makar [ˈmækər]
n (Literature / Poetry) Scot a creative artist, esp a poet
[a Scot variant of maker]

Saturday, May 29, 2010


Read a beautiful book to my children today: Amy and Louis by Libby Gleeson. It was so sweet, I nearly cried!

Thursday, May 27, 2010







How to survive a rainy day at home with two little people? Gingerbread Men! The recipe came from the fantastic book Small Fry by Susie Cameron and Katrina Crook. My daughter loves flicking though it and picking out the things she wants to make. Lots of gorgeous photos and brilliant ideas to inspire young cooks.

Monday, May 24, 2010






Simple delights found in a string-painting session this afternoon.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

What a brilliant idea! Check out The Biddy Bags website for some gorgeous things...

Biddy Bags

...is a boutique social enterprise.

...connects socially isolated nannas and

mature-aged ladies through craft, economic

participation and social networking.

...designs and manufactures unique

handcrafted products for women.

...appreciates and values the skills of

mature-aged women and challenges the idea

that the older you get the less you have to

contribute to society.

...is inter-generational, combining

contemporary fresh ideas of young women

and the skills and crafting abilities of older

women - to create the Biddy Bags designs.

...currently connects with women on the

Redcliffe Peninsula with the aim of engaging

the ever-increasing number of isolated

mature-aged women across Brisbane,

regional Queensland and ultimately

throughout the world.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


Just discovered a yummy new way to cook cauliflower. Up until this point slathering it in cheese sauce was the only option, so I'm quite excited by this! Anyway the recipe was provided by The Organic Collective, who deliver a wonderful box of fruit and veggie goodness to us each week. It was sweet and nutty and a little crunchy. Served it with chunks of walnut bread and lashings of butter.

Balsamic and Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

8 cups 1-inch-thick slices cauliflower florets (1 large head)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 180. Toss cauliflower, oil, marjoram, salt and pepper. Roast on a large rimmed baking sheet until starting to soften and brown on the bottom, 15 to 20 minutes. Toss the cauliflower with vinegar and sprinkle with Parmesan. Return to the oven and roast until the cheese is melted and any moisture has evaporated, 5 to 10 minutes.

Thursday, May 20, 2010




My Mother's Day chocolate wrappers have been recycled into a lovely collage! Good to know all that chocolate-consumption wasn't in vain...

Monday, May 17, 2010


Looking through old photographs, I found this one of my daughter just before she turned one. Can't believe how little hair she had back then and how much she has changed in a year and a bit! The dog was my mum's and is made from cashmere and manufactured in Northern Ireland. He's doing pretty well for a 60 year old canine!

Friday, May 14, 2010



It's purée time again- my 6 month old is just getting into solids - and this time I've discovered a great little contraption to make small quantities quietly. It's called The Sage Baby Food Mill and the best thing about it is that my daughter can help prepare the food for her little brother. She calls it "making worms"! Anyway the colour of this apple purée was so pretty, I just had to take a photo. It tasted delicious too!

Thursday, May 13, 2010


I've resolved to spend more days at home just entertaining ourselves. There's been a bit too much rushing around lately and not enough hanging about the house, making our own fun and dreaming up new things to do and make. Our first day at home in a while, resulted in the creation of a beautiful pasta necklace and a delicious apple and almond cake, plus some very pretty chalk drawings... Everyone seemed a lot happier for it!



Sunday, May 9, 2010


The absolute best Mother's Day present ever: my two year old daughter saying, quite out of the blue, "I love you sweetie" to me at bedtime this evening! Too precious for words.

Saturday, May 8, 2010


Several loaves later and the bread looks like this. Delicious! Waking up to a house filled with the smell of freshly baked bread is something I could certainly grow accustomed to...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010



At the moment, I'm reading:

  • Parenting for a Peaceful World by Robin Grille (to make me a better mum)
  • The House at Riverton by Kate Morton (for pure escapism)
  • Home by Alex T. Smith (because someone keeps asking me to and it's lovely)


Monday, May 3, 2010


Here is our first attempt with the new bread maker.

Bit anemic-looking and rather stodgy, but when gobbled down warm with lashings of butter, it wasn't too bad! Hmm, maybe freshly baked-bread is like pizza: even when it's bad, it's still pretty good...

"I can't work in these conditions!" Think it's about time I sorted out my desk...
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