23 April 2017

TRAVEL: Oh, Melbourne!

Oh Melbourne, you are lovely and its been a wonderful adventure.

We wandered your market and ate your food. The spicy lamb borek was delicious and highly recommended. We felt brave and drank your unusual 'dark & stormy' coffee (a shot of espresso poured over ice cold ginger beer).

We rode your trams which made getting around a lot less stressful than driving in among the trams. My kids managed 12 different tram rides in 2 days (yes, my son loves a tram).

There was a wonderful quilt show that I was lucky enough to attend. So much quilty inspiration in the beautiful Exhibition Building.

You put on the most glorious Autumnal display. The suburbs are aglow with the beautiful russet colours of the season.

The school holidays are almost over and life will return to normal. We're back home after an easy flight back to Sydney. It was lovely to get away, but there's something wonderful about sleeping in your own bed after time away.

A big thank you to my IL's who gave us a place to stay, lots of outings with the kids and use of their car to get around in.

20 April 2017

CROCHET: C2C Blanket

This week, we're on a little family getaway in Melbourne. My husbands family live here so its been lovely to catch-up with everyone.

When I was packing for the trip, the kids suitcase wasnt looking very full, so I threw in a few yarn cakes. A girl can never have too many craft projects on the go, right?

I've seen quite a few C2C (corner to corner) crochet blankets popping up in my feed lately, so thought I'd have a try myself.

My favourite tutorial to learn C2C has been on the Bella Coco YouTube channel. Its a surprisingly easy crochet method and this blanket is working up quickly.

I'm in Melbourne a few more days - I wonder if i can get the blanket finished before we head back home? Its certainly a relaxing way to pass the afternoon.

Have you tried C2C?

19 April 2017

Kinky Boots {Sydney}

"You change the world, when you change your mind."

Kinky Boots has arrived! After a successful season in Melbourne, Kinky Boots is now playing at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney.

I received an invitation to see this show last weekend. It had been a while since I'd hung out with my sister, so I brought her along for a fun day out - without husbands or kids. 

15 April 2017

BAKING: Portuguese Easter Cake - Folar da Páscoa

Every year, my mum makes folares. Portugues Easter cakes. Each region of Portugal has their own traditional way of making them. Some are made with sticky dough and turn out more like cakes. The ones from Algarve (which is where my family originates) are more like a bread dough. They dough is sectioned, rolled out buttered and sprinkled with lots of sugar and cinnamon. A little dough is kept aside, to shape into a cross to top the cake.

They're usually baked in tall, narrow tins. The folares from Algarve usually have a whole boiled egg baked into the middle of the cake. Or... if you have chickens which are laying more than you can handle, lots of eggs within the cake.

These cakes are then gifted to friends and family at Easter time.

I decided to have a go at making my own folar yesterday and even though not traditional, it is quite delicious. I'm very pleased with the result and glad that I curbed my fear and had a go at making it myself (with the help of my kids), continuing the family tradition. 

Happy Easter my friends. I hope you have a lovely blessed weekend with your family and dear ones.

13 April 2017

FAMILY: Chester in a square experiment

I follow Buzzfeed on Facebook. I enjoy the quizzes and the funny, mostly random things that are shared on this site. This morning, they posted about cats. If you put a square on the floor, the cat will get into it. I tried the cucumber experiment on Chester (my cat) when it went viral last year, but no to effect. Chester just wasn't afraid of the cucumber like other cats seemed to be

I thought I'd try out the 'square' experiment today. He sat watching me put it together on my sewing room floor. 

These are the results.

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