Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sweet treats with Nestle

When Nestle sent me a box of all of their chocolate goodness I started researching chocolate recipes. I had visions of chocolate layer cakes and various slices but I never found the time to get in the kitchen and make them. 

While the boys were on school holidays they delved into the box and made themselves some simple treats. White and milk chocolate bark, melted dark chocolate for dipping strawberries and hot chocolates. Chocolate never lasts too long around here so I will have to buy some more if I want to try out these recipes.

Here are a couple of photos of the chocolate bark the boys made. They melted chocolate, spread it out evenly on baking paper and then sprinkled their favourite toppings on. 
(mini marshmallows and sprinkles always!)

Ha my cheeky blue plate was just for a photo. I changed it out before serving the boys ;)

I've seen some amazing chocolate bark topped with berries and nuts and I'm looking forward to trying different options. What would you top your chocolate bark with?

Monday, October 3, 2016

Long Weekend Vibes

We spent the long weekend at home enjoying the sun, lots of sport on tv and a trip to the beach.
I enjoyed pottering around the house, watching the boys make a few sweet treats in the kitchen,  and finishing off a couple of books. I've got a list 2 pages long of jobs that need doing in the garden and around the house but it was hard to get motivated. It was more a weekend for rest and relaxation.

Here are a few photos from the weekend.....

We were sent some gelato on Friday afternoon from Gelatissimo so that started the weekend off right.
Candy wonderland gelato with popping candy on top. The boys loved it!

The boys are loving being at the beach again although they are still wearing wetsuits in the water.
 Still a little chilly!

I couldn't resist buying another washed linen quilt cover from Adairs the other day. I have the linen in grey but I'm loving it in this chambray colour. It washes so well and is so comfortable.

We had a couple of sleep ins this weekend and daylight savings is throwing off the boys at bedtime. 
It usually takes a week or two for us to get back into our groove after the time change.

The boys made some white chocolate bark and a cake over the weekend.
 Mini marshmallows and sprinkles are obviously their favourite toppings ;)

Grand final weekend calls for a platter. 
We were going for the Swans on Saturday and the Sharks on Sunday. So happy Cronulla got the win!

Still so happy with my new rug. I'm loving the pops of colour it brings to the living room plus the pattern should be good to hide the dirt and wear and tear that the boys bring!

Mum brought me a few new crystals the other day. I'm looking for a white tray to set them up in but in the meantime they look very pretty here.

We've got another week of school holidays ahead of us which is great! Hopefully the good weather sticks around for us, it makes all the difference when you get be outside in the holidays.

How was your weekend?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Girls Trip to Byron Bay

I'm just back from an amazing and relaxing 4 days away in Byron Bay. 
While Byron is usually a place that we get away to as a family, when I had the chance to go again with my mum for a break I jumped at the chance to experience the town a little differently.

We caught an early morning flight from Sydney to Ballina and arrived at 8.40am with the day ahead of us. We hired a car and headed towards Newrybar for a coffee and breakfast at Harvest cafe and a little bit of retail therapy across the road at Newrybar Merchants. 
The sun was out and it was the perfect start to the day.

We then headed up to Crystal Castle at Mullumbimby for a wander around the gardens. 
I had been recently but mum hadn't been in years and I was happy to enjoy the grounds again. 
It's a totally different experience without the kids ;)

We then headed back into Byron and stopped at The Farm for lunch.
I almost didn't walk in when I saw the sign. Magpies are my worst nightmare in Spring!

It was then time to check into our hotel. We decided on The Byron at Byron

It was somewhere I had always wanted to stay. We got an amazing 3 night package which included a 1 bedroom apartment, buffet breakfast each morning, a massage each at the spa, dinner for 2 on one night and free bike hire. The resort lived up to all of my expectations, it was so lovely and tranquil.  Also the service and food was wonderful and that pool! Stunning!

It was really lovely to wake up amongst the trees and wander down for a leisurely breakfast. 
The chia puddings each morning became our favourite!
We mixed it up a bit each day. One of the days we lay near the pool after breakfast and didn't move until 6 hours later. Bliss! We read magazines, had lunch near the pool and just enjoyed the feeling of nowhere to be. 

The other day was grey and drizzly so we used time to check out the shops in town, book in for a massage at the spa and catch up with friends nearby for dinner.

3 nights went by so fast. It was so lovely to have that break from every day routine and for my mum and I to spend some uninterrupted time together. I really enjoyed the slow pace of our days. 

On our last day we checked out at 11am after breakfast. As our flight wasn't until later that day we were offered the choice of storing our bags and hanging out by the resort pool again but we decided to have one last stop at The Pass ( it felt so weird to be here without the boys!) drive up to the lighthouse and head into Bangalow for a wander through the shops and lunch.

It was then time to return the hire car and head back to Sydney.
Simon and the boys picked us up from the airport and it was wonderful to see their happy faces. 
I think they missed me ;) 

I came back feeling rested, relaxed and ready for the next 2 weeks of school holidays ahead.

I had lots of questions over on Instagram about where I went, I've listed most of them in this post and the links below. You can read more about our family trips to Byron and see where we stay, eat and shop here and here

Have you had a holiday away by yourself recently? Where are your favourite places to go? 

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