Taking Stock


Joining in with Meet Me at Mikes, not stealing broth.

Making : An infinity scarf, and a chunky afghan blanket
Cooking : bread and butter pudding out of sandwich crusts, minestrone soup, eggs on toast, enchiladas, shortbread, failed salted caramel macarons.
Drinking : Yorkshire tea, green tea, licorice tea
Reading : A Passionate Life by Ita Buttrose (part of my reading challenge) and Becoming the Parent you Want to Be. Plus various magazines. Oh, plus all The Saturday Paper editions that have been thrown onto my front stoop that I haven’t gotten to. I’m not even going to tell you how far behind I am, it’s embarrassing.
Wanting : A very old-school Breville jaffle maker. Not those newfangled ones, the ones that almost burn and turn the edges of jaffles into impenetrable fortresses.
Looking : At pictures of everybody’s newborns because apparently I need to have another baby?
Playing : The My Little Pony boardgame and pretending to be a patient while two very intense doctors check out everything that could possibly be wrong. Last week I had a crab in my ear.
Wasting : fruit that my kids won’t eat.
Sewing : Nothing.
Wishing : My electric blanket didn’t break within a week of purchase.
Enjoying : Daily yoga and meditation. Slipped there a bit what with houseguests and interstate travel, but it’s nice to be back on board.
Waiting : For brown rice to cook. Gotta be patient with that stuff.
Liking : Possibly biggie’s new school
Wondering : If it’s really the right choice even though it feels as though it is. Quite a decision.
Loving : Ages two and four. That light at the end of baby tunnel is in my face.
Hoping : That effort = reward.
Marvelling : Fussy eater number one ate a wrap yesterday with egg, lettuce, carrot, and cheese. The road is loooooong with maaaany a wiiiinding tuuuurn
Needing : To stop frowning/clenching my jaw.
Smelling : Errrrrr… brown rice. Admittedly not a pleasant smell.
Wearing : Metalicus leggings, Bohemian Traders stripy dress, Metalicus cardigan (not online anymore but I did buy this bloody thing and of course now it’s $50 off), everyday uberkates and a silk scarf that the girls were playing superman with before that I put on because I got unexpectedly cold. And Hello Kitty slippers. I’m a sight for sore eyes, I tell ya.
Following : All the people on Instagram who live in Maine.
Noticing : I slouch wayyyy too much.
Knowing : Only hard work will solve that problem.
Thinking : I’d like dessert right now.
Feeling : Full. But also kind of tired. And that familiar feeling of wanting to put things off until tomorrow.
Bookmarking : Poor Little Rich Women on New York Times site. Fascinating.
Opening : Jars of homemade enchilada sauce. It needs some tweaking but otherwise really, really good.
Giggling : My life in a Kanye West facial
Listening : This.


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A Cup of Tea with Me


I’ve got a very strong Yorkshire tea with one (ok and a bit) sugar and I’m coming to you live from my bed. This is very much part of the “These are the Golden Days” parenting situation: The children have been fed and are downstairs amusing themselves with a new train track and jigsaw puzzles. I can, after the whirlwind of babies and toddlers, take a slow start to the morning sometimes. I fully intend to drag this out for as long as I can get away with today.

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Just Ace

A few things I think are just ace. With apologies to Grinspoon.FullSizeRender

I barely even know where to begin with this month’s roundup of things I’m digging. What a great month! For real. I feel like mostly all I did was eat and sweep the floor (because all I ever do is sweep the floor 50 times a day), but so much good stuff has gone down. Lemme show you.

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Around Here

something new every day

There’s no doubt winter is well and truly on the way here at VMHQ. Melbourne does autumn so spectacularly well that I can sort of forget my frozen fingers while I’m gazing at the foliage.

Always reminds me of Marge Simpson “it’s pronounced ‘foil-age'”. Foil. Age. Foil Edge.

Anyway. This is how grey it’s getting:

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Happy 5th Birthday Veggie Mama! Readers May De-Lurk Now

A couple of months ago an email dropped into my inbox congratulating my little Tumblr blog on turning five. Five! Five years since I made Joel Birch a fail-filled vegetarian lasagana in exchange for designing me a little home on the internet to talk dribble and share good food.

Realising all the cool kids were blogging on Blogspot, I moved all my posts over on March 21, 2010, and declared Veggie Mama open for business. The following year I had a baby on that day, so it overshadows my blogiversary somewhat, although I always have a moment somewhere during that week where I go “huh. would you look at that. This bloody thing’s still around”. And believe me, I’ve tried to quit it. Several times. It appears I can’t.


Sorry, internet. You’re stuck with me.

But it’s not my fault. It’s yours. If you all weren’t so funny and awesome, I’d have walked away long ago only to remember nostalgically now and then about that one time where I wrote a diary on the internet heheh those were the days.

Since you’re single-handedly responsible for keeping the VM Mothership afloat, it’s only fair you tell me who you are. Who is it that reads here, shares these posts, laughs at with me, and whips up veg goodies for their family? Who are the people who never say a word? Look, I’ve made you a cup of tea, the least you can do is sit yo’ ass down and tell me some stuff.

green tea with lemon myrtle veggie mamaWho are you? Where do you live? Do you hate singing reality TV shows as much as I do? Would you eat a cupcake or a toasted cheese sandwich right now, given the opportunity? Do you have kids? What song is stuck in your head right now?

If you can remember, I’d love to hear how you first found this here blog. That would be fun!

Meanwhile, thank you.


(Well, most of you anyway!)  xo

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Kick-Ass Chicks: Cate Bolt

enquire nowFive years ago, when I first started my blog and Twitter was a free-for-all every-night house party, I met Cate Bolt. I say “met”, although I’ve never seen her in the flesh in my life. She could be a 13-year-old called Steve, for all I know. But that’s quite a commitment to an extensive back story – Steve has nine children and an orphanage in Bali keeping vulnerable young girls out of sex trafficking.

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