January 10, 2017

Vintage aeroplane party

Over the weekend we celebrated Jude's first birthday by having an aeroplane themed party. With a soft spot for anything rustic I used various vintage aeroplanes, timber boards and hessian to decorate the cake table.

Rather than lolly bags I placed brown boxes of cookies in an old suitcase, with a sign labelled 'inflight snacks'.

My initial plan on hanging a 1940's world map fell through when unfortunately the map I ordered online didn't arrive in time. Luckily for me with the post Christmas sales I was able to score wrapping paper with a print of the world for only 50c, thanks Typo!

Other decor included an aeroplane themed birth detail print which matched the invitation, ordered from Love JK.

The cake a feature in itself was made by M-Cakes Creation. It was a shame it had to be cut!

After months of planning it was nice to see the day come but sad to see it end so fast.

Cake: M-Cakes Creation.
Cookies and party favours: Cookies Crumbs and Co.
Birth print and invitations: Love JK.
Balloons: Big W Party shop.

December 28, 2016

A traditonal/Australian Christmas

And that's a wrap! After many weeks of planning, cooking and eating Christmas has come and gone.

This year we hosted Christmas. A combination of traditional Christmas mixed with Australian Christmas would best describe the theme.

Using native flowers and fauna from my garden to decorate the tables added a nice Australian touch.

To eat, along with the various dishes our guests brought, Mr FPL and I cooked traditional Christmas dishes such as turkey, glazed ham, goose fat potatoes, peas and a pavlova.

A refreshing watermelon, coconut water and mint drink (sparkling optinonal) was a hit!

Throwing in some interesting Christmas facts, a round of trivia and exchanging gifts the day was a sucess!

Now to plan the next event.....

December 15, 2016

A weekend away in Mollymook and Rick Steins beach house

The beach, food, markets, massage, an afternoon in Milton and coffee by the pool sums up a recent trip to Mollymook.

Celebrating my father in law's birthday in style we stayed at Rick Steins refurbished 60's retro style beach house located down the road from Bannisters. Large enough for more than one family we (three families) stayed in the house. Decked out with a kitchen perfect for entertaining and a spa larger than one could imagine the house was great!

With the sun hiding in the clouds for the majority of the weekend it wasn't till the morning we were due to check out that we hit the beach. Regardless it was a lovely weekend, which was as relaxing as it could be with kids!

November 7, 2016

4Fourteen, Surry Hills

Ham hock and cheese croquette

Suckling pig sausage roll

Whole duck, duck fat potatoes, carrots.

White chocolate sandwich with dulce de leche


This year for Mr FPL's birthday I surprised him with dinner at Colin Fassnidge's Surry Hills restaurant 4Fourteen. A lover of meaty things it was right up his alley.

To start we ordered the ham hock and cheese croquettes and suckling pig sausage rolls. The croquettes highly recommended by our waitress were to die for, crispy on the outside and cheesy and full of flavour on the inside it was tempting not to order more!

As mentioned earlier Mr FPL is a lover of meats and one of those meats is duck, so when the waitress mentioned one of the specials of the night was a whole duck, duck it was! Accompanied by duck fat potatoes and roasted carrots there was more than enough food for two.

Not wanting to miss out on dessert we greedily ordered a dessert each, the white chocolate sandwich with dulce de leche and Snickers. Equally rich and decadant we struggled to get through our desserts which was a shame given how good they were, in hindsight we probably should have just shared one.

As we rolled out of the restaurant and headed home to the kids, we both agreed it was an enjoyable night of good service, food and drinks.