Home Improvements

When we bought our house just over five years ago, we did so with the understanding that we’d need to redecorate it from top to bottom. It’s been a long process, as the previous owner had screwed and glued many classical plaster friezes to the walls. Removing them meant hard, dusty work and eye-watering expense…

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Working Lunch

Work is a bit busy at the moment, so I’m putting in extra hours. This means less time for cooking and I’ve been existing on finger food on the fly. Hummus is a personal favourite. It’s delicious, and its garlic content means fewer interruptions from other people. I’m pretty sure my breath could peel paint…

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Feeling Better

It’s been a tough few days, but we’re gradually getting back to normal. I miss my girls a lot, but at least the horrid raw feeling is gone. Two hens survived the attack. June was untouched. Olive was badly shaken, but she’s doing much better. She’s been laying, too, which is an excellent sign. We…

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Looking In

The view from my kitchen window will change very soon as we’re almost ready to begin work on the house extension. I’m not looking forward to the disruption, but I’m very excited about a new family room and a utility. I’m hopeful everything will be completed by the end of August.

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Tidy

Despite my best efforts, my desk always ends up looking like a paper explosion. I have a tendency to hang on to documents I don’t actually need, and then things get buried and lost. So in an attempt to keep my desk clean and tidy, I’ve invested in some pretty boxes. My goal is not…

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Cake Truffles

What a week! And it’s only Wednesday. I’m still blundering about, but with less-disastrous results so far. If I make it to the weekend, I’ll be making cake truffles. They’re perfect for comfort eating and impossible to get wrong. 1 Box of cake mix 1 Can of cake frosting 200g Good-quality chocolate Prepare the cake…

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Bake, Bake, Bake

I’m enjoying my new oven more than I thought possible. Gone are the days of uneven heat, charred edges, and undercooked middles. Yesterday I turned out a batch of the most perfect cupcakes, and on Sunday, my husband and I made the best chocolate cake I’ve ever tasted. Hooray for baking!

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Happy Pirañas

These cute little pirañas came from the Hippie Fair in Brasilia. They hang in the window of my new kitchen, and seem quite happy to be there. The tiler came today and nearly finished one wall. He hopes to be completely finished by Wednesday evening. Yay!

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