Moving Day!!!

I have been a little secret squirrel this past couple of weeks, plodding along to make AN EXCITING NEW PAGE!!!

I won’t be posting at anymore, and instead will be blogging over at my shiny new page

All my old posts are there ready for you to read, plus there are some exciting new features. Recipes are now in an easy to read and easy to print format. There is also a Contact Me page where you can email me directly, I’d love to hear from you! PLUS I have made a gorgeous new Meal Plan Template which is a little bonus when you sign up for our newsletter.

All super exciting!

So head on over, grab yourself a meal plan template and make yourself at home!!

Ruth xx

How to have a stress free toddler birthday party + free party planner printable

How to have a stress free toddler party + free party planner printable

In case you missed it, my beautiful daughter turned 2 this week! So of course we had a lovely little party for her over the weekend. And I have to say the whole event was relatively stress free.

How was having a gaggle of toddlers and family around stress free? Well let me tell you why…

  1. Don’t have the party at your house. Possum’s first birthday was at our house. This meant the house had to be clean. Need I say more. This year we went to the park, literally around the corner from our house. It has kick arse swings, two slides, toilets and under cover picnic areas. Perfect. There was plenty of room for happy toddlers to run around, grass for younger bubs to roll around on and plenty of breathing room for this pregnant mumma.
  2. Delegate, delegate, delegate. Repeat after me. “I don’t have to do everything, I don’t have to do everything”. This is what friends and family are for. Grandparents are wonderful in so many ways. Their amazing cooking, cleaning and entertaining skills can all be put to good use when planning a party. For example my mother in law cleaned up the undercover picnic areas for us the morning of the party. Amazing. My parents came to our house to help do morning dishes, entertain Possum and my Mum was wonderful and whipped up some cream cheese icing at the last minute for Possum’s birthday cake. My sister loves shiny pretty things and is wonderfully creative. So her job was decorations. I literally said “balloons and streamers in rainbow colours”. I arrived to find home made paper chains, balloons, streamers, glittery shapes and a happy birthday banner. Way more than my brain could even compute!
  3. Keep things simple. Toddlers are wonderful little creatures and get crazy excited at even the littlest of things. Like having party hats and a cake. They don’t need a live band, 20 animal petting zoo AND a decorator cake. The little ones had so much fun dancing around the park with streamers, hiding in bushes and watching balloons make farting noises as they zoomed through the air. Nice and simple.
  4. Get someone else to take photos. Kind of like your wedding day, you want to enjoy the fact you have kept a tiny little person alive for so long despite horrible sleep, a diet of food scraps and cold tea and a complete and utter sense of having no idea what the hell you are doing. Celebrate! But do get someone else to capture your happy faces. Make sure that person understands your camera and are happy to be the camera person for the day. Reassure them you don’t want Ansel Adams images, just your typical family happy snaps.
  5. Skip the presents. I don’t mean all together, but just from party guests. I think Possum’s Grandparents would have a meltdown if we said no gifts from them! Ask guests to bring a plate of food to share instead. This is a double win. Your party gets catered plus you don’t have to deal with bringing even more stuff into your home. Also, many kids/adults have food allergies and sensitivities. Bring a plate allows families to bring known safe food. It also saves you having to make gluten free, dairy free, nut free, egg free anything.
  6. Have an amazing husband. I am beyond grateful for having a husband who is great with logistics and event planning. He used to organise logistics for ultra marathons and the such, so a toddler birthday party is easy! Lovely little touches he thought of were things like having a camping stove to make the nanas and grandmas hot cups of tea, packing camping chairs and picnic blankets, having camping plates rather than throw aways. So thank you so much Legoman for not only being an awesome father but also a wonderful husband! xx
  7. Have a plan. It’s a good idea to have at least a vague idea of what you need/want for this party. To make this easier for you I have made a free party planner printable. Stick it on the fridge (next to your free printable meal planner!) and add to it as you think of things. Click Pea Fritters Party Planner Free Printable to download.

I truly hope you have a wonderful day celebrating your little person! Have a friend who you think might find this post and free party planner printable helpful? Simply share this post on Facebook, Pinterest or email!

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Joyful Joyful!!

Joyful JoyfulA new life is on its way! Possum is going to be a big sister and our little trio will swell to 4 (thank goodness it won’t suddenly spike to 5!).
There has been a lack of posts of late partly due to first trimester nausea and tiredness. It’s hard to meal plan when all you want to eat is ice cream, 2 minute noodles and chips! Am proud to say I’ve managed to eat dinner every night, where as with Possum it was only every second night.
Anyone have hot tips for meal planning while pregnant? Fingers crossed it settles sooner rather than later…
In other news we have a food challenge booked at our local teaching hospital to see if Possum can start eating egg again. Oh I so hope she can! Eggs are so nutritious and so fast to cook! And who doesn’t love bacon and eggs? Will keep you posted.

What’s going on in your world?

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas! It has been a laid back day here at our house. Possum has a new favorite toy, play dough, thanks to her uncle. Now that she is 19 months old, Christmas has taken on a whole new dimension. Loving it!
For lunch today I roasted a duck and served it with a cherry and basil salsa, green beans and potatoes cooked in with the duck. First time cooking duck and it turned out pretty darn good. They’re funny looking things…

Here’s a couple of happy snaps of our festive lunch.

May this season be full of peace and joy for you and your family. Xxx20141225-213603-77763373.jpg


Happy Anniversary Legoman xxx

On this day two years ago, I married the man I love surrounded by 250 of our friends and family. We got married to have a marriage, not a wedding. But boy was it one heck of a celebration! We had live music from Ray Beadle, our guests all brought a plate of food to share and everyone had their dancing shoes on. I remember my cheeks hurting the next day from smiling so much. And the smile hasn’t faded. I wouldn’t change a thing about my wedding day, or my choice in life partner. I am so proud to be his wife.

And today was such a lovely celebration too. I was kindly given a good night’s sleep by Possum, followed by breakfast in bed, the three of us going out for lunch together, an afternoon with dear friends followed by a meal cooked by Legoman! Plus the table was set with wine, a rose and even a tablecloth!


And what did the dashing fellow make for his blushing bride? Rissoles! A meal that always reminds me of the iconic Australian film, The Castle.

Legoman’s Rissoles

500g mince



2 eggs

1 carrot grated

1 zucchini grated

some BBQ sauce

1/2 onion finely chopped

some spring onions sliced

Mix together with your hands, roll into balls with a little flour. Cook in a hot pan or BBQ until cooked through, turning halfway through.

Serve with mixed veg. And a smile 🙂

Legoman’s Rissoles

Affordability : EXCELLENT. Makes 500g of mince go a long way. You can always bump up the vegetable content or even add lentils (don’t tell Legoman I said that!(.

Time Factor : MODERATE. Roast some potatoes while you make everything else (I find they need a good hour plus plenty of olive oil).

Complexity : LOW. Rissoles are super easy to make and easy to modify to suit tastes and budget.

Deliciousness : MODERATE. A healthy, cheap family meal that will always hit the spot.

Mess : MODERATE. Get prepared to get your hands dirty. Plus a few dishes.

Tummy Filling Factor : EXCELLENT. Nice and full afterwards and a lasting fullness. Though I did have Ants Climbing A Tree at 5pm dinner too.

Possum Friendly? YES. An excellent BLW recipe. Easy to hold plus a great way to offer meat and vegetables.

Would I make it again? Yes. Every Australian home probably has their own version of a rissole.

Legoman's Rissoles

Legoman’s Rissoles