Tasty Tuesday {OPR}

OPR: Other. People’s. Recipes.

Grumph! Seriously.

In the past week I have followed to the letter two sugar free sweets recipes from sites and authors who have made a LOT of money by charging for their recipes and programs. Both recipes failed. I mean, they were edible, but only if desperate. They certainly weren’t things I’d consider treats. One was quite tricky, although it was suggested as easy. And I cook!

A little search on the interwebs after these failures found that a number of other people had posed questions about the tricky one in particular. The ingredients list didn’t match the method, the volumes in the ingredients list didn’t match the method. I have never claimed that my recipes were perfect, but if I was to start charging money for them, I can assure you I’d have them proof read and proof cooked by a few different parties before putting them out into the world. Okay, rant over.

Which leaves us here: despite thinking I’d have not one but two things to share with you this week, I will spare you the disappointment, and instead point you back to these little beauties.

Tasty Tuesday {OPR}

This recipe is in fact an OPR, but it’s my friend Emma’s recipe. Tried and tested. I’m going to make a batch tonight. Then I’ll have something other than mildly-flavoured cardboard to snack on!


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What makes you happy?

Here are some of the moments in each of the past 8 days which have made me happy.

What makes you happy?

What makes you happy? 8

Are you playing along with #100happydaysagain?

It’s the photo challenge to follow on from either #100happydays or #100morehappydays. Taking a moment to focus on little snippets of happiness in your day will make a huge difference to how you feel. My photos so far are pretty textbook about what you might think makes me happy, but as we move through the 100 days some more left of field moments will appear!

To join in the challenge, all you need to do is:

  1. find one moment in each day that makes you happy {as significant or silly as you please and as in focus or capturing the moment as it needs to be too – it’s often difficult to be in the moment and try to capture it at the same time}
  2. take a photo of it
  3. load it to social media {follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest} with the hashtag#100happydaysagain

Happy Monday {yes, Rumpy even you!}.

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Always with me

Not by my side every day, but always with me.


Happy Father’s Day daddy. I love you and miss you every day.

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As a special treat mumma

Love Bug is really unwell so instead of getting up 20 times again tonight, I said she could sleep in my bed.

As most of you will know, that is something that usually only happens on Saturdays. It’s only Friday.

As I tucked her in she said to me maybe next Friday night you can sleep in my bed. All the way until the sun comes up.

As a special treat mumma.


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That’s a looooooooooooong way to walk

My Little Sister is flying out today, embarking on an amazing adventure with a friend.

Bye bye ... love you

{Click in her photo to hear Love Bug’s special message!}


Camino de Santiago, be kind to her and send her back to us filled with happy tails and joy!

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Throwback Thursday {Have I been here before?}

I randomly hit on a blog {which is the very technical way I usually select my Throwback Thursday subjects} and landed on January 2012, the blog below.

Kind of spooky really, because it is exactly how I feel today, right down to the maybe having to move part. Yep, you read that correctly. Cross your paws – and everything else you can – that the people who own our gorgeous little house do not want to sell it. Because we love it and we really don’t want to have to move. Again. Ugh.

Throwback Thursday {Have I been here before?}

The overwhelming enormity of it all
Tuesday 17 January 2012

I’m a glass half full girl. I see the positive in most situations. I believe in people.

But today the overwhelming enormity of it all settled like a black cloud just above my head – and that cloud wouldn’t go away. I had to bite back tears any number of times.

I am responsible for so much. Don’t get me wrong, I chose this responsibility – and I wouldn’t give up being mumma to Bubba, Bella and Bear for anything in the world.

I would, however, like the universe and destiny to cut me some slack. I don’t want to be stressed any more.

And I’d really like some stability in my life.

Sure, I’d love to stay home with my three loves all day every day, but I have to go to work. At least until someone turns my blog into a book then options it for theatrical release and it becomes a Hollywood blockbuster.

But for now, back to reality.


I need a permanent job. It shouldn’t be this hard to find one.

I hope we don’t have to move house. Aside from the huge task that is packing your life and moving some place new, doing that with a baby and two dogs is huger! And in Australia (as utterly ridiculous as this is) renting when you have one fur kid is tough enough, let alone two. And they’re not small. That’s if you can find a rental property. Rents are high and rental properties are limited.

I came home to my beautiful girl and basked in her love and spent time sitting on the floor with her while she put toys on my head and giggled. I cuddled my beautiful dogs. I read my favourite blogger’s blogs.

I know it will all be okay. I trust that my guardian angel is looking over us.

But for now, I’d really just like someone else to look after me for a while. Sometimes this being a mumma all on your own is a tough gig.

Some days the road is bumpy. Today was one of those days.

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Crossing the Border

As I looked at Beary’s snout poked around the bathroom door, just as it does every single time I’m in the shower, I saw a flash of why people often ask me if he’s part Border Collie. I don’t usually see it but in that moment I did. I assured him I wasn’t going to disappear and there was no trap door in the shower which he responded by nudging the door open a little further then sitting pressed up against the shower door. Funny puppy.

The border collie moment made me think of these guys who showed up on my social media feed yesterday.

Max  Luke

No-one here will be surprised by just how much I want to help these fuzzy loves. My love of the Border Collie began at a very young age and I’ve been known to help and fall in love with collies I’ve never met! Surrendered from the same family yesterday, Max & Luke are a pair of very handsome boys, aged 3.5. Both noted by previous owner as good with children and other dogs, but not suited to a family with cats or small livestock.

I thought about the number of times I’ve heard or read oh but I really want a [insert breed] and they are rarely found in pounds then tried to recount the number of border collies I’ve seen surrendered in the past few weeks. As I mentioned on a feed recently: there are dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds and temperaments in pounds. They are not broken, they have just been given up on. Usually through no fault of their own.

So, if you’re looking for a pair of stunning pals and you can provide them with an active lifestyle, I urge you to go out and meet these boys at Renbury Farm … and to share them with everyone you know!


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