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A little plushie

Isn’t it cute? Made it today for Sophie. Found the free pattern on Pinterest, but am going to link to the direct website which is here.

Oh and I’m pretty sure I sewed part of the body on incorrectly. So this little plushie is shaped like a round ball lol, but it still looks fine.

Croatian Christmas 🎄 cookies

This is my first attempt at making these little Croatian Crescent cookies. Every Christmas my lovely auntie (teta) makes these. I love them. They’re delicious. They are made with ground walnuts and also have a lovely vanilla taste to them. You can store them for a few weeks and they’re great with tea or coffee ☕️ ❤️

Cheddar drop biscuits 

Biscuits in Australia are the equivalent to cookies 🍪 in the USA. American biscuits (to me) are like the Australian equivalent of scones. My friend recommended this Martha Stewart recipe for drop busicuits (so not cut out into circles). They were tasty (my toddler loved them) and I will be making them again. I didn’t have any chives though, so I put in some Italian seasoning instead. Mine probably don’t taste anything like the intended recipe, lol, but are still nice.

Palacinke aka crepes

Palacinke is croatian for crepes. If you grew up with Croatian parents you would have enjoyed crepes on a regular basis. My mum would fill them with either jam or ricotta cheese. I always enjoyed them. I’ve found that since we moved to the USA and I don’t have convenient access to my mums cooking,  hehe, I crave food from my childhood. So I’ve regularly been making simple things like palacinke, kifle and fritule. They just remind me of home and bring out good memories.

I make mine like this:

– 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

– 1 egg

– pinch of salt

– 1 cup water

– 1 cup milk.

I will add extra milk if needed. The batter is runny. It’s not suppose to be as thick as American style fluffy pancake batter.


I’ve recently gotten a Lodge cast iron skillet just for making crepes, lol. Learning to cook on a cast iron pan takes a bit of trial and error. My first attempt resulted in crepes stuck to the pan. My second attempt resulted in crepes sliding of the pan easily.  My third attempt was the best, but alas I lack visual proof, lol. My third attempt at crepes on the cast iron were more golden brown on the whole crepe. They are a bit pale on the above photos. I’ve given up on non stick pans. They never last very long. Cast iron is suppose to last forever. It needs to be looked after in a certain way though so that it doesn’t rust and remains non stick. 

Skunks

Gawd, skunks. My neighborhood in NJ has so many skunks. One died next to our house. Worse stench imaginable. There are no words in the English language that can adequately describe the odour. 

Dollar Tree halloween 👻


I know, Halloween isn’t for awhile, but I’m trying to be the prepared mum this year!

Our school doesn’t allow candy so sometimes you have to get a bit creative with treats. I’m going for the typical pencils and erasers, but this year I was able to find some cool Halloween themed bubbles at the Dollar Tree. The loot bags are pretty cute too. I might add in some animal crackers or goldfish (which are allowed). Goldfish are super salty. Not sure how they made it on the approved treat list…

I have the kids costumes all planned this year. Levi is going as Harry Potter and Sophie is going to be a bumble bee. I have most of their outfits ready. Just need a few extra things. Would like to get Sophie these cool sparkly gold boots from target to go with her outfit.


I love this skull decoration from the dollar tree. 

American Museum of Natural History, New York

American Museum of Natural History

A heads up to people on a budget. The admission cost to the museum is only a “suggestion”. You can donate $10 (even if you’re in a large family group) and you will still be allowed to enter the museum. However, you won’t get entry into some of the special exhibitions. We saw the mummies, humpback wales and Dark Universe. Although they were pretty cool, you can still have a nice time at the museum without them. There is a lot to see.

April downunder

During April we visited Australia for a few weeks. Had easter there with the family. It was great. Melbourne, South Australia, Sydney. Three states in 3 weeks and a long haul road trip thrown in for good measure.

Good old Bondi.


Ate delicious food made by my beautiful mum.

A road trip to South Australia from Melbourne.

Victor Harbor, South Australia.

Exploring Taronga zoo.


Coogee was lovely.

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