When I picked up Master SY from school last Friday he told me “it feels like I’ve been here forever”. I tell, you those words were music to my ears.
To have him settle so quickly and easily into a new school is just such a weight off the parental side of my brain.
Me? I think I’m assimilating quite nicely to my new natural habitat.
Part of my natural habitat assimilation process has involved a significant amount of eating and drinking as is evidenced by the things I’m loving this month.
Stokehouse Brisbane did not disappoint.
Redskin flavoured macarons, anyone?
Had heard that Kettle and Tin offered up a damn fine Bloody Mary so took it upon myself to verify that over a recent Sunday brunch. Status: VERIFIED.
Grappino just across the road from Kettle and Tin lived up to its reputation. Look at those fine Moreton Bay Bugs in a mighty fine risotto.
Good food has also come out of our kitchen. It’s amazing how many brownie points are achieved by every Sunday baking just one thing for the lunch boxes. This pineapple and raspberry-topped lemon and coconut cake was a hit (if you have a Thermomix it’s the lemon and coconut cake recipe in the Everyday Cookbook with my own variation).
As was throwing some craisins into a batch of ANZAC biscuits.
Drinks-wise, when a girlfriend gives you mangos from her prolific tree, you are left with little choice but to make frozen mango daiquiris. Yes? (Ring is from Vintage Pip as I know you’ll ask. It is indeed fabulous.)
And bless that girl Baby Mac … look what she sent us in the post last week. A SodaStream. Now my non-drinkies days will be fancy too. If I’ve got fresh soda water and a squeeze of lime in a jar with a straw then I’m good to go and feeling extremely virtuous.
Even lazy meals are healthy around these parts. Our butcher, Meat at Billy’s, has all kinds of pre-prepared good stuff (highly rate the pork medallion and lamb kofta and haloumi kebabs below) and now I’ve finally got myself to Botanica Real Food, I’ve got the salads sorted too. The sweet potato wedges? We toss these in a drizzle of olive oil, maple syrup and nutmeg and bake. Delish.
Someone on Instagram did point out that I do eat a whole lot of food and she couldn’t understand how I stayed so svelte.
Bless. Never considered myself svelte but I am all about quality over quantity … and thankfully in my new habitat whenever I step foot outside I’m greeted with a hill. I’ve been making friends with those hills, I tell you. And I’ve been getting my namaste on twice a week at yoga (can highly recommend Cue Yoga at Red Hill). Good to have a new routine in place.
I’m a regular flower buyer. Love them in the home. Lately been very lucky to be on the receiving in of flowers from other people. Love this arrangement by Divine Flowers that came to me thanks to a divine friend.
And love these that came from the garden of Megan from Bungalow Living.
Speaking of Bungalow Living … Megan came visiting to show me some of her cushions. Somehow she knew I had a thing for cushions. Don’t know how really? Here’s some I prepared earlier. (The one front left was a gift from Cushionopoly)
Word has apparently spread about my
obsession with interest in soft furnishings. I’ve been interviewed for a story about cushions and was forced to not only count them all up but to nominate a favourite. Tough questions and #firstworldproblems rolled into one interview, my friends.
And one last thing I’m really loving right now. The next stage of my book is here. Received a first look at the designed pages in the mail yesterday. Exciting times.
Tell me, name three things you are loving this month? Share your list below.