That time I wrote a confession a day for 31 days

taking a drive big kid swing

This time last year, I was well underway with a writing challenge. Myquillyn of Nesting Place had a thing where you wrote every day for 31 Days in October , about one topic. I mixed that up with 50 writing prompts from Fat Mum Slim and came up with a confession a day. Y'all, I will never write every single day for 31 days ever again. But it … [Read more...]

Roasted Cauliflower and Brown Rice Salad with Dukkah


A little while ago, my lovely friend Ruth from Gourmet Girlfriend started a fun idea - the Clever Clogs Cooking Club. Signing up to the club means you get a special gourmet goodie in the mail every month, and a cool newsletter to go with it. Even better, you get an exclusive recipe card with ideas of how you might like to use the item. I signed up … [Read more...]

Six tips for someone thinking of taking an online course


This is a sponsored post for Open Training Institute. Y’all, my brain is jam-packed. In a good way, though. For most of this year, I have been studying a Certificate IV in Marketing with Open Training Institute. And while it’s been somewhat of a juggle, it has also been incredibly rewarding. Amidst the play dough and the laundry, the … [Read more...]

Skeletons in My Closet


"I got some skeletons in my closet, and I don't know if no-one knows it" - Eminem, Cleaning out my Closet Because where would we be without a rap quote on Veggie Mama, right? So I've been tagged by Sonia to spill five skeletons in my closet on this here blog, which sounds like fun, but my skeletons are staying put. Your eyes would bleed if you … [Read more...]

On My Nightstand


I am such a book slut, it is reprehensible. I just never know what kind of mood I'll be in and what I'll want to read, y'know? So there's always a variety to choose from. Then there's the bath variety (Stephen King's On Writing, and a Paul Keating biography, if you want to know), the train variety (A Farewell to Arms, it fits in my fancy handbag), … [Read more...]

Sundried Tomato Mac and Cheese


I don't think there's ever been a situation where I haven't liked mac and cheese. Well, there might be those years when I was a toddler and all I ate was Weet-Bix (sounds familiaaaaaar), but in all the years I've been conscious of cheese, I've loved mac and cheese. Having said that, I'm pretty sure I've never made it with actual macaroni. I … [Read more...]

My Parenting Style, Summed up in One Image


Smalls is two today. And as I was going through the photos of her first birthday party (it was a Peter Rabbit theme complete with carrot cake because of course), I came across this one I forgot. I had tried to order cupcakes from a friend who is much better at decorating them than I am, but she had to pull out at the last minute, which meant my … [Read more...]

Taking Stock

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Joining in with Meet Me at Mike’s, not stealing broth. Making : Still on the poncho from last month. Cooking : ancho lentil tacos, cake, cake, cake, cake, and endless varieties of spaghetti. I've hit BoringTown. Drinking : Yorkshire Tea Reading: Cross Stitch/Outlander still, the Not Quite Nigella book, Jay-Z's Decoded. Wanting: To find the … [Read more...]