God made some beautiful things, roses are near the top of the list! So let’s enjoy a stroll in the rose garden!

Pope John Paul II

Gallipoli rose

Keep coming! We’re almost at my fav!!

Here she is, Princess de Monaco. Oh how I wish you could smell her!!

Enjoy your day!



Warm green salad!

There’s something nice about having a warm salad, even in summer! This one is fast and only has a few ingredients. Here it served 4 people as a side dish, but do double it to eat on its own or for guests. I hope you enjoy this delicious dish!


250 g snow peas

3 really fat asparagus stalks

3 shallots

Handful of sliced almonds

3 tbs olive oil

1 tbs caster sugar

1 tbs white balsamic vinegar


Chop the asparagus into 2cm lengths and shallots into 1 cm pieces. Add a splash of olive oil to a pan on medium heat. Once warm add the snow peas, asparagus and shallots. Stir occasionally whilst cooking for 10 minutes. Add the almonds, olive oil, sugar and vinegar then turn the heat off. Stir and serve! This little number goes well with steak or even Asian style pork back strap, and it can hold its own and be served lonesome!

Warm green salad!

This mornings pick!

You know what makes mornings better? Heading out to the rose garden and snipping a few to bring inside! Then once all my housework is done, a vase of roses on the dining table just sets everything off! It is such a gift to have roses! Don’t even get me started on the smell that smacks you in the face when you open the front door! Mmm mmm mmm! Roses are simply divine flowers!


This mornings pick!

Duck noodle

Named by my 12 year old son who loves it, this is a delicious dish and easy to make! It looks like lots of ingredients, but you can vary the veges to be anything you like, whatever you’ve got! Enjoy this beautifully simple dinner!


1 onion, sliced

3 shallots, sliced

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 chilli, chopped

½ green capsicum, sliced

5 mushrooms, sliced

A handful of snowpeas, whole

2 cups Chinese cabbage, sliced

2 carrots, sliced

Splash of oil

Handful of coriander, chopped

2 duck breasts

1 pack of Singapore noodles

Hot water to splash

2 tbs Singapore noodle paste


Bake the duck breasts at 200 degrees Celcius for about 25 minutes (I smothered these ones in a little Peking sauce first but they’re fine plain). Whilst that’s baking, heat the oil in a large pan. Add the onion, garlic and chilli, frying until aromatic. Add the shallots, capsicum, mushrooms and carrots, frying for about ten minutes. Add the snowpeas and set aside in a bowl, leaving you an empty pan. Cook noodles according to packet (basically cover in boiling water for 5 minutes and drain). Splash some oil in the pan and heat, adding the noodles and Singapore sauce for a quick fry. Add the veges. Rescue the duck, slice it up and serve on top of a mound of the noodles and veg. Enjoy!!

Duck noodle

Western theme party!

Every month our parish has a little cuppa after mass. This Father’s Day we did a western themed sausage sizzle! It was so easy – parents and carers – if you are looking for a no baking, no fuss party – do this!! In a nutshell;

Sheriff badges are corn chips!


Cigars are chocolate wafers!


Bullets are chocolate coated bullets!


Haybales are cornflake LCM bars!


Gold is honeycomb!


Wagon wheels are anzac biscuits!


And we can’t forget the bbq!

I went to a dollar shop and bought stick on moustaches for the kids! Combined that with old cowboy hats we already had and the kids had some great fun taking pics with their dads! Empty beer cans and a tennis ball became a game of ‘knock ‘em down’ and the kids had a load of fun pretending all things western! It was a really fun afternoon and everyone there really enjoyed themselves! Joy radiated from every heart! So for a no fuss, easy going, crackin’ time, I recommend a western theme! Yee hah! Have a ball!

Western theme party!