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Taking Time
Taking Time

A lot of important milestones have passed since I last did a catch-up here on the blog. We are nearing a year of being in our renovated home. It has been two years since I wrote Tasty Express and one year since it was released. Cook Republic quietly ambled past the...

Renovation Woes, Fun Loom And A Book Launch
Renovation Woes, Fun Loom And A Book Launch

Last week my Mac died. It gave a loud bang and took out power to a section of the house. This one lasted 5 years and went through three operating systems. RIP dear Mac. A sleek new Macbook Pro replaced it. It is still finding its feet as I slowly set it up amidst...

She is gone. A list of favourites for October 2014.
She is gone. A list of favourites for October 2014.

  I have been scared of animals and birds for as long as I can remember. But I gave into that fear when we brought home 4 chickens three years ago. I was terrified of holding them and pet them only under supervision. But I loved them fiercely right from day one...

My Favourites List For October 2013
My Favourites List For October 2013

    The year is flying by at a maddening pace. In the lead up to Christmas, I have a new obsession that might come in handy when it is time to make personal gifts. Jars. I am completely smitten by them. Over the past few weeks I have amassed an impressive...

A Cabin By The River And Favourites List For January 2014
A Cabin By The River And Favourites List For January 2014

    Last week we sneaked up to Barrington Tops and spent three adventurous days in a cabin by the river. We explored precarious little paths down to the river, we perched gingerly over moss covered river stones, we slipped and fell in with a splash that...

A List Of My Favourites For August 2013
A List Of My Favourites For August 2013

    I had a beautiful weekend, hectic but educational. I learnt to make handmade noodles which I put to good use after getting back home from the Hunter Valley. I made this handmade noodle chicken soup and it really fed our souls especially because half of...

Cook Republic Files – Favourites List November 2012
Cook Republic Files – Favourites List November 2012

  The winds of change howl at my door. In just over two months when the new year has settled in, my baby flys the nest. Our youngest goes off to big school. I see his baby pictures from when he had not discovered walking and then at him performing an acrobatic...

June Favourites List, My Props Organized And A Big Catch Up.
June Favourites List, My Props Organized And A Big Catch Up.

    Hello everyone! How are you all doing today? Hope you have all been well. Things are starting to slow down for me, finally. Life is getting back in perspective and the thing I have missed the most is talking to you, not at you, but to you. I read every...

Cook Republic Files – Favourites List April 2012
Cook Republic Files – Favourites List April 2012

  April has been an eventful month for me. Over the Easter weekend, we went away camping with our friends. Always a skeptic about wide open spaces and unpredictable animals, I was amazed at the wonderful photo opportunities a camping trip could provide. And the...

Cook Republic Files – Favourites List June 2012
Cook Republic Files – Favourites List June 2012

Every few years I obsess over a new colour. Although white and black remain my eternal favourites, I go through a red phase, or lavendar, or tan. For the past several months  I have been on such a happy yellow kick! My favourites for June 2012 are an ode to...

My Favourites List For May 2014
My Favourites List For May 2014

  Last year amidst bush fires close to where we live, we had  a pair of ducks seek shelter in our pool. It was a wondrous thing. We were absolutely thrilled to wake up every morning to two beautiful wild ducks swimming in our pool. Then they disappeared and...