Hello lovely people!
So good to be back!
I would like to thank everyone for their patience while the blog site was inactive, the new look revamp took a little longer than we first anticipated and my lack of tech savviness certainly didn’t help with the process, still a little tweaking to do but we are up and running.
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Now perhaps a bit of a Zamama update is in order. For those of you who follow my page on Facebook you’re probably a little bit more in the know with things that have been happening while the Blog site has been on update status. Life has been full steam ahead as usual, head down and butt up (trying to work on a slightly less butt, that may have to wait until after Easter now!).
ANYWAY!!!!! Here is the rundown……..
We like to socialise with a cup of tea around here, the two little pretties that reside in the house hosted their own little tea party, which is in the pipeline of posts to come.
One warm summer Saturday afternoon my gorgeous sister-in-law organised a family photo shoot using our property as a backdrop for some of the snaps, it was just beautiful. My amazing sister was the talented photographer. A beautiful afternoon was had by all.
- Family photo shoot
Zadada celebrated his 35th Birthday, finally catching up to me, (yes I am a cradle snatcher by 5 months). Of course this created the perfect excuse to bake, there was lots of dark chocolate involved and I discovered a successful, delicious Mud cake recipe in the process.
- Happy Birthday Zadada
- Zadada’s Birthday Cake
We’ve also had pancake making mornings, creek swimming sessions, crayfish catching and releasing. I almost forgot my beautiful sister celebrates her birthday 2 days before Zadada’s, so I baked her a batch of white chocolate Mud cakes!
- Kaymac’s Birthday cupcakes
- Motorbike Pancake
- Mr Crayfish
I rediscovered Kingscliff Markets, a must if you haven’t ever been and a must if you have! A beautiful morning spent, despite the rain with 3 beautiful ladies and one of my little mini’s. I will share more about our day later.
- Kingscliff Market
Australia day we shared a great day of fun with some very special friends and it was on this day that an idea was raised of perhaps going on a joint family holiday to Fiji! I’m talking 2 families of 5. So 10 days and 4 quotes later the 10 of us booked a holiday for later this year, I still can’t believe it, very exciting and not something Zadada and I are known for, just going for it, but as my sister would say, YOLO!!! Very much looking forward to a tropical holiday with our little family and gorgeous friends.
- Zapuppydog Oz Day
School went back, work continued on for me at Patrick Egan Optometrist, I also squeezed in a shift with Savoir fare catering at the picturesque Midginbil Hill, a gorgeous venue for a country wedding.
- Savoir fare team
Before I knew it we were packing our bags for our annual Holiday to Noosa in Sunny Queensland. I have lots to report on there! Anyone heard of Nitrogenie? Well if you haven’t you will soon, Stay tuned for my Noosa Blog Post! A great family holiday escape.
- Nitro Genie
Later in February saw Zagrandma’s Birthday and another excuse for cake baking (it doesn’t take much), that handy Mud Cake recipe was called upon again and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Zadada and I also managed a little overnight treat in Brisbane to see Eddie Vedder in concert. We road tested 2 restaurants that came on recommendation to us from one of my gorgeous readers Kathryn. The Meatball Company, South Bank was the dinner dining experience, and Southside Tea Room, Morningside was our breakfast point of call. Both delicious. The service we received at The Meatball Company was impeccable, paving the way to a fantastic night spent with my best friend for life.
- Zagrandma’s Birthday cake
- Treat Night
Saturday nights have seen me experimenting with a few newly discovered dinner recipes, pork belly, Chinese cuisine and Roasted rib fillets on the bone. Desserts have not been forgotten, I’ve been creating some Man-size ice-cream hamburgers topped with salted sweet sauces!!!
- Chinese cuisine night
- Rib eye fillet roast
- Ice Cream Hamburger
Oh…. I forgot to mention Wine! What an oversight, how dare I. I have been trying to sample a new bottle of white wine each weekend and oh…. how I am enjoying this little adventure, let’s just say there has been a little bit of dancing in the kitchen!
- Wine Discoveries
The rain everyone was waiting for finally came. 2 weeks ago we were flooded in (by that I mean cut off from town by standard travel means, we are in a high position & completely safe). We were not the only ones affected, 370mm of rain was recorded in our general area for a 24 hour period (that’s a stack of water)!! There were some tears from Ella, not making it to school for her class’s assembly presentation and frustration from me as it was a work day and I knew we would be short staffed. Thank goodness we were only stranded for a day and a half, just over 12 months ago it was 3 days and no power (don’t even take me there!!).
Just last week we celebrated our baby girls 3rd Birthday and yes you guessed it another great reason to bake and experiment with a Disney themed “FROZEN” cake, stay tuned for that little adventure.
- Alani’s Birthday cake Frozen
And here we are, at the end of the first school term, almost Easter and almost time for me to bake another Birthday Cake (Blake’s turns 9 on Easter Sunday) a motorbike themed cake is his request!
Apologies for the novel length post, but too much has happened not to share, I give you all permission to give me an eye roll right about now
I am looking forward to sharing the great recipes I have been discovering and experimenting with. I promise the next post will include one of these treasures, any requests as to what you would like up first?
How have the last couple of months treated you? Have you any delicious Restaurants to recommend? It doesn’t matter where they are I would love to hear about them.
Until then my lovelies……