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Sooo, it’s been a while…

The 2nd of April! Sheesh, really, that is the last time I wrote and posted?

Family holiday, the girls wading at Glenelg, it was a gorgeous night.
Family holiday, the girls wading at Glenelg, it was a gorgeous night.

I could take all the time in the world to beat myself up over it, or I could just shrug it off and say oh well.
I choose ‘oh well’.
I don’t have a well thought out plan for this post – or any post for that matter, just feel the need to write and reconnect.
So here goes…in no certain order – a bit erratic is me 😉

I have a new baby to lavish with love and good intentions – now don’t get all excited for me, it’s not my baby. My darling friend Poss has just had her first miracle, Tex. Right on the heels of her taking the title of Australian Rural Woman of the Year – is this chick totally awesome or what!!!

My tribe is all growing and learning and becoming somewhat adept at pushing my buttons – little maniacs’ provide me with no end of amusement and torture and a heart filled to bursting with love.

Is there anything as close to perfect as this.  It melts my heart everytime my eyes light upon Edie's gift to me.
Is there anything as close to perfect as this. It melts my heart everytime my eyes light upon Edie’s gift to me.

I am gob-smacked that my number one girl (as in first-born, not favourite kid, that’s Connie – joking…), Edie will be starting school next year – yikes, where has the time gone? I am so going to miss her like crazy and at the same time cannot wait to have more time with Connie and Reg.

Yoga. I love yoga. I have been practicing yoga on my own for about 13 years now – sometimes daily, sometimes not for months, but I always love yoga. And now we have a totes awesome and amazing Yoga teacher coming to Kimba once a week. To say I am in love all over again is such an understatement. Lucy is the embodiment of all things Yoga, her knowledge, her style, her ridiculously flexible body – think I may have a little lady-crush on her. Without going all touchy-feely on you, my head is in a much better place, I don’t yell at the kids quite as much, I am getting more shitty jobs (read – office work – blergh) done, my inner control freak is back in its box and I feel much more go-with-the-flow. It is fucking brilliant – seriously, I need to swear here, the emphasis is important.

And to top off that little pot of goodness, I was fortunate enough to reconnect with a super-wise and wonderful mentor and friend a couple of weeks ago, Karynne.  And you know what, turns out she is normal too.  Not the super human I had kinda painted her to be, it makes me love her all the more.

It just feels right, right now – life that is.  I am so grateful for everything and everyone in my life and I just needed to tell them that.

Crappy photo, but lordy I love these kids xxx
Crappy photo, but lordy I love these kids xxx

Thanks for the read,

Carmen xxx

Images from My Day…

Today I took a load of random images…



My current project, nearing completion.





I love the colours of glass-head pins.


Reggie, loving the watermelon.


Offering sage advice to Dad re the yard reno’s.


Connie and Kaz, spending some quality time together.  Cat’s are an enigma, right?  Connie spends most of her time lining the cat up to give her a good stomp or carts her about in a strangle-hold; then why does Kaz choose to sleep with Connie?  Beats the hell out of me, but it sure is cute.

And that my friends, was just some of my day.

Sleep well, dream sweet and may tomorrow be as wonderous as today.

Carmen xx



A Cure for the Blahs…

You know those days when you just feel blah, listless, bloated and just plain blergk? This soup will have you bouncing about in no time – and it is delicious to boot.Green Soup



2 Brown Onions – roughly chopped

1 Leftover Ham Bone from Christmas (or 1kg of bacon bones or similar)

4 Litres of Water

4 Pots of Chicken Stock concentrate (each pot makes 2 cups, I use Continental brand)

1 bunch of Kale

1 head of Celery

6 Zucchini

1 head of Broccoli

Cream to serve


Bung the first 4 ingredients into a large stockpot, you may need to add a bit of extra water, depending on your ham bone.  Let it simmer away for an hour or so.  Let it cool a bit and remove ham bone and put aside until completely cool.  Pick all the yummy ham from the bones and rip into shreds, ditch the bones to the dogs or chooks. Keep the meat aside for the mo.

Now into the big stockpot, throw all the vegies, really roughly chopped.  Bring to the simmer for 15 minutes, or until the vegies are just tender with a bit of crunch left in them.  Blitz the bejesus out of this green marvel until you get the consistency you like.  I like mine with a fair bit of texture still, but hey, it’s your soup!

Throw the shredded meat back into the pot and stir through and you are good to go.  Slosh generous amounts into your fave bowl, swirl through a tablespoon of cream (or not!) and get ready to vroom through the rest of the day.

Get the recipe in PDF format, click here Millbrae Makes Green Soup

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Enjoy, Carmen.

12 Spaces, 12 Months, 12 Edits

Yep, that’s what I’m gonna do.
I am overflowing with stuff, good stuff, bad stuff, old stuff, maybe stuff, one day stuff, stuff-knows stuff. And it needs to go.
The Kitchen is my starting point, it’s a big kitchen, a really big kitchen, with miles of bench spaces, oodles of cupboards and absolutely nowhere to put anything. Every single cupboard is full to bursting, the bench tops have disappeared under a mountain of detrius. Seriously, what 5 person household needs 27 main course plates? 34 Serving Platters of various size, shape and colour? Really?
So it’s a very big edit, not quite to the bare minimum as I do really love to cook and spend an enormous amount of time in the kitchen, but I’m thinking in the vicinity of 30% less. I want room to breathe.

I won’t bore you with the details of the other spaces, but they are (in no particular order…), the Dining Room, Kids Play Area, Laundry (including an unused Shower room, which has become store-room central), Sewing Room (be still my beating heart, it must be done), Spare Room, Pantry, Barbie Area (as in BBQ, not dolls:-), Office, Porch, Our Bedroom, Reg’s Bedroom.

In part this undertaking has been inspired by the lovely Annette from over at I Give You The Verbs, and her Hoist the Hangers series of posts.  Kudos to you girl xx.

Like I said, it's cluttered, and then some...

Like I said, it’s cluttered, and then some…

Can’t wait to get started.

Love Carmen xx


It’s a Handmade Christmas at Millbrae… Part 1.

T-Shirt Yarn1a Wreath1a Wreath2aIt all sounded like a good idea when my sister suggested it; all gifts (excepting kids) must be handmade.
Awesome, do so love a good challenge. Days and weeks pass and I have not done a thing… no surprise there – forward planning is really not my strong suit. Gulp, it’s mid-November and there is nada, nothing made for anyone – bugger.
OK, so it really is waaaay past the time when I should have been busily creating loads of wonderful-ness for the fam. Surely it is never too late? I mean, I have a whole month, right?
So last week I began. Two gifts down, seven to go, easy peasy lemon squeezy. Sorry, can’t share the pics with you as yet – where would the excitement be for the recipients if I was to reveal all now. Except it’s mostly the blokes left – what the hell do you make them, Frilly aprons for the BBQ, Scrubby/Soapy stuff for seriously dirty hands, what the hell?
I am coming up empty handed in the fabulous ideas department.
All suggestions will be gratefully accepted, seriously. I am begging you.
All beginnings of panic aside, I have also made a really cool wreath for the Front Door. 2 hours from start to finish. My kind of project, messy, quick and using only scraps – woohoo.

That giant ball of t-shirt yarn has been crocheted into 3 splendid treasures and is only the beginning of this particular addiction I’m afeared…

More soon, til then, hug someone unexpectedly.  Not someone completely random tho, that could get awkward.


Day 23 #100happydays

Today was a very good day indeed.  I finally finished all the BAS statements (only 2 weeks late…) and had a lovely few hours in the kitchen, ahh how sweet life is.

The goodness coming out of my kitchen today included my always wonderful Everyday Bread, Zucchini Leek & Speck Soup and the sinfully good Sticky Date Pudding.


Recipes to follow soon.

My internet is giving me the pips, it’s gone into slow down mode and doesn’t reset until the 25th of the month!  15 whole days away – how on earth am I to cope?

Nevermind, it will just mean that I have to concentrate on other things for the next fortnight.  Look out Sewing Room, here I come.

Gonna finally plunge right in and start making a headboard for our bed.  My plan includes, quilting and tufted upholstery.  Never before have I done anything like it, so could be a bit of a bumpy journey – oh man, am I looking forward to it.  Hopefully there will a fabulous post all about it in the next week or so.