Fridge Pickles


We’ve just got back from a holiday on the south coast at my parent’s place and my Mum served pickled cucumbers with grilled salmon fillets for dinner one night. I’ve thought about the delicious flavours since so I made a batch when we got home. The easy dish will keep in the fridge for up to a week. I’m planning on serving it with a curry one night and grilled fish on another day this week. Here is the very easy recipe:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vinegar (apple cider, white, and rice wine are all good)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (optional)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • finely sliced garden cucumbers (about 2 cups)
  • finely sliced red onion (about 1/2 cup)
  • additional vegetables as you like (capsicum, whole cherry tomatoes, etc.)


  • In a small bowl add the water, vinegar, sugar, and salt. Stir to combine and until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Add the cucumber and onion. Taste and adjust the ingredients to your liking.
  • All the cucumbers should be covered in the brine, if you have lots of cucumber or are making a big batch, make more brine.
  • Let the mixture rest in the fridge until you are ready to eat. The flavours develop over time, so an overnight soak is great.


Briar x

A bundt cake


We’ve had a bit of rain recently, so Sunday and I decided to have a break from the outdoors and do a spot of baking. Our Smeg freestanding cooker has been in our lives for nearly a year now, and I can’t fault it, I can honestly say I enjoy cooking more than ever because of this gorgeous appliance. I even thought to myself recently that if we ever moved I’d have to take her with me.

The baking session was also the perfect excuse to try out our new Bundt cake pan from Williams Sonoma. Sunday was desperate to make a giant jelly when she saw the shape, but I convinced her to try out making Donna Hay’s yoghurt and lemon cake.

Let me begin my saying I am not an amazing baker, but this pan makes you feel like Martha Stewart. Out popped the cake looking like a big and golden masterpiece!

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a recipe on here, trust me when I tell you how easy and delicious this cake is.



  1. Preheat oven to 160ºC (325ºF). Place the oil, eggs, lemon rind, lemon juice, yoghurt and sugar in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Sift over the flour and stir until smooth.
  2. Pour into a well greased 24cm non-stick Bundt tin and bake for 50–55 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Allow the cake to stand in the tin for 5 minutes.
  3. To make the lemon icing, mix to combine the sugar, lemon juice and boiling water.
  4. Carefully turn the cake out onto a cake stand and spoon over the icing while the cake is still hot. Sprinkle with thyme leaves and allow to set for 10 minutes before serving. Serves 10–12.

Lemon Icing 

I’ve always loved so many of Donna Hay’s recipes – and this cake will definitely be my go-to when I need something quick and delicious. Enjoy!

Briar x

Getting ready for School


2018 is a big year for little Sunday, her first year at school. We have a countdown calendar on the fridge that was given to us by her new school, where she has to complete an activity every day. She’s been carrying out these tasks with gusto and asking ‘how many sleeps’ until the big first day. One of the tasks is to help Mum and Dad label all of her belongings. Timing was perfect, because our Stuck On You delivery arrived on our doorstep the day before. We’ve been using this brand of labels for the bast 4 years (they truly do stick), and Sunday’s backpack still looks new after two years at Preschool.

Rafferty has his own supply of labels too as he is starting at his own little daycare centre next month (cry).

I’m a huge fan of the shoe labels, these handy stickers adhere  permanently on to the inner sole of the shoes.

Our little guy is also sorted with a really cute duffle bag and sun hat.

Sunday was especially excited about her new personalised Bento Box and Bento Cooler Bag, a very grown up way of eating lunch. She’s a bit of a picky eater at the best of times, so I figure if she goes to school with a big range of healthy options she’ll likely choose something good she feels like eating. Practice makes perfect so I’ve served her lunch up a few times this way, just so she can practice opening the box up, putting it away in her bag etc. Can you tell I’m feeling a little anxious about my baby starting school? Ha, definitely anxious, but excited for her at the same time – she’s definitely ready!

I’ll be sure to  let you know how the first day goes!

Briar x



We holidayed at home this year over the Christmas and New Year break. With some of the hottest days in Sydney I can remember, the beach and the pool were on high rotation. I thought I’d share my collection of photos and let you know what we got up to.

We relaxed at home a lot of the time, pictured above is Sunny on our vintage Butterfly chairs – new covers made by my clever Mum!

We have a very keen water baby in the making in Raff, and here we are enjoying our new pool float I picked up from Big W before Christmas.

Like most of us at Christmas, I ate my bodyweight in good food over the holidays. We hosted Christmas Eve dinner at our place and above is the spread before dinner was served. As you can see, we didn’t go hungry.

Christmas Day was spent in the lovely backyard at my cousin’s place, which is close by. A little too much champagne was consumed, which brought about much laughter with my big (mad)  family.

A few days after Christmas we enjoyed a day at The Newport and Raff sported his new sailors hat, a gift from my sister.

We were lucky enough to get a visit from my sweet new baby niece Marigold. My sister Bonnie and her husband Olle gave the family a Christmas present we will never forget…we love you little Goldie!

My sister and her family rented a great house through Stayz at Avalon Beach after NYE, and we crashed their pool quite a few times during their visit (how cute is the kitchen too)! Sunny wears a dress from Coco + Ginger.

In between all this fun, we had quite a few visits to various beaches. Shelly Beach in Manly has always been a favourite, where Sunny got the hang of snorkelling this year. I also get the bonus of  buying a good coffee from The Boathouse.

A highlight over the holidays for Raff was spotting a helicopter at Manly Beach. The boy is OBSESSED with planes, trains and automobiles.

We also pottered around in the garden, which thanks to a lot of watering, is looking better and better by the week. If you can imagine the sound of cicadas when you look at the image above, multiply that sound times 10 and you’ll get the idea of the volume we have been experiencing this year. Those little critters are out in full force!

The crickets and I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!

Briar x

Water Safety


You just have to look through my photo reel from the past few months to realise how much a water baby Raff is becoming. Big sister Sunday was the same – whether it be the bath, a pool, a sprinkler in the backyard, the beach…my kids are happiest when surrounded by some water. This makes me happy and a little bit anxious at the same time. We have been living with a backyard pool for nearly a year now, and as much as we love the luxury of being able to cool off whenever we want, we are making sure to be super vigilant with water safety. The first thing we did when we purchased the house was have the council visit and inspect the fence and gate. We soon discovered everything needed to be replaced, including the timber boundary fences around our property. It was an expensive exercise but totally worth it for a little more peace of mind.

This Summer, Royal Lifesaving is urging parents not to be complacent about their child’s safety around water. In conjunction with the Keep Watch program, Royal Lifesaving Australia has launched new research to help ensure parents and carers remain more vigilant around water.

Over the last ten years, over 330 Australian children under the age of five drowned. That’s an alarming number…while all of these drowning deaths are preventable, it is the 50% that occur in home swimming pools where our actions can make a difference. Home pool fencing and effective supervision can reduce these tragic drowning deaths to zero. I came across some handy information on the Royal Lifesaving Society website:

A safe swimming pool fence:

– is at least 1.2 m high

– is strong and secure and in good working order

– has vertical bars no more than 100 mm apart

– has horizontal bars at least 900 mm apart

A safe swimming pool gate:

– must open outwards from the pool

– must be self-closing and self-latching, and must latch shut on the first swing

– the latch must be more than 1.5 m high from the ground

As parents, Mark and I also make sure we never prop the gate open (ever), and keep the area clear by removing any items like pot plants and chairs, which the kids could use to climb the pool fence. We also watch the kids constantly, and never leave the pool area without taking them both with us. Sunday is old enough to understand the safety rules, and I’m pleased to say she’s really good with following them, that’s not to say we don’t remind her of them constantly.

I think this is a really thought provoking clip worth watching:

I think the tagline WATER. IT’S ONLY SAFE WHILE YOU’RE WATCHING sums it up perfectly. In summary, let’s all stay vigilant around water for the kids these holidays, and get those drowning numbers down to ZERO.

To find out more please visit

Briar x


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