Five on Friday

Its school holidays here and this week has just flown by. We’ve been busy with park meet-ups and play dates, card games, baking, gardening and dog walking. I wanted to share a post of my spare room makeover this week but time just went and its friday already! Time to link up with Amy from Love Made my Home for Five on Friday!

1. Dog walks on the beach

Its been nice to have the kids for company on some dog walks this week. Our pup Kess is 3 months old and I have never had a dog before, so I am getting used to dog world. Having a few extra pairs of hands helps me get a bit more confident being out and about with her. There is a beach that is off leash for dogs where she can run with the kids and learn to socialise with other dogs. I’m still a bit anxious, but I know the more we go out in public with her, the better it will be.

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2. Making pumpkin soup

This is the lunch of choice at the moment, simple homemade soup, perfect for the cooler weather.

homemade pumpkin soup

3. A gift from my husband

My husband bought Dawn French’s book ‘oh Dear Silvia’ at the airport for me the other day. Have any of you read it? Sounds like it will be a good read. I have never read any of her books before and I’m looking forward to starting it. Just need to find the time!

oh dear silvia, dawn french

4. A dinner recipe

I bought a chicken from the farmers market the other day. Not just any old chicken, this was ginormous! It was more like a turkey, and weighed 3kg! I asked the farmer what he had been feeding his chickens. He told me a load of them escaped and they couldn’t find them anywhere and thought that was that. A couple of weeks or so later they turn up again, and they are massive! He reckons they had been hiding out in the pig pen eating the pig’s food and thats why they got so big! Anyway, I roasted it the other night for dinner, knowing I would have heaps of leftovers. The next night I found a recipe for leftover chicken curry, which I adapted by adding a few other bits in, and it was a big hit. Absolutely delicious. The chicken cost me 15 dollars, very cheap for such a monster, and fed the five of us for two nights dinner, plus extra for sandwiches for lunch. Bargain!

leftover chicken curry

Here is the recipe for leftover chicken curry, which I adapted from this link for leftover chicken ideas:

1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
300ml chicken stock
Tomato passata, or tin chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
1-2 cups cauliflower
1 small sweet potato
leftover roast chicken, roughly chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 can coconut milk
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garam masala
half tsp ground cardamom
half tsp ground cinnamon
half tsp ground turmeric
half tsp ground chilli powder (or to taste)
fresh coriander, chopped, to serve


Fry onion with salt until soft, then add garlic and ginger and fry for 2-3 minutes more. Add the spices and coat onion evenly, gently fry for 2 minutes. Then add the tomato passata and puree, cook for 1 minute then add the stock. bring to boil then add the cauliflower and sweet potato and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk, then add the chopped chicken and warm through. Serve with steamed rice and sprinkle with fresh coriander.

5. A dishcloth swap

I am happy to be joining in with Kimberley at Creative Chaos for her dishcloth swap this year, and I have been paired up with Kimberley herself! I’ve not taken part before, so this should be fun, and you know how I love my dishcloths! I won’t share any photos now so I don’t spoil the surprise, but I will keep you posted on how it turns out.

Have a lovely weekend, if you get chance, hop over to Amy’s blog to visit the other bloggers joining in.


Chocolate, crochet and a nice walk

The perfect combination! We had a nice relaxing easter weekend. Unfortunately I overindulged a bit on the chocolate, I really have no willpower when an open block of toblerone is in my cupboard. The crochet was good though, I was inspired by the crochet bunny basket that Mel made at One Crafty Mumma and I set to work to make a similar one for my youngest girl to collect easter eggs in. I started it on Good Friday morning while having a cuppa in bed and finished it on saturday afternoon, doing a bit here and there, ready for Easter Sunday.

crochet bunny basket

My youngest loved the basket and used it for the easter egg hunt. We have a bit more space now for this little activity. My kids are absolutely terrible at looking for things though. We had to keep shouting things like ‘go back and look under the bush’ and ‘you just walked right past one!’ Hopeless!

crochet easter basket for egg hunt

easter egg hunt
Friday was very rainy and its not long before I get cabin fever, so saturday morning I went for an early run, went out to the local farmers market for my meat supply, then rallied everyone up for a coastal walk at Kawana. My eldest was going to a party there, so it was a good excuse to get everyone out and moving. I was surprised at how quiet it was at the beaches, especially for easter weekend, there was only a scattering of people out and about. We had a lovely walk to the river and back, stopping for a drink and cake half way.

kawana beach walk

kawana beach walk

kawana beach walk

I love these ocean views through the trees from the footpath

I took a picture of this beach house that was so different to the rest of the aussie beach homes that line the ocean front. I love the white render and the arched stone openings and the little cross details at the top. It looks very mediterranean, and you could almost imagine you were in Spain or somewhere. Very unusual next to the mix of modern contemporary homes and the older red brick 60s style houses.

mediterranean style beach house

I hope you had a lovely easter and enjoyed some nice weather xx