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Today I’ve decided on a whim to join in with The Shake’s September Creative Challenge.

Now we all know that I suck at daily challenges and I expect this will be no exception so I am not going to promise daily awesomeness or even semi regular awesomeness but instead I will attempt to play along in some way when I feel the urge.

I’m loving the diversity in this challenge already. Today I have seen flash fiction and pottery, crochet and baking all shared on different social media platforms but all with the “Made” prompt in mind, thanks to The Shake.

So let me tell you about my day.

My husband made me a cup of coffee when I got up. I like that. I made an excellent choice marrying that one, he’s a keeper.

I made Millar’s lunch and listened to him reading his reader.

I took a shower and got dressed and made plans for my day in the form of to do lists and other hilarious lofty dreams of things I hope to achieve on a Monday and I had a damn good laugh and then made Xanthe a doctor’s appointment because she is sick. I made another call to her 3 year old activity program to advise them of her absence for the day.

I dropped the healthy one off at school and came home again. I made myself some breakfast and Xanthe a second breakfast because that’s how she rolls and the kid really likes her weetbix.

Then we made cookies.


And I made this for the #fmsphotoaday thing. – another daily challenge I don’t expect to ever complete.

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After eating cookies and brushing teeth we set off to see the doctor. We were made to wait for about an hour. I don’t know what the point of an appointment is when they can never stick to a damn schedule anyway. When we got in there the doctor didn’t even have Xanthe’s details, he only had mine so he couldn’t see her. This made me very angry as I had given all her details to the receptionist over the phone when I made the damn appointment that very morning.

We were made to wait a further ten minutes while the doctor saw the next patient and I gave the receptionist my daughter’s details AGAIN. I made the conscious decision not to lose my shit in this moment.

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We then made a trip to the chemist to get the medicine the doctor prescribed. I made sure the chemist made the medicine pink so that Xanthe would take it. She’s particular like that.

A trip to the library was also made to drop off library books due back today and to get out some more. I made sure to get a non-fiction book for Millar as per his request, as he is tired of Zac Power and wants to learn some stuff about bees. I couldn’t find a book about bees so I grabbed a book about how other things work.

We made it home by about 2pm and had a late lunch. Xanthe requested a peanut butter sandwich with no crusts and cut into tiny squares, which I made for her. I then made myself this delicious cheese, lettuce and mayo wrap. And then I made another one because, yummo!


It was suddenly time to pick up Millar so I made a mad dash around the house getting his swimming gear ready and sorting out something to keep Xanthe occupied for the duration of the lesson.

At school pick-up I made this because the weather is pretty ordinary for Spring considering yesterday was so gorgeous.

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We went straight to Millar’s swimming lessons from school pick-up and then home for dinner. I made Quesadillas with corn for the kids because I could not be arsed doing anything else and I had made the mistake of not preparing something earlier.

The evening consisted of homework and showers and pink medicine and hubby eating leftovers from last night and putting the kids to bed and me writing this blog.

That is Monday done and dusted with only dishes left to do and maybe a bit of planning for Tuesday.

Another thing. The entire day I have had Shania Twain in my head thanks to this prompt. “Looks like we’ve made it, look how far we’ve come my baby…” Not acceptable.

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Hasselback Potatoes – Easy Microwave Recipe

Hasselback potatoes are one of my favourite things to do with potatoes and it is so easy!

  • The best potatoes to use are small oval ones. Larger ones take too long to cook and can cook unevenly. I used 6 small washed chat potatoes for this recipe.
  • No need to peel
  • Make cuts in each potato. Do not cut all the way through, slice about 3/4 of the way down so the potato stays together. The slices should be about 5ml apart.
  • Place potatoes in a microwave safe dish.
  • Slice butter and place in the middle of each potato.

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  • Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Check potatoes at 10 minutes. Larger potatoes will want more time and a bit more butter. These small chat potatoes were done at 10 mins.
  • Serve with any sauce you like. I sometimes make up an instant soup, like cream of chicken or mushroom and spoon that over the potatoes. Today I used gravy. Cheese sauce would work well too, or sprinkle with parmesan, or even leave them plain if they have been cooked in enough butter.

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30 Weeks – Progress Report

30 weeksGestation: 30 Weeks

Walk: Full waddle with crippling pain

Brain Status: Can forget keys, phone and date of birth.

I’m well and truly into the third trimester now with only ten weeks to go until I meet the latest member of my little family.

This weekend I managed to lose my mobile phone twice. The first time was on Saturday at a busy playground, and I did not notice for  a good fifteen minutes. I sent hubster running back to get it and thankfully it was still there. The second time was on Sunday when I left it at the checkout at Ikea. I noticed as I was walking out to my car, and after the frantic handbag search, I waddled back in and retrieved it from the greeter. Phew! I then went back out the car park only to realise I had no idea where I parked my car. It took about 30-painful-waddling-with-heavy-bags-minutes to locate it. It was two floors down and on the complete other side to where I thought.

That same morning I had an event to attend and typed the wrong address into my GPS. I arrived at the GPS directed address 30 minutes early, so I had time to take a walk waddle around the block. When event time started and no one was at the address, yet people were tweeting delightful pictures of the event I was supposed to be at, it dawned on me that I may have been in the wrong place. I had to waddle 100 buildings further down the street to get to the right place.

Last week I had a blood test (I still have the bruise, but that’s not really important, I just like to mention it) and they had to check all my details. When they asked me my date of birth I gave them my son’s date of birth instead.

So, baby brain – it is totally a thing. I don’t care what “science” says, it’s a damn real thing and I has it.


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Our Cave Trip Weekend

I am currently in that happy after-glow of a weekend away mixed with the general displeasure of being back at home and not somewhere more exciting.

We set off on Friday morning on the longest road trip we have ever done with the kids. They did remarkably well considering how long they were in the car for.

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Starting from the general region of Sunbury and heading to Portland, we stopped in Colac for something to eat and a play at the playground.


We arrived in Portland in the late afternoon and headed out for dinner on the foreshore after checking in to our motel. Absolutely loving it and already starting to relax. Driving tires us out and we were all asleep by 8:30 that night.

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The next morning we headed off bright and early on a 90 minute drive to the Princess Margaret Rose Caves. The caves are situated in the Lower Glenelg National Park that straddles the border of Victoria and South Australia. The morning was misty and damp and the road to the caves was surrounded by gorgeous green forest and the occasional glimpse of ocean, before turning inland and heading up the border.

Driving up Border Road, I have never seen so much road kill on one stretch of road. It was rather unpleasant.

We arrived at the Caves at 10am, a full hour ahead of our tour time, so we had time to explore the National Park and see some living wildlife.

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Then it was time for the Cave Tour. The tour starts with 68 steps down to the floor of the cave. The stairs pass under the original entrance which was a 17m hole in the ground discovered by Mr Keith McEachern in 1936. He and his wife built the staircase and opened the caves to the public in 1941.

Here’s some photos of pillars and stalactites and stalagmites.

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PMR another pillar PMR family PMR pillar PMR pillar2 PMR roofPMR wall PMRThe caves were enjoyed immensely by Millar, our aspiring spelunker and the reason we chose to visit the caves. Xanthe, on the other hand, became bored after about five minutes and then suddenly claustrophobic. At the end of the tour she ran up the stairs with me struggling to catch up behind her. She could not get out of there fast enough. However, later that day she said she wanted to go back. Argghh! Three year olds!

Back to Portland and back to the motel. We spent the afternoon relaxing and then BBQing. My heavily pregnant body was exhausted and I was hoping for another early night and a great night’s sleep but Xanthe had other plans. She suddenly developed an earache that had her yelling and crying in pain every 30 minutes for most of the night. Portland has no late night chemists and none of the supermarkets sold paracetamol or anything suitable for her age group and we had left ours at home. That’s the last time we’ll make that stupid mistake. Xanthe started feeling better at around 2:30am, thankfully.

On the road again at 8:30am with plans to drive the coastal route along the Great Ocean Road for a more scenic experience. We arrived home just after 6pm, so it was a full day of driving, but worth every minute.

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I’m already looking forward to our next trip and have an urge to start planning immediately. But I think I may have to wait until after this baby is born. I was already struggling with my giant baby belly and it’s only going to get bigger.