Friday 31 May 2013

Nutella Cookies

Is there anything better than Nutella?  Why yes there is - a Nutella cookie! And you can make them gluten free!! ( the extra exclamation points are deliberate here in case you were wondering).

Super easy to make, even easier to eat, you can thank me later.


1 cup plain flour ( I used a mix of gluten free plain flour and rice flour)
1 cup Nutella
1 egg
If making gluten free I'd add in a tsp of xantham gum

Mix all ingredients.  Roll into walnut shaped balls, place onto baking tray lined with baking paper.  Flatten each cookie gently.

Bake in oven 160 celcius (fan forced) for 8 - 10 minutes.


Sunday 26 May 2013



" a portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2013"
he - pre match strategy discussions
she - unfortunately the play date is over
last week I loved the light in these beautiful shots

Saturday 18 May 2013


" a portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2013"

he - spying on the neighbourhood high from our tree
she - belly laughs with her cousin

last week I loved these portraits of two little girls doing what they do.

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Tasmania Day 7 and 8 All good things must come to an end

Again we woke to dreary skies.  But today was Saturday and that meant one thing - Salamanca Markets!

But not before Will and Murray both got haircuts at the cutest little barber shop I ever did see - Three Third's Barbers Lounge.  It was very cool.  Murray would go back for a touch up, so guys, if you ever find yourself in that part of Hobart, and are in need of a spruce up, head on over. 

Salamanca Markets have been operating every Saturday morning since 1972 and it is a massive affair.  We had even arranged our itinerary just so we could be in Hobart on a Saturday.   I was however, disappointed.  I was expecting more fresh food and produce, but really it was just another market, with all the usual cheap, tacky stuff found in markets all over the place.  I think the Farmer's Markets and Olive Tree Markets held here in Newcastle are much better to be honest.   We did, however, get some yummy home made chocolate fudge, and Lucy was very happy with her authentic, made in China, Tasmanian Tiger. 

After the markets we headed down to the waterfront, past famous Constitution Dock.  It was a great place to explore, and we enjoyed wandering around soaking up the general harbour hubbub.   Our tummies were grumbling by this point, and we were yet to enjoy the obligatory fish and chips on the harbour, so we headed over to Fish Frenzy for some lunch and to recharge our batteries.  

We spent the rest of the afternoon pottering around, and we drove down through Hobart's southern suburbs imaging we lived there and coming up with all sorts of mad schemes to make it happen.  It is nice to dream sometimes, but I think, for us, Tasmania is too remote from our families and friends, so for now, we'll stick to the mainland.

We will, however, be back.  We just loved every minute of our trip.  We knew one week wouldn't be enough, and we are really looking forward to the day we make a return trip.  Tasmania is an immensely beautiful place, and I can't wait to get back there. 

Sunday 12 May 2013


he - always a step ahead

she - in an imaginary world

" a portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2013"

last week I loved this series by Tahnee.

Tuesday 7 May 2013

Travelogue Tasmania Day 6 Hobart

We awoke on day 6 ready to explore Hobart.  There was a slight drizzle but by the time we reached our first stop of the morning it had passed us by.  It was, however, freezing!  The mercury had definitely plummeted by now, in fact a number of locals even commented to us the cold snap had taken them all by surprise.

Our hotel was in the old maritime village of Battery Point, an easy walk to the city centre.  Its name derives from the gun battery built in 1818 that stood on the promontory protecting old Hobart Town.  The guardhouse is now Battery Point's oldest  building.
First stop was, of course, coffee and we soon found Jackman & McRoss on Hampden Rd, a neighbourhood bakery and cafĂ©.  We all enjoyed our coffees, hot chocolates (with marshmallows) and some delectable pastries.  We visited there a few times over the next few days!
We continued on down Hampden Rd and onto Arthur Circus, an adorably quaint little roundabout lined with eave-free Georgian cottages.  These were originally built for officers of the town and harbour garrison.  Interestingly, it is the only circus in Australia.

We then headed down into the city and over to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.  This was a great way to get out of the cold for a few hours and we really enjoyed wandering around the building.  Incorporating Hobart's oldest building, the Commissariat Store (1808), the museum features Aboriginal displays and colonial relics as well as other interesting displays regarding more recent history.  Admission was free, although a donation is welcome.

After lunch we decided to brave Mt Wellington at 1270m.  Often shrouded in cloud, we occasionally caught a glimpse of its peak cloaked in snow.  It is an easy 20 minute drive, although as we got closer to the top the roads did become icy and we definitely took our time. 

I have never been so cold in all my life.  We only stayed around 15 minutes or so, it really was so bitter, and we weren't really dressed for the conditions.  Our hands and faces were starting to hurt by the end.  Still, it was lovely to see real snow, as opposed to the man made stuff we saw last year when we went to Selwyn Snow Fields.  It was a relief to finally be back home for the evening in the cosy warmth of our apartment, ready for the next day.


he -always thinking

she - doesn't seem to feel the cold
" a portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2013"
last week I loved this gorgeous shot of Dear Olive 

Friday 3 May 2013

Tasmania Travelogue Day 5 Richmond to Hobart

We were very sad to have to say goodbye to Richmond and Daisy Bank Cottages.  Instead of heading straight on down to Hobart we decided to head north first up through the midlands on the Heritage Highway towards Oatlands.

It was definitely worth the detour.  Oatlands contains Australia's largest collection of Georgian architecture, and the main street had the feeling of a film set.  Many of the buildings are now home to galleries, craft shops and cafes.
Callington Mill was built in 1837 and originally ground flour until 1890.  In 2010 it was fully reopened and today it is the only working mill of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.  There is a cafe on site but we decided to walk down the main street first.  The mill supplies many of the local cafes and we decided to try out the Companion Bakery.  Sensational coffee and quite possibly the scones of the trip for Will.

After leaving Oatlands we turned back South again and headed for Hobart.  First stop MONA.   Sorry to sound like a cultural heathen, but it didn't really do much for me.  The owner David Walsh has described it as " a subversive adult Disneyland".  Certainly having the kids with us probably changed the way I viewed it.  There were plenty of other children around and the areas with definite adult content were clearly marked so we could make sure the kids avoided them, but even still, some of the displays are disquietening and I think I was probably uncomfortable as to how the kids (one in particular) might react.   I would probably like to go again one day without the children I think.
By now we could check in to our hotel.  We stayed at the St Ives Motel, which from the exterior didn't look like much, but we were pleasantly surprised by the accommodation over 2 levels and the free wi-fi!!  The location couldn't be beaten either, just a five minute walk down the hill and the historic Kelly's Steps and we found ourselves in the centre of famous Salamanca Place. 
By now the weather gods had turned on us and we did come across some rain (and hail!).   The weather had definitely turned by now and the temperature had plummeted.  We could even see snow on top of Mount Wellington, so we returned back home.  After much deliberation we decided on burgers from Burgers got Soul in Sandy Bay, where I was grateful to see they had gluten free bread for me, and the yummiest chips around.