Sunday, 23 February 2014

A baby Shower

Today I was invited to my dear friend's baby shower, when I got the lovely invite on the mail I couldn't say yes fast enough to the RSVP.

I truly love baby showers and what they mean, the happy welcoming of a new little one into this world and what better way to celebrate than having high tea with some lovely ladies and just doing the normal baby chatter.

The mum to be just looked so beautiful dressed in a cream lace dress, pearls were on show and a gorgeous pink flower on her hair, let me tell you about my gorgeous friend lets call her Lauren she is super stylish the girl knows a thing or two about looking fabulous and it is not afraid to mix a high end item with a fab bargain buy, her make up and hair are to die for always impecable. I can see her pushing that pram with style.

I met Lauren about 12 years ago she was a young graduate she was my first ever flatmate, I remember making fun of her because she was so young her room was so whimsical and she liked crocheting, stitching and doilies, I used to tell her she was a granny in a young girl's body who knew she was on the money and was ahead of her years in trend.

The baby shower was fantastic her mother and friends talked, drunk tea, ate ribbon sandwiches all in the name of celebrating the soon arrival of baby B who is a lucky girl  to be born into such a lovely family.


Yesterday morning we ventured to the Di Bella roasting warehouse they had a fun morning for the children, story time, face painting, free hot chocolates it was fun galore for the little munchkins and loads of fun for the grown ups. 

I finally got to meet Zack, Barista extraordinaire turned magician for the day the munchkin's had so much fun watching him do all the Magic!!!!!

I have been to the roasting warehouse many times it is not a secret that I am a lover of coffee and Modena is my choice of drink I totally adore that you can have something light to eat and enjoy watching the coffee beans being roasted while you are enjoying a cuppa.

The thing is I was born in the land of coffee so I guess it is in my blood to love coffee and I don't discriminate I love all types of coffee, ice coffee, cafe latte, coffee frappes..... you get the jist I love coffee and I am not ashamed to scream it at the top of my lungs.

As a small child I would spend months at the time at my grandmother's farm and the ambiance was something out of this world, there were a ton of worker's picking the beans I remember they would bag them in these hessian bags and they would weigh them, there used to be these huge concrete platforms and they would sun dry the beans, I used to see the workers turning the beans over.

The farm provided a means of income not only for my family but for the people that lived around the village and on the farm, in fact lots of my extended family lived around the farm.

Most of my family live all over the world now but I talk to most of my cousins on a regular basis and the conversation always starts with a cuppa in hand and we travel in time to those days at the farm.

For mama Tona

Not sponsored just a lover of coffee, australian business and memories.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

A hand written letter

There has been a lot of talk lately about people not writing hand written letters and sending them through the post, well not since the great invention of the internet, emails, sms and it got me thinking...

did I stop writing an old fashion letter? 

Well the answer is NO the thing is that I love writing and I love writing letters to say thank you or ask how are you? I love the feeling I get when I place that little envelope in that red box by the road and definitely love the phone call back to say thank you for sending the letter which turns into a full blown conversation about what is going on life in general.

I love technology and can not live without technology I know this very well thanks to me breaking my mobile phone and not having a phone made me feel so isolated from the world

yes we have emails, sms and a whole bunch of social media to communicate but nothing beats a handwritten letter in the letter box.

Why not give it a try!!!!!

Have you sent a written letter to someone lately?

love to hear



Tuesday, 18 February 2014

When nurses get together

Over the weekend we hosted a old workmates reunion, my old workmates from many many years ago. It was really fun there was lots of reminiscing about the good old days, what everyone is up to now, I found it so interesting to be sitting here with my old boss and a group of women, that we as young nurses used to work together and party together, lots of us at the time were young nurses just starting our journey and now it feels like a lifetime ago since those days,  most of us stayed as nurses some became doctors but one good thing is that we are all still in contact with each other in one way or another, like the country lady and the country doctor and me well that is a funny story.
I met the country doctor (previously a nurse) and the country lady, we were all young nurses working in the same ward, the country doctor became a doctor and married the country lady in a fairy tale wedding and they are living happily in the country, we have remained friends for all this time and in fact they are baby munchkin’s godparents and I can not go past more than a couple of days without speaking on the phone with the country lady, we started our friendship having nursing in common and now we have children, husbands, gardens all those things that come with growing up.

I asked my old boss if it was strange for her that when we worked together she was obviously older working with a bunch of young people and 10-12 years on everyone is married with children, speaking of children there were so many that day just playing mucking around mainly mine, it was strange for me.

Oh how times have changed from the days working hard on the ward, going out, partying hard, the Christmas parties (t0 wild to elaborate) those were the days.

I dedicate this post to Di, Mel, Clinton, Nikki, Sally, Stephanie, Alison, Lauren, Debbie, Penny, Rina and everyone else from the RBWH.

To my wonderful nursing friends it takes a special person to be one. 

The cupcake lady previously known as nursey

Monday, 10 February 2014

The Cupcake Lady Gluten Free Strawberry Cupcakes

This Friday is Valentines day and what better way than to make something delicious for your love one.

My philosophy is to create things that are not complicated as a mother of three I am always looking for ways to cook delicious treats with minimal fuss.

These Gluten Free Strawberry Cupcakes are to die for and are always a winner.

I hope you and your other half can enjoy one with a cup of coffee and a strawberry cupcake.


The Cupcake Lady

In antipacipation for Valentines Day!!!!


important- I use White wings Gluten free Self raising flour, I found to be the best that rise well.

  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups Gluten Free Self Raising  flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups frozen and thawed strawberries (puree)
  • a punnet fresh strawberries


*Pre-heat oven to 180c and set up 12 cupcake cases in a muffin tin
*Place butter, sugar, vanilla in an electric mixer and mix until creamy then eggs and beat
*add SR flour, Baking powder, milk and strawberry puree  (keep 1/4 cup aside for icing) and beat
*fill the cupcakes case 3/4 to allow rise and bake
*Bake for 15-18 minutes allow to cool before icing.

Strawberry Icing

*3 cups icing sugar
*150 butter softened
*1/4 strawberry puree 

Place all ingredients in an electric mixer and beat until smooth, pipe the icing onto the cupcake and decorate with a fresh strawberry 

and Viola!!!! enjoy 

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Around the Whitecottage

After our trip to the grocery store, I have been potting around the garden my little munchkin has spent the longest time playing with his trucks and helping me with the chicken coop.  Happy Days. 


Tuesday, 4 February 2014


Friends it is a funny concept I think! people that you choose to hang around to share your inner thoughts that are not your family and the levels of friendships one has, as I looked in the playground at my munchkin’s school I can see how easy it is for a child to make freindships and how one day they are not friends and the next they are best friends.
I have never had any problems making friends, if anything it is the other way around, someone told me to be more choosey who I befriend, but I have been of the thought of giving people a chance to be friends with them and then of course it would come and bite me later on.
As I get older I am realising I do not need hundreds of people to like me but just few to love me for who I am, imperfections and all and I think I finally got the formula right, I have been able to surround myself with a small number of people that are like minded and don't mind that I never shut up and I talk a lot of gibberish.
Don't get me wrong I am serious when I need to be, but most of the time I am a half full glass kind of girl, if it is not going to kill me I don't worry about (for too long anyway).
So this is what I have been thinking this week the love and appreciation I have for my lovely trusty friends, you know who you are, even with all my imperfection you choose to love me and be my friend and don't expect anything in return and in return I feel the same way about you.