hand, with stores in Moore Park or Crow’s Nest. They have a team of dedicated interior design consultants on hand to help you with your needs.
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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

To rinse or not to rinse, that is the question… Whirlpool top 6 myth-busters for dishwasher etiquette!

{Post brought to you in conjunction with Whirlpool Corporation}

The after-meal clean up can pose quite the challenge, with differing opinions about the most efficient and effective methods. If your kitchen is equipped with a handy dishwasher, you might consider yourself one of the following types…an expert Tetris-style dish stacker, a dedicated pre-wash rinser or believe that glassware on the lower rack is the ultimate cleaning sin! If this sounds all too familiar, there are a few tips and tricks from experts at Whirlpool Corporation that can take the guesswork and bother out of cleaning your dishes…

  1. Loading cutlery – Knife blades are best stacked facing downwards and although there’s an ongoing dispute as to whether spoons and forks should follow suit! It’s really up to personal preference and makes very little difference. Alternating the bowls of spoons up and down to keep them from nesting together and not cleaning is an easy method, or you can mix the type of cutlery in the same sections to prevent poor cleaning results.

  1. Pre-rinsing – Is it really necessary? You may not realise, but this counteracts the water-saving benefits of the dishwasher and doesn’t let the it do its job! The only time dishes would need to be rinsed is if you were planning to keep the dishes in the dishwasher for several days before running or if there are excessive amounts of food residue on the plate, such as tomato sauces or strong curries and avocado seems to like to stick. Light residue means that the dishwasher detergent has something to work against!

  1. Glassware positioning – The upper rack of the dishwasher is designed to hold glassware and some models include features that reduce glassware damage, such as stemware holders. However, if the glassware can fit securely on the lower rack and it won’t roll around during the cycle, it’s allowed but not always recommended.

  1. Stacking dishes on an incline – This is important so that the water and detergent solution can spray up into the vessels. The ‘tipped’ loading will also help with drying but it’s important to ensure the incline used allows water to spray up as too steep an angle may not allow for a thorough clean.

  1. Stacking bigger items – Most dishwashers feature customisable space with removable top racks and adjustments, which will allow a row of tines on the bottom rack to lay flat. On occasions where you have large pots and pans to wash, it’s recommended the top rack be removed and bottom tines be laid flat, to make room for suitable stacking at the right angle.

  1. Setting the right cycle - Just as important as how dishes are stacked, most dishwasher models come pre-programmed with wash cycles that are suitable to different types of loads. If dishes are quite dirty, choose a more aggressive and longer running cycle at a high temperature option, which will cut through residue. It’s also important to use a top-rated multi-colour all-in-one detergent and quality rinse aid to help water sheet off the dishes. Combining these two will deliver the best cleaning performance and result in clean, dry dishes, plus most importantly, help save water and energy.

Avoid unnecessary kitchen disputes with these top tips from appliance and consumer experts at Whirlpool Corporation for ongoing peace, exceptionally clean dishes and money saving solutions!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Birdsnest Autumn Capsule Wardrobe: for the busy stylish Mum!

Are you guilty of having racks full of clothes and absolutely nothing to wear?! You are definitely not alone! If this sounds like you, then the concept of a capsule wardrobe is definitely going to be a game changer for every day dressing with ease.
So what is a capsule wardrobe? In a nutshell it is a small number of clothes that all mix and match to create effortless (and stress free) dressing every day! The super clever ladies over at Birdsnest are the absolute 'queens' of the capsule wardrobe. Over on their website you can view the perfect capsule wardrobe to suit your personal style, life stage, season and even special occassions such as vacations.
I was super excited when Birdsnest asked me to create my very own capsule wardrobe. Using only these 7 classic pieces, I have created what I feel is the perfect mix and match wardrobe for the busy, yet stylish, Mum for Autumn (and beyond)
Item 1: Bird Keepers, The Denim Jacket                      RRP: $99.95 - Buy it here
Item 2: Bird Keepers, The High Low Midi Dress         RRP: $89.95 - Buy it here
Item 3: Bird Keepers, The Versible Tube Skirt             RRP: $49.95 - Buy it here
Item 4: Bird Keepers, The Long Sleeve Swing Tee      RRP: $49.95 - Buy it here
Item 5: Boho Bird, Wild West Stitched Jeggings          RRP: $129.95 - Buy them here
Item 6: Bird Keepers, The Pintuck Back Tank              RRP: $39.95 - Buy it here
Item 7: Bird Keepers, The Utility Pants                         RRP: $89.95 - Buy them here

Look One: Item 2

Honestly if you only purchase one dress this year, this is it!! You can't beat a classic striped number and this one is definitely no exception. The fabric is the perfect weight to glide over any lumps and bumps (and trust me, I have plenty)
For this look I have chosen to 'dress' this little number up with wedges and a necklace. But I have also been wearing this with tan ankle boots as the temperature has dropped here in Melbourne.

Look Two: Item 2 + 1

For my second look, I have chosen to show just how versatile this dress is by teaming it with a pair of slip on sneakers and the ultimate denim jacket for a more casual look.

The denim jacket has to be one of the hardest working pieces in my wardrobe and as this capsule will illustrate, it works with so many looks and in so many seasons (particularly in Melbourne!)

This amazing little dress is also available in grey, but I just adore love the crisp navy and white. You'll see me layering this dress with chunky knit cardigans in shades of soft grey and soft pink over the cooler Winter months.

Look 3: Item 1 + 3 + 6

You can really tell I love stripes now can't you?! But seriously a stretch, stripe skirt is the perfect trans-seasonal piece.

This skirt will work extra hard in your wardrobe as it is actually reversible. On the reverse side you'll find the perfect classic black skirt.

For this look, I have added the Bird Keepers simple white tank . This tank is the perfect floaty design (with gorgeous pin tuck back) that you will truly have on repeat all year round!

A simple pair of flats and a jacket dress this skirt down. Come winter you can add black tights, boots and a killer scarf to this look. 

Look 4: Item 3 + 4

The skirt is back! This time I have added the super flattering Bird Keepers long sleeve swing tee in the blue colour.

This tee also comes in a total of 10 stunning colours, but I just adore this blue!

Look 5: Item 4 + 5

Every woman deserves to look and feel great in denim and you'd be pretty hard pressed to find a more flattering pair of jeggings than these Boho Bird Wild West Stitched Jeggings. I think that the 250+ fabulous reviews on the Birdsnest page speak for themselves if you don't believe me!

With their high elastic waist (a must for my mum tum), these will fast be your favourite wardrobe staple. I have gone for the 'denim' colour in these, but there are 3 other colour variations in this style.

Because this style can be quite fitted, I love how the longer line of the swing tee works with these! 

There is no truly limit to these jeggings - dress up with a gorgeous blouse and heels for date night or with a puffer vest and some trainers for weekends watching the kids play sport.

Look 6: Item 7 + 4

Every busy Mum needs a pair of pants that feel as comfy as tracksuit pants, but look as great as these utility pants!  With their comfy elastic waist and super soft material, you'll want these in the black colour too.

The stunning neutral khaki colour will work with so many different coloured tops.

Look 7: Item 7 + 6 + 1

These utility pants look great with the classic denim jacket and simple tank. When the wamer weather rolls around again, the simple tank and pant combo will be a winner!

A HUGE thank you to the ladies at Birdsnest for allowing me to play dress up in your gorgeous clothes - I had so much fun! I have so many readers ask me for outfit ideas, so I hope that this post has helped you kickstart your capsule wardrobe for the cooler weather ahead. As always, if you have any questions on styles or sizing, please feel free to comment below or contact me direct.
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