When it comes to desserts I am your baker- sign me up, put my name on it, call your friends. While I’m not a huge fan of actually eating dessert I love baking! Cookies are definitely my strength- I’ve perfected them over the past 10 years or so. Here’s the link for my Famous Choc-Chip Cookies if you’re looking for a tried and true recipe that is amazing!
I tried these cookies out the other night- they were good- not great, but good!
If you’re looking for something a little different I recommend giving these a try! The recipe is below- it comes from Sam Adler at
Chocolate Chunk Coffee Cookies
- Prep Time: 75 mins
- Cook Time: 15
- Total Time: 90 mins
- Yield: About 2 dozen cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons ground coffee or sub instant coffee (I cut open a nespresso pod for this)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons black coffee, can be instant!
- 2.5 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chunks or chips
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugars and mix on low-medium until smooth. Do not overmix or the cookies will spread more than they should.
- Add in the whole egg and then the yolk, and mix.
- Add in ground coffee, vanilla, and brewed coffee, mix on low to combine.
- Turn the mixer off and add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and then turn the mixer on low moving up to medium speed as the dry ingredients incorporate into the wet.
- When an evenly mixed dough forms, stop the mixer and stir in the chocolate chunks in by hand so as not to break them up.
- Using an ice cream scoop or a large spoon, scoop out evenly sized balls and place them on the baking sheet. You want them to be taller rather than wider. They can also be close to each other here because they are just going in the refrigerator to chill before baking.
- Chill the dough for an hour or up to overnight.
- Preheat your oven to 350° F/180° C
- Separate the dough balls on two different baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Make sure they are 1-2 inches apart to allow for spreading.
- Bake for 15 minutes. The cookies are done when the edges are golden brown.
Considering Ava was my first baby I have had no idea what ages they are supposed to transition into big girl beds or drop bottles or learn to talk – I have googled almost everything!
We had an inkling that perhaps Ava was getting a little too big for cot converted to small bed before we left for the U.S. last year- we would find her half hanging out of the bed some mornings. She was also getting into the habit of coming into our bed a lot earlier than her normal 5/6am. We didn’t think to change her over to a single bed beforehand though as we weren’t sure if she was big enough- was it normal for a 2 year old to need a single bed already? She is so little…
When we got back after our trip we put her to bed as per usual but was woken up at about 11pm to her crying inconsolably- she had fallen out of the bed! The same thing happened the next night- Greg and I looked at each other and new it was time to transition her to a big girl bed!
I had been scouring Facebook Marketplace while we were overseas waiting for a white metal frame bed to appear at a bit cheaper than Ikea’s price of $200- and so on Monday morning a bed came up and I pounced! Come to find out the bed was for sale from a little girl (this was her old bed) because she wanted to buy an ipad! I felt so bad that I was buying her old bed for such a discounted price.. haha.. When she found out that the bed was going to be Ava’s first bed she included some of her old favourite books for Ava- it was the sweetest thing!
We set her up in her big girl bed a few months ago and she has been loving it!
Our little girl is not so little anymore!
Sources for mostly everything here!
Faux Sheepskin – Ikea | White Frame – Kmart | Colourful pom pom bunting- Adairs (similar linked here) | Flowers- House 2 Home (they don’t have their items listed online. You can visit their website here) | Wall Dots – 100percentheart | I love you forever print – Caravan Shoppe | Bed – Ikea (similar linked here) | Quilt Cover Set – Pillow Talk | Swan head – Target | Fairy doll – Adairs | Pink throw pillows– Ikea | Jewellery Box – Pottery Barn
I’ll have a DIY for the dollhouse coming next week!
If you follow along on Instagram you would have seen that I surprised my best friend of 25+ years at a hospital on the other side of the country on Friday. She had given birth 5 days earlier and wasn’t expecting me to fly in for a visit but thankfully we had a number of points that I could use- it was a beautiful (and very emotional) reunion. Her- just given birth and coming off the hormone high that comes with pregnancy and me- 25 weeks pregnant with a baby- we were blubbering messes for a few days.
The weekend was filled with time on the couch watching a newborn baby sleep and feed, kissing her every few minutes, changing itty bitty nappies that look like doll nappies and eating from a freezer full of leftovers from her mum! Liz has been an absolutely champion since giving birth- seriously- I am in awe of how well she has recovered and how well she is nursing Baby Adelaide!
Seeing this little baby brought back so many memories of when I came home with Ava- I was definitely a lot more emotional and uncertain that Liz appeared to be- I remember lots of tears and feelings of adequacy. With your first child you never really know if you’re doing things right- google became one of my most trusted advisories! Liz’s baby, Adelaide, is absolutely perfect. She has 10 fingers and 10 toes- she’s eating like a champion and filling up those nappies just as fast! She has a head full of jet black hair and really long fingers like her mumma! She is perfection..
I came home really early on Monday morning exhausted from the red eye flight but so so happy to see Greg and Ava at the airport! Ava came running to me yelling “mumma, mumma”- I was ready to burst into tears- blame it on the hormones and lack of sleep!
This week has been a pretty standard week for us- lots of cooking at home and family time- most of our church events are yet to start up- I have been reminded so often this week at how grateful I am for God’s many blessings- as lame as it perhaps sounds I seriously can’t count them…
I watched Greg and Ava play in the backyard yesterday- spraying each other with the hose to cool off in the weather- I made them dinner with food from a full fridge that they both loved! I followed a recipe for coffee choc chips cookies, I washed my dishes in a sink with running water, I picked a dress this morning from a closet full of clothes, I woke up to the sound of my daughter playing and talking…I drove to a job that allows me to balance motherhood and being a career woman.. I could go on and on..
Sometimes we don’t realise how blessed we truly are.
We have a large print in our lounge room which says “Count your many blessings”*- in 2019 I’m determined to focus more on what God has blessed me with and nurture and appreciate those then become blinded by what I don’t have.
* The print is from Caravan Shoppe- I’ve posted here before or you can go directly to Caravan Shoppe and purchase here– It’s part of their Woodland Thanksgiving Package.
If you remember back in November, 2017 Ava began telling us when she needed to go number 2’s instead of using her nappy- she was 1 and 3 months old! She got the hang of going number 2’s in the potty within a week with only a few accidents here and there over the course of the next year or so but number 1’s were not catching on at all. Every time we’d have a great few days in undies she would have a few major accidents and we would revert back to nappies- after a month or so we gave up altogether and went back to pull-ups full time with the hope of trying again after she turned 2. We tried stickers, chocolate, rewards- the whole kit and kaboodle!
While overseas last November (2018) we stayed with my husband’s father and step-mum, well they have 4 dogs who use the “potty” every few hours- they ring a bell hanging from a door and go outside. Ava quickly caught on to this and started telling us 99% of the time when she needed to use the bathroom for 1’s and 2’s! I couldn’t believe it.. Would you believe me if I told you that she only went through roughly 25 pull ups in a 3 week period? I have those dogs to thank!
When we got back she came to me the next morning and said “no nappy, undies mumma”.. In December we had a few accidents but we haven’t had any since well before Christmas. We’ve been on adventures to the grocery store, the library, a restaurant, friends’ houses- not one accident! Another “baby” chapter has closed and it’s amazing but so so sad!!
My tip for nap times is to make sure your child goes to the toilet directly before nap time and directly after nap time. This has helped us to not have any accidents while she’s napping.
My top tips when potty training/thinking of starting potty training:
- Consider- is your child ready? We tried a few times and she just didn’t catch on. Instead of having accident after accident we decided to stop the process and start again in a few weeks.
- When they are getting the hang of using the toilet buy them some really cool undies- we went with Emma Wiggles ones, Moana ones and Minnie Mouse ones. It was such a novelty for her to wear them!
- When you start the process ask your child if they need to use the potty every 20-30 minutes. Sometimes they need a little coaxing or encouragement to recognise the urge to use the bathroom. After a few weeks though trust that their instinct has kicked in and lay off the hounding (ha- I think Ava was sick of people asking her constantly “do you need to go wee-wee!”
- Try not to stress too much- everything is washable!! I washed a couch cover, a car seat, undies, dresses- it’s all a huge learning curve for kids- approach every accident with lots of grace.
- Carry around an emergency bag- In the bag I keep the following 4 items: 1. A change of undies 2. A spare dress 3. A ziplock if the original clothing was dirtied and 4. a nappy (for emergencies).
At this stage we’re still using a nappy for nighttime’s as she still has a bottle. We’ve weaned her down to two bottles a day- we’ll be working on dropping the night time bottle in February/March.
I don’t have much of a recommendation by way or potty training charts or reward charts but hopefully there’s something in our experience that can help you along your journey!
The great thing about living in Australia is that Summer falls during Christmas which means companies shutdown and the world is a much nicer place for 2-3 weeks!
Our Summer days have been filled with ice cream trucks, parks and beaches. We’ve had so much family time and so many meals together it has been beautiful!
Dress- Zara (Similar one here) | Hat= Janie and Jack (Similar one here)
Dress- Zara (Bought from the U.S.) | Sandals- Big W | Black Under Shirt- Kmart (Similar one here) | Bow- Lovisa (Similar one here)
Well, it’s been a while since I’ve been on here and so much has happened!
My husband gave me the whole guilt trip about letting this blog die.. well, here I am trying to resurrect it. WordPress has been less then inspiring so I’m currently looking for alternative platforms- send me your recommendations!
If you only follow me on here (i.e. not on Insta) you should probably know that I am now almost 25 weeks pregnant! I know- time is flying! I partly didn’t want to post anything as I hadn’t told work yet before Christmas (I was barely showing) but now that everyone knows- here we are! This pregnancy has been great so far- barely any sickness, I managed to travel to the U.S for 3 weeks with only mild tiredness as well as attend a 5 day Conference in our capital city- I truly am blessed with really great pregnancies!
Ava is getting used to the idea that there is a baby in mummy’s tummy- she has come with us to all of the scans so she often pretends to “check the baby” by putting objects on my stomach and listening for the heartbeat or pretending to look at the tv screen to see the baby! It’s very adorable! She’s also started calling the baby by name which has added a whole new dimension to it!
We are so excited to be adding to our family!
Bow: Lovisa (similar linked here)
Long Sleeve Top: K-mart
Shoes: Cotton On (similar linked here)
Bow: Cotton On (Similar linked here)
Overall Dress: Cotton On (similar linked here)
Ruffle Top: Cotton On (Similar linked here and here)
Shoes: Big W