April 22, 2014

Long weekend....

...and my long weekend continues
I managed to get some time off work this week since the boys are on School holidays so having 4 days off and one day in the office seems very indulgent!
Shame that I'm a little under the weather today so I'm resting up at home - seems like the busy few days has caught up with me.
Our Easter was lovely, it always is - Easter is one of my favorite celebrations.
We spent time with family - gathering together over delicious food, good conversation and celebration.
Yesterday we took the boys to the Royal Easter Show spending a good 8 hours there - so much to see, taste, feel..I love the fruit & vegetable displays, the food samples, the farm animals....the boys went on some wild rides while we baked in the sun waiting for them (so hot!) ...it was a great day!
* images via Instagram - cafe in my neighbourhood * my blue dyed Easter Eggs * Royal Easter show

April 18, 2014

Oh you Good egg!

Easter weekend is finally here!
Today I spent the day at my parents along with my sister and niece, we baked  and baked ...traditional Greek Easter cheese pies and bread.
We spent the week fasting, those that are very religious do 40 days of fasting leading upto Holy Week but I can only manage a week and can't do the vegan thing so only cut out chicken and meat from our diet - it was actually quite easy without meat and I made lots of interesting meals using legumes and lots of vegetables - delicious and cleansing!
Tomorrow Im going to dye my Eggs.
I'm thinking of doing something a little different than the traditional Red 'Greek Easter' eggs..
the Decoupaged eggs  below are SO beautiful and I'm loving the Ombre egg project as seen in Country Living magazine recently - it looks easy enough!

have a wonderful weekend everyone!

April 11, 2014

Home Notes on Etsy

We all know the way to turn a house into a home is in the details.
I found some lovely Home Decor items on Etsy tonight - what do you think?
This simple 'face pillow'  adds some quirky fun to a classic room.
My hubby thought it looks a little creepy and that its eyes would follow you around the room.
huh? ...whatever man...

*face throw pillow  by My Little BelleVille
*quartz crystal speciman by NostalgicWarehouse
*In Flight print by Skinny laMinx
*Dark Gray Turkish Bath Towel by BathStyle
*Wood Planter by Cattails Woodwork
* Mitten Print by My Little BelleVille

for any home decor style, you know you'll find something amazing over at Etsy!

April 8, 2014

the secret...

so what are you waiting for? go on....

Ive been a little busy in my little world and haven't had that much time to blog.

School holidays start soon and Easter is around the corner - its going to get a lot more hectic real fast.

I do hope to start posting more regularly.

So have you noticed the tweaks on my blog?

I've had a new blog layout done, thanks to the ever so talented Katrina whom many of you know via 'The Block' - she is also the girl behind The Media Maid and was such a great help...such a smooth process - thanks so much Katrina, I love it!

*image via

April 4, 2014

LA Stories: Stahl House

I cant believe its been a year since we visited the West Coast of America...the days, weeks and months seem to intertwine and before you know its almost time for another trip (yes please!).

As a family we like to plan and discuss where to next - its nice to dream right?!

I was going through my Holiday snapshots - all saved in computer files...downloaded and neglected - its a real issue for me as I don't think I've printed photos since 2004!! So bad!

I have to take time out and tackle my photo organisation problem and get some beautiful photo books printed...

so a year ago, we were in LA.

I had organised to do a house tour of Stahl house. Andrew took the boys to 'The Grove' as I knew they wouldn't really be keen on a House tour...

so I caught up with my friends Tammy and Michael, who are both LA locals but had never seen it, so off we went up into the Hollywood hills - there were strict instructions of where to park as the street is private and gated and who wants to annoy the neighbours?

When we arrived it looked like any normal carport but when the Tour Guide opened the back door into the property we all went 'WOW!'...like I mean mouth wide open 'WOW!'...just stunning!

The Stahl's bought the land for a mere $13,500 in 1954 and the house was designed by

Pierre Koenig in 1959. A simple glass and steel house that takes advantage of the stunning views over LA.

Perched high up in the hills with a vast drop down, here the Stahl's raised their family ...it is still privately owned by the family and these days its used for photo-shoots and commercials as well as the scheduled House Tours which pay for its maintenance.

The one thing Tammy and I agreed on when we left the tour was that we both had an urge to go home and de-clutter...being in such a minimal space creates a feeling of freedom...which is what every home should feel like!

So if you ever visit LA and want to do something fun and a little different, go visit Stahl House.

April 1, 2014

Americana: Mac 'n' Cheese

Do you have a go-to comfort dish?  I have a few but one of them is the simple combination of Macaroni and creamy cheese sauce. Oh yum!
I don't make it often (calories!!...) but when I do, we all enjoy it so much, the boys always ask for seconds so I make sure to bake it in my large baking dish.
It's also a perfect side dish when entertaining for a large crowd. A real crowd pleaser!
I spotted this Mac'n' Cheese recipe by LA chef & restaurant owner, Wolfgang Puck,
via 'Hollywood Housewife' blog.
Andrew and I enjoyed dinner at one of Wolfgang Puck's restaurants whilst on Honeymoon in LA many moons ago.
The recipe below seemed easy enough...and it turned out perfectly - the added crunch of bread crumbs on top make it so good, promise!

85g  unsalted butter, plus more for greasing  
·    6 Tbs. all-purpose flour 
·    1 bay leaf 
·    4 cups milk 
·    1 1/4 cups crème fraîche 
·    1 1/2 tsp. fleur de sel 
·    3 3/4 cups shredded mozzarella 
·    1 3/4 cups shredded aged cheddar cheese 
·    Freshly ground white pepper, to taste 
·    450g  cavatappi, ( or small penne) cooked al dente
·      3/4 cup fresh brioche bread crumbs 
        Method Preheat an oven to 180°C. Butter your baking dish.    
        In a  saucepan over medium heat, melt the 6 Tbs. butter. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, until blended, about 1 minute. Add the bay leaf and slowly whisk in the milk until smooth. Simmer, whisking occasionally, until the mixture is thickened, 14 to 16 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and discard. Whisk in the crème fraîche and the 1 1/2 tsp. fleur de sel and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 1/4 cups each of the mozzarella and cheddar. Season with fleur de sel and white pepper. 

In a large bowl, combine the pasta and cheese sauce and stir in 2 cups of the mozzarella. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and cheddar and then with the bread crumbs. Bake until the bread crumbs are golden and the cheese is bubbly, about 30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serves 8 to 10. 

Recipe via Williams-Sonoma recipes  

March 29, 2014

R-e-l-a-x...its the weekend!

We are spending a Saturday night in and I couldn't be happier...
its been a while since we've had time to chill as a family and hang-out.  We had Pizza for dinner and are watching 'Captain America' on TV...

I found these beautiful sun-filled images on Pinterest

After the Rain
comes the Sun...

Hope your having a chilled out weekend too!

*images via
Top * Middle * Bottom