Welcome to my web site: a collection of reviews and musings on books, crafts, recipes, parenthood and life in general.
Blogs by nature are rather self-indulgent so I make no apologies in fully expressing my own opinions. I respect that everyone is entitled to form and hold their own opinions - after all, life is never a simple case of black or white, but an infinite spectrum of colour. As such, I strive to keep an open mind and to consider alternative view points. So I welcome your feedback - whether in support or challenge - however, I retain and will exercise my right to remove any posts I consider offensive or abusive either towards myself or anyone else for that matter. Please consider this web site to be my home and as long as you remain respectful and compassionate towards others, you are welcome to visit, re-visit, and enjoy my hospitality.
Phew! With all that heavy stuff out of the way, who am I and why would you subscribe to my musings? I am in my mid-thirties: an ex-wife, a mother, a solo-parent, a daughter, a sister, an out-law, a chef, a chauffeur, a housekeeper, a musician, an artist, a designer, a writer, a reviewer, a dancer, an instructor, a performer, a crafter, a photographer, an entrepreneur, a contractor, a dreamer, a therapist, a philosopher and a friend.
Apparently I have a way with words...
Today I am grateful for...
...early morning card games with Miss Just Turned Fourteen. I couldn't spend the evening with her, so we made the most of our morning together.
Today I am grateful for...
...breathtakingly beautiful views from my deck. The sky was absolutely gorgeous this evening. How lucky am I too have found the time to enjoy it.
This world-renowned production tells the story of a nutcracker who comes to life, taking its owner, Clara, on a fantastical journey through a magical world populated by the rose queen, sugar plum fairies and an army of evil rats.
Directed by Benjamin Henson, and starring Lisa Harrow alongside some of Auckland's hottest performers, AUSA Outdoor Summer Shakespeare present an exhilarating take on Shakespeare's The Tempest at the Pop-up Globe Theatre.
This week was super easy ~ just two rounds ~ one single crochet and the other a "bobble" stitch of Dc5tog. Okay, the second round was a little bit challenging in that we had to work on the wrong side. And man oh MAN did it hurt my hand.
Last year I answered a request to crochet teeny tiny hats for angel babies. The experience was at once humbling, healing, and incredibly rewarding. I have just completed my second batch of hats, ready to donate to maternity hospitals.
Packed full of walnuts and tangy craisins, this moist gluten-free carrot cake with decadent lemon cream cheese icing is the ultimate sweet and spicy treat. Recipe is suitable for baking as a cake or muffins. Equally tasty sans the icing.
These ridiculously simple to prepare zucchini chips make a perfect gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo-friendly snack or side dish. All you need is three basic ingredients, a mandolin/slicer/knife, an oven, and patience.