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Welcome!

Did you miss me?! I skipped a fortnight (or two!) - it has been chaos here. Lots of travelling with my brood meant less time in front of the computer and more time in front of a hotel pool on the Gold Coast. Is there ANYTHING cuter than roly poly baby thighs in a bathing suit? No.

One trip was for fun, and the other was for the whirlwind that was the ProBlogger conference. I got my blog on with 450 other keen peeps, filling my head to the brim with knowledge and filling my mouth to the brim with cake. It didn't stop me saying some pretty stupid things to people though... small talk and I just don't mix!

By the time you get this, we would have had Pepper's first birthday party - one I totally put some Pinterest-worthy effort into! I am spending this week up to my ears in crepe paper and carrot cakes (we're having a Peter Rabbit theme). I still cannot believe my baby will be one, and I'm getting totally maudlin about it.

Well it's lovely to catch up with you all! Read on for what you might have missed on the blog, and for this fortnight's meal plan. Lots of warmer weather stuff back in the rotation.

Party on, pals.

x

What you might have missed...

It might have been quiet as far as posting is concerned, but some of my very favourite posts have made an appearance this last month. Piggy in the Middle was one of them, and it seemed it was a favourite of yours too. Do you feel the pressure of not being something "enough"? Well I call bollocks. Be middle of the road, if that's where you're at. I'm there too! 

In case you couldn't tell I'm wigging out about not having a baby any more (but boy are toddlers SO MUCH FUN!), I reminisced about things I remember from labour, and also how I'm totally getting down with the royal baby Prince George. Ain't no party like a royal tea party! If you are getting on the royal tea party train, you might find these savory scones useful, or some dainty egg sandwiches

I shared a spontaneous snapshot of my messy house in the hopes it would make other mamas in a similar position feel like they're not alone. I never get to the bottom of my laundry basket, and I've just mopped the floor for the first time in months. Having little kids is distracting! I also had the gorgeous Lauren Merrick on board to illustrate a wonderful roasted pumpkin and fennel salad recipe. She did a fantastic job. I also posted about an email I wrote to myself two years ago, but only received now. It's such a funny thing to hear from the past!

In other cooking news, we had spinach and ricotta cannelloni (the cheat's version!), banana and strawberry muffins, and I tried out Manju's samosas from Recipe 2 Riches. They were so good I stocked up on extra mango chutney! Shame I will have to share them (that one's a sponsored post, just a heads up).

And last but not least, if you're ever headed to Tokyo, I wrote about the six things I learned when taking your kids there. And may I please recommend you do?! Japan is so wonderful for families, and I can't wait to go back for a third time.

FORTNIGHTLY MEAL PLAN SEPTEMBER 22 - OCTOBER 6


MONDAY: Mushroom and sage "beanotto" (risotto made with cannellini beans) 
TUESDAY: Bean and cheese enchiladas with homemade salsa
WEDNESDAY: Quinoa burgers and garden salad
THURSDAY: Pumpkin and ricotta lasagne
FRIDAY: Breakfast for dinner - poached eggs on sourdough with spinach, tomato, haloumi and mushrooms

MONDAY: Caramelised onion, feta, and pear pizza 
TUESDAY: Eggplant parmagiana
WEDNESDAY: Bangers and mash
THURSDAY: Tempeh with Thai coconut sauce
FRIDAY: Gourmet toasted sandwiches


LUNCHBOX LOVE: rabbit-shaped gingerbread cookies / carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

BABY LOVE: strawberry-apple puree / sweet potato wedges


SHOPPING LIST
MUSHROOMS
CANNELLINI BEANS
DRIED SAGE
CORIANDER
JALAPENOS
QUINOA
SOURDOUGH
HALOUMI
FETA
PEARS
VEGAN SAUSAGES
SUN DRIED TOMATOES
CREAM CHEESE
BROWN SUGAR
STRAWBERRIES

 
Do you read Mel? She has five kids and lives in a beautiful part of Tasmania. Her blog is such eye candy for me, I love hearing bits and pieces of her daily life. Sigh.
"A two-year-old is kind of like having a blender, but you don't have a top for it." –Jerry Seinfeld
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